The Gentle Grandpa is a queer collective house in Troy. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a salon series that begins in August. With this first artist salon, we aim to increasingly become a place for community gathering, film screenings, Wholeshare food dispersement and community organizing.
TGG artist salon is a safe place for performers to share their work at any stage of development.
Performers for August 21st are:
Hana van der Kolk
Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice.
Please join us at Whitney Center for the Arts for an evening of compelling female-fronted music. Featuring Poppet (Nina Joly & Molly Raney) on tour from Olympia WA, and Diana Alvarez of Northampton MA.
Doors at 6:45 pm, show at 7:30. Free with suggested donation of $5-10.. All happening in the Cultural Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District Folks!
Poppet is the bold alter-diva of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before Poppet’s genesis in 2008, Raney spent many years training in a wide variety of musical fields from western classical to jazz to choral to Hindustani (Northern Indian classical tradition) to Gamelan (Indonesian classical ensemble music). She also has an extensive background in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology, from both her childhood lessons and her education at the University of California in Davis. She spent 7 years studying with vocal coach Dr. Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory–a major influence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community freeform radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet’s own sonic diversity.
Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice. In 2016, dancer and choreographer Nina Joly joined Poppet’s live set, integrating contemporary dance into an ominous and heartrending cycle of songs focusing on the human conscience. Nina’s work has been shown by the Saint Paul Ballet, as a guest artist for the Five College Dance Department, at the American College Dance Festival, at the Check Us Out Dance Festival NYC and on international tour with the band Foxygen. In the fall of 2016, Nina will assume the position of Director of Dance at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT.
Diana Alvarez is a Xicana vocalist, musician, poet, video and sound artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing with a professional variety lounge band at an early age, and later worked as a bilingual studio vocalist and apprentice recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions (owned and operated by the late Linda Flores), the first woman-owned recording studio and music production company in South Texas. After receiving her BA from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York) and MFA from Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York), Diana's first chapbook poetry collection, Consultations with Bruja Juana was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts, including La Villita (San Antonio, TX), La Casa Azul Bookstore (Harlem, NY), Cornelia Street Cafe (Manhattan, NY), and the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, MA).
Currently, Diana is a PhD fellow in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). At Rensselaer, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera as a case study for socially responsible arts practice that descends from contributes to a lineage of women of color artists.
The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue
January term course taught at Mount Holyoke College.
January term course taught at Mount Holyoke College.
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
This piece explores the many layers of modern and archetypal connection and relation between women. How do women connect in a world that is constantly moving and which places social, temporal, sexual, moral and traditional restraints on them? How does the energy of the sacred feminine morph, transform, and reconnect with itself in the midst of these limiting frameworks? In what way does the feminine emerge and become defined in this context? How do the archetypal energies of the feminine and masculine help to honor and transform these frameworks? How do two women moving through this world see, discover, play, connect with and authentically relate to each other in ways that shatter these boundaries and definitions and allow them to enter into a state of liminality? What does this kind of creative, powerful, and transformative journey between two women look like?
Explore the answer to these questions and more in the interdisciplinary performance piece C'est Moi: Women inTranslation, choreographed and performed by Tory Rosen and Diana Alvarez.
Diana Alvarez is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, musician, and interdisciplinary performance artist. Diana's career as an artist began in Corpus Christi, TX, where she worked as a bilingual studio vocalist, performer, and recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions, the first woman-owned recording studio and music production company in South Texas. The recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Diana's full-length chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published in By Way Of by Toadlily Press. Diana was most recently featured in The Best of Toadlily Press: New and Selected Poems. Diana has taught interdisciplinary writing workshops at Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, with acclaimed poet Thomas Lux and at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). A first-generation college graduate, Diana earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008. She works in the Office of Admission at Mount Holyoke College.
Tory Rosen is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence MFA program in Poetry. She is an educator, artist, dancer, environmental justice advocate and poet. She cares deeply about exploring the boundaries of interconnection between the human body, the artistic self, the health and wealth of community and the surrounding and life-enhancing natural environments in which we live and thrive. She is a person who also cares deeply about sustainable practice: whether green conservation initiatives, social justice initiatives, or arts programs that ensure equal-access to educational opportunities. She has taught a number of interdisciplinary creative arts workshops, including classes as a January Term poetry teacher at Mount Holyoke College and as a visiting writer at the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center at Hampshire College. She was chosen, alongside Diana Alvarez, as a presenter at this year's National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education where she co-taught the writing & social identity workshop: Claim, Combat, Canta Your Poetic History. In 2012 Tory also completed her MBA in Sustainability as a Presidential Merit Scholar at Antioch University. She is currently the Sustainability Communications & Marketing Manager at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
La Casa Azul Bookstore
143 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029
Rene S. Perez II and Diana Alvarez are both writers from South Texas. Both hailing from Corpus Christi, this fiction writer and poet have ventured out/run away from a home that both of them work to create, report, and make sense of through art.
While they have ventured out to California and Massachusetts and New York, each has a sense of truth and creativity that is very much informed by their home by the bay. While each artist is Texas, through and through, their stories and poems aim to illumine truths that travel past borders and venture out past distances that they could ever hope to wander.
Come hear these emerging Tejana/o writers read from their published collections: Along These Highways (University of Arizona Press) and By Way Of (Toadlily Press).
33 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116
Join us as three incredible literary forces combine their powers to bring you a line-up of mind-blowing talent! You don't want to miss this!
Union Station Magazine
Rachel M. Simon