SOS Music Fest and Jazz Week at The Nave this weekend, May 2, 3 and 4
- Join ARTSomerville this weekend for three nights of music for JazzBoston Jazz Week and all day performances on Saturday and Sunday for our third annual SOS Music Fest.
Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Celia Slattery, Allyssa Jones and Sandi Hammond - an evening of vocal jazz celebrating JazzBoston Jazz Week. $10 suggested donation.
Both classic and a little off-beat, Celia Slattery's music blends pop, jazz, and folk-rock, with a dash of theatrical flair. Her expressive voice is framed by Mark Shilansky's sophisticated arrangements of both originals and covers by artists like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. In live performance, Celia weaves her music with stories and humor to share perspectives on love, hope, and the state of the world. http://celiaslattery.com
Allyssa Jones was named one of Boston Magazine's "40 Bostonians to Watch" in 2002. Her belief in the movement to add new material to the Great American Songbook is the driving force behind her band's innovation and energy. Popular at both jazz and original music venues, Allyssa Jones is available for shows and promotional events wherever audiences are craving something new. http://www.allyssajones.com
Singer/songwriter Sandi Hammond first started writing pop songs at age 11. In her late teens she graced the stages of Tanglewood, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall while performing with several professional choral groups. Now a gifted classically trained singer/songwriter, and a fine musician on keyboards and guitar, she touches audiences with her prolific and impressive repertoire of unique melodic songs. http://www.sandihammond.com
Saturday, May 3, noon - 6 p.m.
Somerville Open Studios Music Festival
This is ARTSomerville's third Music Festival for Somerville Open Studios! All performances are free!
Noon: The Tony the Bookie Orchestra and Special Guests Present 'Broken Hearts of Christ' a Noon Service of Gospel and Spiritual Music drawing also from secular Country and Folk Blues.
1pm: Jake Hill is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter from Plymouth, MA. He has been playing shows all over the country to crowds of 5 to 500. He released his solo debut album, "Black Coffee Sessions" in July 2007 on the Boston-based indie label, Rearview Record; which is now available on cdbaby.com, and Itunes.
2pm: Pianist Eileen Feldman plays Davidsbündlertänze ('Dances of the league of David', an imaginary association of those fighting the Philistines), by 19th century pianist and composer, Robert Schumann. Some "children's pieces" follow. This performance is dedicated to John Joseph Daverio, a dear friend and musician/musicologist, who mysteriously disappeared March 16, 2003 and whose body was pulled from the Charles River a month later. John's magnum opus, Robert Schumann: Herald of a ‘New Poetic Age (1997), remains the standard reference on the composer's life and works today. Johnny D, still miss you so.
3pm: Jennifer Greer is a self-taught, detail-obsessed singer/songwriter/pianist who has been singing since she was a little girl. Growing up in a suburb near New York City, poetry was her first love and artistic medium. At 25 she began to write music, being drawn to the piano like a magnet. She has since gone on to write about 5 albums worth of material, only 2 of which have been recorded. Jennifer’s distinctive voice—which soars from earthy and sensual to sweetly lush—is showcased in her last album “the Apiary,” which critics have called “stunning.” She is a Winner for Best Adult Alternative CD 2005 from the Muse’s Muse.
4pm: Since 2001 Boston-based guitar player Rob Byrd has been performing improvised ambient music in a wide variety of settings from the legendary CBGB's in New York City to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Fascinated by how sounds exist in time and space, he treats electric guitar with various signal processing equipment to spawn sonic pieces that are shaped by the location at which they are being performed and by the energies of those present. The aim is to create a shared experience of reflection and meditation which resonates between performer, venue, and audience, but can also be enjoyed purely on a musical level as well.
5pm: Todd Marston and Colin Sapp of Choose to Find. Led by pianist Todd Marston, Choose to Find is an instrumental "power quartet" comprised of piano (Marston), guitar (Colin Sapp), bass (Andy Dow) and drums (Mike Daillak). This performance features Marston and Sapp. Each song tells a story and draws the listener through a dynamic spectrum of mood, which ranges from the subtle and refined to raw outbursts characteristic of punk rock (from which Marston draws his early musical influence). Their debut self-titled album, Choose to Find, was released in the spring of 2007, and is available online at cdfreedom.com/choosetofind.
Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Steve Thomas & the Co-Conspirators - an evening of vocal jazz celebrating JazzBoston Jazz Week. $10 suggested donation.
Steve Thomas (vocals, songs), Rich Greenblatt (vibraphone), David Vermette (electric bass), Gary Fieldman (drums)
Steve and the Co-Conspirators play Steve’s original jazz songs from their CD, SPIRITS PASSING THROUGH—songs inflected by Brazilian music, New Orleans second line, reggae, funk, and old blues guys—plus arrangements of tunes by Miles, Steve Lacy, and Wayne Shorter. The Co-Cons are a jazz band—so improvising, group interaction, swing, and building up a head of steam are all important. www.stevethomasjazz.com
Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Somerville Open Studios Music Festival
Day 2 of ARTSomerville's third Music Festival coinciding with Somerville Open Studios! All performances are free!
1pm: Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions are a modern psychedelic power trio that is equally at home with short, focused, slightly twisted pop songs and long, trippy jams. They are inspired by Syd Barrett, the Doors, various Bay Area Summer-of-Love bands, and more modern outfits such as Joy Division and Radiohead. For this show they are going to focus on their improvisational side, and it promises to be wild ride.
2pm: 'Amber Spyglass is a tight and vastly talented band. They succeed in keeping the listener on their toes and blend genre specific elements found in post rock and college alternative, not to mention a brief, tasteful, and controlled dabbling into progressive metal. This is Goth with a decidedly different kind of groove.' - Matthew Heilman - STARVOX
3pm: Yael Bat-Shimon studied violin solo performance in Paris with Mme Miriam Solovieff. She received her BA from Harvard in Literature, specializing in French Feminisms. Yael pursued graduate study in violin performance and contemporary improvisation at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Most recently, she has been creating and performing music for choreographers of modern dance as well as exploring improvisation both with musicians from non-Western traditions and with performers from different artistic media. This has led to her founding of the interdisciplinary improvisational performance group "Inter Alia."
4pm: The Altschuler-Caplan Duo. "Aaron Larget-Caplan is a riveting artist whose musical styling begs immediate attention. His classical guitar performance was a treasure..." - G. Acosta, Washington Post
Aaron graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with David Leisner & Eliot Fisk. With performances in Spain, Italy, & on both US coasts as a soloist & chamber musician, Aaron is quietly emerging in the classical world as a unique performer & communicator who can link difficult & traditional music as well as various art forms with audiences.
One of America's finest up and coming virtuoso violinists, Emil Altschuler, performs at a world class standard and possesses a commanding stage presence. He holds a Bachelors of Music from The Juilliard School, and a Masters in Music from Yale University, where his teacher, Erick Friedman, Master violinist and protg of Heifetz wrote of him: "a very gifted violinist who possesses the talent and capability to become a truly outstanding violinist of his generation and sound and accuracy of intonation that are truly extraordinary."
5pm: Bookmobile is the current electronic project of Victor Couto and Ben Torrence, and the latest chapter of their ongoing musical collaborations that began in early 2001.
"The music of Seattle's Bookmobile (Ben Torrence and Victor Couto) recalls IDM's late-'90s glory days, when digital sound exploration hadn't hardened into orthodoxies. Bookmobile's punctilious cornucopia of sounds and styles could fool you into thinking they issued from Germany and England's most respected sonic laboratories rather than a humble Seattle home studio." - Dave Segal, The Stranger
Sunday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band - an evening of jazz and circus celebrating JazzBoston Jazz Week. $5 suggested donation.
Formed from the most talented deadbeats and drifters that could be rounded up, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band is a group of raucous and rambunctious musicians that will honk, wail, blow, beat, bounce, scream and serenade their way into your hearts. This 11-piece ensemble plays an eclectic repertoire that combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz and the irreverence and fun of today's Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. www.ensmb.com
Address & Directions
The Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA
map of The Nave Gallery
MBTA: From Davis Square take Bus 87 or 88 - Clarendon Hill. Exit at Broadway and Curtis St. and walk 3 blocks north on Curtis Street. We are on the corner of Curtis Street and Powderhouse Blvd. Free and open to the public.
Parking: Available in the West Somerville Neighborhood School after 5:00 and on weekends. Lot is located on Raymond St. Turn right at intersection of Powderhouse & Curtis onto Curtis and take your first left onto Raymond. Lot is located about 1 block down. Street parking is also available one block away on Packard Avenue from Powderhouse up the hill to the Tufts University campus. There are no restrictions on street parking for Sunday events.
ARTSomerville (ARTS) is a volunteer organization which draws upon the talents of local creativity, strengthening communication among artists and the public by presenting exhibits, performances, and educational activities. Visit www.artsomerville.org to learn more.
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church works for justice and peace in the community and world, celebrates racial and ethnic diversity, and the equality of women and men and supports the full inclusion of gay and lesbian members within its diverse and active community. Please visit www.clarendonhillchurch.org for more information on worship and our community programs. Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church is located at 155 Powderhouse Boulevard in Somerville, at the corner of Powderhouse Boulevard and Curtis Street, two blocks from Tufts University, near North Cambridge, Medford, and Arlington.
Randy Winchester RWinchester@...
Nave Gallery Events Coordinator
PO Box 426074, Cambridge, MA 02142
Listen to ARTSomerville artists at: http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/artsomerville/