Culomba Quintet: Somerville
Jul
1
7:30 PM19:30

Culomba Quintet: Somerville

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, presents an evening of folk singing from around the world. Based in Boston, Culomba brings modern audiences together to appreciate vocal music from many styles and cultures, including American folk traditions, music of Georgia, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans, South African choral songs, early music, and original composition. Through performance and education, Culomba celebrates the universal human experience of singing. More info at culomba.com

Lysander Jaffe (voice, violin), Sophie Michaux (voice, accordion), Adam Simon (voice, mandolin), Sora Harris-Vincent (voice), Avery Sherman (voice)

Tickets here: Sliding scale $10-25


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Culomba Workshop & Concert: Belfast
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Culomba Workshop & Concert: Belfast

Culomba, a small vocal ensemble based in Boston, presents a singing workshop and concert exploring diverse styles of vocal music from around the world.

Singing Workshop: 2-4 pm ($30 suggested)

Community Potluck: 4-5 pm

Concert: 5-7 pm ($12 suggested)

Concert + Workshop Combo ($35 suggested)

Tickets here

In our workshop (2-4 pm), we will explore many styles of harmony singing, from easy rounds to American gospel to Balkan folk songs, in a fun and supportive environment. Singers of all levels of experience are welcome. All music will be taught by ear, with each voice part supported by a Culomba singer.

In between the workshop and concert, we will have a community potluck, open to all. The concert begins at 5 pm, and will feature a dazzling array of vocal harmonies from American folk traditions, music from Georgia, the Balkans, Mediterranean, and South Africa, baroque madrigals, and original music.

More info at culomba.com

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Culomba Quintet at Mayo Street Arts
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Culomba Quintet at Mayo Street Arts

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, presents an evening of folk singing from around the world. Based in Boston, Culomba brings modern audiences together to appreciate vocal music from many styles and cultures, including American folk traditions, music of Georgia, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans, South African choral songs, early music, and original composition. Through performance and education, Culomba celebrates the universal human experience of singing. More info at culomba.com

Performers: Lysander Jaffe (voice, violin), Sophie Michaux (voice, accordion), Adam Simon (voice, mandolin), Sora Harris-Vincent (voice), Avery Sherman (voice)
Tickets here

$15/General Admission, $22/Preferred Seating, $8/Students & Seniors


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Culomba Quintet: Singing Workshop (Boston)
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Culomba Quintet: Singing Workshop (Boston)

Culomba, a Boston-based vocal ensemble, presents a singing workshop exploring diverse styles of vocal music from around the world. We will explore many styles of harmony singing, from easy rounds to Georgian polyphony to Balkan folk songs, in a fun and supportive environment. Singers of all levels of experience are welcome, and all music will be taught by ear, with each voice part supported by a Culomba singer.

Tickets here

$30 Suggested/$25 low-income/reduced

Kids under 12 free!

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Culomba Quintet: Singing Workshop
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Culomba Quintet: Singing Workshop

Culomba, a Boston-based vocal ensemble, presents a singing workshop exploring diverse styles of vocal music from around the world. We will explore many styles of harmony singing, from easy rounds to Georgian polyphony to Balkan folk songs, in a fun and supportive environment. Singers of all levels of experience are welcome, and all music will be taught by ear, with each voice part supported by a Culomba singer.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culomba-singing-workshop-in-northampton-tickets-62507510647

$30 General/$25 Reduced

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Culomba Quintet in Northampton
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Culomba Quintet in Northampton

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, presents an evening of folk singing from around the world. Based in Boston, Culomba brings modern audiences together to appreciate vocal music from many styles and cultures, including American folk traditions, music of Georgia, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans, South African choral songs, early music, and original composition. Through performance and education, Culomba celebrates the universal human experience of singing. More info at culomba.com


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Music of Epirus
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Music of Epirus

Vasilis Kostas (laouto) and Lysander Jaffe (violin) present traditional music of Epirus, Greece, culminating a year of intensive study supported by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Apprenticeship in Traditional Arts.

7:30 pm, free

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Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To

Join Palaver for an adventurous exploration of the relationship between music and dance, featuring choreography by Chavi Bansal and members of Vimoksha Dance Company. In the second half of the program, all are invited to join us for a contra dance—a New England tradition where old dance forms are alive and well. We will be joined by Dela Murphy along with instrumentalists Neil Pearlman. A caller will instruct the dancers while Palaver plays, so no experience or partner is required.

Tickets here

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Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To

  • Portland Intown Contra: State Street Church (map)
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Join Palaver for an adventurous exploration of the relationship between music and dance, featuring choreography by Chavi Bansal and members of Vimoksha Dance Company. In the second half of the program, all are invited to join us for a contra dance—a New England tradition where old dance forms are alive and well. We will be joined by Dela Murphy along with instrumentalists Neil Pearlman, Owen Marshall and Baron Collins Hill. A caller will instruct the dancers while Palaver plays, so no experience or partner is required.

Tickets here

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Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Palaver Strings: You Can Dance If You Want To

Join Palaver for an adventurous exploration of the relationship between music and dance, featuring choreography by Chavi Bansal and members of Vimoksha Dance Company. In the second half of the program, all are invited to join us for a contra dance—a New England tradition where old dance forms are alive and well. We will be joined by Dela Murphy along with instrumentalist Neil Pearlman. A caller will instruct the dancers while Palaver plays, so no experience or partner is required.

Tickets here (Concert and Contra Dance sold separately)

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The Greek Laouto: Concert with Christos Zotos
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Greek Laouto: Concert with Christos Zotos

  • Somerville Community Baptist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A rare opportunity to hear the master of the laouto, Christos Zotos, in the United States. The concert will be curated by Vasilis Kostas, featuring guest artists Erini Tornesaki (vocals), Beth Bahia Cohen (violin), Mina Cho (piano), Panos Aivas (drums), Manos Stratis (bass), George Lernis (percussion), Athansios Athanassiadis (clarinet), Lysander Jaffe (violin), Panagiotis Georgakopoulos (defi). Supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

Tickets $20 General/$15 with Student ID

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La Mappa Mundi (Palaver Strings + Culomba)
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

La Mappa Mundi (Palaver Strings + Culomba)

La Mappa Mundi, a unique collaboration between Palaver Strings and Culomba, draws a map of Europe, both real and imagined, through song and story. Palaver will be joined by prolific vocalists Sophie Michaux and Adam Jacob Simon for a uniquely collaborative program that travels the British Isles, Transylvania, and the Mediterranean, which have long captured the imaginations of composers and performers alike. Our program runs the gamut of baroque opera, madrigals, drinking songs, dance tunes, and a new commission by Simon, blurring the lines between “popular” music and “high art,” old and new, tradition and innovation.

Tickets here

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La Mappa Mundi (Palaver Strings + Culomba)
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

La Mappa Mundi (Palaver Strings + Culomba)

La Mappa Mundi, a unique collaboration between Palaver Strings and Culomba, draws a map of Europe, both real and imagined, through song and story. Palaver will be joined by prolific vocalists Sophie Michaux and Adam Jacob Simon for a uniquely collaborative program that travels the British Isles, Transylvania, and the Mediterranean, which have long captured the imaginations of composers and performers alike. Our program runs the gamut of baroque opera, madrigals, drinking songs, dance tunes, and a new commission by Simon, blurring the lines between “popular” music and “high art,” old and new, tradition and innovation. We will also perform lullabies with participants from the Lullaby Project, a songwriting partnership between Palaver musicians and expecting mothers.

Tickets here

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Epirus Ensemble (Newton House Concert)
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Epirus Ensemble (Newton House Concert)

The Epirus Ensemble, based in Boston, performs the unique traditional music of Epirus(northwestern Greece). The ensemble is led by the accomplished laouto player Vasilis Kostas, who has worked with Christos Zotos, Petroloukas Halkias, and other great masters of Epirote music. With an exclusive focus on the music of Epirus and traditional instrumentation (clarinet, violin, laouto, defi, and voice), we hope to share the beauty and variety of this musical tradition with new audiences in Boston and beyond.
Tickets $20/$15 students/seniors

RSVP Here (space is limited). Confirmed RSVPs will receive the exact address

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Culomba at Club Passim
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Culomba at Club Passim

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, brings together modern audiences to experience vocal music from diverse traditions. Join us at one of our favorite venues for an evening of thrilling harmonies from American folk traditions, the Balkans, and South Africa.

Doors at 6, music starts at 7

Tickets here

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Culomba Workshop + House Concert
Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

Culomba Workshop + House Concert

  • 292 Main Street Ashfield, MA United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, brings together modern audiences to experience vocal music from diverse traditions. Come learn thrilling harmonies from American folk traditions, the Balkans, and South Africa. Singers of all levels are welcome and all music will be taught by ear. Dinner provided between the workshop and concert. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

Workshop 3-5:30 pm $30

Concert 7 pm $20

Workshop + Concert $45

*Reductions available: no one will be turned away for lack of funds

For RSVPs and payments, email me

Visit culomba.com for more info

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Culomba House Concert
Jan
8
7:30 PM19:30

Culomba House Concert

Culomba, a versatile vocal ensemble based in Boston, brings together modern audiences to experience vocal music from diverse traditions. Join us for our first Maine performance at an intimate house concert in Portland! Capacity is limited, so don’t wait.

To RSVP and receive address, email me.

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Palaver Strings + MYRO (Portland)
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Palaver Strings + MYRO (Portland)

Palaver is thrilled to be collaborating with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a unique and dynamic educational program in Portland, Maine. At MYRO, young string players of all ages learn both classical technique and rock music in an ensemble setting, working with inspiring guest artists. This collaborative program includes chamber music, rock, and everything in between, with music by Radiohead, DBR, Boccherini, Ben Cosgrove, and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Come join us and get ready to rock!

Tickets here

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Palaver Strings + MYRO
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Palaver Strings + MYRO

Palaver is thrilled to be collaborating with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a unique and dynamic educational program in Portland, Maine. At MYRO, young string players of all ages learn both classical technique and rock music in an ensemble setting, working with inspiring guest artists. This collaborative program includes chamber music, rock, and everything in between, with music by Radiohead, DBR, Boccherini, Ben Cosgrove, and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Come join us and get ready to rock!

Tickets here

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Culomba Quartet: House Concert
Jun
8
5:30 PM17:30

Culomba Quartet: House Concert

Culomba's Sophie Michaux, Adam Simon, Lysander Jaffe, and Sora Harris-Vincent draw from their diverse experiences as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and travelers, performing powerful polyphony in an intimate trio setting. Their repertoire includes folk harmony singing from Georgia, Corsica, Ukraine, and the Balkans, eastern European dance tunes, early music, and original compositions. Join us for an intimate house concert in the heart of Jamaica Plain! For address details, email to reserve

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Culomba Quartet at Club Passim
Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Culomba Quartet at Club Passim

Culomba's Sophie Michaux, Adam Simon, Lysander Jaffe, and Sora Harris-Vincent draw from their diverse experiences as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and travelers, performing powerful polyphony in an intimate trio setting. Their repertoire includes folk harmony singing from Georgia, Corsica, Ukraine, and the Balkans, eastern European dance tunes, early music, and original compositions. 

Doors at 7, music starts at 8. Tickets available here

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Trapped!
May
18
to May 19

Trapped!

  • Boston Center for the Arts (map)
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Palaver Strings, in collaboration with Strange News, will explore what it means to be trapped through theater and music. Trapped will feature short excerpts from different scripts, including Goethe's Faust, Poe's The Telltale Heart, Stoker's Dracula, Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Buchner's Woyzeck, Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, Shakespeare's King Lear and Twelfth Night, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Each selection will be paired with complementary musical excerpts. From tragic traps to comic ones, horrific traps to romantic ones, we will delve into ideas of confinement and deceit - literal and metaphorical, physical and psychological.

Friday May 18, 7:30 pm

Saturday May 19, 7:30 pm

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Palaver Quartet at Heartbeet Lifesharing
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Palaver Quartet at Heartbeet Lifesharing

Palaver Strings, a musician-led string ensemble based in Boston, is passionate about bringing classical music to new and diverse audiences. Join four members of Palaver for an afternoon of intimate chamber music in Heartbeet’s beautiful performance space. We will present works by Purcell, Telemann, and Irish fiddler Charlie Lennon. Free; donations accepted. 

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A Voice for Everyone (Hingham, MA)
Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

A Voice for Everyone (Hingham, MA)

Palaver Strings presents "A Voice For Everyone," featuring Ian Gottlieb's concerto grosso Even, written for Palaver in its first year as an ensemble. Even will appear alongside two other exemplary concerto grossi by Correlli and Vaughn Williams. The third grade String Orchestra students from Bridge Boston Charter School's El Sistema program will join Palaver for the Vaughn Williams and will also perform an original composition arranged with Ian Gottlieb. This performance is part of Palaver's yearlong Chamber Music Institute with Bridge Boston students. 

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