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Bits and Pieces 09.21.23

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:37

Indigenous Arts
The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs will host a weekend of Indigenous arts, starting Saturday at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Mali Obomsawin Sextet.

An award-winning bassist, songwriter, and composer from Abenaki First Nation at Odanak, Ms. Obomsawin merges music traditions by immersing Abenaki First Nation elements into a jazz context. 

"Telling Indigenous stories through the language of jazz is not a new phenomenon,” she says. “My people have had to innovate endlessly to get our stories heard -- learning to express ourselves in French, English, Abenaki -- but sometimes words fail us, and we must use sound."

She will be accompanied by Zack O'Farrill, drums; Magdalena Abrego, guitar; Allison Burik, bass clarinet alto; Noah Campbell, tenor/soprano saxophone, and Nolan Tsang, trumpet.

Shinnecock Perspectives, presented in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Shinnecock Nation and its director, Dyashwa Sylvester, will explore the intersection between Indigenous heritage and the young Shinnecock creative community on Sunday afternoon at 4.

Part of the arts center's community outreach program, the aim of the event, which will include dancing and music, is to create new pathways for connection between the Shinnecock Nation and the wider East End community.

Audience members have been encouraged to take beach chairs and picnics. Concerts are weather-dependent, and will be held indoors for a limited audience in the event of rain. 

Classical and Rock
The Montauk Library will cover the musical waterfront with a concert by Anne Cavolo Tedesco, a classical pianist, on Sunday afternoon at 2:30, and a conversation with Joe Delia, a composer, rock musician, and storyteller, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

When Ms. Tedesco, whose family has a home in Montauk, made her professional debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, The New York Times described her playing as "intelligent articulation in Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and a languid phrasing in Ravel’s 'Miroirs.' " 

Ms. Tedesco's recital will include music by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, and Ginastera.

With two gold records and one platinum, Joe Delia is known for his blues piano onstage and more than 30 feature-film scores. He has played with such stars as Dusty Springfield, Pat Benatar, Bruce Springsteen, and Keith Richards, and is the lead vocalist and keyboardist of Joe Delia and Friends and a member of the Nancy Atlas Band.

Mr. Delia has scored most of Abel Ferrara's films, including "Ms. 45," "King of New York," "Bad Lieutenant," and "The Funeral," and recently toured France with Mr. Ferrara, celebrating his film music.

At the library he will play music, tell stories, and show dramatic film clips, including one from Mr. Ferrara's "Padre Pio," which was shown at last year's Venice Film Festival.

Choral Auditions
The Choral Society of the Hamptons will hold auditions for all singing parts on Monday and the following Monday, Oct. 2, at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. The ability to read music is helpful but not always essential.

Set for Dec. 3, the choral society's winter concert, "A Christmas Garland," directed by Walter Klauss, will highlight Bach's Christmas Oratorio, as well as works by John Rutter and Bruce Saylor. It will feature the South Fork Chamber Orchestra and professional soloists.

Interested singers can call Maria Fumai Dietrich, the society's administrative director, at 631-204-9402, or email [email protected] for an appointment to audition.

Dance Film
"Kolonial," an award-winning 20-minute film directed and choreographed by Stefanie Batten Bland, will be shown at the Southampton Arts Center on Friday at 7 p.m. A moderated conversation with the filmmaker will follow.

The 2021 film is the product of a three-year research project between Conrad Quesen, an installation artist, and Ms. Batten Bland. An installation-based dance-cinematic work, the film is centered inside transparent spaces -- cages, inspired by the ethnic exposition parks of Europe, North America, and the colonial Caribbean from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. The piece, says a release, examines how definitions are created to justify systems that exploit and oppress.

Ms. Batten Bland has created 14 dance-cinema films that have been shown in international festivals in South Africa, Argentina, Greece, and Germany. 

Tickets are $10, free for members.

Four-Hands Piano
The piano duo of Laura Mara and Elinor Zayas will perform a concert of music written especially for piano four-hands, on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. The recital will include music by Mozart, Grieg, Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Faure, and Amy Marcy Beach.

Registration is required.

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