JP Williams Blues Band ft. Ekat Pereyra  New CD “JP & Ekat” will help reshape the BLUES in 2021

JP Williams Blues Band ft. Ekat Pereyra  New CD “JP & Ekat” will help reshape the BLUES in 2021

Scranton, PA, Release: February 15th, 2021

The JP Williams Blues Band have recorded their fifth commercial CD album entitled “JP & Ekat”, this time featuring the amazing vocalist Ekat Pereyra  It is comprised of features nine original compositions by JP Williams and a special traditional blues song arrangement as a tribute to bluesman Lou  “Bud” Welch,

From the driving opening track, “Mighty Dangerous Boogie” (performed by JP on a handmade 4 string Hybrid Cigar Box Guitar), to the smooth sultry vocals of Ekat on the torch song, “Never Break This Heart”, this album showcases both the songwriting and masterful performances of the musicians comprising The JP Williams Blues Band.  It was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic by the musicians using remote, individual tracks, limited studio time, and masterful assembly of all the parts by Recording Engineer Lou Pereyra, who together with JP Williams produced the final project.

Together they have worked hard to capture the strength and beauty of the music clearly, honestly, and with true emotion and excitement. The album announcement follows the recent release of the first single and the Youtube video from the album, “Mighty Dangerous Boogie”.

This successful collaboration spans three years in the making with JP Williams recording and performing with one of today’s most talented vocalists, Ekat Pereyra. She has consistently received high critical acclaim for her live performance work. As a songwriter JP is constantly looking for the best way to present his innovative words and music and is honored to have Ekat collaborate with him in these efforts. “JP & Ekat” features the incredible fruits of their labors. It is truly exciting to listen to the results.

The music on this CD reflects a wide sampling of Blues, Jazz & Folk music influences. In pre-release, the songs have already been very well received and are already earning airplay on many syndicated, terrestrial and internet radio stations around the world. A song, “Cigar Box Boogie” from JP Williams Blues Band previous CD. “Everblue” (with Ekat Pereyra) achieved a # 1 spot on the nationally recognized Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Song Chart (Week of May 25th, 2019). The album finished ranked #43 on the RMR Top Blues Album Chart for the same year.

Awards:​

Winner Steamtown Music Awards

JP Williams Blues Band “Best Blues Act 2016”

Eddie The Harp (JP Williams Blues Band)- “Best Sideman 2018”

 

Contact & more detailed information: JP Williams

Press Kit : https://jp-williams.com/press-kit

Websites: www.JP-Williams.co​ m &.Facebook.com/JPW.Pa​

Email: [email protected]​   Phone: 570-885-0101

Treat your Valentine to a Singing Telegram from the Susquehanna Valley Chorale

Treat your Valentine to a Singing Telegram from the Susquehanna Valley Chorale

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale is pleased to offer singing telegrams in celebration of Valentine’s Day from Monday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Telegrams are the perfect gift for friends, family members and loved ones who “seem to have everything.” The telegram will be sent as a fun and festive email and will include the song “Hello My Baby” as a 2-minute video performed by members of SVC Limited. Patrons who purchase a telegram may attach a personal message to accompany the song.

SVC Limited is a small, auditioned ensemble of 16-20 voices which serves as another extension of the larger chorale.  Typically, the singers are available for hire to perform at special events at any point throughout the year.  Due to COVID-19, the group is pivoting to provide these virtual private “performances.”

There is a small fee of $5 for the singing telegram service and they can be ordered at SVCMusic.org beginning Monday, Feb. 8.

ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

After an incredibly difficult year in 2020, a year in which too many of us did not get to do nearly enough, the boards of directors of The Exchange and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., look forward to a much better year in 2021, and we intend to hold ArtFest on Market Street around and above the fountain on Saturday, the 21st of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two things may affect the show: Obviously, the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis will affect whether we hold ArtFest at all; once again this year, we will ask for vendor applications in February, with a deadline in the spring, but we may not definitely confirm the show until much closer to its date, perhaps as late as early August. Please, wear your masks, get your vaccinations when available, and encourage the same among your family and friends and everyone else whom you encounter.

One other factor may affect the particular date: Bloomsburg University has not yet announced its class schedule for the fall semester. This matters because we would like to align ArtFest with the final move-in weekend, when lots of parents come to town with their students; we have seen significant numbers of these out-of-towners at the show in the past few years as customers. Additionally, ArtFest makes Bloomsburg look good (we would go so far as to say that it never looks better), and even those parents who do not attend the show will leave the town with a more positive feeling about the community that their students live in.

We expect Bloom U. to announce its upcoming schedule soon — hopefully within the next two or three weeks. As soon as we get confirmation from them, we will send out information about how to apply to this year’s show. (To those of you who paid for booth spaces last year and left those fees with us, thank you again for your faith in us; we have your booth fees safely held, and we will get in touch with you individually to confirm your plans to participate this year.)

If you have any questions, please get in touch. I missed seeing you last year, and I look forward to seeing you this year.

All the best —

— Oren

Oren B. Helbok
Executive director, The Exchange
[email protected]
570-317-2596

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Releases Free Virtual Holiday Performance

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC), the area’s premier community choral singing group, is pleased to release its third virtual performance, available to the public for free on YouTube, Facebook and the SVC’s website, SVCMusic.org.

The special Christmas virtual performance will be available on Monday, December 14 and will feature two well-known favorites from the SVC’s traditional, in-person Candlelight Christmas program: “Still, Still, Still” and “Candlelight Carol” along with a few readings by Carlos Kearns. Members of the SVYC will also be joining the SVC in the performance.

ABOUT THE PIECES*

*Notes provided by Gary Boerckel, Lycoming College

The Norman Luboff Choir was one of the leading American choruses from the 1950s through the 1970s. The Choir’s recording of “Still, Still, Still” in 1958 was an instant hit, and Luboff’s arrangement has not lost any of its popularity. The melody probably originated in the region around Salzburg, Austria–Mozart’s birthplace and the setting for The Sound of Music–and was first published in a collection of folk songs in 1865.

John Rutter [b. 1945] tells us that he wrote “Candlelight Carol” in 1984 as the result of a conversation with the director of a Catholic church choir …[who told him] “we’re only a small choir, nothing special, but we’d love you to write us a carol featuring the Virgin Mary”…When I started work the image that came into my mind was Geertgen’s lovely painting “Nativity at Night”….In a dark stable the Virgin Mary gazes down at the crib where Jesus is radiating a miraculous light illuminating her face and the figures of a group of kneeling angels, with Joseph standing by in wonder and a long bright angel in the sky above.

“We believe music is essential, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SVC still intends to provide our local communities with incredible musical performances that provide hope, passion, and community to all who listen,” says Payn. To experience everything the Chorale has planned for this season, please follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and visit svcmusic.org to sign up for email announcements.

The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The group consists of over 100 members from communities across the Central Susquehanna Valley. Led by several distinguished conductors, the Chorale has emerged as the leading ambassador of the arts in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are the region’s only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing.

Listening Rooms go back on hiatus

Listening Rooms go back on hiatus

Last week, in consultation with the musicians we had booked for the remainder of 2020, The Exchange’s leadership decided that we need to once again put the Listening Room on hold.  This means that we will NOT have the Jeff Anderson Project here tonight, nor the BC Combo next week (Bev Conklin in the photo above).

Even though we have not had any audiences here in the Exchange Gallery as we live-streamed the shows, we have of course had musicians and our soundman, and as novel-coronavirus cases have once again taken a turn for the worse in most places across the country, we need to put our performers’ safety first and not have them in close proximity, indoors, maskless.

We will continue to look for ways to bring you music — keep your eyes peeled for links to others’ sites — and we look forward to music outdoors in the spring.  Most importantly, we look forward to this nation coming together to do everything that we can to suppress COVID-19, which means masks and distancing until we have a proven vaccine.

Take care of yourselves and each other.  We’ll see you in person when we can.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Releases Their SECOND, Free, Online Virtual Performance

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the area’s premier community choral singing group, will be featuring virtual performances throughout the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19, and its first recording is now available for free viewing online.

This performance is available to view for free on the Chorale’s YouTube channel, and will be shared on its Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on its website.  Visit svcmusic.org to easily access the recording.

Conductor and Music Director, Bill Payn, has programmed two subsequent virtual choir videos to follow the hugely successful release of the chorale’s first online performance in August featuring their student scholarship singers.  These will involve members of the larger chorale.  Dropping on October 26, the second video will be a performance of Blowin’ in The Wind, from A Dylan Oratorio.  Initially programmed for last spring, the entire work will now be presented during the 2021/2022 season.

This virtual musical experience is graciously sponsored by Bernadine Richard in memory of Jean-Paul Richard.  SVC Marketing and Development Liaison, Adam Dietz says:  “After much debate and exploration of possible repertoire for this video, this song kept resonating because of its poignant message in relation to current events over the last several months, and we are thrilled to share it with our listeners.”  The chorale will release a third video in December, showcasing two popular pieces from their Christmas Candlelight concerts.

A little about Blowin’ in The Wind…Shortly after singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the Mendelssohn Club of Pittsburgh commissioned Steve Hackman to arrange some of Dylan’s songs into an extended work for chorus and orchestra.  Hackman, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate in his mid-30s, had previously combined classical and popular repertoire in works like Brahms v. Radiohead and directed the pop-classical crossover program FUSE for the Pittsburgh Symphony.  The result was The Times They Are A-Changin’: A Dylan Oratorio [2018].  Hackman wrote that he simply arranged some of Dylan’s songs, maintaining their musical structure; but others he treated much more freely, creating “new kinds of fantasy works around his songs.” The majority, including Blowin’ In The Wind, fell into this more creative style.  Dylan’s melody for Blowin’ in The Wind was a folk song called No More Auction Block.  It plays only a minor role in Hackman’s oratorio.  The lyric, one of Dylan’s finest, is the basis for Hackman’s imaginative creation. *

*Notes provided by Gary Boerckel, Lycoming College

“We believe music is essential, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SVC still intends to provide our local communities with incredible musical performances that provide hope, passion, and community to all who listen,” says Payn.  To experience everything the Chorale has planned for this season, please follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and visit svcmusic.org to sign up for email announcements.

The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The group consists of over 100 members from communities across the Central Susquehanna Valley. Led by several distinguished conductors, the Chorale has emerged as the leading ambassador of the arts in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are the region’s only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing.