Western MA Philippines Relief Fund
June Millington, who is Filipina-American, is a musician, founding member of the all-girl rock band Fanny, and co-founder and artistic director of The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen, Massachusetts. An extraordinary musician, songwriter, and producer, her contributions to the canon of rock and roll are enormous, and her efforts to bring much needed visibility of women artists in popular music are legendary. As the founder of The Institute for the Musical Arts, Millington is a force for empowering women in their pursuit of careers in the field of music and promoting social justice and equality within the music industry and in other social and cultural spheres. IMA is a nonprofit teaching, performing and recording facility dedicated to supporting women and girls in music and music-related business. IMA's residential summer music programs for girls and young women give participants access to top-notch musical facilities and instruments, veteran professional musicians and time with visiting artists.
Samirah Evans was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vermont in the wake of hurricane Katrina. She formed Samirah Evans & Her Handsome Devils in 2007 and has performed at clubs, concert halls and music festivals throughout the northeast. In 2011, Evans released Hot Club: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center (Misha Records), her third CD and first recorded outside of Louisiana. She has shared stages with legendary artists James Brown, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison, Jr., among others in her career, and has toured Europe, Asia and South America as a headliner.
Evelyn Harris has dedicated her voice to giving depth and meaning to an extensive array of musical styles, creating stirring interpretations of African-American traditional and contemporary material, freedom songs from around the world, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and blues. Her 18-year tenure with the internationally acclaimed Black women’s acapella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock guided her studies as an artist, performer, arranger and composer. Her compositions include State Of Emergency (1988 Grammy nomination), and My Lament. With Sweet Honey, she recorded and co-produced ten albums on the Warner Brothers, Redwood, and Flying Fish labels. She is widely respected for the mastery of her craft and her mentorship of young musical talent. “My life is full with abundant manifestations of good. Singing is my giving back with thanks and praise.”
David Picchi has been performing and teaching music throughout the Pioneer Valley since 2001. After graduating from Holyoke Community College and UMass Amherst, David spent 3 years touring nationally with the Soul/R&B band Leah Randazzo Group. In addition to being a member of the Amherst College Music Department faculty, David also contributes skills and services to the HCC Jazz Festival, Northampton Jazz Festival, UMass Jazz in July, Mt. Holyoke College Music Department, Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshop, and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. David has performed, or can currently be seen performing with Karyn Allison, Chocolate Peach, FlavaEvolution, Chuck Langford, Yusef Lateef, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Neville, Arturo O'Farrill, Beau Sasser and many other wonderful musicians.
Belle Amie - Amelia Nields Chalfant, Isabella DeHerdt, and Alouette Batteau - met at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen MA, a rock and roll camp just for girls. Amelia and Isabella performed as a duo for a few years, opening for such acts as The Nields and Sonya Kitchell, at such venues as The Green River Festival, The Hilltown Spring Festival, and The Iron Horse Music Hall. In the summer of 2012, they teamed up with Alouette to play at Mocha Maya’s as support for Brook Batteau, and at The Lady and the Amp Festival at the IMA. In early December they performed at The Iron Horse Music Hall as the opening act for the sold out And the Kids CD release party. In the summer of 2013 they played on both the main stage and the workshop stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, performing their own songs and singing backup for DarWilliams and the Nields. The trio write and arrange original songs with professional confidence and skill. At ages 12, 12, and 15, Belle Amie are taking their time developing their skills and plan to play music for the rest of their lives.
Claire Arenius, drummer/composer/educator, has been performing in jazz and improvisational music for over thirty years. Her formative years were spent studying music at University of Massachusetts, where Archie Shepp and Max Roach were on faculty. Later, as the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Music Grant, Claire relocated to New York City to study with master drummer Charli Persip. This led to Claire's joining legendary trombonist/arranger Melba Liston's ensemble and to performances at Carnegie Hall, the Seaport Jazz Festival, Jazzmobile, Blues Alley, and many other concerts. Claire has toured Europe with Hungarian-born guitar Master Attila Zoller, and assisted him in founding the Vermont Jazz Center. She has, in fact, performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including: Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Richard Davis, Yusef Lateef, Rufus Reid, Steve Turre, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Charles Neville, George Mraz, Ray Copeland, Mose Allison, Barney Kessel, Cameron Brown, Sheila Jordan and more.
Paul Arslanian has been working as a pianist, composer, and dance accompanist since 1971. In the San Francisco Bay Area he lead several Latin and Jazz ensembles, co-founded the ground breaking Jazz Tap Ensemble in 1979 and played with such notable musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Pharaoh Sanders and Terri Gibbs and tap dancers Honi Coles, the Nicholas Brothers, Eddie Brown and many others.Paul’smusical compositions have been recorded by George Coleman, Roy Hargrove, John Hicks and Renee Roznes. Most recently Paul has taught at the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Intensive, performs and directs music for many tap dance events throughout the northeast and continues to work as a freelance jazz pianist. Paul has been a lecturer in dance and accompanist for the UMass Dance Department since 1999 and has served as pianist and coordinator for the weekly Northampton Jazz Workshop series since 2010.
Marcia Gomes soulful originals are inspired by jazz, gospel, Latin, and R&B. From Dionne Warwick to The Edwin Hawkins Singers, from Ray Charles and Lou Rawls to Wes Montgomery, from Chaka Khan and Jill Scott to Sergio Mendes to Sting, her musical influences are rich and diverse. Marcia's voice and lyrics have been described as deeply soulful and moving, and her haunting melodies explore themes of faith, redemption, and social justice. Marcia has performed with a number of popular local Boston bands including the jazz bands Straight Ahead and MaShanDi Jhazz, an all female R&B dance band called Sistahs of the Yam, and Move, an R&B pop band. She has appeared onstage at Ryles, Club Passim, Club 1369, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Marcia is a Cleo Laine vocal scholarship recipient and graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in voice and songwriting. She has also studied classical and jazz guitar privately.
Philippines Benefit Concert
Help rebuild the lives of 5.5 million Children affected by Typhoon Haiyan!
Donations will go to UNICEF
Thursday December 12th 7pm
129 Main St, Northampton
We are still taking donations. Please contribute to this important cause.