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Three Trapped Tigers

  • Gathering Thyme 1447 4th Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

Pre-Modern Music for Post-Modern Ears
Sun May 5th 3-5pm

Three Trapped Tigers is an ensemble of recorder players whose core members are David Barnett and Tom Bickley. They perform pre-modern music for post-modern ears and vice versa using a diverse array of recorders from sopranino to contra bass in F using copies of medieval, renaissance as well as modern recorders. Their first performance was on 21 June 2003 as part of the Garden of Memory Summer Solstice Concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. Over the last 15 years, they have performed on numerous concerts series and diverse venues. Their concerts run the gamut of music from the 14th through the 21st centuries including medieval and modern European music alongside new music from Japan, Australia and the U.S. They strive to present the kind of concerts that they would like to go to and hope you enjoy it too!

David Barnett's playing has been described as "compelling as anything since the pied piper," (San Francisco Chronicle.). He currently performs with the recorder ensemble Three Trapped Tigers and has performed with Tonal Havoc, The Jealous Nightingales, Zeitgeist 1800, The Albany Consort and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. He has recorded for the Earthbeat, Pacific Artist and Centaur labels. His teachers have included Rosario Mazzeo (clarinet), Eva LegĂȘne and Paul Nauta (recorder). In a past life, he was the music director for the notorious San Francisco arts group, the Noh Oratorio Society. For ten years he directed SFEMS Recorder Workshops at Dominican College and has been a visiting artist at Cal Arts, Valencia CA. David lives in Forest Knolls in bucolic West Marin and teaches recorder and clarinet throughout the Bay Area.

Tom Bickley listens to the world always hoping to hear more and more fully. He grew up in the semitropical soundscape of Houston, sojourned in Washington, DC (studying music, religion, and information science) and came to the Bay Area as a composer in residence at Mills College. He studied music with Pauline Oliveros, Scott Reiss, and Ruth Steiner. He is a member of the library faculty at CSU East Bay, and teaches music privately and at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. He plays with Gusty Winds May Exist (with shakuhachi player Nancy Beckman) and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir. His work is available on CD on Quarterstick and Metatron Press. Visit his website:

COST: $40 pre-registered or $45 at the door. Beverages and snacks will be served at the event.