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.

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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)
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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.

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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)
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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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A Voice for Everyone (Boston Performance)
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

A Voice for Everyone (Boston Performance)

Palaver Strings and Groupmuse present "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.

Tickets available through Groupmuse here or at the door

 

 

 

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Culomba @ Club Passim
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Culomba @ Club Passim

Culomba's Sophie Michaux, Adam Simon, and Lysander Jaffe 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. The trio will open for Long Is The Walk, the solo project of Boston-based cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer Jeremy Harman.

Tickets available here

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Seeking Sanctuary
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Seeking Sanctuary

  • Boston Center for the Arts (map)
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Part of Palaver Strings' residency at the Boston Center for the Arts, Seeking Sanctuary showcases the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and a participatory art installation inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

Friday February 9, 8 pm

Saturday February 10, 8 pm

Sunday February 11, 3 pm

Tickets available here

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Culomba @ Journeys in Sound
Jan
21
3:00 PM15:00

Culomba @ Journeys in Sound

Culomba will present an afternoon of intimate trio music at the Center for Arts at the Armory Cafe. Sophie Michaux, Adam Simon, and Lysander Jaffe draw from their diverse experiences as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and travelers, performing powerful polyphonic music in an intimate trio settings. Their eclectic repertoire includes folk harmony singing from Georgia, Corsica, Ukraine, and the Balkans, eastern European dance tunes, early music, original compositions, and more. The trio has recently returned from a two-month European tour with Northern Harmony and released their debut EP. Tickets will be available soon.

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Culomba @ Anchor House of Artists
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Culomba @ Anchor House of Artists

Culomba, a Boston-based trio of voices, presents an intimate evening of powerful singing at Anchor House of Artists. Lysander Jaffe, Sophie Michaux, and Adam Simon draw inspiration from their diverse experiences as singers, instrumentalists, composers, and travelers. Their eclectic repertoire includes folk harmony singing from Georgia, Corsica, Ukraine, and the Balkans, eastern European dance tunes, early music, original compositions, and more. The trio has recently returned from a two-month European tour with Northern Harmony and released their debut album. In addition to the concert, Culomba will offer a singing workshop in the afternoon, open to all, where participants explore many styles of harmony singing in a fun and supportive environment. Singers of all levels of experience are welcome and everything will be taught by ear. Come make music with us! 

Workshop 3-5 pm, $30-35. Concert 7 pm, $10-15. Workshop + Concert $40

For questions or to sign up the workshop, contact Lysander

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Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble
Jan
1
to Jan 6

Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble

Village Harmony is a Vermont-based organization dedicated to teaching and preserving traditional styles of harmony singing from around the world. Directed by Lysander Jaffe and VH founder Larry Gordon, the brilliant young singers of VH's alumni ensemble will embark on a short concert tour around New England, performing thrilling vocal music from Georgia, Corsica, Estonia, the Balkans, and the European renaissance. Tour dates below:

January 1: Heartbeet Lifesharing Community, Hardwick, VT, 4:00 pm

January 2: Montpelier Unitarian Church, Montpelier, VT, 7:00 pm

January 3: Congregational Church, Westminster West, VT, 7:00 pm

January 4: Community Church, Tinmouth, VT 7:00 pm

January 5: Community Church, West Cummington, MA, 7:00 pm

January 6: Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St Newton, MA, 4:00 pm

  

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A dormir a soñar (Palaver Strings)
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

A dormir a soñar (Palaver Strings)

A dormir a soñar explores the hopes, dreams, and challenges of motherhood. Palaver Strings, pianist Moisès Fernández Via, and participants from the Lullaby Project will join forces in celebrating and reflecting on the power and complexity of motherhood through William Grant Still’s nostalgic Mother and Child, Chopin’s monumental Piano Concerto in E Minor, and original lullabies by new moms, written together with Palaver musicians through our chapter of the Lullaby Project. Buy tickets

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