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Jason Victor Serinus ZOOM’s the SFAS
August 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Saturday, August 1st, from 1-3 pm
World Famous Stereophile writer/equipment reviewer, whistler extraordinaire, opera critic, and writer for dozens of other print and online publications.
Probably most famous (in our circle) for his past role as head of the Bay Area Audiophile Society (BAAS). Please see Jason’s extensive experience:
Born in Manhattan, raised on Long Island, and schooled at Amherst, Jason Victor Serinus soon began to question everything. Around 1980, the same year his whistling as “The Voice of Woodstock” in the Emmy-nominated Peanuts cartoon, She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, debuted on North American television, Jason grew suspicious of a cable evaluation by Julian Hirsch that “proved” that cables do not affect sound. After buying some heavy stranded wire at a hardware store in San Rafael and listening for himself on his used ARs, he said goodbye to Hirsch and slowly began to upgrade his system.Sometime in the 1990s, Jason’s friend, Joey Cain, spotted a classified ad for the Bay Area Audiophile Society in the Chronicle or Examiner. That led, first, to Jason’s humble beginnings as an online reviewer (after BAAS co-founder Dennis Davis sent out a query on the behalf of a publication) and, eventually, to taking over BAAS after Dennis moved on. Circa 2000, Jason also began reviewing recordings and writing weekly Critic’s Picks for the East Bay Express. His first contribution to Stereophile appeared in 2004.Jason spent 46 years in the Bay Area, mainly in Oakland. His last 10 years in the Bay were spent in the East Oakland hood affectionately known as “Murder Dubs,” where he often hosted BAAS meetings between strategizing with the police and neighbors about the drug dealing and murders on and around his block. After 10 years of misery, Jason and his Oakland-born husband, David, made the big move in the summer of 2014. After discovering themselves priced out of the Bay Area market, they migrated with their three rabid terrorers and three perpetually-tanked fish to Port Townsend, WA, where they welcome deer rather than drug-dealing Norteños to walk down their street with impunity. Jason continues to contribute to Stereophile, San Francisco Classical Voice, Classical Voice North America, American Record Guide, Bay Area Reporter, Port Townsend Leader, and other publications.
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