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The West Kortright Centre Story • 2 Board of Directors and Staff • 4 Sponsors and Members • 4 Other Contributors • 6 Gallery Exhibits • 9 Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase • 11 Fiction Writing Workshop/Spring • 13 Jon Cleary & the Monster Gentlemen • 15 Della Mae • 17 Yoga Workshop • 18 Karrin Allyson Trio • 19 Gala Dance Under the Stars with Girls Guns and Glory • 21 Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops • 23 Landscape and Garden Tour • 25 Emeline Michel • 27

29th Annual Shakespeare in the Valley • 28 Fiction Writing Workshop/Summer • 29 East Meets West Theater Workshop • 29 Hot Club of Cowtown • 31 Alash • 33 Double Vision: Plein Air Painting Workshop • 34 Darlingside • 35 West Kortright Fair 2016 • 37 Voxare Quartet meets “Man with a Movie Camera” • 39 Maarja Nuut • 41 Bombay Rickey • 43 Harmony Singing Workshop with The Bumper Jacksons • 45 The Bumper Jacksons • 45 Index to Advertisers • 48

Stay tuned at westkc.org for program updates and to order tickets, register for workshops, become a Member, or write to us with your comments!

OUR MISSION The West Kortright Centre is a community-based not-for-profit arts organization housed in the former West Kortright Church. The Centre provides an eclectic blend of world-class performances, in-depth learning opportunities, and visual arts exhibits while preserving the legacy of its historic landmark building, beautiful rural setting, and use as a communal gathering place.

49 WEST KORTRIGHT CHURCH ROAD, EAST MEREDITH, NY 13757 607-278-5454 • www.westkc.org • info@westkc.org • Also visit us on Facebook!


A CROSSROADS I N TI M E A short drive through the scenic West Kortright Valley brings a traveler past grazing sheep and cattle, meandering streams, open fields and mountain views, and finally to a picture-perfect pre-Civil War country church building. The Centre stands at a natural meeting place, the crossroads of the old Catskill Turnpike, West Kortright Church Road, and Irish Hill Road in the Town of Kortright, just outside East Meredith, NY.

A LEGACY RECEIVED Built in 1850 by immigrant Scots-Irish farmers, our classic Greek revival structure stands as an elegant monument to the spiritual faith and social bonds of their community. In 1971, the church closed its doors and left a legacy that could not be ignored; in 1975, valley residents gathered to save the structure and give it new life as a not-for-profit arts center dedicated to the performing and visual arts, returning it to community use.

TIM E’S CHANGES The sober Scots-Irish allowed two musical instruments in their church: the human voice and the tuning fork, and to some even the tuning fork seemed too worldly. Today we’re open to all forms of music, yet we remain protective of our historic stained glass, antique chandeliers, and handcrafted woodwork. We’ve restored and renovated the entire structure, and The West Kortright Centre is listed on the National and State Historic Registers.

AN ARTISTI C WHO’S WHO Hundreds of regional musicians played here as members of the Catskill Chamber Players under the umbrella of the Catskill Conservatory from 1976 through 1987. From 1982 through 1992, Paulina Ruvinska Dichter organized and performed the annual Chester Dichter Festival to purchase and maintain our Steinway piano. The Centre, known for presenting fine programming in an acoustically warm and intimate auditorium, has enticed hundreds of musicians, actors, writers and other performers from as far away as Ireland, Italy, Zaire, Ukraine, Jamaica, Angola, Palestine, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Sweden, Morocco, Israel, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil. Artists presented at The West Kortright Centre include composers John Cage, Meredith Monk, Peter Schickele, and Virgil Thomson; poets Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata, and Hayden Carruth; bluegrass, country, and roots musicians Rhonda Vincent, J.D. Crowe, The Cox Family, Claire Lynch, Rail Road Earth, Suzy Bogguss, Mary Gauthier, and Linda & Robin Williams; traditional musicians Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band, Solas, Fairfield Four, Väsen, Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown, Karan Casey, Battlefield Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Beau Soleil; Naumburg Chamber Music award winners; jazz and funk virtuosos Jack DeJohnette, Teddy Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Burrell, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Lacy, Sonny Fortune, Catherine Russell, Dakota Staton, and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings; folk musicians Greg Brown, Leo Kottke, Amos Lee, Odetta, Iris DeMent, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Loudon Wainwright III, Leon Redbone, and Richie Havens; blues standouts Mose Allison, Henry Butler, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, John Hammond, The Holmes Brothers, James Cotton, Maria Muldaur, Olu Dara, Pinetop Perkins, and Junior Wells; crossover musicians The Roches, Nellie McKay, and Lake Street Dive; monologists 2

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Paul Zaloom, David Cale, and Reno. Artists from distant places and traditions, including Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Hassan Hakmoun, Bhundu Boys, Luciana Souza, Boukman Eksperyans, Mamadou Diabate, Kanda Bongo Man, The Skatalites, Susana Baca, Vieux Farka Touré, Hazmat Modine, Oregon, Simon Shaheen, and Red Baraat, have brought the world to our stage.

YOUTH : SEEN AND H EARD Committed to enriching the region’s youth, we collaborate with area schools, showcase our children’s talents as part of each season with Opening Acts and Shakespeare in the Valley, and provide workshops for all ages with professional artists. We also make The Centre available for public use through community programming and low-cost rentals.

TOGETH ER, WE MAKE I T H APPEN Saving and improving the former church have been accomplished through the combined efforts of hundreds of members. Together, we have installed electricity, plumbing, and heat, refurbished interior walls, repaired stained glass windows, and renovated the stage. Significant improvements have included the creation of gallery space, construction of a permanent outdoor dance floor and stone walls, addition of theatrical sound and lighting systems, restoration of the kerosene chandeliers, the purchase of a grand piano, and installation of an accessible rear entryway and a functional kitchen. We have now turned our attention to planning for a permanent ticket pavilion and additional, flexible-use space for programs and community gatherings. The West Kortright Centre has thrived because of the involvement and financial support of our members, area businesses, local foundations, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Admissions, workshop fees, and grants cover a significant portion of The Centre’s programs and operating costs, but we still must rely on contributions to make up the difference. The continued support of those we serve allows us to maintain our facilities at levels we’ve all come to expect.

AN I NVI TATI ON Inviting you to join our membership is our way of asking you to support The West Kortright Centre (and your way of investing in community arts). Memberships are available in the following categories: Individual Friend Supporter

$35 $60–99 $100–249

Sustainer $250–499 Patron $500–999 Benefactor $1000 or more

To become a member, offer your services, or learn more about renting the facilities, visit www.westkc.org, contact us at (607) 278-5454, or write to 49 West Kortright Church Rd., E. Meredith, NY 13757 or to info@westkc.org. The Centre’s endowment trust fund is for ongoing preservation and improvement of the building and grounds. The O’Connor Foundation generously matches all donations to the trust fund dollar-for-dollar. Our latest financial report is available at The Centre and is on file with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271 or by email to Charities.FOIL@oag.state.ny.us.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elisabeth Searles, President Barabara Lawry, Vice President Sarah Herger, Secretary Helen Nershi, Treasurer Daniel Birnbaum Roberta Goldman Bruce Habegger Nancy Haycock Pamela Peters Margot Reynolds Charlene Sugihara Joseph Temming Elizabeth Walker Kathleen Howarth, Director Emeritus George Silvernell, Director Emeritus

STAFF Martha Van Burek, Executive Director David Turan, General Manager Caitlyn Davey, Marketing & Public Relations Director

COMMITTEES Community Services Sarah Herger, Co-chair Pamela Peters, Co-chair Roberta Goldman Margot Reynolds

2016 SPONSORS Boynton Pro Audio & Music Square Brewery Ommegang CADE (Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship) Clark Companies

2016 MEMBERS Benefactors Dewar Foundation A.C. Molinari Foundation A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation New York State Council on the Arts Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Bert Santora Charitable Trust George R. Silvernell

Patrons Vickie Andritz & Robert Rightmire John & Debra DeNicola Kingdon & Mary Gould, Jr. 4

Development Charlene Sugihara, Chair Elisabeth Searles Joseph Temming Elizabeth Walker Facilities Barbara Lawry, Chair Bruce Habegger Nancy Haycock Pamela Peters Elisabeth Searles Joseph Temming Fiscal Management Daniel Birnbaum, Chair Helen Nershi Elisabeth Searles Charlene Sugihara Joseph Temming Program Helen Nershi, Chair Daniel Birnbaum Roberta Goldman Nancy Haycock Barbara Lawry

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Site Planning Jane Couch Nancy Haycock Devereux Kernan Barbara Lawry Elisabeth Searles Don Statham Martha Van Burek Steering Elisabeth Searles, Chair Daniel Birnbaum Sarah Herger Barbara Lawry Helen Nershi Pamela Peters Charlene Sugihara

PRODUCTION, FISCAL MANAGEMENT, AND FACILITIES Andris Balins, Sound Design Aree Bray, Lighting Jamie Bryden, Lawnmowing Gibson Hill Services, Tech Support Heleen Heyning, Gardening Tina Rall, Housekeeping Marcia Shaw, Bookkeeping

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2016 MEMBERS Supporters (contd.) Alan & Kathryn Davino Mary & Sally Davis William K. Davis Delaware National Bank of Delhi Bernard D’Orazio Nancy Fales Garrett Alan & Michelle Fisher Ed & Ellie Frank Kenneth A. Gardner Bruce Habegger & Marianne Neuber Robin & Gary Haddock Joe & Nina Hart Nancy Haycock & Elizabeth Kramer Sarah Herger & Cody Schmitt Gary & Connie Herzig Bill & Kathleen Holmstrom Judith Katz Abby Kinsley Robert Landsman & Sandra Lang Barbara Lawry Kathy Layer & Richard Welty John & Joanne Leddy Virginia McAllister Millie & David McCoy Meredith Monk Deborah & Terry Mostert National Bank of Delaware County Deanna Palumbo & Michael Levenstein Pam Peters & Walter Putrycz

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Friends Christine Alexander & Larry Bennett Ron & Sue Bailey Mermer Blakeslee & Eric Hamerstrom Bob Briggs Karen Butler & Devereux Kernan Keitha Capouya Joann & Alan Curtis Eva Davy Daniel & Sarah Deamond Jack & Lydia DeJohnette Jehed Diamond John Exter & Lisbeth Firmin Matt Frisch & Lee Parker Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Marni & Mel Greenberg Wenda Habenicht & David Cox John Heney & Amy Galowitz Patricia & Denis Hennessy

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Individuals Gabriel Albanese Bette Alexander Robert K. Alger Rebecca Bailey Jon Barber Jenny Bates Margaret Bischoff Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Keith Bundy Thais Burkhalter Sarah Bush Helen M. Casey Peter Clark Jane Couch Sally Cranston Marie Cummings

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2015/16 DONORS TO THE WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE INC. ENDOWMENT FUND Anonymous Joyce & David Barber Carol Birnbaum Daniel Birnbaum Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Buena Vista Inn Peter Clark Paul Conway Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Mrs. Mary Cronson Susan Dapkins Alan & Kathryn Davino Kathryn Demby John & Debra DeNicola Nancy Fales Garrett Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Kingdon & Mary Gould, Jr. Carol & Gary Gundlach Joe & Nina Hart Nancy Haycock & Elizabeth Kramer Sarah Herger & Cody Schmitt Alan Herman & Family Kathleen Howarth Christine Huneke Laura & John Hussey Melissa Johnson & Jason Rozger Robert Kathmann & Jackie Galietta John & Joanne Leddy Ann & Bob Morris Eugene & Jane Negrin Helen & Tom Nershi Jerry & Connie Pellegrino Werner & Gail Rentsch Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation Barbara & William Sanders Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Nancy & Bill Turick Martha Van Burek Alexandra Walcott Elizabeth Walker & David Wawro James Walker & Jane DeLisa Mary Westfall Thomas Wise & Justine Woolner-Wise All contributions have been matched by A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation

DONORS TO THE WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE INC. 2016 PROGRAM FUND DRIVE Joyce & David Barber Carol Birnbaum Daniel Birnbaum Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Tom Buckner Buena Vista Inn Paul Conway Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Mrs. Mary Cronson Irene & John Curley Susan Dapkins Alan & Kathryn Davino William K. Davis Kathryn Demby Dr. Neal & Sherry Demby John & Debra DeNicola Barbara Dolensek Jonathan & Megan Dyer Nancy Fales Garrett Tom & Carol Ferreri Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Kingdon & Mary Gould, Jr. Carol & Gary Gundlach Kate Hamilton & David Appelbaum Lanny Harrison Nancy Haycock & Elizabeth Kramer Sarah Herger & Cody Schmitt Alan Herman & Family Christine Huneke Laura & John Hussey Christy & John Jaromack Melissa Johnson & Jason Rozger Rita & William Karpoich Rosalie Keith John & Joanne Leddy Mary McDowell & Harry Barnes Jeffrey & Lora Meyer Deborah & Terry Mostert Marianne Mukai Helen & Tom Nershi Paul Oakley William Packard Deanna Palumbo & Michael Levenstein Johana Arnold Paterson & Kim Paterson Suzanne Pelletier Joseph T. Pondolfino, Jr. Esq. Werner & Gail Rentsch Leilani & Barry Rigby Tony Robbin & Rena Kosersky Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Joe & Michelle Temming Martha Van Burek

Elizabeth Walker & David Wawro James Walker & Jane DeLisa Mary Westfall Hall Willkie DONORS TO THE NANCY FALES GARRETT SCHOLARSHIP FUND Thais Burkhalter Timothy Franjola Christy Jaromack Michael Kane Virginia McAllister Michelle Stern Martha Van Burek Tiffany Wheat Lisa Worden DONORS TO THE WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE FUND FOR THE FUTURE Joseph & Martha Forgiano Allen & Judy Freedman FrieslandCampina Domo Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Marilynn Karp Abby Kinsley Deirdre Larkin & Thomas Groves Cay Sophie Rabinowitz Tony Robbin & Rena Kosersky Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Barry & Rindy Townsend Martha Van Burek Elizabeth Walker & David Wawro Hall Willkie DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN TRIBUTE TO: Tom & Clara Clack (2) Pamela Peters Gail & Werner Rentsch Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg (4) DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN MEMORY OF: Cassie Rose Davino Edward Frank, Jr. Helen S. Hamilton Herman Kathmann Michael John Leddy Charles J. Miller J.R. Nershi Richard & June Peer Helen & Wilhelm Sander Gladys Selwyn Collin Walcott CORPORATIONS THAT MATCHED THEIR EMPLOYEES’ DONATIONS EMTA, Inc. IBM

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TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Hundreds of individuals, groups, and businesses share your artistic talents and expertise; usher at concerts; contribute produce; prepare and serve food; help maintain our building and grounds; lend us equipment, costumes, theater sets, and props; prepare mailings; donate graphic design, copyediting, and bookkeeping; provide space for our workshops and housing for artists; and contribute valuable items, services, and artwork to our auctions. You are indispensable, and we thank you. If you are interested in helping with programs or would like further information on volunteering with The West Kortright Centre, please call The Centre’s office at 607-278-5454 or email us at info@westkc.org.

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GALLERY EX H I B I TS The Roberts Room Gallery is Open During Scheduled Events Artist receptions will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM on May 27, July 15, and September 2. Special thanks to Annie Hayes for coordinating the gallery exhibits. Artist receptions are sponsored by Brewery Ommegang and Hand in Hand Farm. May 27–July 3 • Alan Herman, Editha Mesina, Gail Peachin, David Sundberg • Photography Alan Herman is a lifelong visual artist, with a BFA, an MFA, an NEA grant, and a long list of group and solo exhibitions in New York City. For the past 32 years he has split his time between New York City and an aging farmhouse in Jefferson, NY. While Herman has worked primarily as a sculptor—and painted for a number of years as well—photography has always informed all aspects of his creative process. Editha Mesina received her MFA from Rutgers University and is on the faculty of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Her images explore how family photographs form the memories of a life lived while building the foundations of identity. Her photos Editha Mesina are made with a 4x5 view camera and are inspired by 19th century portraits as well as Dutch genre paintings. Her work has been exhibited in the US as well as internationally. Mesina is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography. Gail Peachin has a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work as an antique dealer takes her to many antique shows, flea markets, and shops. She started collecting old family albums along the way and, in order to do something with the photos, began cutting the people out and putting them in new environments. She found the negative space in the photos more interesting and began filling the space with textures and colors, transforming the photos into collages. David Sundberg has worked as a commercial architectural photographer since 1996, documenting a wide variety of projects, from small private residences to skyscrapers. In his personal work, he looks for serendipitous moments when architecture can appear simplified, the structure’s form distilled and made basic by an effect of lighting or weather. Sundberg’s photos are in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris and numerous private and corporate collections. He is a MacDowell Fellow. July 15–August 27 • Lisa Jacobson • Paintings Abstract painter Lisa Jacobson studied art at Parsons School of Design and art education at New York University and taught teenagers for 20 years in the New York City public school system. Her professional adventures have focused on holistic communities, in collaborative projects in which art is the touchstone that integrates the humanities and social and physical sciences. Based on the assumption that creativity is inherent in all natural systems, her purpose is to demonstrate that art is an ecosystem in and of itself while simultaneously an integral part of an indivisible larger whole. Her most recent workshops were with the Cornell Cooperative Climate Change Conference, titled “Exquisite Climate Change,” and in Bovina, “Aesthetic Urge,” which culminated in an exhibit at Flaca Vaca Farm in Stamford, NY. This fall, she will develop workshops that focus on New York State watershed education at the Catskill Center For Conservation and Development. September 2–November 5 • 2016 Benefit Exhibit “Sticks ‘n’ Stones”—Group Multi-Media Show Our annual fund-raising exhibition will be a collection of artworks inspired by the natural environment of the northern Catskills and born from the inventive minds of area artists. (For guidelines, contact The Centre.) The results will be available for purchase by silent bidding throughout the exhibit, to benefit The West Kortright Centre. Final bids will be accepted at the Bumper Jacksons concert on November 5. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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JoN Cleary & the monster gentlemen NEW ORLEANS FUNK MASTER 2016 is treating Jon Cleary well. He’s won his first Grammy Award, offBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Boneyard”), and Best Piano/Keyboardist, and was named New Orleans’s Big Easy Entertainer of the Year. We’re pleased to have him back on The WKC stage for the first time in ten years. Cleary’s love and affinity for New Orleans music goes back to the rural British village of Cranbrook, Kent, where he was raised. His maternal grandparents performed under the respective stage names Sweet Dolly Daydream and Frank Neville—she as a singer, and he as a tap dancer (“The Little Fellow With The Educated Feet”). His father was a ‘50s skiffle man and taught Jon the rudiments as soon as he was big enough to reach around the neck of a guitar. He took up the guitar as an all-consuming passion and tried his hand at boogiewoogie on the piano. By age 14 he was gigging on the UK pub circuit. His uncle, musician Johnny Johnson, returned from a sojourn in New Orleans in the early ‘70s with two suitcases of rare and obscure local 45s, which allowed the adolescent Cleary to pursue his study of R&B in depth, with special attention to the New Orleans sound that increasingly captivated him. At age 17 he moved to New Orleans and, with just a few interruptions, has lived there ever since.

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In addition to his decade-long association with Bonnie Raitt’s band, he is renowned around the globe for his considerable skills as a tunesmith, an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. His 35 years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. While thoroughly steeped in the classic keyboard canon—from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker, and beyond—Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own eclectic style. Cleary’s sound incorporates such far-flung influences as ‘70s soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean (and especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms, and more. Speaking about his recent (eighth) release, GoGo Juice (FHQ Records), he said, I love New Orleans R&B. I’m a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs. I think the greatest New Orleans R&B records are the ones that built on what went before but also added something new. By writing new songs you get to channel all the music you absorb through your own individual set of filters—and the fun is in seeing what comes out. Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse this album with a sound that was true to the city I love.

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DELLA MAE BLUEGRASS AND AMERICANA Sponsored by Courtney Funeral Home Della Mae weaves its influences together into a tight, dazzling, and seamless fabric all its own. Deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, it brings to The WKC a vibrantly original “hardly strictly bluegrass” style. The band’s sound is steeped in tradition but with a contemporary sensibility and an expansive musical vision. The five-member all-female combo hails from Boston and is based in Nashville. A hard-touring, charismatic live act, the group has three albums under its belt, including its 2013 Grammynominated album This World Oft Can Be (Rounder). Since first getting together in 2009, the group’s diverse backgrounds and musical experience have contributed to its spirit of adventure and open-minded embrace of musical influences. “We were ready to try something new,” Celia Woodsmith says of Della Mae, the band’s recently released third album (Rounder). “In some ways, this album’s very different from what we’ve done previously, but it’s self-titled because we feel like it sounds as much like us as anything we’ve ever done.” Della Mae is Celia Woodsmith (vocals, guitar), Kimber Ludiker (fiddle, vocals), Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin, vocals), Courtney Hartman (guitar, banjo, vocals), and Zoe Guigueno (bass, vocals). They draw from a broad range of rootsy musical influences and create original songs that range from haunting melodies to hard-driving burners without missing a beat. Their performances feature world-class musicianship and deeply expressive harmonies. “The mandolin player rips, the singer can belt and then make you shiver, the fiddler is a virtuoso, the guitar player absolutely shreds, and the new stand up bass player really drives it, plus their harmonies and their songs are beautiful...They aren’t preachy or flashy or jaded or self promoting...You watch them and you want the moment to last”—Mike Manson, Journal of Roots Music.

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In addition to a demanding US touring schedule (the band performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” in February), Della Mae has served as cultural ambassadors in the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program. The group has taken extended trips throughout the Middle East and South and Central Asia, in 2014 touring 15 countries where they played concerts collaborating with local musicians and participated in children’s music education programs. Guitarist and lead singer Celia Woodsmith reports that the experience has strengthened the group’s bonds and opened their eyes as people and musicians. “What those trips have done for band morale has been invaluable...It’s strengthened our camaraderie, and it’s helped us become a better band and taught us about performing under hard circumstances. We came home feeling totally inspired, and wanting to create those kinds of connections with people in our own country as well.” Della Mae was also chosen to perform in Washington, DC in June 2014, as part of a special naturalization ceremony hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at which new citizens from 15 countries were sworn in by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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VI NYASA FLOW YOGA WORKSHOP June 8–29 • Four Wednesdays • 5:30–6:30PM • With Nancy Forstbauer This is yoga for all levels and age groups. Unlike some Hatha Yoga styles, Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by a focus on a dynamic connecting posture that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. Vinyasa translates as “linking” and “the system” and also implies the linking of the movement to the breath. Please wear comfortable clothing. Blocks and straps provided, mats available or you can bring your own. Preregistration is not required. Nancy Forstbauer took her first yoga class at age 18 and has been practicing and teaching yoga ever since. She studies under Shiva Rea, leading teacher of Vinyasa Flow and Yoga Trance Dance. Nancy completed her 300 hours with Shiva Rea and is working toward her 500-hour certification. She studied with Rodney Yee and his wife, Colleen, at Kripalu and with Jill Miller, originator of the “Yoga Tune Up” DVDs and author of The Role Model (Victory Belt Publishing). She has studied Kundalini yoga with Ana Bret and Ravi Singh, and Ana Forest yoga with Jonathan Bowra. Nancy runs Stargayzeryoga Studio in Stamford, where she holds classes through the week.

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karrin allyson trio JAZZ WITH MIRO SPRAGUE, PIANO, AND DAVID PICCHI, BASS Sponsored by WSKG Public Media “If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation” —Houston Press. We’re thrilled to host singer, pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Karrin Allyson again for the first time since 2004. After a jam-packed career with Concord Jazz—thirteen albums and four consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album (for Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, Footprints, Imagina: Songs of Brasil, and ‘Round Midnight)—and her self-produced Yuletide Hideaway (Downbeat), she has signed with Motéma Records. Her first recording on the label —Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (2015)—was nominated for yet another Grammy and has been getting universal praise from critics and audiences. All About Jazz wrote, “Artistically fearless, Allyson again spins golden lace from her talent arsenal,” and JazzTimes noted, “The focus is squarely on sensitive, intelligent arrangements shaped around Allyson’s unique sound—slightly parched and gently tremulous—expressly built to exalt a spectrum of instantly familiar yet largely underappreciated gems. An exquisitely thoughtful trio album, it’s also an important one.”

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Karrin says of this new project: I’ve been all around the world musically, from bop and bossa and chanson to blues and singer/ songwriters. And now, I feel like coming home. I find myself powerfully drawn to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Why? Well, the tunes for starters, gorgeous melodies, near perfect lyrics, music that begs to be sung. Music filled with innocence, optimism, a confident can-do response to any problem, an appealing wiseguy humor, a sense that we all belong together on this wonderful planet.

Following a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance, and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz, Karrin now lives in New York City. But she spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues, and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas—to Brazil, Japan, Australia, and the great cities of Europe. Throughout 2014 Allyson was featured as solo vocalist in the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60 tour, which played in thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada before concluding the 2014 Newport Festival. Among musicians, she is known as a great bandleader, and one of their deep pleasures is listening to her highly developed interplay with her bandmates, which sounds so effortless but conceals a deep musical sophistication. It’s one of Allyson’s great achievements, the result of working over the years with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi. Allyson has also developed a unique relationship with the multi-talented L.A. composer Chris Caswell, and the two have collaborated for nearly ten years as composers and performers in a very spirited ensemble featuring Caswell on Hammond B-3 organ. She has been doing a lot of writing lately and promises an album of original songs in the near future. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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gala dance under the stars with girls guns & glory A CLASSIC COUNTRY ROCK DANCE PARTY Sponsored by Friesland/Campina Domo 7–8pm, Picnic Dinner and Line Dance Lessons • 8pm, Dance

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For each of the last 27 years, we’ve presented one of the world’s great dance bands outdoors on a summer’s night. This year, we welcome our first-ever country or rock ‘n’ roll band—and it’s both!

Girls Guns and Glory “bring traditional honky-tonk country and Americana into a modern country rock setting, melding Yoakam-esque vocals with the most uncompromising musicianship you’ll find outside the confines of Nashville”—Pop Matters (Top 10 Country Albums of 2011). Their mission is to “rock you solid, croon you smoothly, and melt your sweet little heart” with their unique blend of rockin’ country music. Inspired by such diverse influences as Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry, GGG can furiously rock out the dance tunes, creating swing, stomp, punk, rockabilly beats, sending audiences straight to the dance floor, and then effortlessly segue into lyrical, soulful, heartbreaking country melodies. Country Music People magazine described guitarist and lead singer Ward Hayden as “a singer and songwriter of rare talent.” His bandmates are multi-intrumentalists Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass and piano, Chris Hersch on lead guitar and banjo, and Josh Kiggans on drums and percussion. In its eight years playing together, the group has released five critically acclaimed albums (the most recent is A Tribute to Hank Williams—Live on Dry Lightning Records). The combo has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Boston Music Awards Act of the Year and the Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards. At the 2013 Boston Music Awards, Guns Girls & Glory took home two major awards—Ward Hayden for Male Vocalist of the Year and the group for the Americana Artist of the Year. The early rock ‘n’ roll inspiration is something of a full-circle moment for Hayden. “This style of music was in the house I grew up in,” he explains. “My mom was a fan of the earlier country music and early rock ‘n’ roll, but I didn’t have real taste for it until I was about 20. I had this beat-up old Oldsmobile that didn’t have a radio, only a tape deck. My mom would lend me her tapes of Johnny Cash or Hank Williams so I’d have something to listen to. I fell in love with the sound; it was everything I had been looking for.” Of the band’s musical evolution, Hayden says, “Our sound has been evolving from country to where we are now. I label what we do now as American music. It’s really rooted in various American forms of music whether it’s rockabilly or hillbilly boogie or traditional country or rock ‘n’ roll. I consider us a rock ‘n’ roll band blended with classic country music.” Arrive early for a scrumptious chicken-with-all-the-fixin’s picnic dinner. (Vegetarian options; dinners must be pre-ordered.) Dinner and dance rain or shine. Bring your own lawn seating. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATER ARTS WORKSHOPS Month of July Co-sponsored by The Clark Companies, NYCM Insurance, and Frank Lumia Real Estate Plus For the thirty-third year, The West Kortright Centre is sponsoring children’s theater workshops, accommodating a range of ages and interest levels. The workshops have drawn young theater enthusiasts from a wide range of nearby towns, several states, and three foreign countries. In 2016, YPTAW grads—Mary Claire Davis, Anaar Desai-Stephens, Melissa (Moss) Margadona, Lillian Meredith, and Vanessa Van Burek—take up the instructor’s mantle to give back to a program that they all credit with being a major influence in their lives as children. Shakespeare with Lillian Meredith. For ages 13–19. Tuesdays–Fridays, July 5–29, 1–5 PM Theater Games with Terry Bradshaw. For ages 6–9. Monday–Friday, July 11–15, 1–4 PM Introduction to Acting with Vanessa Van Burek and Mary Claire Davis. Anaar Desai-Stephens, music director. For ages 9–12. Tuesdays–Fridays, July 19–29, 11 AM–3 PM Behind the Scenes: Technical Theater with Tony Aukstikalnis. For ages 12–19. Tuesdays–Fridays, July 19–July 29, 11 AM–3 PM Costume Design with Melissa Margadona. For ages 12–19. Tuesdays–Fridays, July 19–29, 1 PM–5 PM Lillian Meredith is a New York City–based theater artist focused primarily on creating and developing new and site-responsive plays. Recent credits include Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, Culture Project, Dixon Place, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, UglyRhino, The Secret Theatre, Galapagos Art Space, and The FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater. Lillian is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company and a founding member of The Living Room. She is also a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Director’s Fellowship. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

Terry Bradshaw has worked with children of all ages in numerous capacities. For several years she helped run a summer theater camp for Stamford, NY’s Performance Plus, in which children ages six to twelve wrote, rehearsed, and performed a play. She was also Technical Director for the Stamford Central School Drama Club plays for nine years. Vanessa Van Burek is a founder and staff member at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School, where she is an active member of the Theatre Cooperative. She taught the WKC’s Theater Games Workshop for three years and was Assistant Director of the Introduction to Acting Workshop for four years before taking on the co-instructor role four years ago. Vanessa is a parent of six and an advocate for children’s rights. Mary Claire Davis returns for a second year as coinstructor of the Introduction to Acting Workshop. She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she directed Closer and appeared in The Music Man, Rhinoceros, Lungs, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. The American College Theatre Festival honored her for her performance as Eurydice in The Forgetting River. Tony Aukstikalnis joined the Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops team last year. He has been designing and constructing sets for television, film, and theater for over twenty-five years and has designed and run lights for numerous live productions. Melissa Margadona has a degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Costume Design from SUNY New Paltz. She has worked as a costume designer for Orpheus Theatre, LaPaloma Films, Foothills Performing Arts Center, and Cooperstown High School. She recently designed the costumes for Mineville, a feature-length film starring Paul Sorvino, William Saddler, and Nick Weschler. Pre-registration is required for all sections of the Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops. Please download a registration form at westkc.org or call The Centre. 23


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LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN TOUR July 10 • Sunday, 11AM–4PM • In the Delhi and Andes Area Sponsored by Frazier’s Landscapes, Inc. The 25th annual tour to benefit The West Kortright Centre will be a journey along beautiful northern Catskills roads, a chance to see how others have enhanced their outdoor environments by simply accentuating the natural beauty of their sites. On view will be a myriad of design sensibilities incorporating flowers, shrubs and trees, stonework, water elements, artwork, vegetable beds, and homes for livestock and wildlife. Call to register and get directions to the first location. You must begin the tour by 1 PM. Rain or shine. We would welcome suggestions for future tours, so if you know of a site (your own or your neighbor’s) that you think we would enjoy seeing, please let us know.

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emeline michel HAITIAN SONGSTRESS Emeline Michel is a captivating performer, versatile vocalist, and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation. The “Queen of Haitian Song” creates deeply moving, joyful music. Over her twenty-plus-year career, she has matured into an authentic transnational world music diva. She’s been referred to on this continent as “the Joni Mitchell of Haiti” for her astute musical poetry and songs that are rustic and rhythmic, profound and personal. Sung in Creole, French, and English, Michel’s music is steeped in Pan Caribbean flavors, from bolero, reggae, tango, and jazz to Haiti’s own unique sounds—slow dancing konpa, acoustic twoubadou with banjo and accordion, and drum-based rasin, secular music derived from voudou. The New York Times calls her a “diplomat of music” and “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze.” The daughter of a Baptist preacher, Emeline Michel first began singing gospel music in church in her hometown of Gonaives. Her parents disapproved of traditional Haitian music, associating the drum with the loa (gods) of the voudou religion. In an interview with Indyweek, she reports that she took the money her parents gave her for school and paid for lessons in traditional dance. “I was 12 when I started dancing...not only learning the rhythm but enjoying the whole music behind it, the whole connection with slavery that I discovered through my teachers.”

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Just before the 1986 coup deposing Jean Claude Duvalier, she won a scholarship to study at the Detroit Jazz Center. After returning to post-coup Haiti, Emeline came of age in a climate of artistic freedom where traditional music was exploding. She was inspired by Boukman Eksperyans (WKC 1993) and other groups that melded international styles with traditional Haitian rhythms. She told Indyweek, “At this time... some kind of positive spirit of renewal was among the artists’ community. Beautiful musicians, beautiful artistry just blossomed. That period of my life was all about art, in every sense of the word.” Soon after her return to Haiti, she released her first album, “scoring hits around the Caribbean with songs that mixed traditional Haitian styles with danceable funk and featuring her sensuous alto in politically conscious lyrics sung in Haitian Creole”—New York Times. Subsequent releases established her as one of the top artists in Haiti and the French Antilles, and when she relocated to France, her work quickly spread throughout the French-speaking world. After working with several record labels in France, Canada, and the U.S., Michel chose to gain full control of her career and artistic vision and formed her own production company and label (Production Cheval De Feu) in 1999. She is now based in New York City. Her remarkable career has allowed her to share her music with audiences across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory and Luminato Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island, and Zimbabwe’s Harare International Arts Festival. This spring, she spent two months on the road, performing for over 10,000 people in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada as part of Creole Carnival, globalFEST’s first national tour. Emeline Michel is an inspiration to her fellow Haitians at home and abroad, compatriots whose land has been challenged by natural disaster and political turmoil but blessed with a rich culture that has been infused with an indomitable spirit and hope. She and her band will appear at The WKC in support of her long-awaited tenth album, Quintessence. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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29TH ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE I N THE VALLEY & PICNIC DI NNER

July 29 & 30 • Friday & Saturday, 6PM Co-sponsored by The Clark Companies, NYCM Insurance, and Frank Lumia Real Estate Plus On both evenings, fully staged productions by members of the Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops will be coupled with a social gathering. 6 PM Indoor production of “Second Fiddle Follies,” a theatrical showcase of fairy tale sidekicks by Vanessa Van Burek and Mary Claire Davis’s Introduction to Acting students, with music written and directed by Anaar Desai-Stephens. 6:45 PM Picnic dinner (Bring your own or have hot dogs and beef or veggie burgers with us). 8 PM Outdoor production of The Taming of the Shrew by Lillian Meredith’s Shakespeare students, Tony Aukstikalnis’s Behind the Scenes students, and Melissa Margadona’s Costume Design students. Music by John DeNicola with lyrics by Patti Maloney. Please bring your own lawn seating. Raindate for both nights is Sunday, July 31 at 8 PM. (The Introduction to Acting performance will be presented rain or shine.)

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FI CTI ON WRITI NG WORKSHOP/SUMMER August 10–September 28 • Eight Wednesdays, 6:30–9PM With Mermer Blakeslee This is the 38th eight-week session of our Fiction Writing Workshop. The workshop is for both new and experienced writers and welcomes new members to the group. New students are asked to bring a sample of either a story or a small piece. Please see page 13 for Mermer Blakeslee’s bio. Pre-registration is required.

EAST MEETS WEST— A THEATER WORKSHOP August 11–September 1 • Four Thursdays, 7–9PM • With Lanny Harrison In these playful and provoking sessions, participants will discover some of the myriad characters who dwell within. Through exercises that emphasize imagination, improvisation, and transformation, the instructor will lead the group on voyages of theatrical exploration and contemplative practice. Music, live or recorded, will be an integral part of each evening. Performer, poet, teacher, Lanny Harrison began her career in Moni Yakim’s New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. For the past 35 years, she has written and presented one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. She’s collaborated with musicians and theater folk, including the late Collin Walcott, Steve Clorfeine, Lily Pink, Terre Roche, Robin Daniels, and Jay Clayton. Since 1969, she has been a member of Meredith Monk’s House Foundation for the Arts. She is a founding teacher at The West Kortright Centre and teaches an ongoing workshop at the New York Shambhala Center and a class every spring semester at NYU’s Gallatin Division. She is a certified meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The workshop is for teens and adults. No prior experience in theater or dance is required, just an open mind and a body wearing comfortable clothes. The workshop will be held off-site in the instructor’s East Meredith studio; contact The Centre for travel directions. Participants may take as many sessions as they wish, but pre-registration is advised.

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Saturday, August 6th 11am–6pm on Oneonta’s Main Street, between Ford & Chestnut CANOʼs annual City of the Hills Art & Music Festival returns to Main Street, Oneonta NY this summer! Fine Arts • Crafts • Live Music Performances • Carriage House Art Studio • Community Art Projects Children's Activities • and more! Fun for the whole family. Free admission. Sponsored by Chenango County Arts Council and Destination Oneonta. Find more at

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hot club of cowtown WESTERN SWING Sponsored by Boynton Pro Audio and Music Square A band from Austin, Texas with the word “Cowtown” in its name might spend its time off herding cattle at a West Texas ranch or maybe in Nashville writing songs about whiskey and heartbreak. Not exactly. The Hot Club of Cowtown “recently took a band vacation to the Gypsy Festival at St. Maries de la Mer in the South of France,” says the band’s fiddler and vocalist, Elana James. Whit Smith, Hot Club’s guitar player and vocalist, is a regular at the prestigious Djangofest Northwest in Whidbey Island, Washington, and bass player Jake Erwin has the Hungarian folk band Csokolom in regular rotation on his home stereo. The band’s vibrant approach to traditional country swing (à la Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys), covering floor-stomping classics like “Orange Blossom Special” and “Little Liza Jane,” is armed with what the New York Times called “an arsenal full of technique and joy.” But the Hot Club’s influences have also been as much the music of the smoky bistros of 1930s Paris and Gypsy caravans as they are the hoedowns and Western swing of the mythic American West. Live, the band “distinguishes itself by its technical musicianship and vast acreage of diverse styles alone, but it seals the deal on stage...levitating the room into a dreamy salon of carefree abandon” (Toronto Globe & Mail) and “will bring even the tamest audience to its feet” (Chicago Tribune).

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Hot Club of Cowtown has toured with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and the Mavericks. (It opened for the 2012 Nelson-Dylan concert at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.) It performs extensively worldwide, including as featured guests of the UK Glastonbury Festival and as U.S. State Department ambassadors to Armenia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Georgia, and Azerbaijan. In 2004, it was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. Hot Club has performed at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap, and Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and it has made radio appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “All Things Considered,” and “BBC Live” (UK) and on TV with “Later with Jools Holland” (UK), “Grand Ol’ Opry Live,” and “Good Morning Azerbaijan.” The group originated in New York City in 1994, after James placed an ad in the Village Voice for band members and Whit Smith answered it. By 1997, after founding a much larger Western swing orchestra in NYC, Elana and Whit pared back down to their essential elements, and with the addition of a bass player the duo grew into Hot Club of Cowtown. The trio moved to Austin and released its first album, Swinging Stampede, on High Tone Records. The band’s lineup solidified with the 2001 arrival of bassist Jake Erwin. They’ve released seven more critically acclaimed albums since, including What Makes Bob Holler (Proper Records), a collection of tunes made famous by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, and Rendezvous in Rhythm (Gold Strike, 2013), inspired by legendary violin and guitar masters Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Much more than just a retro band, Hot Club of Cowtown is a perfect amalgam of old classics delivered with new inspiration, melded with their own fresh, wildly entertaining twists. The trio’s newest release, Midnight on the Trail (Gold Strike, 2016), is a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads chosen to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West, a source of inspiration for the band since it began. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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alash NEW-OLD TAVAN MUSIC “Sometimes you see a performance so singular, so extraordinary, that you know the experience is going to live with you forever. This [Alash] was such a performance”—Behind the Scene Gloucestershire, UK. We suspect that the fine, live acoustics and intimacy of The West Kortright Centre will provide the perfect venue for experiencing the music of this wonderful ensemble and a style of music that has never been heard in our auditorium. Alash is a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. Tuvan throat singing (xöömei) is a remarkable technique of singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

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Sometimes spelled Tyva, the country sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR and is now a member of the Russian Federation.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, under the guidance of the late Kongar-ool Ondar, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music but have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip. Alash first toured the U.S. in 2006 under the sponsorship of the Open World Leadership program of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then they have returned many times, to the delight of American audiences. The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor” and adding, “There are plenty of recordings of Tuvan throat singing out there, but they can’t compare to witnessing such sonic magic in real time.” Alash enjoys collaborating with musicians of all stripes. They appear as guest artists on Béla Fleck & the Flecktones’ holiday CD Jingle All the Way (2008), which won a Grammy. The Denver Post remarked, “As electrifying as the Flecktones’ performance was, the band were nearly upstaged by Alash Ensemble.” Alash also enjoys a longstanding musical partnership with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and they have collaborated with musicians across the spectrum, from country to classical to beatboxing. Alash has released four CDs of its own: Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006), Alash (2007), Buura (2011), and Achai (2015). The members of Alash are Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (vocals, igil, guitar), Ayan-ool Sam (vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar), Ayan Shirizhik (vocals, kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu, xomus), and interpreter and manager Sean Quirk. American-born Quirk studied music in Tuva on a Fulbright fellowship and now lives there full-time. He was named Distinguished Artist of Tuva in 2008. Quirk and all Alash members play in the Tuvan National Orchestra. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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DOUBLE VI SI ON: PLEI N AI R PAI NTI NG WORKSHOP August 27 & 28 Saturday & Sunday, 10AM–4PM With Lisbeth Firmin and Richard Kathmann Sponsored by Golden Artist Colors & Williamsburg Paint Students ages 13 and up will benefit from the considerable skills of two well-known artists who live and paint in these hills. Participants of all levels (no prior painting experience necessary) will work outside, painting the vistas and the structures around The West Kortright Centre and The Centre itself. Workshop exercises will begin with short studies in charcoal or black and white acrylic. Kathmann offers a way to see the landscape in black and white, and participants will create five to ten studies each day. With Firmin, students then move to an exploration of form using color, working quickly with big brushes and producing up to two paintings a day. There will be critiques throughout and a display and discussion at the end of each session. Participants should pre-register early to receive a materials list and are asked to bring their lunch. The workshop will be held rain or shine. (There will be a tent on the site.) A limited palette of oils and acrylics will be distributed courtesy of Golden Artist Colors & Williamsburg Paints. Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over four decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group shows across the country and internationally. She has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New-York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. She moved to our area from New York City in 2000. She paints every day. Richard Kathmann works plein air in the Catskill forests, on the Atlantic shore in Massachusetts and Maine, and in New Mexico. He has had two residency fellowships at Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York, and a residency at Twelfth Street Studios/Gallery 408, Carrizozo, New Mexico and has been artist-inresidence at Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine and at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve. He received the 2009 Woodstock School of Art Award in the “Banks of the Hudson” exhibition (Steve Doherty, juror). His landscape drawings and paintings were exhibited at Mohawk-Hudson Artists 2010 at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls and Mohawk-Hudson Artists at the Albany Institute of History (2011 and 2014), where juror Stephen Westfall awarded him the 2014 Ruthann Manzella and Paul Gozemka Award. Kathmann received the Landscape Avant-garde Award at “Art By The Lake,” Fenimore Art Museum, in both 2014 and 2015. He currently works in his West Kortright and Delhi studios.

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darlingside INDIE FOLK ROCK Darlingside effortlessly draws audiences into its lush, dynamic musical world. The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among four close friends. Lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music. The quartet’s wide-open arrangements are marked by the vocal interplay of the four singers. When bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner perform, subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock. Aching harmonies are complemented by tones from the harmonium, frailing banjo, 12-string electric guitar, Wurlitzer, auto-chord organ, and grand piano. The result is a collection of quietly passionate songs that defy easy categorization.

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“Each song and set of lyrics are created by all of us together, a sort of ‘group stream-of-consciousness,’” Harris Paseltiner says. “So we moved away from a single lead vocalist and started gravitating towards singing in unison, passing the melody around, or harmonizing in four parts through an entire song.” Live and on record, they present a unified voice by clustering around a single condenser microphone and blending their voices in the room before they hit the mic. They met at Williams College in western Massachusetts. “Pesticide is used to kill pests. Fratricide is when you kill your brother,” explains Darlingside’s Dave Senft. “A former teacher of ours used to say ‘kill your darlings,’ which is to say, if you fall in love with something you’ve written you should cross it out. We like that idea and we thought a good name for it might be ‘darlingcide,’ but we changed the ‘c’ to an ‘s’ because we’re not super into death.” The naming of the band reflects the arch humor, cryptic wordplay, and playful banter that they share on and off stage. Darlingside’s collaboration with fellow Massachusetts native Heather Maloney culminated in the 2014 Signature Sounds release Woodstock, which garnered attention from both the New York Times and the Boston Globe. The band toured with Patty Griffin much of last fall, won Folk Alliance International’s 2015 Artist of the Year, and is in hot demand to play major festivals. The band’s new CD, Birds Say (Thirty Tigers), was released last September, and glowing reviews have poured in. It’s “a sonic gem...one of the great albums released this year,” according to the Huffington Post. NPR Music called it “exquisitely arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop,” and American Songwriter wrote, “Fresh, vital and organic...Darlingside balances retro and contemporary with discreet aplomb.” It has “the best harmonies in the business...inventive instrumentation and brilliant songwriting,” said PopDose. Rolling Stone’s article “Americana Music Fest 2015” reported, There’s certainly no shortage of choral harmonies at AmericanaFest, but Darlingside, a quartet out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, transform theirs into locomotive folk-pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or 12. Singing entirely in unison...they evoke both the likes of Guster and Crosby, Stills & Nash with a diehard earnestness, mixed with the symphonic chug of a string band. But it’s their use of both electric bass and tinny banjo that keeps it modern. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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september 4 sunday noon–6pm

The Centre’s 11th annual family-friendly summer’s-end celebration of the region’s “agri-cultural” bounty. Bring the family, your friends, neighbors, and holiday weekend visitors to our picturesque farm valley for an afternoon of harvest-season, country-style camaraderie.

West Kortright Fair 2016 will be a full afternoon of foot-stompin’ music from Blues Maneuver and other bands. You can graze all day on lip-smacking-good eats made from fresh local products; pick up luscious baked goods; bid on original artwork; shop a huge silent auction and rummage sale of antiques, goods, and services to benefit The WKC; keep the kids entertained with lots of kid-friendly activities, and a tent full of hands-on electronic sound technology; and shop for one-of-a-kind items from local artisans. Stay tuned at www.westkc.org for Fair news updates. It will be held rain or shine. West Kortright Fair 2016 has been made possible by a grant from the Pickert-Hickok Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York.

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voxare quartet meets “man with a movie camera” CHAMBER MUSIC AND FILM Here is a command repeat performance (WKC 2011) of a landmark project that marries Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent masterpiece, Man with a Movie Camera, with the music of Soviet-era Russian composers Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Mosolov, played by a stellar quartet.

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Voxare String Quartet formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances. The New York Times declared that Voxare plays with “penetrating tone and lucid textures” and has on numerous occasions chosen Voxare as its Classical Pick of the Week. The quartet is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York City, where it has been quartet-in-residence. Voxare has been featured live on WNYC’s Soundcheck, and its concerts have been broadcast on WQXR. It appeared recently on the Today show and on National Geographic’s Brain Games. Voxare’s unique performing activities earned the quartet Chamber Music America’s 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The ensemble has studied with the Juilliard String Quartet at its String Quartet Seminar and with the Kronos Quartet through Carnegie Hall. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, Voxare has frequently worked closely with leading composers, including Pulitzer Prize–winners Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici. In 2010, Voxare was Quartet-inResidence at the International Computer Music Conference and presented a three-day Mostly Riley Festival to celebrate the 75th birthday of Terry Riley at Bargemusic. Voxare has performed works by living composers at its residency series DIG IT! New Music, at Teachers College, Columbia University and a residency at Dartmouth College. A series of concerts for Columbia University’s Lunchtime Series featured works of Barber, Copland, Ives, and Thomson. Voxare can be heard on the soundtracks of several films shown at festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca. DzigaVertov’s feature film presents urban life in Moscow and Ukraine. The camera captures citizens from dawn to dusk in all aspects of life and interacting with the machinery of modern life. To the extent that it can be said to have “characters,” they are the cameraman of the title and the modern Soviet Union Vertov discovers and presents. The film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys, or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, tilted (Dutch) angles, extreme closeups, footage played backwards, and stop-motion animations. It perfectly distilled city life of that time and was enthusiastically received by audiences in Europe and the U.S. Communist party officials were critical of Vertov, and over time their support dwindled so that although for a decade he, along with Sergei Eisenstein, had been the leading theoretician of the new art of cinema, by the end of this period his career was effectively over. Six years after his death from cancer in 1954, French documentary filmmakers incorporated Vertov’s theory and practice into their Cinéma vérité. “With rustic melodies made edgy through piquant harmonies, and in passages of turbulent mechanical chugging, the music neatly corresponded to Vertov’s jumpy barrage of images. The members of the quartet, seated in darkness to one side of the stage, played with precision and passion”— New York Times. This performance is part of “A Weekend of Chamber Music in the Western Catskills,” co-organized by The West Kortright Centre and Friends of Music of Stamford, N.Y., Inc. Friends of Music will present the Lysander Piano Trio on Sunday, September 18.

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maarja nuut ESTONIAN NEW MUSIC “With the grace of a dancer, the singing Nuut rocked back and forth behind the microphone, sometimes plucking or stroking one of her violins. With her graceful legwork she operated the loop station from which she built up her pieces layer by layer into a hypnotic repetitive cascade of sounds...I was even more impressed, nevertheless, with her singing voice, which appeared to be able to take on a wide variety of timbres”—Ton Maas, MixedWorldMusic. Fiddler, singer, composer Maarja Nuut hails from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, creating a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. She “takes her country’s folkloric tunes on a stunning personal journey. Her voice’s unusual pitches and repetitive phrasing form gradually shifting soundscapes”—Chicago Tribune. Nuut studied classical violin at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and completed her master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In the spring of 2013, Maarja released her self-produced debut album, Soolo. It garnered glowing reviews and an endorsement from Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon, who wrote, “When angels sing they probably sound like this / Or maybe that’s what it sounds like when the snow sings.” And Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots music guide, noted, “Soolo might be described as minimalist, but there’s a warmth and completeness to it, a feeling of being sung and played to in a quiet wooden house among the wide skies, marshes, silver-birch and dark pine forests of the Estonian countryside.” She received the 2015 Tallinn Music Week Prize, showcased at WOMEX 2014, and has managed to attract the attention of the international music industry. A mere two days after performing at WOMEX, she was invited to perform in the United States by Carlos Tortolero, the main organizer of the Chicago World Music Festival. More concerts soon followed, including performances at the Kennedy Center, CUNY’s Elebash Hall, and the Toronto Small World Music Festival. In addition to her recent debut U.S. tour, Maarja has also performed in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Italy, the UK, and France.

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Maarja Nuut’s June 2016 release Une Meeles (“In the Hold of a Dream”) explores the boundary between reality and dreams. “For me, music and the images and stories hidden in it offer an opportunity to travel from one reality to another, visit a place where everything is possible,” she explains. “I clearly remember the times when I’ve had lucid dreams. It is an experience where the reality and imagination get mixed up and you can choose where, how and in which direction you move. You are away but very much present at the same time.” “A spellbinding set combining traditional music, songs, stories and dance. Her poise and grace as performer were enhanced by impeccable English and fine judgement...It was a remarkable blend of ancient and modern in the hands of a skilled performer”—Bristol 24/7. T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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bombay rickey “OPERATIC SURF NOIR” “Delightfully outlandish yet never inaccessible, this pan-global cocktail is a true treat for the adventurous ear” —TimeOut NY. A Bombay Rickey is a cocktail. This Bombay Rickey bends musical genres and romps across borders at will to create its own wild and heady blend of styles from around the world. The five members of this Brooklyn band mix, mash, and spin their material to create shapeshifting songs and hypnotic grooves redolent of the Wild West and the mystic East. Lots of Bollywood, a strong spaghetti-western flavor, surf music, and psychedelic cumbia influences—every spot on the globe is fair game for their musical sampling. The result is a “lusciously tuneful mix...They don’t just break boundaries, they jump up and down on those boundaries and dance with wild abandon on the remains.”—World Music Central.

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Lead singer Kamala Sankaram is a superbly trained coloratura soprano and mean accordion player with an interest in Hindustani music. With a five-octave range and impressive power and depth, she performs feats of vocal derring-do. Sankaram has worked with the Philip Glass Ensemble and the free jazz icon Anthony Braxton, as well as with multiple opera companies. She also writes and performs her own operas and sidelines as a cartoon voice-over artist. Sankaram has teamed up with four accomplished musicians. Texas saxophone player and vocalist Jeff Hudgins, who has worked with jazz and avant-garde musician John Zorn and composer John Harbison, and guitarist Drew Fleming, who emerged from the Dallas punk scene, round out the core trio. The rhythm section consists of Gil Smuskowitz on upright bass and Brian Adler on percussion. The group traces its history back to a night on the Q train when Kamala revealed to Jeff Hudgins her dream of following in the footsteps of Yma Sumac, the 1950s Peruvian exotica music diva. Hudgins signed on to the project and was soon joined by guitarist Drew Fleming. The trio began to explore, as Sankaram puts it, “what other cultures think other cultures sound like.” They created a musical language of adaptations, reinventions and fantastic collisions. Fleming says about the band, “Each of us has such curiosity. We often feel in between all the other worlds we inhabit. But here we can explore all our influences.” Though only in existence for four years, Bombay Rickey has become a fixture at the Brooklyn mainstay Barbes. Their debut album, Cinefonia (Cowboys & Indian), was named best debut album by New York Music Daily and won the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the International Music Awards. Bombay Rickey was invited to create an opera based on the life of Yma Sumac for the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival in New York City in January. The show ran for seven sold-out performances and was hailed as a “rocking musical show” by the Wall Street Journal. “Wild Howls, Night Queens, and Surf Ragas: Bombay Rickey Stirs a Century of Pop Culture Resonance with Cinematic Flair on Cinefonia”—Rock Paper Scissors.biz T H E W E ST K O R T R I G H T C E N T R E 2 0 1 6

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THE BUMPER JACKSONS ROOTS JAZZ, COUNTRY SWING, STREET BLUES 3–4 PM, Harmony Singing Workshop Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley, founding members of the Bumper Jacksons, will introduce the basics of harmony singing to singers and wannabe singers of all ages. Participants will learn how to hear a chord, find a harmony line, and sing in the phrasing of the lead. The group will learn songs from the old-time canon and be singing in three-part harmony by the end. No experience is necessary; the cost of the workshop is included with admission to the evening concert.

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7 PM, Concert with the Bumper Jacksons

With some of the richest threads of old America, the Bumper Jacksons weave a tapestry of our country’s story from New Orleans brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78s, the band boldly and elegantly balances paying homage to tradition with fashioning its own DIY style. Honored as the region’s 2015 “Artist of the Year” and “Best Folk Band” from 2013 through 2015 at the Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative, bringing both power and tenderness to their originals and reimagined roots music. This is modern American roots music—high-energy swing numbers, heartbreak ballads, and late-night moonshine foot-stompers. Frontwoman and Florida native Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals, washboard) honed her musical chops in jam sessions in the streets and clubs of New Orleans. In 2012, she met Maryland-born fellow songcrafter Chris Ousley (guitar, vocals, tenor banjo, vocals) in Washington, D.C., and the two joined forces to form the Bumper Jacksons’ core. Chris’s background in old-time banjo and bluegrass music harmonized perfectly with Jess’s vintage jazz credentials. The songs the duo collects, arranges, and creates weave the high lonesome echoes of old rural America into the galvanizing sounds of the cities and artists that have defined American jazz, blues, and swing. The band is Alex Lacquement on upright bass and harmony vocals, Dave Hadley on pedal steel, Brian Priebe on trombone and harmony vocals, and Dan Cohan on suitcase percussion. The Bumper Jacksons have played major venues in the Northeast, including the Kennedy Center, World Cafe Live, Wintergrass Music Festival, and New York City Winter Jazz Fest. The band is on a coast-to-coast tour this year with the release of their third album, Too Big World. The recording is sixteen tracks of gospel, shape-note ballads, early bluegrass, tunes from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington, and an assortment of Jess’s and Chris’s originals. “You may come for the jazz: clarinet and horns and swingy rhythms, plus Billie Holliday and Duke Ellington classics. But you’ll stay for all the other ingredients in their mélange: fiddles and guitars, bouncy banjo-ukes, weepy country pedal steel, rock-and-roll electric guitar, jug-band kazoo and assorted percussion”—Huffington Post. This engagement of Bumper Jacksons is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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