StompBoxTrio is a Western MA-based band that blends classic 20th-century American music with 21st-century mojo to create a sonic, soulful, hip-shakin sound all their own. They came together as a one-off gig project, found that their collective sound, feel and mutual love & admiration for American roots and blues music, history & tradition was something they wanted to share.
Featuring Evelyn Harris, vocals & percussion; John Cabán, dobro, vocals & stompbox; and David Rodriguez, wood bass, vocals & foot tambourine.
All donations will be split between musicians and the Society’s Sanctuary Fund. Since April, 2018, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence has provided sanctuary to Irida Kakhtiranova, a mother, wife, friend, community member, worker and U.S. taxpayer. Irida came to the Unitarian Society via the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a local nonprofit working tirelessly towards immigration justice. Sanctuary allows someone who is in danger of deportation to have a protected place to live while making a case for asylum or citizenship-They have built lives and contributed to their communities here;for many, return to their native countries would destroy a family or pose a threat to their safety.
Our sanctuary is a beautiful space, with wonderful acoustics and a Steinway model B, built in 1907 and thoroughly refurbished in 2018. While nothing can equal a live performance, we will broadcast with Sennheiser MKH 40 RF microphones, which are designed to resist humidity, into a Sound Devices MixPre-6.
Heather Reichgott and Gregory Hayes: Together...but Apart, a concert of works for piano four hands dedicated to the memory of Nadine Shank, a superb musician and beloved colleague.
Featuring Waltzes, op. 39 (1865), Johannes Brahms; Sonata in D major, K. 448 (1781), W.A Mozart; and Petite Suite (1886-1889), Claude Debussy.
Internationally-acclaimed performer Reggie Harris performed a joyous concert of songs and stories celebrating unity and social justice.
A man who brings stories and music and justice to a world that needs to hear it in every form.
— ARNIE ARNESEN, HOST OF “THE ATTITUDE” RADIO SHOW
This was more than a concert! This event provided both an anchor and an inspiration . . . I don't know if Bass Hall has ever heard such gorgeous and invigorating harmonies. Thank you for bringing Reggie.
— GORDON PEERY, MONADNOCK CENTER FOR HISTORY AND CULTURE, PETERBOROUGH, NH
Soprano Christien Beeuwkes joined pianist Dana Maiben in a song recital including works by Franz Schubert, and W.A, Mozart, along with Vincent Persichetti’s settings of four Emily Dickinson poems, and the online premiere of a new set of songs by Maiben, “Love Is Not All—Six Poems of Edna Saint Vincent Millay.”
Here is the recording of the live stream:
On August 23, the Society’s incoming Music Director, pianist Lemuel Gurtowsky, performed with the talented young mezzo-soprano Natalie Lewis, a rising senior at UMass Amherst, in a recital of art songs, opera arias, spirituals and jazz.
On August 9, Monica Jakuc Leverett, (www.monicajakucleverett.com), internationally distinguished pianist and Smith College Professor Emerita of Music, performed A Program of Pieces in the Pandemic, music for solo piano and toy piano, with works by J.S. Bach, John Cage, Kaeza Fearn, and Franz Schubert:
On July 26, the Bob Sparkman Trio inaugurated the series, with veteran jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr, and electric bassist Kara Noble in a freewheeling improvisatory journey through traditional jazz and the American Songbook.