Be Here Now: The DownTown Ensemble at the Brick Elephant

June 19th, 2009, 1:30 pm by Greg

The Brick Elephant – a renovated small-town church that’s become a bastion of avant garde music – hosts the DownTown Ensemble performing “According to Brian” at 3pm Sunday, June 21.

The ensemble features accordionist Brian Dewan, vocalist-keyboardist Yvette Perez, vocalist William Hellermann and trombonist Peter Zummo. They will be performing music composed by the ensemble’s members as well as Kingston’s Pauline Oliveros and Valley Falls’ Mary Jane Leach.

The DownTown Ensemble was founded in 1983 by its co-directors, Daniel Goode and William Hellermann, as a response to a perceived need for repertoire customarily under-represented in today’s new music world.

The Village Voice has declared, “This intrepid group of conceptualists cuts no aesthetic corners.” Although originally formed in NYC, the group is now based in Columbiaville, Columbia County, where Hellermann lives.

The Brick Elephant, 12 Emily Street, Valley Falls, NY
(518) 753-0244 • admission by donation


Big Day Out: The Fields at Art Omi

June 19th, 2009, 12:54 pm by Sara

Wednesday we took a Nippertown field trip to The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi to check out the new works. If you’re not familiar with The Fields, it’s 150 acres of fields, ponds and woods dotted with close to 80 contemporary works of art.

You can wander around, bring a picnic or drop by the visitor center (open Thursday-Monday, 11pm – 5pm) to borrow a bicycle, use the WiFi or have a snack at the cafe.

The Fields Sculpture Park is open every day from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Let me apologize for not noting all the artists’ names or the artwork titles; the dogs were very, very excited by the new sculptures and didn’t want to stand still.

The entrance has been moved around the corner. You come in from Route 22, not Letter S Road.

The entrance has been moved around the corner. You come in from Route 22, not Letter S Road.

The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery

The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery

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