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Around & About Music: Fall Free For All; Inga Swearingen's Swedish Farm Jazz

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday September 21, 2011 - 03:08:00 PM

--The second Fall Free For All, a remarkable free seven hour slew of music, theater and dance performances around the UC campus, put on by Cal Performances, will be held this Sunday from 11-6, featuring such performers as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Wind Ensemble, American Bach Soloists, Fratelli marionettes (to St-Saens music), Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, UC Jazz Faculty, Sarah Cahill, Kirka vocal ensemble, C.K. Ladzekpo & African Music & Dance Ensemble, Los Cenzontles Mexican Music & Dance, SF Opera Adler Fellows, Axis Dance, BATS Improv, UC Departments of Music, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies--and more ... at locations from Sather Gate, Pauley Ballroom, Lower Sproul Plaza, Wheeler Auditorium, Hertz Hall, the Eucalyptus Grove, the Faculty Glade .. Free, no tickets required, food available. Information and schedule: 

--Inga Swearingen, first known as a regular on Prairie Home Companion, whose unusual combination of musical influences--from opera, jazz and choral music to Bossa Nova, North Indian music and Swedish and American folksongs--has resulted in her melodic "Swedish Farm Jazz" on a trio of albums, most recently "First Rain." Inga has performed with critical acclaim several times over the past few years at the Freight & Salvage, the JazzSchool, Peralta loft concerts and at local Jazz Vespers. (A clip from one of her Freight shows is at:

The vivacious singer from the Central Coast will be back in the Bay Area this Sunday, sets at 7 and 8 p. m. at the Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom at 23rd, San Francisco, $12-$15, with her band, singing everything from John Jacob Niles folksongs, classics like "Skylark," to her own hit, "Brick By Brick." (A profile of Inga in the July 7, 2009 edition of the Planet can be found at: )