Cosa Nostra Strings (Jazz Mafia)
A branch of the illustrious Jazz Mafia, COSA NOSTRA STRINGS specializes in original Hybrid Crossover music. 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, utilizing their unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent. 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 2019 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, The Soiled Dove, and concluded with a performance at Kennedy Center with GRAMMY-winning composer Mason Bates. In July 2019, Cosa performed with acclaimed 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, and founding violinist Shaina E. Cosa is currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released in 2020.