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INDIEcent Exposure #11 — Creatures of Habitat: The Magic Is in the Mechanism

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi

UPDATE: This performance has been postponed until Sunday, September 27th 6-8 p.m. due to rain!

Creatures of Habitat interact with spaces and objects. It would be even cooler if they could time travel, too…oh, wait, they kind of do that…

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi

Stefanie Weber’s Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project will appear Sunday evening 6:30-8:30p September 13th in the Morningside Community School parking lot.

We spoke with Stefanie Lynx Weber about the open rehearsal of this three-part exploration that takes place in Pittsfield. We came away thinking that the audience is at risk of being exposed to perception-expanding sensory input.

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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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Will Call #15 — Downstreet Art Returns with Yet More Astounding Sights and Sounds

"A Whole Mess of Whatnot," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
"A Whole Mess of Whatnot," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

Michelle Daly, Program Coordinator at MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center joins us to talk about the next spate of offerings from Downstreet Art, beginning Thursday, August 27.

Abductions Series: "Galactic Somatic," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
Abductions Series: “Galactic Somatic,” by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), continues on Thursday, Aug. 27, with the third DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2015 season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will include permanent and pop-up gallery exhibition openings, temporary installations, performances and community events.
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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 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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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

Will Call #6 — Robert Kingsbury: Berkshires Jazz Cat to Mad Man and back again

Williams Reunion Jazz Band; photo courtesy Robert Kingsbury
Williams Reunion Jazz Band; photo courtesy Robert Kingsbury

PLUS: Music from Munk Duane and And the Kids; Douglas Paisley Opens Up about the Creative, the Subconcious, the Spiritual

Williams Reunion Jazz Band; photo courtesy Robert Kingsbury
Williams Reunion Jazz Band; photo courtesy Robert Kingsbury

 

I love this episode. Not only do we have two fantastic guests AND massively powerful indie music mojo, but this is the episode where I figure out some critical truths about how to engineer the show so that we have time for everything we want to hear. Probably, this means that indie music is going to get it’s own show next week. For now, enjoy an hour and a half or so of exceptional Internet audio goodness. As always, a great time co-hosted by Tela Zasloff, founder and editor of the Greylock Independent.

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Will Call #5 — Kickin’ Back with Some Common Folk

Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez
Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez

PLUS: Music from Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Wishbone Zoe; the BCRC names Jennifer Crowell new director

Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez
Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez

This episode contains a double dose of interviews featuring a leader of an arts/culture organization with an ability to see the big picture of the future of the arts in northern Berkshire County. Both women, Jessica Sweeney of the Common Folk Artists Collective, and Jennifer Crowell, of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, can put their fingers on how the arts will fuel various types of regional growth for years to come. We are treated to top-shelf tunes this week, thanks to Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Wishbone Zoë.

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Will Call #4 — “Inkless” Live Storytelling

Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler and Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine
Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine

PLUS: Music from Moon Hooch, Munk Duane, and Wishbone Zoe; AND Tuesday Teas return to Williams College.

Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler and Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine
Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine

 

This was a tremendously fun show to put together. Great music from local and reasonably local artists, news of live storytelling later this spring, and a chance to hear Williams College faculty authors discuss their latest works all make this an hour you won’t want to miss. Did we mention zombies and calculus? Check it out and leave us a comment below.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 6 — Radio Free Greylock!

PLUS: iBerkshires News Headlines, Music from Munk Duane and Wishbone Zoe, and Jason doing a lousy job filling in for Kelly of Berkshire Family Focus.

Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo part of the LIFE Photo Archive
Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo, part of the LIFE Photo Archive

We have a great show for you today, despite the very noticeable absence of Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, who’s taking the week off from the show while she’s on vacation somewhere warm. Tammy D. is back with the headlines, as well as the backstory behind the headlines that help it all make more sense. Northern Berkshire County is getting wired for sound (actually, that’d be wireless) as we embrace some 20th Century audio tech. And we plug in to some arresting new music from both ends of the Commonwealth.

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