Berkeley native, Bay Area musician, bass player, Kurt Ribak came into the KZSC studio to talk about his music and two upcoming gigs this coming Sunday at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and Monday at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Kurt plays the piano/keyboards, upright bass, electric bass, cello, and drums. He is a composer and collaborator in several bands, Kurt Ribak Trio, The pickPocket Ensemble and the Kurt Ribak Quintet. His style of music is soulful, eclectic, and accessible original jazz.

Kurt plays in a wide variety of musical settings including experimental music, opera, reggae, and circus bands.  He shares the stage with a mix of performers ranging from preachers to strippers (although not at the same time).

The first show we talked about was the San Francisco Free Folk Festival event happening this weekend. The pickPocket Ensemble will play June 26, next Sunday at 7pm on the main stage of the SF Free Folk Festival happening at 450 30th Ave at Geary in SF.

The second show will be Yoshi’s Oakland the very next day, Monday, June 27th also at 8:00pm  with his Kurt Ribak Quintet Featuring: Greg Sankovich, Lincoln Adler, Rob Hart & Ross Wilson and Special Guests – vocalists Lorna K and Sheilani Alix.

To hear our interview,  press the play button: [haiku url=”″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a twitvid we took right before the show outside the KZSC station in the Redwoods:


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