2016 PAST PERFORMANCES

DUELING FIDDLES

Violinists Wayne Lee and Jasmine Lin joined 23Arts at All Souls' Church for this chronological survey of music written for double violin. With repertoire featuring Telemann, Spohr, Wienlawski, Bartok, Schnittke and Smith-Stein, Lee and Lin's performance highlighted the various and nuanced approaches to limited instrumentation within the classical music diaspora. This repertoire spanned pre- and post-20th century works to further emphasize the diverse inspirations and parallels across various composers for two violins.

Fireworks and pageantry: an intro to the string trio

Violinist Helena Baillie joined by Maurycy Banaszek (viola) and Robert Burkhart (cello) joined the 23Arts Initiative for the first installment of the 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival's annual Sunday Classical Chamber Series. In a family friendly intro to the string trio at All Souls' Church, the Helena Baillie Trio performed some of the greatest and most well-known hits of classical music history including repertoire from Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and more.

23Arts village of tannersville independence day parade

The annual village parade on Main Street featuring performances by blues rockers WYLD BLU, the Pipe Band of Greene County, and the Squeeze Play Accordion Band. 

BEYOND JONI

The Mountain Top Library teamed up with 23Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory to host a preview lecture and performance session of Joanna Wallfisch’s world debut retrospective of 1960’s songstresses , BEYOND JONI. This project bridges the sounds and stories of folk and jazz improvisations, calling on Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judee Sill, Carole King, Lesley Gore, Laura Nyro and more. In a unique and fresh revamping of the Great American Songbook but with a 1960’s songstress twist, Wallfisch explored greater themes of connectivity in both musical and historical relevance of the genre, carving a space of her own within its powerful lineage.

DECONSTRUCTING STRAUSS

For the first installment of the 23Arts Initiative and Mountain Top Library "Deconstructing..." series, pianist Juliana Han and violin virtuoso Wayne Lee presented a lecture and performance of Strauss' Sonata in E-flat Major, which educated audiences on the intricacies and nuances of this famous work. Han presented both musical and historical background, 'deconstructing' the sounds for audiences to hear and interpret in a new way.

A WEEKEND OF ROLLINS & YOUNG

Saxophonist Adam Larson led his trio, featuring Victor Gould on piano and Eric Wheeler on bass, in a night of jazz standards and original compositions, exploring the rich history and sounds of the tenor sax through tribute to two of the biggest names in tenor history, Lester Young and Sonny Rollins. In addition to a jazz dinner and performance at the Deer Mountain Inn, Larson's trio paid visit to HTC Elementary where they led educational workshops with 4th and 6th grade music classes to introduce the concepts of The Blues, Call and Response, Music as a Language, and some of the greatest tunes in jazz history.

SALUTE TO AFRICA! SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ RESIDENCY WITH UHADI

South African jazz masters UHADI joined up with 23Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory for a week-long residency that spanned across the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Dedicated to the enduring jazz legacy of South Africa and named for a traditional South African bowed string instrument, UHADI is an interracial and intergenerational quintet led by saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, a collaborator with Hugh Masekela, Flora Purim and more. Mrubata is joined by Feya Faku (trumpet), Paul Hanmer (piano), Herbie Tsoaeli (bass) and Justin Badenhorst (drums).

In addition to a full week of regional outreach and performances with Catskill Jazz Factory, UHADI joined 23Arts for a visit to Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary School's 6th grade music class for an afternoon introduction to South African jazz. The week of residency concluded with COFFEE, DONUTS & JAZZ, a free community concert at Twin Peaks Coffee and Donut Shop.

IMPROV CUBED: FROM BACH TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Master pianist André Mehmari came to the Catskills from Sao Paulo, Brazil to lead pianists Tanya Gabrielian and Chris Pattishall in a free lecture and performance at the Mountain Top Library in preview of the sold out world premiere of IMPROV CUBED at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

History's best composers were expected to churn out improvisational masterpieces with regularity, so why are our associations with improvisation so deeply tied to jazz, yet so little to the classic musical past?" Spanning 300 years of musical history, this project repertoire featured variations on works by Bach, Scarlatti, and Schubert as well as ragtime numbers, Brazilian choro, jazz and pop standards and showtunes.

VALENTINE'S CABARET: A TRIBUTE TO BILLY STRAYHORN

23Arts once again collaborated with the Catskill Jazz Factory and the Deer Mountain Inn for our second annual Valentine's Cabaret jazz dinner and performance. The sold-out night featured Caleb Curtis on saxophone, Jeremy Siskind on piano and Adam Coté on bass in a trio tribute to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's most longstanding, well-known and intimate collaborator.  

This event followed the sold-out ELLINGTON EFFECT: A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE TO BILLY STRAYHORN, which took place the night prior with the Catskill Jazz Factory at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. 

DJANGO REINHARDT & THE FRENCH SALON

23Arts and Catskill Jazz Factory welcomed Candice Hoyes (vocals), Alphonso Horne (trumpet) and Gabe Schnider (guitar) to the mountaintop for a weekend of school workshops at Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary and Bailey Middle School, a film shoot at the Last Chance Tavern and a free community concert at the Millbrook Library in conjunction with the Millbrook Arts Groups annual Winter Concert Series!
This trio presented the world premiere of their dynamic new project DJANGO REINHARDT & THE FRENCH SALON, which explores the cross currents between French melodie, jazz and cabaret songs including works by Debussy, Reinhardt, Poulenc and more. 

ACOUSTIC INFORMATICS

Featuring Dan Tepfer and Rebekah Heller, Joshua Rubin, Ryan Muncy and Alice Teyssier of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), this residency included lectures, rehearsals and a world premiere performance at the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. In preview of the performance, Tepfer also delivered a free community lecture at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville.