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Ecclectic Group Comes to Rhythmix

Appearing before the San Francisco 49ers playoff game today, Musical Art Quintet’s chamber music ensemble promises to share with audience members an infusion of rhythms from Argentina, Cuba, Africa, jazz, classical and even electronica beats, according to staff at Rhythmix Cultural Arts.

Members of the Musical Art Quintet — who will perform at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Jan. 22 — got together in 2008 in the Mission district of San Francisco during chamber music jam sessions every Sunday night at Cafe Revolution. They consider the genre of music they play to be “nuevo chamber music” — i.e, music that is very different from traditional chamber music and full of Latin American influences.

Each week, group leaders Sascha Jacobsen wrote a new piece to be performed at Classical Revolution. “With ink still wet, the ensemble would read through the piece in front of a live audience. As their repertoire grew, a core group of players emerged and the quintet was founded,” shares Rhythmix, which is located at 2513 Blanding Ave.

The name of the quintet is taken from a string quartet formed in the 1940s and led by the great-grandfather and namesake of the bassist and composer of the quintet, violinist, Sascha Jacobsen.

Although classically trained, members of Musical Art Quintet consider themselves to be “skilled improvisors.”

“Whether it is Argentine Tango, Afro-Cuban Son, Klezmer, classical works, or even electronica, the Quintet is at home,” they say.

Tickets are $15-$20 and can be bought online or at the door.

Janet Levaux