Port Townsend January 26, 2017
UK Tour Feb 2017
Is it time for a good fix of Henry Reed Tunes?
“When I was in my 20s, I was on fire to learn the music from those old guys. Now I am one.”
If you want to learn the fine points of the repertoire of Henry Reed and the legendary Hollow Rock String Band, Bertram Levy will be in the UK in February 2017.
Bertram was one of the original members of the North Carolina based Hollow Rock String Band of the 60’s. Lead by fiddler Alan :, they played only music learned directly from the old-time fiddlers in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Their 1968 album is credited with launching the traditional American fiddle music revival.
Imbued with a mission to keep the music alive, Bertram has spent over 50 years spreading the Southern fiddle revival to generations of old time musicians, including his own young daughter, Madeline, with whom he will be performing and teaching in the UK. In 1997 he created the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, which has become the model for traditional music festivals throughout the United States.
Widely known for his unique “piedmont swing” banjo style, a crossover of bluegrass and old-time claw-hammer played on nylon strings, Bertram’s solo album “That Old Gut Feeling” is considered one of the great banjo recording classics. He has also recorded the music of Henry Reed with Alan Jabbour and Henry’s son James and the music of Surry County with Kirk Sutphin. He is a powerful dance fiddler and author of several anglo concertina tutors including his latest “American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina”. His previous visits to the UK were in the early ‘80s and now in his 75th year Bertram returns to pass on his music to the British friends of old time music
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1. Galax Reed Island Rounders 2016
2, Galax parking lot 2016
3. Same Old Man -Teatro Arteson Parejo Buenos Aires 2015
4. Old virgina smoke house with Kirk Sutphin
5. Old Bunch of Keyes Portland Old Time Gathering 2015
Postcards from Argentina: A Tribute to Argentine Folklore and Tango Pianists
If you thought Argentine popular music was only tango, you are in for a surprising treat. On Sunday April 19th the great Argentine pianist Claudio Mendez will visit Port Townsend as part of his North American tour. Claudio arrives from Buenos Aires after an extensive European tour in which he presented his “Tribute to Argentine Folklore and Tango Pianists”. He will be joined by Bertram Levy, who has dedicated the last quarter of a century to the study of Argentina’s other emblematic instruments the bandoneon. Together they will present a unique tour of the diverse popular music culture of Argentine through music, stories, and video.
The composers of Argentina’s popular music have always included wonderful pianists. They are brilliantly intuitive musicians, many of them with high academic training. In this concert Claudio Mendez reinterprets some of the iconic tango and folklore themes, as well as those of lesser known composers. In this tribute to their work and to their contribution to the culture of Argentina, you will meet Adolfo Abalos, Horacio Salgán, Ariel Ramírez, Hector Stamponi, Carlos Guastavino, Juan Carlos Cobián, and Mariano Mores. According to Claudio, this is “a special way to walk through different territories of Argentina music on a journey into this great little cosmos that is the sound of the piano.”
Together Claudio and Bertram will perform classic tango duets. Bertram will also present solo compositions not usually heard on the bandoneon, pieces that explore the complex polyphonic potential of the instrument by Argentine composers including Rodolfo Daluisio, Eduardo Arolas, Daniel Binelli, and Astor Piazzolla.
Claudio and Bertram have a deep friendship that spans more than a decade and together have toured in both Argentina and United States. The warmth and depth of this friendship is reflected in both their music and their stories, providing a unique cultural experience to those who attend. They will be joined by Al Bergstein, who will present video clips which embellish the stories and imagery.
The concert begins at 7:00 PM on Sunday evening April 19th at the First Baptist Church 1202 Lawrence Street. Admission is $15.00. Reservations recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tangoheart Quintet will be returning to Port Townsend on Sunday August 31st, Labor Day weekend for a special concert of “Tango’s Golden Gems of the 40′s.” Tangoheart only performs once every year and a half in Port Townsend so this is a rare opportunity to hear the premier tango ensemble in the Northwest.
The concert will be at the First Baptist Church 1202 Lawrence Street at 8:00 PM. Admission is $15.00
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Tangoheart Quintet in Concert
Tangoheart Quintet Milonga
Tacoma Cultura Center in Tacoma Washington
June 1 7:00 PM
Midwest March Tour Sutphin and Levy
3/6 St Louis, MO Schlafly Bottle Works
3/7 Columbia MO dance Ballroom Academy of Columbia,
3910 Peachtree Drive https://www.facebook.com/midmotraditionaldancers
3/8 Columbia MO concert at Little Dixie house concerts
3/9 St. Louis MO: dance at the Monday Club 37 South Maple
3/12 Fayetteville Arkansas Workshop Maybell music
3/13 Fayetteville Concert Underground Art gallery
3/14 Champaign Illinois Concert Pizza M
3/15 St. Louis Saturday morning 88.1 KDHX on Keith Dudding’s
Evening concert at the Focal Point 2720 Sutton Blvd St. Louis
3/16 Workshop at the Focal Point St Louis
May 26th Sunday at 7:30 PM Tangoheart at the Juan de Fuca Festival of the arts.
KONP Elks stage 131 E 1st street Tangoheart will play for the tango dancers
East Coast Tour March
March 3 Saturday Workshop: American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina
Sponsored by the Button Box Amherst MA. 10:00 to 4:00
March 4, Sunday House Concert Bertram Levy and Mark Simos 4:00PM
Seating is limited. Please email to make reservations and get directions and parking information: Anchoreast36@gmail.com
Suggested donation: $20
We have many stairs to our front door and unfortunately are not handicap accessible. There are cats in the house (although they will not join us for the concert.)
March 5 Monday Class in Old Time Muisc Berklee College of Music Boston Monday afternoon March 5 with Bruce Molsky
March 9 Friday 8:00 PM
Winston Salem North Carolina House Concert Bertram Levy and Kirk Sutphin
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March 11 Sunday 6:00 PM
Charlotte North Carolina House Concert Bertram Levy And Kirk Sutphin
Home of Elizabeth Teagarden and Carter Mills
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Workshop in afternoon for fiddle and banjo with Kirk Sutphin and Bertram Levy
Workshop “Dusty Strings”
Seattle 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
For info: 206-634-1662
Feb. 8 7:30 PM Concert at Island Music Center
Bellow Visions form Appalachia to the Tangosphere
Bertram Levy Concertina and Bandoneon with Michael Townsend Guitar and Russell Clark Bass
Workshops in Buenos Aires in October 2011; “American Fiddle Styles From Virginia and North Carolina”