She was a child star as a member of The Cowsills, a member of the famed Continental Drifters(1st group to ever play the Narrows). She sings like an angel and is an accomplished songwriter. This will be a great night of music.
One of the most innovative and technically adept guitarists on the planet. Steve easily moves between rock, jazz, blues with equal style and grace. He was the leader of the jazz rock super group Dixie Dregs. More recently he has played with rock legends Deep Purple. This is a night of guitar pyrotechnics
For over 30 years, Steve Forbert has been of the most compelling songwriters on the planet. Steve is an insightful lyricist with a unique view on the world we live. He is touring behind his latest release ‘The Time and The Place
A Narrows first-John Turco is a highly versatile comedian whose sarcastic and satirical material is accented by his facial expressions and on-the-nose impressions which focus on the everyday man across the street his audiences find within themselves. Turco headlines the top clubs in New England and beyond and is a member of the Moo 92 Wake Up Crew. Jess Casciano is as funny as she is attractive and she is plenty of both as she was a semifinalist in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival, the Sam Adams Light Contest, and was showcased by Marshall ‘s ‘Women In Comedy’. She was recognized as one of Mix 98.5’s Funniest People in New England and won WFNX’s Yuks 4 Buks Contest landing her a position as Resident Funny Lady on WFNX. Casciano may be small in stature, but she commands the stage, capturing audiences with her unique on everyday situations. Dan Crohn is already a New England star who is headed for much bigger days in comedy. A future superstar in the industry, Crohn is a Boston Comedy festival finalist, who has worked the top clubs in the region. Along with the top clubs in the Boston area, Crohn has appeared at the L.A. Improv, Catch A Rising Star in Reno, The Laugh Lounge in New York, the Gotham Comedy Club, Providence Comedy Connection (RI), The Hartford (CT) Funnybone, City Steam Brew Ha Ha (CT), and Catch A Rising Star (RI) .
The Narrows Gallery proudly presents metalsmiths3, featuring the artwork of
Sue Aygarn-Kowalski, Joost During and Dianne Reilly, who share an absolute passion for metal as well as a studio space. By working with the traditional techniques, methods and visual language of metalsmithing, these artists explore themes of form, function and understanding. Through the process of making and visual qualities, the work invites one to pause, observe and experience in an increasingly transitory culture of the mass-produced object.
The artwork on exhibit, both functional and non-functional, in the forms of vessels, tools, sculpture, and jewelry articulate the value of expressive hand-made one-of-a-kind objects in an increasingly computerized culture. metalsmiths3 will be on exhibition in the Narrows Gallery
September 1 ‘ October 24, 2009.
The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2:00 ‘ 5:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free.
The Narrows Gallery is located in the Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA. Gallery Hours are Wednesday ‘ Saturday, Noon ‘ 5:00 and by appointment. Admission is free during regular Gallery Hours. All concert ticket-holders are welcome to view the exhibition on performance night. For more information: Website: www.ncfta.org / Email: email@example.com / Phone: 508.324.1926
Sue Aygarn-Kowalski ‘ Jewelry, Metals, Sculpture
My work takes the form of functional tools for the hand in metal, wood, and plastic. They are an argument for aesthetic experience over speed and efficiency, for skill over blind use, for self-reliance over dependencies, and for an absolute love of process. Like bookends, ideas concerning the hand and the informing sense of touch act as a nurturing cradle for my work. The objects I make result from my need to live actively, physically, and tactilely in an increasingly computerized world, and I offer my work as a counterpoint to digital culture.
I believe that through the combination of hand and mind the most powerful resource in the evolution of humans emerged – the ability to fabricate and to use tools. The result was and continues to be, the ability to affect, guide, and in large degrees to control (for better or worse) the conditions that make up both our physical and social environments. This belief drives my artistic desire to celebrate the direct, self-informing, and tactile relationship between hand, tool and user.
Joost During – Silversmith
I enjoy the challenge of making functional objects. An important aspect of an object’s functionality for me is the pleasure of using it.
I begin a design with lines inspired by nature on a piece of paper. During the process of hammering and shaping I follow the natural tendencies of the metal to eventually arrive at the final form. I approach each piece this way considering how its form aids its use as well as its visual appeal.
I feel a strong connection to craftspeople from the past, using the same techniques and tools, carrying on a tradition. I am interested in providing and creating objects to live with that offer an aesthetic aspect to every day life.
Dianne Reilly ‘ Jewelry, Metals, Sculpture
I am interested in that moment when we pause to really look at something, try to understand it, and connect to it in some way. We dissect the whole and try to connect the parts to something or some one that we know.
At times when we are focused in a certain way there is a connection to something internal and intangible. We feel it when it happens; the small hairs on the back of the neck tingle and move, skin becomes gently electrified as if it were trying to allow something to pass through, a small lump forms at the base of the trachea as if to halt the possibility of verbalization. The eyes nose and begin to water seemingly in order to create a barrier between two worlds. It is involuntarily physical and often causes the response of retreat.
In my work I create references to the triggers and the mechanisms of this process. At times it is the shape of an eye combined with visceral surfaces and representations or interpretations of receptacles and triggers (small dots and vessels that connect on the molecular level of understanding). At other times it may be asking the viewer to physically take part in peeling away those external layers to take a moment to gaze, to observe, to understand.
The Friends of Daniel Pearl Festival (FODfest) is a living celebration of community & friendship through music. FODfest was founded by Todd Mack, a close friend of Pearl’s, as a way to honor his friend with a legacy that reflects the ideals by which he lived rather than the tragic way in which he died. In addition to being a journalist, Daniel Pearl was a talented musician who believed in the power of music to bring people together regardless of the differences between them. A classically trained violinist and avid fiddle & mandolin player, music was Danny’s way of connecting with people and learning about the local culture as he traveled the world. FODfest is a unique performance format that is part jam session, part song swap, part concert. Some of the musicians performing were friends of Danny’s, while others didn’t know him at all. Most are meeting for the first time on stage. They all share Danny’s belief in music as a universal language. The 5th Annual FODfest tour kicks off at the Narrows Center for the Arts on October 1, 2009 before traveling 32 days across the country. FODfest takes place every October as a featured event of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which is organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Musicians playing are Aidan O’Brien, Bernice Lewis, Graham & Barbara Dean, Jann Klose, Lindsay Mac, Radio Free Earth, Sean Schenker, Todd Mack.
A Narrows favorite, Eilen sings like an angel. She has a killer band and her most recent disc ‘Sea of Tears is a real gem. One of the finest Americana bands on the scene.
Trampled by Turtles is an acoustic quintet from Duluth, MN. Based on their instrumentation, the initial instinct is to view the band as a bluegrass or new-grass outfit, but spend more than a cursory moment with their music and it’s clear this tag doesn’t really fit.For those who are simply fans of music, not bound by rules or forms, Trampled by Turtles take pieces of it all and just play from the heart. Call it alt-bluegrass, nontraditional string, indi-folk, rock-grass, punk-grass or anything else, they don’t care what name you put on it, just show up with an open mind and it won’t be long until you fall under their spell. Like all of us, where they were raised has influenced what they are and these guys didn’t grow up in southern roots country, they come from way up north where folks do it a little different. When was the last time you saw crowd surfing brought on by an acoustic string band without any drums? SF Bay Guardian had this to say about the TBTs’ unique take on acoustic roots music: ‘Shooting sparks in the face of folk traditionalism, the quintet approaches the banjo and mandolin with a level of brash recklessness hardly heard since the now-mythical reign of Uncle Tupelo. Bill Monroe and Joe Strummer would both be proud.’
Charlie Hunter is a freak. For one thing, as at least one writer has noted, he has two brains, the only thing that can explain his prodigious output. He also has never seen ‘American Idol.’ Freaky. In addition, he’s a musician who has a vice-like grip on why he does what he does, which makes him super freaky. Yow. So Charlie Hunter became, and remains, a jazz shark of a sort. While certainly reflecting on what he’s devoured musically, he never stops to rest. It’s just not in his nature. Even in his Blue Note days, back when he thought it was important to adhere at least somewhat to the established but unwritten rules of jazz, he wasn’t content to be just another guitar virtuoso (my words, not his). He asked noted luthier Ralph Novak of Novax guitars to build him a seven-string guitar. He wanted to play the guitar and bass parts himself’sheer lunacy to be sure, but understandable. We’ve all met bass players.. But always he kept moving. The lineup and band configuration were kept malleable, allowing Hunter to shift easily from trio to quartet to duo. And shift he did. Grinding out an album nearly every year since 1993 on various labels (he made up for his laziness with some multi-album years), Hunter pursued solo, duo, trio, quartet, and quintet combinations (plus side projects like Groundtruther, Garage a Trois, TJ Kirk, and Pound for Pound) while experimenting with diverse recipes of instrumentation. Saxes, trombones, vibes’it all depended on where his evolution was taking him. You may still see (and hear) the ‘guitar guy,’ but compared to the fossils left behind from his earlier existence, the evolution is obvious.
Tom is celebrating his first studio release in thirty years ‘What I Know’ He is the consummate performer and one of the most respected artists of his generation