Rebecca Martin | Larry Grenadier
Rebecca Martin | voice, guitar & Larry Grenadier | acoustic bass
performing music from their 2013 recording Twain
This concert is being presented by: Cloudsplitter Carpentry, Heritage Properties, Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness, and the Namaste Inn Bed & Breakfast
All of this evening’s donations will benefit Champlain Area Trails
Rebecca Martin’s sixth release under her own name and her third for the Sunnyside label, the warmly intimate set offers a uniquely expressive showcase for Martin’s artistry, with a dozen resonant new original compositions and one classic interpretation, all performed in understated acoustic arrangements based around the artist’s indelible voice and supple guitar work and the subtly inventive support of her husband and longtime collaborator, noted jazz bassist Larry Grenadier.
PRAISE for TWAIN
“Ms. Martin is a vocalist with an earnest and unaffected style and a songwriter of unforced insight…the new album also highlights a shift toward original material and folky ambience by a generation of singers, some of whom see Ms. Martin as a touchstone.” - Nate Chinen, “A Voice That Leaps Between Genres”, the New York Times
“Rebecca Martin may be of a school unto herself; the closest she might come to Americana would be such as the works of Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, John Berryman, W. D. Snodgrass and Allen Ginsburg. Twain is Ms. Martin’s Ariel; her Heart’s Needle, her Dream Songs.” - Raul de Gama, Jazz da Gama
“Rebecca Martin is one of a number of contemporary singers who defies categorization…Her voice is as organic as her words, an expressive vehicle for channeling emotions. It’s a powerful, though tastefully understated, combination.” - James Hale, CBC Music
Meadowmount String Quartets
Founded in 1944 by Ivan Galamian, the Meadowmount School of Music, located in Westport, New York in the Champlain Valley region of the Adirondack Mountains, offers exceptional string players and pianists a seven-week-long intensive program of private study and chamber music coaching with our dedicated and internationally recognized faculty.
The list of distinguished alumni who have spent summers at Meadowmount over the years is extensive, and many artists such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Kyung Wha Chung, Arnold Steinhardt, Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell and Yo-Yo Ma went on to establish international careers.
Jason Lindner & Super Future Griot
Jason Lindner | piano & keyboard
Nate Smith | drums & Gilmar Gomes | percussion
Jason Lindner’s newest project featuring Gilmar Gomes (percussion - Richard Bona, Angelique Kidjo) and Nate Smith (drums - Dave Holland, Chris Potter) links ritualistic musical folklore with future sonic edge.
“Rhythm provides more than a heartbeat for Jason Lindner. It also seems to fuel his respiratory functions and digestive activity, and maybe his neurons…What matters to him is groove, however it comes.” - The New York Times
“…an open-minded kid from Brooklyn became one of jazz’s most interesting keyboardists, with an identity spanning genres, cultures, formats and technologies.” - JazzTimes
Jazz Journalists Association’s 2014 Electronics Player of the Year Award-winner Jason Lindner’s musical journey knows no limits. The formidable improviser and composer brings a uniquely open and refreshing approach to all of his musical endeavors. Whether fronting his electric trio, Now Vs Now, directing his widely acclaimed big band, or collaborating with many of the world’s finest musicians, Lindner is sound without borders. Praised by Chick Corea as a ‘musical universe’, he writes, performs, arranges, and produces for an ever-growing roster of creative beings.
with Craig Myers | Kamel N’goni, Robinson Morse | bass, Caleb Bronz | drums, Andrew Moroz | trombone & keys, Will Andrews | synthesizers
performing music from their 2013 recording Rise
"Led by their grooves, Barika is wholly rhythmic, captivating audiences with the beautiful, hypnotic way in which they interweave melody and groove to create something that is not only danceable, but incredibly interesting to listen to. Barika creates a soundscape of funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance." - Performer Magazine
Ryan Montbleau | voice & guitar
opening: Jay Fiegl
This concert is being presented by Nova Natural Toys & Crafts.
All of this evening’s donations will be benefit Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm
Songs for Ryan Montbleau typically need to simmer. In his 10-year career this gifted singer and his limber band have built their catalog the old-fashioned way, by introducing new songs to their live set, then bending and shaping them over dozens of performances before committing a definitive version to the hard drive.
For that and many other reasons, Montbleau’s next album, For Higher, is quite literally a departure. Well-established out of his home base in the Northeast, the singer threw himself into New Orleans, where everything is slow-cooked, for a few fast-moving days — and whipped up an instant delicacy.
A few of the cuts on the new album — the playful stomp of “Deadset” or “Head Above Water,” freshly peppered with horns — were already part of the Ryan Montbleau Band’s ever-growing repertoire. But the majority, including four handpicked cover tunes — stone soul nuggets from Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton and more — came together spontaneously, with little prep work.
It was a feel thing, with Montbleau putting heads together with fellow music head Ben Ellman of New Orleans flag-bearers Galactic. The singer and songwriter first eased his way into the city when he was invited to contribute songs to Backatown, the breakthrough album of favorite son Trombone Shorty. That went so well, Montbleau co-wrote two more songs for Shorty’s recent follow-up, “For True.”
Joe Brent | mandolin & Sara Caswell | violin
performing new music from their 2013 self-titled recording.
opening: Staber & Chasnoff
9 horses is comprised of Joe Brent (mandolin), Sara Caswell (violin), and Shawn Conley (bass), leading lights on their instruments who create a unique and gorgeous blend of instrumental virtuosity. Brent’s indie-pop sensibility, combined with Caswell’s jazz-inspired lyricism and Conley’s extraordinary virtuosity, is at once a breathtaking display of color, melody, and rhythmic drive.
Joe Brent, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, also studied the mandolin in Italy before relocating back to New York City. He was a member of pop sensation Regina Spektor’s touring ensemble, and has performed and recorded with Woody Allen, Jewel, Gary Smulyan, and Stephane Grappelli. Simultaneously, he has maintained a career in classical music, having performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, The Boston Symphony, and countless others. He released his first album, Point of Departure, in 2007, featuring music by Astor Piazzolla, J. S. Bach, and Manuel de Falla, and in 2009 released solo. EP, an album of solo mandolin arrangements of songs by rock artists such as Animal Collective and The Flaming Lips. He has recorded the complete mandolin music of David Loeb and an album of the lute music of John Dowland, and in 2009 was added to the faculty of Mannes College, where he remains the only mandolin instructor at a major American conservatory. Music journalist Don von Schrilz said, “There has probably never been a mandolin player with better technical skills, and he matches that with an enthusiasm for every imaginable role a mandolin can fulfill,” and he has been described as, “One of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation,” by David McGee of The Bluegrass Special.
Sara Caswell, recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2013 DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls and as one of the top jazz violinists in both the 2011 and 2012 JazzTimes Readers Poll, regularly performs with her two groups, the Sara Caswell Quartet and the Caswell Sisters Quintet, as well as Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro, clarinetist David Krakauer’s The Big Picture, and the genre-defying quartet Rose & the Nightingale. She has toured extensively with Grammy winners bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Mark O’Connor, soloed numerous times in Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and performed and/or recorded with many artists including Regina Carter, Fred Hersch, Alan Ferber, Fabian Almazan, Nadje Noordhuis, Gene Bertoncini, and Skitch Henderson. Currently on faculty at Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Arts Division, Sara studied classical violin with the legendary Josef Gingold, has won over 100 awards and first-place prizes in the jazz and classical competition worlds, and has released two highly-acclaimed solo CDs – First Song and But Beautiful – and a CD with her sister, vocalist Rachel Caswell, entitled Alive in the Singing Air. Says O’Connor: “Most good violinists will never experience what Sara creates with her instrument. It is beautifully refined emotion that lifts the spirit and at the same time, crystallizes for me this thought: jazz violin could really have something to offer again.”
Shawn Conley grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. While in high school, he won a position in the Honolulu Symphony, and both the State and Southwest divisions of the MTNA solo string competition. He continued his studies at Rice University with Paul Ellison where he received both bachelors and masters degrees in music performance. Shawn also won a Wagoner fellowship to study in Paris with legendary bassist and pedagogue François Rabbath, earning both performance and teaching diplomas. Shawn has attended many prestigious summer festivals including The Tanglewood Music Center, The Henry Mancini Institute, Domaine Forget Academy. Along with teaching privately, Shawn has been on the faculty of the Hawaii Contrabass festival for its past two sessions, in 06’ and 08’. In 2007 he was the third place winner at the International Society of Bassist Scott LaFaro Jazz competition. Shawn currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Together, 9 horses weaves a broad musical tapestry, using the delicate strands of folk music and the incendiary embers of jazz and rock. Drawing material from artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Astor Piazzolla, and Weezer, along with original compositions reflecting their diverse backgrounds, Brent, Caswell, and Conley are a musical experience not to be missed.
July 3rd (** Rained out! Rescheduled for Tuesday July 22nd @ 7:30pm)
Taylor Haskins | trumpet
featuring Ben Monder | guitar, Robinson Morse | bass, & Geza Carr | drums with the Meadowmount String Orchestra, performing music from his 2014 recording Fuzzy Logic
A great jazz musician can make magic from unexpected source material. Nearly 30 years after Miles Davis recorded his tremendous rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” trumpeter Taylor Haskins has delivered a version of Thomas Dolby’s “Airwaves” that fans will enjoy for decades to come. It’s the centerpiece of his terrific new album, Fuzzy Logic. The track combines a highly hummable melody with a round trumpet tone and essential bits of texture provided by the plucked strings of a string trio and the eruptive electric guitar work of Ben Monder. On the title track—one of eight original compositions here—the quartet of Haskins, Monder, bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Jeff Hirshfield is enhanced by Joyce Hammann (violin), Lois Martin (viola) and Jody Redhage (cello). The pensive “Perspective” is another example of how Haskins can skillfully merge the colors of the string trio with subtleties such as Hirshfield’s brushwork. On “Too Far,” Haskins offers one of his most sumptuous melodies but also leaves plenty of space for Hirshfield’s nuanced cymbal washes to have maximum effect. That emotional impact is the result of Haskins’ superb talents as an arranger and as a producer. (There are moments on this album where it’s easy to close your eyes and imagine that you’re sitting in the corner of the recording studio.) As a trumpeter, Haskins doesn’t go for skyscraping fireworks. Instead, he offers sleek, seductive lines in carefully sculpted arrangements that make the most of the overall ensemble sound. He opens the album with an arresting Native American drone flute on “Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled,” and he concludes the program with a tear-jerking melodica solo during a version of Tom Waits’ “Take It With Me.” Between those two bookends is some of the most intriguing brass playing you’ll hear in 2014. (Bobby Reed, Downbeat Magazine, Editors’ Picks, April 2014)
AUGUST 14th - double bill
‘Hollar General’ featuring Michael Chorney | guitar, vocals
with Robinson Morse | bass, Brett Lanier | pedal steel, Geza Carr | drums
Michael Chorney’s ‘Magic City: the songs of Sun Ra’ — an 11-piece ensemble of brass, strings, & rhythm featuring Miriam Bernardo on vocals.
Michael Chorney is a self-taught musician, composer, and arranger who has lived and worked in Vermont for 30 years. He has been called “one of the Green Mountains’ most inventive musician-composers.” As a bandleader, Michael has created and led viperHouse, Magic City, Orchid, 7 Deadly Sins, and his newest ensemble, the Michael Chorney Sextet.
Michael has also produced fellow Vermonter Anais Mitchell’s albums Hymns for the Exiled and The Brightness and in 2007 they began collaborating on Mitchell’s folk opera, Hadestown (Righteous Babe, 2010). Michael’s arrangements feature the playing of producer/bassist Todd Sickafoose, Jim Black, Josh Roseman, Tanya Kalmanovich and Marika Hughes.
Michael is fluent on both acoustic guitar and baritone saxophone and has spent recent years focusing on prepared guitar. He’s developed a system of manipulating the strings that can alter the tone from that of an African hunter’s harp to a Javanese Gamelan. His guitar playing is featured on his own recordings as well as Hadestown. Michael prefers to use the straight-ahead sound of his 1933 L-00 Gibson when performing his solo songs.
Manuel Valera | Samuel Torres JULY 24th
Samuel Torres | Congas & Percussion & Manuel Valera | Piano, Keyboards
When the imposing talents of two of today’s most versatile Latin jazz artists meld with the organic richness of some of the world’s greatest cultural traditions, the results are guaranteed to be as fresh and virtuosic as they are revealing and magical. That’s what transpires on Samuel Torres and Manuel Valera Duet, an intimate setting of Piano and Latin Percussion.
Based in New York City, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers.
Samuel Torres from Bogota- Colombia transcends the conventional definition of a Percussionist. He’s a fully developed musician in the true meaning of the word — an artist who passionately follows his intuitions, ever broadening his horizons while further honing his wide-ranging, world class skills.