We offer Friday evening house concerts twice a month and invite metropolitan Boston musicians in the genres of classical music and jazz to apply. Our music room seats about 50 people and features a 7' Yamaha grand piano. Musicians and listeners alike enjoy the intimacy of these gatherings, which are followed with a reception featuring desserts by our in-house chefs. The admission fee is $15, with most of that going to the musicians.
Although currently in hiatus, we also offer local visual artists the opportunity to display and sell their work here. Generally the pieces are on display for 1 to 2 months and an opening reception is staged for the artist and show. Inquiries for this program can be directed to Daryl Bichel as well by indicating you are a Visual Artist (see form at the bottom of this page).
|Friday, Sept 26, John Funkhouser Trio JAZZ, 7:30 pm
The John Funkhouser Trio is an energetic, accessible blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th century classical, Indian classical, and European and American folk music which create a funky, groove oriented, fresh and original sound. Although the band consists of the standard jazz trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the sound of the band is anything but standard. Fired by Berklee Professor John Funkhouser's "explosive piano playing" (Boston Globe) and set in bold relief by his "exquisite, tight originals" (The Octopus, Champaign, IL) the band stretches the limits of traditional jazz forms. One piece in the band's working repertoire is over half an hour of continuous music. Funkhouser draws for inspiration on great composers of extended musical works from all genres, like Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, and Phish leader Trey Anistasio. Smoothly integrating composed music with improvisation, "FunkHouse takes the listener on a ride through the gamut of emotional territories," (North Denver Tribune, Denver, CO), from wild, funky romps to sumptuous, Keith Jarrett inspired ballads to burning modern jazz, often in unusual meters. As pianist Kenny Werner put it, the band is "definitely on to something special."
|Ann Turley and Mark Davis – Visual Artists for September/October
FIRST THURSDAY RECEPTION with Taylor House Catering Tasting
Sept 4, 6 to 8:30 pm
Ann Turley, www.annturleyartist.com
My present focus is oil landscape work featuring the garden and patio. The subject matter of my work has always been broad, including landscape, figures and still life. A strong background in realistic and interpretive drawing informs my artistic vision.
Mark Davis, www.markdavismobiles.com
I have been creating three-dimensional objects ever since I can remember. From childhood to adulthood it has been my way of bringing forth feelings that hide deep within me. There is a wondrous joy for me that results from reachinq inside myself to create something tangible and bringing it out into the world. And metal will be in the world for many years after I'm gone.
For the past twenty years or so, I have been putting my creative energies into mobiles. In my teens, I was greatly influenced by Alexander Calder, and for many years I focused my work on sculptural jewelry. As my work evolved, other great artists such as Matisse, Miro and Noguci had an impact on me as well, and my own personal expression emerged and crystallized into these moving sculptures.
The materials for my mobiles are simple. I use sheet metals of different weight and material, steel being the heaviest, then brass, and aluminum being the lightest. Flat sheet metal is formed by the traditional methods of silversmithing, using hammers and forming tools. The balancing is done by intuition at first, and then as the piece progresses, I am able to fine-tune the balance so that the end result comes as close to possible to my original vision. Initially, my vision is to see the various elements floating in space, relating to-but not anchored to the earth. By completion, each piece becomes its own very personal universe.
Through abstract shapes I play with the concepts of space and relationship. My ideas come from organic life, the human form, and the external landscape, while deeply reflecting my internal landscape and dialogue. The work is playful, joyful, and always changing, and that is the way I see and experience life in all its complexities.
2014 Performer Schedule
In the late fall/winter we plan our series for the upcoming calendar year, with concerts held every month. All events are held on Fridays at 7:30pm. The 2014 dates are listed below. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to apply (now for 2015) and should fill in the form which goes to Daryl Bichel. Private Recital space is also available for a fee.
- January 31, Jason Davis (Jazz)
- February 14, Cancelled
- February 28, April Hall (Jazz)
- March 14, Lefteris Kordis Trio (Jazz)
- March 28, Thaddeus Hogarth (Jazz)
- April 11 , Man-on-Land (Jazz)
- April 25, The Well Tempered Pianist Duo (Classical)
- May 9, Ben Schwendener (Jazz)
- May 16, Alicia Mielke (Classical)
- June 13, Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland (Jazz)
- June 20, John Kramer and Julia Cash (classical)
2014 Visual Arts Schedule
Feb - Apr: Silvina Mizrahi
May - July: Lisa Goren
Aug: Dawn Nelson
Sep - Oct: Ann Turley
Nov - Dec: Nancy Marks
- July 11, Roving Soul (Jazz)
- July 25, Bennington Piano Trio
Jeffrey Krolik, violin
Ken Hashimoto, cello
- August 8, Andrew Arceci (Classical)
Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba
Douglas Freundlich, theorbo
Asako Takeuchi, baroque violin
Akiko Sato, harpsichord
- August 22, OPEN
- September 12, Mary Sullivan
- September 26, John Funkhouser (Jazz)
- October 10, Petra Pacaric (Jazz)
- October 24, Charis Quintet (classical)
- November 7, Patrice Monahan (Jazz)
- November 21, David Scott
- December 5, Victoria Suchodolski (classical)
Make a Reservation or Performer Request
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