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Music for the End of the World (VIDEO)

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However we feel about what happened Tuesday, we all could use some decompression right about now.

What’s better than music for soothing the savage breast, after all?

There’s a perfect opportunity in Nyack, New York, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov.13, when TRANSIT, a New Music collective, presents a program that includes a rare — for this 21st Century-oriented group — performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” at GraceMusic.

TRANSIT describes itself this way:

A New Music collective based in NYC, TRANSIT takes a comprehensive twenty-first century approach to new and experimental music by performing, commissioning, and recording the music of emerging composers, while also fostering strengthened relationships between living composers and the general public through TRANSIT-produced concert series and special initiatives.
TRANSIT’s members include a resident composer (Daniel Wohl) and five performers who are amongst the most vibrant young players in the NYC New Music scene. Its core ensemble consists of a mixed chamber
instrumentation: violin (Andie Springer), cello (Evelyn Farny), clarinet (Sara Budde), piano (David Friend), and percussion (Joe Bergen), and
often incorporates electronics, non-traditional instruments, and multimedia components.
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M Shanghai String Band playing in Nyack

M Shanghai String Band: old-timey joy. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Acoustic country-folk collective kicks off GraceMusic’s 41st season of Great Music in a Great Space

The fantastic M Shanghai String Band brings its old-timey, joyous country folk sounds to Nyack, N.Y., to kick off the 41st season of GraceMusic on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Richard Morris steps up to the mic for a solo with M Shanghai String Band.

Visit the M Shanghai String Band MySpace page to hear samples of the band’s music.

Every member of this Brooklyn-based acoustic collective — which at times puts as many as 11 musicians onstage at once — is an accomplished musician in her or his own right. Many of them are involved in other bands, too. So when they mass their awesome talents together onstage as M Shanghai String Band, they put on a roof-raising, rollicking good show.

The band, which takes its name from the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Chinese restaurant where it began in 2002, has an old-fashioned Grand Old Opry-style performance aesthetic. Players crowd around a single mic, stepping up to take turns on leads and solos. The music, likewise, is deeply rooted in the old-fashioned American musical traditions that spawned the Opry, their repertoire includes mostly original material that deals with issues both timeless and contemporary in often humorous ways.

The band is a fan favorite at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a hotbed of traditional music.

Don’t miss this show. Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? is a huge fan of this band. (Full disclosure: We serve on the GraceMusic board and are friends with one of the players.) Make a day of it by visiting Nyack early in the day for brunch or lunch, and then settle in for a great session of foot-stomping music in a lovely space.

We guarantee you’ll have a good time  — including the great meet-the-artists reception afterward!

4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17. GraceMusic, Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, N.Y. (845) 358-1297. Tickets at the door only: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students.

Patty Hughes, Austin Hughes and Matt Schickele of M Shanghai String Band.

ETA3 to shine in Nyack

The stellar trio ETA3.

ETA3, a hip, young classical trio formed at the The Juilliard School that takes its name from a star-forming nebula in our galaxy. The trio’s name also happens to use the first letter of the first name of each member: flutist Emily Thomas, pianist Tomoko Nakayama and clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky.

They bring their unconventional lineup of flute, clarinet and piano to the stage of GraceMusic this Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. (Full disclosure: Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? recently joined the board of this Nyack-based concert presenter. My only pay for that job, like the job of maintaining this blog, is the satisfaction of fostering the arts.)

Since there’s little repertoire written for their particular instrumentation, the talented trio adapt and arrange music themselves, often distilling pieces from larger orchestral compositions.

Sunday’s program features Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dance and Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance,  as well as Trio in Three Movements by Khachaturian  and Carmen Fantasy, adapted from a famous transcription by Sarasate.

In some vocabularies, ETA also stands for estimated time of arrival. They’ll arrive onstage at GraceMusic at 4 pm this Sunday, Feb. 28. The concert is in the beautiful nave of Grace Church, 130 First  Ave., Nyack, NY. Tickets are $15 at the door ($10 for seniors and $5 for students). For more information about GraceMusic, go here, click on Music in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page and on GraceMusic at the top of the Music Page. Or check out GraceMusic’s facebook page and become a fan.

Don’t miss Anonymous 4 in Nyack tomorrow

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This is just a reminder to anyone in the NYC metro area that Anonymous 4 are performing Saturday, Oct. 10, at GraceMusic in Nyack, NY. It’s a pleasant and easy trip up the Hudson Valley from the five boroughs or anywhere else in the Tri-State.

The first ladies of early music will be performing their new program, Secret Voices: Music from The Las Huelgas Codex, c. 1300.

It’ll be a fantastic show. And it’s for a good cause, as proceeds will be donated the church, which has housed GraceMusic for decades. Get there early, as seating is general admission. GraceMusic has a limited number of stadium cushions available to make the wooden pews more comfortable. But since this show is likely to draw a full house, I’d advise you to bring your own cushion if possible.

If you drive, the concert is just two blocks from the heart of the village, in easy walking distance from the municipal parking lot and steps away from buses from Tarrytown (connecting service from Metro-North’s Hudson Line) and Manhattan. For schedule information, click here.

Read previous coverage by Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? here. And click here to read more on Anonymous 4’s web site.

Anonymous 4 performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. A meet-the-artists reception follows the concert. Free child care available. Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY. (845) 358-1297. $20 at the door.