Mehregan – Celebrating Women of the Middle East
As a Persian classical vocalist and musician, Sepideh Raissadat began her recording career at the age of 18 with an album with Master Parviz Meshkatian (Konj-e Saburi, 1999). She was the first female vocalist to have a solo public performance in Iran after the 1979 revolution (Niavaran concert hall, 1999).
As a child, she began studying Persian classical music with the famous Iranian Diva Parissa and later with renowned masters Parviz Meshkatian and Mohammad-Reza Lotfi. Sepideh obtained a B.A. degree in painting in Iran and holds a B.Mus degree from the University of Bologna and an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto.
Sepideh has had numerous performances in Europe and North America and has garnered many invitations by prestigious institutions, including UNESCO, the Vatican and international media such as BBC and RAI. She is currently continuing her doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto.
Ava Homa is a writer, teacher, and editor. Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land was published by TSAR to much acclaim and was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Conner Short Story Prize. Homa’s writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada, Rabble, Windsor Review, Herizons, and Write Magazine, among other places. Homa has a Masters’ Degree in English and Creative Writing as well as an Editing Certificate. She is a faculty member at George Brown College in Toronto. For more information, please visit www.AvaHoma.com.
Dilan Dance Company
With tribal languages, remote cultures, folklore dances and traditions fading into extinction every year, now more than ever the world needs to save its heritage and traditions from the rapid change of modernization and globalization. Fortunately this is exactly what Fethi Karakecili has set out to do. Fethi Karakecili has founded Dilan Dance Company in 2008 to research, archive, teach, perform traditional Kurdish dance, music and folklore.
Fethi Karakecili is a pioneer in his field as it relates to Kurdish Heritage. His extensive academic background as both a practitioner and a scholar of Kurdish dance and music has been vital to keeping the Kurdish dances and music pure to each one of four Kurdish regions (Rojhalat, Bakur, Bashur, Rojava). “Preventing the persistent tainting of dances from surrounding areas or dance groups who lack the knowledge of movements specific to each region has been the biggest challenge for us” says Fethi Karakecili.
Dilan Dance Company also seeks to strengthen the dialogue between traditional folk dance forms and Western contemporary and ballet dance styles. Dilan Dance Company premiered the world's first Kurdish ballet, Mem u Zin at the Isabel Bader Theatre (Toronto, 2011). The production received favourable reviews and appreciation globally, and the company returns to the Isabel Bader Theatre this year with the premiere of The Dance of Colours: The Legend of Newroz on May 16, 2014. In addition to the large scale productions, Dilan Dance Company also tours, performs and offers workshops locally at numerous events such as Kurdish New Years, Kurdish Festival, Ontario Folk Dance Association and The TDSB throughout Ontario, as well as in Canada and internationally. The company's activities can be followed at http://dilandance.blogspot.ca
Background for Rozhin Dabiri
Born in 1982 in Orumieh, beautiful small city in Iran, Rozhin Dabiri has been pursuing her passion for art from early ages. She attended National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents school (NODET) while expanding her artistic capabilities and work. At age of 18, she moved to Tehran to further pursue her passion professionally where she got her BA from Sooreh University in Painting in 2005 and she subsequently got her MA in painting from Art & Architecture University in Tehran in 2012.
She is currently residing in Tehran/Iran, painting in her own studio using mixed media and acrylics. Dabiri carries on with her creativity and leaves no trace of herself behind. What is seen on her canvases is the awake dreams in the other side of reality.
Saint Rose Camerata
The concert is appropriate for an audience of all ages and will include; Opus Number Zoo: Children’s Play for Wind Quintet by Luciano Berio, where musicians will narrate witty texts by Rhoda Levine; Three Preludes by George Gershwin (arranged for winds); Aires Tropicales by Cuban composer Paquito D’Rivera (movement are dedicated to dance types and famous musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Laura and Ernesto Lecuona): and Six Bagatelles by Hungarian composer Györgi Ligeti. Members of the Saint Rose Camerata Wind Quintet include: Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute; Sherwood Wise, oboe; David Ciucevich, clarinet; Victor Sungarian, horn; and guest artist Susan Loegering Daves, bassoon.
•Opus No. Zoo by Luciano Berio
•Tropicales Aires by Paquito D’Rivera
•Six Bagatelles by Ligeti
•Three Preludes by George Gershwin
An Evening with John Pizzarelli Quartet
John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “Hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. When he performs with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they were labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.”
After his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, he was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” And the Seattle Times called him “a tour de force” and “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Before a recent show in the northwest, the local paper quipped “John Pizzarelli is so impossibly cool, he shouldn’t be legally allowed to enter Oregon.”
This concert is held in tribute to James A. Clark, Jr.
Mary Lambert with Howie Day
About Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert had just quit her third job as a barista when her whole life changed. An aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender, she got a call from her friend Hollis Wong-Wear, who had sung and written on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls.” Wong-Wear had recommended her to the duo, who were struggling to write a chorus for their new song, a marriage-equality anthem called “Same Love.” The result is the transcendent chorus to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ double-platinum hit “Same Love,” Writing and singing the hook led to Lambert’s first Grammy Award nominations (for “Song Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year”), performing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Lewis on the MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Colbert Report, and joining the duo on their fall tour. It also opened the door for Lambert to sign with Capitol Records, which releases her EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, in December, followed by a full-length album, produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles), next year. The EP’s first single, “She Keeps Me Warm,” is an extension of “Same Love” that Lambert calls “the other side of the story.” It peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.
About Howie Day
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put
it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.
The Weight – Playing the music of The Band with Sean Rowe
About the Band
Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us. And The Weight, a five-piece ensemble featuring Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante from The Band, Brian Mitchell and Byron Isaacs of the Levon Helm Band and Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of The Band, remains a vehicle through which we can continue to share those stories and dance to those back beats. Come and take a load off.
About Sean Rowe
Acclaimed singer and songwriter SEAN ROWE will release his new album Madman on September 9th. NPR Music is currently premiering the video for the record’s title track.
On his new record, ROWE, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and ROWE’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.
Saint Rose Camerata
The Saint Rose Camerata, faculty chamber ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose will present nineteenth and twentieth century masterpieces by Austrian, German and English composers including Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann and Madeleine Dring.
Lucille Beer, mezzo soprano
Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute
Sherwood Wise, oboe
Amanda Brin, violin
David Bebe, cello
Michael Lister, piano
Michael Clement, guest pianist
•Piano Trio in G minor by Clara Schumann
•Selected lieder for mezzo soprano and piano by Franz Schubert
•Trio with flute, oboe and piano by Madeleine Dring
It’s a Jazzy Christmas! Massry Center Family Concert
The Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio will take concertgoers on a musical journey reminiscent of a 1940s radio serials, evoking images and emotions from an innocent childhood and days gone by. The concert begins. Suddenly, a news flash: the Holiday Spirit has been stolen. Can the band and the audience get enough Holiday spirit to save the day? With Guaraldi’s music made famous in the “Peanuts” holiday specials, it’s a perfect concert for the jazz lover and the entire family, just in time for the holidays.
An Evening with Tim Reynolds Solo Acoustic
Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.
It was in the mid 1980s that Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. It was at this time he met and befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. He eventually decided to disbanded TR3, relocate to Santa Fe, NM, and pursue his solo acoustic career. During the 1990s and 2000s, his musical progression continued throughout his many years on the road as a solo guitar wizard playing for packed houses and to crowds who quickly determined that he is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today.
Reynolds is currently lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band and performs as one-half of the acoustic Dave Matthews-Tim Reynolds duo. He has performed on nearly all of DMB’s CDs.
Gleb Ivanov- Solo Piano Recital
At his first New York recital in 2005 at Zankel Hall, pianist Gleb Ivanov was recognized as an important new presence in the music world. The New York Times wrote: Gleb Ivanov “is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” His 2014-2015 season includes performances of Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with the Fort Smith Symphony, Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 with the Johnstown Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. He also appears in return engagements at the Paramount Theater, Tannery Pond Concerts, Sunday Musicale, and with the Taos Chamber Music Group.
Saint Rose Camerata
The Saint Rose Camerata vocal and instrumental faculty performers collaborate once again for their annual Chamber Music with Voice performance on Valentines Day. American and European composers from the 19th and 20th centuries will be explored in various combinations of vocalists and instrumentalists.
•Three Irish Folksong Settings for flute and tenor by John Corigliano
•Chanson Perpetuelle by Chausson for soprano, string quartet and piano
•Vise! Flute Invisible by Caplet; La Flute Enchantée from Shéhérezade by Ravel for flute, mezzo soprano and flute
• “Mon Coeur s’ouvre a toix voix” from Samson et Dalila for mezzo soprano and piano by Saint-Saëns
•Susan Harwood, soprano
•Lucille Beer, mezzo soprano
•Michael Lister, tenor
•Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute
•Jamecyn Morey, violin
•Matthew Johnson, viola
•David Bebe, cello
•Young Kim, piano
•Guest artist: Michael Clement, piano
NOLA FEST with Terrance Simien
Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.
2014 marked another milestone when Simien & his collaborators from the Zydeco Experience band were honored with their second GRAMMY award in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre. This year was their 28th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.
2012 found Simien & his band mates seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film “The Lucky One” starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner, and directed by Oscar nominated director Scott Hicks. Simien’s version of zydeco standard “Uncle Bud” was also used in the film.
Saint Rose Camerata
The Saint Rose Camerata collaborates with dancer/choreographer Claire Jacob-Zysman with music by Steve Reich, Joaquin Turina and Pierre-Octave Ferroud. The concert welcomes guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee, Assistant Professor of Music, in his debut performance with the Saint Rose Camerata.
•Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar by Steve Reich
•Three Pieces for Solo flute by Pierre-Octave Ferroud
•Piano Trio by Joaquin by Turina
•Guest artist: Claire Jacob-Zysman, dancer/choreographer
•Andrew McKenna Lee, electric guitar
•Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute
•Jamecyn Morey, violin
•David Bebe, cello
•Young Kim, piano
Claire Jacob-Zysman danced professionally from 2006-2014 with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, resident modern dance company of The Egg in Albany, NY. In 2009, Ms. Jacob-Zysman founded her company Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers and has presented her choreography at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA, and at the DUMBO Dance Festival and Cool New York Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY, among many other venues throughout western New York and the Capital District. In 2013, the Arts Center of the Capital Region and the New York State Council awarded her an Individual Artist Commission Grant through for a community project in which her company offered free performances for the public and creative movement workshops for community youth.
Guitar Foundation of America Concert with Anton Baranov – Presented with the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York
At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.
Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this."
The Funky Meters
The history of founding members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. dates back to 1967, when keyboardist, Art recruited bass player, George, drummer Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli to form The Meters. In their 31-year history, The Meters have grooved their way around the globe. They have toured with such talents as The Rolling Stones, and have been a studio band for such diverse artists as Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, and Patti Labelle. The original Meters disbanded in the late 70’s. Today founding members Art Neville and George Porter Jr., are joined by New Orleans native Brian Stoltz on guitar and Russell Batiste Jr. on drums and are known officially as the funky METERS. Funky METERS tap into the roots of The Meters musical heritage while taking the sound well into the future. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.