April art walk has new theme: ‘Sing in Spring: A Tribute to the Human Voice’
Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk introduces a new theme this year to its 2013 roster of events: “Sing in Spring: A Tribute to the Human Voice.”
It is believed vocal music is the world’s oldest music and the human voice is the first musical instrument. “Sing in Spring” captures the diversity and creativity of song by offering a wide selection of musical genres to showcase the power and versatility of the human voice.
Friday evening at various venues on or near the Fairfield town square, individuals and groups of singers will perform continuously or at set performance times ranging from 6:30-10 p.m.
• 7-9 p.m. — Ingrid Best, jazz and R&B at ILA Restaurant. Best will perform a selection of songs ranging from jazz, blues, soul and bossa nova in three languages. A current resident of Fairfield for the past five years, Dominican-born and New York City-raised, Best began her career as a jazz vocalist while in her teens. She has sung with Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey and Oscar Peterson. She has performed in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India and Africa.
Want to know a little more about vocal jazz and bossa nova?
Vocal jazz or jazz singing is when the singer’s vocal style matches the accompanying instruments in an attempt to imitate the instrument. It can take the form of stylistic approach to lyrics, improvised or otherwise and including non-morphemic syllables such as “scat singing.”
Developed in the 1960s, bossa nova means “new trend” in Portuguese and is a lyrical fusion of Samba and Jazz.
• 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. — Ulrike Selleck, opera at Americus Diamond. The German soprano will perform a sampling of opera arias including: the “Seguedilla” from Bizet’s French opera “Carmen,”opening aria “Ombra Mai Fu” from Handel’s Italian opera “Serse” and the colloratura aria “Rejoice.” Lise Marcell will accompany Selleck on piano.
Want to know a little more about arias and operas?
Aria, which first appeared in the 14th century, is a term used to describe a piece of music for a single voice often with musical accompaniment. Operas commonly consist of arias. The term opera means work in Italian, which often combines solo and choral performances along with acting and dancing. Operas grew from a variety of Italian courtly entertainment.
• 7-10 p.m. — An evening of “Singer-Songwriters” at Cafe Paradiso. Keith DeBoer will emcee the event with performances by singer-songwriters: DeBoer, Jenn Trimpe, Tom Todar, Astred Griffin Doud, Shane Orne and Rebecca Haven.
Want to know a little more about singer-songwriters?
Singers-songwriters is a term used to define musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. Often it’s a distinct form of music closely associated with the folk-acoustic tradition.
• 6:30-7 p.m. — Singer-songwriter Tom Allen at The Landmark Inn. Allen attended the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota, where he studied classical guitar and voice, soloed with the U of M Men’s Chorus, and was an honor student in music composition. He has made a specialty of the classical guitar song, pop songs with classical roots. His works have been played on Minnesota Public Radio, the Knoxville World’s Fair, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
• 7-9 p.m. — Headin’ Home Quartet, southern gospel at The Landmark Inn. Headin’ Home Quartet was formed during the summer of 2001 by four members of the First Baptist Church in Colfax. The initial intent was simply to occasionally sing special music Sunday mornings at church. However, the quartet became known around the community, and it began receiving invitations to sing at other area churches.
Want to know a little more about southern gospel?
Southern gospel, thought to have its origins in the early 20th century, has sometimes been called “quartet music” because of the originally all-male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet make-up. Early quartets were often either a cappella or accompanied by a piano with either a guitar or banjo.
• 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. — Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa at the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa are known for diverse programming and dynamic performances of choral music from different cultures in a variety of vocal styles. The group, directed by Elaine Reding, was founded in 1991. In keeping with their tradition of performing sacred and secular music from around the world and across the centuries, the chamber singers will sing songs with springtime themes from the 1500s to the present day for the art walk.
Want to know a little more about choral music?
Choral music was written specifically for a group of singers to perform, such as a choir. Choirs can sing with or without instrumental accompaniment. Singing without accompaniment is called a cappella singing. Although often affiliated with churches, choirs can perform in any venue and often perform in such places as a theater or concert hall.
• 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. — Prairie Harmony Singers of Southeast Iowa at Fairfield Nutrition. Prairie Harmony of Southeast Iowa is made up of singers from around the southeast corner of the state who have been drawn to the powerful lyrics and haunting harmonies of the 250-year- old American Shape Note tradition of community singing. Prairie Harmony was formed in 1995 as an informal singing fellowship and has been meeting regularly in homes, churches, art galleries, barns, museums and concert halls. This a cappela ensemble includes singers of all ages, religions and musical backgrounds and is open to anyone who would like to join.
Want to know a little more about Shape Note singing?
Shape notes is a type of music notation created well more than 200 years ago to facilitate congregational and community singing. Shape note music is participatory, sung with exuberance, at full volume and has unusual harmonies. Originating in New England and practiced primarily in the Southern states for many years, it is now experiencing a surge of popularity nationwide.
Radiance Dairy, a strong supporter of creativity and artistic expression in Fairfield and a long-time supporter of Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, is the event sponsor for April.
For more information on Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, an Iowa Tourism Event of the Year and recipient of the Iowa Tourism Office’s Tourism and the Arts award event, contact Dania De Bortoli at 233-8883, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.FairfieldArtWalk.org.
Galleries & Venues
Americus Gallery will be showing six new paintings by Christopher Kufner.
Central Park Furnishings will host Wendy Stegall exhibiting the “Dance-Thru Life” line of clothing and a collection of handpainted lampshades called “Shades of Light.” Stegall will give a Kathak and Bollywood dance performance at 8:15 p.m.
Fairfield Art Association Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will showcase Fairfield High School’s Annual Visual Art Exhibit. The opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. The display continues through April.
Flying Leap will have “April Art and Fashion Show” featuring the mixed media fashion illustrations of Olaya Veras plus costumes of Judy Bales. New spring works by Genevra Daley Bell, with bunnies, ducks, lambs and mice, add to the mix. The project in the studio, open to everyone, is to design fashion.
ICON Gallery’s Bill’s Room will feature a series of paintings by Joanie McGinnis. McGinnis will be showing The Windows Series inspired by her mentor Bill Teeple. The show opens during art walk and continues through May 25.
The Mosaic Studio has a large mural is under construction again, and students have been adding inspiration and innovations while completing diverse projects. Everything is on display, from pots to clocks, altars to backsplashes, all of which will be finished soon so the artists can start garden art.
Pence Elementary School will host the Fairfield Community School District’s annual Elementary Art Show. Opening night is 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours are 1-3 p.m.
Revelations Book Store Café will exhibit a collection of photographed landscapes by Marty Halsebos, “San Francisco, New York” archival prints by Everett E. Day and recycled metal art from Haiti.