Summer must getting close because the schedules for those free summertime concert series are beginning to roll out…
First out of the gate is the fab UpBeat on the Roof series, which actually takes place outdoors on the roof of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.
And there’s a big change this year. The series has been held on Friday evenings since it was launched more than a decade ago, but this summer the concerts will shift to Thursday evenings at 7pm to coincide with the Museum’s new hours. The museum will now remain open til 9pm on Thursdays, giving concert-goers the opportunity to peruse the exhibitions.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held inside the museum.
Presented by Williams College’s Department of Music, I/O Fest 2017 is a four-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe, featuring concerts, a lecture, several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA and special guests the TAK Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday-Sunday (January 12-15) at various venues in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public.
Here’s the schedule of events for I/O Fest 2017:
THURSDAY (JANUARY 12)
4:15pm: Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Room 30: Prof. Ed Gollin offers a talk, “Musical Process in Tom Johnson’s ‘Nine Bells.’”
8pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: I/O Ensemble performs Hans Abrahamsen’s masterpiece “Schnee” and music of Tristan Murail and Zachary Wadsworth.
10:30pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: Bad Planets performs late night music to wake you up. Soul stirring works by Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton and Charles Mingus, as well as meditations by Pauline Oliveros.
Did you ever wonder how musicians learn their craft or what inspires their songs? Altamont Free Library is hosting a new monthly concert series on the first Friday of each month that will try to answer those questions. They’re calling it the SongTeller Sessions.
The series of concerts kicks off at 7pm tonight (Friday, January 6) with the sublime soul-rocker Bryan Thomas. And if you wanna do a bit of pre-concert prep, we heartily suggest you give a listen to his brand new four-song EP, Songs About Books About Writers, which was quietly released on New Year’s Day. It’s available for free download.
At the Altamont Library concerts, each Greater Nippertown performer will answer the same list of 10 questions through stories and songs, offering us an inside peek of their personal and creative journey:
“I tried to put my ego aside and be in service of the record,” explained Simon in an hour-long question and answer session that also included piano-and-vocal renditions of some of his own songs.
Simon produced The Band’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969). He also was music producer of the concert and album The Last Waltz. Talking candidly and with startlingly vivid recall, Simon describes himself as a filter to The Band. He offered his advice to a then fledgling group that Rolling Stone ranked as No. 50 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. The Band presaged the onset of Americana music and provided Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with a plugged-in back-up group that forever fused folk and rock.
Simon is a veteran insider whose production credentials include Janis Joplin’sCheap Thrills, Simon and Garfunkel’sBookends and Songs of Leonard Cohen. In his yet unpublished memoir, he breaks things down simply: “So making a record is a little like a board game. Start with the artist, go around the board, get to the record at the end. Game over.”
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