Canciones del Mar – 2015

We Players presents
Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea
Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at 6pm

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Google Maps link 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Curated by Music Director Charlie Gurke

Our third annual concert aboard the 1886 tall ship Balclutha!
Five highly-acclaimed Bay Area latin musicians share songs about the sea, boats, love, and life, drawn from the folkloric and popular music traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event also marked the release of our fantastic recording of the 2014 concert!

Featuring:
Diana Gameros – Vocals and Guitar
Jose Roberto Hernandez – Vocals and Guitar
Edgardo Cambon – Vocals and Percussion
Steve Senft-Herrera – Bass
Charlie Gurke – Saxophone

As part of We Players’ five year cooperative agreement with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, we collaborate with a wide range of artists, creating work from diverse vantage points in a variety of media as an exercise in exploring the many layers of story within the site. We aim to provide multiple points of access and connection to both the park and our practice.

The Trio Happening

Along Aquatic Park beach goers encountered the Graeae, a mythological trio of women from Ancient Greece, respectively called Dread, Horror and Alarm.

……….The Trio: Caroline Parsons, Maria Leigh and Julie Douglas………e

……………………Location: Aquatic Park, San Francisco
…………………….Date: July 26th, 2014

Meet the Musicians of Canciones del Mar

Read below to learn about the incredibly talented ensemble of musicians who will present
Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea
on Saturday, July 19th at 6pm aboard the tall ship, Balclutha.

 

I think of the musicians of Canciones as an all-star ensemble, but when putting this group together, I wasn’t looking for the flashy, virtuoso kind of ‘all-star’. Each member of this ensemble is a virtuoso musician and composer in their own right, but I chose each one more for their interpretive sensitivity than their ‘chops’. I wanted to be sure that the themes we’re expressing, the variety of metaphor that the sea provokes, would be artfully expressed.

I’ve had the pleasure of performing with Edgardo Cambon’s large and small ensembles, Candela and Latido, for the past several years. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Edgardo is a master percussionist and vocalist with a breadth of knowledge and experience performing the music of Latin America, from Argentinian tango to the salsa of El Barrio. Edgardo is especially fluent in the popular and folkloric music of Cuba, and opens each Canciones performance with a chant to Yemaya, the Afro-Cuban deity of the sea.

Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Diana Gameros is known to most of her fans for her original songs of ‘love, longing, and hope’, performed in a diverse style that blends elements of latin music with rock, world music, and jazz. I knew Diana would be a perfect fit for the Canciones ensemble when I heard her perform solo, playing very original and personal arrangements of classic boleros and rancheros from the latin american tradition.

I came to know Jose Roberto Hernandez when we spent the better part of a year bringing the music of Latin America to elementary school kids across San Francisco through a program with the SF Symphony. Jose Roberto is not only a master guitarist and vocalist with a wealth of knowledge of the bolero and nueva trova traditions, but is also skilled in folk instruments from around Latin America, including his native Tabasco, Mexico.

David Pinto is one of the many musical treasures we are lucky to have here in the Bay Area. A native of Peru, David is best known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Susana Baca. In addition to his particular expertise in Afro-Peruvian music, David performs with the bay’s best salsa, folkloric, and latin jazz ensembles.

— Charlie Gurke
We Players Music Director

For more information and tickets to Canciones del MarCLICK HERE.

Vessels for Improvisation

ROVA saxophone quartet and dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat explore the resonant space of the historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde St. Pier.


Curated by Music Director Charlie Gurke

Featuring:

ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams) with dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga.

……….Location: The historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier
……….Date: November 2nd, 2013

Canciones Del Mar

Three of the Bay Area’s most exciting vocalists perform an intimate concert, singing songs about the sea, boats, love, and life, drawn from the folkloric and popular music traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Curated by Music Director Charlie Gurke

Featuring:
Diana Gameros – Vocals and Guitar
Jose Roberto Hernandez – Vocals and Guitar
Edgardo Cambon – Vocals and Percussion
Sam Bevan – Bass
Charlie Gurke – Saxophone

……….Location: Aboard the tall ship Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
……….Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013

 

Sea Stories Circle – Myths of the Mariner and the Muse

Hyde Street Pier, aboard historic ferryboat Eureka 

Sundays, 2-4pm: April 14, May 19, June 16th * 2013 

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Join We Players for one or all of these reading events, which will be a crucial part in our process of collecting and sharing stories about the sea as we gradually develop a new show for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Bring stories, poems, songs, or just come willing to read from the selections that we bring.

These are free events and complimentary beverages and cookies will be provided.

Announcing WE’s Collaboration with playwright Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath

We are excited to collaborate with local playwright Daniel Heath, in the creation of a NEW work, designed and built specifically for this site! (premiere date TBD) 

Through historical research, ensemble based practices, interviews with people living in close relationship to the sea, and of course – intimate engagement with the site, We Players produces thought-provoking, site-integrated theatre productions on the dynamic floating stages at Hyde Street Pier and along the local waterfront.

Our connection to the past can be felt in the wood planks of the ships, heard in the clang of the buoy bells, visualized in the lines twisted into coils on the docks. We spin yarns alongside the boat shop, while present day shipwrights employ traditional techniques. Nearby, fishing boats line up to deliver their catch and ferries await their passengers, still traveling the waters of the bay. Because of our deep commitment to partnership and strong working relationship with the park site stewards, our performances not only utilize the spectacular site, but also highlight the rich history and current programming of the park.

Myths of the Mariner and the Muse

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We Players’ MYTHS of the MARINER and the MUSE is an ongoing project taking a variety of performance forms on the historic ships located at Hyde Street Pier, the lagoon, and the surrounding environs of Aquatic Park.  We Players is proud to partner with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in the first cooperative agreement of it’s kind between an arts non-profit and a National Park Service site.  This five year agreement officially began in August 2012 and will continue through 2017.

To date, projects at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park include a sailing production of The Odyssey (inspired by Homer’s ancient epic), aboard the scow schooner Alma (2011); Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, while cavorting along the pier and aboard both the full-rigged ship Balclutha and the steam-powered ferry boat Eureka (2012); and intimate sea-inspired story sharing aboard Eureka (2012).

In 2013 we will produce a series of music concerts, under the music direction of Charlie Gurke.

We Players Partners with SF Maritime National Historical Park

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We Players is proud to partner with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in the first cooperative agreement of it’s kind between an arts non-profit and a National Park Service site.  This five year agreement officially began in August 2012 and will continue through 2017.  Our MYTHS of the MARINER and the MUSE will continue in a variety of performance forms on the historic ships located at Hyde Street Pier, the lagoon, and the surrounding environs of Aquatic Park. 

To date, projects at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park include a sailing production of The Odyssey (inspired by Homer’s ancient epic), aboard the scow schooner Alma (2011); Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, while cavorting along the pier and aboard both the full-rigged ship Balclutha and the steam-powered ferry boat Eureka (2012); and intimate sea-inspired story sharing aboard Eureka (2012).

About the site – San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

About San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located on the edge of San Francisco Bay near Fisherman’s Wharf, is open year-round. Visitors can view exhibits at the Park’s Visitor Center (415-447-5000) at the corner of Jefferson Street and Hyde, and may walk onto the pier to visit the park’s collection of floating historic ships and for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Tours, videos and demonstrations are offered daily, including a below-decks tour of the Eureka and a demonstration of setting Balclutha’s staysail. The wooden-hulled Eureka, built in Tiburon in 1890, ferried trains and later automobiles and passengers around San Francisco Bay until 1957. Visitors to Eureka today can see examples of the cars she ferried on her lower deck from 1923 to 1957, her four-story-tall walking beam steam engine, and the upper decks where up to 2300 passengers could travel during each crossing. The Eureka began her service before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, at a time when San Francisco’s Ferry Building was second only to London’s Charing Cross Railway Station as the busiest passenger terminal in the world. Moored across Hyde Street Pier from the Eureka, the Balclutha is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world. Launched in 1886 near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn (tip of South America) 17 times. It took a crew of about 26 men to handle the ship at sea with her complex rigging and 25 sails. Balclutha also had a brief career as a movie star in Mutiny on the Bounty, alongside Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and narrowly escaped World War II scrap metal drives before being purchased by the San Francisco Maritime Museum in 1954.