Thursday, December 13, 2018

Taylor Haskins Kicks Off Westport Winter Music Series

There are many ways to spend the holidays, or those few frantic weeks just before, that truly ring in the year with quaint Adirondack charm, but I look forward to those events that force me to take a step back, relax and stop worrying about a countdown to Christmas.

Award winning trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Taylor Haskins is known for bringing his complex compositions to the Adirondacks as part of the summer Soundwaves concert series. From popular sideman in Grammy-winning jazz big bands to the Green Empire quintet, Haskins keep pushing the boundaries of music. Now an Adirondack resident, Haskins will be sharing his special sounds at the Westport Heritage House on December 21 from 5:23 to 6:23 pm.

With the performance aptly named Winter Solstice, this free performance is taking place on and during the Winter Solstice. Note the odd 5:23 pm start time. For one hour Haskins will perform solo making magic on an EVI (electronic valve instrument) and celebrate the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter.

My family has had the pleasure to hear Haskins play on numerous occasions. My son and husband both play the trumpet and appreciate his music on a completely different level than I do. I like how my son and husband can make the experience personal, while my daughter and I can just enjoy the music. This will be the first time that we will be able to hear Haskins perform on the Steiner-Crumar analog EVI.

Celebrating the change in the season has always been a concept my family has embraced. We bring out our winter clothes and decorate with fresh greens from outside. Now with Haskins’s Winter Solstice concert, we can enjoy an hour of beautiful music as well.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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