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Village Harmony Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler – co-directors 5748 Hollister Hill Road, Marshfield, VT 05658 /(802) 426-3210 firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.villageharmony.org
PRESS RELEASE Contact: (802)-426-3210 Note to Editors: PR photos of Village Harmony are available for download at: http://northernharmony.pair.com/press-releases/ Demo sound files available at https://villageharmonycamp.bandcamp.com Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble presents concerts in Vienna and Belfast, Maine Village Harmony teen world music ensemble presents its second series of summer concerts in New England touring through Maine: Tuesday, July 18th 7:30pm with the Gawlers at the First Church in Belfast The group of talented teen singers is led by a dynamic trio of experienced Village Harmony leaders: Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, and Heidi Wilson. Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students.
For more information call 802-426-3210 or visit www.villageharmony.org. The concert program includes traditional songs and round dances from the Republic of Georgia, American shape-note classics both new and old, rousing improvised pieces, traditional songs from the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, and English language lullabies, work songs, and social justice songs. The singers are drawn from throughout New England and the Midwest. Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. Each summer they sponsor ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers. Each group develops its own unique sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits: a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music. Avery Book has been studying and performing Georgian folk music for about 15 years, having learned from several master teachers in the Republic of Georgia. He is working on publishing a beautiful collection of songs from the Georgian highlands of Svaneti that he recorded during his travels, transcriptions of which will be available for educational purposes. He also brings a deep knowledge of community organizing and the link between music and social action. He is the founder of Vermont’s own Solidarity Singers, and he will be teaching social justice songs from around the world. Avery and Gideon Crevoshay are longtime collaborators and founding members of the Starry Mountain Singers, which focuses on traditional vocal repertoire. They are also founding members of Tenores de Aterúe, a quartet that performs the unique pastoral throat-singing tradition of cantu a tenore from Sardinia. Gideon and Avery have traveled to Sardinia to study this tradition, and are working on a feature-length film entitled Aterúe, about their experiences. Gideon also teaches Corsican polyphony – a cousin to Sardinian music – which is a tradition that has become very popular within Village Harmony and beyond. He will teach songs from the American shape-note tradition as well, which he has been singing since he was a young teenager. Heidi Wilson has worked with both Gideon and Avery on various music projects, and she will bring an exciting repertoire of English language work songs, lullabies, and ritual music. She is a charismatic and inspirational singing leader, and is known for her improvisational vocal compositions. Heidi has been developing spaces for sacred singing throughout Vermont, and recently premiered an ambitious project called Breathing the Stone: An Embodied Remembering, co-directed by her and performed by her ensemble, The Woven Body Choir. Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert.