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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the June Artist of the Month

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the June Artist of the Month, Tori Weston. 

For a full interview as told and edited by Gilmore Tamny and photography by Jaclyn Tyler, please go to:  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Journeys in Sound event this Friday, June 2 at Arts at the Armory Cafe

Catalan Sketches 
The Olivia Pérez Collellmir Mompou Project
Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 8pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. Somerville

Proud of its own identity and language, Catalonia is one of Spain's richest regions, and also one of the most independent-minded. With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain.

Olivia Pérez Collellmir is a solo pianist, bandleader, and composer from the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Noted in The Arts Fuse, an on-line arts journal, as a “Spanish virtuoso” who adds “a flamenco touch to her chamber jazz,” Collellmir’s most recent performance highlights include playing on soundtrack of Isla Bonita by renowned director Fernando Colomo, touring with Spanish Grammy winner Rosana Arbelo, performing an honorary concert at Berklee for the legendary Rita Moreno, and being invited to give private performances for United States Secretary of State John Kerry, opera star Renée Fleming, and Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. 

The Olivia Pérez Collellmir Mompou Project is as ode to Olivia's culture, which she has loved since she first began playing piano as a child in the Conservatory of Barcelona. For this project, she will perform and reinterpret the music of the impressionist Catalonian composer Federico Mompou within the idioms of contemporary global music and jazz. Olivia had the opportunity to learn to play this music from his intimate collaborators and disciples. As Olivia puts it "Like no other composer, his music portrays in sound the soul of my country, the colors of the Mediterranean Sea and the character of the Catalonian people." She is attempting to give Mompou the wider recognition she believes he deserves, exporting his music internationally using new approaches, bringing it into the language of jazz and mixing it with the music of other cultures.

Joining Olivia will be the excellent laouto player Vasilis Kostas from Greece and the superb Cyprus born percussionist George Lernis.

reserve here ...
suggested donation is $13 with a reservation and $10 for students and those on a fixed income
$15 & $12 is the suggested donation without a reservation

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chords Trio (Brian Friedland/Rich Greenblatt/Nick Grondin), Thurs 6/1 @ Third Life Studio!

Chords Trio!
Jazz Composers' Collective 
         Thursday June 1, 8pm
       $10 Suggestion donation at the door (cash only)
       All ages, refreshments served

Nick Grondinguitar

The Chords Trio is not your typical jazz group -- Bandmates Brian Friedland, Rich Greenblatt, and Nick Grondin share the capability of playing multiple notes on their respective instruments and use their unique instrumental combination to create a richly layered listening experience.  Their finely detailed compositions and spontaneous interactions explore a plethora of sonic possibilities, whether they are swinging on a standard or improvising impressionistic textures.

THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of 
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

Last weekend to see #RESIST

April 27 - May 27, 2017
Curated by: Susan Berstler and Greg Cook

Nave Annex, Davis Square 
53 Chester Street

Christina Balch, Resa Blatman, Jesse Blu, Emily Chan, Chris D'Amore, Russell DuPont, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Richard Ferrari, Samantha Fields, Dina Gjertsen, Nicolas Hyacinthe, Lee Kilpatrick, M, Elizabeth Menges, Ansis Purins, Allison and Jason Rabin, Rhonda Ratray, Rebecca Schnopp, Cory Shea, Brittany Smith, Margi Weir, Nanette Wylde (PreNeo Press)

Gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; Saturdays, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Under Primping

Saturday, May 272:00 pm-6:00 pm

Under Primping is a performative/installation, it lives as a relic/site when not activated. The activation/performance consists of people working/laboring over a petticoat sculpture while being read to from a library of selected books consisting of texts written by women. The public is welcome to sit with their own handwork and listen, or just observe.

Image credit: Pretty Sad, Resa Blatman

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tomorrow: MA Senate to vote on public art!

MPAP_Amendment_Email.pngLast week, the Senate Ways and Means Committee made a bold statement about the importance of arts and culture to a vibrant, healthy, and equitable Commonwealth by recommending to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $16.5 million. With this, we have the rare opportunity to use the budget process to further advance support for public art in Massachusetts.
Taking advantage of this unique opportunity, Senator Eric Lesser (D-East Longmeadow) filed Amendment #694, to establish the Massachusetts Public Art Program (MPAP). This amendment calls for the establishment of a state program to include public art on Commonwealth-owned properties. The Senate began deliberations on budget amendments this morning, so your State Senator needs to hear from you TODAY.
The public spaces, buildings, infrastructure, and institutions of the Commonwealth provide the backbone of its communities. These built environments physically shape how residents come together and interact with one another and their government. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln; the 46-foot tall kinetic sculpture at Porter Square station in Cambridge; and Boston’s Frog Pond on the Common stand as examples of the ways functionality, accessibility, authenticity, and even whimsy can be incorporated into design so that our use of the outdoors, public transportation, and public space is enhanced.
Modelled on the nation’s oldest state public art program in Hawaii, the Massachusetts Public Art Program, or MPAP, would create a state program dedicated to the creation and preservation of public art on Commonwealth-owned properties. In doing so, Massachusetts would join every other New England state, along with 23 others, that invest in public art programs. Public art projects such as the mural on the Route 9 railroad bridge entering Northampton; the Chinatown Gate at the corner of Beach Street and Surface Road in Boston; and the massive, 60-sqaure-foot mural outside Hanover Theatre in Worcester invigorate and excite communities and promote engagement with the Commonwealth’s civic infrastructure.
We are fortunate to be in a moment where political leaders are standing up in support of the necessary role the arts play in Massachusetts. Let’s stand up with them to build the vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts we all deserve.
Keep up the good work,
Matt Wilson, MASSCreative
MASSCreative · 15 Channel Center St, Suite 103, Boston, MA 02210, United States 
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Saturday, June 17 - Save the date - Cambridge Symphony performs Masterworks: Copland and Pope!

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra presents: Masterworks: Copland and Pope
Saturday, June 17 at 8pm | Kresge Auditorium at MIT, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Tickets: $15-$25 |
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s final Masterworks concert of the season features the world premiere of a new orchestral work based on the tale of The Little Match Girl by noted film composer Conrad Pope, written specifically for the CSO to close their 42nd season. As a highly-sought composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor, Conrad Pope is famous for his contributions to many popular films including the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit, and Star Wars series.
Paired with this premiere is the classic Americana of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, which premiered in Boston in 1946. The openness and optimism of Copland’s symphony build to a climax in the last movement, which is based on his famous Fanfare for the Common Man.   A full press release is attached.

Somerville residents performing in the orchestra include: violinists Erica SiegelJenna HoopingarnerDaphne LaytonTadhg Pearson, and Songwen Chen; violists Sam DuncanRyan Roelke, and Kim Etingoff; cellist Chris Moriarty; oboist Carolyn Hayes; bassoonist Will Gorman; and percussionist Natalie Shelton-May.

About the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is a community music organization that presents classical music for diverse audiences who value great music in an accessible environment. The overall mission since the founding in 1975 is to harness the power of music to forge lasting relationships with the local community. The CSO continually invests in the community footprint through collaborations with social and cultural organizations in educational programs and spotlight partnerships. The orchestral and chamber music performances at educational facilities (Perkins School for the Blind, Cambridge Community Center), assisted living residences (Youville House, Cadbury Commons), and venues at the center of cultural life in the area (MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, the Cambridge and Somerville Public Libraries, The Center for Arts at the Armory) are motivated by a commitment to deep and meaningful engagement with the community. In all of these projects, the all-volunteer roster is the greatest asset, creating outstanding programming through the combined energy of dozens of dedicated and talented individuals who believe in the importance of classical music and expanding our community’s access to it. 

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