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 season included feature performances at SFJAZZ - where they were named young artists to look out for - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Point Richmond Jazz, Yoshi’s, UnderCover Presents, and an eight week run with The Soiled Dove. They are also heavily featured on violinist Shaina Evoniuk’s recent release Hitwoman Honey, and are currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released in 2019.
An instrumental-based band, Cosa Nostra Strings thrives in collaboration! They have collaborated with members of The Roots, Blackalicious, Beats Antique, and the most in-demand rap artists on the West Coast. Upcoming releases include collaborations with The T Sisters, Otis McDonald and Lilan Kane. They will give you the unexpected and you will most certainly want more!