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Arts Beat for Jan. 15: Swing Noire to bring their great energy to Brandon

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Arts Beat for Jan. 15: Swing Noire to bring their great energy to Brandon

“CHASING CORAL,” A film about the challenges of documenting the crisis facing coral reefs, will screen on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3 and 8 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.

Photo courtesy Exposure Labs

By Greg Pahl

Vermont’s hottest Hot Club style quartet, Swing Noire, makes music that “will entrance and surprise you.” Get entranced on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. when they perform at Brandon Music. Great energy, soul, sophistication, and improvisation are the hallmarks of a Swing Noire performance.

Swing Noire plays Gypsy Jazz in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and The Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Some call it Gypsy Jazz, some Hot Swing; in either case it is acoustic music in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin’ jazz club, transporting audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing. “The Reinhardt acolytes genuinely channel American Hot Jazz, evoking images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets,” says Dan Bolles of Seven Days.

“In a time when good jazz groups are hard to find, Swing Noire rises to the top as one of the best jazz groups playing around Burlington. Swing Noire brings you into those smoky clubs of days past, makes you feel jazz the way it was meant to be felt, full of emotion and energy,” says Jennifer Crowell of First Night Burlington.

Violinist David Gusakov, twins Rob and Jim McCuen on guitar and double bass and guitarist Jim Stout make up this tight acoustic quartet. Swing Noire has performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington’s First Night Celebration, The Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph and many other venues throughout Vermont and New England.

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

The 2017-2018 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Middlebury College with the 2017 U.S. film, “Chasing Coral,” directed by Jeff Orlowski.

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching” — a sign of mass coral death — has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.

Enter Jeff Orlowski, director of “Chasing Ice,” which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps. Orlowski’s next project is similarly evidentiary and powerful. “Chasing Coral” taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves.

With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense and startling emotion, “Chasing Coral” is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

The film will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

LIVE MUSIC AT NOTTE

There will be two live performances this week at Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar (formerly Two Brothers Lounge and Stage) located downstairs at 86 Main Street in Middlebury. On Wednesday, The Open Mic is hosted at 9 p.m. by the ever talented, Mark Sikora. Play solo or join Sikora and friends for a jamming good time. All talent levels are welcome. You never know, what you are going to see and hear at open mic: musicians, comedians, poetry, slam poetry or short stories. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.

Then, on Saturday, Jan. 20, Notte presents Addison County’s original “rock” band Second Half at 10 p.m. There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call 802-388-0002.

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