Taos Journey: An Exhibition of photographs by George J. Nicholson

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For over 20 years, composer, author, producer Bettina Covo and I have shared something of a similar creative simpatico. The projects we have collaborated on are of an eclectic mix, but all have one thing in common – our creative spirits inform one another in archetypal space.  It’s no surprise we share a deep appreciation for ancient mythology and the lore of indigenous peoples and places of atmospheric wonder.
This past summer we met to put the finishing touches on a book we are in the process of publishing, A Winter’s Tale. This fairy tale myth, penned by Bettina, carries my book design and is amply illustrated by a selection of my winter photography.  Bettina noticed proofs of my Taos Journey book as I readied it for publication. She asked me if I’d share a copy of the book’s design with her and wondered if I would mind if she composed music to possibly accompany the inaugural exhibition of Taos Journey.
I hesitated at first, and we both knew why:  My strong predilection for a particular style of modern instrumental – so-called ambient – music.  Although I had heard some striking work she’d done in a similar vein, I knew Bettina mainly for her powerful, deep, shadowy songwriting and melodic compositions produced with her husband, flutist, composer, producer Brian D. Taylor.
Instinctively, Bettina knew what would break my silence Can you share with me music you might have in mind? She read my mind, as I had already assembled a mix of Brian Eno/Harold Budd musical compositions from various albums that I planned to loop in the gallery.  I sent her my mix along with a PDF proof of Taos Journey and indicated the images that would highlight the exhibition.  Furthermore, I offered her a promise: Do your thing. You know what I like. Surprise me. I am not going to ˜art direct what you do.
I kept my promise.  A few weeks later, I downloaded a handful of mp3s carrying such titles as Conversations with the Sun, Junkyard Angels, Desert Oceans, Cold Shivers.  I was blown away.  Bettina informed me she had others in mind and within a short time Ascent to Arcadia and Indian Mother arrived.  And this in the midst of personal tragedy – as her husband and lifelong musical collaborator, Brian, died unexpectedly.  (Brian’s gentle, magical presence and masterful flute performance can be heard on the album).
Her Rogers had lost its Hammerstein.  I quietly pondered how she could finish the project (and certainly didn’t raise the point), as the cuts were rough and in need of technical fine-tuning. I don’t know how, as she has been truly overwhelmed in the aftermath of Brian’s passing, but a rather refined mix of the entire album will play during the Taos Journey exhibition at the Amity Gallery.  Distribution of the album on a USB drive attached to a card I’ve designed (see below) will follow in the near future.
I am blessed by this creative partnership and look forward to sharing some of its fruits during the exhibition.The first run of A Winter’s Tale, hot off the press, will be available for the opening reception. Additionally, a Jungian psychology-based œart❠project we collaborated on 24 years ago, Echoes & the Muse, will be on display.
I hope to see you on one of the upcoming November weekends – remember, the show runs the entire month and I’ll be present each weekend!
Autumn cheers, George

N2K a composers’ collective disguised as a jazz trio

n2k is a composers collective disguised as a jazz trio. The group’s original music runs from traditional to fusion to funk to rock to folk to the avant garde. A cohesive sound is created thru their respect of dynamics, space and sensitivity to the moment, allowing breath and freedom of expression while always honoring form.
n2k is:
Jim Kunkel  electric and classical guitar
Mickey Kopchak  electric bass
Al Natoli  drums
Jim Kunkel has composed music for independent films and documentaries such as the Aspects of the Arts series profiling the poet Dan Masterson and artist Frederick Franck. As leader and sideman he has performed and recorded as a guitarist since the late seventies. He was absent from the performance scene for 8 years while focusing on the healing arts. This Amity performance marks his return.
Mickey Kopchak has been playing bass professionally since the age of 10. He has performed and recorded with jazz and pop artists throughout the northeast ever since. Known not only for his sensitivity and presence, Mickey expands the sonic assignment of the bass by tastefully employing a multitude of effects creating rich and expansive soundscapes.
Al Natoli is a drummer that listens closely, responding in the moment with the sensibilities of a seasoned arranger. A multi instrumentalist, Al composes most often on piano and guitar,the drums being his preference for performance. His talents have brought him as far off to recording sessions and performances in Paris, France but he keeps it all closer to home these days performing in the Hudson Valley.

PechaKucha Night #3


Title:  PechaKucha Night #3

Time:  8 PM

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Contact: Pat Foxx  845-258-0818 or Phyllis 845-258-4563

PechaKucha is a way to tell stories.  It’s a concise format whereby the presenter talks along with 20 images that are each projected for 20 seconds. The talk lasts 6 ½ minutes.  It started in Japan and is now in 900 cities around the world. Warwick is one of them!

The presenters for our third evening of stories are:

Richard Hull – My Father’s World: Barns and Farms in Warwick’s Past

Kate Prendergast  – Prasava Sutra Birth

Lynn Youland  – Message from Armenia

Dan Mack – Objects as Magical Decoys and Divine Allurements

Gail Buckland -A Life in Photography

Diane Arcieri – Eugene Arcieri, Woodstock Artist….Visionary

Each will share their images and stories for an evening of variety and fascinating revelations.  Refreshments will be served. Donation: $5.00


DuBois: A Man for all Times


Saturday September 30th 8:00PM  Suggested donation $15.00

This play entertains and enthralls as it compels the viewer to travel on this near 100 year journey. The audience is brought to laughter and tears, and introduced to characters who are real people, not just in History books.

DuBois spoke for women’s Rights.

DuBois spoke for the need for education, for the need for peace.

This play won tremendous critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was commissioned for performances in Holland before Queen Beatrix, and just completed a triumphant run at the V & A Museum in London.

Tomorrow Never Knows : An all Beatles Sing Along yeah! yeah! yeah!


September 16th 4:30-6 PM 

Suggested Donation $5

Featuring 9 year old drummer, Manuel, Brian, Tom, led by Mike C.

The band formed at a Beatles Fest Convention in New Jersey. mike, a beatles fanatic has gone for years to the yearly festival.

An Evening of Beatles music. Featuring Mike Cancemi,