Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
It’s an exciting time for the Hudson Valley based band. They have just released their third full length CD, “The Social Music Hour Vol 1”. A love letter to the Anthology of American Folk Music, the project features lyrically relevant, known but not worn out, open for suggestion songs that thrives with re-interpretation. Familiar, forgotten words find new meaning in this historically informed but thoroughly contemporary treatment. Old wood, plaster, real spaces, vintage guitars and hot tubes are captured in warm, analog tones by studio designer and engineer Jim Keller (Willie Nelson, Nellie McKay). Recorded by the full band (no click, no net), the tracks burst with life, joy and vitality.
A festival favorite, the band has played featured shows at Citi Field, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Clearwater. 2016 finds the band heading to Florida to headline the South Florida Folk Festival, to Israel to headline the Jacob’s Ladder Festival along with a series of shows for the American Embassy, to Vermont for Roots On The River, to New York for Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival, to Massachusetts for the New Bedford Folk Festival and to Long Island for The Great South Bay Music Festival.
Opening the evening is fiddler, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Hannah Rose Baker. Hannah currently makes her home in Somerville MA and she began studying classical violin as an elementary school student in Atlanta, Georgia. Four months spent in Ireland as a teen introduced her to traditional music, and she switched over to old time music in college. With degrees in music and anthropology, Hannah brings her knowledge of the history of traditional American music and its cultural significance to both her playing and teaching.
We are pleased to announce the return of Jill Sobule to Music at the Mansion. Jill played at our very first show in November 2013 and helped establish our concert venue, now in its 4th year.
Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.
Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album “Things Here are Different,” recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album, “Jill Sobule,” yielded the hit songs “I Kissed A Girl” (the original) and “Supermodel.” Since then, she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-growing loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowd sourcing, with her 2009 fan-funded record, “California Years.” She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing changing music industry.
She’s performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She can be seen live as a solo performer as well as the co-star of the “Jill & Julia Show,” an unusual and mesmerizing combination of song and storytelling in collaboration with comedian/actress Julia Sweeney. She also served as songwriter/composer for the hit Nickelodeon network show “Unfabulous” during that show’s three-season run. She composed the music for the off-Broadway show “Prozak and Platypus” and her songs have appeared in a multitude of films including “Mind the Gap,” in which Jill herself co-starred. She has been a political troubadour for NPR stations across America and most recently performed original music at the keynote session for Netroots Nation. Jill is a longtime participant as well as musical contributor at TED.
A veritable gypsy, Jill divides her time between a busy touring schedule and a variety of other projects. The recently released “A Day at the Pass” finally captures an ongoing collaboration between Jill and John Doe (from the iconic punk band X) and was recorded live at The Pass studio on one fine day in Los Angeles. She is currently recording her next record, “Dottie’s Charm’s” – a collaboration between her and 11 of her favorite authors, including: Rick Moody, David Hajdu and Jonathan Lathem, Jill is also working with Steve Cosson (The Civilians), Jim Lewis (Fela!) and Robin Eaton (a longtime collaborator) on the musical, Times Square.
In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant…grown-up music for an adolescent age.”
She’s an American original.
Emilyn Brodsky is a singer/songwriter who has performed with The Magnetic Fields, Amanda Palmer, The Hold Steady, TV on the Radio, and many more. You may have seen her sing songs off her critically-acclaimed album “Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings” on HBO’s “Girls” and Fusion’s “The Chris Gethard Show.” She lives in New York City in an ancient mansion with a coven of witches. Emilyn enjoys tea, essential oils, and meat on the bone. Her new album, “Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion,” was released in October 2016 on Dead Stare Records.
Without question, one of the brightest lights on the American progressive/art rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, and stirring guitar and synthesizer solos into a familiar yet refreshing musical stew. They have consistently delivered their innovative and unique original sound with rising praise for each album released.
IZZ was formed under the musical vision of brothers Tom and John Galgano. In 1996, Tom brought together fellow Manhattanville College classmates, all musically trained, to write, arrange and perform original, adventurous music. IZZ’s lineup includes percussionist (and Blind Brook legend) Greg DiMiceli, Paul Bremner (guitars), Anmarie Byrnes (vocals), Laura Meade (vocals), and Brian Coralian (drums). They have released seven studio albums, including “Ampersand Volume 2” in 2016, and have appeared at many festivals including CalProg (Los Angeles), NEARFest (Bethlehem PA), Terra Incognita (Quebec), and Progtoberfest (Chicago).
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Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.
Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?
Rye Brook native and New York City-based Paul Sforza’s latest single “Eternity” is an instantly memorable slice of acoustic pop/soul that evokes classic sounds of the 70s. It’s the first track from his recently released EP Make Something Beautiful, produced by Scott Patton, best known for his guitar work with hit country duo Sugarland. Before returning home to New York, Paul spent many fruitful years on the Atlanta music scene, where his debut album Lifelines received praise for its “impeccably crafted” songs from Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s #1 lifestyle publication. Since his return home, Paul’s songs have garnered critical praise as well as listener interest, including semifinalist honors in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and Honorable Mention in the 2014 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest. Paul has continued to build his NYC following with performances at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, Caffe Vivaldi, and Silvana.
Vance Gilbert performs “Welcome to Love Town”:
Vance Gilbert performs “Zombie Pattycake”:
Paul Sforza performs “Making a Garden Grow”:
Spend a spring afternoon in Crawford Mansion enjoying an amazing lineup of classically-trained vocalists. Join Savannah Bisset (Soprano), Cara Collins (Mezzo Soprano), and Christopher Cooley (Pianist) in an afternoon of Opera and American classics. Program highlights will include selections from Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Säens, and Verdi. The program of America Classics will include selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, and Weill.
Savannah Bisset, soprano, made her New York debut as Marguerite in André Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-lion which was reviewed in the “New York Times” and “Opera News”. Bisset has performed with the NY Opera Exchange, LOFT Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theatre, singing the role of Mozart’s Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, as well as with the Cantanti Project performing Marguerite from Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, and Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet. Recent engagements have included recital performances in Canada and the United States, including singing the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute at Opera on the James in Virginia, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.
Mezzo-soprano Cara Collins is a senior at the State University of New York, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she studies under the direction of Dr. Sherry Overholt. Recently she has performed the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. She has also performed as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mutter and Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cara will play the role of Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea in the Conservatory’s Spring production. In concert, Cara has performed as a mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Saint-Säens Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Vespers.
Christopher Cooley has concertized with various instrumental and vocal soloists in five continents, as well as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, he has played with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. As a collaborative pianist, he has served on the staff of Opera Lirica (Orvieto, Italy), Centro Studi Italiani (Urbania, Italy), Ibla Grand Prize Competition (Sicily) in which he was also a winner, the Austrian-American Mozart Academy (Austria), Opera Ischia (Forio, Italy), the Castleton Festival (Virginia), and the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists (L.A.). Since 2006, Mr. Cooley has collaborated regularly with soprano Lauren Flanigan on music written for her by composers from Stephen Schwartz to Thomas Pasatieri. They have performed together at numerous venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Café Sabarsky’s Cabaret series at the Neue Gallerie, the McCarter Theater in Princeton, and the George London Foundation Recital Series at the Morgan Library. Chris holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He is also an accomplished composer, arranger, and orchestrator.