SF Friends of Chamber Music

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A new and exciting challenge arises for me as I join San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music as Social Media Associate. The organization’s Musical Grants Program, Fiscal Sponsorship Program and diverse concert series add volumes to the vibrancy of the music scene in the Bay Area. The upcoming SF Music Day LIVE + FREE promises to bring more than thirty performances to Bay Area audiences in two days, for free!

My goal is to help the organization become a connecting platform for all things music and all music people.

And I mustn’t forget to say that you’d be missing out if you didn’t find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Seriously.

-Hernando

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Who Is: Alex Pinto

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Let’s start with Thanks! Alex Pinto!

The amazing musician who blessed the Bay Area music scene with his genius for a little over four years. He is in India now, researching Hindustani music as a Fulbright Scholar.

During his time in the Bay Area he taught hundreds of middle school students about what it takes to be a musician, the discipline, the immersed focus. He also co-created the SFOffside Festival alongside star music promoter Laura Maguire. In its 2012 and 2013 editions, the three day event featured mega-talented Bay Area musicians and received much acclaim by the press.

That’s not all, he released an album “Inner State” and married his college sweetheart, the wonderful Camille Schmah. All in four years, and some of it while gliding through a corporate job some can only dream to have. He cooks too!

So you get the idea, this guy makes amazing things look easy. A very INSPIRING man. He managed to get the best from me during every conversation, making me feel that I was capable of more and more. I can only imagine what he will achieve in the next few years.

My biggest hope is that one day I will get another text from Pinto that reads: “legs are in the oven”. I’ll drop whatever I’m doing and head his way. (Chicken legs, that is).

Who Is: Alex Christopher Haager

Alex ahh

He’s not afraid to ask for his own surprise birthday party and will be very clear about letting you know if you got him the wrong present. But, spend ten minutes chatting with this guy and you are going to want to keep him as one of your closest friends.

I met him a few months back when he was looking for band mates to join his latest musical creation, Magic Fight. I immediately fell in love with the music, joined, and now feel very lucky to be in for the ride.  Beware though, he is extremely talented (watch this) and will not give up until his melodies become your dearest ear worms. This, along with his fantastic sense of humor, big heart and lively circle of friends make him a great asset both to me and to the Bay Area music scene.

Oh, he enjoys saying he’s from Florida. Chat him up about it.

Who Is? I want you to meet some of my best friends and inspirations. This is one of them.