The Sibarg Ensemble performs live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019

Founded in 2008 in Tehran and dedicated to multiculturalism and peace, the Sibarg Ensemble brings together traditional Iranian music and jazz through original compositions, arrangements of classical melodies and folk songs, and structured improvisations. A trio version of the ensemble–Sara Saberi, oud, Hesam Abedini, vocals and Persian percussion, and Josh Charney, piano and keyboards–performs in … Continued



Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music maestro John Santos on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 25

The San Francisco Bay Area has been home to innumerable outsize figures in Latin music, including Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana, Rebeca Mauleon, Bobi Cespedes, and many others. Percussionist, composer, and bandleader John Santos holds a special place in that pantheon. Tune into “The Hear and Now,” with host Derk Richardson, on Thursday night, right after … Continued



Victor Krummenacher on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Victor Krummenacher, a founding member of Camper Van Beethoven and Monks of Doom, has just released his latest solo album, Blue Pacific, a collection of deep, inward-looking, original folk-rock songs, recorded with Greg Lisher (Camper, Monks), David Immerglück (Camper, Monks, Counting Crows), co-producer and pedal steel master Bruce Kaphan, and many others. Joining host … Continued




Zeena Parkins–avant-garde harp music–on The Hear and Now – 10 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019

Harpist, composer, improviser, and educator Zeena Parkins joins host Derk Richardson in the studio, sharing her latest music, including her major composition Captiva–which she will perform Saturday night (Feb. 2) in a benefit concert at Mills College in Oakland–plus selections from herTriplicates duo with Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly), a brand new mix of her piece “Tensor,” and … Continued