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Get a Sneak Peek at MASS MoCA’s Phase III Expansion: “It’s a game changer…” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

There is a lot going on this summer at MASS MoCA in North Adams, but perhaps nothing is more unusual and tempting than a chance to see how their latest expansion project is coming along, physically, financially and artistically.

So in anticipation of the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend unveiling of Building 6 — the site of MASS MoCA’s third and final phase of development of its 16-acre, 28-building campus — the museum will celebrate the progress of its landmark construction and fundraising effort on Saturday (July 30) with an open house of Building 6, to include a construction update, hard hat tours and a reception. Those who are contributors and members will, of course, be in attendance, but the event also offers a chance for those not-yet-supporters to become part of what will soon – once again – be the largest museum for contemporary art in the world.

New programs included in the Phase III expansion include:

A series of temporary exhibitions, long-term installations and scholarly programs realized in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which will show Rauschenberg’s works along with the works of artists who have attended the Foundation’s residency program in Captiva, Florida. The inaugural Rauschenberg residency program features a collaboration between artists Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux.

A long-term exhibition of the carved marble sculpture of Louise Bourgeois — some never before seen — realized in partnership with The Easton Foundation

A long-term exhibition of immersive light and space environments by James Turrell, including a dramatically scaled Ganzfeld, plus a new outdoor “skyspace” observatory to be created from an abandoned fire-suppression water tank

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Indie Rockers Luna Return to Kick off MASS MoCA’s Summer [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Indie-rock quartet Luna.

Indie-rock quartet Luna

Storied indie-rock quartet Luna — led by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, seen most recently at MASS MoCA as a duo performing “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” in 2009 — returns after a 10-year hiatus. With its 1999-era full-band line-up (also featuring Sean Eden and Lee Wall), the band sounds as strong as ever and is back with a sweet vengeance to open the summer season on Saturday (May 28) at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Described as “one of indie rock’s most beloved live acts” by Rolling Stone, Luna pairs poignant songwriting with wistful, weaving electric guitar riffs and chugging bass lines — ’90s nostalgic pop-rock at its best. Following the break-up of Wareham’s band Galaxie 500, Luna was formed in New York in 1991 by Wareham with Stanley Demeski of the Feelies and Justin Harwood of the Chills. After releasing its debut album Lunapark in 1993, the band underwent a handful of line-up changes throughout the decade — Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall took Demeski’s place on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. The group still produced five studio albums amidst all the changes: Bewitched (1994), Penthouse (1995), Pup Tent (1997), The Days of Our Nights (1999), and Romantica (2002). In 2011, Rolling Stone named Penthouse #99 on its “100 Best Albums of the Nineties.”

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FEST: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA Adds New Bands [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Lau

Lau

FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s three-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces additional bands for its annual September festival. UK experimental folk group Lau, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, Texas blues and roots sensation Ruthie Foster, alt-folk, Northampton-based Parsonsfield and Mexican bluegrasser Rana Santacruz join the festival line-up, which already brims with Americana favorites including Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rosanne Cash, the Devil Makes Three, a Saturday night hoedown featuring the Infamous Stringdusters, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Aoife O’Donovan, Alison Brown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Stephane Wrembel, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Mr. Sun, Mile Twelve and last year’s FreshGrass Award winners Old Salt Union and Zoe & Cloyd. FreshGrass, at MASS MoCA on September 16-18, 2016, features bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and in every nook and cranny of the museum’s 28-building, 16-acre campus. This year’s festival marks an integrated partnership with No Depression, the quarterly journal for roots music and online roots music authority.

Lau is at the center of the British folk scene. Featuring guitar, fiddle, squeezebox and the hearty vocals of its three members (Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke), the band’s name comes from an old Orcadian word for “natural light,” and its music follows suit. “Steeped in folk heritage but with a love for experimentation” (The Guardian), Lau’s shimmering folk melodies and countless instrumental layers shed new light on traditional music. Beginning with its debut album released in 2007, Lau won Best Group for three consecutive years at the BBC Folk Awards, has made appearances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival and wowed a U.S. audience at last year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. With three masterful studio albums released, Folk Radio UK names Lau as “the mothership for an extraordinary artistic outpouring and some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre.”

Championed by Alison Krauss as having talent with no boundaries, mandolin extraordinaire and prodigy Sierra Hull hits the FreshGrass stage on her way to a tremendously bright future. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight, was signed to Rounder Records at age 13, and now at 24, after attending and graduating from Berklee College of Music on the prestigious Presidential Scholarship, has already recorded three studio albums, collaborating with mentor Alison Krauss. Her most recent, Weighted Mind, produced by banjo luminary Béla Fleck, is a “stunning coming-of-age album” with which Hull joins the likes of Nickel Creek alums Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins as “pedigreed virtuosos whose youthful, searching musical minds have taken them into postmodern singer-songwriter territory and beyond” (NPR Music).

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CANCELLED: Soul-Rocker Ruby Amanfu @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amanfu

Billboard called her “Nashville’s Next Indie Star,” and there is little doubt that soul-rock singer Ruby Amanfu is a force to be reckoned with. Since her star turn on Jack White’s “Love Interruption” in 2012, she was nominated for a Grammy, toured with Norah Jones and released her transcendent 2015 debut album, Standing Still. Born in Ghana and now based in Nashville, Ruby Amanfu and her band will get your heart beating a little faster. at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 at 8pm on Saturday (April 2). UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase…

Amanfu’s voice is described as having both the soaring power of gospel and a hushed intimacy, and the singer is arguably on her way to becoming one of the greats. A highly skilled singer-songwriter, Amanfu’s Standing Still also manages to spotlight a flawlessly curated collection of covers paying homage to such music icons as Wilco, Irma Thomas and Brandi Carlile, as Amanfu breathes new life into beloved classics.

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“M Is Black Enough” Fuses New Music & Spoken Word @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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M Is Black Enough exercises spirited conversation and debate through steel pan, cello, text and voice. Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (of the Kronos Quartet) teams up with composer-percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard and percussionist Sean Dixon for a work-in-progress program of spoken word and music, both complex and aggressive. Slam poetry meets new music in this electrifying and thought-provoking program of music and words presented by three acclaimed contemporary performers in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (March 26).

Jeffrey Zeigler is a versatile cellist known for his work within the classical and new music realms. The New York Times describes his playing as “fiery…with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone.” His debut solo album, Something of Life, features premiere works by notable contemporary musicians, including composers Philip Glass and Paola Prestini, and drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco. MASS MoCA audiences will remember Zeigler from the 2015 Solid Sound Festival where he performed a duet with Kotche.

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THEATER: “A Doll’s House,” “Noises Off” Take the Stage at MCLA [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 29th, 2016

dollhouse

The theater program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Fine and Performing Arts Department will open in March with a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, A Doll’s House, to be followed in April by Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.

According to Laura Standley, assistant professor of theater at MCLA, “This spring season’s productions feature an unlikely feminist and an outrageously rotten theater company, which serve as examples of characters from both classic and contemporary works.”

Standley directs the production of A Doll’s House (adapted by Simon Stephens), which runs from Wednesday-Saturday (March 2-5). In this play, Nora Helmer has secretly borrowed a large amount of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on sabbatical in Italy. Torvald’s perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge and Torvald realizes who Nora really is, that cracks which cannot be mended appear in their marriage.

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“Aging Magician” Takes an Amazing Journey @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Calling this exciting new theatrical production a musical betrays the collaborative magic of its production team, including theater-maker Rinde Eckert, composer Paola Prestini, director Julian Crouch and instrument-maker Mark Stewart. Produced by Beth Morrison (whom audiences will remember from October 2014’s arresting music-theater production, “The Source”) and VisionIntoArt, “Aging Magician” follows a man near the end of his peculiar life on an odd but strangely sweet journey to Coney Island, all punctuated by the lovely Brooklyn Youth Chorus, under the direction of Dianne Berkun-Menaker. See the magic come alive 2pm on Sunday (February 28) at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

“Aging Magician” is a haunting, genre-defying adventure that combines theater, music, puppetry, one-of-a-kind instruments, scenic design and film media. The creative team of Prestini, Eckert, Crouch, Stewart and Morrison comprises the most superlative producers in avant-garde theater today. The show follows an ordinary man named Harold, coping with the final stages of his life, as he muses on the movement of time and his own mortality while confronting past loves both lost and imagined. His mind begins to wander while in transit to iconic Coney Island, with fantasy and reality blurring along the subway ride in the “magic show of time itself.”

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Jason Walker Brings Gospel/Soul to MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Jason Walker

Jason Walker

Brooklyn vocalist Jason Walker hails from a multi-generational music family — he was cradled in the arms of Mahalia Jackson as a child and has shared the stage with Mick Jagger, Bono and Lou Reed. His own music is a sublime and gospel-infused soul, which should be especially affecting in MASS MoCA’s intimate Club B-10 at 8pm on Saturday (February 20).

Velvety-smooth vocalist Jason Walker combines jazz, gospel, classical and soul in an uplifting, honey-sweet sound that’s a pure pleasure to take in. Fans rave about this crooner’s gorgeous vocals, bluesy bassline interludes, and joyous lyrics that coalesce in his self-coined style of “folk-soul,” a revelatory combination of spiritual and secular music that anyone can enjoy.

MASS MoCA’s Curator of Performing Arts and Film, Rachel Chanoff, raves, “Jason Walker is too often the power beyond the throne. His extraordinary voice has illuminated so many other people’s projects. It’s time — and so thrilling — to give our audience the opportunity to discover a truly compelling artist.”

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