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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Register now! 3 Midsummer Sings for Women w/ Susan Robbins; 1st Sing is July 11th @ Third Life Studio

Founder and Artistic Director of Libana (
and Director of Third Life Studio in Somerville (

Singing in community is a powerful source of joy, celebration, and ritual 
for people around the world. The expressive and metaphorical process of 
creating unison and harmony while joining your voice with others is a 
powerful way to release stress, uplift the soul, transcend the challenges we 
face in our daily lives, and energize our beings.
We will create a powerful unison sound and mesmerizing harmonies through
the singing of rounds, chants, and part music. All songs will be taught
by ear, so sight-reading ability is not necessary. Come experience the artful
creation of group sound and spirit! 

     Sing #1 date: Tuesday, July 11th
     Sing #2 date: Tuesday, July 18th 
     Sing #3 date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: 7-9:15 pm
Cost: $30 for one evening,  $27.50 EACH for two, or $25 EACH for three or more 
         Registration and payment must be received in advance for lower price )
Where: Third Life Studio, Union Square, Somerville, MA
 (Yes, it is air-conditioned)
Girls 12 and older who love to sing are welcome!

Come to one or as many as you want! Different music will be taught at each evening.
Pre-registration required; further details provided upon registration.
Registration information at the bottom of this email.
For more information on Midsummer Sings, classes, private voice lessons, 
or astrological readings, please email Susan Robbins at

Please share this email with friends who want to sing. Come and bring your friends, 
your mother, your daughter, your sister-- but come experience the joy and art of 
group singing!

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Susan Robbins is the Founder and Artistic Director of Libana, an internationally 
renowned women's world music ensemble and intentional creative community having
just completed its 38th performance season ( (
She has taught voice privately for over 35 years and leads singing workshops 
throughout North America. With Marytha Paffrath (also of Libana), she has co-facilitated 
weekend workshops at Rowe Camp and Conference Center and the Kripalu Center for 
Yoga and Health (both in Western MA), and presented at National Music Educator 
Conferences as well as Music and Healing Conferences nationwide. In the summer of 2011, 
she was a guest member of the Tuscany Project faculty, an 11-day vocal intensive in Umbria,

She brings to her teaching a deeply rooted sense of compassion, an eclectic musical 
experience, a heartfelt belief in the transformative, healing power of music and a hefty 
love of laughter.

Class and workshop participants say:
"Thank you again for the wonderful music and your deep wisdom you have given to me. 
It is such a gift and I am forever grateful that I had the chance to be part of your circle."

 "You brought us all to a very wonderful space. Thank you. I hope I never leave the wonder 
that is opened in me when I walk with you musically. Thank you for being so generous. 
It opens up so many possibilities in us all."

 "For now, and forever, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your wholehearted way."

"Dare I say Susan is a joy and a miracle worker, no matter what level you start out at?!"

"We both gained a great deal and are so appreciative of you, your music, your teaching style, 
and your unique ability to help us produce joyful sound without strain and judgment. You are 
such an amazing role model of how the human being is an instrument for producing sound in so 
many different modalities. Thank you so much for giving me the gifts of your teaching and sharing."

1) Please email a response indicating your intention to register, and the dates 
of the sings you would like to register for!  

2) ALSO fill out the registration form found at the bottom of this email and 
return at your earliest convenience with the appropriate registration 
fee to hold your place in the circle!  Please make checks payable to Susan Robbins 
(not Libana) and mail to:

Susan Robbins, Libana, Inc., P.O.Box 400530, Cambridge, MA 02140
For more information email

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PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR (check all of the sings for which you are registering):

     Enclosed is $30 for one sing, $27.50 EACH for two, or $25 EACH for three or more.
     Payment must be received in advance for the lower price. 
     DATE #1 (Tuesday, July 11th): _____________________

     DATE #2 (Tuesday, July 18th):  _____________________

     DATE #3 (Tuesday, July 25th):  _____________________





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Macuco Quintet (Fri) & Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet (Sat); Jazz this weekend at Third Life Studio!

Macuco Quintet

       Friday June 23, 7:30 pm (one set)
       Admission: $10 at door (cash only)

Rick Stone – alto sax, clarinet
Joel Springer – tenor & sopranino saxes, melodica
Allan Chase – baritone, alto, & soprano saxes
Fernando Huergo – electric bass
Austin McMahon – drums, melodica

With a fresh take on Brazilian-Latin jazz, Macuco Quintet plays original pieces (and some by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal) that mix hip-shaking grooves, unexpected harmonies, playful melodies, and expressive improvisations. Influenced by jazz  composers Julius Hemphill, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and others, and inspired by the nature, people & music of Brazil. Add a dash of nostalgia for 1970s jazz, then pour in some serious fun and a belief in the soul-nourishing power of music, and the Macuco Quintet stew is ready to serve!

Macuco Quintet was formed in Boston in 2014 by Joel Springer, a long-time member of Boston’s Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet. The group has a somewhat unusual instrumentation: three saxophonists (playing five different types of saxophone, plus clarinet), an electric bassist, and a drummer who sometimes plays melodica.

“Love the front line in this band: saxophonists Allan Chase, Joel Springer, and Rick Stone. And they’ll all be doubling, so expect provocative voicings and yummy sonorities. And, oh yeah, the rhythm team is also tops: bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Austin McMahon" -Jon Garelick, The Arts Fuse, 9/27/15


Mandorla Music Series continues with

Daniel Carter/Jeff Platz Quartet

       Saturday June 24, 8pm
       Tickets: $15, advance tickets here
       FB event page

Mandorla Music is thrilled to have NYC free jazz legend Daniel Carter (and his armload of instruments) and frequent collaborator guitarist Jeff Platz back. This time around they'll be joined by bassist Damon Smith and drummer Matt Crane.

Active since the early 1970s, reeds, flute & trumpet player Daniel Carter has played not just with such seminal contemporary free jazz figures as William Parker, Hamid Drake and Matthew Shipp but also with such diverse performers as Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Vernon Reid and DJ Logic, among many others. 

Guitarist Jeff Platz is well known to audiences in Boston, New York and Europe for what one reviewer recently called his "classic jazz guitar tone and an expansive palette of sounds and colors." 

Carter and Platz have worked together extensively, including on the 2013 release 'Past and Present Futures.'


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

Ibbetson Street--Somerville's literary magazine--has released in 41st issue--reading July 5th

 Hello, Friends/ Poet Friends,


Since 1998, when it was founded at a Bruegers Bagel Shop in Porter Square Cambridge, by Doug Holder, Harris Gardner and Dianne Robitaille, the Ibbetson Street Press has published chapbooks, perfect bound books of poetry, and 41 issues of the literary magazine Ibbetson Street. Over the years the press and magazine has published work by Marge Piercy, Ted Kooser, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kathleen Spivack, Jean Valentine, Cornelius Eady, Richard Hoffman, Jennifer Matthews and many others. The press is now formally affiliated with Endicott College of Beverly, Mass. Join us for a gathering and reading--July 5, 2017--to celebrate its almost 20 years on the Boston area literary scene.

Ibbetson Street Press is a unifying force in the Boston poetry scene, and the most viable way for poetry lovers to keep in touch with whats happening.

    The Ibbetson Street #41 Potluck and Reading will be held on Wednesday, July 5th at the central branch of the Somerville Library, Highland Avenue (next to the high school).  The Potluck will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.; the reading will be from 7:00 to 8:15

Artists Under The Dome

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I am asking for your help in getting the word out about a key survey/census the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is collaborating on. This is new survey/census, By Artists, for Artists, is based on the ground breaking 2009 Stand Up and Be Counted. We need as many Massachusetts artists of all disciplines to participate and spread the word.

Here is the link to the survey and more information about it and tools to spread the word:

I can not stress how important it is to take this survey and to encourage your fellow artists of all disciplines to participate. This information is critical to the policy making and advocating for our community. MALC  (we are an all volunteer coalition) and our fellow advocates need this data to do the advocacy we do.

Thank you for your participation and help in getting the word out!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Call for Submissions - Somerville Media Center's Out Takes: Youth Film Festival

Call for Submissions - Somerville Media Center's 
Out Takes: Youth Film Festival 

Come join SCATV’s Summer Youth Program in celebrating their incredible summer by viewing short films, animations, and news segments created, directed, filmed, acted and edited exclusively by young people. Last year's inaugural Out Takes: Youth Film Festival drew over 75 audience members and included submissions from Saugus Community TV, RAW Art Works of Lynn, Somerville Media Center, and more.  This year's event will be held Tuesday, August 17th from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave). 

The night will kick off with refreshments at 7:00, followed by a number of original shorts created by youth in Somerville and surrounding areas. We will be hosting the event at the Somerville Community Growing Center, so bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to spread out under the stars while you watch. 

NOTE: We are currently accepting submissions of original content, 15 minutes or less in length, created by youth up to age 21. Please submit all content directly to Heather McCormack, Youth Media Coordinator, at bAugust 10th.

Opensound : Call for musicians, poets, dancers, actors!

Call to Participate! All are welcome to perform.

John Cage In The Park
Wednesday June 21, 2017  |  6:30 - 8:00 PM

If you would like to participate, please complete the following very very short form:


Please join us to perform John Cage's "Variations III" in Seven Hills Park, Davis Square Somerville (behind red line entrance). Our audience will include the commuters walking on the bike path, the birds and squirrels in the park, a setting sun, and each other. This event is in part a remembrance of our dearly missed friend and musician Lou Cohen, but also a celebration of the musical community he loved. This seems so appropriate for Make Music Day!

June 21, 2017 6:30-8PM
Seven Hills Park (behind the Red Line entrance)

Contact: Lou Bunk,
Cosponsored by: Make Music Boston and The Someville Arts Council

The Score:

Instructions for assembling your interpretation are available here:

You will need to prepare your realization of the instructions before you arrive.

We hope you can be part of our event!

Wednesday June 21, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 PM

Davis Square, Somerville

Seven Hills Park (behind Red Line entrance)

come early and sit in the park with us


Since 2005, Opensound has been a home for Boston-based improvisers, sound artists, dancers, and creative thinkers, as well as for regional, national, and international touring artists. For many years its final concert was a performance of John Cage’s Variations III, curated by the series’s co-director, Lou Cohen, a student and colleague of Cage and Christian Wolff.
When Lou passed away in 2013, Opensound organized several events in his memory, including an important concert and memorial including 100 musicians performing Variations III at the Somerville Armory. This event was powerful in bringing together members of Boston’s family, many of whom had since spread throughout the United States, and a wonderful expression of remembrance, support, and creativity.

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