Tuesday, March 22, 2016

notloB Music presents Floyds Row, 3/26, Somerville

Floyds Row in concert
Saturday, March 26, 7:30pm
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Ave, Somerville

Floyds Row "fuses contemporary classical, Northumbrian traditional, and early music..." 
Emily Noël - soprano & autoharp 
Asako Takeuchi - fiddle 
Andrew Arceci - viola da gamba, double bass & cittern 
George Lykogiannis - accordion 
George Lernis - percussion
Somerville Armory Café serves light fare (soups, salads, sandwiches and deserts), coffee, teas, wine and beer. You can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings. 

Developing a varied career as performer, composer/arranger, and scholar, Andrew Arceci performs regularly on the viola da gamba (viol), violone, and double bass throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In the United Kingdom, he has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cöthen Baroque, and Oxford Baroque. In the United States, he has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Handel & Haydn Society, the Arcadia Players, Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Harmonious Blacksmith, The Folger Consort, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Washington National Cathedral; he currently serves as principal bassist with Boston’s L'Académie Baroque Orchestra and Chicago’s Baroque Band. He has given workshops at the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Edinburgh (UK), the Narnia Arts Academy (Narni; Italy), the Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), Burapha University (Thailand), and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (USA). Currently, he directs the Collegium Musicum at Wellesley College, serves on the Winchendon Cultural Council, and works as a freelance artist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
George Lernis (drummer, world percussionist) specializes in a number of world percussion instruments such as: Darbuka, Bendir, Daire, Riq, just to name a few. George holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Performance and a master’s degree from Longy Conservatory in Modern American Music. Currently George resides in Boston where he regularly performs and teaches music. Over the last few years, George has recorded and collaborated with prominent figures such as: Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Tiger Okoshi, Jerry Leake, Bertram Lehmann, Mehmet Ali Salnikol, and Robert Labaree. After his master’s degree, George released his first album as a bandleader, “Shapes of Nature” featuring the George Lernis Jazz Quartet. George performs regularly around the New England area, New York, as well as touring around the United States and Europe.
Accordionist, George Lykogiannis, works on both accordion and piano. He has performed with Make Music New York's accordion "Mass Appeal", and has played shows with artists throughout the United States. As a pianist, Mr. Lykogiannis performed with the IU Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Effron in February of 2011 as winner of Indiana University’s “Totentanz” competition (Bloomington, IN). Mr. Lykogiannis made his orchestral debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Festival di Chioggia (Veneto, Italy) in 2000, and appeared in concert with them again in 2007 and 2009. In the fall of 2003, he made his United States orchestral debut with the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra (NJ). Mr. Lykogiannis attended Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) where he studied under Raffi Besalyan, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. In May of 2012, he received a Master of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, having studied under Professor Emile Naoumoff. Mr. Lykogiannis is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in piano at Rutgers University.
Soprano Emily Noël has appeared as a soloist with The Gabrieli Consort, The Folger Consort, The Washington Bach Consort, 21stCentury Consort, Orchestra of the 17th Century, Bach Sinfonia, and Indiana University New Music Ensemble; and was featured as the soprano soloist in CPE Bach’s Magnificat at the 2014 American Bach Society Annual Meeting. In recent seasons, she has sung a wide range of operatic roles, notably Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias (Sardinia, Italy); Nora in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival (Netherlands); The Witch in Purcell’s The Witch of Endor at the Washington National Cathedral; and Debora in selections from Guglielmi’s Debora e Sisara with Modern Musick at the Italian Embassy as part of the 2013 Anno Della Cultura Italiana. Ms. Noël earned her Master of Music in voice from Peabody Conservatory and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland; currently she serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at The Community College of Rhode Island.
Touring extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, violinist Asako Takeuchihas performed with ensembles such as the Wallfisch Band (UK), Collegium Musicum Den Haag (Netherlands), Den Haag Piano Quintet (Netherlands), The Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands, Arion Baroque Orchestra (Canada), and Handel & Haydn Society (USA). She has performed at numerous festivals, including Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (Netherlands), Deutsches Mozartfest and Innsbruck Festival (Germany), Festival de Música Antigua de Barcelona (Spain), MUPA International Arts Festival (Thailand), Abbaye aux Dames (France), and Aston Magna Music Festival (USA). Discography includes recordings with The Wallfisch Band (soloist), Arion Baroque Orchestra, and The Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands. She has given workshops at Burapha University (Thailand), and holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (Netherlands), University of Southern California, and Berklee College of Music.
"Soprano Emily Noël gave sparkling performances of polished Claudio Monteverdi songs, as well as more homespun English ballads in a sort of entr’acte of groundling music." Washington Post
"In addition to the superb instrumentalists (a couple of bagpipes made a delicious appearance along the way), Peabody-trained soprano Emily Noël offered deftly sculpted singing. A classy enterprise all the way." Baltimore Sun
“The opening Grave, with subtle nuances in Andrew Arceci’s viola da gamba and overall intricate textures, conveyed the quiet and poised joy of daily thanksgiving." THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Andrew Arceci was heroic in the wide-ranging solo part..." SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
"Andrew Arceci brought a lovely tone to the line and matched the dramatic impulses that propelled the superb ensemble playing." THE NEW YORK TIMES
“...his modernistic approach to drumming, Lernis expands upon the restrictive role of timekeeper, playing a naturally flowing amalgamation of shifting rhythms that distinguishes his work from more typical mainstream jazz while maintaining an appealing sound.” Drumhead Magazine.

Friday, March 18, 2016

After a Winter hiatus, NOTLOB MUSIC is back!

Announcing our Spring 2016 season:

182Wednesday, March 23
RSVP now!
OctoPladdArmory café
183Saturday, March 26
Tickets go on sale 3/19
Floyds RowArmory café
184Saturday, April 23
FREE Irish Celtic concert for families
Endicott Estate
185Saturday, April 23

Tickets on sale 3/19
The Gather RoundersArmory café
186Wednesday, April 27TBAArmory café
187Wednesday, May 25
Reservations available 3/31
Emily Haviland Baker and FriendsArmory café
188Saturday, May 28
Tickets on sale 3/31
FódhlaArmory café
189Wednesday, June 1
Tickets on sale 3/31
notloB's 9th Anniversary! 
Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIssac and Eric MacDonald
Arlington Center for the Arts
190Monday, June 13
Tickets on sale 3/31
Mari Black and the World Fiddle EnsembleArmory café
191Wednesday, June 22
Reservations available 3/31
Caroline CotterArmory café
192Saturday, June 25
Tickets on sale 3/31
The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio Armory café

Tickets & RSVP

Coming to a computer or smartphone near you, notloB Music will soon be rolling out a new website!!!! http://notlobmusic.com/

Until then, please continue to come to the old site and/or our Facebook page.

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Smithsonian Folkways Release: A Tribute to Jack Hardy

Back on November 1, 2008, notloB Music* had the honor and privilige of presenting The Folk Brothers (Jack Hardy & David Massengill), with very special guest Peggy Seeger; Fionnuala O'Donovan and Emma Beaton opened.

We cannot believe it has been FIVE YEARS since his Jack's passing!

Jack was instrumental in Fast Folk "In December 1977, singer/songwriter Carolyne Mas started a songwriter's night at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York, after a less formal group started by singer/songwriter/Greenwich Village legendJack Hardy lost its spot at a local tavern called The English Pub..."
continued at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Folk

On the anniversary his passing, Smithsonian Folkways has created a compliation album....

Smithsonian Folkways presents A Tribute to Jack Hardy, a new double-disc album featuring cover versions by friends of the influential singer-songwriter (and two recordings by Hardy himself). Released on the fifth anniversary of his death, the album includes Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith, Terre Roche, Jonathan Byrd, and many more.

Read the full release here.
Download/read the liner notes here.
* If URL does not work, wait a few days, it is in development.
Until then, go here.

May your St. Patrick's day be safe and free from idiots swilling green beer

The image and text below was found on Facebook*

via Celtic Culture in New England

"Well kids, it's that time of year again. We're going to work our butts off this weekend. We'll be playing to throngs and throngs of drunken unappreciative idiot Millennials (all with green waxed mustaches and green craft stout served in Mason jars), being force-fed corned beef and cabbage (would it kill them to have a vegan gluten-free option?), and having green beer spilled upon our immaculate duds, but we might as well try to make it fun. So, before you head off to whatever pub, Irish festival, nursing home, or parade you're performing at this St. Patrick's Day season, print off a few of these Bingo cards (jumbled, of course), take a handful of chocolate leprechaun gold coins, and see who in your band gets the first BINGO!

For your convenience, "Play Danny Boy" is a free spot. 

And since you'll probably be sick of substandard pints and rounds of cheap whiskeys shots, maybe opt for a nice sauvignon blanc, tekka maki roll, or maximum strength Tylenol for your winning bandmate instead."

* A tip o' the hat to Autumn Rhodes
(I am not sure is a real person or a pseudonom), who posted this March 14, 2015.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Are you planning to join us at Fiddle Hell 2016? Here's the latest news...

Fiddle Hell is a mind-blowing experience!
Copied and pasted in its entirety. Hope Dave Reiner does not mind!

"Come to Fiddle Hell Weekend!"

Are you planning to join us for a fantastic fiddling weekend with your friends? Andy ReinerKatie McNallyEric FavreauBecky Tracy, and Andrea Beaton (in photos above) all hope to see you there, and I do, too!

Plan on Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Nov. 4-6, 2016 in Westford, MA:  We'll be back at the Westford Regency with free parking and improved food options. More info here.

Check out our 2016 workshop and jam session leaders: The list is nearly final - just click on Session Leaders 2016.

Take a look at our new common tune list:  For 2016, we've created a new list of 52 common tunes in addition to the original list, based on your suggestionson the Fiddle Hell survey over the last 3 years.

Sign up for the weekend now: You can prepay here and save a little money. Or just pay when you arrive.  We have discounts for seniors, young adults, and kids, and a few scholarships if you can't afford the fee.

Book your room at the Westford Regency: The Fiddle Hell discount (code HEL114) gets you a room with two beds for $99/night plus tax.  More info here - just click on Overall Logistics 2016. Or commute if you're local.

Tell your friends about the Saturday night concert (Nov 5th, 7PM): Twenty fiddlers, followed by a contra dance (dance or sit in with the band).
New instructors for 2016 include Bruce Molsky (oldtime), Katie McNally(Scottish), Skip Gorman (bluegrass, folk, cowboy), Ellery Klein (Irish),Autumn Rose Lester (New England), and Gretchen Koehler (New England, Canadian).

Returning instructors Andrea Beaton, Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Darol Anger, David Kaynor, Eric Favreau, Joy Adams (cello), Frank Ferrel, Laurel Martin, Laurie Hart, Lissa Schneckenberger, Mark Simos, Pete Sutherland, Tom Morley, and many others will be back again to teach tunes and techniques at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and to lead jams in various styles. Click here and then click on Session Leaders 2016 on the left to see details about our 2016 instructors, who are great players and experienced, supportive teachers.

In addition to fiddlers, mandolin players, violists and cellists are welcome. Other instrumentalists will need to check with me first. 
Did you know that the top 6 fiddle styles played by Fiddle Hell attendees (from the 2015 survey) are: New England, Irish, Scottish & Cape Breton, Southern Oldtime, French Canadian, and Bluegrass? 2016 workshops and jams will cover these traditional styles in amazing depth, plus Swedish, Cajun, Klezmer, Blues, World, Canadian, Jazz, and Western Swing. We'll also have singing & kids' workshops.

Half the attendees in 2015 were from MA, with the other half from NH, NY, VT, CT, RI, ME, and 12 other states (plus a few from Canada & Scotland).

Please invite your musical friends to join us in 2016!
Since it's a while until November, think about these great camps, too:
Guitar and Mandolin Camp North,April 15-17, 2016, in Charlton, MA.  I've taught there in the past, and will be attending to learn and jam.  Includes some fiddle classes, too.
Rustic Roots Music CampAugust 11-15, 2016, in CT.  Andy Reiner runs this small camp, featuring communal workshops (and cooking), singing, campfire jams & multiple instruments (especially fiddle).  Ages 18+.  I'll be there again!
Maine Fiddle Camp, several fun weekends and  weeks in June and August, 2016. Traditional dance music on many instruments. Several MFC instructors also teach at Fiddle Hell.
Helpful Links
Fiddle Hell logistics, lodging, and leaders 
Fiddle Hell schedule (from 2015, will be updated in July of 2016)
New list of 52 common tunes and 2-CD set of original common tunes played fast and slow

Join the Facebook Group for Fiddle Hell Massachusetts   
Join the 2016 Fiddle Hell Facebook Event  
Follow Fiddle Hell Massachusetts (@FiddleHell) on Twitter  
Offer a ride or request one for Fiddle Hell 2016 at this 
free carpool site 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

notloB Music Presents OCTOPLADD March 23, nine other Spring season concerts to be announced Sunday, March 13

Between March 23 and June 25, notloB Music will present a ten concert Spring series consisting of four Berklee College of Music student concerts (4th Wednesdays), five professional concerts (4th Saturdays plus one Monday), all at the Somerville Armory, and one additional date in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.

Admission to the Wednesday Armory and Dedham concerts is by free-will offering; the Saturday concerts are ticketed. Make reservations or purchase tickets at http://tinyurl.com/notlobtickets

Questions? Email notlobreservations@gmail.com or call 413-658-4585.

For Armory concerts, you can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings - complete info here.

notloB Music Presents OCTOPLADD!

notloB’s Spring season kicks off with a return by OctoPladd, who performed to a large and enthusiastic audience last Fall. OctoPladd is comprised of Noah Harrington on bass, Sam Leslie on guitar, Ethan Setiawan on mandolin and Julian Pinelli on violin. Accomplished instrumentalists in their own right, together they create an ensemble sound bigger than the sum of its parts. The name refers to the fact that, in an ideal world, all the band members would be wearing two plaid shirts at the same time while playing shows, resulting in there being 8 plaid shirts onstage!

Ethan Setiawan is a mandolinist from Goshen, Indiana. Before turning 18, he managed to participate in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar, was awarded a full ride scholarship to Berklee School of Music, performed on NPR syndicate Prairie Home Companion and won the 2014 National Mandolin Championship. While he started on cello in third grade, he was drawn to the mandolin after getting bored learning ukulele. Soon after, Ethan was traveling around the country going to mandolin and music instructional events such as the Mandolin Symposium, the Swannanoa Gathering and the Berklee 5-Week Summer Performance Program. Though Ethan is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he took lessons from jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg through high school. Other artists he’s studied with include Clarice Assad, Bela Fleck, Julian Lage, Daniel Hope, and Mike Marshall. He’s performed with such diverse artists as the Steel Wheels, the Don Stiernberg Trio and Andy Hatfield (2011 International Guitar Champion, 2013 National Mandolin Champion), as well as having taught mandolin at TG School of Music in Goshen, Indiana.

Julian Pinelli first began playing violin at age 4, and soon after began playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes with his father. As a young teenager, Julian became serious about music as a career. Since then, discoveries and pursuits have ranged from intense classical studies, to the expressive world of jazz and improvising, as well as many fiddle and folk traditions. The Appalachian music surrounding Julian’s home in Asheville NC has been central to his musical upbringing. In addition to gigging and playing in various bluegrass and folk bands, the most developmental experiences have been the countless hours of jamming and learning from fellow musicians. Julian is currently a 3rd semester student at Berklee College of Music where he studies jazz violin among other styles and skillsets. Julian’s passion for music is rooted in its emotional impact, and the power it has to transcend reality and unify people. Overall, Julian strives to be at the forefront of musical innovation and create down-to-earth music that respects existing musical traditions while staying fresh at the cutting edge.

Noah Harrington is an award-winning bassist originally from Lexington, MA, currently studying at Berklee College of Music. He has studied with such luminaries as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Dave Holland and (currently) John Lockwood. Noah has co-founded the Scarlett//Harrington big band and frequently performs with a range of small ensembles at dances, weddings, house parties, festivals, and musicals. Noah was named Outstanding Unamplified Bassist at the 2015 “Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition,” leading the competition’s “Overall Most Outstanding Rhythm Section.” He was twice named outstanding soloist at the Charles Mingus High School Jazz competition, and was one of 16 musicians nationwide invited to participate in the 2015 Savannah Acoustic Music Festival workshop.

Sam Leslie was born (in the south land some 20 odd years ago) and raised in Evergreen, Colorado. He grew up in a very musical family and was always surrounded by music. He started out playing bluegrass flat-pick guitar, but also plays jazz, blues, swing, and any other styles that he can get his hands around. Having a background in American folk music, he can also play mandolin, fiddle, bass, and banjo. He’s won multiple first place awards in the state of Colorado’s Reflections Songwriting Competition and a honorable mention for the national level, as well as been the runner up in the Rockygrass Guitar Contest.

notloB Music Presents...SPRING 2016
Wednesday, March 23 - Octopladd
Saturday, March 26 - Celtic
Saturday, April 23 (afternoon) - Celtic
Saturday, April 23 (evening) - bluegrass from Maine!
Wednesday, April 27 - TBA
Wednesday, May 25 - Progressive string
Saturday, May 28 - Irish Celtic
Monday, June 13 - Celtic
Wednesday, June 22 - TBA
Saturday, June 25 - Celtic

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