Kate Weare Company : Artists

The Crooked Jades, Composer

The Crooked Jades are a San Francisco based string band whose credits include Bright Land (2010). Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future.

Current Dancers

  • Douglas Gillespie, Guest Artist
  • Julian De Leon, Dancer and Rehearsal Director
  • Nicole Vaughan-Diaz, Dancer
  • Ryan Rouland Smith, Dancer
  • Kayla Farrish, Dancer
  • Thryn Saxon, Dancer
  • Current Collaborators

  • Sarah Cubbage, Costume Designer
  • Mike Faba, Lighting Designer
  • Curtis Robert Macdonald, Composer
  • Clifford Ross, Set Designer and Fabric Imagery
  • Kurt Perschke, Set Designer
  • Past Collaborators

  • Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, Composer
  • The Crooked Jades, Composer
  • Michel Galante of Argento Chamber Ensemble, Composer
  • Christopher Lancaster, Composer
  • Brian Jones, Lighting Designer
  • Past Dancers

  • Leslie Kraus, Dancer
  • T.J. Spaur, Dancer
  • Adrian Clark, Founding Dancer
  • Luke Murphy, Dancer Emeritus
  • Jacquelyn Elder, Dancer Emeritus
  • Marlena Penney Oden, Dancer Emeritus
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