Paddy Moloney with The Chieftains

The Chieftains are the heart and soul of traditional Irish music. They have collaborated with the giants of the entertainment world and won countless Grammy Awards but the essence of The Chieftains can be found in the first tiny wail of Paddy Moloney’s tin whistle or the gentle lilt of Kevin Conneff’s classic Irish tenor voice, or those priceless—and frequent—moments when, in perfect sync, the band peels off a reel at breakneck speed.
“…any performance by The Chieftains is a celebration of the emerald glow of Irish culture.” –The Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, March 10
Concert Hall 7:30 PM
$40, $30, $15, Five College/GCC/STCC students and Youth 17 and under: $15

Black Grace Dance Company

Tuesday, March 9
Concert Hall 7:30 pm
$40, $30, $15, Five College/GCC/STCC students and Youth 17 and under: $15

The all-male dance company Black Grace boasts some of New Zealand’s finest and most respected contemporary dancers. Predominantly Pacific Island and Maori, this company is renowned for its unique ability to combine their traditional and contemporary dance forms. They were a hit at Jacob’s Pillow several years ago. If you missed them then, you must experience them now!

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Black Grace Dance Company

The all-male dance company Black Grace boasts some of New Zealand’s finest and most respected contemporary dancers. Predominantly Pacific Island and Maori, this company is renowned for its unique ability to combine their traditional and contemporary dance forms. They were a hit at Jacobs Pillow several years ago. If you missed them then, you must experience them now!

Tuesday, March 9
Concert Hall 7:30 PM
$40, $30, $15, Five College/GCC/STCC students and Youth 17 and under: $15

Gamelan Galak Tika & Ensemble Robot in Concert

Friday, March 5
Bowker Auditorium 8:00 pm
$20, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC students/17 & under $15

Experience Galak Tika, America’s most innovative Balinese gamelan, performing traditional and contemporary music and dance for Balinese gamelan, electric guitars, electronics, and Ensemble Robot’s Heliphon. Performing Evan Ziporyn’s rock gamelan classics Tire Fire and Amok!, traditional works featuring stunning Balinese topeng (masked dance), performed by master Balinese dancers I Madé Bandem and Ni Lu Suasti, plus Christine Southworth’s exhilarating Heavy Metal for gamelan and robotic glockenspiel, this concert promises to present a musical hybrid that “expands the horizons of both music and humanity’s relation to machines.”

Balinese Music & Dance

Friday, March 5
Bowker Auditorium from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
$6 students, $8 adults

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Gamelan Galak Tika will demonstrate the mystical music of the Balinese shadow puppet plays, the enchanting vocal rhythms of the Kecak (monkey chant) and movements of Balinese Dance in an interactive performance for students. Legendary Balinese dancer and choreographer, I Madé Bandem will lead students in a fun filled Kecak demonstration where students will learn the basics of Balinese kotekan (interlocking rhythms) and the facial movements that makes Balinese dance so enticing.All Ages

Robert Mallary

Excerpt from Curator’s Statement:

Robert Mallary’s artwork spans the pivotal decades of the American hegemony in visual arts in the twentieth century. His work reflected and presaged many of the artistic practices of our time and augured a future of art that as yet is unrealized.

Robert Mallary was a prominent and respected artist. Early in his career he shared both a friendship and a studio with Willem DeKooning. He had close friendship with many of the pivotal artists of his day, including Elaine DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Chuck Close, and Wayne Thibaud. He was in the vanguard of the ascendancy of the American visual arts on the world scene.

Mallary’s early critical success came from his exploratory use of polymers and other resins in sculpture. For Mallary as well as for other artists (most especially Eva Hesse), prolonged use of these new media led to health complications. Because of his own adverse health conditions, Mallary became concerned for other artists. His are the earliest writings warning others artists of the health hazards of the new arts materials. Abandoning use of these toxic materials, Mallary began exploring another new medium of art making, computers. In the nineteen sixties Robert Mallary had the prescience to see that a future would exist in which computers would be able to create holographic worlds, cogent and visually credible virtual worlds where for all intents and purposes reality as we know it could not be distinguished from the simulation created by the artist. This vision of the future, combined with Mallary’s commitment and intelligence, helped make Mallary one of the pioneers of computer graphics and computer art.

Robert Mallary was a keen and trenchant social observer. Much of Mallary’s early sculptural and later collage work commented on and came out of the undercurrent of our society’s conspicuous consumption of natural resources and the waste that it creates. Mallary found in this flotsam and jetsam of our consumer culture a ready source of materials that he used in his assemblage and collage. He was one of the earliest artists to use litter as an art material. The use of which today is so ubiquitous in current art practice it is difficult to imagine that it had a beginning. Among Robert Mallary’s many artistic accolades are representing the United States in the Venice Biennial, representing New York State in the New York Worlds Fair.He also received Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim grants

Regardless of the artistic merit of an artist’s oeuvre, a place in the art canon is not by any means a fixed or steadfast certainty. Many artists get their due only after their deaths, if at all. Robert Mallary was not intent on pursuing his artistic legacy; he was dedicated to creating his work and teaching. While his influence on his colleagues and students was profound, his later work did not always receive the critical attention it deserved. It is theintention of this show to begin to return Robert Mallary to his place in the arts canon.

Robert Mallary, in addition to being a renowned artist early in his career and a computer arts pioneer, was a professor in the art department here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Robert Mallary’s influence still reverberates both in the world of art and in the commercial world of computer graphics. The artists Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelly, and Chuck Close all cite him as an early influence. He is remembered by his students for his intelligence, his artistic acumen and his technological skill and understanding.

The scope and breadth of Robert Mallary’s artistic achievements are too large for an exhibition of this size to encompass. This exhibition will therefore perforce limit itself to the exploration and presentation of Mallary’s sculptural oeuvre.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, March 28

Ballet Folklórico de México

Ballet Folklórico de México sets itself apart by combining their artists’ talents with the traditional music, elaborate dance and ornate costumes of Mexican culture. The result is a stunning performance that disseminates the rich tradition and folklore of Mexico throughout the world. The New York Times calls Ballet Folklórico de México’s performance, “a fast-paced, entertaining show that can make viewers want to rush right off to Mexico.”

Tuesday, March 2
Concert Hall 7:30 PM
$35, $25, $15, Five College/GCC/STCC students and Youth 17 and under: $15

William Parker and Hamid Drake With Special Guest Konrad “Conny” Bauer

Parker and Drake invite the reknown German trombonist Konrad “Conny” Bauer to perform in Amherst.

Thursday, February 25
Bezanson Recital Hall 8:00 pm
$12 General Public; $7 Students

Parker and Drake invite the reknown German trombonist Konrad “Conny” Bauer to perform in Amherst. Born in 1943, “Bauer has mastered the wide range of techniques available to the contemporary trombonist,” writes John Corbett, “as well as the web of genres in which the instrument is imbricated, including march, parade, circus, early jazz, bop, free improvisation, new music, even other related traditions like alphorn and bugle call.”

“Not since Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell joined forces have two musicians so organically wedded world-music influences with free jazz,” writes Jazziz. Since the late1970’s, Hamid Drake has moved easily between work with top jazz improvisers like David Murray, Don Cherry and Pharaoh Sanders, and international artists like Foday Muso Suso, Mahmoud Gania and Gigi. In 1972 Parker began playing with musicians such as Bill Dixon, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins and Sunny Murray, before becoming a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, where he played a prominent role for over a decade. Time Out New York proclaimed William Parker one of “the 50 greatest New York musicians of all time.”

Presented in collaboration with WMUA-91.1FM

RFK: The Journey to Justice

Wednesday, February 24
Concert Hall
$8 students, $8 adults

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The 60’s in America was a decade of heroes, violence, love, death, progress, and disappointment. The “RFK Project” chronicles Robert Kennedy’s dramatic transformation from discomfort with and indifference towards the Civil Rights movement to a champion and crusader. This docu-drama brings to life this compelling and dramatic illumination of this crucial decade, enabling a new generation to hear the words, feel the tension and explore the issues that still resonate today. L.A. Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for more than two decades. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This production is a perfect experience for history, social sciences, government, media and theater students. Recommended for grades 9-12.
This is a 2 hour production.

ASL Interpreted event

Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King, Personal and Political Convictions, Theatre, Radio Theatre

Maggie Nowinski: Swallowed

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to remind everyone that Maggie Nowinski’s exhibit ‘Swallowed’ is still going on in Hampden ’til February 23. We invite you to come and visit if you haven’t yet!

Maggie Nowinski: Artist Statement

Plastic water bottles exist in the daily periphery of our environments, like the tap, tap, tapping of a leaking faucet, the ticking of a clock counting down to a dangerous event. As they assimilate into the corners of our environments, we swallow the methods of the bottled water industry that manufacture and advertise their contents using notions of purity and health.

Obsessed by an awareness of plastic water bottles I started collecting and working with them. Since late 2007 I have been developing a project that explores my relationship with the plastic water phenomenon. Looking at my own discomfort about participating in the world I live in, physically and psychologically, as I continually adjust to the sensation of impending doom that comes from living in today’s world, I explore the internalization of anxiety, the absorption of customary practices as normal and the impact of social and commercial processes on the individual. When I drink bottled water, the process is paradoxical – rejuvenating yet emotionally numbing. Swallowed will culminate in an installation including hundreds of photographs, thousands of plastic water bottles, video projects, audio recordings and drawings.

When we drink water we experience a somatic moment at the site where the external and internal meet – a primitive experience of a basic need being met. Plastic bottling has invaded this moment. We drink plastic water, part of a system that extends beyond the simple and immediate practice of drinking water. The residue of this process leaves internal traces in the body as it passes through our bodies – evidenced in the quenching of thirst, urinating and sweating.

Wednesday, January 21 – Monday, February 23