1/20-22: Berklee faculty joins annual northeast Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Conference

Monday, January 20 – Wednesday, January 22, 2012
5th annual Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Conference
Star Store Campus
New Bedford, MA
UMass Dartmouth Music Dept.
Berklee College of Music    CCM Conference Coordinator
Marcelle Gauvin (508) 496-4443 mgauvin@umassd.edu or
Michelle Cieto at the UMD Music Department 508-999-8568

Berklee faculty joins annual northeast
Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Conference

On January 20-22, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Music Department will host the 5th annual Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Conference at its Star Store campus in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The weekend features the work of New York voice specialist Jeannette LoVetri and her method Somatic Voicework™, a singing technique utilized by many famous performers of commercial music styles.

In addition to LoVetri, the workshop includes guest faculty presentations by Dr. James Burns, staff surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Dr. Kathryn Green, director of Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute in Winchester, Virginia and conference coordinator Marcelle Gauvin, UMass Dartmouth and Berklee College of Music faculty member. New to the teaching staff are Professors Kris Adams and Lisa Thorson, both jazz specialists from the Berklee College of Music Voice Department.

Jeannette LoVetri, an internationally recognized master class clinician in vocal pedagogy, is noted for training many Tony™ and Grammy® award winning vocalists.  January’s seminar at UMass Dartmouth offers participants the opportunity to become Level I certified in the Somatic Voicework™ technique, the first of three training levels in LoVetri’s program. The method which rests heavily upon voice science research attracts singers, teachers, choral and musical directors of all styles giving them tools to deal with the heavy vocal demands of today’s popular music.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in developing a better understanding of the singing process and focuses on contemporary commercial music styles of today.  For more information contact Marcelle Gauvin at mgauvin@umassd.edu, Michelle Cieto at the UMD Music Department 508-999-8568 or for course & registration details go to:

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1/21: Bohemian Quartet at Blackstone River Theatre

 Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:00pm $15

The Bohemian Quartet

Blackstone River Theatre

549 Broad St. Cumberland RI  02864




Love You Live!

The Bohemian Quartet books a can’t-miss gig at the beautiful Blackstone River Theatre

Watching the Bohemian Quartet perform live is like listening to history being preserved. In many ways, this gifted and exhilarating act is simply keeping a rare musical flame alive by taking on the challenging oeuvre of the Romany, or “gypsy” musical tradition. Those of you who’ve already seen their show know how mesmerizing and captivating it can be. Those who’ve missed it thus far are in for a treat! You can see them in all their whirling glory on Saturday, January 21, at what can only be called the perfect venue for the Providence band, the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI.

Here’s a little history: BQ borrowed its name from a quartet formed over 100 years ago in Czechoslovakia. That group, later called the Czech Quartet, ultimately disbanded in 1934. Appropriately enough, the two entities—BQ v.1 and today’s iteration—share much more than a name. They both embrace a deep passion for the Romany tradition, and the unique ability to perform that historic repertoire with skill and verve.

The acclaimed ensemble—featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass—formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and John DeBossu on upright bass. Together, they are capable curators, tackling ancient traditions, and still leaving room to wander off into newer, lovely, and more modern directions.

Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s latest recording and well-worth picking up, reveals that the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. Recorded live at the BRT (www.riverfolk.org<http://www.riverfolk.org>) and produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with lightning fast tempos, virtuosicplaying, and all the flair you’d expect from this musical vernacular.

New developments have followed: Accolades have been bestowed on the quartet since its inception. Strad, for example, the highly regarded stringed instrument site, said recently: “The performances are very enjoyable … The musicians play up quite a storm.”

In addition, they were featured on the “One World Show,” produced by Robert Malin, for which they received an award for Best Music Documentary. Beyond Tradition also enjoyed placement on the 2010 preliminary ballot by the Grammy Association.  Currently, the act has signed with MCM Artists booking agency.

So don’t hesitate to take advantage of this great musical moment. Go to enjoy the historic traditions. Go to witness the musical virtuosity. But above all, go to have a great time, listening to fine music in a beautiful venue.


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11/25 Concert

Sarah Brooks

Come see Whaling City Sound at After Hours with Sarah Brooks and Graceful Soul on Friday Nov. 25th (6pm-8pm) at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Located in the Jacobs Family Gallery, there is no better way to kick off the weekend! After Hours offers a blend of live music, sensational cocktails, exciting exhibitions, and a fabulous Museum setting…$5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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