Kathy Sherman started her professional music career at age 15, playing Greek music in clubs, restaurants, festivals, and concerts. She put down her bouzouki, the mandolin-like instrument central to modern Greek music, long enough to earn a BMus in classical guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the Electric Guitar Quartet, a classical / comedy group that opened for such guitar luminaries as Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, John Hartford, The Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis) and Free Flight.
Kathy’s current music experiences include Greek folk music with long-time friend and fellow musician, Notis Contoplianos in their group, The Plaka Band. Notis and Kathy have two extraordinary CDs, New Songs of Old Athens (selected for Grammy consideration for best World Music Album), and A Time to Sing, A Time to Dance, a rollicking collection of favorite Greek dance music. For more information about The Plaka Band, please check out our website, ThePlakaBand.com. Kathy also plays classical mandolin for orchestras who have the occasional need for one.
On special occasions, several musician friends get together to perform. One such group is The Burns Supper Club, where we get together on or around January 25th of each year to provide Celtic music for the celebration of the life and works of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). According to RobertBurns.org, “Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.” Our celebration falls somewhere in between.
Kathy also plays classical mandolin for orchestras who have the occasional need for one. Kathy teaches music at two parent participation preschools in the SF Bay Area, reaching more than 300 students and parents weekly. Her students range in age from 2 ½ to 5 ½ years. She also lectures parents’ groups on pre-intellectual music education and creating a more musical home environment. Her goal is to create a musical community among the families in the Bay Area.