Copyright 2014 Kris Palmer, DMA
Black Cedar is devoted to the performance and creation of existing and new chamber music using cello
and guitar combined with either wood flute, alto flute, bass flute, or recorder. They bring this unique mix
of sonorities to Renaissance lute songs and dances, Baroque trio sonatas, Classical and Romantic-era
salon pieces written originally for violin, cello, and guitar, Appalachian folk music, and modern works
written specifically for their instrumentation.
Past appearances include Trinity Chamber Concerts and the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley,
Noontime Concerts and Tangents Contemporary Guitar Series in San Francisco, the Deep Valley
Chamber Music Series in Ukiah, Last Fridays @ Pro Arts in Oakland, Second Fridays @ Arlington in
Kensington, and the Davis Art Center in Davis. They have performed live on 91.5 KKUP in San Jose and
KALW 91.7 in San Francisco, and their current season includes concerts at the Foothill Chamber Music
Series in San Jose, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in San Bruno, a return to San Francisco's Noontime
Concerts, and their first appearance at the Forte House in the City's Outer Sunset.
Flutist, Kris Palmer is a second prize winner in the National Flute Association's Young Artist
Competition, a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut winner with Artists International, and a first prize winner in
the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition. Her solo album, Versailles, features her own
arrangements of music from the French Baroque, and she is the author of Ornamentation According to
CPE Bach & JJ Quantz. Kris holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University, and she is a former
member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Cellist Nancy Kim is a tenured member of the Monterey Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Cruz
County Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music plus a Bachelor of Arts in English from
Oberlin College in Ohio and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. As a dedicated
chamber musician, Nancy has performed in venues throughout the world, including the Royal Opera
House in Oman, Suntory Hall in Japan, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie
Hall in New York City, and Symphony Center in Chicago.
Guitarist, Steve Lin is a winner of the Boston GuitarFest Competition, winner of the East Carolina Guitar
Competition, and finalist in the Taiwan International Guitar Competition. His albums, Eliot Fisk Series
Volumn 1 and Imagen, are available from VGo Recordings. Steve earned a Master of Music from the Yale
School of Music, and he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the New England
Conservatory of Music under Eliot Fisk. Steve is also a founding member of the Boston Guitar Project.
“...mysterious and penetrating low
notes of alto flute, then notes that
began explosively and tapered into
whispers, defined by spaced chords
of guitar...the low liquid gurgle of
flute with soft scumbling of guitar; a
dark density of harshly scrubbed
cello with the metallic spangle of
sharply plucked guitar notes; high
bird-calls on wooden flute and low
cello whispers...The piece certainly
worked, and that, powerfully.”
"They bring a solid academic
foundation to their performances...a
delightful introduction to early
repertoire, presented with
on modern instruments."
- San Francisco Examiner
A great article in the San Francisco Examiner about our upcoming concert,
Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 4PM, the Forte House of San Francisco,1498 24th
Avenue, with music, food, and wine.
Black Cedar is now an affiliate artist ensemble with the San Francisco Friends
of Chamber Music.
Into the recording studio next month! We begin recording repertoire for our
debut album. We're launching a RocketHub campaign to help support this
creative musical project. Stay tuned...!
"...explores a path less trod..."
Nancy Kim, Cello
Steve Lin, Guitar
Kris Palmer, Flute
Produced by Dimitrios Douros of DNWorks