2011 BigTown BigTent Festival

July 16, 2011 Back to News

Starlight Performance

Saturday, July 16 – Bridgman/Packer Dance
8:30pm, $25, 90 minutes
picnic style seating & fist come, best seat

Guggenheim Fellows in Choreography, ART BRIDGMAN and MYRNA PACKER have collaborated as performers and choreographers since 1978. Their innovative work developing "video partnering," the total integration of live performance and video technology, has been acclaimed for exploding the duet form into a magically populated stage where image and reality collide.

This starlight performance will include Under The Skin, Seductive Reasoning, and Carried Away.

The following performances are under the tent:

Saturday, July 23 – Lew Soloff Jazz Ensemble
8:00pm, $40, 90 minutes
One often chooses to listen on the presumption that it will transcend the
infelicities of society, ameliorate anxiety or transport one to another
emotional space. If this is the lift one seeks, the pleasures to be derived
from the artful trumpet of Lew Soloff are guaranteed.
Zoë Ang/Bomb Magazine
A consummate fixture of the New York jazz scene, LEW SOLOFF'S career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. From the time he eased into the east coast world of trend-setting musicians in the mid-1960s, Soloff's creative ventures have resulted in a respected body of work that places him in a category of true accomplishment and keeps his elegant and lyrical signatures in constant demand. Whether interpreting a standard or improvising on an original composition, his phrasing and note choices exemplify his unique voice. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody. Soloff's expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute, and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet. Jazz trumpeter, composer, and actor, Soloff returns to headline the first evening of this year's stunning lineup of BigTent Jazz Nights. Lew is an eager partner in helping us to improvise these "first-time-ever" groupings of top-notch jazz performers that have so come to characterize our BigTent Jazz Night programming.

This year, Lew will be performing with a fiery Afro/Cuban jazz combo he is bringing consisting of Lew, along with Pedro Martinez, Alvaro Denavides, Jahir Sala, and Ariacne Trujillo.

Sunday, July 24 – TA KA DI MI project featuring Glen Velez & Lori Cotler
8:00pm, $35, 90 minutes
A galaxy of timbres and inflections ... remarkable rhythmic fireworks. The New York Times
Five-time Award winner, GLEN VELEZ is the founding Father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During Glen Velez's illustrious career he has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. Velez's virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe. by the The New Yorker as "Using her voice in mystically percussive ways" LORI COTLER has garnered international reputation as one of the most captivating and original vocalists of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she is able to execute with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Lori's combination of soulful World-Jazz stylings, Jazz Scat improvisations, along with her original reworking of the highly sophisticated South Indian drum language known as Konnakol, has propelled her to performances in venues around the World.

Sunday, July 24 – TA KA DI MI Project Drum and Voice Workshop with Glen Velez & Lori Cotler
2:00pm, $40, 2 hour workshop
A rare opportunity to learn the Glen Velez Signature Frame Drum, Shaker and Overtone Singing styles from the master himself. In this interactive workshop, master drummer Glen Velez and rhythm voice wizard Lori Cotler take you on a multi-cultural journey through Egypt, India, the Mediterranean region (Greece and Rome) and into Central Asia, exploring the Ancient World of Drumming, Drum Language and Overtone Singing. Glen showcases the amazing symphony of sounds and rhythms he creates on the Frame Drum and Shakers, while Lori teaches you the mystical Drum Language of South India. Wide-eyed listeners learn how to sing two notes at one time as Glen explains the Central Asian overtone singing tradition called 'Hoomi.' Glen Velez TA KA DI MI Project regularly offers educational sessions ranging from public programs to university master classes to short- and long-term residencies on campuses and at conservatories. Glen Velez Signature Series Frame Drums and Shakers will be provided. No experience necessary.

Thursday, July 28 – They Might Be Gypsies
8:00pm, $15, 90 minutes
Local Talent!
Inspired by the 1930’s Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and contemporary gypsy masters as well, They Might Be Gypsies plays high energy, uplifting music with tremendous passion. At the core, The group is comprised of father and son duo Greg and Aidan Ryan, but they can also be seen performing as a full band.

Saturday, July 30 – Joe Locke Jazz Quartet - Sticks and Strings
8:00pm, $40, 90 minutes
JOE LOCKE was born in Palo Alto, California, but raised in Rochester, New York. A self-taught improviser, he benefited from his early studies in classical percussion and composition at the Eastman School of Music with John Beck, Gordon Stout, Ted Moore and David Mancini.As a jazz musician, Locke was precocious, having played with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria before he was even out of high school. Since moving to New York City in 1981, Joe has performed with Grover Washington, Jr. , Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Eddie Daniels, Jerry Gonzales' Fort Apache Band, Rod Stewart, The Beastie Boys, Eddie Henderson, Hiram Bullock, Bob Berg, Ron Carter, Jimmie Scott, Geoffrey Keezer, The Mingus Big Band and Randy Brecker, among many others. Joe has since toured extensively throughout the world, both as leader and guest soloist.

Joe Locke returns to the BigTent stage this year with his collaborative quartet, STICKS AND STRINGS, with Jay Anderson (Bass), Jonathan Kreisberg (guitar), and Joe LaBarbera (drums).

Sunday, July 31 – Magicians Without Borders
2:00pm, $8, 60 minutes
MAGICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS performs magic shows for children in refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals around the world -often in war torn places where love, laughter and magic are desperately needed. Magicians Without Borders began when Tom Verner, a professor of Psychology, was traveling through Eastern Europe in 2001 and did some magic shows in the refugee camps of Kosovo and Macedonia. The shows were so well received, that Tom decided to take a leave from his teaching and perform full time. Tom and his wife Janet, along with other magicians and theater teachers travel to El Salvador every three months where they perform for children in the countryside and are teaching magic and theater skills to the children in the ASAPROSAR's Barefoot Angels program. Magicians Without Borders sponsors a week long Magic, Theater and Art Camp for these children who live in grinding poverty surrounded by brutal gang violence. These young magicians have already begun to perform in orphanages, hospitals and disaster areas in El Salvador. One day some of them may travel with Tom and Janet to bring magic and laughter to other poor children in other parts of the world.

Sunday, July 31 – Ellen Bryant Voigt, Literary Reading
7:00pm, $15, 60 minutes

ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT has published seven volumes of poetry, including Kyrie(1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, Shadow of Heaven (2002), and Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of The Poets' Prize. Her prose work includes The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays on craft, and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song.

A former Vermont Poet Laureate, she has been a Chancellor of American Academy of Poets and an elected member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, she has received NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Academy of American Poets' Fellowship, Best American and Pushcart Prizes, and the OB Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. She teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Cabot, VT.

Ellen Bryant Voigt will be reading from her latest published book, Messenger: New and Selected Poems and several others.

BigTown Gallery . 99 North Main Street . Rochester, Vermont 05767
2011 BigTown BigTent Festival