Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown in OUR town June 4-5

Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring wildly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Tim Eriksen—“one of the best voices in music,” says T Bone Burnett—to Tamworth for a two-day artist residency. The residency will conclude with a performance by The Trio de Pumpkintown on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 7:30 PM at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth. The Trio celebrates the songs of a fictional New England village in fresh, acoustic arrangements. Much of their music comes from the 18th and 19th centuries: love songs, murder ballads, songs of travel on the high seas, rollicking Afro-Celtic sing-alongs, music of local Francophone and Scottish communities and shape-note harmony. In addition to their traditional New England repertoire, the Trio also plays their own original music, songs by late 20th and early 21st century local P’town bands and music drawn from their contact with more recent immigrants to the area. Tickets are available below and at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and diverse performances in school and community—please invite your friends! 

Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation,” according to BBC Radio, Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto—a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass—creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown.

The former frontman of the prophetic groups Cordelia's Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards. Tim Eriksen's work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition—he served as on-set music advisor for the movie Cold Mountain, and sang several of the songs on the soundtrack. While Eriksen's curiosity and passion have led him on many musical journeys besides American roots—from punk rock and shape-note gospel through South Indian classical music (he plays the veena!) and Bosnian pop to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music—all his explorations are linked by the qualities of intensity, directness, and authority which combine in a music that captures a truth about human experience and expresses it without apology.

Arts Council of Tamworth will also offer a free community workshop, “Sing with Tim Eriksen: Ballads and Shape-Note” on Thursday, June 4, from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth. Come explore these traditional American forms of several-part harmony singing with a master teacher. All are welcome; no experience necessary. Donations appreciated. Refreshments are available for purchase from the Lyceum. Eriksen will also be in residency at K. A. Brett on June 4 and 5; interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule. The in-school residency will culminate in a mini-performance/group sing/rehearsal at 2:00 on Friday. Community members are welcome to attend.

im Eriksen’s residency is supported by generous business sponsors The Other Store, Cooper Cargill Chant, and White Mountain Oil & Propane, and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, The Yeoman’s Fund, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697.

Choose Your Own Ticket Price: Adults, $5-$30, Kids to 18, $0-$5. Ticket revenues support free workshops in school and community.

 

“In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” a dance and theater performance with Lida Winfield, and workshops, too!

2014.winfield.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield to Tamworth for four days of school and community workshops, and to present her piece “In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” at Runnells Hall in Chocorua on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM. In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Lida shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her early twenties. This show is a mixture of funny, sad and ironic moments strung together in a creative and captivating format. Lida’s presence on stage expresses her life so clearly that it brings us closer to our own. Tickets for the Wednesday evening performance will be on sale at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends! https://vimeo.com/113412865

Lida will offer two workshops for the public. On Monday, March 16, join us for a professional development workshop for teachers in all grades and subjects, 3:30-5:00 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH. In this experiential workshop Lida will share tools for using movement in the classroom to support diverse learning styles. Come at 2:00, if you’re able, to see a performance of her show before the workshop. On Tuesday, March 17, Lida will offer a Dance and Movement Workshop for all ages and abilities, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH. No experience is necessary. Both workshops are free; donations welcome. Lida will be in residency at K. A. Brett from March 16-19; interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule.

Since 2006, Lida Winfield has created and performed nationally and internationally original solo, duet and group work, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that invariably cause audiences to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. As a performer and teaching artist, she travels the country as a Keynote Performer/Presenter addressing issues of education, disability, access and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations—youth at risk, refugees, homeless families, adults with physical and mental disabilities, college students, rural and urban youth, professional artists and educators. Since 2007, she has taught teachers how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool through the Flynn Center Words Come Alive!. 

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0Lida Winfield’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsor The Other Store and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697. Mark your calendars now for the extraordinary Tim Eriksen and The Trio de Pumpkintown on June 5th and 6th. More info: artstamworth.org, 603-323-0104.

K. A. Brett School Artwork and Needle-felted Community Murals on Display at NH Department of Education in Concord Through February

nhdoe.artshow.web2ndgradeimpressionistdetail.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to announce that the NH Department of Education in Concord is hosting a show of artwork by students from the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and of needle-felted wool murals created in November 2013 during a community-wide Arts Council of Tamworth residency in “Painting with Wool” with Harrisville, NH fiber artist Marcy Schepker. The show will run through the end of February during NHDOE business hours. muraldetailsummer.webThe four cheerful, brightly colored murals on view on the ground floor of the NHDOE celebrate the four seasons in rural Northern New Hampshire. They were created collaboratively, with guidance from Schepker, by people of all ages working at several venues, and by every student at the K. A. Brett School. As each group worked on the mural, it had an opportunity to make decisions about colors, content and design. The “Spring” mural, for instance, was begun by a group of kindergartners. After brainstorming many ideas, they decided that the mural should include a large rainbow, and they needle-felted the rainbow into prominence in the piece. Another group decided that sled dog races were important to the local community, another that the winter landscape would depict a winter evening with a moon bright in the sky. Before traveling to Concord, the murals were on display at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. It’s been wonderful to see so many enthusiastic responses to work created by a community working together. One young girl came in and pointed with excitement at the murals. “I helped make that!” she exclaimed. She asked why they were hanging in the library, and when she was told that it was because they were beautiful and people wanted to see them, she puffed up with pride. “That blows my mind,” she said.

doeartshowhouse.webBrett School art teacher Melanie McBrian has a wide variety of student work on display on the first and ground floors of the NHDOE: Cityscapes in watercolor, jungle pictures in oil pastel inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau, Cubist-style musicians done in collage, Impressionist gardens, Grant Wood-inspired landscapes in crayon resist, Renaissance-style profile self-portraits in oil pastel, Collagraph Prints, Still Life paintings in complementary colors, examples of En Plein Air paintings done by 3rd graders, mixed media collages of whimsical "shacks" inspired by the work of Beverly Buchanan and large scale comic compositions done in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

2ndgradeimpressionistsdetail2.web“As a teacher,” McBrian says, “I want my students to experience a wide range of art materials and 'techniques so that they can find their voices, artistically speaking, and express themselves visually. Working in art gives students the opportunity to solve ‘problems’ that have myriad possible ‘answers’. I incorporate art history so they can learn about and begin to understand the progression of art through time. Art has always been used to record and comment on the events in peoples lives.”

Thank you to K. A. Brett Alt. Ed. teacher Bill Arnold and his students for framing the four community murals, to Danny Palmer & Granite State Glass for donating the Plexiglass, to residency sponsors Meadow Pond Animal Hospital and Settlers’ Crossing, to The Gibson/Woodbury Foundation for their generous materials grant, and to the Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. Arts Council of Tamworth is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to NHDOE Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey (pictured on the right) for the opportunity to share and celebrate this beautiful work and to Brett art teacher Melanie McBrian (on the left) for hanging the show.

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The NHDOE is located at 101 Pleasant Street, Concord. Want to bring Marcy Schepker to your community? Visit marcyschepker.com. Find out more about Arts Council of Tamworth’s community workshops, Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances, teacher workshops and work in the school here.purple.nhsca

The Wholesale Klezmer Band is coming to Tamworth!

2014.wholesale.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to present The Wholesale Klezmer Band, live at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 14, 2014, and in residency in Tamworth from November 12-14. If you're not familiar with this rousing traditional music of Eastern Europe, with old roots in Romanian music and newer connections to American jazz, you are in for a treat. If you are, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see Klezmer in the North Country. For over 30 years, from Carnegie Hall to Tamworth, Wholesale Klezmer has been entertaining and educating lucky listeners. They’ve been called “Wonderfully entertaining and moving,” and “A New England Treasure.” The Saratoga County Arts Council called one of their performances "An unforgettable evening of comedy and drama and joy and sorrow." "Their upbeat, danceable, festive music made it hard for me to sit still,” said an audience member at another concert. The band members of Wholesale Klezmer have musical roots as deep and wide as Klezmer itself. Band leader Yosl Kurland took up violin in the second grade in the Bronx, and played only classical music for years. Then he discovered Pete Seeger and the guitar, Eastern European music and folk dancing, and more. At 40 he learned to speak and then teach Yiddish. Multi-instrumentalist David Tasgal played in everything from string quartets and symphony orchestras to jazz ensembles and rock groups before joining Wholesale Klezmer. In addition to Klezmer music, trombonist Brian Bender plays jazz and reggae, rhythm and blues, Latin, Celtic and Brazilian music. Christina Crowder, the band’s newest member, trained in classical piano before taking up the accordion. She is a founding member of the Budapest-based Yiddish music ensemble Di Naye Kapelye, and has worked intensively in Romania researching Jewish music there. She also plays old-time music on banjo and fiddle, and finds a strong connection between the Appalachian and Klezmer traditions. Flautist and vocalist Peggy Davis’s first encounter with native singers of Yiddish music was when she worked with Russian immigrants in Italy. She also has a background in Balkan and Russian folk music. Bassist Michael Suter has also played with diverse ensembles—funk/rock, African, Middle Eastern, a Sun Ra tribute band… "Klezmer deeply touches my roots…,'' he says, echoing other band members’ sentiments, "and gives me a real sense of positive connection to my European heritage -- something which is valuable and healing."

Tickets for the Friday evening performance are on sale now. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30+ for adults, $0 to $5+ for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support ACT’s Art Connects Us artist residencies in school and community—please invite your friends!

The public has several other opportunities to play and dance with and learn from Wholesale Klezmer band members. You’re invited to the Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth on Wednesday evening, November 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for a workshop in traditional Yiddish song with Yosl Kurland. The workshop is free and open to all ages; no experience necessary. Donations are always welcome in support of our work in school and community. On Thursday, November 13, from 4:30-5:30 PM, bring your instrument the Brett School to learn about Instrumental Klezmer music with Christina Crowder. Then stay and put your learning to use: ACT is collaborating with the K. A. Brett Health and Wellness Committee for their 8th Annual Harvest Dinner & Dance. Wholesale Klezmer band members will join the members of the CaravanBand, Tom Chiappisi, Anne Krom, Siena Kaplan & Allie Thompson for an evening of traditional contra dances AND traditional Yiddish dances. Dinner begins at 5:30—beans, stews, apple crisp and bread are provided, potluck salads and sides are welcome—and dancing at 6:30. This event is also free; donations are welcome. Singers and musicians who would also like to be involved in one or two numbers during the Friday evening performance can contact act@artstamworth.org for details. Homeschoolers interested in participating in the residency during the school day can call 603-323-7271 for a schedule.

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0The Wholesale Klezmer residency is sponsored by generous business sponsors The Other Store and  BEAM Construction Associates, Inc. The Wholesale Klezmer Band artist residency is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, the Tamworth Foundation, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic 104FM.