new CD available on band camp click on cover image below to download tracks

new CD available on band camp          click on cover image below to download tracks
contact: spiesarts@gmail.com

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Join the Elemental Orchestra Sunday, June 28th!

       
Mount Greylock
One of my favorite places is Mt. Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. At the very top of the mountain is Bascom Lodge, a refuge from the wild wind and a cultural center offering all manner of workshops, concerts and talks.
   
      Did I mention dinner?  The absolute best!  One seating at 7:00pm.
      It was my good fortune to have a creative residency for a week at Bascom Lodge last year, and my recordings of wind and birdsong will be put to good use in a workshop I'm offering on June 28th.


---- 2-1.jpg (large)Elemental Songwriting with JoAnne Spies
Observing the flora, fauna and rhythms of the elements atop Mt. Greylock, we will create elemental songs that reflect our conversations with the world around us. With a focus on rhythm, writing and improvisation we will leave this workshop with the tools to deepen our connection to nature and song. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work in performance at the lodge.
3 hour workshop begins at 1:30 pm. 
Pre-registration required by June 21st.
$30 per person
To register contact JoAnne at: spiesarts@gmail.com or call 413-822-6214.


CONCERT BEGINS AT 5:30

If you aren't already atop the mountain, allow yourself a forty minute ride to the top from the entrance road in Lanesboro. Arrive at 5:30 for a special concert that includes all who participated in the afternoon workshop who want to share a poem or song                              

I will have rhythm instruments on hand as well as the story drum, guitar and six-string ukelele to accompany my own songs.

Looking forward to a very special day with everyone.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CATA annual fundraiser May 16th and 17th


I've  been rehearsing my new Art Cart song with groups at Williamstown Commons and individual folks at Mount Greylock.

CATA's week-end event is a wonderful opportunity to support their work in the community and experience the awesome array of artists they serve.

Ready, Willing and Able



Writing Fire May 1st

Some folks have asked where they can download my song that is the intro and outro for over a dozen Berkshire Festival of Women Writers' videos:

Freeze My Head

Come down to the Tina Packer Theatre/Josie's Cafe at Shakespeare & Company celebrating the launch of the Writing Fire anthology on Friday, May 1st from 5:30 - 7:30.

Arrive early at this gorgeous spot and visit with the array of writers represented. I'm thrilled to have a haiku in the book.
I'll be going on at 5:30.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


                                                                 
an article on hunger in our backyard:
http://theberkshireedge.com/connections-berkshire-staples-hunger-and-poverty/

On April 11 at Simon’s Rock there is a conference on food and sustainable living at  Bard College of Simon’s Rock: “Think Food, sponsored by the newly established Center for Food Studies at Simon’s Rock and The Nutrition Center.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Expo



I'm excited to take part in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Book Expo on Sunday, March 29th from 1 - 4pm at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield.

My new CD   Ecstatic Dances  will be available and there will be dancing!
Music at 2pm and at 4pm.


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No Kid Hungry

It's hard to believe that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry.
Writing and recording a song about mindful eating has made me more aware of the disparity between those of us who are 'eating mindfully' and those who have none.

How do we help?

Here's a great program:

The Heroine's Journey


It was an honor to play the story drum and accompany Amber Chand on her 'Heroine's Journey' at No. Six Depot where she transformed all who heard her with her riveting  performance.


Amber's performance benefited in part the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.