Monday, May 16, 2022

‘The Bakery’ concert series: Four performances in Keene Valley this Spring

‘The Bakery’ concert series ‘Music for Contemplation’ will present four performances this Spring featuring musicians from Keene Valley, New York City, Rochester, and Chazy. Each performance will
center on music composed post 1900 including original works and improvisation. The series will be presented in collaboration with Old Mountain Coffee in Keene Valley and will be curated to present music which is meditative, relaxing, and experimental.

Each ‘Bakery’ concert is carefully curated to focus on sharing music and musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds including classical, pop, avante-garde, jazz, and improvisation. ‘The Bakery’ indicates the involvement of Gene and Esther BAKER, but also the idea of a place one can peruse a variety of musical treats and find something new to experience. Past performances have included music by Maurice Ravel, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Steve Reich, together with graphic scores, microtones, kitchen matches (yes, you read correctly!), improvisation with text, electronic music, cello duos and more.

‘The Bakery’ series first presented six different concerts at Lake Flower Landing in 2017 followed by performances in Westport, Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Keene Valley, and Saint Lawrence
University. May 21 will mark the tenth performance in the series. In addition to music, concert goers attending performances at Old Mountain Coffee may enjoy for purchase brownies, scones, cookies and other treats, with tea and coffee.

Jen Baker, trombonist/composer. Photo courtesy of Esther Baker.

May 21 will feature a vibraphone duo; a beautiful, transporting bath of sound in a premiere composition by Gene V Baker and performed by Gene V Baker and Mike Lewandowski. Special Guest Jen Baker, featured on May 26 and 27 is a trombonist/composer who has pioneered a widely diverse career based in redefining the role of trombone in contemporary music and traditional settings. Hailed for her “formidable sensitivity” (New York Times), she has “performed with brilliant mastery and virtuosity” (San Francisco Classical Voice) at music and arts festivals worldwide.

In 2020, Jen Baker was featured artist on WFMU’s Music For a Free World program, and premiered/recorded over a dozen solo and brass ensemble works between the International Contemporary Ensemble’s Young Women Composers Camp and American Composer’s Orchestra Composers Seminar. She was invited to perform solo on Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio Quarantine Concerts (virtual), and her piece, Silo Songs, recorded in a Michigan silo, was presented (virtually) by Edgefest! in its virtual re-working of the 2020 Festival.

Jen Baker has authored the only existent method book for trombone multiphonics, Hooked on Multiphonics, and has been invited onto the grant-funding panel for Copland Fund and other arts
panels. She is featured on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, and is on record labels including New World, Innova, New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe, and her own label, Dilapidated Barns.

The June 6 performance will feature Special Guest Eric Heveron-Smith- a multi-instrumentalist from Rochester, NY who has spent the last two decades honing his trombone and bass skills on stages all across North America. He records original music under the name Einstein’s Dreams, a blend of chamber folk and soulful jazz inspired by nature and transcendence. A founding member of
Moonshine Rhythm Club, he has toured and recorded with many of the big names on the vintage swing scene including Gunhild Carling, Gordon Webster, Bria Skonberg, and the genre-bending YouTube collective Postmodern Jukebox. His versatility doesn’t end at the instruments he plays, though- he has worked with roots/Americana artist Miss Tess, singer-songwriter Dan Baker (opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power, and playing in the Netherlands and Belgium), comedian Chris Fleming, and one beautiful gig with pop legend Michael McDonald.

And finally on June 11 the series will feature Esther Rogers Baker on cello performing a wide variety of compositions for solo cello alone.

May 21 at 7 pm, Gene V Baker & Mike Lewandowski, Vibraphone Duo: Old Mountain Coffee free
May 26 at 7 pm, Jen Baker, Trombone: Pendragon Theatre $10
May 27 at 7 pm, Jen Baker, Trombone: Old Mountain Coffee free
June 6 at 7 pm, Eric Heveron-Smith, Bass: Old Mountain Coffee free
June 11 at 7 pm, Esther Rogers Baker, cello: Old Mountain Coffee free

This project is made possible with funds from the restart NY regrants 2021-22 mini-grant program, a regrant program of the New York state Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the
Governor and New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Photo at top: Eric Heveron-Smith- a multi-instrumentalist from Rochester, NY. Photo courtesy of Esther Baker.

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