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William McGuire III

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Will Call #30 — In Motion: Pittsfield Reviving Berkshire Literature

Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson are reviving the literary legacy of Pittsfield through architectural design.

Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, the two architects designing the writing studios for the In Motion: Pittsfield writing residency program; photo courtesy Tessa Kelly.
Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, the two architects designing the writing studios for the In Motion: Pittsfield writing residency program; photo courtesy Tessa Kelly.

We talk to Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, two architects who are designing five writers studios for the writing residency program component of Pittsfield’s In Motion: Pittsfield initiative. The writing residency program plans to place its first residents in the summer of 2016. The studios are based on five prominent Pittsfield authors who wrote in the area between 1840 and 1860: Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Henry David Thoreau.

Kelly and Parkinson are both Berkshire natives: Kelly was born and raised in Pittsfield, and graduated from Williams College in 2007; Parkinson was born in North Adams and grew up in Williamstown, then graduated from Amherst in 2007. Both are ecstatic about the opportunity to practice their trade on a subject so close to home.

You can see the designs for the studios in the exhibition The Mastheads, which is on public display at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from November 6th to November 28th, then by appointment in December.

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INDIEcent Exposure #15 — Lexi Weege On Tape

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.

Lexi Weege slips between sultry ballads and upbeat love songs with ease.

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.
Lexi Weege released her second album, “Sweet Moon,” on September 13th. Photo by Steph Larsen.

ADVISORY: Explicit language.

We spoke with Lexi Weege, the jazz songstress who recently released her second album, “Sweet Moon.” The album was all recorded live and on tape and released digitally and on vinyl on September 13th following a release party at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds with The True Believers.

Like Lexi’s music, our conversation is raw, inspired, and unfiltered. Some adult language is used. Listen as we cover her album, analog recording techniques, the state of women in the arts industry, and more.

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INDIEcent Exposure: ArtScope at Fringe Music with Eleonore Oppenheim

Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.
Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.

Eleonore Oppenheim at Fringe Music, at Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA

Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.
Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series; photo by William McGuire III

This special presentation, “ArtScope,” explores the Fringe Music series through its first performance on September 4th, 2015, which featured renowned solo-bassist Eleonore Oppenheim. Fringe Music is a new monthly music series offered by Bazaar Productions. Bazaar Productions is the organization behind the three-week Berkshire Fringe festival that has brought innovative theatre, music and dance to the Berkshires every summer since 2005. For more information about Fringe Music and Bazaar Productions, listen to our podcast with co-artistic director Peter Wise.

In this presentation, we place you right in the front row of the audience of that first Fringe Music performance. We also speak with Eleonore Oppenheim about Fringe Music and her performance at Shire City Sanctuary, which hosts the music series. Eleonore will be performing in this month’s installment of Fringe Music with The Hands Free on Friday, October 2nd, 2015.

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INDIEcent Exposure #10 — Fringe Music in the Berkshires

Eleonore Oppenheim

Bazaar Productions presents Fringe Music, a new free music series that will bring new, innovative music to the Berkshires on the first Friday of every month as part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk.

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Eleonore Oppenheim will be performing at Fringe Music’s debut show on Friday, September 4th.

The arts organization is taking a hiatus from its normal summer offering, Berkshire Fringe, a festival that combines theater, music and art, to provide a more focused musical experience. Co-artistic director Peter Wise says, “Previously, we had a music series going on at the same time as a theater festival, and workshops, and all of this stuff crammed into a couple of weeks… but this is a great chance to showcase one thing at a time, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

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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.

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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