Sounding the River
Sunday, July 13th
Join us in the morning
10am - 12 noon
Lecture by Mohican scholar Lion Miles
Shawn Stevens, Mohican Drum Leader of Nanapowe will share songs and stories
2pm - 4pm
Sounding the River Performance
A celebration! A procession! A Sound and Rhythm Event!
Follow the river to the beat of drums and the sound of gongsjoin with
Shawn Stevens, Nanapowe Drum Leader and StorytellerMembers of KDZ, Kripalu Drummers
Youth Alive Step Line and Drum Team from Pittsfield, MA
Marafanyi PercussionShirley Edgerton Trio
Ed Mann, noted Frank Zappa percussionist and sound artist
and other special guestsas we honor the land and river and celebrate different traditions
At Pumpkin Hollow retreat center the beautiful Taconic stream caterwauls into a waterfall and then heads out toward the Hudson. Sounding the River starts at one end of the river and ends by the waterfall and peace pole area.
$10.00 - Lecture and storytelling only: 10am - 12 noon
$10.00 - Sounding the River performance only: 2:00 - 4:00
$30.00 includes all activities and lunch 10:00 - 4:00
Bring canned goods for Hillsdale Helping Hands Food Pantry
To register call:
Pumpkin Hollow: 518-325-3583
For information about performance e-mail: email@example.com
Lesley Beck, then-editor of Berkshires Week, who took part in the first Sounding the River performance as a member of the choir, wrote a glowing review. In its first incarnation the celebration was called RiverMASS: http://joannespies.com/page5.php
Funded in part by the John A. Sellon Charitable Trust and the Women's Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires, donations from Staples in Great Barrington, MA are in place for writing workshops before the event and we look forward to welcoming new art partners and collaborations within Columbia County.
Thank You to Jody Rael of Solaqua in Chatham, NY for providing his solar-powered sound system
TAUKH WNAUKOOTWAUKUN HKEEK TONNEH
To write letters of welcome to Mohicans
A hundred million fears are woven in my coat
Illusion and memory are all the same
Can you tell me, what is my name?
Beyond the mountains I move along
My voice is hidden, then my voice is strong
After so much silence and separation
Will you praise my beauty, my reparation?
Rising, falling, known, unknown
My water blossoms in your bone
I am the heart of tree and bird
I am the river, a holy word
c 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies