From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks
In Denver, an exhibition of artist-designed masks shows that face coverings are not only crucial to our health but can also offer unique means of self-expression.
WOMANSONG PRESENTS TWO NEW VIDEOS: “MY VOTE, MY VOICE, MY RIGHT” AND “59 CENTS”
This spring, Womansong had planned a concert entitled “Ain’t I A Woman? – Celebrating Women’s Lives and the Right to Vote!” The concert theme highlighted the facets of a woman’s life, including advocating for equal rights in the workplace and in the voting booth. A pandemic may have prevented the performance but it cannot stop our choir from sharing this important message. So to our fans and our village around the country we offer two new recordings: 59 Cents and My Vote, My Voice, My Right. You can watch them both below!
AmiciMusic is a chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, dedicated to performing the highest quality chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. We are committed to breaking down barriers between performers and audiences by setting up a more relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts and through informative talks about each composer’s life before each piece is played.
Now in its 20th season, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, community outreach and educational residencies and enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into spaces all around the community — from art galleries and historic churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Its musicians believe in social justice through arts access and enjoy bringing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic strata. Directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck, Asheville, NC’s award-winning chamber music repertory company has been nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision.
By Thad Morgan in Inside History
From spirituals to ballads, funk and hip hop, these songs have provided a sound track to the pride and struggle of African Americans through the centuries.
Common Hymnal is an online library for the spiritual underground, a connecting point for an as-yet-uncoalesced movement around the exchange of songs, stories and ideas. We facilitate this exchange via this site, streaming, play listing, YouTube, social media, a podcast and a Patreon.
Asheville born and based singer/songwriter Kathryn O’Shea offers you her debut full-length album January 9th, which she describes as a “tribute to the dates we find impossible to forget.”
Available for pre-order now on: kathrynoshea.bandcamp.com
Available everywhere for streaming and download on Friday, April 10, 2020 www.kathrynosheamusic.com Name Your Price
A Viral List of Hundreds of Opportunities for Artists, Compiled by One Person to Encourage Community
By Sarah Rose Sharp in Hyperallergic
Everest Pipkin has made public their “Big Artist Opportunities List” — a collection of over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe.
With the overwhelming reality that artists are expected to somehow maintain a practice, store and ship work, support their scene, self-promote, manage open accounts with galleries — all generally on spec, at least starting out — plus do whatever it takes to pay their bills, who has the time or bandwidth to keep track of opportunities to further one’s practice?
“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “
Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.
Write It!: 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire
Be inspired and find your voice with this guided journal of writing prompts designed for emerging poets. Compose your work on these beautifully designed pages, each of which offers a thoughtful prompt to help you craft writing that authentically expresses your inner life.
Work with award-winning poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown to develop your voice as a writer. This easy-to-use guided journal expertly elicits meaningful writing with 100 thoughtful, stimulating, and fun prompts.
Explore themes, refine your voice, experiment with form and imagery, practice different approaches, and hone your emotional and literary tools of expression, while creating a body of work that you can enjoy privately or share easily.
Discover yourself as a writer in this gorgeous guided journal that will become a treasured keepsake. CLICK TO ORDER>
AMICI MUSIC PRESENTS- Three different Jewish-inspired programs in September Mozart Zoom course in Sept.; Beethoven Zoom in October
Dear AmiciMusic friends,
Hope you can join us next week for a couple of different Jewish-themed concerts to celebrate the high holidays. The third Jewish program will be coming up on September 20 (not Sept. 19 as written in last e-blast) and I will send out a link to that one soon.
First up on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30pm is “JEWISH JOYS and SORROWS,” which is hosted by Baltimore’s Beth El Congregation as part of their First Wednesday series. Dr. Eyal Bor, clarinet, will join Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Darragh Fitzgerald, violin; Radhames Santos, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano on an exciting program featuring music by Bloch, Achron, Kogan, Krein, and Prokofiev. That program will go live on September 9 at 7:30 on the Beth El Facebook page at: facebook.com/bethelbalto
We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.
By AVERY KEATLEY in NPR
Chris Herbert was in a hurry. The vocalist and musicologist was studying the Ephrata Codex — an 18th century music manuscript — in the Library of Congress, which meant he was on the clock. Herbert was working on digitizing the Codex. He flipped through the pages, taking pictures of each one, with no time to pause.
A few weeks later while on tour in Europe, he took time to examine his work and noticed something he hadn’t seen before. Zooming in on the images he’d hastily snapped in the Library of Congress, he saw names written in small font beside the musical compositions. Three of those names belonged to women: Sister Föben, Sister Katura and Sister Hanna. CLICK TO CONTINUE
Thanks to Linda Kooiker for offering this article.
Affirming the rights of ALL people and demonstrating care and respect for everyone are key to Womansong performances and to our choir. Our shared, national history of white supremacy and horrific violence against black people, LGBTQ folks, native communities, women, and many other groups is at the heart of the civil unrest we’re experiencing.
Join us for a live discussion about our planned production of Macbeth.
The past two weeks have been very difficult for us all. Exactly two weeks ago we had a finance committee meeting and I was asked what would be the worst case scenario of this health crisis. My answer seemed impossible but I replied that we would shut down, everyone would be laid off, including me, the theater would be moth balled and we would hope to preserve as much of our capital as possible so we would have the ability to reopen when the time came.
She Loved Horses, by Thea, is a new CD release of heart-opening songs with emotional impact and spiritual roots by an award-winning, singer-songwriter. Thea spent her early childhood barefoot among the Seminole Indians on the banks of the Miami River, and all of her childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where she currently resides in Asheville. These influences, along with her abiding love of nature, weave images of river, ocean, mountain and canyon through her songwriting.
By Moira Macdonald at Seattle Times
The Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison has a voice like a warm blanket, and it spreads across the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” irresistibly; when it’s over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room. In Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ film, Morrison is seated squarely facing the camera and speaking to it, while the other voices in the film – friends, fellow writers, critics, academics – are shot at a more traditional angle. The result is an intimate directness, a sense of a genuine conversation.
Welcome Letter & Things You Need to Know (for next summer)
Hello Percussionists & Rhythm Lovers,
We are excited that you have chosen to attend our 8th Annual Asheville Percussion Festival 2019! Our world-class faculty creates a unique and inspiring musical experience for everyone involved. The mission of Asheville Rhythm is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate.
All Workshops will be held at Odyssey Community School (90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801)
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