Black Cedar


As a rare ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello, and guitar, Black Cedar creates, discovers, and re-imagines works for this combination for the widest range of audiences possible. With a debut album set for release this month, the trio’s recent awards include a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation for a free public concert of their commissions at the San Francisco Public Library in June 2016, and an invitation to premiere their 2016 commission, Mark Fish’ The Devil Inside at the National Flute Association’s 2016 Convention in August.

Black Cedar commissioned Miscellaneous Music in 2015 by Bay Area composer Durwynne Hsieh, and – with a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music – Of Emblems in 2014 by San Francisco’s Garrett Shatzer. Also in 2014, the Bay Area’s David Smith gifted Black Cedar with an adaptation of his At A Busy Intersection (2013), transforming it especially for Black Cedar’s unique sonorities. Other rarely-heard works uncovered by black Cedar include Cambodian composer Chinary Ung’s Luminous Spirals (1997), American composer Nathan Kolosko’s Hungarian Trio (2012), and New Zealand composer Ross Carey’s Te Whanganui-a-Tara (1994).

In less than three years of existence Black Cedar has made almost 50 appearances, including the Center for New Music in San Francisco, San Jose State University, the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, the San Francisco Public Library, the San Mateo Public Library, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley; San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts, the Davis Art Center, the Berkeley Arts Festival, the Rengstorff Art and Music Festival¬† in Mountain View, the Bing Concert Series at Stanford, Classical Revolution in Oakland and San Francisco, and the Foothill Community Concert Series in San Jose.

They have performed live on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, KKUP 91.5 FM in San Jose, and KWMR 90.5 FM in Marin County. Upcoming appearances include the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, the San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club, and the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.