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Tusten Theatre Fall Cultural Series

NARROWSBURG - The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is proud to announce the lineup for the Fall Cultural Series at the Tusten Theatre, taking place October through December in Narrowsburg, NY.


The series will kick off on Saturday, October 12 at 8 pm with the world premiere of Organism, a collaborative project featuring music performed by returning musician Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin, and Wood), Ingrid Sertso, conductor Karl Berger with the Creative Music Studio Improvisor’s Orchestra (CIO) and sharing the stage with dancers Yoshiko Chuma (School of Hard Knocks), Nicholas Van Young (Dorrance Dance Company), and Savia Berger. Martin will also contribute original visual scores to guide the improvisation of both the musicians and the dancers throughout the performance. Made possible by a generous grant from NewMusic USA, Organism marks Billy Martin’s second performance at the Tusten Theatre.


On Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm, DVAA will present the theatre ensemble A Collective in a performance of War of the Worlds adapted from H.G. Wells classic sci-fi novel by Playwright in Residence Chris Booth. The ensemble will perform this production live for a theater audience with a style that harkens back to the days of classic radio — but with a twist. This special event is being recorded for later broadcast Sunday, October 27, 8pm by event co-sponsor WJFF Radio Catskill as a part of their Fall Fund Drive.


Catherine Pulley, Artistic Director of A Collective says of their upcoming performance, “Our ensemble of actors and sound artists will bring this modern adaptation to life while paying homage to the pioneers of radio theater. What’s incredible about Wells’ novel is how relevant it is for today’s audiences who will see themselves in the characters and the story.”


The series will continue on Saturday, November 23 at 8pm with world- renown Maestro Khan’s East Meets West trio, an energetic and exciting performance that blends Indian, Classical, and Folk on sitar, tabla, and vocals, flamenco, pop, guitar, keyboards and western percussion. Ustad Shafaat Khan aka Maestro Khan, has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, festivals, and universities including The Linda WAMC, Basilica Hudson, The Ark, Guild Hall, the Bonnaroo Festival, Hamilton College, and throughout India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Maestro Khan has albums produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra and has shared the stage with notable musicians Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles in Germany.


The performance will be co-sponsored by Narrowsburg’s health and wellness studio The Chi Hive who is hosting Maestro Khan for a morning meditation practice the following day on November 24th at 9:30 am.


On Saturday, November 30 at 8pm, DVAA presents Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis Trio, a pared down and intimate version of Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis, that brings together elements of chamber music, South American folk, indie rock, and jazz to form a unique and intimate sound of “indie jazz”. The Wall Street Journal describes their music as “Word­less vo­cals, lyrics, and so­los emerg(ing) from gor­geous weaves of mu­si­cal tex­tures." Catharsis has toured extensively on the international stage engaging audiences at the Toronto, Ottawa, Rochester and Bergamo International Jazz Festivals, and at premier jazz clubs including Pizza Express (London), Duc des Lombards (Paris), Stadtgarten (Cologne), Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York) and Blue Whale (Los Angeles), among many others. The band was featured in NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert series and on the French TV channel Mezzo. Catharsis Trio band members include Ryan Keberle on trombone, keyboard, vocals, Camilla Meza on guitar and vocals and Jorge Roeder on vocals and bass. The trio brings an impressive wealth of experience of their own, playing an integral role in many of today’s foremost rock, jazz and Latin jazz ensembles, including bands led by Sufjan Stevens, Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, and Tom Harrell.


Rounding out the Fall Cultural Series on Saturday, December 14 at 8pm will be a double-bill concert by music artists Slippery Stairs and visual artist Macro Dose followed by indie band Sunwatchers. Slippery Stairs is a live electronic project of Nick Forte and Stacy Wakefield that marries the innocent joy of New Age melodies to the driving beats of techno with an element of grit from their acerbic gothic roots. Sunwatchers, a New York-based ensemble, blurs the lines between avant-jazz, punk, psychedelia, Ethno-jazz, and desert blues, to create joyous, chaotic, mystical elegies with a modern sound.


All performances will take place at the Tusten Theatre, located at 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, NY. Tickets are $20 (Members)/$25 (Non-Members) in advance, and $25 at the door. A season pass is available to DVAA Members for $70. Kids twelve and under are free.


Tickets may be purchased by calling (845) 252-7576 or online at www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

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