Posts Tagged ‘Larry Murray’

Spencer Day Previews New Album in Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Stageworks/Hudson presents Spencer Day in concert, a special one-night-only event with the acclaimed singer-songwriter whose performance will include a sneak preview of new music from his upcoming album, Angel City. The concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday (October 10), and tickets are $20. A reception follows the performance with complimentary wine and chocolates from local chocolatiers.

Fusing jazz, pop and soul, Day is a crooner with a fiercely impassioned and intelligent hybrid vibe. Day’s emergence on the Billboard jazz charts with his 2009 Concord Records debut, Vagabond, reflects the widening interpretation of the genre. For 10 years, Day has wooed audiences around the world at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, and on national television on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” His number one hit, “Till You Come to Me,” remained on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 47 weeks.

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Electronic Composer Mark Fell Debuts as Choreographer at EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 5th, 2015


British artist Mark Fell is best known as an electronic composer. Starting out in the UK house and techno scene of the 1990s, Fell has become one of the most esteemed innovators of electronic music’s more experimental flavors. It’s within this context that Fell has expanded his art practice to include light design, architectural installation, and other configurations of multimedia performance. With Recursive Frame Analysis, Fell will add the ingredient of human movement to the mix for his official debut as a choreographer. Developed over the course of a year in residence at EMPAC at RPI in Troy), the piece will premiere there at 8pm on Thursday and Friday (October 8 & 9).

The title and disciplinary progression of the piece takes its inspiration from a mode of talk therapy developed in the 1980s. RFA is a technique whereby the content of a conversation is reconsidered by analyzing the linguistic framework in which it unfolds. Inevitably, this process becomes recursive with the context of a prior exchange becoming the content for a new one. In Fell’s project, a similar process is undertaken with each medium (sound, light, and dance) nesting within the others.

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B.A. Dario Plays Pittsfield’s Berktoberfest on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

A sure sign of autumn in the Berkshires, the eighth annual Berktoberfest will be bringing some of the absolute finest craft beers in the northeast United States together under the big tents from 12noon-6pm on Saturday (October 3).

Not only that, but some of the areas liveliest music, too. If you weren’t able to catch B.A. Dario this summer at Mission in Pittsfield, and revel in their covers of Beatles tunes, well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The band plans on doing three sets during the course of Berktoberfest, and are sure to provide a soundtrack that plays in your memories long after the craft beers are quaffed.

The band claims Pittsfield as its home town, and delivers their own special version of progressive jam rock that is a proven crowd-pleaser. Members of the group are Danny Greene (guitar, vocals), Brad Greene (drums), Jay Cimini (bass), Aaron Nackoul (keyboards) and Justin Nackoul (guitar). And to think at one time they were voiceless! But Chin Lee at Flavours (of Malaysia in Pittsfield) gave them their first bar gig and encouraged them to add vocals. They didn’t have the money for mics originally, but over time it all came together. Each performance is unique to its moment with unpredictable covers and constantly evolving originals.

But let’s not forget the beer…

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Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” Is Coming to the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015


Berkshire Theatre Group presents the Tony Award-winning classic The Homecoming at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, opening at 7pm on Saturday (October 3). Preview performances begin on Thursday (October 1), and the production closes on Sunday, October 25. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, The Homecoming is a thought provoking piece of theater that invites audiences to delve deep into hidden crevices of the human condition.

Kate Maguire, Berkshire Theatre Group’s Artistic Director/CEO, says, “We are lucky to have an array of incredible artists involved with this production, including David Barlow, Joey Collins, Tara Franklin, Rylan Morsbach, John Rothman, Rocco Sisto and Eric Hill directing. Harold Pinter is a great playwright, and this piece should be seen by all serious devotees of theatre.”

Eric Hill says, “The layering of themes in The Homecoming is a very important part of Pinter’s art, which include the games that get played [by the characters] in the course of this play — language games, emotional games — but primarily, the game of territorialism. Pinter’s intention is to reveal the state of the culture in which he lived, and the state of things in England in post-World War II.”

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NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Lands @ the Mahaiwe on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
NASA Astronaut Stephanie WIlson.

NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is headed to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for two free talks. Co-sponsored by the Mahaiwe and Flying Cloud Institute, the Berkshire-raised astronaut will be in Great Barrington on Friday (October 2) at 10am (school field trip) and 7pm.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Executive Director Beryl Jolly reports that “We have had enthusiastic interest from across Berkshire County for these appearances and eagerly look forward to these unique presentations about her extraordinary education, training, and multiple missions in outer space.”

A 1984 graduate of Pittsfield‘s Taconic High School, Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space as a veteran of three space flights (STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010), serving as flight engineer and robotic arm operator.

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Paula Poundstone Brings the Laughs to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Paula Poundstone

Berkshire Theatre Group presents An Evening with Paula Poundstone on Saturday (September 26) at 8pm at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. With a history of making people laugh that stretches back almost half a century, she is known as a master of stand-up comedy.

In the early ’80s, Paula Poundstone packed up her belongings, hopped on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country performing at open mic comedy clubs. Poundstone went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing stand-up comedy across the country.

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Music for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired at EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

It’s hard to imagine the act of listening without the use of the human ear. However, for Lebanese electronic composer Tarek Atoui, listening is an act that engages far more of our perceptual capabilities than simply hearing sound. In fact, Atoui has developed an art practice around composing and performing sound that can be appreciated by a hearing-impaired audience, drawing on an understanding of multimodal listening abilities including gesture, visuality, tactility and the space in which sound is performed. On Thursday (September 24) at 7pm, Atoui will present these ideas in a free performance at EMPAC at RPI in Troy.

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DownStreet Art Features Bridgman | Packer Dance’s “TRUCK” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 21st, 2015

There’s limited viewing for this extraordinary version of the ancient art of the Laterna Magica. Take in one of the four performances of “TRUCK” by Bridgman | Packer Dance. That’s because it takes place inside a truck, every half hour from 7pm on Thursday (September 24). It’s all part of North Adams’ DownStreet Art, which winds up another successful summer with this treat, along with closing exhibitions in various pop-up galleries. New work at Adams Community Bank and Mountain One Bank, music under the Mohawk Marquee and a few special surprises.

The magic lantern (or Laterna Magica) is an early type of image projector employing pictures on sheets of glass. It was developed in the 17th century and commonly used for educational and entertainment purposes. There is a Czech company by that name that combines live performance with film, which continues to be little known in high-tech America, but its innovations are nonetheless spellbinding.

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