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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hudson's Ryder Cooley Contributes to Compilation

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

C. Ryder Cooley
  • C. Ryder Cooley

Multimedia performance artist and musician Ryder Cooley is certainly one of the Hudson Valley’s more memorable artists. On most Tuesday nights, she can be found swinging from a trapeze while hosting the open-mic session at Club Helsinki in Hudson with Hazel, the stuffed bighorn sheep’s head she wears strapped to her back (I’ve always been confused by the nomenclature, as the disembodied animal is actually a ram, the male of the species; presumably Hazel is a transgender bighorn).

Anyway, Cooley has mainly called Hudson home for the past few years, but she's also lived and worked in San Francisco and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In addition to accompanying herself on accordion, ukulele, and singing saw, she performs in the band the Dustbowl Faeries. Cooley recently contributed “Ghosts of Love,” a track of her spectral, acoustic freak folk to Atrocity Exhibition: Year One (Independent), a compilation of acts who’ve appeared at Brooklyn’s ongoing, goth-centric Atrocity Exhibition.

Take a listen here:

Now take a peak at Cooley (on accordion) jamming at Club Helsinki with locals Ngounda Badilla and Lady Moon:

For more information on Atrocity Exhibition, visit https://www.facebook.com/AtrocityExhibition.brooklyn?_rdr. For more information on C. Ryder Cooley, visit http://crydercooley.com/.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Woodstock's Creative Music Foundation Gets Second Grammy Grant

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Creative Music Foundations Tedd Orr and Kerl Berger
  • Fionn Reilly
  • The Creative Music Foundation's Tedd Orr and Kerl Berger

Chronogram congrats go out once again to Woodstock’s Creative Music Foundation. For the second year in a row, the nonprofit organization has received a preservation grant from the Grammy Foundation to help restore, preserve, and digitize the archive of 551 concerts that were conducted at the fabled Creative Music Studio in the 1970s and 1980s. CMF was one of only 14 organizations to receive the prestigious grant ($13,720), will assist in the digitizing of 121 newly discovered recordings in the CMS Archive, to be permanently housed at the Columbia University Library.

Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman, the Creative Music Studio brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Often cited as the birthplace of “world jazz,” CMS paired musicians from myriad cultural traditions with improvising artists from the jazz realm and continues to conduct musical workshops and retreats via its parent organization. Artists in the CMS Archive include Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Frederic Rzewski, Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros, Paul Motian, Trilok Gurtu, Colin Walcott, Baba Olatunji, Nana Vasconcelos, Oliver Lake, Karl Berger, Garrett List, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jimmy Giuffre, and many more.

Check out some stunning footage from a 1981 CMS benefit concert featuring Pat Metheny, Dewey Redman, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, and Miroslav Vitous:

“We are honored to receive a Grammy grant for the second straight year,” says Rob Saffer, CMF’s executive director. “The credibility of this prestigious grant cannot be overstated. Along with our association with Columbia University, receiving a Grammy grant will help elevate the importance of CMS and will fuel fundraising for all of our activities, from workshop scholarships and recordings to our oral history and archive projects.”

For more information, visit www.creativemusicfoundation.org.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Launching Community and Eccentricity

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

A shark themed, handcrafted boat in the Wallkill River at the New Paltz Regatta - COURTESY OF THE NEW PALTZ REGATTA
  • Courtesy of the New Paltz Regatta
  • A shark themed, handcrafted boat in the Wallkill River at the New Paltz Regatta

When it comes to the New Paltz Regatta, maybe you’ve been like me lo these years and missed the boat. But it’s a tradition that dates back to 1955 when SUNY New Paltz students and fraternities stormed the streets with homemade rafts and launched them in the Wallkill River in a fabulous display of ingenuity. The event now encompasses all that we in the Hudson Valley hold dear: handcrafting, outdoor adventures, DIY events, and fun for fun’s sake.

It starts about noon on Main Street in downtown New Paltz, where people come to register their handmade, raft-style boats (no motors allowed). Around 1p, the hopefully seaworthy vessels parade down Water Street, displaying elaborate themes like the Wizard of Oz, the Titanic, and pirate ships, to the boat launch at Sojourner Truth Park on Plains Road.

First up is the rubber ducky race where people make bets as the bath toys wobble their way down the river. It’s a fundraiser for Family of New Paltz, the Regatta’s favorite charity.

Historical photo of the New Paltz Regatta on the Wallkill River and spectators on the Carmine Liberta Bridge - COURTESY OF THE NEW PALTZ REGATTA
  • Courtesy of the New Paltz Regatta
  • Historical photo of the New Paltz Regatta on the Wallkill River and spectators on the Carmine Liberta Bridge

Then at about 2p, boats launch for a low-pressure race as spectators line the Carmine Liberta Bridge and riverbanks to watch. Prizes are gift certificates donated by local businesses, and there are multiple opportunities to win in prize categories like Most Creative, Fastest, Funniest, and Most Likely to Sink. For those that do sink, the New Paltz police and fire department rescue services are there to help.

Now celebrating its 60th anniversary of the mostly annual event (there were a handful of years when there was no one to continue it), the New Paltz Regatta has evolved to be the largest free event in New Paltz. With a focus on community-mindedness, eccentricity, and the welcoming of summer, it’s attended every year by thousands of people from every ilk. “It’s a feel-good, community event,” says Theresa Fall, Chair of the New Paltz Regatta Committee. She’s one of just seven volunteers, but on the day of the Regatta, there are about 30-40 people helping to make it happen, including, in large part, the New Paltz Youth Program. They distribute and collect life vests, hang banners, help launch and dock boats, and provide direction to event-goers. “It takes a village,” Fall jokes.

And it’s a fun family day. DJ Bona-Q and the three-piece band, Yard Sale, will set the scene on the Guilded Otter lawn, and there are plenty of food options, including an organic hot dog cart, a Guilded Otter food truck, and donuts across the street. Don't miss the free bouncy house and face painting by the Woodcrest Community. You can even buy a 60th anniversary t-shirt to commemorate your experience and show your support.

The New Paltz Regatta: Main Street near Water Street Market and the Carmine Liberta Bridge in downtown New Paltz; Sunday, May 3rd, starting around noon; $25 to register, free to attend.

Want more waterfront fun? Check out the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association’s 2015 regatta schedule. Or join a rowing club with your children ages 12+. Offering an affordable opportunity to get out on the water regularly, the Mid Hudson Rowing Association meets in Poughkeepsie, and the Rondout Rowing Club meets in downtown Kingston.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jazz Events Planned in Germantown

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

John Coltrane
  • Chuck Stewart
  • John Coltrane

As you drive up Route 9G in Columbia County and pass through Germantown, the quaint village may not strike you as a jazz mecca. But for decades it was the home of saxophone legend Sonny Rollins. So how about that? And this weekend Germantown’s jazz connection will live on via two exceptional events at the town’s historic Central House Hotel.

On Saturday, it’s “Jazz in G’Town,” a special intimate performance by vibraphone great Joe Locke. One of today’s absolute masters of the instrument, Locke has made several fine albums as a leader and lent his lyrical chops to recordings by such figures as Kenny Barron, Freddy Cole, Eddie Henderson, and Grover Washington, Jr. His trio features drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Ricky Rodriguez. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance.

Here’s Locke live in 2012:

Sunday features the opening of “Masters of Jazz,” an exhibition of the work of photographer Chuck Stewart. The protégé of legendary jazz lensman Herman Leonard, Stewart worked the New York City music scene in the early fifties capturing notable jazz luminaries representing Latin jazz, big band, bebop, cool jazz, and more, as well as bands and vocalists representing rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, pop, Broadway, film, and television. His evocative portraits include iconic images of John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaugh, and many others. The exhibit will run through May 2.

Both events are being presented by Planet Arts in conjunction with the Jazz in G’Town Project, ARTspace, and Art & Collaboration. For more information, call (518) 945-2669 or visit www.planetarts.org.

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"The Fantasticks" at the Culinary Institute

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM


The world's longest-running musical comes to Hyde Park for the opening of the Half Moon Theatre's spring season.

"The Fantasticks" tells the story of two teenaged neighbors divided by a wall, and the manipulation conducted by their fathers to make them fall in love. A fake feud, a staged kidnapping, and a drop of resentment combine in a recipe for an unforgettable performance.

Director Michael Schiralli has loved "The Fantasticks" since first seeing it in the early 80`s in Greenwich Village. "Its deceptively simple plot of first love and self-discovery is as poignant today as when it opened in 1960," he says.

The cast includes Michael Padgett (El Gallo), Emily Wexler (Luisa), Andrew Joseph Martin (Matt), Paul Kassel* (Hucklebee), David Simpatico* (Bellomy), Roger Hendricks Simon* (Henry, the old actor), Wayne Pyle* (Mortimer), and Deborah Coconis* (The Mute).


In conjunction with the performances, the CIA will be opening the Caterina de' Medici on Saturday nights. A new spring menu for "family-style" dining will be offered on April 25 and May 2, with antipastas, salads, pastas, and dessert for $39 per person. On May 9, the same $39 per person deal will be available from the regular menu.

"The Fantasticks" will be showing from April 24-May 10 on the weekends. A postperfomance celebration will take place with the cast and crew on April 25, complete with a signature cocktail. A pre-show talk with the director will take place before the April 26 performance at 1:20pm. On May 1, a pre-show discussion with Chef Theodore Roe about the new CIA "pop-up" restaurant, Pangea, will occur.

* = Half Moon Theatre company member

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Authors, Readers, and Writers Unite at Word Café

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM


Nina Shengold had an idea. As the books editor here at Chronogram, she would interview an author (who also tend to be educators) for one of her articles, and drive away thinking, "Man, I wish I could be in their class."

Nina Shengold, left, with Darnell L. Moore, Marlon Peterson, and Kiese Laymon at Word Café in November 2014.
  • Nina Shengold, left, with Darnell L. Moore, Marlon Peterson, and Kiese Laymon at Word Café in November 2014.

She decided to come up with an ad hoc classroom of her own. Thus, Word Café was born, a hybrid class/workshop in which a guest writer reads a selection of their work, Shengold asks more about its content or style as mediator, participants ask questions of their own, and then, the magic happens. A 15-minute midclass break introduces a writing prompt and the opportunity for participants to begin a project to spend more time on at home. They're invited to stand and read what they've written for feedback and praise.

The break, she says, is her favorite part. "There’s something very moving about the kind of communal focus of 30 or 40 people writing intensely in silence...Usually someone gets up after 15 minutes and just blows us away."

Word Café acts as a kind of connecting place, Shengold explains. "Writing is a really solitary thing. It’s for people who do that by themselves at home to get together with other people who do that themselves at home."

In addition to the sessions, a weekly newsletter is distributed with events, publications, and other groups or activities participants are involved in. Shengold describes it as "a kind of bulletin board."

At Outdated: An Antique Café, where the weekly meetings are held, participants are free to grab food or coffee during the sessions, though they're typically too busy to do so during the break. “Last week, not one person moved. I felt bad for the barista," Shengold says, laughing. "Everyone just sat there and wrote.”

Each class is $15, which can be paid in advance online with a credit card or at the door with cash or check. In addition, the featured author's books are available for sale every week, signed by that week's guest. Word Café is sponsored by Chronogram, The Golden Notebook, and Outdated: An Antique Café.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

24-Hour Drone Festival Happens in Hudson

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM


There’s certainly been a lot of negative talk in the news about drones over the last few years. But we’re here today to talk about another, less, controversial kind of drone: the sustained, humming sound that occurs in nature and has been replicated by man since time immemorial for its mysterious, hypnotic, and meditative qualities. And it’s that definition of the word that’s the focus of the US inaugural 24-Hour Drone festival, which will run this Saturday and Sunday at Basilica Hudson and is being co-presented with Holland’s Le Guess Who? festival.

Subtitled “Experiments in Sound and Music” and promising “a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun,” the event will kick off Saturday afternoon and continue straight through until the following afternoon. Set in the round in Basilica’s cavernous main room, the program features musicians from the region and beyond experimenting in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-Western, and instrumental drone music, with the continuous sonic torch being passed, uninterrupted, from one act to the next over the course of the cycle. Performers include Prurient, Bobby Previte, SUUNS, Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Zs), Arone Dyer (Buke and Gace), Patrick Higgins (Zs), Alexander Turnquist, Brian Dewan, Randy Gibson, Eric Fraser, Ultraam, yours truly, and others. The event will be streamed at www.wgxc.org in its entirety, with selected hours broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM in the upper Hudson Valley.

As a taster, here’s Prurient’s 2013 track “You Show Great Spirit”:

24-Hour Drone will take place from 3pm on Saturday, April 25 until 3pm on Sunday, April 26. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (518) 822-1050 or visit http://basilicahudson.com/.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Finding a Way with your Teen

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Wayfinder Experience for grown-ups at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY - COURTESY OF OMEGA INSTITUTE FOR HOLISTIC STUDIES, RHINEBECK, NY, EOMEGA.ORG
  • Courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY, eOmega.org
  • The Wayfinder Experience for grown-ups at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

Adolescence is often that time when parents and teens retreat to their corners, and wait for the bell. But parents know it doesn’t have to be like that, and that, no matter how much independence they want to claim, kids don’t want it to be like that either. Omega Institute in Rhinebeck has a way to get out of the ring and into a whole new realm.

Based in Kingston, The Wayfinder Experience is an org that offers a safe environment in natural landscapes to explore cooperative gaming and improvisational theater. They run summer camps, school programs, as well as the Wayfinder Experience workshops for adults and teens at Omega, which is on April 24-26 this spring. The program is unique because it places participants in situations where they can apply leadership skills and team-building through imaginary play, character development, movement, and mask-work. It's an epic experience that, on a larger level, enhances personal and communal awareness. “As a 13-14-year-old girl, playing in the adventure game was deeply transformational,” says Melissa Bowe, co-founder of the Wayfinder Experience. “I had the space to explore sides of myself I didn't know yet - from the fearless warrior that wasn't scared of death (it took me a few games to get there) to the reflective, wise alchemist - the game carved out a space for me that was safe and even cool to explore different parts of myself.”

For parents and teens, experiencing it together on Omega’s lush campus is a thrill unto itself. Because teens must be accompanied by an adult, there’s a Wayfinder for grown-ups scheduled concurrently with the teen one (or adults can take any of the other delicious workshops scheduled that weekend). Teens room with their parents and enjoy tasty, healthy meals together, plus time at the lake, bookstore, or other campus attractions during breaks in the programming. It's just the right balance between shared interests, bonding time, and independence that a parent-teen couple crave.

The Wayfinder Experience: A Role-Playing Adventure for Grown-Ups and for Teens Ages 12-17 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, April 24 – April 26, 2015; $916-$1278 for both adult and teen tuition for Wayfinder plus weekend housing and meals (pricing based on accommodation choices). Locals, save money with the commuter fee!

Want more? The Arts Oasis offers Parent/Teen Yoga classes with Allison Gould for just $120 per parent-child pair for a four-week series. And CCE Orange County offers a course aimed at strengthening relationships and communication skills for caregivers and children ages 10-14. It’s called Strengthening Families, and it’s free!
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Women's Power Space Initiative

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM


Women's Power Space is a new initiative in Poughkeepsie that uses yoga, arts, and collaboration to create positive mind-body connections.

They're looking to create a community based on feminist, LGBTQ, and anti-racist principles, to eventually become a physical space where people are comfortable practicing yoga, collaborating on projects, or open a dialogue on marginalization.

“The initiative tends to be for and by women of color....but it’s really inclusive of everyone," says Abby Nathanson, the executive director. “You could say it’s for historically marginalized people.”

Right now, Women's Power Space is working with Poughkeepsie schools, the Repair Café, the Mobile Farmer's Market, and a pizza shop. Since their message is so all-inclusive, they're virtually unlimited when it comes to spaces to promote it.

For example, they have yoga pizza parties.

"You do your juice cleanse, you wear the Lululemons...there's very much an image of yoga," Nathanson explains. "We have yoga pizza parties...where we nourish our bodies with yoga, and nourish our bodies with pizza."

Their message is summed up by their Identity Consciousness Initiative, which specifically "advocates mindfulness and activism around issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality," according to their website.

In the long term, Nathanson wants to create specific programs under the initiative, but for now, she says, it permeates everything they do.

For example, they hand out consent cards in all of their free yoga classes. They encourage transparency with identity and the influence it has on their everyday lives.

They're currently working on Video Dialogue Project, a video series on "insightful and critical dialogues that radically re-shape narratives about identity." They're also working on conducting yoga classes alongside the Mobile Farmer's Market trucks.

With all of these projects underway, Nathanson says, curiosity is being stoked and interest is being voiced.

"It's just a matter of harnessing all of that energy into something that we could make happen together."

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Michael Hurley: At the Bearsville Theatre This Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 1:03 AM

Not every great musician is in the goddamn Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Some take the quiet path, away from the screaming fans, cocaine, cream cheese orgies, mansions in Key West – and finally, at age 72, the secluded life in LA with a blonde spouse and a bouncy 8 year old son. That second path, the quiet path, leads to… the Bearsville Theatre this Sunday, where you may see the legendary Michael Hurley.

Born in 1941, Michael was part of the Greenwich Village folk boom of the early 60s, and released his debut, First Songs, on Folkways Records in 1965. (It was recorded on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Lead Belly’s Last Sessions.) But after the record was out, Michael didn’t tour to promote it. Instead, he went to Mexico. Since then, he’s lived in many places, often small towns; his current residence is Astoria, Oregon. Here are some songs for you to find on YouTube: “Polinesia,” “Werewolf,” “Light Green Fellow.”

Hurley’s songs have the naïve simplicity of Jonathan Richman and Neil Young, but another element: the looseness and variegated rhythms of a man who’s listened closely to Ornette Coleman. Not only that, but Hurley is probably the greatest living mouth trumpet player.

That is to say, he blows through his closed lips to imitate a trumpet. Hearing this on a record brings up the absurd image of a guy simultaneously playing a guitar & horn (maybe strumming chords with his feet?).

Here are some lyrics to “The Tea Song”:

Bring out the cups and honey too;
Turn on the tea and let it brew.
I don't care that she's left me;
Just so long as the cupboard's full of tea.
Poor old Buddha turned into stone;
That's why I drink tea alone.

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