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Ghent, New York
Local culture
21 March 2016 09:19AM
Claverack Library

SAVE THE DATE!
Three local authors, A.W. (Andrew) Barnes, Andrea Kleine, and Debby Mayer, will read from their works at Prose & Prosecco, a benefit for the Claverack Library on Saturday April 16 from 5-7 PM. Antique dealer Kathy Pakay and photographer Sedat Pakay will host this literary evening at their home, 230 Route 217 in Claverack. Attendees can admire their 19th-century home, filled with photographs and antiques, while enjoying delicious snacks and, of course, Prosecco. The authors will have copies of their books for sale. Admission is $10.

Debby Mayer is an author, blogger and journalist who lives in Hudson. Her blog can be found at debbymayer.blogspot.com. Her most recent book is a memoir, Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen (Epigraph Books). She is a contributing editor for The Columbia Paper. Andrea Kleine is a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Her debut novel, CALF, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2015.” A.W. Barnes is the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Science at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His academic book, Post-Closet Masculinities in Early Modern England, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2009. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Sheepshead Review, Gertrude Press, and the online journal If and Only If. Currently, he is finishing his MFA in Writing with a concentration in nonfiction at Bennington College.

Reservations are suggested, emailed to news@claveracklibrary.org or in person at the library, 629 Route 23B, Claverack. Information about the Claverack Library and its programs can be found at http://www.claveracklibrary.org

Photo of Ms Mayer credit: Sabine Vollmer von Falken
Photo of Ms. Kleine credit: Kate Previte

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20 April 2015 05:10PM
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Ghent, New York
Local culture
3 March 2015 08:00AM
Enid Futterman-2

There was no better place and time for this concert than the glass-walled, candlelit, if somewhat awkwardly configured space of Omi’s … well, café, surrounded by snow-covered fields on the last night of the coldest February in 150 years.

Omi is as international and crosscultural as Sha’ar, a Hebrew word meaning ‘gateway,’ a meeting point for the strands of musical traditions woven surprisingly but beautifully in this music.

It’s mostly the work of one man, Yedidia Admon, a little-known Jewish composer, who was born Yedidia Gorochov in Ukraine in 1894, died in Israel in 1982, studied in Paris in between, and wrote for the theater, choruses and himself. His music is already a fusion of those currents, but when riffed on by an Israeli guitarist (Oren Neiman), an Argentinian clarinetist (Ivan Barenboim), a bass player from Philadelphia (Doug Drewes), and a drummer from New Jersey (David Freeman, the band’s leader and alumnus of Music Omi), all currently living in New York, it becomes something urban and improvised—jazzy, but still Jewish, still redolent with longing, but aware of its own freedom.

Many of the pieces start spare and slow and quiet, and build in thickness and tempo and intensity on a circuitous journey, best enjoyed, at least by me, eyes closed and body moving, albeit in place, Which leads to interesting versions of davening (the way Jews tilt forward and back when praying). It helped that I was already standing to take photographs.

Sha’ar is more than a band; it’s a project with spiritual as well as cultural undertones, funded by a grant from Asylum Arts. Why Admon? “His music is complex, but also simple. It’s very melodic, and his rhythms move from common to odd time signatures with ease. We’re just mixing it up even more by exploring it all these years later in another context.”

(Note that in the second photo, Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Music Omi, introduces Sha’ar.)

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