Arts & Culture

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beacon Singer's Music Benefits Autism Awareness

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Vievannessa
  • Vievannessa

When I have the space to do it, it feels good to give a shout-out to a good cause here at the Daily Dose. This is one of those times: Beacon singer-songwriter Vievannessa recently released ECHO, a three-song digital EP whose sales will benefit autism advocacy efforts in the region.

“‘Beautiful Things’ was the title song of my EP that I released many years ago,” says Vievannessa about one of the tracks on offer. “It was inspired by the birth of my first son and the events of 9/11. Fifty percent of the proceeds from downloads of this and all my music will go to the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley. I feel the song is just as relevant today as it was almost 16 years ago, because of the current social and political climate.”

And here it is:

Vievannessa’s ECHO and other music is available for streaming and purchase at https://vievanessa.hearnow.com/.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giacomo Gates Swings into Kingston on Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Giacomo Gates
  • Giacomo Gates

Jazzstock promoters/musicians Teri Roiger and John Menegon's Jazz at the Senate Garage series continues this Thursday with an appearance by Giacomo Gates with the Don Miller Trio.

Gates is a cool-school classic jazz singer who’s renowned for his smoky timbre, aerobatic scatting, and instrument-imitating vocalese. A jazz educator in Connecticut, he studied with the great Sarah Vaughn and has released seven albums as a leader, the latest being 2015’s Everything is Cool. Kerhonkson bassist Miller has spent much of the last four decades performing, recording, and touring with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Nat Adderly, Larry Coryell, Mark Murphy, Freddy Cole, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, David Amram, Dakota Staton, and literally too many others to list.

Here, Gates swings “Lady Be Good” live in 2013:

Giacomo Gates and the Don Miller Trio will perform at the Senate Garage in Kigston, New York, this Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. Jazzstock shows take place at the venue every other Thursday of the month. For more information, call (914) 388-7357 or visit http://www.jazzstock.com/index/.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ultraam Unveils New Sounds Online

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Ultraam
  • Ultraam

Last week, everyone’s Hudson Valley space-improv band, Ultraam, unveiled The A EP, the first of four digital-only EPs the group is releasing as the lead-up to next month’s drop of their full-length debut, The Pastures of Ultraam.

The instrumental outfit has been blowing minds since 2014 and features Mercury Rev’s Jeff Mercel and Grasshopper and their fellow veteran local players Matthew Cullen, Chris Turco, D. James Goodwin, Marc Ferraro, and Eli Walker. If you haven’t stepped inside the space oven at one of their too-infrequent area gigs, well, then, my friend, I’m afraid you’re nothing but a sad, ground-tethered Earth mortal.

Here’s the link to download The A EP, as well as the band’s forthcoming and earlier releases via Bandcamp:

https://ultraam.bandcamp.com/album/the-a-ep

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Baird Hersey and Prana Cut Protest Track

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Baird Hersey
  • Baird Hersey

In the current issue of Chronogram, John Burdick reviews Chiaroscuro, the new release by Baird Hersey and Prana with guest percussionists Nexus:

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/cd-reviews-baird-hersey-and-prana-with-nexus/Content?oid=2477710.

Hersey, a Woodstocker and a NEA Composition Fellow, formed the harmonic singing group Prana in 2000 and has led the ensemble through four albums thus far. In response to the present and dangerous US political situation, he and the group have stepped out of their usual purely spiritual style to record “Stand Up!,” which Hersey describes as “ a song for resistance.”

“‘Stand Up!’ is meant to motivate, inspire, and uplift those who are resisting the present administration’s use of fear, hate, and division to subvert the Constitution and seize power from every American,” he says. The track features singers Hersey, Amy Fradon, Kirsti Gholson, Timothy Hill, and Bruce Milner and drummer Jerry Marotta.

Hear it hear:

Funds from the song's sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It's available for download at CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bairdherseyprana3.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Janka Nabay Brings Bubu Music to North Adams

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Janka Nabay
  • Janka Nabay

Bubu is the traditional music of the Temne people of Sierra Leone, a form originally used in witchcraft ceremonies and later adapted as processional music for Ramadan. The style was updated again in the 1990s during the Sierra Leonean Civil War by singer Janka Nabay, who will perform at Mass MoCA this Saturday.

The underlying message of bubu, Nabay maintains, is one of peace, good governance, and the empowerment of women. Although it has traditionally been played using bamboo and metal-pipe flutes and hand percussion, Nabay retooled the music by adapting it for modern electronic instrumentation. His early recordings became the rallying soundtrack for young rebels who were attempting to overthrow the government; this led to his fleeing to America to escape imprisonment. After a few years in Philadelphia, Nabay landed in Brooklyn and formed the Bubu Gang, which recently debuted on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label with En Yay Sah.

Here’s the official video for the En Yah Sah track “Somebody”:

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang will perform at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on March 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred. For more information, call (413) 662-2111 or visit http://massmoca.org/.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Iva Bittova and Others Perform in Stone Ridge on Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Iva Bittova

With the present administration and its minions seemingly intent on making our country into a totalitarian state, it’s been helpful for me to ruminate on the 2014 story I did about local avant garde vocalist and violinist Iva Bittova. Born in the Czech Republic, she was part of the experimental Prague underground of musicians and artists who begat the Velvet Revolution, a movement that saw poet Vaclav Havel become the country’s president. “Despite the attempts of the country’s Iron Curtain government to stamp it out,” I wrote, “from the late 1960s to the early 1980s a boldly dissenting arts subculture thrived in the hidden shadows of Czechoslovakia.” As a perhaps unwitting example of what can occur in the face of such seemingly insurmountable suppression, Bittova has been especially active of late, releasing a new album and performing locally; she, vocalist/guitarist Timothy Hill, and pianist/percussionist Antonin Fajt will perform and conduct a voice workshop this Saturday at MaMA (Marbletown Multi-Arts).

Bittova’s style fuses early and modern classical music, rock, and the folk and gypsy melodies of her native land, where she rose to fame with the alternative rock band Dunaj. Since emigrating to the U.S., she has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, and released solo albums on Nonesuch and ECM Records. Hill, an early pioneer of harmonic singing with David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, has been called a virtuoso of the technique by the New York Times and has worked with Pete Seeger, Jeff Buckley, John Cage, and Pauline Oliveros. Fajt, Bittova’s son, is a pianist and percussionist, and, like Bittova and Hill, a composer.

Here’s a cut from At Home, the new album by Bittova and her band Cikori:

Iva Bittova, Timothy Hill, and Antonin Fajt will perform at MaMA in Stone Ridge on March 11 at 8pm; the voice workshop will take place from 1 to 6pm. The workshop is open to all and will consist of two two-hour sessions separated by a one-hour break. The cost is $100 for the workshop and concert, or $20 for the concert only. For more information, call (845) 687-6090 or visit http://www.cometomama.org/.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Charlie Hunter Jams in Marlboro Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Charlie Hunter
  • Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter’s approach is like few other guitarists in jazz: a colorful sound that blends bass notes with standard chords via his custom-made, eight-string Novax guitar. Local lovers of fine music (and guitar nerds) will be able to experience the virtuoso’s unique art in person when he performs at the Falcon next week.

Born in San Francisco in 1968, Hunter was initially inspired by guitar stylists Joe Pass and Tuck Andress. With album and tune titles that often bring a dose of humor to a medium some perceive as being overly serious—among my favorites are 2010’s Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid and last year’s Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth—Hunter’s music effortlessly blends bop, fusion, funk, reggae, soul, and other genres. His many collaborators include singers Norah Jones, Mos Def, and Kurt Elling; DJ Logic; Arrested Development guitarist Dionne Farris; and, perhaps most frequently, Hudson-area drummer Bobby Previte.

This video captures Hunter, Previte, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke recording at Future Past Studio in Hudson during the Everybody Has a Plan… sessions:

Charlie Hunter will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on March 10 at 7pm. Donation suggested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Place to Bury Strangers to Play Free Show in Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A Place to Bury Strangers
  • A Place to Bury Strangers

Quinn’s keeps on killing it with the awesome rock and jazz gigs lately (recall the recent dates from the Fleshtones, Joe McPhee, and others). The winning streak continues this month with a free (!) show by New York noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, who take over the Beacon restaurant/nightery on March 7.

Formed in 2003, the trio—whose name is often abbreviated APTBS—throws up an epic wall of roaring, shoegazey, psychedelic space rock, which thus far has been blasted across four studio albums and a spate of EPs. The band’s latest full-length is 2015’s Transfixiation, which was released on the uber-hep Dead Oceans label.

Immerse yourself in the official video for the Transfixiation track “Straight”:

A Place to Bury Strangers will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, with 100 And Zero and MSL on March 7 at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blueberry Goes '80s Retro with New Track

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Blueberry
  • Blueberry

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from one of our favorite Hudson Valley soul rockers, Blueberry (AKA Gwen Snyder Siegal)—but with two young children under her wing, it’s not hard to understand why. So it was nice to learn last week that as of this month Ms. B is back on the pop map with a new digital single.

Although Snyder-Siegal is herself a fine songwriter, her newly unveiled track is a cover tune: a lush remake of the Psychedelic Furs’ 1982 hit “Love My Way.” Check it out:

“Love My Way” by Blueberry is available for download at iTunes and other online locations:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-my-way-single/id1195172494

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tin Horn Uprising Makes a Joyful Noise

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Tin Horn Uprising
  • Tin Horn Uprising

The current political climate has launched a wave of protest not seen in America since the 1960s, and with the advent of the Internet displays of dissent are being manifested in all kinds of creative ways. But although petitions, direct correspondence with governmental representatives, letters to publication editors, boycotts, and other methods can be very effective tools for getting the point across, old-fashioned, nonviolent, boots-on-the-ground/sign-in-the-hand public rallies and marches are still imperative. And if you’re marching, how great is it to have a stirring live musical soundtrack? Enter the local activist brass marching band Tin Horn Uprising.

Recalling the revolutionary brass bands of Europe and named in honor of the Tin Horn Rebellion, which took place in upstate New York during the 1839-1946 Anti-Renter movement, the Kingston-based collective “support[s] actions, marches, rallies, and events across the Hudson Valley.” Perhaps, like me, you're among the thousands of protestors at recent anti-Trump and pro-Affordable Care Act rallies in New Paltz, Kinderhook, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and other Hudson Valley cities who've been uplifted and inspired by their jubilant din.

“We are currently looking for opportunities to join your work, and are always looking for new band members—which includes banner holders, dancers, puppeteers, and flag wavers,” says the open-to-all band’s website. “As we step into this New Year and new regime, we ask you to dust off your clarinet, trombone or marching snare-drum, pull your high school marching band uniform from the attic, and once again sound the call for political action with us.”

Here’s a link to Tin Horn Uprising’s Facebook page, which has videos of the group in action at various gatherings:

https://www.facebook.com/tinhornuprising/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

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