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The 7th installment of the “genre-bending show” All Together Now (ATN #7) is Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4pm at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain! ATN is a multidisciplinary event series that makes space for women, people of color, and LGBT performers in partnership with allies.
Performing for ATN #7 is an intermingling of new and established acts including poet, writer, and drag artist Wo Chan, aka “Pearl Harbor”; Boston music icon Tom Bianchi; Music and Dance collaboration with the Grownup Noise and Amy Cook; and Boston Pop Rock band Field Day. More information about the artists and series can be found at alltogetherbos.com.
ATN nurtures community and collaboration amongst performers. “I had the opportunity to collaborate with Poor Eliza, because of All Together Now,” said magician Felice Ling. Poor Eliza, a returning performer to the ATN series, provided musical accompaniment to Felice’s magic set and collaborated with other artists that same night. Another notable premier from ATN is “Welcome to the Closet,” a theatre piece by Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman. Said Jenee, “We wanted to do something more activist, more message-oriented than just doing only music.” ATN #7 will introduce a new music and dance collaboration by The Grownup Noise and Amy Cook.
With support from the Live Arts Boston Grant from The Boston Foundation, All Together Now #8 will be at Inner Sanctum in Dorchester on November 4th.
Wo Chan, aka Pearl Harbor, is a poet, writer, and drag artist. They have performed their work at Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, VOX Populi, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a standing member of Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque alliance Switch n’ Play. Wo holds honors from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. They are currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.
Armed with a 4 string bass a quick wit and an entertainment value that is uniquely all his own, Tom Bianchi as a solo artist or a band leader never lets and audience down with his ability to eclectically adapt to any situation. Each 24 Hour Tom performance is like a unique recipe. The ingredients are one part musicianship, one part host and storyteller, an eclectic mix of songs, add some humor and improvisation, mix well and enjoy.
Tom Bianchi has made himself a well known icon of the music scene in Boston area as well as all throughout New England. Sharpening his teeth as a subway musician, and as part of the prestigious Quincy Market Street Performer’s program, he has played stages from the humble Park Street Train Station to historic Club Passim in Harvard Square and The Somerville Theater on many occasions.
Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston’s The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between Americana music and Indie Rock. With a genuine respect for every style of music, this band and its songwriter, Paul Hansen, are song obsessed. They celebrated their first official SXSW showcase in 2012 and their music has been featured on MTV, NPR, documentary films, and other TV shows, including 90210. People often ask about the meaning of the name. The Grownup Noise is something to rebel against, like fear, complacency, the closing of your heart, the stress of bills etc.
Dancer, actor, and Boston Native Amy Cook has a long involvement with artistic collaborations, including her work with the Grownup Noise. Through the Williams College Dance Company and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Theatre Program, she was cast in the second longest running outdoor drama in the US, Unto These Hills. This work fused Cherokee traditions with contemporary dance in a re-telling of the Trail of Tears, in collaboration with local Cherokee people.
Starting at the age of 3, Amy has studied and performed ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and African dance, including working directly with Séan Curran, Artistic Director of Séan Curran Company in New York, and Billy Siegenfeld, founder of the Jump Rhythm® Jazz Project in Chicago. In 2012, Amy got involved with the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio (JNDS) in Boston, MA and performed in over ten Repertory Concerts. Over the past five years, Amy has also performed in the annual collaborative showcases 12 Dancers Dancing…A Christmas in Cambridge and Dance for World Community Festival. Most recently, Amy has worked with Luminarium Dance Company.
Field Day has become an unlikely upstart on the Boston club scene, playing rock music with scrappy hooks, dreamy harmonies, and irrepressible spirit. The band formed proverbially, in a basement, and unexpectedly, when its members were well into middle age. The chemistry is potent with songwriters Joan Anderman and Dan Zedek, bassist Phil Magnifico, and drummer Jefferson Riordan.
Joan Anderman was a neophyte, having left her longtime post as rock critic at The Boston Globe and set out to become a songwriter. Her former Globe colleague Dan Zedek, veteran of numerous college bands, was sitting on a stash of songs written in his head while riding the train to work. Original drummer John Kehe offered his gear-filled basement for weekend song circles, and it was clear these songs and these songwriters belonged together. Hear them at www.fielddaymusic.com.