Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sara Caswell at Symphony Space

Jazz Violinist, Sara Caswell, will perform in a String Theory Series Concert at Symphony Space this Friday, May 23, 2008 at 7:30pm. She will appear with Jon Cowherd on piano, Ike Sturm on bass and Ted Poor on drums and special guests Gene Bertoncini on guitar and Sara's sister, Rachel Caswell, vocalist. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door the day of the performance.
Sara and Ike did their first Jenkins House Concert in February 2008 and plan to return sometime next year. Now that our season has wrapped up, we hope you will support our friend Sara at her upcoming show. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Fantastic Finish-New Old Stock brings our house concert season to a close

A perfect ending to our house concert season, New Old Stock played to a full house following Cassie and Chris' surprise guest appearance, holding to our tradition of a Jenkins' family member opening each house concert for the past five years.
It's difficult to label New Old Stock because they're at the forefront of a new acoustic music genre which has been emerging around the country over the past 20 years or so. Their instrumental repertoire includes complex and finely detailed arrangements of original tunes for fiddle, cello, 5 string banjo and hammered dulcimer. The fiddle and hammered dulcimer often shared a chromatic line played in unison, which was woven in and out of undulating time changes. Their sound is grounded in tradition and artistically sophisticated, not what the titles of their tunes might suggest-Itchy Spoon, Acorn Stomp written by fiddler and audience member, Kimber Ludiker, and Panda & Critter. Originally from California and Washington states, band members, Tristan(cello and fiddle), Tashina(fiddle) Clarridge & Wes Corbett(banjo), have all recently moved to the Boston area, while Simon Chrisman, on hammered dulcimer, resides near Seattle. Tristan will be travelling internationally this summer with Aoife O'Donovan, a past JHC artist, lead singer of Crooked Still.
Many thanks go out to all of you who have supported out house concert series over the past five years. We'll keep on hosting if you keep on showing up for our once a month musical gatherings. Look for a listing of next season's performers starting in September. Laurel Masse will return sometime in October and the New Lost Faculty Ramblers will be hosting a night of their own.