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Arts Beat for July 28: Avant-garde duo plays Brandon

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Posted on October 7, 2013 |
By Greg Pahl



Art Beat for July 7: Festival to offer great music all week plus dancing

The improvisatory and “conversational” Yabuno Ettun Project (YEP) will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

YEP is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. The duo describes their music as “on the line between classical and jazz with a mixture of Baroque esthetics and contemporary jazz.”

Eliseo Cardona, a music critic and editor of the blog BlueMonk Moods, says they are “two young masters creating dialogues of mesmerizing possibilities.”

Each one an imaginative composer, Ettun and Yabuno have created a unique interaction on stage. Their music is versatile and their creativity is on another level. “The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language,” says Yabuno. “Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination.”

Their repertoire is derived from a wide spectrum of sources and influences, which may explain why each concert is a unique experience. YEP has performed in various venues in the U.S., including Jazz at the Kitano in New York, Lilypad in Massachusetts, Somethin’ Jazz Club in New York and more.

Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon. For more information, visit brandon-music.net.

‘THE LAST HAMLET’

The 18th and final season of Shakespeare in the Barn at Mary’s continues in Bristol at 8 p.m. on Thursday and runs through Sunday. This extraordinary run of original productions is coming full circle. This year’s show, “The Last Hamlet,” is a new production of the play the company first performed in 1997.

The inspiration for the series came on New Year’s Eve 1996 when director Deb Gwinn and her husband, Paul Ralston, attended a dinner and dance at the new location of Mary’s Restaurant at Baldwin Creek in Bristol. The dance was held in one of the restored barns on the property. “I saw that space for the first time, and I just wanted to put on a play there,” says Gwinn. “I wanted to put on ‘Hamlet.’” Good friends Doug Mack and Linda Harmon, owners of Mary’s, readily agreed. Over the years, 22 productions were staged in The Big Red Barn, and a loyal audience formed to follow Gwinn’s unique theatrical style. 

Wrapping up her long-running production brings conflicting emotions for Gwinn. “Any artistic project has a lifeline, and Shakespeare in the Barn is nearly complete for me,” she said. “I’ll miss the magic, but it will come back in a different form.”

Admission is $10. Phone 989-7226 for reservations. Mary’s Restaurant is located at 1868 Route 116 North, Bristol. For dinner reservations call 453-2432.

POSSUMHAW IN SALISBURY

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. the Salisbury Church will present a concert by PossumHaw. The Burlington-based bluegrass quintet performs original acoustic music, showcasing the stellar vocals and songwriting of Colby Crehan.

Lead singer Crehan was named Vermont Vocalist of the Year in 2010, and her song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year. Examiner.com says, “Her tones touch the heart as rhythmic vibrations of emotional sounds full of mountain loves, loneliness and fate.”

Together since 2004, the PossumHaw ensemble has released four albums and performed across the Northeast. Their regional appearances at the likes of the Champlain Valley and Long Trail folk festivals and Higher Ground have won them accolades as “a bluegrass band of superb musical quality” in the top ranks of Green Mountain bluegrass bands.

This will be the fifth event in Salisbury’s 35th annual Summer Performance Series that will run on Fridays through the first week of August at the historic, but handicap-accessible, 1838 church in Salisbury Village. Although there is no admission charge, a donation in support of the series is always appreciated. Any receipts in excess of the expenses for the series will be applied to the restoration of Salisbury’s landmark steeple.

INT’L FILM FESTIVAL

The exciting 2014 Middlebury College Summer Language School International Film Festival concludes on Saturday with the 2012 Israeli film “The Gatekeepers,” directed by Dror Moreh.

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror — both Palestinian and Jewish — the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hardline positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.        

The film, in Hebrew with English subtitles, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children. A discussion of the film will follow the screening; space may be limited.

SHELDON GALLERY TALK

On Wednesday at noon, join Executive Director Bill Brooks at the Henry Sheldon Museum for a gallery talk on the new exhibit “Lost Gardens of New England and Creative Carvings by Norton Latourelle.” 

The exhibit highlights New England’s rich heritage of lost gardens through drawings, watercolors, photographs, and oil paintings from historic New England paired with color images from the Sheldon Museum’s collection of magic lantern slides depicting Vermont gardens of the 1930s; whimsical, colorful wooden garden sculptures of Orwell artist Norton Latourelle; and folk art pieces from a private collection. 

The talk is included with museum admission. For more information on the exhibit, call the Sheldon at 388-2117 or visit HenrySheldonMuseum.org. The Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park St., Middlebury, across from the Ilsley Public Library.

LC JAZZ AT LINCOLN PEAK

LC Jazz, a 17-piece “big band,” is playing at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. The ensemble has been playing jazz standards from the big band era — Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico and other swing jazz greats — for 20 years. The band is a Vergennes-based nonprofit organization and sponsors music scholarships at our three area union high schools: Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes. Don’t forget your dancing shoes — the new dance floor is ready to go.

Picnicking opens at 5:30 p.m. Food is for sale by Almost Home Market, and wine is available by the glass. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at  lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

LIVE MUSIC AT 51 MAIN

There will be one live musical performance this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 8 p.m. on Thursday, the Paul Asbell Jazz Quartet will take to the stage. Guitarist Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield and countless others. The players he’s chosen are no less accomplished — bassist Clyde Stats, saxophonist Chris Peterman and drummer Gabe Jarrett have collectively logged over 100 professional years, making this quartet’s blend of bluesy swing, New Orleans grooves, lush melodies and fiery Latin tempos a genuine Vermont standout.

All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.

CARILLON SERIES

The Middlebury College Summer Carillon Series continues its 29th year of concerts with a 5 p.m. performance on Friday in Mead Chapel by Tatiana Lukyanova, instructor at the Royal Belgian Carillon School and St. Petersburg Conservatory. Enjoy the sounds of the carillon bells from the steps of the chapel or, weather permitting, on the surrounding lawns. The free series continues every Friday through Aug. 15 with a different performer.

Mead Memorial Chapel is located on the college campus at 75 Hepburn Road. Free parking is available on College Street and on Old Chapel Road.

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