Many know of Shervin Pishevar as a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, founder at Sherpa Ventures, and all-around badass in the tech industry. What many don’t know is that he has a knack for music composition as well. Last night, we had the opportunity to perform his original composition, Cleopatra, for an intimate audience in San Francisco.

The song was co-written with Yvette Holzwarth; he describes his creative journey here.

Drinking some bubbly after rehearsing Cleopatra

We were honored to get the call and hope to perform Cleopatra again. Thanks, Shervin, for having us!

Wedding season is in full swing, which means we’re traveling throughout Wine Country playing ceremonies, cocktail hours, and beyond! Yesterday we got to take part in Nathan and Shannon’s special day at Barndiva in Healdsburg, CA. The weather was perfect and everyone looked stunning!

Behind the scenes photo during the ceremony...shhhh!
Behind the scenes photo during the ceremony…shhhh!

In addition to some standard wedding repertoire, we threw in some of our jazz and pop favorites by The Beatles, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Taylor Swift, Etta James, and Lady Gaga.

Heather and Shaina
Heather and Shaina

Congratulations Nathan and Shannon! We had a blast. Thanks for having us on your special day!

Born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, Shaina Evoniuk founded Eclecta Quartet to give the Bay Area’s most talented female musicians a stage to shine. Here, she answers a few questions about her background, interests, and guilty pleasures.

Shaina Evoniuk, violin
Shaina Evoniuk, violin

How long have you been playing your instrument?
Since i was 5 – a lady doesn’t tell how many years that is.

Where did you attend school?
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

If you could time travel, what year would you hang out in?
1969, not far from the Bay Area!

Proudest musical moment?
Playing an original composition written by one of my favorite humans ever, with 40 of my favorite friends, for a riveted audience 60,000 at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Greatest influence(s) musically?
In no particular order: Basement Jaxx, Michael Jackson, everything the Metropole Orkest touches, Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Stéphane Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, and all [good] disco strings

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A white tiger

Guilty pleasure pop song?
Chandelier by Sia

Other groups you’re involved with?
Jazz Mafia, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, Trio Menage, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Trio Cordas, and many more!