[act-ma] Fwd: "Playing For The Planet" — Three Great Violinists Celebrate Earth Day! — Friday, April 22, Boston

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Mon Apr 4 13:14:35 PDT 2011



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> From: Warren Senders <warvij at verizon.net>
> Date: April 4, 2011 3:57:17 PM EDT
> To: George Mokray <gmoke at world.std.com>
> Subject: "Playing For The Planet" — Three Great Violinists Celebrate  
> Earth Day! — Friday, April 22, Boston
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> This Earth Day:
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> Three Great Violinists
> Come Together to Beat Climate Change!
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> Mimi Rabson, Tara Bangalore, Beth Bahia Cohen
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> Friday, April 22 — 7:00 pm
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> Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
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> Tickets Are Available Online.
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> Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow
> Student/Senior Admission: $15  — Buy Now From CCNow
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> Advance Ticket Orders Are Accepted Until 3 pm on April 22.
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>  Orders received after Tuesday, April 19 will be held at the door.
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> One of the most exciting concerts this year! Enjoy an evening of  
> dazzling virtuosity, daring improvisation and exquisite melody as  
> three great violinists from different world traditions join together  
> to celebrate Earth Day while drawing attention to the global climate  
> crisis. Featured artists include: the great South Indian violinist  
> Tara Bangalore, Eastern European and Middle-Eastern perspectives  
> from Beth Bahia Cohen and her ensemble, and the vibrant jazz-rock of  
> the Mimi Rabson quartet.  The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel  
> Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/ 
> seniors. All proceeds will go to the environmental organization www.350.org 
> .  For information, please call 781-396-0734 or go to the event  
> website.
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> “Playing For The Planet: World Violins Against Climate Change” was  
> conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the  
> urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem  
> recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical  
> styles from three different parts of the globe. Rabson, Bangalore,  
> Cohen and their accompanists may present different melodic and  
> rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening,  
> honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all these artists  
> are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating  
> effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is  
> focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2  
> levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid  
> catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful  
> music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the  
> world.
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> About the Performers:
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> Mimi Rabson
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> Dubbed a "...dazzling, violin phenom" by the Boston Globe, Mimi  
> Rabson has distinguished herself as one of Boston's most creative  
> and versatile musicians. She appears regularly in classical, jazz,  
> Klezmer and other eclectic performances and frequently leads her own  
> ensembles. She is a first-prize winner of the Massachusetts Cultural  
> Council Fellowship in composition for 2003.
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> " .... one of the elite players on Boston's jazz-world fusion  
> scene." - the Boston Phoenix.
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> Ms. Rabson was a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band  
> and worked with that organization for many years touring, recording,  
> composing and acting as musical director. She appeared with Itzhak  
> Perlman on “The Late Show with David Letterman" and was featured in  
> a documentary about Klezmer music called "A Jumpin' Night in the  
> Garden of Eden", while her composition "Klezzified" was featured on  
> Saturday Night Live.
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> "Great chops and attitude to match" — The Washington Post
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> Ms. Rabson is the founder and leader of the Really Eclectic String  
> Quartet (RESQ) that plays her compositions and arrangements of jazz,  
> funk, fusion, gospel and Latin music. RESQ has made two recordings  
> and performed extensively in the Boston area.
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> "Talented and fun...What sets RESQ apart...is the wailing intensity,  
> the Jazzy ability to swing and improvise."
> The Boston Herald
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> In Ms. Rabson's 2003 recording, "Music," she uses her electric  
> violin in a power trio setting with electric bass and drums,  
> performing noise-rock, post-jazz and electro-acoustic compositions  
> and improvisations.  "Music" brought the composer that year's  
> composition award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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> A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rabson is a faculty member at Berklee  
> College of Music, and has presented master-classes, clinics and  
> workshops at schools, colleges and universities throughout  
> Massachusetts and the country.
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> "Truly original and marvelous" — Sir Yehudi Menuhin
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> Ms. Rabson has appeared on "Prairie Home Companion", at Avery Fisher  
> Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Wolf Trap, the Mann Center, the  
> Place des Arts in Montreal and at many other venues throughout the  
> world.  Her other performance credits include: Leroy Jenkins' "Fresh  
> Faust" (premiere performance); the soundtrack for “Sensorium”- Karen  
> Aqua's award-winning film; the Boston Gay Men's Choir; the Boston  
> Camarata; the New England Ragtime Ensemble; the Klezmatics; Sabana  
> Blanca; Abby Rabinovitz; Deborah Henson-Conant; the Pablo Ablanedo  
> Octet; XLCR.
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> At "Violins For The Planet," Mimi Rabson will be joined by Nick  
> Grondin - guitar, Dave Clark - bass, and Ricardo Monzon - drums.
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> “… aggressively eclectic and a master of every style she touches” –  
> Bowed Radio
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> Tickets Are Available Online.
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> Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow
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> Student/Senior Admission: $15 — Buy Now From CCNow
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> Tara Bangalore
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> Tara Bangalore with her disciple Rasika Murali
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> Tara Anand, an accomplished violinist and vocalist in the Carnatic  
> tradition, began vocal training at the age of four. Her gurus have  
> included esteemed artists such as Sri T. M. Tyagarajan, Sri K. V.  
> Krishnan and Sri Shankara Sarma. She began violin at the age of  
> eight with Smt. Vedavalli Ramaswami of Delhi and Smt. T. Rukmini of  
> Madras. She gave her first vocal concert at the age of eight.
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> She subsequently performed with some great artists such as Sri T. R.  
> Subramaniam, Smt. M. L. Vasanthakumari, Prof. Ramanathan, Smt. Sudha  
> Raghunathan, Sri Nookala China Satyanarayana, Smt. R. Vedavalli,  
> Smt. Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar and Sri R. K. Srikantan to mention a  
> few. She has also played with her guru Smt. T. Rukmini.
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> The Hindu, a national newspaper of India, commented about the  
> “chaste classicism” of this “accomplished violinist” and the  
> “sweetness, strength and an emotive quality” of her “finely  
> modulated and attractive voice” as a vocalist. It also said that her  
> “admirably phrased Begada did not recall any familiar style but  
> testified to original gnana (insight).”
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> She has been teaching music — both vocal and violin — for over 2  
> decades and is one of New England's most sought-after teachers. Her  
> teaching is marked by rigorous standards, care and concern for her  
> students and an infectious love of music; she is a community  
> treasure. In addition to national awards in the USA, she has been  
> honored by the Music Academy and the Krishna Gana Sabha , two long- 
> standing traditional music academies in Chennai, India.
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> In the United States, she was awarded the Best Teacher award at the  
> Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival, a result of her students'  
> continued success at their annual competitions. Her students have  
> also evolved into seasoned musical artists and continue to enrich  
> the musical community with their talent and avid passion for  
> Carnatic music. It is no surprise that some of her students  
> performed in Chennai during the December music season and got  
> opportunities to accompany visiting artists from India.
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> Tickets Are Available Online.
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> Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow
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> Beth Bahia Cohen
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> Beth Bahia Cohen is of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent and  
> has spent many years exploring the ways the violin and other bowed  
> string instruments are played in Greece, Turkey, Hungary, and the  
> Middle East. She plays several Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed tanbur  
> and kabak kemane, the Egyptian rababa, the Norwegian hardanger  
> fiddle, and more. She was a Radcliffe Bunting Fellow and has been  
> the recipient of many travel and research grants, including an NEA/ 
> Artists International grant to study the classical music of Turkey.
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> "Beth Cohen...was spectacular, shifting her style to blend with the  
> various settings, but always retaining a Balkan feel and playing  
> with fantastic verve and passion."
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> Elijah Wald, The Boston Globe
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> Part of Beth Bahia Cohen's collection of bowed instruments from all  
> over the world
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> In addition to performing throughout the U.S., Ms. Cohen teaches  
> workshops and ensembles on Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Greek  
> and Turkish music in conservatories and universities throughout the  
> U.S as well as teaching privately in her studio in Watertown. She  
> performs solo concerts of traditional and original music on various  
> bowed string instruments from many countries ("The Art of the Bow"),  
> as well as concerts exploring traditional Jewish music from all over  
> the world. At this concert, Beth will be joined by Mac Ritchey (oud,  
> percussion) and Todd Roach (percussion).
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> "We are treated to superb performances by Beth Cohen on the violin  
> and suzlyne, virtuosic displays of multi-lingual string-playing. Her  
> master of "languages" spoken by violin - Persian, Armenian,  
> Yugoslavian, Hungarian, Yemenite - is astonishing." Sojourner
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> About her recent solo CD "Weaving the Worlds," Stacey Phillips wrote  
> in Strings Magazine: "Beth Cohen is the Greek/Turkish violin expert  
> in southern New England. Her new album is a departure from her  
> previous traditional recordings with her Greek and Turkish groups.  
> The only instrument on the CD is her acoustic violin. But by using  
> electronic loops, Cohen plays long lines, then as they repeat, she  
> layers on responsive answers. The multiple strands of her life's  
> musical voyage are here, but the Middle Eastern maqam (mode or  
> scale) always returns as the foundation of her improvisations. This  
> is an introduction to a violinist worthy of more attention, to her  
> personal melding of Eastern and Western styles, and to an effective  
> way of using electronics in the service of wonderful music. In the  
> accompanying liner notes, Rober Labaree of the New England  
> Conservatory aptly cites the spirit of Bela Bartok in this CD in the  
> sense of transforming the old music of other peoples into something  
> new."
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> About www.350.org and the number 350:
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> Co-founded by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, 350.org is  
> the hub of a worldwide network of over two hundred environmental  
> organizations, all with a common target: persuading the world's  
> countries to unite in an effort to reduce global levels of  
> atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million or less.  
> Climatologist Dr. James Hansen says, "If humanity wishes to preserve  
> a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to  
> which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing  
> climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its  
> current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm." (Dr. Hansen heads the NASA  
> Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and is best known for  
> his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the  
> 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming  
> issue.) Activists involved in the 350 movement include Rajendra  
> Pachauri (Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change),  
> Vandana Shiva (world-renowned environmental leader and thinker),  
> Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1984 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a  
> global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, freedom and human  
> rights), Van Jones, Bianca Jagger, Dr. James Hansen, Barbara  
> Kingsolver and many more.  A complete list of "350 Messengers" is  
> available here.
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> Warren Senders is the contact person for "Playing For The Planet:  
> World Violins Against Climate Change." He is one of thousands of  
> concerned global citizens hoping to trigger positive change through  
> social action and the arts. He can be reached at warvij at verizon.net  
> or by telephone at 781-396-0734.
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