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SoundWaves: A new live music series from around the world




White Feather Farm
1389 Rt 212 Saugerties NY, 12477

An Eclectic Global Music Series Begins August 5th at White Feather Farm

Featured artists include Sxip Shirey (August 5), Mandingo Ambassadors (August 19), Martha Redbone (August 26), Stephane Wrembel (Sept 2) and Miramar (Sept 23) + a harvest festival to be announced soon

Contact: Isabel Soffer 917-292-6812 isoffer@gmail.com Tickets/Info: whitefeatherfarm.org

Soundwaves at White Feather Farm is a new global music series for curious listeners which takes place at the 280 year-old Broken Wing Barn. The Dutch barn with its original post and beam interior is a unique structure that is beautiful to the eye and ear and is known for its exceptional acoustics. The concerts will be held on Thursdays in August and September. Ticket holders are welcome to arrive at 7pm for drinks, stay for the show at 8pm and mingle after the show.

Through genre-defying music, the series hosts a diverse array of world-class artists and musical genres in a celebration of artistic exploration with the goal to connect and create community across borders in the Hudson Valley.

Curators and producers Isabel Soffer, who lives in Saugerties, and Olivier Conan discussed creating an eclectic music series in the Hudson Valley with a focus on international music for a long time and were thrilled when they found partners White Feather Farm. While the Hudson Valley has a rich and lively music scene, international music has been hard to come by and this series hopes to fill that gap. Soffer and Conan believe music is essential to a healthy society and plan to continue bringing unique programming to the region, to reach growing international communities, to feed the soul, and to open minds and hearts.

The open-minded and eclectic line-up will range from Gypsy jazz and Afropop to Latin Boleros and Native and African-American folk, soul and gospel.

The series is produced by Saugerties-based Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds and globalFEST and Olivier Conan of Barbés Brooklyn in partnership with White Feather Farm.

Limited tickets available. Wine and beer available. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited.
Doors open at 7, show at 8, hang out with us after the show!
https://www.whitefeatherfarm.org/soundwaves-concert-series-2021

Ticket buyers must show a vaccination card or negative covid test within 72 hours to attend without a mask, otherwise a mask is required.

THE SERIES

August 5
The World of Sxip Shirey
Sxip Shirey tests the edge of music using his vast imagination to create playful and mischievous songs using familiar objects, mutant instruments and reconfigured sounds. he acoustic beauty. “Sxip Shirey’s imagination for sounds, sound combinations and textural color — ranging from experimental and far-out electronically enriched nuggets to slow and heavy gypsy folk songs to eccentric Wurlitzer organ pieces to the odd country folk song — makes him one of the most curious combinations of composer-sound designer-performer meets storyteller-curator.” — CD Baby SxipShireyMusic.com
“eclectic and original” -NPR, Fresh Air

Sxip Shirey

August 19
West Africa Dance: Mandingo Ambassadors
The Mandingo Ambassadors was founded by griot-guitarist Mamady Kouyaté in 2005. A veteran of the great orchestras of the golden age of Guinean dance bands in West Africa, Mamady is a living library of musical science inherited from his ancestors and from a half century of experience as an arranger, band leader, accompanist and soloist. Representing a musical tradition that stretches back hundreds of years, Mamady plays with a melodic virtuosity that pulls in listeners. MandingoAmbassadors.com
Dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system. – NY TIMES

August 26
Martha Redbone: Native American and African American Soul, Blues and Gospel
Martha Redbone is a Cherokee-Choctaw and African-American singer-songwriter, composer and educator known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel fused with elements of traditional Native American music from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky and infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Americana’s next superstar – Village Voice MarthaRedbone.com

Sept 2
Stéphane Wrembel: Django l’impressioniste
Wrembel may be the foremost interpreter of Django Reinhardt in North America. Whether sticking to the French master’s arrangements, or taking the music into new territory, Wrembel has always treated Django like a classical composer rather the cliché paragon of swing and speed the master guitarist has often been portrayed as. In addition to Wrembel’s work as a film composer and performer (he wrote the theme song to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and scored Allen’s last movie) Wrembel has delved into the study of Django’s “Improvisations” – the solo pieces that Django recorded throughout his life which were precisely scripted and more akin to classical preludes than jazz improv. Wrembel painstakingly transcribed and memorized the entire cycle, highlighting the influence of Ravel and Debussy on the music, as well as the original compositional approach. Wrembel released the album “Django L’impressionniste” back in October 2019 – a stunning work, which he premiered at the prestigious Lyon Opera house, in France. stephanewrembel.com
“a revelation.” Rolling Stone Magazine

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/30/848340378/guitarist-stephane-wrembel-plays-music-inspired-by-jazz-great-django-reinhardt
Sept 23
Miramar: The Golden Age of Latin American Boleros
Miramar draws its inspiration from the golden age of romantic music, primarily that of the Latin American genre known as the bolero which was made popular by Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican combos of the 1950’s. Also referred to as “trio music,” the term bolero became synonymous with various slow to medium grooved Latin American dance rhythms. As the popularity of the bolero thrived, it also expanded and fused with other musical styles to create sub-genres of bolero-rock, jazz and disco. Miramar simply furthers expands the tradition through their own interpretations and exploration through new compositions with hopes to enrich a new audience that may be previously unaware of the genre.
“A lush and lyrical voyage down memory lane.” NBC News
“turn the lights down low, clear out the living-room carpet and find your dance partner for this one.”
NPR Music
https://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511656406/miramar-tiny-desk-concert
https://www.miramar-music.com

White Feather Farm IG @whitefeatherfarmny
White Feather Farm is a nonprofit farm located on Mohican and Munsee Lenape land in Saugerties in the Hudson Valley. It’s unique cultural and educational programs and sustainable agricultural practices aim to create connection between community, culture, and land.

Live Sounds FB @livesounds
Live Sounds produces, creates, and curates international music and dance programs in New York and across the country. Their work is dedicated to preserving and cultivating innovative, thought-provoking traditional and contemporary performing arts from around the world to build bridges and engage audiences and communities.

Barbés FB @Barbès-246005181112
The small but mighty Brooklyn bar and performance space opened in 2002 and has presented over 18,000 artists. Known for its genreless programming, Barbès is one of NYC’s favorite clubs, and a beloved home for artists, musicians, and music lovers alike.