such an honor to hear Sarah Lee Guthrie & Hoping Machine sing my song at the Climate March in DC!

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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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rise Up Eagle


What a great song leader Sarah Lee Guthrie is! She really nailed the passion and energy behind my song (video above of 'Rise Up Eagle') and got the audience singing. It's an honor to have her lead this song by the Washington monument too.
'There's an eagle in this land, it knows the taste of freedom, it loves the taste of freedom,
Rise, up, Rise up, Eagle!'  Yes!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Website!

movingsound.org






Thank you to Artful Mind publisher Harryet Puritzman Candee and photographer Jane Feldman for this 

Artful Mind interview





Monday, April 10, 2017

MAY 27th

   Noon: Mountain Blessing Song
    Come to Bascom Lodge at noon to kick off their 80th season by joining me in a mountain blessing song.

2:30 - 4:30  Incantations and Song Magic

Mt. Greylock is not only the highest mountain in Massachusetts, but J.K. Rowling has designated it as the home of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!
Come join me at Bascom Lodge as we weave our magic, creating our own chants and songs.

Hogwarts Classroom​ = Bascom Lodge?
In this two hour workshop we will determine if we’re Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents, Pukwudgies or Wampuses and then create incantations, chants or poems based on our character. What is the sound at the heart of the snake horn fragment? Our creations can be performed or kept secret.
Rhythm instruments will be provided or found outdoors.

To register: email spiesarts@gmail.com
Free/ no legal tender, just dragon heartstring

MAY 26th

    The Hoping Machine 
     Songs of the Revolution 
     with Sarah Lee Guthrie
     and the Hoping Machine singers
    More info here: The Guthrie Center
      Doors open at 6:00 show starts at 8:00

MAY 20th



I'm excited to be singing in concert with my friend Shawn Stevens on Saturday evening, alongside yoga teacher Jennifer Reis, May 20th at Kripalu.

Over the years he has taken part in "Sounding Mohican Pathways,"  an educational and cultural exchange program that I created in collaboration with Tammis Coffin, Education Director at the Mission House. This program received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Stockbridge Cultural Council.

This program  built bridges between the Stockbridge community here and the Stockbridge Mohican community in Wisconsin. Working with contacts at the Mohican reservation and at the Mission House and Indian Museum here, I organized an interactive music program that incorporated stories, songwriting and history. Shawn and I presented an 'origin of song' program at the Stockbridge Library as well as the "Sounding Mohican Pathways" walk down Main Street to historical sites.


Shawn also brought his powerful songs to "Mumbet, Melville and Mohicans," a performance 
I created at Herman Melville's home Arrowhead with Mari Andrejco, Nathan Smith, Elfi Six, Jana Laiz, Ann Elizabeth Barnes, Jennifer Reis, and Sean Vernon.


        


Shawn Stevens at Pumpkin Hollow
In collaboration with the town of Lenox 250th anniversary celebration, Kripalu is proud to present a special R&R event that honors the Native American culture, history, and community of the original tribes of Berkshire County.

Note Special pricing is available for Berkshire County residents; $60 per day commuter fee from Friday to Sunday. For more information, call us at 866.200.5203.

Register here for Kripalu R & R week-end.


MAY 13 and 14th


Looking forward to premiering a new song with Jeanne Laurin Schnackenberg at Everyday People – CATA’s Annual Performance & Gala.


Please join us for Everyday PeopleCATA’s annual performance and gala celebrating the artistry of people with disabilities! 
Everyday People will take place on May 13 & 14, 2017 at the Tine Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
Saturday, May 13 – CATA’s Gala evening includes cocktails at 5 pm, performance at 6 pm, buffet reception with music and dancing to follow. Call 413-528-5485 for more information.
Sunday, May 14 – CATA’s Matinee is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The performance begins at 1 pm.
Here's link for tickets and more info.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Freedom from Want

Governor Baker's Cuts Hurt Food Banks

Resource for food banks, etc.

Berkshire Food Web 

Hold the Date: March 31st!!

There will be a freestyle (freedom style) dance

                       at the Lenox Community Center                             

 with the Rev Tor Trio

to benefit CHP Project Milk

an emergency food fund

7:00 - 9:00pm     65 Walker Street Lenox, MA  

    ~>"Freedom from Want" essay written by Carlos Bulosan for the original Four Freedoms 

An illuminating read





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

unity



First Unity St. Pete

It was an honor to sing at First Unity: great band, powerful sermon                                                          and meditation. Loved sharing the stage with Sierra Davis, Alan Armstrong and the Unity singers.

20,000 strong in St. Pete March



                                                Missed my peeps in the Berkshires and DC,
                                                but so moved to be with marchers in St. Pete.
                                             

NOMAD Art Bus ~ Art for Everyone




Great to meet Carrie Boucher and learn about the NOMAD Art Bus
in St. Pete, Florida. 
A canvas on wheels and a program whose motto is Art For Everyone.
BRAVO!