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.” -Berkeley Times

"They bring a solid academic foundation to their performances...a delightful introduction to early repertoire, presented with historically-informed performances 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...!

Black Cedar
"...explores a path less trod..."
Berkeley Times
Nancy Kim, Cello
Steve Lin, Guitar
Kris Palmer, Flute
Produced by Dimitrios Douros of DNWorks