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June 2015

INDIEcent Exposure #4 — Newpoli, “Nun te Vutá”

Newpoli embraces the many influences that create the distinctive sound of Southern Italian folk music; photo by Arguedas Photography
Newpoli embraces the many influences that create the distinctive sound of Southern Italian folk music; photo by Arguedas Photography

PLUS: LIVE in the Berkshires—Moonshine Holler and Girl Howdy

Newpoli embraces the many influences that create the distinctive sound of Southern Italian folk music; photo by Arguedas Photography
Newpoli embraces the many influences that create the distinctive sound of Southern Italian folk music; photo by Arguedas Photography

 

As you hear the tamburello pounding out the heartbeat of the music of Newpoli, the two singers start up a wild, frenetic dance, and you’ll have a very hard time sitting still.

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INDIEcent Exposure #3 — Fantastic Negrito and Wishbone Zoë

Fantastic Negrito; photo courtesy Sacks & Co.
Fantastic Negrito; photo courtesy Sacks & Co.

Fantastic Negrito Kicks Off Downstreet Art in North Adams, Returning to the Land of His First Life;

PLUS: Wishbone Zoe Talks about the Western Mass Music Scene and Being a Woman Rocker Today.

Fantastic Negrito; photo courtesy Sacks & Co.
Fantastic Negrito; photo courtesy Sacks & Co.

JUST IN TIME to celebrate the release of his debut, self-titled album, Oakland-based (but Berkshire-born) Fantastic Negrito lands in downtown North Adams to help launch Downstreet Art 2015! You do NOT want to miss this interview.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 14 — Downstreet Art with Michelle Daly of BCRC

PLUS: Do You Care Where Your Food Comes From? Country of Origin Labeling Requirements on Track to Be Repealed.

Joshua Field, "Into This Valley of Hands;" image courtesy DownstreetArt.org
Joshua Field, “Into This Valley of Hands;” image courtesy DownstreetArt.org

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Will Call #10 — “Many Stages” Celebrates 60 years of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Tom Brennan and Nikos Psacharopoulos, 1960; photo courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tom Brennan and Nikos Psacharopoulos, 1960; photo courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival

Plus: North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright shares some of his perspectives on the future of the City and region.

Tom Brennan and Nikos Psacharopoulos, 1960; photo courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tom Brennan and Nikos Psacharopoulos, 1965; photo courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival

 

We spoke with the creators of this magnificent volume, Juliet Flynt, Steve Lawson, and Joan Zegras about “Many Stages—A Portrait of Williamstown Theatre Festival; The First 60 Years.”

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Will Call #9 — Deirdre Flynn Sullivan: Hard-wiring the arts into life; Celebrate Ulysses, June 16

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook
Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

We are introduced to Deirdre, and, less than an hour later, we have a new old friend.

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook
Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

There really was no pressing reason to request an interview with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, except that we haven’t spoken yet, which was reason enough. Turns out that our instincts were right on target. We spoke for about an hour and could have spoken for another hour, so why not pour yourself a cup of coffee and join us for a ranging, arts talk! Keep Reading

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INDIEcent Exposure #2 — Molly Pinto Madigan, “Wildwood Bride”

Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography
Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography

Molly Pinto Madigan relates her long (and, in our view, fated) journey from performance, to classical study, to music ethnoelectrogrammaticographacology, back to performance.

We’re glad she made it.

Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography
Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography

With a voice stolen from the Fae Folk, Molly Pinto Madigan has been enchanting audiences since she was a young teen. Her 2015 release, “Wildwood Bride,” does not disappoint; filled with longing and clarity, this ambitious effort confidently treads the divide between delicate and driven.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 13 — Swimming Holes of the Berkshires!

PLUS: Cheshire votes no on pipeline; Child traffic fatality in Adams, Hotel on North opens.

Cheshire Lake; photo courtesy Berkshire Family Focus
Cheshire Lake; photo courtesy Berkshire Family Focus

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INDIEcent Exposure #1 — Munk Duane, “Argue With Gravity”

Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane
Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane

Munk Duane talks with INDIEcent Exposure about Life, Music, and more Life on our first episode

Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane
Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane

I really can’t thank Munk enough for his generosity and honesty during our conversation. I can’t think of a more ideal guest to kick off this show—his experience, talent, and attitude are all examples of the traits an entrepreneur musician needs to survive and thrive today. Give a listen to the show, and if you have any musician friends who could benefit from Munk’s tale, send them our way… Keep Reading

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Will Call #8 — Eric Rudd: Intersection of Art and Public Life

Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

A conversation with Eric Rudd about art, development, and the future of North Adams

Tela Zasloff, editor of the Greylock Independent, joins me to discuss a wide range of issues with Eric Rudd—artist, developer, optimist. Although the talk winds its way out in a number of seemingly disparate directions, every thread is tied at its start to the question of how the public experience of art is shaped by its environment, and how public life is molded by the vitality of art. Keep Reading

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PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Arranging a Bouquet

Bouquet Arrangement Is a Blend of Creativity and Skills

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to explain what to do with that gorgeous bouquet you received as a gift or spoiled yourself with. Some simple skills, and a willingness to experiment, will yield an arrangement that will liven up a favorite space for many days to come.

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