No matter what your taste in music, there is most likely something for you in August. To reserve a seat for any concert or workshop, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Check out the concerts:
Thursday, August 6th - 8 p.m. $10 -Luminescent Orchestrii with
David Symons and Friends opening
ABOUT THE BAND
The members of the Orchestrii come from different scenes in New York City, yet come together through their love of Balkan and Gypsy music. Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old-time fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, and Benjy Fox-Rosen is a free-jazz bassist. It is not uncommon to find Sxip playing tampon applicators with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Rima composing music for a Lorca puppet show, Benjy schlepping his bass to a jazz gig, or Sarah fiddling away at some all-night old-time session.
Since 2002, when the band was formed, the Luminescent Orchestrii has toured the East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany, and have traveled to Romania, Macedonia, Turkey and Serbia for inspiration. They most recently returned from Serbia's DragoÄevo Trumpet Festival, a 47-year-old festival that takes place in the small town of GuÄa, where hordes of competing gypsy brass bands take to the streets and restaurants.
Pretty in Pink presented by Yasmia & Aysun Dance Company
An evening of Middle Eastern dance celebrating the strength and beauty of women. Benefitting DragonHeart VT.
Greg Davis Presents:
Greg Davis Presents:
Thursday, August 13th, 2009@North End Studio
8pm $7 all ages
Mazes (Joe Grimm & Ben Russell)
After touring extensively through Europe with PEACE NOISE and debuting at festivals in Bordeaux and Madrid in their newest incarnation, light-
noise duo MAZES will be embarking on their first U.S. tour.
Positioned behind a fistful of audio circuits and a pair of 16mm film projectors, film artist Ben Russell sprays white light in pulsating patterns onto your optic nerves, shaping sound and eyebeam with fingers/hands that intercede between lens and screen. A photon's throw away, sound artist Joe Grimm weaves a tangle of hand-built electronics into a skin of noise, a further manifestation of light pattern and intensity as real time audio. Light is sound is light, cause and effect and chaos and hypnosis, again and again and again.
Spontaneous improvisational composition by form and function is the basis for Lichens. Injecting evolution and natural process into the art form is key. Reflection of internalized experience illuminates symbiosis, serendipity and syncronicity ultimately opening the door.
Mistakeisms prevail, time only tells and future past is the next window.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is Lichens.
Through collaboration Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has worked with White/ Light, Cloudland Canyon, Michael Zerang, Joshua Micah Abrams, Alan Licht, Hisham Bharoocha, Rose Lazar, Bird Show (Ben Vida), Doug Aitken, Butchy Fuego and Om.
Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul
Mirror Phases (Joe Grimm & Lauren Carter)
The collaboration of media artist couple Joe Grimm and Lauren Carter, MIRROR PHASES uses electrical audio feedback to explore the circular exchanges between individuals: mutual influence, interference, boundary loss, sex. Two people create sound individually and route these sounds to one another through a byzantine network of cables.
Each receives audio from the other, which modulates, interrupts, and tunes current feedback patterns -- and then sends individual sonic components outward, to modulate the other’s patterns. These interpenetrating paths of sonic influence are endlessly variable. The audible result is a combination of the efforts of both. There is no way to know where the sounds of one person end and the sounds of the other begin; instead, a third presence is born, a self-sustaining emergent force that subsumes both players.
out now : 'mutually arising' cd on kranky out now : 'primes' cd on autumn records out now : sun circle 's/t' lp on lichen / autumn
Saturday, August 15th - Grey Larsen & Cindy Kallet -
Workshops 11-1 & 1:30-3:30 & Concert - 8 p.m.
Workshops $25 for one, $45 for two, Concert $12
Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, have joined musical forces in a new duo. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America's finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. As composers each has contributed to the unique tapestry of contemporary folk and world music as it exists and flourishes in America today. Together, they weave songs and tunes of vibrant color and rich texture.
Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe calls Cindy "...one of folk music's most respected songwriters... provocative, heartwise, and original ...a brilliant guitarist... ". Mike Joyce of the Washington Post calls Grey "... a gifted multi-instrumentalist who consistently demonstrates his melodic finesse," while The New Mexico Daily describes his playing as "positively spellbinding".
The duo's repertoire includes Cindy's sparkling original songs, distinctive settings of traditional Irish music, Scandinavian fiddle duets, old-time fiddle and guitar tunes from southern Indiana, and new music that Cindy and Grey are inventing together. There is plenty of variety and breadth of musical territory here, all deeply rooted in folk traditions, and interwoven with the renaissance and baroque counterpoint in which both Cindy and Grey, coincidentally, were immersed while growing up. Included are vocal duets, guitar, Irish flute, Irish alto flute, tin whistle, concertina, harmonium, and duet fiddling, and plenty of stories that put the music into a personal context. For more on Cindy and Grey,please visit http://www.cindykallet.com/ and http://www.greylarsen.com/.
Saturday, August 15 Morning Workshops with Grey Larsen and Cindy Kallet - $25 ($45 for any two Cindy and/or Grey workshops)
Beginning Tin Whistle Workshop
Saturday, August 15, 11 am- 1 pm
This workshop is for beginning-level players of the tin whistle, one of the most popular instruments of traditional Irish music. You are welcome even if you have never played a note on the whistle. One of the best things you can do for yourself as a beginner is to form good habits right away, avoiding pitfalls that you would have to unlearn later. Bring a whistle in the key of D, and Grey will have a few Susato whistles available for purchase. We'll explore the rudiments of playing, including holding the instrument in a relaxed way, fingering, breathing and phrasing. We'll learn a few simple melodies, and if there's time we'll take a first look at Irish ornamentation techniques. No music reading is necessary, though some free handouts will be available. Becoming familiar with the sounds of traditional Irish music before attending the workshop will be very helpful. Feel free to bring an audio recorder if you wish. My books will be available to purchase at the workshop: The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox and The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle. If you wish to view free excerpts from these books, you may do so at
Arranging Songs for Guitar and Voice (all levels)
Saturday, August 15, 11 am- 1 pm
Have you ever loved a song, but wanted to be more creative with an accompaniment? Do you notice that some songs like to have fancy arrangements, others simple? This workshop will be geared towards any level guitarist (though it will be helpful to be able to change chords fairly easily). Feel free to bring along a song and we'll try out some accompaniment possibilities that hopefully will expand your ideas about what a left hand and a right hand can do together!
Saturday, August 15 Afternoon Workshops with Grey Larsen and Cindy Kallet
Novice/Intermediate Irish Flute and Tin Whistle Workshop
Saturday, August 15, 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
This workshop is for novice and intermediate players of both Irish flute and tin whistle. Irish (wooden) flute and modern "Boehm system" flute players are both welcome. Whistle players need to bring a D whistle, and flutists can play tin whistle in the workshop if they prefer. You should be able to play at least a few Irish traditional tunes at a moderate speed. (If you are a beginner you are very welcome to attend, though the workshop will not be tailored for beginners.) We will delve into traditional Irish phrasing and ornamentation, as well as breathing strategies that enhance the phrasing and clarity of the music. No music reading is necessary, though handouts may be available. Emphasis will be on technique over repertoire. We will work with materials and concepts that Grey presents in his books, "The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle" and "The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox" (free excerpts are available at http://www.greylarsen.com/store/books.php). Music reading ability is not required. Feel free to bring an audio recorder.
Finding Melodies and Harmonies on Your Guitar (intermediate/advanced)
Saturday, August 15, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
This workshop is geared towards anyone who has difficulty picking out melodies and harmonies on the guitar. We'll explore some techniques that can make it easier for you to technically hang onto (or let go of!) a strum that includes a melodic line. We'll also try out some harmony-finding ideas. If you've got a song that you've been trying to do this with, bring it along.
To hear samples of cindy's music, please go to http://cindykallet.com/music
Please note that admission to Cindy and Grey's evening concert will be reduced to $10 for those who have attended one or two of these workshops.
Friday, August 21st - 8 p.m. - $10 - Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade - come to swing dance or just to listen!
About Miss Tess
Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year" – Boston Music Awards
Although it may be true that every musician is a dreamer, only the good ones can convince you to join in on their fantasies. Armed with a rhythm guitar, a songbook full of down-on-your-luck lyrics, and a seemingly endless supply of fancy hats, Miss Tess is reimagining the golden age of jazz in 21st-century Boston and taking the rest of us along for the ride.
Tess finds her muse in anything old-fashioned, harking back to that bygone era when musicians wore suits or dresses and jazz was played as often in ballrooms as in bars. Accompanied by The Bon Ton Parade, a small ensemble that leans heavily on brushed drums and saxophone, the group taps into that laid-back cabaret sound that appeals to the vagabond lurking inside of all of us.
Tess has recorded four albums of standards and original songs, but the best way to experience her is live. A her smoky voice drags seductively behind the rhythm, she transforms even the dingiest barroom into a dance floor and tempts you–for one night, at least–to drift back to a classier time." –Justin Shatwell, Yankee Magazine
Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade ( http://www.charismaartist.com/artist_info.aspx?id=13 ) or ( www.misstessmusic.com ) - Groovy, Modern-vintage, 20's and 30's, Swing-Blues Infused Jazz. Winner of the 2008 Boston Music Award "Outstanding Folk Artists of the Year." Winner of the Eddie’s Attic shoot-out in Decatur. Performed along with Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett among others on the Cayamo Cruise and performed recently at the Washington Folk Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Passim, Iron Horse, Unity Center for the Performing Arts, Regattabar Jazz Fest, Blue Note NYC.
Kate Mohanty is working on another addition of Jazz night (NESJAZZ) for August 25th at 10 p.m. I will keep you posted as we have the names of the bands.
Also, it is rumored that Jesse Rosenfield is putting together a David Bowie retrospective and will preview it at NES on Thursday, August 2oth around 9 or so.
Also, check on earlier posts to see the classes and other regular events that have been going on all summer. Ballet is now only on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., Zumba is Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:45-6:45 p.m., and Saturday 9-10 a.m. Tango starts at 8 until 10 p.m. for the Summer. The only addition I know of is Forza will add a Thursday 6-7 p.m. class starting August 6th and will keep Monday 7-8 p.m. and Friday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. International Folk Dancing remains from 8-10 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Fridays.
If you have any ideas about presenting something at the North End Studio, now is the time to sign up for the Fall.
I hope to see you at something soon.