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July 2015

INDIEcent Exposure #8 — Open Your Ears! TONIGHT at the BarN

Red Room Radio Redux players rehearse "Open Your Ears," which will be performed 7:00 p.m. July 29 at the BarN at 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown; photo by Karl Mullen
Red Room Radio Redux players rehearse "Open Your Ears," which will be performed 7:00 p.m. July 29 at the BarN at 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown; photo by Karl Mullen

Join Red Room Radio Redux tonight for an hour of Shakespearean wordplay

Red Room Radio Redux players rehearse "Open Your Ears," which will be performed 7:00 p.m. July 29 at the BarN at 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown; photo by Karl Mullen
Red Room Radio Redux players rehearse “Open Your Ears,” which will be performed 7:00 p.m. July 29 at the BarN at 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown; photo by Karl Mullen

Red Room Radio Redux presents “Open Your Ears!” for one night only, Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm, in The Barn”Open Your Ears!” at 1401 Green River Road in Williamstown, This presentation, done in the radio play style, includes accompanying music and enhancing sound effects.

PLUS: Berkshire Author and Educator tour their own backyard to visit hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems

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Special Presentation: Todd Reynolds Mesmerizes at Bang on a Can

Todd Reynolds performs at the Bang on a Can Festival, 2015 MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.

Todd Reynolds performing at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA, July 22nd 2015; photo by: William McGuire III.
Todd Reynolds performing at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA, July 22nd 2015; photo by: William McGuire III.

 

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator, and technologist is a master of his craft and one of the founders of the hybrid-musician movement. His works combine genres from across the world with centuries of musical tradition and digital technology into a unique and well-refined style that he calls ‘present music.’ In a career filled with original works, multidisciplinary projects and collaborations with some of the most-respected names in music, Reynolds has already made great contributions to contemporary music and influenced countless new musicians, and he continues to innovate to this day.

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Will Call #12.5 — Special Presentation: Bang on a Can with Todd Reynolds

Todd Reynolds and the Bang on a Can Festival, 2015
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.

Todd Reynolds performing at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA, July 22nd 2015; photo by: William McGuire III.
Todd Reynolds performing at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA, July 22nd 2015; photo by: William McGuire III.

This special presentation, “Present Music,” is an exploration of the Bang on a Can Festival, that takes place July 15–August 1 at MASS MoCA. This incredible series, launched in 1987, offers listeners the chance to enjoy innovative music performed in a setting that provides a backdrop of imagination and disciplined talent.

We speak with one artist, violinist Todd Reynolds, who is a perfect representative of the spirit of originality and heart that fuels this festival. Not only do we get to hear some of Reynolds’ thoughts on the state of contemporary art music today, we get to hear rarely played pieces, traditional tunes, and a world premiere written specifically for the occasion.

The presentation includes this video, a podcast containing the complete interview with Todd, and photo examination of the performance, heavily annotated.

 

From Todd Reynolds’ website:

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. He has just released his double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers.

Check back for the next two installments of this special presentation soon. You definitely won’t want to miss the complete interview with Todd Reynolds, as well as the full article.

For now you have one more week to treat your ears to some of the freshest sounds you could ask for. Consult the Bang on a Can calendar to find a performance that tempts you.

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Will Call #12— Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark

The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York

I love having my senses tested—really put through their paces. That’s just what “Van Gogh and Nature,” a painstakingly assembled collection on exhibit now at the Clark Art Institute, did to me last week. Although you have plenty of time to see this installation (Exhibit closes September 13, 2015), absorbing yourself in every brush stroke now, at the peak of summer, may be the best thing you can do to celebrate the verdant world of the Berkshires.

Vicki Saltzman, Director of Communications at the Clark, shares some surprising facts about Van Gogh, his works, and the exhibit with us during an extremely enjoyable conversation. Eventually, our chatter drifted like milkweed down on a summer’s day to other subjects. We we left Vincent behind to spend some quality time with Whistler’s Mother (entitled Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 by the artist), now in place at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, along with other works by James McNeill Whistler.

We could have talked for much longer, we realized, when we strayed into the territory of the Clark’s permanent collection. Suffice it to say that we’ll be speaking with Ms. Saltzman again soon. If you’d like to combine a tour of “Van Gogh and Nature” with fine dining (and, really, who wouldn’t?), the Clark hosts Dinner and the Show, on Saturday August 22, during which curator Richard Kendall will lead an intimate discussion of the exhibit. Visit the Clark’s website for information about these, and many other, events going on year-round at one of the best-kept-secrets of the Berkshires.

PLUS: Michelle Daly, Program Coordinator, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource lets us know what’s in store in August during the Downstreet Arts Festival

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INDIEcent Exposure #7 — Kickwheel Ensemble Theater takes “Passage” Home

“Passage” finishes its residency at Millbrook School—journey continues in Pittsfield.

Kickwheel Ensemble Theater rehearsing its newest original theater piece, "PASSAGE," at Millbrook School.
Kickwheel Ensemble Theater rehearsing its newest original theater piece, “PASSAGE,” at Millbrook School.

 

Merging original sound, virtuosic physical performance, and questionably accurate historical reenactments, Passage focuses an often humorous lens on the Canadian Arctic, a hotbed of political unrest with a tragic past and an uncertain future. As an ensemble theater company, Kickwheel has spent the past year writing, devising, generating, and exploring diverse source materials including researched accounts, news reports, letters, and interviews.

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INDIEcent Review — ” Send for the Million Men ” Pushes Boundaries and Rewrites History

The critically acclaimed "Send for the Million Men," by Joseph Silovsky, opens Thursday, July 16; photo by Cory Weaver
The critically acclaimed "Send for the Million Men," by Joseph Silovsky, opens Thursday, July 16; photo by Cory Weaver
The critically acclaimed "Send for the Million Men," by Joseph Silovsky, opens Thursday, July 16; photo by Cory Weaver
The critically acclaimed “Send for the Million Men,” by Joseph Silovsky, opens Thursday, July 16; photo by Cory Weaver

By WILLIAM MCGUIRE III
special to the Greylock Glass

The Mass Live Arts festival at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington continued this week with “Send for the Million Men.” This critically-acclaimed reexamination of the trial and execution of Sacco and Venzetti explores the circumstances that led to the pair of Italian immigrants being wrongfully accused of a robbery and murder committed in Braintree, MA in 1920. The piece features writing, direction and mechanical prop design by Joseph Silovsky, video design by Victor Morales, and music by Catherine McRae.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 16—Unanswered Questions, Alexander Ciccolo: Terror Suspect?

United States v. Ciccolo currently hinges on a firearms violation but more charges are expected to be filed; image courtesy iBershires,com
United States v. Ciccolo currently hinges on a firearms violation but more charges are expected to be filed; image courtesy iBershires,com

Tammy Daniels returns from vacation to discover that the rumors and speculation surrounding the recent FBI presence in Adams have solidified into a shocking story.

As managing editor of iBershires.com, Tammy confronts the question: Is Alexander Ciccolo a terror suspect? Certainly his statements seem to reveal some deeply troubling possibilities. Charges so far, however, only include one count of illegal firearms possession. Ciccolo’s own lawyer believes that more charges are likely.

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Will Call #11 — Williams College Summer Theatre Lab

Jonathan Gonzalez and Kimberly Golding in Williams College Summer Theatre Lab's 2013–2014 season production of "A Brief History of America;" photo courtesy WCSTL
Jonathan Gonzalez and Kimberly Golding in Williams College Summer Theatre Lab's 2013–2014 season production of "A Brief History of America;" photo courtesy WCSTL
Jonathan Gonzalez and Kimberly Golding in Williams College Summer Theatre Lab's 2013–2014 season production of "A Brief History of America;" photo courtesy WCSTL
Jonathan Gonzalez and Kimberly Golding in Williams College Summer Theatre Lab’s 2013–2014 season production of “A Brief History of America;” photo courtesy WCSTL

“Will Call” dropped in on Caitlin Sullivan, Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Caitlin, ’07, traces her roots back to the beginnings both of the Lab and the Center. Beginning this season, she is guiding the talents of Lab participants like rising senior Kimberly Golding, pictured above, who joined the conversation to describe some of her experiences with the program.

Plus: Doug Jones of Images Cinema discusses
“The Wolf Pack,” “Amy” and more.

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INDIEcent Exposure #6 — Mass Live Arts – Only Two Weeks Left

“You Are Nowhere” left audiences open-mouthed; “Send for the Million Men” and “Tarzana,” as well as gallery installations, film events, and works in progress yet to come.

The world premiere of "Tarzana," by Radiohole, July 23; photo by Ilan Bachrach
The world premiere of “Tarzana,” by Radiohole, July 23; photo by Ilan Bachrach

Mass Live Arts (MLA) is a festival of experimental theater and performance at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

ADVISORY: Explicit, potty-mouth language throughout much of this episode,

MLA is dedicated to presenting large-scale bold new works of contemporary performance in the Berkshires. MLA is also committed to fostering the creation of new American works through development residencies culminating in work-in-progress showings. This residency is for highly-talented companies or performing artists in need of space and time to create new work.

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INDIEcent Exposure #5 — Jeb Barry, “Milltown”

Jeb Barry, "Milltown;" 2015
Jeb Barry, "Milltown;" 2015
Jeb Barry, "Milltown;" 2015
Jeb Barry, “Milltown;” 2015

 

When Jeb Barry began recording over 40 songs for what was to be a double cd, he began to notice a common theme of small town despair and tragedy.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 15 — Sandra Thomas’ Fourth of July Finale

PLUS: Christine Casella, Justice of the Peace, on Love

Independence Day Fireworks; photo by Flickr user: maf04; resized/cropped; CC BY-SA 2.0
Independence Day Fireworks; photo by Flickr user: maf04
; resized/cropped; CC BY-SA 2.0

The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce sends outgoing Interim Executive Director Sandra Thomas off with a bang. Well, actually, Sandra organized the Town’s Fourth of July celebration, so I suppose you could say she will be conducting her own brass band (two, in fact) as she steps down from this post. She describes the many, many area activities occurring this weekend, many of which can be enjoyed at no cost.

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