The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Four Sundays in February 2014




EVENT #1
February 2nd  – The Silver Chord Bowl, 2 PM, John M. Greene Hall-Smith College
General Admission $12 Advance/ $15 Door

This legendary event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat hall.This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country including local sensations the Smiffenpoofs from Smith College who are fresh off a visit with the President and first lady.   Other local favorites the Northamptones from Northampton High School and the Amherst College Zumbyes with their acrobatic choreography, as well as the Umass Dynamics who always bring their A game will be on hand at this great event! Joining the SCB lineup from Rochester Institute of Technology, we welcome Eight Beat Measure. Last year they placed third in the Mid Atlantic Semifinal round in the ICCA also capturing the award for best arrangement. This year they sound even stronger! UPenn Dischord brings an intense energy from Pennsylvania, Northeastern University Pitch Please has been tearing it up, and the Tufts Amalgamates are ready to unite the crowd at John M. Greene in shear harmonic bliss! Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event.


Purchase tickets:

General Admission Tickets for the Silver Chord Bowl can be purchased at any of the following ticket outlets until Saturday February 1st at 5:00 PM (Depending on availability)


Cooper’s Corners
31 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
586-1684
State St. Fruit
51 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
584-2301
Food for Thought Books
106 N Pleasant St,
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-5432

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Agency



EVENT #2
February 9th  – Deceptive Practice - 2 PM, Academy of Music
General Admission: $11 Advance/$13 Door

Film Screening of the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”  Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay's inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle of devotees who are its perpetual devotees. Special guests will be present for a Q&A after the film.

Purchase tickets online: deceptivepractice.brownpapertickets.com

Sponsored by A2Z Science & Learning Store




EVENT #3
February 16th  – Mumbai in Massachusetts, 2 PM, Academy of Music
General Admission: $15 Advance/$18 Door

An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music


Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan - Sitar
Shaid is one of the finest sitar players alive today. His dazzling virtuosity and innovative genius have earned him a legacy as a giant of the sitar. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and enjoys an impeccable pedigree. He is a seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana. Ustadji's global reputation as an awe inspiring performer is complemented by another rare gift - his ability to spread his music as a dedicated and loving guru. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan sums up his mastery of this most intricate art form with a profoundly simple philosophy: "Music is my life" The Arts Council is thrilled to bring a musician of this caliber to Northampton for his first visit.


Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer
Max is lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “Force of Nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish Folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko Griot family, and to Mumbai, India where he received a grant to study under the great Santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful complex and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques. He joins Aditya Kalyanpur(Tabla) for what will be a dynamic pairing and incredible representation of the newest and freshest interpretation of this classical genre.


Aditya Kalyanpur - Tabla
Is currently the leader of his fusion band Fuzikk, and a member of the world renowned group Bombay Jazz comprised of jazz legends Larry Coryell, George Brooks and Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Ronu Mazumdar. When he is not touring and performing, Kalyanpur dedicates his time as a music teacher and has founded the New England School of Music (NESOM) in Boston, Massachusetts. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries.


Jay Gandhi - Bansuri
A truly outstanding disciple of the world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay initially trained in vocal music under Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar. He is truly blessed to have been studying under the living legend of the bansuri, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, at Brindavan Gurukul in Mumbai since 2006.


Amit  Kavathekar - Tabla
Has been playing Tabla since childhood. A student of the late Deepak Nerukar. He is currently teaching tabla at New England School of Music. His vigorous style is joy to be heard and extremely crowd pleasing. 

Purchase tickets online: mumbai.brownpapertickets.com

Sponsored by Smith College




EVENT #4
February 23rd  – The Really Big Show, 2 PM, Academy of Music
General Admission: $8 Advance/$10 Door

This year Mike Flood, Indie Rock Guru/Sub Pop recording artist, will introduce some of the best talent the Pioneer Valley has to offer. Crawling out of the UMass theater department with former “Ed” Tom Mahnken in the eighties, Mike cut his teeth playing Sheehans CafĂ© with 5th Business alongside Local Faves like Rockin Dave and the Rent Party and Ed Vadas. Mike has since established himself as a Indie Rock Guru of Local Favorites Sebadoh. He is an accomplished Musician/Producer and new father. Mike Flood is one of the funniest storytellers you will ever meet and with all the valley history he brings to the show we just can’t wait to see and hear him as our Ed Sullivan.  Councilman at Large Bill Dwight and Local Hero DJ Monte Belmonte will serve as Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show. They will be keeping Mike on his toes all afternoon.  Also on the bill will be Local Sensations “And the Kids”. They are tearing up the club scene right now and their fresh new local grown sound is soon to be a National Favorite. 

Purchase Tickets Online: reallybigshow.brownpapertickets.com

Sponsored by Daily Hampshire Gazette



February 17th–21st  – KidsBestFest & YouthFilm, 1 PM Everyday, Academy of Music
General Admission: All Shows $3 at the Door only

KidsBestFest is the antidote to boredom during school vacation week. The dedicated children’s programming includes films that you are unlikely to find on TV with some great foreign films. The week also includes YouthFilm Festival, films made by local youth who are at the beginning of their budding careers. The participants are able to see their films on the Academy of Music’s large screen in a theater setting before each of the KidsBestFest feature films.  The schedule starts on Monday with “Matilda”, Tuesday is a selection of Mo Willems Animated Shorts presented by the Eric Carle Museum, Wednesday is a German Film entitled “Ricky-Three’s a Crowd,” Thursday is the award-winning “Class of Fun” from the Netherlands, and Friday we are proud to present Youth Reel: Paradigm - A favorite at this years Children’s Film Fest at Mill Valley Film Festival Selected by a jury of teens from California Film Institute’s inaugural Summerfilm course, this year’s youth reel draws from 160 national and international entries—including, say the jurors, one of the scariest shorts they’ve ever seen. Shorts made and selected by youths, Ages 13+.  This year we will be cross promoting with the Amherst Cinema whose selection includes Family Week!  From Feb 14-23 featuring The Zigzag Kid (2014): check amherstcinema.org for times & Miyazaki Children's Festival featuring Kiki's Delivery Service (1989): Mon 2/17, Wed 2/19, Thurs 2/20 @ 2PM and Porco Rosso (1992) Sun 2/16, Tues 2/18, Fri 2/21 @ 2PM

KidsBestFest & YouthFilm are Sponsored by Florence Savings Bank




These events are produced by the Northampton Arts Council

Proceeds benefit the 2014 ArtsEZ Grant Round
Four Sundays in February Series Sponsors: Gravity Switch, Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, Lathrop Communities
Four Sundays in February Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, The River/WRSI 93.9 FM, WFCR, WGBY, NCTV, WMUA
Brought to you in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
General Admission Tickets for the Four Sundays in February 2014 Series can be purchased at any of the following ticket outlets until a day before each show:

Cooper’s Corners
31 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
586-1684
State St. Fruit
51 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
584-2301
Food for Thought Books
106 N Pleasant St,
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-5432


Depending upon availability tickets are available on the day of the show at the box office of the presenting venue.