Becoming Human-Songs of Observation, realization and transformation

Becoming Human - Songs of observation, realization and transformation
At the Amity Gallery Saturday Dec. 21, 7:30 pm

Don’t miss Becoming Human at the Amity Gallery, Saturday, December 21, 2019

Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm

Becoming Human is four people (Marji Zintz on vocals, guitar, and percussion; Jim Kunkel on guitars; Mickey Kopchak on bass and vocals; and Ron Wilson on percussion) who have been making lots of music for lots of years and are coming together now for this special, artful, moving, evocative project.

Vocalist/percussionist Marji Zintz fronts the group, which performs music composed by guitarist Jim Kunkel and bassist Mickey Kopchack. They explore and inhabit many genres across the musical spectrum, from folk to jazz, modal to avant-garde, spiritual to classical to Brazilian. They honor the space and each other’s unique “voice,” creating and holding a fertile ground for conversation, interplay, improvisation, and emotion.

Marji brings a long and diverse performance resume, working in myriad settings since the 1970s as a vocalist and guitarist. She has performed in voice/double bass duets with such notable players as Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Josef Pelletier, and Vin Warner. She also worked in a progressive jazz-based ensemble that included Erik Lawrence on reeds and Jim Kunkel on guitar, often using her voice as one of the horns. She has worked in collaboration with improvisational vocalists Victoria Christgau and Shula Ruth Weinstein in a mostly a capella recording and performance project called Sister Sound, and has arranged, recorded, and performed with many other innovative musical projects over the years as well as performing as a soloist. She teaches guitar and coaches voice and harmony in the Hudson Valley.

Versatile guitarist Jim Kunkel has composed music for independent films and documentaries such as the Aspects of the Arts series profiling poet Dan Masterson and artist Frederick Franck. As leader and sideman, he has performed and recorded since the late seventies, including a quintet that performed many of how own innovative compositions. Jim has a long list of people who have studied with him over the years and have gone on to enjoy a successful music career.

Mickey Kopchak has been playing bass professionally since the age of 10. Known not only for his sensitivity and presence, Mickey expands the sonic assignment of the bass by tastefully employing a multitude of interesting effects, creating rich and expansive soundscapes, as well as reaching emotional depths. Because of his versatility, expertise, and dedication to excellence, he is widely sought after and has performed and recorded with jazz and pop artists throughout the northeast.

Ron Wilson’s varied resume reflects his wide range of musical abilities. He has graced the stage with a lengthy list of accomplished artists (Mitch Ryder, Mick Jones, Mark Lindsay, Badfinger, Dee Dee Ramone, Gary US Bonds, and the Guy Lombardo Band to name but a few). Ron is currently working as musical director for Lou Christie. Some of his other credits include performances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, the K-Rock WXRK Christmas Show and several Off-Broadway productions.

Ron is known for his musical creativity and professionalism. We love him because he loves what he does.

PechaKucha #12

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8 pm – 9:30 pm

PechaKucha Nights are fun, informal gatherings where people share their stories and passions in a concise format.

Participants

Jenna Field – What is Pilates?

Jenna Field is a fitness enthusiast and instructor notes that perhaps you are not in great shape, and haven’t exercised in ages, yet would like to strengthen your mind and body, Pilates might be the answer.

Richard Hull- Secret African Masks for Life’s Sake

Richard Hull tells of his half century encounter with the Mystery and Magic of masks and their significance to their users in Africa and abroad. His talk is based on his more than 50 years of collecting and analyzing traditional masks and their uses in African secret societies.

Claire Gilliam- Dissolving into Abstraction (with copper and silver)

Finding a way to connect her longtime love of darkroom printing with a newer passion for printmaking, Claire Gilliam shares her latest body of work “Lifelines”, revealing a journey into line and abstraction she didn’t expect.

Karen Martis-Wilderness Survival

Karen Martis notes that our ancestors lived closer to the earth. What did they know and what can we learn from them? How can we experience this natural connection? 

Kathryn Nieves-Artificial Intelligence: Fear of the Unknown

Love it or hate it, artificial intelligence is all around us. It’s developed into more tools and platforms than we realize. Is this technology something to fear or something to embrace? Kathryn Nieves’ talk will dive into the advantages of artificial intelligence and its real-life advantages and applications. 

Loren Talbot-Homecoming: My Constant Return to Food and Photography 

Loren Talbot is an artist, photo editor, poet, wife and mother. She studied photography at Marlboro College, Urban Planning at Pratt Institute, and has worked in Northern Italian restaurants. She regrettably killed hundreds of lobsters in Maine, and catered in Manhattan and Vermont. Her DNA is made up of one strand of food and another strand of art. When she’s not editing world news, she can be found in her kitchen making a delicious mess. 

Loren explores the intersection of food and photography throughout her life. 

PechaKucha Website

The Amity Gallery presented the first of a series of PechaKucha evenings in March 2017. Started over a decade ago, PechaKucha nights are informal and fun gatherings where people get together to share their enthusiasms, ideas, and thoughts. The PechaKucha format consists of 20 images displayed for 20 seconds while the presenter describes and explains them.

Take a look at all the previous PechaKucha presentations we made in Warwick .

https://www.pechakucha.com/events/warwick-vol-12

PechaKucha is Japanese for chit chat. It is the world’s fastest growing story telling platform used by millions around the globe. Learn more about PechaKucha.

https://www.pechakucha.com/about

Rick Savage plays Miles Davis

with Mark Minchello on piano and Lew Scott on bass

Sunday November 10, 4 pm

Suggested Donation $15

Rick Savage will be playing at the Amity Gallery on November 10 at 4 pm

Educated at world renowned music school Indiana University, composer / producer / engineer, videographer Rick Savage has lived and worked in & around New York City for the past 30 years. He continues to be in demand as a performing & recording trumpet player, making guest solo appearances on the CD projects of many NY area artists.

The video below is a swingin’ tune from the Hudson Valley Jazz Fest featuring Rick Savage trumpet, Don Braden sax, Eliot Zigmund drums, Zen Zadravec piano, & David Kingsnorth bass.

A performance of “Black Coffee” by the Rick Savage Jazz 4Tet from the 2011 Warwick Valley (NY) Jazz Fest featuring Luci Yeghiazaryan • vocals, Rick Savage • trumpet, Eliot Zigmund • drums, Zen Zadravec • piano, David Kingsnorth • bass

Bach / Not Bach

Sunday September 29th 4 pm

Music from and inspired by Bach’s Suites for solo Cello.

 
Jeanne Fox & Jeff Ciampa perform Bach, Bartok and Villa Lobos. 

Bach created a system of understanding music that has stood for centuries, and that’s where Jeanne Fox (Juilliard trained cellist) and Jeff Ciampa (renowned jazz guitarist) discovered that they had common ground. We all come to music from seemingly disparate places but the timeless quality of Bach’s music connects us all.

Karl Latham and Friends

Jazz may

 

The excitement of jazz played by Karl Latham and Friends is happening at the Amity Gallery on May 25th at 7:30 PM.  The music will include standards, classics and original music by 3 outstanding musicians.

Karl Latham is a Warwick, NY based internationally recognized drummer, known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles. Karl has performed with wide spectrum of notable artists including Bernie Worrell; The Fantasy Band; Ali Ryerson; Claudio Roditi; Clark Terry; John Lee Quartet; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; Slide Hampton; Johnny Winter; Jerry Vivino Quartet; Unit1 with Mark Egan; Constellations with Mark Egan and Ryan Carniaux; and many many more.  Karl is an adjunct faculty member Drew University and the County College of Morris. Karl Latham Voted #7 Drummer in The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

Pianist Oscar Perez, has played in the musical groups of Phoebe Snow, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian McBride, Charenee Wade, Dave Stryker, Adrian Cunningham, Steve Turre, Eddie Allen and Don Braden. Oscar is also faculty for Montclair State University and Jazz House Kids and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Bassist Calvin Jones, has performed with Steve Coleman, Ray Anderson, Eartha Kitt and countless other artists. Calvin performed for many Broadway hits including Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk.

Suggested Donation: $15

Contact: Pat 845-258-0818

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.