Celebrating 19 Years of the Finest Acoustic Music
2018 Season (So far...more on the way!)
Carlo Aonzo is a native of Savona, Italy where he grew up
immersed in music. His playing has been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions
including winning the Vivaldi prize of the Vittorio Pitzianti
National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize at the
Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in
René Izquierdo is currently a professor of classical guitar at the
University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. A native of Cuba, René graduated from the
Guillermo Tomas and Amadeo Roldan Conservatories in
Havana. In the United States, he earned a Master of Music and
Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of
Music. Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards, being a
winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition
in 2004, the Extremadura International Guitar Competition, the
Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition.
Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.
Kittel performs with his own band or trio, as a duo, and as a soloist with orchestras. In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall.
James will be offering a workshop to ukulele players of all lelvels at the West Whately Chapel from 3-4.30pm before his concert performance at 7pm. The cost for the workshop only is $30. The cost for the workshop plus pizza dinner afterwards and a ticket to the concert is $50.
James and Anne played at the chapel last year. I have rarely had the same artists two years in a row, but I knew even before they finished the first half of their gig that I had to get them back as soon as possible. Fortunately, they're returning bringing not only their consummate instrumental and vocal artistry but also their incredibly highly entertaining and engaging manner. In such an intimate space as the chapel, performers have a chance to really interact with the audience. James and Anne gave a memorable performance that night; I can't wait to have them back on stage.
Celtic harpist virtuoso, Maeve Gilchrist, and Keith Murhpy, instrumentalist, composer, and singer, will grace the state of the West Whately Chapel for an intimate evening of heavenly and earthly musical delight. This will be a return performance for both artists. Maeve was last here in 2013 with Jordan Tice and soft-shoe dancer Nick Gareiss, Keith with his wonderful band Nightengale in 2007.
Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/acoustic guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/acoustic guitar/bass) each contributing singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show, anchored by their powerful three-part harmonies. Currently based in Boston, Lula Wiles released their debut album in May 2016 and have since recorded their sophomore album.
The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso jazz and bluegrass musicians from Brooklyn, NY. Along with Reider on accordion, they include violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, The Deadly Gentlemen), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).
The West Whately Chapel is the place to hear a string quartet, and the Parker is the quartet to hear. But you probably know that already.
They will be playing:
Leos Janáček: Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Kurtag: Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanksky, Op. 28
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"
New Quebecois folk trad (for lack of a better descriptor). Les Poules a Colin perform a sparkling, diversified, bilingual repertoire of intimate waltzes, reels and beautifully sung call-and-response songs. Since coming together in 2008, Éléonore Pitre (guitar, vocals), Sarah Marchand (vocals, piano, guitar, bohdran), Colin Savoie-Levac (strings, podo-rhythm, vocals), Béatrix Méthé (violin, vocals), and Marie Savoie-Levac (piano, bass, vocals) have toured, studied, created and recorded three albums.
Tony is coming back, this year to provide the grand finale, and grand it will be. Hel'll be joined by his mercuric (it is in constant flux) band, Territory, consisting of three incredible Berklee wunderkind (one of whom is credited with doing the computer design for Terminator V, and also plays a wild fiddle). As you may know from previous exposure to the "Master," Tony is one of the world's best banjoists, and, in my opinion, one of American music's greatest ambassadors as well as a great entertainer with a very wry sense of humor (not to mention, he's one of the nicest guys I know.) That should be reason enough to get your ticket asap.