Hiding in Plain Sight: Folk Masters of Massachusetts

The Hiding in Plain Sight Folk Masters of Massachusetts at the Shalin Liu Center in Rockport!

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is presenting a showcase concert featuring the excellence and diversity of music and dance traditions thriving in Massachusetts today. Performers are past or current recipients of an Artist Fellowship or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, prestigious awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Come experience a Dominican carnival procession, then be enthralled by leading exponents of South Indian vocals, violin, and percussion, West African balafon (xylophone), djembe drum, and ceremonial dance, and Irish flute, uilleann pipe and old style step dance.

DOMINICAN CARNIVAL PROCESSION
The Asociación Carnavalesca de Massachusetts brings a bit of Dominican Carnival to the United States. Spanish, African, and Catholic influences helped shape this Dominican carnival tradition of dancing lechones (piglets) and diablos cojuelos (limping devils). Led by Stelvyn Mirabal, these elaborately costumed masqueraders take part in Lawrence’s annual Dominican Parade.

Dominican Carnival

 

MUSIC AND DANCE OF SOUTH INDIA
Carnatic music of South India is one of the oldest music systems in the world. Built upon talas (rhythmic cycles) and ragas (melodic scales), Carnatic music is aurally transmitted. Tara Anand Bangalore (violin and vocals) learned directly from prominent gurus (teachers) in Delhi. She is one of the most sought after teachers of Carnatic music in the Boston area. 

Tara Anand Bangalore, South Indian Classical Vocal

 

Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar is an accomplished performer and dedicated teacher of the mridangam, the double-headed drum used in Carnatic music. He learned under the guidance of Sri. K. Kalyana Krishan of Mumbai, who was a prime disciple of Tanjore Upendran. Recipients of MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, Tara and Gaurish will share the stage with their apprentices Sudarshan Thirumalai, Pratik Bharadwaj, and Kaasinath Balaguranath.

Bharatanatyam dance is notable for its intricate footwork, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Dances are based on divine stories from epics and mythology well known to the South Asian community. Sridevi Ajai Thirumalai trained under Gurus Padmini Ramachandran, Narmada, and Rhadha in India. Having perormed extensively in India and the United States, she established the Natyamani School of Dance.In 2010, she was named a Finalist in the MCC Artist Fellowship Program.

Sridevi Ajai Thirumalai, Bharathanatyam dancer

 

IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
The Irish tradition has deep roots in Massachusetts. Tunes once played at Irish crossroad dances traveled the ocean in the hearts, hands, and feet of Irish immigrants. Boston is known for its active scene of pub sessions, concerts, competitions, and classes.

Shannon Heaton (flute) is highly regarded in Irish traditional music circles for her beautifully expressive playing, composing, and dedication to teaching and promoting the music. She was fortunate to learn firsthand from musicians in Chicago’s rich traditional Irish music scene and later in repeated trips to County Clare, Ireland. In 2016, she was named a Traditional Arts Fellow in the MCC Artist Fellowship Program.

Millennium Stage May 21, 2016 - Matt & Shannon Heaton

 

Joey Abarta teaches and performs on the uilleann pipes, the national bagpipe of Ireland. He is recognized for researching and performing in the old style of piping. In 2015, Abarta was awarded a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship to mentor aspiring piper Caroline O’Shea.

They Sailed away from Dublin Bay: Swimming Against the Falls

 

Accompanist Matt Heaton is an Irish guitar and bouzouki player who has performed on four continents. Matt has carved out a niche performing music for youngsters and their parents.

Kieran Jordan is a celebrated performer, teacher, and choreographer best known for her creative contributions to sean-nós (old style) Irish dance. Her organization, Kieran Jordan Dance, includes dance classes, a performance company, and an active artistic community that has been established in the Boston area for more than 15 years. In 2008, Kieran was awarded an MCC Artist Fellowship in the Traditional Arts. In 2011, she received an MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship to teach old-style Irish step dance.

Cover the Buckle: Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, Kieran Jordan

 

MUSIC AND DANCE OF MALI, WEST AFRICA                              
In parts of Mali, West Africa, dance, music, and song are an integral part of everyday life. Birth, death, initiations, and marriage are all celebrated with specific dances and songs. Many musicians and dancers are hereditary artists, meaning they born into the tradition.

Balla Kouyaté is a master of the balafon, which he learned to play from his father in Mali before immigrating to Massachusetts in 2001. This West African antecedent of the xylophone is made up of wooden slats and naturally amplified by two rows of calabash gourds. Balla and his son Sekou were awarded a 2013 MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.

Balla Kouyate: A Modern Djeli

 

Sidi Mohamed Camara grew up in Bamako, Mali surrounded by musicians, praise singers, and storytellers. He began his formal dance training with Mouvement Pionnier, working with several other companies before relocating to the United States in 1996. West African dance is performed by urban dance companies, but the dances are taken out of context and no longer part of the ceremonies they originally accompanied. Joh’s dance research has taken him all over Mali to study and preserve dances that are unique to specific villages. Joh and his son Tiemoko are just completing a 2017 MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.

Sidi Mohamed Camara, West African Drums and Dance

When: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017 5pm
Prices: 
General Admission: $20
Phone: 
978.546.7391

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate the Sea Open House

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.
Come to Joppa Flats for fun, hands-on activities and exhibits that spotlight the wonders of our mighty Atlantic! Learn about ocean giants and creatures of the deep. Play ocean-themed games and create seaworthy art. Find out where our seafood comes from, how people can collect energy from the ocean...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival

Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival
Gloucester Education Foundation proudly hosts is proud to host their annual Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Play is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a...
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Live Action CLUE for Families

Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate Family CLUE party!
Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate! You've been invited to Miss Florence Crane's birthday party in 1928. Everyone is having a good time until someone dies. Can you figure out who did it, in what room, and with which weapon?
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Fabulous Frogs

Nature Fabulous Frogs in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown...
1:30 pm

Read with Gus at MPL

Read with Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you!  A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it's so much fun. Sign up early!  Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cape Ann YMCA Carnival

Cape Ann YMCA will hold a carnigval for Cape Ann Families!
Running away to the carnival has never been so easy. We will be transforming out gymnasium for a fun filled evening. Music, dancing, games, prizes, face paint, snacks, and so much more! Can't wait to see you there!
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

ACTING OUT! Theater Company, is proud to present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the...
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Monday, March 25

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

PJ Library Junior Scientists and Engineers Preschool Program

Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Children ages 3 to 5 will explore the wonders of science and an introduction to engineering through a Jewish lens each week as they hear a relevant story and conduct a hands-on experiment. Each session will be led by a faculty member of Epstein Hillel School. Lab coats and lab books will be...
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Youth Chess Club at Salem Public Library

Kids in grades k-5 are invited to play chess at Salem Public Library.
Kids in grades k-5 who have an interest in chess are invited to come to the Salem Public Library to play chess with other enthusiasts of the game! Novice players are welcome and there are no instructors present.
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26

7th Annual White Ribbon Breakfast

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and Girls Inc of the Seacoast host the 7th Annual White Ribbon Breakfast at the Black Swan Country Club
The White Ribbon Day Initiative: The Massachusetts White Ribbon Campaign is a part of a worldwide movement for human rights that engages men and boys to help end violence against women and girls.
7:30 am to 9:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday Story Time on the Farm

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
It may be cold outside, but it's cozy in the Farm House! Join us for a regular Tuesday story time this winter. We will have an easy craft for your little one before we snuggle in for some stories! Come any time after 10 to enjoy the craft with stories being read at 10:30. All families are welcome...
10:00 am to 10:45 am