7 degrees ensemble
through music and culture
We are a touring and recording chamber music ensemble of string and vocal musicians who offer high-caliber, sophisticated musical performances for festivals, special events and occasions. Founded in 2016, our mission is to make meaningful and transformative experiences for people through music and culture.
Join us for an unforgetable experience!
is a multi-instrumentalist based in San Francisco. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where he studied classical guitar with James Edwards, Jim Bachman, and Craig Russell, as well as ‘oud and ethnomusicology with Kenneth Habib. Kurt has taught guitar, ‘oud, and other plucked strings, and has performed guitar and classical Arabic music in various ensembles throughout California. Currently, Kurt is a J.D. Candidate at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
// voice, frame drum
is an internationally recognized mezzo-soprano, possessing an intrigue of world musics which she delivers in the rich colors and depths of her voice. Claire received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentrations in Opera and Middle Eastern Art Song, as well as a Minor in German Language and Literature from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, after which she went on to study Arabic Language and Recitation at Middlebury College. She has performed in operas and orchestral concerts in venues throughout North America, Russia, South Korea, China, Germany, Austria, Spain and Portugal. Notable performances include Ms. MacKenzie’s collaboration with the late Grammy Award Winner, Al Jarreau, and her Carnegie Hall solo debut of the Rahbani Brothers’ Andalousiyyāt Suite. Currently, Ms. MacKenzie studies with Eugene Brancoveanu and Ali Paris, and she is in pursuit of an MM and PhD in Performing Arts and Music Education through Boston University’s College of Music. Claire also composes, arranges, and transcribes music for a number of ensembles and music organizations.
// classical guitar
is a Swedish born classical guitarist located in San Francisco. He recently completed a Master's of Music degree and is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Judicaël Perroy. Before moving to San Francisco, Jakob earned a Bachelor's Degree in classical guitar performance from Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden. He spent his last year of undergraduate studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, developing his interest for modern music and graduated with honors. Jakob has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, including the prestigious Matthew Wynbrant Guitar Award, second place in the SFCM Concerto Competition and scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Prince Carl Philip's Foundation for Music and Arts, among others.
// violin, piano, voice
is an emerging presence in the Bay Area. Originally from Chicago, she studied Fine Art and Elementary Education at North Park University. She is a versatile performer with experience in chamber music, blues and folk, underscoring for theatre, and sectional violin playing in various orchestras. Recent collaborations include Livermore Valley Opera Chorus, Solano Symphony,
Contemporary Opera Marin, The Bracebridge Dinners, The Zelda Chorus, The Chieftains,
National Geographic Symphony for Our World Chorus, and the 7 Degrees Ensemble. Aside from performing, Taryn teaches piano, violin, and voice in the East Bay and freelances as a Visual Designer.