Meet Jaypix

Photographer Jaypix Belmer took photos for All Together Now on 4/29/2017.

Artist Quotes:

“I try to achieve something true and worth questioning in photography – this allows transition and builds self confidence – feeling is believing.”

“Having connections with people through photography allows me to acknowledge and express Visual Soul. Showing how authentic individuals are in their moment and entirety is how I pursue the image.”

Artist Q&A:

Q: Do you put yourself in a particular head space to shoot an event?
A: When at an event I go with the flow and energy of the room. Whatever the circumstance stance is, I adapt to it.

Q: What do you think people feel when a camera is pointed at them?
A: I think people feel noticed. But it depends on who’s pointing the camera.

Q: What’s the hardest part of shooting a live event?
A: Squeezing and finessing through the crowd at a packed event when you’re not on stage and you want a center shot.

Q: What kind of images from a live event are you the most proud of?
A: All of them. I’m proud to meet & acknowledge the people that I photograph.

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Meet Field Day

Field Day

Field Day performs on All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

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.

Artist Q&A

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned over time?
A: Conviction is everything: even when circumstances or one’s own shortcomings feel daunting, you have find a way to connect.

Q: What do you hope audience members experience or take away from this show?
A: It’s such a joy for us to play, and we hope that people at our shows take away some of that spirit.

 

Meet Amy Cook and The Grownup Noise

The Grownup Noise & Amy Cook

Dancer Amy Cook and Musician Paul Hansen perform for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

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.

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.

http://www.thegrownupnoise.com

Artist Quotes:

“I believe the more exposure we have to art, the more authentic our reactions to it become. The visceral, shared experiences artists create provide us with an opportunity to look inward…’Why am I crying?’ ‘Why was that so shocking to me?’ Something shifts inside us. We no longer want to judge the experience, we want to try an understand it.”
-Amy Cook

“I am excited to be part of the All Together Now family for many reasons, but perhaps most is my feeling that the arts inherently open a person’s mind. Far more than say, direct dialogue or preaching. I’ve seen it happen up close in my own life. If someone engages in art or music, absorbs it and thinks about it, it will have a positive, progressive, enlightened impact on all of their thinking.”
-Paul Hansen

 

Meet Tom Bianchi

Tom Bianchi

Tom Bianchi performs for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

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. www.24hourtom.com

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.

Meet Wo Chan

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Wo Chan performs for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

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.

https://www.instagram.com/wochanofficial

Meet Darcy Hackley and Timothy Raben

Darcy Hackley and Timothy Raben perform for All Together Now #6 on August 19, 2017 at the Burren.

Darcy Hackley started dancing tango in 2009, while she was working as an archaeologist in Cairo, Egypt. She brings fifteen years of classical ballet and movement training to her dance, as well as a love of tango music. She has danced, taught, and organized tango events in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Currently based in Providence, Rhode Island, Darcy is a tango organizer as well as a doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Archaeology.
Timothy Raben first explored Argentine tango one dreary evening in New England while suffering from the pangs of boredom. The unique mix of music, movement, and human connection sparked a new love. Pretty soon you couldn’t keep him from the dance floor: learning, practicing, and exploring tango. After many years in New England, dancing all over North and South America, Timothy relocated to Kansas where he now lives, researches particle physics , and teaches tango.

Artists Quotes

“There is no complete leader and follower and dancing doesn’t need to look fancy to be extremely rewarding. Simple things done collaboratively can be more bountiful than any amount of running and jumping around.”  -Tim Raben

“Collaboration between different genres is how art evolves and grows. It’s how to push boundaries and keep things novel.” -Tim Raben

“Dance is one of the most collaborative forms of expression– the fun is in responding in real time to your partner and to the music and to everyone around you.” -Darcy Hackley

 

Meet David and Tara Tresner-Kirsch and Garrett Michaelsen

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As a tango music trio, Garrett, Tara, and David explore eclectic artistic influences united by dark, immersive grooves that veer between creepy and sensual. Tara and David Tresner-Kirsch have been making music and dancing together for two decades, since their teenage years. Together with Garrett Michaelsen, they have contributed to several projects establishing a live tango music scene in the Boston area, including the Tango de los Muertos festival, the Boston Tango Jam, and Orquesta Atípica.