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SOLAS

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Solas is widely considered one of the most popular, influential and exciting Celtic bands. Playing a range of tunes from Woody Guthrie's Pastures of Plenty to Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad to traditional Irish jigs and reels, Solas varies the mix of fire-tested Irish tradition and contemporary sensibility with ease. They are touring in support of their new release, Shamrock City.

“Solas offers a compellingly original, strikingly contemporary view of traditional Celtic sounds.” - Los Angeles Times

Tickets: $28

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/25/2012 - 20:00

From Israel: YASMIN LEVY

With a deep, spiritual and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco’s fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, ripples across sashaying grooves built from hand percussion; Turkish-Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney and qanun, and Western standbys, including acoustic guitar and bass.

Tickets: $37, $32, $28

Event Date: 
Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:00

From Canada LE VENT DU NORD

"Le Vent du Nord epitomises the infectious verve and bonhomie of the current roots music revival in Quebec." - FROOTS

Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive folk revival movement. Drawing from French, Irish and Canadian traditions, the quartet blends vocals, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, accordion and percussive feet to create a joyous new sound that swings, reels, jigs and sings with centuries of joie de vivre.

Tickets: $25

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/11/2012 - 20:00

From Canada: CŒUR DE PIRATE, Leif Vollebekk opens

doors 8pm, show 9pm

Cœur de Pirate (French for pirate heart) is the stage name for French-Canadian chanteuse Béatrice Martin. Her whimsical, magical pop songs blend cabaret music, French lyrics and playful indie sensibilities. Cœur de Pirate is touring in support of her highly anticipated new recording, Blonde, coproduced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dears) and Béatrice Martin herself.

$15 General admission, standing room only, 18+

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 21:00

Tuesdays in Bezanson: Faculty Chamber Music

LOCATION: 
Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus

FACULTY PERFORMERS:
Amy Johnson, soprano; Marjorie Melnick, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; John Salvi (Alum BM’97, MM’00), baritone; Elizabeth Chang, violin; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Lynn Klock, alto saxophone; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Nadine Shank & Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano

REPERTOIRE:
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op. 52; Somei Satoh: Birds in Warped Time II (viola/percussion); Pierre Lantier: Sicilienne (alto saxophone/piano); Josef Suk: Four Pieces for Violin & Piano

Event Date: 
Tue, 02/14/2012 - 20:00

Southern Rail - Supper & Concert

5:30 Supper, 7:30 Concert

Wonderful home-made Church supper prior to the concert! Special discount for supper plus concert. Call ahead to reserve your seats for the Church supper (508-529-3192) as they need to know how much food to prepare! Supper tickets will not be available at the door!!

Tickets for the Concert will be available both in advance as well as at the door.

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/17/2012 - 19:30

A new event for Lovers of Jazz, Food & New Orleans

New Orleans @ UMass is a new event, presented by the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance, that features the food and music of New Orleans.

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/09/2012 - 18:30

The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

A program of new creative music featuring compositions for the 19-piece JCA Orchestra by resident composers Jim Hobbs, Darrell Katz, Bill Lowe, Bob Pilkington, and Norm Zocher

The concert will premiere Katz's second improvisational cantata, Wheelworks, an 8-movement piece built around quotations of Albert Einstein concerning bicycles and the nature of life, learning, war, and peace. Featured will be singer Rebecca Shrimpton, who All About Jazz describes as, ".. ...a simply exquisite vocalist.... She knows how to get the pulse and tick of every word".

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/18/2012 - 20:00

Coleman Hawkins

Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jazz Rhythm looks at the life of Coleman Hawkins, who was one of the first prominent tenor saxophone players. Hawkins was a prime influence of several notable sax players, including Lester Young, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. Mostly associated with big band and swing era jazz, Hawkins led several bebop and beat Jazz bands, and was the bandleader on what is considered the first bebop recording of all time, a 1941 session with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach in 1944. 

Folk Rock

Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:00pm
Program: 

Nick Noble spins Folk Rock favorites featuring Bob Dylan, We Five, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Youngbloods, the Mamas & the Papas, Barry McGuire, the First Edition, and SO MUCH MORE (the possibilities are virtually endless)!

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