Our Fall Music Series – Save the Dates!

September 11th, 2013 by randy

Here’s a quick post to let you know what we have lined up so far and when, so you can start marking your calendar.  Looks like it is going to be a busy season, but we’ve only nailed down a few dates so far, so here goes.

Sunday, October 6

2pm – There’s a string quartet benefit concert in the sanctuary.  More details to follow.

Also, Sunday, October 6, 7:00pm
Flutes n’ More: A Classical Music Recital

Local musicians present a free one-hour recital of works for flute and chamber ensemble. Featuring flute duets ranging from virtuosic (Doppler’s “Andante & Rondo”) to contemplative (a work by Israeli-American composer Shalumit Ran), a cheery Haydn “London Trio” for two flutes and cello, a vocal solo, and flute selections including Burton’s charming “Sonatina.”

Ellen Rakatansky, flute
Alison LaRosa Montez, flute
Victor Troll, piano
Anne Collins, cello & voice

FREE and open to the public! Reception to follow performance.

Then on Friday, November 1, 8pm:

Improvise, Hypothesize and Otherwise

The fourth show in this series featuring highly speculative music, dance and performance art will feature performances of highly speculative music, dance, performance art and spoken word.  We have several performers lined up for this.  More details to follow, but it will be a treat.

Saturday, November 2, 8pm in the gallery

An evening of instrumental improvisation not to be missed.

Nov 9th (tentative date; note this is the Sat before Vetern’s Day)

“A Thanksgiving for Veterans”

Community event co-organized with the Nave Gallery, Volunteers of America and Somerville Homeless Coalition.  Plans in the works, but the proposal is a potluck dinner with food provided by the Nave Gallery and Clarendon Hill Presybterian Church people (and/or donated from an area restaurant), followed by a concert in the sanctuary.   Stay tuned for more details!

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica @ Nave Gallery

October 14th, 2012 by randy

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica @ Nave Gallery
Friday, November 2, 2012: 8:00-9:30 pm

Venue: 617.593.3744

Buy tickets online (recommended) at http://orchestrotica.com/show.cfm?gig=238

$15/advance, general admission.
$5/under-18 (w/ adult ticket, available at door only).

Boston’s Best World Music Act’s Fall 2012 concert comes to the Nave Gallery for the first time!

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica…just about all the original stars of exotica … are gone — here, at last, is their successor.” -Huffington Post
Referencing the exotica of Martin Denny, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich among others, Mr. Ho’s, Orchestrotica–as a vibraphone quartet–presents an original third-stream collection of updated jazz, chamber, and world music reaching towards the South Pacific via Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by, multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill (Mr. Ho) the group normally features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Noriko Terada), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis). This concert will feature special guest and frequent collaborator Tev Stevig on oud.

While the “deliciously demented and entertaining” Orchestrotica (The Wall Street Journal) does perform classics by the original artists of the exotica style, the group focuses on “serious jazz and chamber-music writing” (Boston Herald) written by O’Neill that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a versatile percussionist. The quartet often reinterprets classical melodies, improvising over them and adding exotic sounds from around the world leading AllAboutJazz to say, “…if John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O’Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart [and] may be, in the long run, a stronger exoticist than Zorn.” In June 2011, they released their debut quartet CD, Third River Rangoon, which the Boston Phoenix called “…a rigorous classical-jazz hybrid…” and the Huffington Post called named it one of their “Top 10 Albums for 2011.

The CD continues their Exotica for Modern Living series, which opened with The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel, their 23-pc big band formation performing the lost space-age pop music of Esquivel. This debut CD was also one of the Huffington Post’s “Top 10 for 2011,” a “Top Album for 2010” at AllAboutJazz, and received four stars from the Sunday London Times.

…marvelously flexible unit…“–The Boston Globe
…incredible musicianship…“–Downbeat

Preview/Download Free MP3s at http://orchestrotica.com/show.cfm?gig=238 or http://bit.ly/R9STyH

PONG – A new film from Nepal

October 14th, 2012 by randy

PONG, a film from Nepal is coming to Somerville, MA on November 1.  Producer Praveena Shrestha will be present to introduce the screening and discuss.

WHERE: NAVE GALLERY (Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church) 155 Powderhouse Blvd. Somerville, MA 02144


COST: $5. Advance tickets on sale at SCATV

PONG (Nepal, Directed by Shambhu Rayamajhi and Pradip Kumal, 111 minutes, color, video, in Chepang with English subtitles, 2010) The film is unrated and is PG-13 in nature.  Programmed by Gordon Nelson, Bijaya Tamang and Shiva Mishra of Somerville Community Access Television.

PONG is an adventurous documentary-style film by Nepali directors Shambhu Rayamajhi and Pradip Kumal that features the mysterious Chepang people of Nepal.  Inhabiting the mountainous forest regions, the Chepang have little contact with modern civilization.  PONG follows an action-packed story that portrays the extreme difficulty of Chepang life tempered with the joys of being part of a close community.  The Nepali filmmakers gained extraordinary access to the Chepang and were able to document rare glimpses of the traditions and rituals of this remote culture.  Don’t miss this opportunity to preview this very special film in Somerville, MA.

Contact: Gordon Nelson agordonnelson@gmail.com, SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA tel. 617.628-8826

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PONG - a new film from Nepal

Our 2012 Live Events Season at The Nave has begun!

October 14th, 2012 by randy

Check us out!  We’ve already kicked off our 2012 / 2013 season and we’ve got some interesting events coming up.  You can always count on us to bring you the finest in locally produced alternative and thought provoking entertainment!

Our first really big weekend begins in November:

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7pm
PONG, a film from Nepal

Friday, November 2, 2012, 8pm
Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Saturday, November 3, 2012, sometime around breakfast time
Nave Gallery Pancake Breakfast (details to follow)

Sunday, December 9, 2012, 7pm
Cambridge Chamber Singers

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7pm
Jason Anderson’s Sixth Annual Good Cheer Festival!

More details about these events coming soon!

February 1st, 2010 by randy

Songs of Hope for Haiti is a project to help relief efforts in Haiti.

Please consider making a donation to Partners In Health. Go to their website and learn about the good work that they do around the world, especially in Haiti. PIH needs our support now more than ever during this enormous crisis.


The artists performing on this album are friends of The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, USA. Many of them have performend at The Nave in the past. All of them responded quickly and generously with their participation in this project. Please visit their websites for more information.

The album features new songs by:

The Accident That Led Me To The World
Bill Barclay
Yael Bat-Shimon
Allysen Callery
Allison Crowe
Ken Field
Peter Thörn and Jim Goodin
Allyssa Jones
Dennis Moser
Celia Slattery
Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble

I hope that you enjoy this album and please give generously to help support Partners In Health.

Thank you,

Randy Winchester
Nave Gallery
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
January 31, 2010

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Image credit: Photos of Haiti, Digital Library of the Caribbean, University of Florida Digital Library Center, cc by-nc-sa 2006. Remixed by V. Van Sant, cc by-nc-sa 2010. Link to original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufdc/2573016007/

Metal & Glass Ensemble – Encore performance at The Nave

November 30th, 2009 by randy

I just finished up editing the recording of The Metal & Glass Ensemble’s CD release concert at The Nave on November 14, 2009.  This was a great night, a great audience, and a lot of fun!  The church’s big stained glass window, 80 years old, finally got it’s due and was restored to better than original condition.  What does this mean for the music?  Is it audible?  Yes!  Certainly!  You see, there were large gaps where the leading had buckled, the glass bowed out, and all the rude sounds from outside could be heard inside, and if you can hear them, they’re on the recording.  It’s now a lot quieter (and warmer!) in the church sanctuary where the performances are staged.

I’m really happy with the way this show and recording turned out!

Jason Anderson + Friends at The Nave

August 22nd, 2009 by randy

28 August 2009, 7:30pm:  Jason Anderson + Friends at The Nave

FREE!!!  (donations accepted to support The Nave)

An intimate evening of music, community and friendship.
The first set will be a collaborative, in-the-round, song share featuring some of the nicest, most talented folks in the northeast seacoast area, including Nave favorite Gregg Porter, Guy Capecelatro III, Djim Reynolds and Juliet Nelson.  After a short break, Jason will play the second set: a group sing along for everyone in attendance. Come ready to smile, to sing, to make some new friends, and to remember just how special–and intimate–live folk music can be.

Jason Anderson’s Website

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Upcoming Gig – Metal & Glass Ensemble at Weirdstock

August 14th, 2009 by randy

This is an opportunity to see the Metal & Glass ensemble perform a short piece (30 minutes is a brief performance for Metal & Glass.  Extremely brief!) at the three day long Weirdstock Experimental Music and Art Festival at the Cambridge, MA YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Avenue.  Metal & Glass’s show is at 4pm on Sunday, August 16 at 4pm.  Details about Weirdstock can be found on the Whitehaus Family Record website.

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And here’s the very cool Weirdstock poster:


Brown Bird

August 12th, 2009 by randy

The last several weeks have been very busy for me as I edit and release material that I’ve had in the can for a few months.  I recently got the set list from singer / songwriter Dave Lamb for a performance of his group Brown Bird when they performed at The Nave in November 2008.  If you like a mix of country and folk with a little beat, this is for you.  The carefully crafted tunes can stick in your head for quite awhile.  Much of this is pretty upbeat happy sounding music, but some of it has a rather dramatic dark side too.  Brown Bird has a lot of fans in the Boston area who turned out to hear them that night, and now that they’re on Jamendo, everyone who couldn’t make it to the show can have a chance to hear them too.  Enjoy!

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Two new albums from our amazing 2009 Valentine’s Day Show

August 11th, 2009 by randy

We had three bands in the lineup for our 2009 Valentine’s Day show, and two recorded albums for us to put on Jamendo.  Here’s some music from some new upcoming and very talented performers.  Tim Showalter and Audrey Ryan are writing singing some of the most memorable new songs.

Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, an Indiana Mennonite turned Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher who even drives the school bus for extra cash (and has sing-alongs with the pupils as they ease on down the road). Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather’s advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivete to heart worn wisdom… sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.

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And here’s one blogger’s review of Strand of Oaks:  http://slowcoustic.com/2009/08/04/stand-of-oaks-live-at-the-nave-2009-performance/

Maine native Audrey Ryan performs solo shows with instruments that include an electric Japanese axe, a vintage Gibson acoustic, a retro 80’s era Casio keyboard, and of course, an accordion. Surrounded by a cacophony of musical influences from an early age, this talented musician was inspired to begin playing guitar at the ten and experimented with different genres throughout college. After graduating, Ryan started a band and has been performing and touring ever since.

“Ryan is an intriguing new singer….She is a jazz-pop artist whose influences would appear to range from Joni Mitchell to Edie Brickell. And she has a high-pitched voice with original phrasing and backup that includes her own impressively syncopated work on electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, as well as her standout violin lines, which lift a song when you least expect it… Ryan has a literary sensibility, writing about the isolation of the computer age, overbearing friends, and the nostalgia of childhood.” -Boston Globe (Steve Morse)

It should be noted that Audrey performs all instruments and sings all tracks live with the help of some electronics.

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