Soundwaves has been described as “creating waves in the community of Westport” (7/23 Valley News) with their “ambitious free concert series” (7/1 NCPR)— a response we are quite pleased with! This summer’s community concert series co-organized by Grammy award-winning Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his wife Catherine, has been drawing crowds in the hundreds from all across the Champlain Valley and as far away as Watertown, NY to celebrate summer with unbelievable musical performances.
Due to working with a tight budget and the desire to bring up musicians from NYC, Haskins designed a unique program around duos and trios of extraordinary musicianship. Last week the crowd was exhilarated by the 20 instruments performed by virtuosic Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres in duet with last year’s Grammy award nominated Cuban pianist Manuel Valera.
There is much more to look forward to as this week (8/7) brings Septembers’ Strings Magazine cover artist Sara Caswell on violin, playing in trio with the mandolinist Joseph Brent & bass player Shawn Conley.
The following week (8/14) brings two larger ensembles from Vermont in a double bill led by Michael Chorney. Hollar General will feature Brett Lanier on the unusual pedal steel followed by Magic City: the music of Sun Ra.
On August 21st Soundwaves presents the mind blowing new trio formed by the 2014 JJA’s electronic player of the year award winner Jason Lindner, with the rhythmically unparalleled Nate Smith and the Brazilian percussionist Gilmar Gomes.
The series wraps up with an extremely special performance by jazz vocalist Rebecca Martin & her husband legendary Jazz bassist Larry Grenadier. The duo will perform music from their highly acclaimed 2013 album Twain.
The 2014 summer series continues at 7:30 every Thursday night through August 28th on the hillside amphitheater overlooking Lake Champlain, known as the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion. Bring a blanket/lawn chairs and a picnic. Rain site is across the street at the historic Heritage House.
- Soundwaves concert series opens Thursday in Westport (northcountrypublicradio.org)
- Soundwaves Concert: Taylor Haskins & Fuzzy Logic (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Soundwaves Concert: Manuel Valera & Samuel Torres (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Soundwaves Concert: Barika (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)