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Allison Miller Wows SRO Crowd at IMA

by Glenn Siegel Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, expanded to a sextet for a six-week tour, stopped at June Millington and Ann Hackler’s magical oasis known as the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen for a transcendent Mother’s Day … Continue reading

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Jane Ira Bloom Enters Emily’s World

by Glenn Siegel To paraphrase Emily Dickinson, on Wednesday and Thursday I tasted life. It was a vast morsel. It wasn’t the circus that rolled past, it was Jane Ira Bloom and her ensemble that came to Amherst to interact with … Continue reading

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Jane Ira Bloom Quartet

Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall General Admission: $12; $7 students Soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom has been developing her unique voice on the soprano saxophone for over 30 years. She is a pioneer in the use … Continue reading

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Bigmouth Spotted in Greenfield

by Glenn Siegel How does music reach people? I’ve been asking myself that question since Chris Lightcap and his quintet, Bigmouth, connected with 100 people at the Arts Block in Greenfield on Thursday. It was the ninth concert in Pioneer … Continue reading

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Allos Musica Brings the World to Hampshire College

by Glenn Siegel Between the shruti box, the harmonium, the accordion and circular breathing through the clarinet, James Falzone’s Allos Musica Ensemble had the drone down. Their concert, produced by Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, filled Hampshire College’s Music Recital Hall … Continue reading

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Stomp

Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall $50, $45, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $30, $20, $15 STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of … Continue reading

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Maria Schneider Orchestra

Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating General Admission: $12; $7 students A big-band group led by composer-pianist Maria Schneider blends the freedom of jazz and the structure of classical music. Schneider has garnered … Continue reading

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Magic Triangle Jazz Series hosts Hafez Modirzadeh and Bobby Bradford Quartet

by Glenn Siegel The spirit of Ornette Coleman and Ed Blackwell was in the air throughout Hafez Modirzadeh and Bobby Bradford’s two-day Amherst residency. Their visit culminated with a Magic Triangle Series concert on Thursday, where tenor saxophonist Modirzadeh, cornetist … Continue reading

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Shank’s Mare:Koryu Nishikawa V and Tom Lee

Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:30pm General Admission: $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10 Witness the unique tradition of Japanese Kuruma Ningyo (cart puppets) in this story of two wandering travelers along the great highway from Tokyo to … Continue reading

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