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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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Romantic Music from Duo Cantabile

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Duo Cantabile performs “Love Notes” with piano and violin duets in honor of Valentine's Day. The program features music, songs and stories of Frederic Chopin, Clara Schumann, Cesar Franck and George Gershwin performed by award-winning young artists Eric Siepkes and Akiko Kobayashi.

A native of Pittsburgh, Eric Siepkes is a graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music. Upon graduation in 2005 he was awarded the Joseph Lawrence Noble Scholarship at Eastman for his pianistic merits, as well as a prize in the 11th Chautauqua International Piano Competition for the best performance of a lyric work, performing Schubert. In 2006, he won the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in NYC and subsequently made his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, with another invitation to perform there in 2007. He has co-produced a Mozart festival, a ‘Meditating Bach’ series. Siepkes’ piano technique has been described as “dazzling” for his renditions of Chopin and Robert Schumann. 

New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi has been performing throughout much of the Northeast, and recently performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, broadcast on the classical radio station. Awards include the IBLA Grand Prize Distinguished Musician Award in Sicily and American Protégé International Strings and Piano Competition Winner. Past recital venues include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA; Steinway Hall in New York; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; and the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, NY. Akiko’s interests include baroque performance and compositional practices, baroque violin bows, and violin and harpsichord works. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music in Classical Violin from the Manhattan School of Music.
 
 

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Holiday Music from the Pizzazz Strings Ensemble

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Pizzazz Strings Ensemble presents holiday selections that include Baroque master Vivaldi, Strauss waltzes and jazzy and pop Christmas and Chanukah favorites.The quintet includes Pizzazz director and cellist Andrea Mills, violinists Andrew Smith and Jeanine Wynton, violist Sarah Smale and harpist Jane Zopf. Members of Pizzazz have made recordings and performed concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall, playing with stars like Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Bernadette Peters and Diana Krall among others. The artists will also be sharing stories from their extraordinary musical adventures. 

Cellist Andrea Mills, BM Hartt School and MM Cleveland Institute, has studied with cellists Alan Harris, David Wells and Peter Stumpf, and ensembles including the Cleveland Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and the American Quartet. She currently teaches and performs each summer as artist faculty at the Stamford International Music Festival in England. Andrea has held positions as principal cellist with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, with whom she performed as soloist. As an orchestral musician she has played with numerous orchestras. Andrea has a wide variety of musical interests from contemporary music to jazz cello and is a regular recording artist for film and television. She has played with many familiar names like Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. As a dedicated teacher of both traditional and Suzuki cello she has served on the faculty of the Ethel Walker School, Choate-Rosemary Hall, the Hartt Community Division and led the cello division of the Western Springs School of Talent Education. 

Violinist Andrew Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music, UK where his teachers included Erich Gruenberg and Emanuel Hurwitz. Upon graduating with honors he was awarded the Farjeon Prize and granted a position on the Advanced Solo Studies course. Leaving college in 1992, he was appointed as Concertmaster of the Orquestra da Norte, Portugal and in the same year he made his London debut at the South Bank Centre. He moved to the US in 1996 as Assistant to the Emerson String Quartet, winners of five Grammy awards, and continued his solo studies with Ida Kavafian, getting his Doctorate in Performance from the Hartt School. As a soloist Andrew has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, China and the United States. He has appeared at such venues as the British Embassy in Paris, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the Edinburgh International Festival, the British Music Information Centre, the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and his concerts have been broadcast on public television and radio in England, Italy, Portugal, and America. He has appeared in concert for the American Liszt Society, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the US Coast Guard, “World Hunger”, and “Artists Against Aids” and was named 2004 solo artist for the LaPorte Symphony. His recording of the Glazunow Concerto appears on the VUCA label and he has recorded for the Sony Classics, ASV, VUCA labels.

Violinist Jeanine Wynton has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across Europe, Russia, the United States, South America, New Zealand and Israel. At the age of five, she was a featured performer on the television shows "That's Incredible" and "Omnibus", and has since garnered numerous awards at competitions across the country. She is a frequent guest musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and recently won a position with the Florida Orchestra. She has also held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Richmond Symphony. Every summer she travels to Chicago where she performs with the Grant Park Orchestra, a position she has held since 2006.

Violinist Sarah Smale received her BA with Honors from the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK where she won the Herbert Lumby Viola Prize and was awarded a place in the City of Birmingham Symphony apprenticeship program, working with Sir Simon Rattle. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at the Hartt School, where she was an assistant to the Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet. It was at Hartt that she acquired her Suzuki training with Linda Fiore and Teri Einfeldt. She is Assistant Director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange. She has worked with many world-renowned artists and has recorded television work for the BBC and also for Radio Suisse.

Harpist Jane Zopff earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and continued harp studies during graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, and at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. She has been using the Suzuki Method for Harp successfully for more than 25 years in Ohio, Tennessee and the Utah Suzuki Harp Institute before moving to New York in 2015. Jane has an extensive performing career with numerous orchestras, choirs, chamber music groups and solo engagements throughout the midwest, south and southeast. She also loves playing musicals and shows: a few of the artists she has performed with include: Bernadette Peters, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Judy Collins, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Harris, Carol Channing, and Yul Brynner.
 
 

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