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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Enter the Haggis Steps into Pawling

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Enter the Haggis
  • Enter the Haggis

At 22 years, Toronto-based Enter the Haggis is one of the longest-kicking Celtic rock bands out there. Founded by bag piper/vocalist Craig Downie in 1995, the band has released 14 albums, one of them, confusingly, as Jubilee Riots. But there’s no confusion on the calendar this month, when the group visits Daryl’s House under their original moniker on February 12.

This time around, the Haggises are supporting their newest studio set, a seven-song EP titled Broken Arms. Here’s the single, the punky, jig-inducing “Mrs. Elliott”:

Enter the Haggis will perform at Daryl’s House in Pawling, New York, on February 12 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and $25. For more information, call (845) 289-0185 or visit http://www.darylshouseclub.com/.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Winter Hoot Returns

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winter Hoot - TANIA BARRICKLO
  • Tania Barricklo
  • The Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winter Hoot

The friendliest family-friendly festival, the Winter Hoot, happens this weekend. The Ashokan Center, that expansive educational center on 385-acres of fields, forests, trails, and streams in Olivebridge, gets a little bit cozier as festival-goers snuggle up in the Esopus Lodge to enjoy a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter. Bringing together amazing music, local food, beer and wine, film, art, nature, and dancing, with a Kids’ Zone and a true community vibe, it often feels like you’re spending the weekend at a good friend’s awesome house party.

As always, the Kids’ Zone will be packed with two staffed movie nights so parents can enjoy Jon Bowermaster’s new film (on Friday) and music (on Saturday) in the main hall. Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower takes the main stage to start the music on Saturday, followed by a family-friendly dance at noon. The Kids’ Zone schedule that day includes educational activities and entertainment from Riverkeeper, the Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Ally Britton of the Ashokan Center, Catskill Mountain Music Together, and Story Laurie. Don’t miss blacksmithing demos and Fiber Flame’s all-ages crafts room happening throughout the weekend.

New this year at the Winter Hoot is the Holler, where people are invited to sign up (in advance online here) to record a poem or song for our times. All voices are welcome, and the tracks will be uploaded to a shareable playlist. Local radio stations, WDST and WKZE, will even spin choice tracks on the air in spring.

Hoot organizers mean it when they say their goal is to build community through a shared love of music and nature, and they do it really well. Stay a few hours or spend the weekend. Lodging is available and tickets are always pay-what-you-wish.

The Winter Hoot at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge: Friday, February 3rd, starts with a community dinner at 6p, and the Hoot runs through noon on Sunday, February 5th, with a community sing. For the full schedule and to purchase guaranteed advance tickets, visit their website.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Django Reinhardt Celebration Comes to Bard College

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Django Reinhardt
  • Django Reinhardt

In recent years, there’s been a significant and welcome upsurge of interest in the music of the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. The architect of gypsy jazz and leader of the seminal quintet the Hot Club of France is being discovered and embraced by a new, young wave of acoustic music lovers. This phenomenon has not been lost on the programmers of the Catskill Jazz Factory series, which on February 11 will present Alphonso Horne and Candice Hoyes in “French Connection: Django Reinhardt and the French Salon,” an evening at Bard College that will see “the rhythms of early jazz and the musical influences of French Impressionism collide.”

The appropriately named Horne is a youthful master of the trumpet who’s performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jane Monheit, Wes Anderson, and others and just last week took part in a talent-heavy Django Reinhardt event in New York. Singer Hoyes, who, like Horne, hails from New York and has as well worked with Marsalis, glides easily between jazz and opera and has been featured on NPR.

Here, the pair perform French Impressionist composer Francis Poulenc’s “Fleurs”:

“French Connection: Django Reinhardt and the French Salon” will take place at Bard College’s Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, on February 11 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (845) 758-7900 or visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stone Ridge Event Focuses on Aboriginal Instruments

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Jeremy Cloak
  • William Thoren
  • Jeremy Cloak

Now, this definitely looks like a break from the usual: a weekend of workshops and performances at MaMA next month by New Zealand’s Jeremy Cloake using traditional handmade aboriginal instruments.

Cloake, a musician, composer, master instrument maker, and teacher, will perform with world music ensemble Levanta and share his deep knowledge of such instruments as the yidaki (didgeridoo), the kamale n’goni (West African 10-string harp), and the taonga puoro or “singing treasures” (the traditional instrument of the Maori people). Several of which will be for sale during the event.

Get an earful of Cloake shredding on the yidaki:

Jeremy Cloake will lead workshops and perform at MaMA (Marbletown Multi-Arts) in Stone Ridge, New York, from February 24 through February 26. For a schedule of the events, ticket prices, and other information, call (845) 687-6090 or visit http://www.cometomama.org/.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Liberi School Open House

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Plein-air painters at the Liberi School in Livingston - DAWN BREEZE
  • Dawn Breeze
  • Plein-air painters at the Liberi School in Livingston

Just outside of Hudson on the town line between Greenport and Livingston in Columbia County, is the campus of the new Liberi School, a modern take on the one-room schoolhouse. The spacious, light-filled, barn-style structure has a huge central classroom that's equipped with a leveled library, math manipulatives, science equipment, art supplies, and other tools for hands-on, project-based learning. Located on 150+ acres of wetlands, meadows, and woods, which are incorporated into the curriculum, it’s an independent school licensed by the New York State Education Department. And on January 28th, you can peek inside to learn how students work in flexible multi-age and multi-year groupings with teachers who gauge individual learning styles, cognitive strengths, and preferences to create a personalized learning environment.

“Liberi” (pronounced līberī) is the Latin word for both “children” and “free." That merged meaning is an overriding philosophy for the Liberi School teachers, educators, administrators, and curriculum designers, who approach education and children from a holistic perspective–emphasizing creativity, intellectual freedom, skills mastery, and in-depth exploration of ideas and content.  “Our integrated multi-age curriculum has roots in a classical tradition of liberal arts education and innovates on modern approaches to learning and thinking,” says director and cofounder Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl. “It is our belief that this model of education can liberate our children by teaching young minds how to think, not what to think.”

The Liberi School open house at 3521 Route 9 in Livingston: Saturday, January 28; 2:00pm-4:00pm.

The Liberi School is now accepting applications for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the 2017-2018 school year. Enrollment is limited and the application deadline is March 1. Any family who lives within 15 miles of the school can be bussed through their home district. For inquiries and further information, please visit their website, or contact the director at: director@liberischool.org or 518-697-5065.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Boasts Bard College Connections

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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El Sistema (“the System”) is an innovative music education approach developed by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu. The technique is now the focus of a new book, El Sistema: Music for Social Change (Overlook Press), whixh features a forward by Bard College President Leon Botstein and an essay by Karen Zorn, the president of the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Introduced by Abreu in his native Venezuela over 40 years ago, El Sistema brings classical music practice and appreciation to students across a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds to nurture its mission of “social change through music.” El Sistema: Music for Social Change maps out the system’s theories and chronicles its international success.

In this TED Talk, Abreu and some students discuss the El Sistema experience:


El Sistema: Music for Social Change is available at bookstores, online, and via Overlook Press (http://www.overlookpress.com/).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Acid Dad Drops on Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Acid Dad
  • Acid Dad

Another month, another hip show comes to BSP. This one’s an intriguing triple bill of up-and-coming acts, and it happens this Thursday: Acid Dad, TOP Nachos, and Active Bird Community.

Acid Dad brings touches of melodic modern psych (think pre-EDM Tame Impala) to a skeletal indie chassis. Formed at NYU, the band calls Williamsburg home and their debut EP, last year’s Let’s Plan a Robbery, has been kicking up a buzz. TOP Nachos are a much rawer proposition: a scuzzy Kingston punk outfit whose promising pair of digital EPs show it’s not all it’s not all Let’s-put-on-glittery-makeup-and-garlands-in-our-hair-and-prance-around-in-the-woods-like-a-nymph-with-our-acoustic-instruments up in these parts. Active Bird Community is another collegiate Brooklyn act, this one the poppy vehicle of front man Tom D’Augustino. The group’s newly released third album, Stick Around, was recorded and mastered locally.

Here’s “Grim” from Acid Dad’s Let’s Plan a Robbery:

Acid Dad, TOP Nachos, and Active Bird Community will play at BSP in Kingston, New York, on January 19 at 9pm. Tickets are $6. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New DVD Chronicles Peter, Paul and Mary

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Peter, Paul and Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary are mainly identified with the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, but the trio has strong connections to our region as well. Besides having massive hits with their versions of tunes by famous locals Bob Dylan (“Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Too Much of Nothing”) and Pete Seeger (“If I Had a Hammer”), the three were managed by Bearsville music magnate Albert Grossman; member Peter Yarrow spent much of his childhood at his mother’s Woodstock cabin. A newly released DVD, 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary, explores the beloved threesome’s history and includes rare and previously unseen footage.

First aired on PBS, 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary was produced by four-time Emmy Award-winning director Jim Brown and follows the group from the hub of the folk revival in New York through the civil rights and antiwar era of the 1960s, their later advocacy and music, singer Mary Travers’s moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire.

Check out this brief trailer:

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary is out now on MVD Visual. For more information, visit www.peterpaulandmary.com.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Peekskill's Daisy Jopling Unveils New Album

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Daisy Jopling
  • Daisy Jopling

Now based in Peeksill, violinist Daisy Jopling originally hails from London, England, where she studied at the Royal College of Music before going on to other prestigious academies. In addition to touring the world with the creative string trio Trilogy and appearing on the Elton John-scored soundtrack to Disney’s The Road to El Dorado (2000), the boundary-busting Jopling has worked with jazz stars Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, and Wolfgang Muthspiel, as well as numerous non-Western musicians. This month, Awakening, the third solo album by the music educator and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center veteran, was released.

The disc further explores Jopling’s previous classical/world music fusion efforts, combining her classical roots with elements of reggae, Celtic folk, rock, pop, jazz, funk, Latin, and other styles. In this 2014 clip, Jopling and her band perform a familiar classic rock staple:

Awakening is out now on the Fleur de Son Classics label. For more information, visit http://www.daisyjoplingband.com/.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

WinterFest at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY RAIL TRAIL
  • Courtesy of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Chestnuts will be roasting, marshmallows will be toasting, and wagon drawn hayrides will be happening in Highland during the Hudson Valley Rail Trail’s 20th annual WinterFest. The family event brings together over twenty regional restaurants to present their best batches of chili and compete for the “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award in both meat and vegetarian categories. With games like broom ball and bean bag toss, craft projects hosted in the heated Lowe’s Project Tent, and time to enjoy the snowy landscape of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, the festival is great for kids and families.

The four-mile Hudson Valley Rail Trail includes a wetlands complex with Class A protected trout stream, views of Illinois Mountain, and an original 19th century rail bed. You can hike, bike, roller blade, cross-country ski, snow shoe, or horseback ride it. It was born when the rail bridge burned in a mysterious fire in the 1970s, and rail traffic was redirected. A right-of-way easement bought by technology companies for high speed internet in the 1990s paid for the beginning of the rail trail system, which is working to expand and connect with other trail systems and sporting trails. It’s supported by the Town of Lloyd and developed in part with funds from the Greenway Conservancy.

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail’s 20th Annual WinterFest at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland: Saturday January 14, 2017; 11 am to 2 pm; $2 per person, children ages six and under are free, and taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. Additional food and beverages are available at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Grille. Call 1-781-640-0881 for more info or visit their Facebook for updates.

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association, the non-profit organization dedicated to creating, maintaining, promoting and improving the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, sponsors a number of events throughout the year, and all proceeds go to trail maintenance, improvements, expansions, grant matching funds, and publicity.
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