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Professor and Musicologist Jack Sullivan on “New Orleans Remix”

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Since the 1990s, New Orleans has been experiencing its greatest musical renaissance since Louis Armstrong. Brass band, funk, hip hop, Mardi Gras Indian, zydeco, and other styles are rocking the city in new neighborhood bars far from the Bourbon Street tourist scene. In New Orleans Remix, Jack Sullivan shines the light on superb artists little known to the general public, and he introduces a surge of female, Asian and other previously marginalized groups that are making the vibe more inclusive than ever.

Dr. Sullivan's specialties include 18th- and 20th-century American literature, music and film. He has published six books and has written for Opera, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday and USA Today. He teaches a variety of subjects, including several in the American Studies Program, which he chairs. An advocate of an active Emersonian education, Dr. Sullivan frequently takes students to plays and other cultural events in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 

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Music: Stolen Gems—Transcriptions for Harp

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Harpist Victoria Drake entertains with arrangements she transcribed for the harp. From a wide range of styles and genres and across several centuries, these highlight the special capacity of the harp. From well-known pieces for the cello and guitar to keyboard works of famous composers, Victoria Drake brings to the harp her own perspective on repertoire written for other instruments. She will also talk about the harp and demonstrate how it works.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Victoria Drake, harpist, is a multi-faceted artist with a career that stretches the boundaries of music for the harp. She performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Voices of Ascension, and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Musica Sacra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, and Orpheus. She has been performing as principal harpist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota since 2008. She has appeared as concerto soloist with several notable orchestras in the New York area. She performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival and has played at the Aspen, Banff, Cabrillo, Cape May, Caramoor, Fontainebleau, and Vermont Mozart Festivals. She has received numerous awards, and achieved finalist status at the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel. As recital soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared across the country, as well as in Israel and France.

She performed some of her recently published transcriptions of the Six Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City, the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, and recently at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Tori’s interest in expanding the harp repertoire has led to four solo recordings: Harping on Bach, Scarlatti’s Harp, Spanish Gold and From the Bach Notebook of Harpist Victoria Drake: The complete Cello Suites Transcribed. She has also recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp on period instruments with Sandra Miller and the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford and the Frank Martin Petite symphonie concertante with Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has performed and recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded contemporary music for the Arabesque, CRI, Koch and Spectrum labels.

Her Broadway credentials include the Tony-winning Broadway revivals The King and I and 42nd Street, and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater. She can be heard on those original cast albums, as well as many movie soundtracks. She has also performed with many popular artists including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Audra MacDonald, Barry Manilow, Sting, and Luther Vandross.
 

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

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Connecticut’s own Funky Dawgz Brass Band kicks off the Library’s fall music series with their exuberant brand of New Orleans-style brass music.

Note location & community partner: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band embodies the spirit and traditions of New Orleans, playing a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans brass music, R&B, original music, hip hop, funk and today’s top hits with a brass twist. They have toured internationally and have been featured on bills with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Snarky Puppy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Rebirth Brass Band. When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country.
 

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Musician and Author John Andrew Fredrick

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Musician, author and artist John Andrew Fredrick, founder of the black watch (which Magnet Magazine called “one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits”), comes for an evening that offers an intimate glimpse into the life and work of one of indie rock’s most celebrated talents. Fredrick will talk about his life making music, read from recent books (including his political satire Your Caius Aquila and his exploration of the early films of Wes Anderson, F**king Innocent), and perform some of the music that’s cemented his reputation as an indie rock icon.

This evening offers Westport audiences an unprecedented opportunity to get up close and personal with one of rock music’s irreverent visionaries. Fredrick's solo appearance is the kick-off for the band's 2017 East Coast tour.

John Andrew Fredrick received his Ph.D. in English from The University of California at Santa Barbara, where he formed an indie rock band called the black watch that has released nearly twenty albums, including the band’s latest, “the gospel according to john.” Fredrick is also the author of four books, including The King of Good Intentions, a novel chronicling the early days of an indie band; Your Caius Aquila, a satire of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the guise of a sexy and hilarious Roman Empire-set epistolary novel; and F*** Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson, a critique of the acclaimed filmmaker’s early films. He started painting in 2006, using only materials he could purchase at 99-cent stores, but now he uses acrylic and oil and pre-stretched canvases as well.

John Andrew Fredrick photo credit Steve Keros.
 

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The '60s Music Scene

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With the 50th anniversary of the Doors' concert at Staples HS rapidly approaching, a panel discussion will explore the 1960s music scene both locally and nationally. The panel will feature Staples alumni who have had successful music careers—and got their starts locally—including one musician whose band opened for the Doors at Staples, another musician whose band played on WICC back in the day, and a DJ who started out at WICC and was part of the fabled Good Guys radio staff at WMCA during its 1960s heyday. Moderated by Dan Woog, the panel includes DJ Ed Baer, songwriter Charlie Karp and musician Brian Keane. 

This talk is in conjunction with the Westport Historical Society's Exhibit "The High School That Rocked." The exhibit runs June 16-September 2 and includes a clip from the documentary short from producer Fred Cantor, The High School That Rocked!  #WestportRocksSummerFestival

Dan Woog is a native Westporter. He attended virtually all of the key Staples concerts, starting with the Beau Brummels when he was in 7th grade. When he regained his hearing he graduate from Staples and Brown University. A freelance writer, he has published 17 books; written for publications including the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, and been hired by dozens of corporate clients. His “06880” blog draws current and former Westporters together in an online community. He is also the longtime boys soccer coach at Staples High School, a former Youth National Coach of the Year, and a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.

Ed Baer, Staples '54, is a retired popular DJ whose career in the New York metro area spanned close to 60 years. Ed got his start at WICC and was the MC when Connie Francis had her first Top Ten hit and made an appearance at a Staples sock hop in 1958. In 1961, Ed joined the fabled Good Guys team at WMCA in New York City and remained part of that staff during the station's heyday in the sixties. Through his show and related promotional events, Ed interacted with some of the decade's biggest stars. In subsequent years, Ed worked at other prominent radio stations including WHN, WCBS and WHUD, where his well-known shows such as "Ed Baer Affair" and "Pop Rewind" aired.

Charlie Karp, Staples '71, is an award-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist. His professional start began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles. Charlie recorded four albums, including the renowned "Them Changes" LP, and toured internationally with Miles through 1972, when he formed his own band with David Hull, White Chocolate, and signed with RCA Records. Over the years, Charlie has written songs for and/or recorded with a wide range of prominent artists including Joan Jett, Joe Perry, Arthur Lee, and Danny Kortchmar.

Brian Keane, Staples '71, is an American composer, music producer, musician and guitarist. He has composed the music for hundreds of films and television shows and produced over a hundred record albums and won Grammys, Emmys and Peabodys. Keane is known as one of the most prominent composers of his era in scoring television documentaries and is a leading producer of world music. More...

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Composer & MIT Professor Evan Ziporyn

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents composer and professor Evan Ziporyn who will speak about ethnomusicology and the intersection between science and art. A concert by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Gamelan Galak Tika will be featured followed by a hands-on demonstration of this unique Balinese percussion instrument. Register online as space is limited.

Learn more about Gamelans. Gamelan Galak Tika has been at the forefront of innovative, cross-cultural music for Balinese gamelan since 1993. Led by composer Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT, Galak Tika has performed groundbreaking music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, several Bang on a Can Marathons, Southern Exposure, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and colleges throughout the northeast. In 2005 the group toured Bali, performing at the Bali International Arts Festival, Kuta Beach, and numerous villages around the island.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Photo credit: Andy Ryan

 

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Music from Dave Giardina and Goza Latin Band

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Westport native Dave Giardina and Goza Latin Band present music from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, latin percussion and vocals. The program includes samba, rumba cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango, bolero and numbers by Jobim, Tito Puente, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista, Rollins and Dizz as well as origanals and arrangements of Beatles, Santana, Stevie Wonder and others. Performers are guitarist and director Dave Giardina, vocalist Dulce Santana, percussionist Asher Delerme, trumpeter Brian Wallace and violinist Chris Payne. Dave will perform solo guitar guitar as well as a duo with violin.

Dave Giardina, guitar, bandleader and foot tambourine received his B.A. from St. Anselm College, He has also studied at Longy School of Music. With roots in the sixties folk- rock culture, Dave studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Philip Defremery, Jazz with Sal Salvador and Bob Kobus and Flamenco with Mario Escudero and Paco Pena (Spain). He also played in master classes for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery, Abel Carlevaro, and Oscar Ghiglia. He has been teaching for many years on the faculties of Trinity, St. Joseph and Manchester Community Colleges, as well as privately. Dave is an award recipient member of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, he has performed extensively throughout the Northeast at schools, bandshells, major festivals, First Nights, clubs and both Connecticut casinos as a soloist and with ensembles he has formed such as Fiesta del Norte, Bamboleo, Goza, and the Typsy Gypsys. His compositions are featured on two releases by the CT Classical Guitar Society of which he is a founding member and Artistic Director. His latest release, Fiesta Grande, features music of Mexico. 

Dulce Santana, vocalist, was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Ever since she can remember, music was a part of her upbringing, as she comes from a very artistic family. Dulce has a creative and innovative style that ranges from Jazz, Latin Jazz, ballads, salsa, and pop. Her self-produced CD entitled "Forever", showcases the exquisite flavor of her original compositions which has received extensive radio airplay throughout the United States and South America. 

Brian Wallace, trumpet, flugelhorn and percussion, has been playing trumpet since the age of nine. In high school, Brian was selected as lead trumpet for the Massachusetts Northeast District Jazz Band; he also was chosen for the MA All-State Jazz Group. Brian then went on to attend the Berklee College of Music, studying under such notable trumpet players as Wayne Naus, Lin Biviano, Tiger Okoshi and Jeff Stout. After college, Brian spent 4 years touring with original funk group, Rippopotamus. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Deana Martin, Bobby Rydell, Roger Ingram, Kayvan Vega, Don Sonero and Luisito Carrion. 

Asher Delerme, persuccion, began his training in the distinguished World Music program at Wesleyan University. He  toured the United States with Abraham Kobina Adzenyah during his freshman year. While a junior, he’d make his pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa to study Ghanaian drumming and dance, and upon graduation, he returned to his native New York City to study and perform Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian music. A former artist-in-residence for the New York State Commission on the Arts, Delerme is currently listed with both the CT Commission for the Arts Contours and Young Audiences of America programs. He has performed with luminaries the likes of Hilton Ruiz, Paquito De Rivera, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jay Hoggard, Foday Musa Suso, Marion Meadows, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Sabater and Miles Jaye, among many others. He has collaborated with singers and poets, as well as gospel, theater, dance, percussion and orchestral ensembles. His recording resume includes television and radio soundtracks, jingles and appearances on over 25 albums/CDs.

 

 

 

  

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Music from the Sarah Rice Trio

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The Sarah Rice Trio performs classical, jazz, traditional and contemporary Celtic works from Loreena McKennitt and Secret Garden to film scores on harp, piano, vocals and Celtic Theremin. The trio is composed of Sarah Rice, vocals and Theremin, Maria Banks, harp, and Amy Ralske, cello.

Sarah Rice was the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway, winning a Theatre World Award and Grammy for Best Show Recording for her performance. Sarah first played the Theremin at Broadway director Tom O'Horgan's house about 10 years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. Her performances and awards include: Broadway, (SWEENEY TODD) Johanna, original, Theatre World Award, Grammy for Best Show Recording. Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG). Opera/Operetta/Music Theatre/Theatre: leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009. 

Maria Banks began playing the harp at the age of 7. Within ten years, she debuted as a concerto soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has worked with several professional ensembles and played several operas. As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, Banks has toured internationally and throughout the United States. Banks has also performed at several festivals such as the International Jazz and Pop Harpfest, The American Harp Society National Conference, and the Festival del Desierto in Mexico. Her musical repertoire ranges from classical to popular, new age, and jazz and includes original arrangements and compositions. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate work in music performance at the Eastman School of Music and The University of Arizona.

Amy Ralske began playing the cello in 3rd grade after hearing one in a concert. Since then, she has played with The Houston Ballet Orchestra, The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, The Texas Chamber Orchestra, and The Houston Symphony. Since moving to New York, she has performed with groups including The American Ballet Theater, The New York City Opera Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony. Amy has been in the Broadway productions of Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Aida, Bombay Dreams, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 9 to 5, Green Day’s American Idiot, Motown the Musical, Gigi, and Amazing Grace. Amy has performed and recorded with many popular artists and has toured with Sheryl Crow, Hall and Oates, Barbara Streisand, and Harry Connick jr. After attending Juilliard Pre-college as a student of Harvey Shapiro, Amy received a BM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a MM from Rice University where she held quartet and teaching fellowships. Other teachers include Stephen Kates, Berl Senofsky and Shirley Trepel.
 

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Danny Lipsitz and The Brass Tacks Play the Roots of Rock & Roll

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Experience the birth of Rock & Roll with The Brass Tacks. Easton, CT native Danny Lipsitz will lead a musical journey to show how the prominence of the saxophone ultimately made way for the electric guitar in the 1950s. Hot off of a sold out show at the Public Theater in New York City, The Brass Tacks recently released their debut album from that same show, entitled "Dead (or Live at Joe's Pub)."

Danny Lipsitz & his Brass Tacks is a high-energy mishmash of traditional jazz, swing, and early rock and roll. The Brass Tacks debuted at the Thomas Edison House Museum, where they recorded directly to wax cylinder.

Featured selections may include That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby by Louis Jordan, Kansas City by Fats Domino, Drown in My Own Tears by Ray Charles and Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley.
 

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Music: Airborne Islands Jazz Quartet

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Airborne Islands Jazz Quartet presents a musical journey exploring top jazz destinations in the Caribbean Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, USA, Mexico and more. With keyboard, trumpet, guitar, percussion and vocals, Airborne Jazz brings contemporary, smooth jazz and world music to you. Members of the quartet are Gregory Borino (guitar, vocals), Donte Hall (percussion, vocals and Afro-Latin Dance), Randy Bost (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) and Thomas Borino (keyboard, vocals).

Airborne has a trademark jazz sound of island passion and urban emotion. Their hot rhythms and inspiring melodies smoothly cruise on a cool atmosphere of music and voices. They are a multi-cultural jazz group based in New Haven, CT. Formed in the 1980s, Airborne celebrates years of recording projects, jazz festivals, jazz concerts, city and community events, corporate and private functions, educational workshops and residences, and clubs. The group has released many award-winning albums.  

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