Arts & Events

Around & About Music: Inga Swearingen performing in Berkeley Friday, June 10

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday June 07, 2011 - 04:16:00 PM

Inga Swearingen, who's been a regular on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion public radio show--and who performed engagingly a couple years ago at the old Freight & Salvage--is back with her lively mix of jazz standards, traditional folk songs and popular music from around the world, performing with her sister Britta and guitarist Jeff Miley--sharing the stage with "The Songwriting Siblings," Char and Robbie Rothschild of Round Mountain, from New Mexico, who play accordion, guitar, trumpet, highland bagpipes, djembe, cajon and kora, in a mix of "American grit" and world music styles. 

Inga, trained in opera, North Indian classical music and choral conducting, was raised on a farm on the Central Coast, near where she lives now. (An interview with her is on Search The Planet, July 16 2009.) Her song "Brick By Brick" was chosen Best Jazz--and Best Overall--Song by the New York Times in 2010. She sings a jazz classic like "Skylark" gorgeously, then a folk number, backing herself on guitar. Her "Swedish Farm Jazz" sound, including numbers from her latest CD, First Rain, will be onstage at 8 p.m. this Friday at the new Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, near Shattuck. Tickets: $20.50-$22.50. 644-2020;