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Who: Kevin Fryer
What: "Wood, Wire & Quill"
Where: 180 Studios - 150 Todd Road, Santa Rosa
When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 7pm
Please join us on Tuesday September 5th, 2017 for a presentation by Kevin Fryer entitled "Wood, Wire & Quill".
Kevin Fryer moved from the Midwest to San Francisco in 1976 to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He began making harpsichords in 1980 and became a professional instrument maker in 1984. He has been located at his current studio in the Bayview district of San Francisco since 1990. In addition to building harpsichords on commissions, he provides rental and tuning services for Arts organizations including, Carmel Bach Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Music at Kohl Mansion. In Fryer’s career he has had two apprentices, Ron Nakashima, and Steve Renaker, who have gone on to build instruments in their own studios. Further activities include, repair, and rebuilding harpsichords, technician work for recording projects, and instrument appraisals. Fryer also runs the concert series Live at Mission Blue which just completed its 13th season. He has built over 70 harpsichords, exploring the building traditions of South German, 17th century French, Italian, and early 18th century builders from Lyon. However Fryer is best known for his instruments based on the 17th century Flemish tradition of the Ruckers family. He frequently collaborates with artists such as Adrian Card, and Millicent Tomkins to include historically based decorative features such as soundboard painting, and lid paintings.
Kevin Fryer lives in Brisbane CA, is an amateur photographer, and serves on Brisbane’s Park and Recreation commission.
From the West: Make your way to Todd Road by going south on Stony Point Road from Hwy 12. Turn left on Todd Road. Continue for a few miles. JUST AFTER THE RAILROAD TRACKS, turn right at the open gate. If you get to Hwy 101 you have gone too far.
Hope to see you all there!