Steeple City Sound Concert Series
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A three-day series of free concerts, featuring North Adams musicians playing improvised music, will take place at three locations throughout the city starting June 18.
The concerts will be among the first sets of live music to be played in the Northern Berkshires since the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions on public gatherings.
Steeple City Sound, organized by the saxophonist and clarinetist Zachary Hann, will present the Berkshire Jazz Collective (6:30 p.m. June 18 in the parking lot of the North Adams Armory); cellist Paul de Jong (6:30 p.m. June 19 in Bracewell Park); and Hann's own quintet (2 p.m. June 20 at Windsor Lake).
"Steeple City Sound was produced with two goals in mind," Hann said. "To offer performance opportunities for local musicians and to shed light on the world-class musical talent residing here in North Adams."
The Berkshire Jazz Collective, founded in 2012 by Berkshire County native Andy Wrba, will feature violinist Todd Reynolds, a composer and educator and soloist. In addition to Reynolds and Wrba, a bassist, the group includes Connor Meehan on drums and Jason Ennis on guitar.
According to a press release, de Jong, a cellist, is considered a legend in the world of sample-based art music. He's known for having amassed an enormous collection of obscure media of all types, which he calls the "Wall of Found." He uses the collection to create multi- disciplinary work that often deals with music and film. He will be playing both solo and with a drummer, with the music accompanying black-and-white historic movie cuts.
Hann will be bringing his newly formed quintet to North Adams for the first time. The group includes a former college classmate, Kalia Vandever, on trombone; Matthew Rotker-Lynn on guitar; Soloman Gottfried on bass; and Quinton Cain on drums.
Steeple City Sound is funded with grants from the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition (a Mass MoCA initiative) and the Mass Cultural Council. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, food, and drink. No tickets are required.
Here's the lineup:
June 18: Berkshire Jazz Collective featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, 6:30 p.m. in
the parking lot of the North Adams Armory
June 19: Paul de Jong, 6:30 p.m. at Bracewell Park