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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time in middle schools and high schools across the country, and across the world. Amherst musicians Varun Sheel and Curtis Barnes are following that trend. Sheel and Barnes, both 19, developed a close friendship back in elementary school, when the two joined an afterschool orchestra for fifth-graders. Sheel, who played violin, was attending Wildwood Elementary, Barnes, a cellist, was a student at the Fort River Elementary. Now students at UMass, the two recently formed the band, Solara. It was an early …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It is led by Ian Watson, the conductor and a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule and Pablo Yglesias, aka Andujar and Bongohead, have been deejays for decades, on their own …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …

Your Time: Hot jazz

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It was a three-H day — hot, humid and hazy — last Saturday for the final, main-stage event of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival. Perhaps fittingly, as the temperature reached into the 90s, it felt more like …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Barbara Keith and her Stone Coyotes and more musical action this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbara Keith started singing and playing her songs in the 1960s at Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village (the famous club that helped along such performers as Dylan, Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Joan Rivers and countless …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: One Bar & Grill, live-music club in Northampton, opens with triple bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How often does one get to experience that “new club smell”? It’s one of the rarest of scents, but it’s currently whiffable at One Bar & Grill, the recently opened live-music spot in Northampton. As local booking man …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $20-$40. mullinscenter.com Pink Martini — Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $25, $50, $55 general; $10, $15, $20 Five College, GCC and youth …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third season with a concert by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter Sept. 11 at the Northampton …

Pelham composer John Cooper headed to India to promote the blending of Eastern and Western musical styles

Monday, September 8, 2014

PELHAM — John Cooper, 89, of Pelham, will head to India for 10 days in November, where he and his longtime friend and collaborator, John McConville, will present a blend of Eastern and Western musical styles through dance …

Jazz at every turn

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Carrying on an oral tradition: ‘Song and Story Swap’ opens new season

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will kick off its “Song and Story Swap” season with a fundraising concert featuring contemporary folk and American roots musician Cliff Eberhardt Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …