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Our ARTIST TO ARTIST series created four day-long virtual "artists residencies" in which we paired local traditional artists with nationally and internationally-known performers for a full day of workshops and performances. Our BRINGING IT HOME events brought together local artists for an evening of focused conversation. We loved the intimacy of these virtual events, and invite you to check them out on our YouTube channel. The events below were made possible by CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sat, December 4, 2021 - Artist to Artist Residency: Women’s Music
In this FREE virtual artists’ residency, three singer songwriters and came together to tell stories, play songs, and share their experiences. The genre of “Women’s Music,” which all of them have helped to create, literally saved their lives by supporting and empowering them to be their best selves.
Central PA’s own Bobbi Carmitchell (second photo) joined Jamie Anderson (first photo) and Barb Barton (third photo), along with guest moderators (and longtime women's music proponents) Kay Turner and Debra D’Alessandro and SFMS folklorist Amy Skillman, in a day of thoughtful, playful and informative workshops. Sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!
- Meet the Artists brought all six presenters and participants from near and far into one virtual space.
- Venues, Views & Pews revealed how Women’s Music creates a culture of support, both for artists to express themselves and for listeners to see themselves in the music.
- Driving the Message Home illustrated the use of comedy, story and emotion in songs that build a sense of identity and, one neighbor at a time, change the world.
- Rounding Out the Sound spotlighted some tricks of the singer-songwriter trade: guitar techniques, open tunings and use of rhythm to give songs power and interest.
- Round Robin Song Circle echoed a beloved tradition from Women's Music festivals: a space to listen, share and honor one another's music.
Sun, October 17 - Artist to Artist Residency: Songs of Ireland
In a FREE all-day artists residency subtitled “Lamentations and Laughter,” ALTAN members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dáithí Sproule joined local Irish singer Seamus Carmichael and SFMS's own folklorist Amy Skillman to explore the vibrant traditional songs from the region of Ulster in the North of Ireland. Some sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!
- Welcome brought all of the artists together into one virtual space.
- Tragic Little Stories featured Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh talking about the Gaelic song tradition of her home in County Donegal and about growing up singing in Gaelic. She sang a few of her favorites and taught one phonetically.
- Comic Songs and Singing featured local Irish singer Seamus Carmichael showing the wryly humorous aspect of Ulster's song tradition, demonstrating how to draw audiences in and make them laugh.
- Guitar Accompaniment for the Songs of Ulster featured Dáithí Sproule illustrating classic Ulster songs that have become American folk songs, and showing the beauties and common pitfalls in presenting the old songs in this way.
- Traditional Singing Session brought all three artists together at the end of the day to trade songs and the stories about them.
Wed, August 11, 2021 - Bringing it Home: Beautiful Gestures
A classical Indian dancer, an African American quilter, and an artist of hooked rugs: what do they have in common? Three local women featured in our Folk Artists Gallery chat about women's art and the many ways we make meaning with our hands. Visit our YouTube channel to see the archived video of this virtual conversation: Beautiful Gestures.
Wed, June 23, 2021 - Bringing it Home: The Power of Song
Three local singers — klezmer, gospel and tamburaši — chat about the powerful role that songs play in our lives. Singing can affirm our beliefs, soothe a restless child, heal a wounded heart, unite a community, and move people to dance with joy. Visit our YouTube channel to see the archived video of this virtual conversation: The Power of Song.
Sat, February 27, 2021 - Artist to Artist Residency: Gospel Traditions
Two very different gospel music ensembles came together for a full day of exploration and collaboration, performances and presentations in a FREE virtual artists residency. Sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!
- It's All About the Rhythm featured the Harrisburg area contemporary Gospel ensemble Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God talking about creating fellowship through song.
- Can You Feel It? featured The Campbell Brothers, a world-reknowned "Sacred Steel" gospel group, talking about the Sacred Steel gospel tradition and what it was like growing up into that tradition.
- Amazing Grace brought both groups together to discuss intention and innovation in gospel music, and to demonstrate their different approaches to creating music.
- In Concert showcased The Campbell Brothers (with their full band) performing from their studio in Rochester, NY, and The Spiritual Messengers onstage at Penn State Harrisburg's Kulkarni Theatre.
Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 - Artist to Artist Residency: Jewish Musical Traditions
Four FREE workshops exploring Klezmer, the mesmerizing musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Five groundbreaking female Klezmer musicians from around the country joined in this full-day virtual artists' residency. Sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!
- The Klezmer Awakening brought together violinist Cookie Segelstein and clarinetist Ilene Stahl to explore the revival of Klezmer music in the US.
- Sing Out! explored several traditional and newly-composed songs with Jewish singers Susan Leviton and Lauren Brody.
- Klezmer Suffrage, moderated by trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts, was a fascinating conversation with these women who have crafted lives in the male-dominated world of Jewish music.
- Whose Song Is This? delved into the wonders of song migration, followed by finale performances by all five artists.