Photo by Nino Fernandez

Photo by Nino Fernandez

A branch of the illustrious Jazz Mafia, COSA NOSTRA STRINGS, specializes in original Hybrid Crossover music. Ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads and everything in between, they utilize their unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent. This five-piece powerhouse crew features conservatory trained classical musicians who bring a provocative, precise, punk-rock personality to a highly distinguished multi-style sound. Spanning centuries of genres, you’ll hear diverse influences from around the world: funk infusion, folk, western chamber music, jazz, and most certainly 80’s rock ballads (because a set wouldn’t be quite complete without them!).

Cosa’s successful 2018/19 season included feature performances at SFJAZZ - where they were named young artists to look out for - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Blue Note Napa, Point Richmond Jazz, Yoshi’s, UnderCover Presents, an eight-week run with The Soiled Dove, and will conclude with a performance at Kennedy Center with GRAMMY-winning composer Mason Bates.

In July 2019, Cosa performed with dancers Lil Buck & Jon Boogz for a sold out crowd of 10,000 people for Despertares in Guadalajara, Mexico. Recent releases include collaborations with Lilan Kane, Otis McDonald, The T Sisters, founding violinist Shaina E. Cosa is currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released in 2020.