AMP Nights

AMP NIGHTS!

Suggested $10 at the door

AMP Nights! Sundog Poetry and River Arts have partnered together to present a new series of creative evenings which feature a special guest artist, musician, and poet who will share their work through presentations and performances. Audience members are invited to meet and informally discuss each artist’s work afterwards. Light fare and drinks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door.
Click the image below to hear Darren Higgins’ reading from the May AMP Night.
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SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm

Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm

Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm

DETAILS 

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm

  • Artist – Ted Zilius – Ted Zilius juxtaposes two different approaches to his mixed media paintings in Sad and Jazz. The older works rely on the content of the collaged images, sometimes combined with words and subtle color, to evoke a feeling or stimulate thought. The new works, or “jazz” pieces, have random collage elements and a livelier palette, with a focus on color, rhythm, timing, and movement…Zilius studied painting with Ad Reinhart, graphic design with Henry Wolf and Milton Glaser, then worked at Robert P. Gersin Design in NYC…Read more here.
  • Musician – Ben Cosgrove – Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. Read more and listen to his sound here.
  • Poet – Chard deNiord – Chard is a renowned poet with several published works.  He is currently a professor of English at Providence College and the Poet Laureate of Vermont. Read more here.
  • Food – El Hornero – Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries

 

Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm

  • Artist – Clare Dolan: Clare Dolan is a Nurse/Puppeteer whose enthusiasm for everyday life led to the creation of the Museum of Everyday Life in Glover and the great period of growth it has enjoyed in the early part of this Century. Her early interest in object collection and her experiences as a touring puppeteer with the Bread and Puppet Theater during her formative years informs the ever-expanding activity of the Museum as it pursues its mission of glorious obscurity. Clare’s speciality is the Cantastoria. “Cantastoria is an Italian word for the ancient performance form of picture-story recitation, which involves sung narration accompanied by reference to painted banners, scrolls, or placards. It is a tradition belonging to the underdog, to chronically itinerant people of low social status, yet also inextricably linked to the sacred. It is a practice very much alive today…” Read more here.
  • Musician – Farm Song: Farm Song is a group of farmers, homesteaders, and friends who love to sing. As long as people have been farming, they have been singing about it: harvest and planting songs, songs to influence the weather, songs about or for livestock, songs to bless trees and animals, ritual songs to be sung at solstices, equinoxes and other auspicious times of year. Josh Karp, Maria Schumann, Kristin Urie, Jeff Fellinger and Emily Gletsos have been singing together in various formations for over 10 years. With backgrounds in farming, folklore, painting, puppetry, musicology, carpentry and teaching, the singers bring together their diverse backgrounds to create a unique musical experience. Their goal is to sing these ancient (and some not so ancient) farm songs on actual working farms—they have sung in apple orchards and cheese caves, in barns and in pastures: to bring music out of the concert hall and back to its agricultural origins. Their repertoire includes Czech sheep calling songs; Lithuanian ritual solstice ‘sutartines’—trance inducing rounds with odd rhythms and harmonies that bless the grasses and bees; shepherding and ploughing songs from the British folk tradition; Shape Note hymns composed by Vermont farmers at the turn of the 18th/19th century about death, harvest and hardship; work songs and harvest songs from Caucasus Georgia; and more.cave concert

 

  • Poet – Kerrin McCadden – Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School, and is the associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
  • Food -El Hornero – Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.

——————————————————————————————————-Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm

  • Artist – Clark Derbes – Read more about his work here.
  • Musician –  Emily Lanxner, steelpannist, composer, and arranger, led the Vermont-based PanAshé Steelband for over twenty years. She has performed with many of the world’s finest steelbands, competing in over a dozen Panorama competitions both in the US and in Trinidad, with Desperadoes, Pandemonium, Moods, and others. She has a masters degree in steelpan performance from Northern Illinois University. Her performance credits include appearances with the Skatalites, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, Taj Mahal, and Vermont artists, jazz drummer Geza Carr, and TURNmusic contemporary music ensemble.
  • Poet – Darren Higgins – Darren Higgins is a writer, editor, and artist living in Waterbury Center, Vermont, with his wife and two sons. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Darren has contributed essays, interviews, and commentaries to Numero Cinq, Jacket2, and Vermont Public Radio. His poems and stories have appeared in The Iowa ReviewLa FoveaQuick FictionRAZEDCosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.
  • Food – El Hornero – Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.