Friday, June 30th, 7:30pm
$10 at the door
Program for the evening:
POETRY, MANTRAS AND MUSIC (original compositions by Sonny Saul)
SEVEN CLASSIC MANTRAS JAZZ TRIO (music by Sonny Saul)
Sonny Saul - piano; Pete Michelenie - drums; Bill Martin - bass; Quincy Saul - clarinet and bass clarinet; Luette Saul- soprano
NEW COMPOSITIONS FOR PIANO AND VOICE by Sonny Saul (world premieres)
including a setting of Jorge Luis Borges' "ARS POETICA"
Luette Saul- soprano; Sonny Saul - piano
NORTH POMFRET PIANO SONATA (music composed in the early 1980's by Sonny Saul)
Matthew Odell - piano
ELEGY FOR STANDING ROCK (Solo piano piece by Sonny Saul)
The son of a Russian, Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother, Sonny Saul was born in 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ocean, beach, boardwalk, playgrounds, and attending public schools in this diverse microcosm shaped his youth. College and early adult life in and around Philadelphia, including a great teacher, Dennis Sandole, contributed to a life long involvement with music, art, and scholarship. Now living in Woodstock, Vt where he runs the famous Pleasant Street Bookstore which he started thirty years ago, Sonny continues to teach, practice, play and compose.
Luette Saul, soprano, holds degrees in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Maine. As a performer Luette is active as a recitalist and soloist, with recent appearances including, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Maine Music Society and Bates Chorale, a recently commissioned work by Tom Myron for soprano and string quartet with the Portland String Quartet, and a recital of Schubert's epic song-cycle, Winterreise. As a director she has put together numerous lieder ensemble and opera scenes concerts for performance throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She teaches voice at Bates College, and at her studio in Portland.
The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell has won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. His performances have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Deeply committed to strengthening the ties between today’s composers and audiences, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him and has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge. Mr. Odell’s affinity for the music of Olivier Messiaen has been seen in a recital series of his complete solo piano music, a performance of Visions de l’Amen with pianist Peter Hill, and an upcoming recording project on Albany Records of the music of Messiaen his students.
Mr. Odell is a founding member of the Hampton Trio, a group which presented outstanding pieces from the established repertoire alongside newly-commissioned works. His special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in many recitals with singers from around the world, including British bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. He served for 5 years on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice in France. Mr. Odell received his doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, and in addition to teaching at Juilliard, he frequently presents workshops, master classes, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the USA and Europe. For more information, please visit www.matthewodell.com
Billy Martin Moved to East Barnard, Vermont in 1980. With an extensive creative and entrepreneurial background. Since the 60’s he has played the double bass in many small ensembles from modern chamber music, opera, Jazz, blues and folk. He often plays with, composer and pianist Sonny Saul from Woodstock, VT and is currently the bassist with Larry Allen Brown and The Acoustic Earth Orchestra.
Billy was an original member of the James Montgomery Blues Band in Boston in 1967. He attended the Berklee Collage of Music in the early 70’s and in the mid-70’s studied composition, performance art and primitive music history with contemporary composer Bernice Schlemowitz. He has a BA from the Eastman School of Music where he studied orchestral, operatic and solo literature for the double bass under James Vandemark, Oscar Zimmerman and Robert Zimmerman.
He was co-Founder of the American Ritual Theater Company, (with the composer William H. Harper of the Chicago Art Institute). He is a past Chairman of the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT and Co-Founder of the Triangle Theater, Rochester, NY an 800 seat multi-media performance facility.
Billy actively pursues the wellbeing of his Family and farm, his music and various business interests.
Larry Allen Brown and Billy Martin are the core of The Acoustic Earth Orchestra (AEO) and are often also joined as larger ensemble by Ed Eastridge (guitar) Eugene Friesen (cello) and Patrick Ross (violin).
Pete Michelinie, drumset. Hailing from the Commonwealth to the South, Pete was educated musically from a young age. Playing drums was his primary objective throughout his childhood, and he spent his formative years touring the country in a beat up van playing shows with his friends.
Later on, a drive to work with his hands brought him to receive a formal education in furniture making from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Upon graduating Pete embarked on what would become a lifelong affair with long distance hiking. A thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail led to more long hikes; the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, the Long Trail, and the Great Divide Trail to name a few. He is one of about 200 people who have ever found enough time and enthusiasm to hike all three of America's long trails.
In the meantime Pete has found solice and financial security in the life of a furniture maker. He worked for Charlie Shackleton for three years, and has spent the past thee working for himself alongside his furniture making father in-law Josh Metcalf. Their shop is in South Pomfret, just over the hill behind Artistree.
Vermont Arts 2017! A year-long celebration highlighting the stunning array of arts events, concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings that take place all across the state.