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Julie Vallimont CD release concert
March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 4 PM – 7 PM
Belfast Maskers Theater, 17 Court St
Join us for an intimate concert celebrating the release of Julie’s solo album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. She will be joined by a stellar band: Anna Patton (clarinet, voice), Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle, voice), and Elsie Gawler (cello). The concert will feature original tunes, songs, poetry, and crankies!
Tickets $10-$20 sliding scale. Tickets available at the door.
About the album
Julie’s new album Dark Sky, Bright Stars is a series of collaborations. The album contains fifteen original instrumental pieces recorded with a rotating cast of some of the Northeast’s finest folk musicians: Yann Falquet (who produced the album), Anna Patton, Becky Tracy, Katie McNally, Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, Mark Roberts, Mia Bertelli, Daniel Hawkins, Rachel Bell, Kirsten Lamb, and Màiri Chaimbeul.
Julie’s tunes are imbued with the feeling of dance music from the Celtic, Québecois, and French traditions that make up the New England fiddle repertoire, that sense of lift and movement and space. But they’re also different: they’re conceptual, like vignettes, as Julie draws on the emotional source of 8 years battling illness, as well as from her joyful experiences in the music community. Julie arranged her tunes in ways that would showcase the unique timbre and style of each instrument and player as they interacted with her nimble, expressive piano and accordion. The result is a delightfully varied and human collection of sounds.
In addition to her papercut artwork (Julie herself created the album cover), Julie also makes “crankies”: scrolls of paper that are illustrated and hand-cranked on spools to create moving pictures used in music and storytelling. These add a magical visual counterpart to the concert.
About the performers
Julie is known for her rich, nuanced, versatile piano style, skill in playing for dancers, and music with heart. Based in Boston, she plays internationally with fiddler Noah VanNorstrand in the duo Buddy System, and is an in-demand pianist and accordionist in New England and nationwide. Her compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra dance piano and traditional Québecois, French, Celtic, and Appalachian music.
A former classical pianist and organist, Julie fell in love with traditional music and dance and since then has gone on to perform at countless festivals and music camps, with the band Nor’easter and many other bands as well as solo. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie is a passionate and inspiring teacher and producer. Julie is also an artist and crankie-maker. Her newest project explores tunes, songs, poetry, and artwork in intimate, beautiful performances.
Anna Patton of Brattleboro VT is a versatile clarinetist, singer, composer, and educator. She is a member of the internationally touring dance band Elixir which combines fiddle tunes with horn arrangements influenced by early jazz, R&B, and classical music. She also performs with the cello-oud-percussion-clarinet quartet the Dunham Shoe Factory.
Other current projects include performing duo concerts with Andrew VanNorstrand; waltzes with Julie Vallimont; teaching vocal and instrumental ensemble classes, music theory, and aural skills; composing and arranging; and directing the Soubrette Jazz Choir which she founded in 2006.
Anna holds a Masters of Music in New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation program.
Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of the moods of New England’s traditional music: a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and joy of dance tunes old and new. Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. By the time she was in high school Lissa was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days.
Lissa was deeply influenced by the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she played with and learned from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing around the US, Canada, and Europe ever since for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded nine CDs, (six solo and three with various groups).
Elsie is a rooted Maine cellist and songster who was raised in the traditions of the area’s folk music and culture. With her family, the Gawler Family, she plays throughout the state and beyond sharing traditional fiddle tunes, songs, contemporary inspirations, and original works.