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I am pleased to introduce Hand Me Down: Bestowing Our True Inheritance through Life, Lessons and Legacy, a production of Barrie Barton’s Community Choreography, taking take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, 2011. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bereavement Center at CarePartners Hospice and Pallative Care.

Read more about it at the Mountain Xpress:

A community quilt of stories: Movement theater woven around themes of “home” and “legacy” comes to Diana Wortham

by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life Lessons and Legacy, a production by the Community Choreography Project, is a collage of personal stories woven around themes of “home” and “legacy.” As Barrie Barton, choreographer of the production, puts it: Hand Me Down is a showcase of movement theater that strives to “take artistic expression away from the experts and give it back to all of us.”

The theme for the show was inspired after Barton left her job of 22 years, working as a dance teacher with Buncombe County Schools, and after she turned 50. “It seemed like a time to look at what I had contributed to my community,” she says, reflecting on the thought that set her fourth community production into motion.

Photo by Doc Klein

Working closely with a cast of 16 — with actors ranging from age 34 to 64 — Barton asked everyone to consider a set of questions: Where do you come from? What is home? What do you carry through this world? What do you hope to leave behind? From here, a community dialogue was sparked — providing a foundation for the production as a whole.

Creating an original score as a team, and thinking deeply about these questions, however, is no easy task. For the past seven months, the cast has been hard at work examining these ideas through creative writing, conversation and free-form movement, trimming material down as they go and pairing it with expressive dance and spoken-word/prose poetry.

“Legacy,” for example, explores the meaning of names. “There is a lot of significance around our names,” says Barton. “Some people are juniors and some are seniors; some people are given a family name. I’m Jewish, so I was given a Hebrew name. Names are changed when we marry and when we divorce.”

As she speaks, Barton looks to a dancer moving through the rehearsal space at Jubilee Community Church. The dancer lifts her arms quickly and lets them fall slowly back to her side. “This woman has gone through multiple divorces, and talks about her family tree as if it’s been hit by lighting — splitting into all these [fractured] sections,” Barton says. “But, when you sew all of these stories together, it [creates a] quilt, a beautiful collage of stories.”

The hope is that audience members will recognize a piece of their life story, home or legacy when watching these vignettes. As Barton says of her experience guiding this production: “People have these stories — these experiences in their life that they think only happen to them, and there’s this liberating feeling when realizing they are not alone.”

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Hand Me Down promises to create a space where people can see themselves — their struggles, hopes, aspirations and fears — through the stories and lessons shared by others. “These common themes will unite us,” says Barton. “Here, you come to watch yourself.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND MORE PERSONAL STORIES HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/041311a-community-quilt-of-stories

Photo by Doc Klein

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Jonathan Scales had an amazing album release event this past weekend in Asheville at the Emerald Lounge.  The new album, Character farm and Other Short Stories, is now available on his website and i-tunes. Bold Life did a great interview with Jonathan Scales and below are some excerpts:

Building Character

BY ROBIN TOLLESON in Bold Life www.boldlife.com

For his third album, Character Farm And Other Short Stories, steel drumming frontman Jonathan Scales wanted to imitate long form. “Back in the day the great composers like Wagner wrote complete works from top to bottom as opposed to just a bunch of songs mixed together,” he says. “An epic saga that takes you through all the movements.”

To help tie together the musical fusion of his Fourchestra, Scales called upon the comic book-inspired artwork of Gregory Keyzer. “There’s a different illustration for every song,” Scales says. “It’s cool because you can kind of put a visual image with each piece. The album is packaged like a book of short stories, but there’s an overlying theme. The sonic tapestry, mixed with the congruent artwork, really ties the whole thing together. The pictures help people make their judgments about what it’s about and how they feel about it. It’s not complete long form, but it’s closer.”

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“Every time I put out a CD I want to get further along,” Scales says. “It takes a lot of planning to have a successful release. You work hard on the music, and you want people to hear it, so that’s when you have to kick in on the other side and try to get things rolling.” Scales planned a pre-release campaign to build some momentum. In February he released a behind-the-scenes video with footage from the recording session. And last month he released a full-length music video of his song “Muddy Vishnu.” “I’m trying to get people interested,” he says.

The Fourchestra recorded Character Farm at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, in the fashion of classic jazz records. “We all played together,” Scales says. “We got enough separation that we could get some real good sounds, so it comes off like a studio album with a lot of energy, as a mixture between a live recording and a studio album, kind of like the best of both worlds. That was (sound engineer) Michael Hynes’ approach to the thing.

Character Farm features the churning 6/8 “Jam We Did,” the slightly-island strut of “Science Fair Project,” the breakneck steel-drum’n’bass of “The Longest December,” and “Muddy Vishnu,” a dynamic tune filled with plot twists reminiscent of The Flecktones’ classic “Sinister Minister.”

“This set has my same style, as far as some metric complexities and style changes. Different uses of rhythms and timbres and harmonies,” Scales explains. The music is solid, he says, because the lineup was solid. “My other two albums had streams of different people. This album is definitely more focused.”

Guitarist Duane Simpson, drummer Phill Bronson, and bassist Michael Libramento are the main backing cast on the album, with four guests, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, flutist Kofi Burbridge, percussionist Yonrico Scott, and fiddler Casey Driessen.

“Overall it has a pretty edgy sound,” Scales says. “It has highs and lows as far as dynamics and styles. ‘Muddy Vishnu’ is definitely on the more rockin’ side — my take on a mix between Muddy Waters and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I wanted it to be a subtle thing to where if you understand or if you’ve never heard them, it’s not a big deal and you’ll still enjoy the song.”

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE and find out more about Jonathan’s history and the rest of the Fourchestra:  http://www.boldlife.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A18113

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Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy is an evening of multimedia, movement theater, music, and story inviting you to genuinely delve into the compelling complexities and joyous reminiscences of our home and the legacy we receive from those before us and to those who follow. Based on the lives of 38 community members, choreographer Barrie Barton distills the collection of stories and movements into a passionate and poignant interpretation that conveys a universal message.

With 3 highly successful keynote performances from 2006 -2009 reaching over 1000 audience members, Barrie presents her fourth Community Choreography Project Hand Me Down: Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy.


The word Legacy will be milling, muddling and meandering through the halls of Jubilee in the coming months, which is where the rehearsals for Hand Me Down take place. Collaboration between Jubilee Community and Hand Me Down, Bestowing our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy (see there’s that word already) is afoot.

For the month of March, the Hospitality room of Jubilee features photography by Paul Howey and Doc Klein of rehearsals for Hand Me Down. The photography show features two co-created pieces developed by choreographer Barrie Barton: There’s No Place Like Home and From that I am; From this I live. Both pieces examine the ordinary moments and memories of our sense of place and how we view our contributions to this life.

Jubilee is located at 46 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, Phone: 828-252-5335.

Hand Me Down rehearsal. Photo by Doc Klein

JUBILEE! asks– WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?

“I hope my legacy involves an enduring belief in fairness in how we treat other people. Personally, in a family, in a group, in a country – the way we treat others is paramount. In fact, one of my mantras is, ‘Life is not fair. But it is interesting.’” Jim Taylor

“If I left this realm today, who knows? Our legacy is not decided by us but by those who look at it later. We all hope to be thought of favorably but let’s be honest. Our opinions are biased. The best I can hope for is to take what is in front of me today and do the best I can with that. The legacy part will take care of itself.” Griggs Ward

“My legacy? I hope my legacy turns out to be a sense open-mindedness, acceptance, and compassion for all. . From whatever influence I might have had on my children, may they be inclined to pass it on to their children, and may they pass it to their children, and so on. What a wonderful, anonymous legacy that would be.” Paul M Howey

“I want the people who remember me to look at my life and say, ‘No matter what happened, she kept on dancing.’” Sheryl Cramer

Photo by Doc Kein

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Week of Ticket Special:
$25 general Admission; $20 Student

This Thursday and Friday, July 1 & 2, Asheville Skyline presents Playing It Forward 2010, featuring headliners Acoustic Syndicate and Col. Bruce Hampton. Music starts at 8:00 pm each evening at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

July 1st is a “jam” packed evening of music with Big Daddy Love and Velvet Truckstop setting the stage for the man some would call the “Godfather” of the southern jam sound Col. Bruce Hampton and his “Quark Alliance. While he earned his throne amongst the rockin’ royalty by the jam, with Quark Alliance he shows that he refuses to rest on his musical laurels.Perfectly illustrating one of the ideals of “Playin’ It Forward” Hampton has redefined his style touring with his bandmates Duane Trucks, Kris Dale and Perry Osborne. Bringing on tour a fusion of blues and jazz, that is uniquely Quark. The Asheville Skyline Band will then take the stage in full force “Playin’ it Forward” style. The core group of Jeff Sipe, Ike Stubblefield, Jay Sanders,  and Shane Pruitt, alone bring serious expertise to any stage, together they give an almost utopian environment for a group of lesser known (for now) talents who are bending peoples ears. The latest update of players includes : Janell Funk, Dan Smith, Dorsey Parker, Jamie Dose, Bo Henry, Brandon Fox, Tony Kennedy, Craig Sorrells, and more!

Closing out Playing It Forward 2010 on Friday, July 2 is the solid sound of Acoustic Syndicate. Formed in 1992, Acoustic Syndicate has had a long and storied career having spent well over a dozen years on the road, playing at the original Bonnaroo, MerleFest, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Memphis in May and in many other clubs, festivals and events. Known for its high-energy, positive sound, the band delivers a genre-defying performance, masterfully blending its eclectic influences with trademark finesse that only 17 years of cohesive teamwork can bring.

Opening for Acoustic Syndicate July 2nd are the Asheville-based The Honeycutters, Ash Grass Revival (Jason Flournoy, John Stickley and Billy Gilmore), and singer/songwriter Chris O’Neill. Other special guests TBA!


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Asheville Skyline presents an ONLINE TICKET GIVEAWAY for “Playing it Forward” with Acoustic Syndicate, Col Bruce Hampton, Ike Stublefield, Jeff Sipe, Shane Pruitt, Jay Sanders, the Honeycutters, Vevlet Truckstop, Big Daddy Love, Chris O’Neill, the Ash Grass Revival and more!

This is contest hosted by the Asheville Skyline’s Facebook Page. Become a “fan” and click “like” or write a creative comment below to be entered to win a pair of tickets for each night of “Playing it Forward” at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville on Thursday, July 1st & Friday, July 2nd!

Check in here before THIS FRIDAY June 25th at Midnight and enter to win. The winner will be announced online through facebook on Saturday.

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“Renown performers and rising talents ignite one stage, celebrating artistic collaboration… two nights of unforgettable music!”

Asheville Skyline is excited to present Playing It Forward 2010 on July 1 & 2 at the beautiful Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of Asheville, NC!

After an inspiring trip to Muscle Shoals and Decatur Alabama in early December 2009, where Asheville Skyline‘s Executive Producer Craig Hines and others had the tremendous opportunity to meet and spend time with legendary producer Johnny Sandlin, an idea was born.  The culmination of which is the Asheville Skyline Band, an ever changing and evolving band comprised of some of the best talent around the “greater” Asheville area. And because of the significant contributions which Johnny Sandlin made to so much of the music that has been the soundtrack to our lives, having worked with literally the “who’s who” of Southern Rock, and beyond, the July 1 Playing It Forward concert features many musicians who have had the opportunity to work with Sandlin in the past, as well as up and coming artists who hope to in the future. Individual day tickets and VIP packages are available.

On July 1, 2010

The “Playing it Forward” Asheville Skyline Band:
Col Bruce Hampton: guitar / vocals, Ike Stubblefield: Hammond B3 organ, Jeff Sipe: drums, Jay Sanders: bass, and Shane Pruitt: rhythm guitar. They will be joined with by other special guests including Janelle Funk: jazz/ blues vocalist , Craig Sorells: trumpet, Tony Kennedy: tenor sax,  and others TBA.

Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. has been making music since he formed his first band in 1963. The Colonel has been in constant motion ever since making music, writing poetry, acting in major motion pictures and guessing birthdays along the way. Although he’s been ‘Retired’ for decades, The Colonel still tours regularly. He plays with his band The Quark Alliance, featuring Kris Dale, Perry Osborn and Duane Trucks. Bruce also performs with Grant Green, Jr., Dennis Palmer and occasionally with the original lineup of The Aquarium Rescue Unit.

Ike Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review greats like The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. Ike Stubblefield performed live on stage with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. During that time, he lived in San Francisco, New York and London.

Jeff Sipe is a founding member of the self-applied “Cajun Slamgrass” band Leftover Salmon, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and played in the Zambiland Orchestra, an experimental big band featuring members of Phish, Widespread Panic and others. Most recently he has toured with Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe and Jimmy Herring Band.

Jay Sanders
If there is one thing you can say about bass player, Jay Sanders, it is that he has never stopped following the path his heart leads him through music. With over twenty years in the saddle, he is still touring and recording with folk rock band, Acoustic Syndicate. He played four years with Americana roots rock legends Donna The Buffalo. Jay was one of the original members of the Snake Oil Medicine Show, CX-1, and one of the primary forces behind AVAS (The Acoustic Vibration Appreciation Society). He also currently leads the jazz band, The E.Normus Trio.

Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end. He is raw, refined, explorative, and expressive and along with his band brings his brand of blues all across the Southeast. Spartanburg has named Shane Pruitt its “Instrumentalist of the Year” for seven years and running.

Opening Acts:
Velvet Truckstop
takes the time-honored instrumentation of the classic rock ‘n’ roll outfit and relentlessly engages house full’s of loyal audiences who themselves likewise feel the blues, dance the funk, and sing the truth; for people who strive to love life. “It’s the kind of rock you can lose yourself in”, comments Gus Lubin from Winston-Salem’s Yes! Weekly. When musical magic occurs spontaneously on stage, the experience is shared by performer and audience alike. It is an alchemy that cannot be artificially reproduced, only happening in the ‘moment’ when the circumstances are perfectly aligned…which is most certainly quite often for this band of musical stalwarts!

BIG DADDY LOVE brings a natural blend of grass, roots, and rock to the emerging North Carolina music scene. With fiery vocals, sweet-sugary harmonies, authentic song-craft, and undeniable musicianship, the quintet delivers high-energy performances comprised of their own brand of good-time music. It is the startling power of these live shows that resonate with their audience. Genuine and intensely personal lyrics captivate and connect.

Be captivated. Get connected. Feel the love.

July 2, 2010

Acoustic Syndicate with special guests:
Known for their high-energy, positive sound, Acoustic Syndicate delivers a genre-defying performance, masterfully blending its eclectic influences with trademark finesse that only 17 years of cohesive teamwork can bring.

Acoustic Syndicate is the product of Cleveland County’s McMurry clan. Guitarist Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is joined by his cousins, Bryon McMurry on banjo and Fitz McMurry on drums. The three McMurrys also bring a trademark vocal trio that only a lifetime of singing together can deliver. Joining the McMurrys in 1998 on bass, Jay Sanders has become part of the family. A long time resident of Asheville, NC, his seamless blending of musical genres and driving style brought a completion to the band’s sound that continues to characterize and define.

Formed in 1992, Acoustic Syndicate has had a long and storied career. They spent well over a dozen years on the road, playing at the original Bonnaroo, MerleFest, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Memphis in May and many many other clubs, festivals and events. Acoustic Syndicate’s all about making sure it’s an honest alternative, a sound that’s 100 percent its own, but steeped in a rich musical history.

“The dynamics come from 12 years of traveling on the road together,” McMurry said. “We’ve been playing together long enough now to pretty much know what everyone else is doing. It’s more of a reflex action now than anything else. We love to get together and play together, so we’ve been very fortunate in that regard.”

The Honeycutters: In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalized and impersonal, the Honeycutters are building a reputation based on live performance and songs that tend to stick with you. Their first full length studio release “Irene” (May ’09) has landed them in Iaan Hughes’ (No Depression Podcast) top twenty of 2009, Fret Knot Radio Hour’s “Nine you need to know from ’09”, and number 32 in WNCW’s listener voted top 100. Singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as “one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days” by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as “perfectly unadorned” and “recklessly beautiful”. Lead guitarist and Producer Peter James compliments Platt’s vocals with seamless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. Spencer Taylor on mandolin, Ian Harrod on bass, and Richard Faulk on the drums effortlessly round out the Honeycutters sound, creating an original brand of americana that has proved equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover, the country and the city, and the old and the young.

Chris O’Neill is a songwriter, musician and performer whose breadth of talent defies any easy mold.  O’neill’s songs are lyrically engaging, yet thoughtful and honest, deftly blended with intricate guitar pieces that manage to captivate the ear without ever becoming overbearing.  These elements, compelling on their own, achieve a whole new level when presented in his voice that seamlessly pays homage to soul, blues, country, and southern rock, yet maintains a sound that is individual and undeniably Chris O’Neill’s own.

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Details at a Glance:
828-257-4530
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801-3521

www.dwtheatre.com
www.ashevilleskyline.com

Doors 7pm, show 8pm each night
Individual Day Tickets $28 (until 5/31), then $33 (Includes the ticket service fee)
Limited VIP Ticket available $125 (1 ticket for each night, early admission, reserved prime seating, meet and greet, details at website*)
Hotel discounts also available at the Residence at Biltmore, The Double Tree Inn, Haywood Park Hotel, and the Renaissance Inn
More details about ticket and hotels are on AshevilleSkyline.com

Event Sponsors include the Flying Frog Cafe, Highland Brewing Company, http://www.asheville-microbreweries.com, Asheville Rolf Experience, Groves Printing, and Dreamspider Publicity. The Flying Frog Cafe will be catering the hospitality area and there will also be a variety a selection of Asheville’s finest beers, wine bar, and non alcoholic beverage selections from The Flying Frog Cafe.

Renown performers and rising talents ignite one stage, celebrating artistic collaboration… two nights of unforgettable music!

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PhilanthroPEAK Live starts at 5pm tonight, Saturday March 20th, 2010 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville! Film, Music, Art, Mon-profits, and more… Read more about it n the Blue Banner Article below:

Charity promotes nonprofits with film

By Alex Hammond / Staff Writer

UNCA’s Blue Banner www.thebluebanner.net

rahammon@unca.edu

The PhilanthroPEAK Live concert at the Diana Wortham Theatre involves several bands, cameras, a cut rate for students and filming a unique documentary.

“This year, Chris’ idea originally was to develop a film that would show us building relationships in the community, as we’re trying to develop a program in Asheville,” said Kaleem Clarkson, the director of Concepts4Charity.

C4C is a national charity dedicated to the promotion of other charities. Their next production is the PhilanthroPEAK documentary, which deals largely with area nonprofit organizaitions and the artists and musicians involved with them, said Chris Gaspar, the vice president of operations of C4C.

“We’re like a PR company for nonprofits,” he said.

Asheville has a lot of nonprofits, but little in terms of promotion for them, Gaspar said. Filming a documentary on those organizations seemed like a perfect chance to build relationships and to promote an area that gets less media coverage than it should, he said.

“I thought that this place is not really getting covered,” Gaspar said. “We want to introduce Asheville to a larger base.”

Gaspar wants to build another office here, Clarkson said, so they started production and started raising funds to move a pilot program from Massachusetts to the mountains.

“He (Gaspar) felt that it was time to build a physical presence in Asheville. Most of our physical presence has been in Massachusetts and Sacramento,” Clarkson said.

Funds raised at the concert Saturday will go toward a program starting at Asheville High School named Hip-Hop Culture, Gaspar said.

“We basically pick a benefactor, we work with the local talent and the local venues,” Gaspar said.

Clarkson said the program offers several disciplines, including break dancing, poetry or songwriting.

“What we do with Hip-Hop Culture, plain and simple, is we provide kids the chance to select a discipline. They practice that discipline twice a week after school,” Clarkson said.

Students learn the history of hip-hop as well as the techniques. At the end of the semester, they participate in a talent show, according to Clarkson.

“We got the confirmation from the principal that we could start a pilot program,” he said.

One of the filmmakers involved with the PhilanthroPEAK project, David Bourne, is a local who worked with Gaspar on a prior project, A Call to Action. He said the documentary is well on the way to finishing shooting.

“We’re still in production, so we are probably about three-quarters of the way through the project. We’ve filmed in a cabin in Leicester and we have filmed in a hot-air balloon,” Bourne said. “In my balloon, I was interviewing a naturalist who works for a regional nonprofit called the WNC Alliance, and he was able to talk about the region’s biodiversity.”

The unique shooting situation caused some equally unique problems, Bourne said.

“The major challenge was doing an interview when the balloon had to be inflated at different intervals. The balloon blast would go off, and we would just have to have them repeat the last thing they said, just start over,” he said.

Filming in a balloon was a way the filmmakers offered a different take on the area, Bourne said.

“Of course, being up in a balloon you get all kinds of perspective that you can’t get on the ground,” he said.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.thebluebanner.net/mobile/charity-promotes-nonprofits-with-film-1.1270081

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