Monday, February 24, 2014

Pieced Together Documentary

We spent Sunday recording Scott Pender's soundtrack, Foothills, for the Pieced Together Project Documentary by filmmaker, Julianne Donofrio (I know - a lot of links but its a collaboration!).

The music is beautiful and such a great accompaniment to this phenomenal story that celebrates community and art in a unique and vibrant way.

Just google 'quilt trail' and you'll see the extraordinary network that has built up around this one simple idea - paint a quilt trail on an old barn. Donna Sue Groves, a native Appalachian, purchased a farm in Ohio that included an old tobacco barn.  To honor her mother, an avid quilter, Donna Sue came up with the idea to have a quilt block painted on the aging structure.

Barn Quilts grew from this small idea in Adams County, Ohio.  The Quilt Trail movement has now spread to at least 30 states and two Canadian provinces.

photograph from the North Tennessee trail by Suzi Parron

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Its just perfect weather for a concert

Get out of the house, away from your screens, and come into the warm with us tonight to relax with friends and music.

7:30pm Saturday February 15, 2014

takoma park community center
auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Mark O’Connor - Appalachia Waltz
Charlie Barnett - String Transparencies
Lou Harrison - Suite for Symphonic Strings

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Come join us on Saturday 15th

By Saturday February 15 you will most likely have had just as much cabin fever as you can handle. What better way to escape the snow than sit back, relax and be transported by the Takoma Ensemble to Appalachia, the wide Wild West and lands of sunlight and warm gentle winds.

Bring your friends and neighbors and then join us at theAfter Concert Reception where we can all shake what's left of the Snow Blues.

Can you think of a better reason to get out of the house?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison (1917 - 2003) was a pretty amazing guy.  Not least because he often looked like this (right)

but mostly because of his life's work and the music he left us.

This short trailer to the documentary of his life features some extraordinary musicians and a glimpse into his life and background. You get the feeling that we just don't make them like this any more.

The Takoma Ensemble are thrilled to include his music in our next concert.

Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center.

See you there!