Part of our Summer Concert Series at Fountain Park!
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dan Blake has developed a wide-ranging career as a contemporary composer, performer and educator that “regards tradition as a welcoming playground best approached with a sense of wonder and adventure” (The Boston Globe). Blake’s music has been called “stunning” (All About Jazz), and he was recently dubbed a “virtuoso” (The New York Times) for his work touring and recording both with his own projects and with luminaries of jazz and popular music like three-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton, and Velvet Underground founding member John Cale, among many others. As a composer of extended works for string quartet, orchestra, sound installation, as well as hybrid chamber/improvising ensembles, Blake gravitates toward collaborations with artists who share a desire to move beyond creative boundaries. He has found such collaborators in groups like Mivos Quartet, the Tri Centric Orchestra, Talea, and many others, who have commissioned and recorded his works.
A musician keenly interested in bringing music together with social justice causes, Dan Blake produces the annual Concert To Feed The Hungry, a fundraising event celebrating the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition in poor communities around the world. He also holds a Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York and is currently on faculty at the New School for Social Research, and at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College.
For his concert, Blake will feature drummer and jazz legend Jeff Williams (Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, etc.) as well as his longtime musical musical colleague, bassist Dmitry Ishenko. Together they will play selections from Blake’s recent release, he Diggin (2016), a rhythmic and adventurous take on post-bop jazz, described by the Ottawa Citizen as a “creative essay on what can be done in the [saxophone] trio format”.
Part of our Summer Concert Series at Fountain Park!
Drew Bordeaux is a Singer/Songwriter and Producer based in Westchester, NY. A member of the Hudson Valley music scene, Drew plays compelling solo acoustic shows as well as full electric with his band The Cavalry.
His solo sets are rooted in percussive acoustic guitar and earthy/soulful vocals, laced with live loops and violin solos. Drew meshes together core influences from blues to popular radio and the resulting sound harkens to the lineage of Bill Withers and Richie Havens, with the energy and spirit of 80s New Wave like The Police and Talking Heads, and the contemporary sonic stamp of Ed Sheeran, Ben Harper and David Gray.
Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, Drew grew up a member of any and everything musical - from orchestras and jazz bands to the local Fife & Drum troop and school musicals (both on stage and in the pit). Drew attended Harvard University where he was a member of the famed Hasty Pudding Theatricals. While studying Social Psychology, he refined his skills as a songwriter and sound as a street performer in Harvard Square, in spots previously frequented by Howie Day and Tracy Chapman. His incendiary bass, violin, and guitar skills have been featured in over a dozen rock bands, including The Geoff Hartwell Band and Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders, and he was a founding member of The Track and The Fred Savages. Drew's violin playing can be heard on recent recordings from the brilliant songwriters Marc Von Em and Steve Chizmadia.
Obligatory Name Drops: Drew has jammed with Lauryn Hill, performed with Dave Bickler (of Survivor), opened for Daughtry and Boz Scaggs, and held at least one door in Kirkland House for Mark Zuckerberg. He also had the pleasure of playing some of the great NYC venues before they shut down (Kenny's Castaways, CBGBs, National Underground, and The Back Fence) and others that are still standing (The Bitter End, Alphabet Lounge, Cafe Vivaldi, Parkside Lounge and Canal Room)
Photos by Sally Green. Live shots by Stephanie Spengeman and Nicole Gargano (for Paramount Theatre).
Join us for the first event of our Summer Concert Series at Fountain Park!
In 2018, an important story reaches its final chapter. For a quarter of a century, John Zorn’s Masada has been a consistently exciting and influential presence in the landscape of adventurous music, involving renowned artists such as Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Pat Metheny and many more. With this third and final songbook, The Book Beriah, the legendary composer concludes his exhaustive exploration of new Jewish music with ninety-two compositions over eleven albums, presented by some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.
In a unique project for voice and saz bass, longtime collaborators Sofia Rei and JC Maillard offer a superbly intimate and introspective study of the acclaimed source material. With lyrics by Rei and arrangements by both musicians, the songs explore a variety of topics, from love and solitude, to the ghost of Frida Kahlo and a childhood under the dictatorship in Argentina.
Award-winning vocalist and composer Sofia Rei has a longstanding history with Zorn’s Masada oeuvre. As part of the celebrated a cappella quartet, Mycale, she was featured on two albums in The Book of Angels. In Keter, the charismatic, classically trained songstress draws from her Argentinian roots as well as her experience with jazz to explore the music’s mystical undertones. With her profoundly contemplative poetry and a voice of cathartic scope, Rei manages to reveal previously undiscovered facets of these enchanting, esoteric tunes. An equally forceful presence, eclectic composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JC Maillard plays the saz bass. Exceptionally suited for conveying the ethereal aura of these compositions, Maillard’s enigmatic instrument at once encourages and provokes Rei’s voice. A captivating duet of unprecedented synergy, Keter is a standout addition to the Masada catalog.
Jean-Christophe (JC) Maillard is a French composer, guitarist, pianist, electronic musician and arranger native of Pointe-à-Pître, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. For the past 20 years, he has been touring, producing, arranging, acting as musical director and recording with all the great names in world music and world jazz. He has collaborated with Grammy wining artists such as Lisa Fischer, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Toure Kunda, etc. His project “Grand Baton”, an innovative mix of rock and electronic music with Caribbean percussions has released two albums which received praiseful reviews from all over the world, establishing him as a daring creative mind in cross genre music. JC is also known for mastering and being the first player of the SazBass, a new 8-steel string instrument of Turkish origin. More info at www.jcmaillard.com.
Join us at the opening reception for our week-long exhibition. Enjoy photography depicting the nature and culture of our village, along with live music and refreshments.
This event is free and open to the public!
Mount Kisco Arts Council's 1st Annual Regional Juried Art Show, The Figure. The show is open exclusively to artists residing in Westchester and Putnam counties and will be on view October 6 - October 28, 2017 at the Mount Kisco Public Library.
Artists click HERE for submission details and deadlines.
Grab some art, grab some food, grab your blanket and grab a spot on the lawn behind Village Hall to enjoy all that the MKAC 1st Annual Summer Art Show has to offer; local artists, food, music, and more. By offering affordable, original artwork for sale in a fun and relaxed environment, this all-member show embodies the mission of the Mount Kisco Arts Council, to bring our artists and our community together.
Admission is free!
Artists click HERE for details on how to register for this show.
Discover hidden gems and take a peek behind-the-scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with renowned artist and 30-year professor of Art History, Alan Reingold, as your guide. We'll take care of the details - driving, tickets, lunch, and tour schedule - so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a day at one of the finest museums in the world. Meet us in the Mount Kisco Village Center parking lot (where you may leave your car) at 9:00am and board our luxury, chartered mini-bus. We will arrive at the Met just after opening and spend the morning discovering new works and rediscovering familiar ones. A sit-down lunch in the Members Dining Room will rejuvenate us for an afternoon of more "art and insight" after which we will re-board our mini-bus and enjoy light refreshments as we head back to Mount Kisco.
Price includes transportation, museum tickets and lunch.
Space is limited. This event is not appropriate for children under 14.
Adults: $130/per person
Seniors(65+) and Students(14-24): $100/per person
Adults: $150/per person
Seniors(65+) and Students(14-24): $130/per person
Mount Kisco Arts Council and Beehive Designer Collective invite you to join us in our collaborative effort to grow a vibrant and accessible arts community.
Meet and mingle with other artists and creators, Wednesday, March 22nd from 6:00-8:00pm.
Admission is $20 (cash at the door) and includes wine and bites!