1ST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Music Series Event with Academy Award Guitarist FRANCISCO NAVARRO in Concert
The popular bi-monthly 1ST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST music series continues with a special music concert performance by acclaimed Argentine guitarist Francisco "Pancho" Navarro along with classic guitarist Carlos Pavan on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30pm at the wonderfully intimate Galeria West Art & Music Gallery, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield, NJ. Enjoy a unique evening of Latin American classics and more as performed by these superb music artists.
Why is it that one of Latin music’s true virtuosos – an acknowledged master of his instrument for over forty years – has never made his own album until now? “There were some previous opportunities,” says Francisco Pancho Navarro, the Argentine-born, New York-based guitarist. “But I think this was the right time to do it.”
The “Sweet Guitar” CD shines an overdue spotlight on an artist who has spent most of his career enhancing the work of others. Maybe you heard him playing throughout Elliot Goldenthal’s Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Frida, or accompanying Plácido Domingo in a recording of Die Fledermaus made in 2003 at the Washington Opera. The Rolling Stones used Navarro on a 2006 remake of “I’m Free,” their early single; Paulina Rubio (“Perros”), Cristian Castro, Victor Jara, Celia Cruz, and Armando Manzanero sang to his backing. “I always worked with my guitar to make my ends meet but I’ve been fortunate to meet the right people in show business,” he explains modestly.
Pancho, as he’s commonly known, can equal any of them. Out of his fingers comes an orchestral array of string and percussive sounds; a rhythmic and harmonic flair that few jazz musicians can equal; an elegance born of years of classical study; an arranger’s sense of architecture; and a wealth of beauty, feeling, and wit. Sweet Guitar is a diary of the music that shaped him, gathered in his lifelong travels through South America. "The way I play my guitar comes from absorbing the different styles and colors of our Latin American culture and blending them with my style of performing classical music,” he says.
It’s an approach that endeared him to Soundbrush Records founder Roger Davidson, a fearlessly adventurous composer and pianist with a special affinity for Latin music. He and Pancho played together on Roger’s album of boleros and rumbas, Pensando en Ti; he’s also a member of another of Roger’s ensembles, The Tango Group, which made its first CD, Amor por el Tango, in 2003. But on Sweet Guitar, Pancho’s only partner is his occasional overdubbed self.
Navarro was born in 1944 in La Consulta, a township in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine state. Pancho wasn’t quite a teenager when his father, a policeman and amateur guitarist, gave him his first guitar and showed him the basics of playing it. He began taking formal lessons at thirteen. While working with local dance bands he immersed himself in tango and the Argentine folklore that surrounds it; as he studied classical guitar he pored over recordings by Andrés Segovia, Los Romeros (the Spanish guitar-playing family of the ‘60s), John Williams, and Paco de Lucía. Meanwhile, he brought his guitar all over South America, settling the longest in Chile and Mexico. Wherever he went he was hired by the best local musicians and singers. In 1984, after a decade in Mexico City, Pancho took his wife and three children and moved to New York: “the city I have looked up to ever since I was a kid, and considered to be the most important place for a musician's career.” The gamble paid off. He became a first-call Latin guitarist on A-list sessions – everything from the soundtrack of The Mambo Kings to hip-hop and reggae tracks. On his “Sweet Guitar” album, he had the luxury of playing the music he cares about most. Pancho wrote Sweet Guitar/T.Q.P.S. some years back in New York. “When I met my wife,” he says, “we used to communicate with each other by letters, and at the end of our love letters we had this beautiful way of saying goodbye: T.Q.P.S., Te querre por siempre. That means, I will love you forever.”
Carlos Pavan began his guitar training at the age of 12 and has since become one of the most diverse guitarists and composers for contemporary music ( guitar , strings, wind, brass and chamber). Upon his graduation from the school of popular music, La Colmena (Argentina), he started teaching in private schools while traveling to Buenos Aires to study under Pino Marrone ( jazz guitar) . Carlos arrived to New York in 2000 to pursue musical studies & received a full, 2-year scholarship at The Collective , he has studied under Pat Martino ( jazz guitar ) , Dario Esquenazi ( Paquito de Rivera ) ,Thomas Milliotto ( Brooklyn Conservatory classical guitar) , Jesse Henserkiefken ( conducting ) , Jorge Morel ( classical guitar/composition) , Dave Smey ( Brooklyn Conservatory , counterpoint/composition) and Pablo Ziegler ( Astor Piazzolla's piano player, composition/orchestration/arranging) . Since then, he's performed at well-renowned venues such as Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Tango USA ( Canada ) , New England Conservatory Jordan Hall (Boston) , Brooklyn (Vivaldi concert in D with chamber orchestra) , Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center ( Manhattan ) , Brooklyn Borough Hall (NPF chamber orchestra) , Philadelphia Museum ( Tango concert) , Connecticut Festival Guitars of the world , Tribute to Astor Piazzolla ( New Jersey ) , Tango trio ( Washington DC ) , Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture , Fondation Danoise / Maison du Mexique ( Paris , France ) to name a few. When not performing, he offers private guitar lessons and is also an instructor at Noel Pointer Foundation and BML ( Brooklyn Music Lessons ).
Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for children. Advance tickets are available online at BrownPaperTickets.com (enter 1ST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST for event search) or for reservations and information call the TEATRO Si box office at 908-301-9496 or purchase tickets in person at Galeria West. Event proceeds benefits programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.
Carlo's Bakery Westfield Celebrates First Anniversary
Carlo's Bakery Westfield invites the community to a weekend-long celebration of its first anniversary!
Kicking off on Thursday, September 4th the anniversary celebration continues until Sunday, September 7th with Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bakery, also known as the Cake Boss, his sisters, Grace, Madeline, Mary and Lisa and brothers-in-law, Joey and Mauro who will be behind the counter filling orders and decorating cakes!
"It's hard to believe it's already been a year," said Buddy Valastro. "We really feel like part of the neighborhood in Westfield and I can't wait to celebrate our first anniversary with the community."
The celebration begins Thursday, September 4th with free slices of birthday cake and a 20% off coupon towards a future purchase all day to everyone who says, "Happy Birthday" at the counter.
Join Grace and Joey on Friday, September 5th, from 3-8pm; sisters Mary and Lisa on Saturday, September 6th from 10am-3pm and Mauro and Madeline from 3-8pm; and the Boss himself, Buddy on Sunday, September 7th, from 9am-12 Noon.
Located at 21 E. Broad St, Carlo's Bakery Westfield was the second location to open outside of Hoboken, NJ, the bakery's original location.
About Carlo's Bakery
Opened in 1910, Carlo's Bakery is renowned for its delicious creations, hardworking staff, and family atmosphere. Carlo's has spearheaded the recent custom cake craze and has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Rachael Ray Show, Huffington Post and Good Morning America. Most recently, Carlo's has been showcased as the setting for TLC's hit shows Cake Boss and Next Great Baker.
Seasons of Waiting: A New Collection of Large Scale Work By Michael Kovacs
Proceeds from the sale of art will benefit Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Union County
Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Artwork exhibited through September 14, 2014
Seasons of Waiting will feature a new collection of work by Central New Jersey artist Michael Kovacs. Seasons of Waiting uses his largest canvases with organic materials such as oxidized copper and rusted iron. The works were made during both a time of mourning and awaiting the news from a close friend across the country struggling with cancer. Michael is a member of The Fractal Ensemble, a contemporary group of musicians and spoken word artists from New Jersey. Select members of The Fractal Ensemble will be performing at this special event. Proceeds from art sold will benefit the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, a local non-profit that provides terminally ill patients with natural, humane care and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need.
Wild Ginger: Recent Work By Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury
Opening reception Friday, September 19, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Artwork exhibited through September 29, 2014
Gallery U Boutique is pleased to host Wild Ginger, an exhibition of recent artwork— some being exhibited for the first time—by Westfield, NJ, abstract artists Francesca Azzara and Gail Winbury. Francesca Azzara has been working in the medium of encaustic paint since 1998 and has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past decade. Francesca has also been the recipient of two HEART grants from the Union County Division of Cultural Affairs and featured “Artist of the Month” on the Discover New Jersey Arts web-site. Her work has been sighted in many publications including the New York Times and the Newark Star Ledger. Gail Winbury is a painter who regularly exhibits in solo and juried shows in the tri-state area. Her work is in collections through out the United States and Italy. Gail recently was awarded and completed an International Residency in Painting and Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan. In May of this years she had work in the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. In the past she studied with internationally-acclaimed artist Dorothy Yung for nearly 15 years, and at SVA in Manhattan.
New Jersey Festival Orchestra's 2014-2015 Season Begins September 21
New Jersey Festival Orchestra's 2014-2015 season opens on Sunday September 21st at 4pm with Empires Fall, a presentation of Tchaikovsky's renowned piano concerto No 1 and Holst's The Planets, two iconic masterpieces composed at the at the sunset of the British and Russian Empires. Features internationally acclaimed pianist Yoonie Han. David Wroe conducts. Tickets $26-$75. Save up to 25% with one of their discount subscription packages. For tickets and information call 908.232.9400 or visit www.NJFestivalOrchestra.org.
Poetry U: An Evening of Spoken Word By Local Writers
Please join Gallery U in Westfield on Thursday, September 25, 2014, from 7-9 PM for our monthly reading series Poetry U: An Evening of Spoken Word By Local Writers. This month's Poetry U features the writings of Joy Ann Cabanos, Leona Seufert and Ann Ormsby who will be reading from her book "The Recovery Room." Light refreshments served. All are welcome. Gallery U is located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ.
Just in time for spooky Halloween fun...back to back, two monsters that creep and grab, The Creature and The Blob...FOR KIDS!
Do you think twice about swimming in that dark, murky water? You can't see what's underneath you, especially if you are swimming when it is dark outside. And what about the environment? Do you care one iota about how you may affect nature around you? Well, a boatload of models on a fashion shoot and scientists on a simple expedition find out when they meet something in the tropics they were not ready for. Who will survive the attack of the Creature?
Would you be curious about a strange substance you find in the forest? What if your curiosity got the best of you and you touched that strange substance you found in the forest and once it gets on your skin it slowly burns...and then stings and it feels as if the substance is EATING you! But the Blob doesn't think, so you can't talk to it. It doesn't have a face so you can't look it in the eye...it has multiple faces!!! Who can avoid the attack of the Blob?
FRIDAY OCTOBER 24th 7:30
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25th 1:30 & 7:30
For full information, please visit: http://hedgehogandfeather.org