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Jul 8, 2020 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

NAPTIME STORIES FOR THE ABSURD TIMES Episode 4 The Farmer and the Bear

The irreverent storyteller Vít Hořejš re-tells classic Czech and Slovak fairy tales from his socially-distanced Hudson River Valley refuge. Co-starring guest-musicians from across the globe. Children welcome.

 

CZECHOSLOVAK AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE
 

Presents EPISODE 4

The Farmer and the Bear  

NAPTIME STORIES FOR THE ABSURD TIMES

FB LIVE STREAM Wednesday, JULY 22 at 3 PM EDT




The Farmer and the Bear” is a tad of a dark tale about how a farmer and a bear form an unlikely alliance to grow crops.  Guess who comes out short at harvest time?

This week, Vít will be joined by friends Matt Darriau (clarinet) and Katie Down (ukulele, percussion), with a little help from Dexter Pakula(bass drum, trumpet).

 

The Performers

MATT DARRIAU (clarinet, saxophone) is a Balkan, klezmer,Celtic and jazz musician. His most notable work is with his band Balkan rhythm quartet Paradox Trio, The KlezmaticsOrange Then Blue.Other musical projects include Ballin' the Jack, Yo Lateef, Disastro Totale (with Yuri Lemeshev), Whirligig, Celtic Eclectic, CCXMD (with Cinema Cinema), and Shabbes Elevator.  Darriau grew up listening to Balkan, Israeli, and other styles of world music. He moved to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in the third stream program. He now resides in New York City.  Matt Darriau was named one of the most influential jazz musicians by Jazziz Magazine for bringing Balkan rhythms and melodies into jazz.

KATIE DOWN (ukulele, percussion) is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, writer, performer, composer, and licensed creative arts therapist. Her work is inspired by the ideas and practices found in deep listening, acoustic ecology, free improvisation, open discourse and ideas and all the musical drones of the world. She works in experimental theatre, music, and the healing arts.  Her performing groups include NewBorn Trio with Miguel Frasconi and Jeffrey Lependorf in which she plays glass instruments; The Ukuladies in which she plays ukulele, piano, flute, and sings; and Sofie Salonika, a Sephardic hybrid group in which she plays flute, percussion, Turkish cümbüş, Albanian cifteli, and uke. Katie works with multimedia artists and performers on a multitude of homemade and experimental instruments including steel cello, glass harmonica, lithophone, and many others. Katie is also a licensed music psychotherapist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY.

VÍT HOŘEJŠ, puppeteer, writer, director, actor, and translator is a native of Prague. He emigrated to the United States in 1979, bringing with him the love for puppetry and one childhood marionette. In 1990, he co-founded Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre in New York City, a renowned innovative member of the worldwide puppetry community. The Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences awarded Vit with the Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting Czech and Slovak Puppetry world-wide. The new reality inspired Vit to bring the traditional Czech and Slovak tales to a global virtual audience while socially distanced. He is excited to collaborate with his musician friends in this challenging format.

 

Free but donations welcome: 



 

CZECHOSLOVAK AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE

 

 

 

CZECHOSLOVAK AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE

Presents Episode 2 of the virtual series

KING POLECAT (Král Tchoř)
NAPTIME STORIES FOR THE ABSURD TIMES


 

LIVE STREAM on Wednesday, JULY 8, 3 PM (EST)


We are delighted that LISA GUTKIN, Grammy Award winning composer and violinist, accepted our invitation and will enrich Vít's storytelling with her artistry.
This week's story is about what happens when the frogs elect the stork as their king and the chickens decide to follow their example.


About the Performers:

VÍT HOŘEJŠ, puppeteer, writer, director, actor, and translator is a native of Prague. He emigrated to the United States in 1979, bringing with him the love for puppetry and one childhood marionette. In 1990, he co-founded Czechoslovak- American Marionette Theater in New York City, a renowned innovative member of the worldwide puppetry community. The Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences awarded Vit with the Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting Czech and Slovak Puppetry world-wide. The new reality inspired Vit to bring the traditional Czech and Slovak tales to a global virtual audience while socially distanced. He is excited to collaborate with his musician friends in this challenging format.

LISA GUTKIN, Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer, is best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics, and more recently for her musical scoring, performance, and music direction in the two time Tony award-winner, Indecent, a play about Sholem Asch’s the God of Vengeance. She co-authored songs with Anne Sexton, Maggie Dubris and Woody Guthrie, among others; and composed and played for film, TV and stage, including Sex and the City, Sting’s musical The Last Ship, and Mabou Mine's Song For New York, directed by Ruth Maleczech, and is a MacDowell and Norton Stevenson Fellow. Recent scores for filmmaker Pearl Gluck, include “Summer,” premiered at the New York Jewish Film Festival, and “Write Me” which is currently circulating.

Free but donations welcome:



 

CZECHOSLOVAK AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE

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