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Sat, Jul 29
8:00 PM
Freedom Night [open mic]Open Mic

Music / spoken word / etc

Sign up starts at 7:30

Host Angelica Engel
Sat, Aug 5
8:00 PM
The Fremonts w/ Kendra Swanson - $7Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, The Fremonts weave Midwestern ghost stories into restless Americana music. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska - vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California - vocals/guitar/kick drum) lace their sound with bluegrass, country, blues, folk and indie pop influences. By blending Dodd’s lyrical voice and Badger’s turbulent style, they take on a range of topics from sprawling tales of escape and ambition to quiet disenchantment with traditional roles in American family life. In their three years of creating music together, The Fremonts have unearthed fresh authenticity in their writing and performances through dedicated practice and community building.

Kendra Swanson is an independent folk music performer and songwriter. With strong, expressive vocals and energetic instrumentation, she applies a timeless sound to original compositions written from (and about) the American heartland. It has been described as "soulful," "homey," "sincere," and "heartfelt," delivered with a passionate voice that cuts through the loudest of bars (and the hardest of hearts). A multi-instrumentalist, Kendra writes most of her music on guitar and banjo, but performs as fiddler and violist with several local bands. As a soloist, she has shared bills with the likes of Charlie Parr, Ralph Stanley, The Waydown Wanderers, The Howlin' Brothers, Danny Barnes, the Quebe Sisters, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

In 2011, after discovering folk music while living abroad, Kendra started playing the banjo in a conquest for a deeper understanding of her homeland and its identity, and met many wonderful folk musicians and writers in the Rock River Valley. It has been in the pursuit of folk music and writing that she has found deep joy and satisfaction in expression. She independently recorded and released her first album "Carry Your Shoes," and sold it on the streets.
Sat, Aug 12
8:00 PM
New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble - $7
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Clara Byom, bass clarinet/clarinet/accordion
Yakima Fernandez, violin
Dalton Harris, trombone/electronics

Repertoire will be selected from works by the following composers: Ian Dicke, Paul Marquardt, Caleb Burhans, Jordan Dykstra, Raven Chacon, Richard Drehoff Jr., Mark Scott, Gustavo Trillini, and more.

About NMCE: The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble aims to bring the music of the past century’s most prolific and creative composers to the audiences of New Mexico. By commissioning and programming modern classical music of the Americas, we present an assortment of artistic landscapes that will continue to resonate within the diverse culture of the Southwest. Through a concert series in the summer months and collaborations with active composers and New Mexico’s arts community, we hope to challenge and expand our audiences’ conception of classical music. ​

Clara Byom:
Clara Byom is a multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, and educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ​Clara performs many genres of music including klezmer, contra dance, Scottish, and contemporary classical music on clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion. She is a founding member of Di Kavene Kapelye, Salsola Consort, drip project, Edith Boulevard, and co-founder/co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs frequently with The Rebbe's Orkestra. ​ Additionally, she serves on the board for the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico (Master of Music in Clarinet Performance and Musicology), Clara has researched mid-century American klezmer music for master’s thesis entitled “Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmorim in New York City from 1950-1970.” She was the guest lecturer at KlezmerQuerque 2017 and has presented at conferences for the Society for Ethnomusicology (Spring 2017) and Yiddish Summer Weimar (Summer 2016). Since the Summer of 2014, she has done archival work for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City, primarily digitizing and cataloging the field recordings of a leading figure in the klezmer revitalization and 2015 National Heritage Fellow, Michael Alpert. In 2012, Clara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Dalton Harris:
Dalton enjoys music of all varieties and performs music from the baroque repertory to the modern avant garde. Classically trained on alto, tenor, and bass trombone as well as having studied tenor and bass sackbut in the United States, France, and Italy, he regularly performs with New Music New Mexico (University of New Mexico) and the San Juan Symphony (Durango, Colorado). Dalton is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico where he is currently completing his masters in Trombone Performance. Dalton is interested by the parallels between the music of modern composers and composers of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, while also thoroughly enjoying performing music of the Classical and Romantic periods on period and modern instruments.

Yakima Fernandez:
Violinist Yakima Fernandez is a member of the Petroglyph String Quartet and has performed with the Musicos Chamber Players of New Mexico as well as the Roswell Symphony. He has played with the San Juan Symphony since 2014, and played with the Pueblo Symphony from 2012-2014. Yakima is currently a graduate student of Dr. Carmelo de los Santos at the University of New Mexico, where he was first introduced to performing contemporary music and also joined the New Music New Mexico contemporary ensemble. He has participated in music festivals in both Italy and Brazil.

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