Warm weather seems to finally be taking hold which usually means a lot more activity and fun in the sun. In Taos, this also means a lot more opportunities for enjoying the bountiful arts and entertainment offerings ...
Warm weather seems to finally be taking hold which usually means a lot more activity and fun in the sun. In Taos, this also means a lot more opportunities for enjoying the bountiful arts and entertainment offerings. Here is a brief rundown of some of what's going on. Of course, there's a lot more in the pages of this week's Tempo magazine, which you can find inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.
Women’s a cappella concert planned
“The Little Road: Songs of Journey and Home” is a singular collaboration between the women’s a cappella ensemble Sound Circle and Shepherd Moon. Fresh, fun, warm and reassuring, it’s a concert with a dazzling range of styles and colors, grounded in simple presence.
The concert is Sunday (June 2), 3 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago.
Sound Circle is a 19-voice women’s a cappella ensemble based in Boulder, Colorado, directed by Sue Coffee. Singing together for 25 years, Sound Circle offers music that speaks of their experience of the world, with attention to authentic voice and awareness of the healing power of ensemble singing. Most of their music is contemporary and much of it is created by women. Sound Circle performances are consistently noted for their creativity and depth of programming, as well as their warmth, freshness and beauty. For more information about Sound Circle, see soundcirclesings.org.
Shepherd Moon features the multitalented musicians Becky Reardon, Julie Hawley and Joan Zucker.
The group creates lush sonic layers of harp, cello, guitar and vocals as they weave joyous, sensuous and mindful original songs with popular Celtic airs and classical jazz tunes to create a cross-genre musical feast.
Sound Circle and Shepherd Moon’s Becky Reardon have had a musical friendship for many years. Sound Circle has performed many of Reardon’s songs, and Reardon was a featured guest artist for multiple performances of Sound Circle’s “Path of Beauty: Singing the Grand Canyon” concert in Boulder several years ago. A joint performance in Taos has been in their imagination since that earlier collaboration.
Advance tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Taos Herb in the Albertsons Shopping Center (cash/check only), online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Tickets at the door will be $20. Visit soundcirclesings.org.
Santa Fe jazz groups play Taos Mothership
Two of Santa Fe’s most cutting-edge jazz groups will perform in Taos on a double bill Friday (May 31), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.
What started out as an Ornette Coleman cover band became so much more when OrnEtc. branched out with compositions by Thelonious Monk, Mihály Dresch, Kenny Wheeler, Thomas Chapin, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Béla Bártok. OrnEtc. is also focused on original tunes. Lesser-known standards and raucous originals are melody-driven, and played without traditional chordal instruments to emphasize the interplay between melody, improvisation and the rhythm section.
The lineup for the Taos show features the triple-threat front line of Alex Murzyn on tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, flute; Chris Jonas on tenor and soprano saxophones; and Lee Steck on vibraphone; fueled by a propulsive rhythm section of Dave Wayne on drums and percussion, and Noah Baumeister on bass.
Opening the show will be a set by the Middle Eastern-tinged free-jazz and funk quartet Love Unfold the Sun. Atmospheric, searing and hypnotic, with sparkling interplay and hypnotic, muscular grooves, Love Unfold the Sun recently released the album “Live At Duel” on Norumba Records, a live set from Duel Brewing, Santa Fe, offering a more energetic, conversational take on the usual world/jazz mashup genre.
Led by guitarist-oudist Mustafa Stefan Dill (who has performed at numerous guitar and and jazz festivals around the world and led the groups Sama Duo and Pray for Brain as well as work with Cecil Taylor and others), Love Unfold the Sun reunites a critically acclaimed Santa Fe-based lineup from the early 2000s. The Taos edition features OrnEtc. drummer Dave Wayne on drums and Ross Hamlin on bass, with special guest Chris Jonas on saxophones, marking the first time Dill and Jonas have played since meeting as members in a mid ‘90s project for Cecil Taylor.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover charge is $7, all ages, bar with ID. Call (575) 758-1900.
Congrats to New Mexico Music Award-winner Brent Berry
The 2019 New Mexico Music Awards were presented in a ceremony conducted May 19 at Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. Awards were presented in 40 categories in a variety of genres.
Brent Berry was the only musician from Taos named as a winner. His award in the World Music category was for “Divisadero,” recorded at Highwater Records.
There were a number of surprises this year with both new artists and veterans taking home awards. Kito Peters, one of New Mexico’s most prolific songwriters, took home the Best of the Year award for his 2018 release “Soapbox,” produced by Jono Manson and Kito Peters at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe. Nathan Dunton and Will Dyar were winners of the prestigious Norman Petty Producer Award for the Nathan Duton release “Love Runs to the Sea,” recorded at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe. John David Peters won the Best Song award for his composition “Don’t Take Me for a Hero” and the Best Video award went to Cala Zanella and Tiho Dimitrov for his song “Get the Bone.”
In addition to Berry, there were winners from Soccoro, Albuquerque, Española, Las Cruces, Tijeras, Rio Rancho and Ramah.
This year marks the 32nd year that the New Mexico Music Awards has recognized the best in music recorded in New Mexico at its annual banquet and show. Throughout the year, the NMMA presents free music business, tech and arts workshops throughout New Mexico and works to promote New Mexico artists, producers, engineers and recording studios.
For a complete list of winners, go to newmexicomusicawards.com/2019-winners.
Taos Opera Institute (TOI) Festival plans series of free concerts
First, the Cantos de Taos plays on Medley Restaurant’s patio Thursday (June 6), 7 p.m. Medley’s Restaurant is located at 100 State Road 150, North of El Prado.
This year’s Cantos singers include the Moipei Sisters, Maggy, Mary and Marta and Darius Thomas, tenor. The Moipeis, identical sisters from Kenya now living in the United States, have become known as the musical treasures of Texas and one of the region’s hottest ensembles. Thomas is a returning Cantos member from 2018 and is performing with the Nashville Opera.The performance will include arias from some of the world’s most beloved operas plus some Broadway favorites.
Then, Cantos de Taos singers proceed over the next nights to Taos Ski Valley, Adobe Bar at the Taos Inn, First Presbyterian Church, Taos Art Museum and so on. For a complete schedule of TOI Festival free performances,visit TaosOI.org.
Hans Paap’s daughter presents book of the master colorist
Hans Paap (1890-1967) was a gifted portrait painter, landscape painter and master colorist who traveled and lived all over the world. While this provided him with a rich trove of subject matter, it precluded him from establishing himself in one place long enough to earn the recognition his work so richly deserves.
With her book, “Hans Paap: Portraits and Landscapes,” his daughter, Nancy Paap seeks to shed light on the life and work of the father she knew only briefly in her childhood. A book signing is planned on Saturday (June 1) from 3-5 p.m. at the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street, Taos. Admission is free.
Nancy Paap explains, “l have been dreaming and working to get this book out there for decades, collecting his work since 1974. l was a Navajo rug repairer, trading rug repairs for my father’s paintings … that sort of thing. Each painting that l own has a unique story behind it as to how l came by it.” For more information, contact Robert Nightingale at email@example.com or (575) 758-3255.
Lecture and more by watercolor artist at Paseo Norte Gallery
Deborah Rubin is a nationally recognized photorealist watercolor artist (deborahrubin.com) and a recent Wurlitzer Foundation fellow. Her studio is in Northampton, Massachusetts, and she shows her work at Paseo Norte Gallery as well as several high-end galleries on the East Coast.
She will be delivering a free 30-minute lecture on the theme, “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary,” today (May 30), 7 p.m., at Paseo Norte Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Then, on Friday (May 31) from 6-8 p.m. she will hold a free painting workshop involving amaryllis on watercolor paper, and on Saturday (June 1) from 10 a.m. until noon, she is planning a workshop on painting sunflowers on watercolor paper. Contact Carol Savid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pecha Kucha night is June 6
Devised originally in Tokyo in 2003, Pecha Kucha night, now in over 900 cities worldwide, is a way for creatives to meet, network and show their work in public. Pecha Kucha Night Volume 29 is set to launch at the Taos Community Auditorium on Thursday (June 6).
Taos’ own visionaries present 20 slides in 20 seconds. Music by DJ Julia Daye. Showtime is at 7 p.m. The stellar lineup includes: Jeff Cochran, Mary Domito, Michael “Ike” Levy, Paul O’Connor, Marcia Oliver, Allan Packer, Monique Parker, Howie Roemer, Hank Saxe, Christina Sporrong, Audrey Valentine and Travis Webb. Tickets for the event are $10 at the door or in advance at the TCA offices and online at tcataos.org.
The same evening, photographer Paul O’Connor offers an exhibition of his newest black-and-white portraits, “Taos Characters V,” from 5-7 p.m. at the Encore Gallery, which is in the lobby of the TCA His exhibit is free. For more information, call the Taos Center for the Arts at (575) 758-2052.
June artists at Taos Community Artist Co-op
The Taos Community Artist Co-op in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza is featuring two more of their artists through June. They are Robert Murrey II, showing oil and water paintings; and Peter Dugan, exhibiting pottery. Stop in and meet these artists and check out the talent of 25 more local artists. Opening reception is Saturday (June 1) from 5-7 p.m. during the Saturday Art Walk. There will be light refreshments. Free admission. The Historic Taos County Courthouse Shops are at 121 North Plaza, Taos. Contact Effie F. Romero at email@example.com or (575) 751-1014.
Annual fundraiser for the Taos Historic Museums
Big doings on June 8 as “Fandango 2019: Taos And Beyond” helps to raise funds for the Taos Historic Museums. The party features a barbecue dinner, dancing, silent auction and cash bar, and country-western dance music by Syd Masters, the 2019 Western Heritage Award winner and composer of the official New Mexico song, “Under New Mexico Skies.” Tickets are $125 per person or sponsor a table of eight for $1,000. At the Terrace at Taos Country Club, 54 Gulf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos. Call (575) 758-1000 or (575) 758-3255 to reserve your place.
Calls for entry
• The nation’s earliest and unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San Luis Valley between 1912 and 1914 and it “was the first time in the history of America that a court fight was made over an attempt to segregate Mexicans in school.” The suit grew from local grassroots concern for equal education of Alamosa’s children. The case is Alamosa Case No. 6 Francisco Maestas et al v. George H. Shone et al and was filed on Nov. 21, 1913 with a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs on April 17, 1914.
The commemoration will be by bronze statue depicting the main subject child, Miguel Maestas, at his then age of 11. It is the hope that the placement of this statute would be a fitting tribute to the “rule of law” and its role in the historical advancement of Hispanics in the Southwest.
This is a commission for on original bronze that will be publicly displayed in Alamosa County, Colorado. The deadline to apply is June 30. The proposed project will begin fabrication after selection and the desired completion date is September 30, so that the statue can be erected during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). The budget is currently around $20,000-$30,000 dependent on final size. Eligibility is open to all artists. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Call to artists working in all recycled mediums: cloth, paper, wood, metal, plastic etc. for 19th annual juried, recycled art show, “Arte de Descartes XIX.” Deadline to enter August 1. Find prospectus at whollyrags.org or send SASE to Wholly Rags PO Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Or stop by Wholly Rags at 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite L, Taos. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862 for more information.
• The Questa Studio Arts Tour is seeking new artists to join our art tour. The dates for the tour is August 17-18. There are 14 different hubs with over 43 artists. Hubs cover from Lama north to the Sunshine Valley. For more information, see questaartstour.com.
• Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee for the Taos Fall Arts exhibition. Time commitment is very light until the weeks preceding the opening of the exhibition on September 20. Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or email@example.com.
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