A diverse lineup of jazz and other music highlights The Siskiyou Institute's spring concert series.

A diverse lineup of jazz and other music highlights The Siskiyou Institute's spring concert series. Look for chamber-music duo Paul McCandless and Motoshi Kosako; acoustic bass and piano duo Glen Moore and Dan Gaynor; and Gypsy jazz quartet Pearl Django.

The institute's New Artist Series will introduce three fresh acts: Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore; John Hoban and James Keigher; and J.D. Walter and Jim Ridl.

Vocalist Stone and fingerstyle guitarist Gore, playing together as The Sing Strings, kick off the series at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $15, $10 for Siskiyou Institute members.

Based in San Francisco, Stone and Gore are not newcomers to the music scene. By the time Stone was 20, she had earned a degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University. She's performed, toured and recorded with various rock, pop and jazz musicians around the Bay Area.

Gore's show, "International Guitar Night," has toured the country and abroad 17 times. The show features guitarists from around the world, such as Pierre Bensusan of France, Ralph Towner from the band Oregon and British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. A seventh, live CD by Gore's group was just released on Warner Canada's Pacific Music label.

But Stone and Gore only recently began playing music together.

"Scheherazade has received a lot of acclaim for jazz and pop," says Gore. "She's super talented, and I've had my eye on her for years. But I was too shy to ask her to perform with me."

When Gore did get around to introducing himself to Stone, the connection was instantaneous. She liked Gore's lyrics, and he arranged some of her pop songs to better showcase her vocals.

The two forged their eclectic musical styles into emotive, nuanced, original songs for vocals and guitar.

Their new CD, "Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore: The Sing Strings," was released last year on their independent label.

Other acts set for the New Artist Series include Irish musician Hoban.

Hoban is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, accordion, mandolin and harmonica, to name a few. He'll be joined May 12 by Keigher of Celtic duo Men of Worth. A new jazz duo from New York, featuring vocalist Walter and pianist Ridl, is set to perform June 24. All shows in the New Artist Series will be presented at Paschal Winery.

A few more notables will be included in The Siskiyou Institute's featured concerts at the Old Siskiyou Barn, says Artistic Director Ed Dunsavage.

"Two members of the group Oregon, Paul McCandless and Glen Moore, will perform with emerging artists," says Dunsavage.

Oregon is a well-known chamber-jazz ensemble in its 40th year. It was formed in 1971 by Towner, McCandless, Moore and percussionist Collin Walcott.

Reed player McCandless will bring Japanese harpist Kosako of the Stockton Symphony Orchestra to Ashland for a show Friday, April 22, and upright bassist Moore will perform May 6 with jazz pianist Dan Gaynor.

McCandless and Kosako have a new CD titled "Place in the Heart" on Makk Records International. Moore and Gaynor have been performing together around the Portland area.

From Seattle, Pearl Django will perform behind its newest CD, "System D," on the band's Modern Hot Records, May 26 at Paschal Winery.

"They also have a new guitarist," says Dunsavage. "Troy Chapman replaced Neil Andersson, who retired from the band after 16 years. Chapman is the featured guitarist on the new album."

New to the 2011 Siskiyou Institute series are pre-show conversations with McCandless and Moore.

For information and reservations, see www.siskiyouinstitute.com, call 541-488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com.