Watertown-based Revels kicks off a series of free virtual concerts on Sunday, Feb. 28. See details and how to listen in the Revels’ announcement below:
THIS SUNDAY at 5:00 pm ET!
Join us for a special #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Concert on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/therevels/live
Revels presents Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec, this Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 pm ET on Facebook Live!
Explore musical traditions from around the world with the #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Series of FREE intimate salon-style performances and companion podcasts, produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council. This new series explores musical traditions from around the world with intimate virtual experiences, including 45-minute salon-style performances with a variety of musical tradition bearers. Each performance is hosted on Facebook Live and followed by a companion podcast produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council and hosted by the MCC’s Folk Arts & Heritage Program Manager, Maggie Holtzberg.
This Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET on Facebook Live
Revels presents Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec
Don’t miss an incredible #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections journey as Franco-American singer Josée Vachon performs traditional songs of Quebec and Acadia, as well as her own original music that teaches the history and culture of New England’s Franco-Americans.
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., March 3
Josée Vachon has performed throughout New England, eastern Canada, and France for over 35 years, representing Franco-American culture and music. She has 12 solo recordings and 2 with her band, Chanterelle, has an original song on a Smithsonian Folkways CD, and has received several honors and awards from Franco-American organizations, cultural and educational groups. She hosted over 500 episodes of “Bonjour!”, a French variety cable TV show from Manchester, NH, and was a guest singer/actress for the 2016 Acadian-Cajun Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Josée also recently received a fellowship from Mass. Cultural Council for her work in traditional arts. Learn more about Josée on her website http://joseevachon.com/.
Josée Vachon: Traditions and Songs of Acadia and Quebec streams live @TheRevels on Facebook on Sunday, February 28 at 5:00 pm ET.
The companion #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections podcast will be available on podcast streaming apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher beginning Wednesday, March 3. Check out all our #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections podcasts at https://revelsconnectsmusicalconnections.buzzsprout.com
Upcoming #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections performances and podcasts include:
Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., March 31
An Egyptian musician, dancer and educator, Karim Nagi performs and teaches Arab Music & Dance to schools, universities, communities and festivals, and speaks about diversity and how the arts can fight xenophobia.
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., April 28
An International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musician, the virtuosic Tom Pixton has worked with many of today’s most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer.
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
Companion Podcast to be posted Wed., May 26
Beth Bahia Cohen is of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired early by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she later studied with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. She plays the violin, various Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed tanbur and more.
About the Musical Connection Series
The #RevelsConnects: Musical Connections Series is produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council and supported in part by the Ithaka Foundation, and a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Video engineering by Dave Jamrog Audio/Video.
Revels has always been about community – gathering, singing together, celebrating together. While we can’t be together in person right now, thanks to technology (and the many people who have helped Revels harness this technology), we can be together online through #RevelsConnects – an online, virtual community.
For more information on Revels year-round programs and community offerings please visit www.revels.org