Film Screening: “Diamonds in the Snow,” Holocaust documentary, with filmmaker and documentary protagonist Mira Binford, Mon., Apr. 28, 7 PM

Diamonds_in_the_SnowIn collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom, Best Video presents “Diamonds in the Snow,” a documentary by Mira Binford, on Monday, April 28. The screening is at 7 PM. Admission is free for members of Temple Beth Sholom and $5 for everybody else. Mira Binford will be on hand to discuss the making of the film and her experience as a Holocaust survivor.

Thousands of Jewish children lived in the Polish city of Bendzin before the Holocaust. Barely a dozen survived the community’s destruction. Through interviews and rare archival film and photos, this critically-acclaimed documentary tells the story of three of these children-Ada, Shulamit, and the filmmaker herself, Mira. These women recount their memories of a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis and reflect on the courage of those individuals and families who helped them survive.

The film thus not only documents a tragic historical period but also examines the complexity of human nature, undermining stereotypes about the behavior of Jews, Poles, and even some Germans during the era. The film’s story involves Alfred Rossner, a German businessman who, like Oskar Schindler, employed forced Jewish labor and saved Jewish lives, but who, unlike Schindler, was not a Nazi Party member and paid with his life for his actions.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIA: HAPPY ENDING

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR:  PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

Music: Jack Vees to play solo bass Wed., Apr. 30, at 8 PM

Jack_Vees_WebJack Vees will perform at the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 30. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover charge.

Jack Vees has been active as a composer and bass guitarist since the mid 1970’s. While still in college he had the opportunity to play with a diverse array of jazz and rock luminaries from Gerry Mulligan to Toots Thielmanns to Carmine Appice. In 1981 his “The Book on Bass Harmonics” was published by Alfred Music and cemented his reputation as a creative visionary of the instrument.

Vees will be performing a solo set, including lots of pedals and an occasional laptop digital frippery, playing a number of unusual low end guitars, including an 8-string bass and a 12-string baritone guitar.

As a composer he has worked with many of the most creative ensembles in the contemporary music scene.  Yet at the same time his works have resisted fitting into any one style, and have been performed from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to CBGB’s in New York, and his recording of “The Restaurant Behind the Pier” stands as a unique example of an entire CD comprised of pieces exclusively for bass guitar.  For the past 25 years he has taught at the Yale School of Music, where he is the director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology.

Watch Jack Vees do a cover version of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy” from “Abbey Road”:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 23. ART ROCK: FLOATING LANTERNS

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 26. MODERN PRIMITIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN
featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

 

Music: Art rock by Floating Lanterns Wed., Apr. 23, at 8 PM

Art rock group Floating Lanterns play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 23. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Searching for answers through art. The compositions are influenced by the experimental and truth seeking nature of the ’60s, and ’70s, with the ideals of a once promised, hopeful future. Floating Lanterns was born in a bleak world during uncertain times. Art and melancholy under darkening skies.

Players are Jeff Cedrone (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jackson LaRose (bass, vocals), Neil McCarthy(alto saxophone, effects), John C. Miller (synthesizers, electronics) and Joe Mignosa (drums). For more info check out their Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 23. ART ROCK: FLOATING LANTERNS

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 26. MODERN PRIMITIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN
featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

 

Upcoming Best Video Performance Space shows

Now that the new room is ready to go, we are starting to fill up the schedule for the spring.

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Here are the shows currently booked:

• Wednesday, Apr. 23. ART ROCK: FLOATING LANTERNS

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 26. MODERN PRIMITIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN
featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

 

Music: James Velvet and the Lonesome Sparrows on Thurs., Apr. 17, at 8 PM

If all goes according to plan—and why shouldn’t it?—James Velvet and the Lonesome Sparrows will inaugurate the new Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 17. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

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Original acoustic rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. Songwriter extraordinaire James Velvet fronts the Lonesome Sparrows. The band includes Johnny Memphis on guitar, fiddle and harmony vocals. Memphis and Velvet have been playing together since 1985. Memphis is also a long-standing member of Washboard Slim and The Blue Lights. Velvet and Memphis are joined on dobro, mandolin and banjo by DickNeal, well-known in Southern CT for his bluegrass band, Hoe. Johnny Java plays electric bass and percussion.

Johnny Java and James Velvet played original roots R&R in The MockingBirds for a dozen years (buttressed for many of those years by DickNeal’s guitar playing). The Sparrows are happiest at Coffee House/Gallery concerts (Never Ending Bookstore, John Slade Ely House, The Buttonwood Tree, Best Video Performance Space) or, in the warm weather, at  CT’s  many tasty Farm Markets. In April, 2010, the group released their 13-track CD Black Velvet Royalty.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Wednesday, Apr. 23. ART ROCK: FLOATING LANTERNS

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOISITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 30. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JAY PRINCE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

 

 

 

Haven String Quartet show rescheduled to Wed., May 21

HSQ_7331_WebRenovations, remodeling—they always take longer than you expect. We had hopes that our new Performance Space would be ready for next Wednesday’s scheduled concert by Haven String Quartet. But it’s now clear that it makes much more sense to reschedule this show to Wednesday, May 21. The cover will be $5 and the group will play at 8 PM.

We appreciate Music Haven’s and Haven String Quartet’s understanding and willingness to reschedule this show.

As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet’s mission is to integrate music and creative endeavor into community life. The quartet provides access to free music education and world-class chamber music performances to residents in New Haven’s most under-served neighborhoods. In conjunction with these activities, the Haven String Quartet actively performs in other communities, providing engaging performances in traditional concert halls and reaching new audiences in non-classical venues.

Each quartet member is an exemplary performer who also enjoys the work of a teaching artist. They have graduated from such institutions as Yale University, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Northwestern University and enjoy successful careers as performers and teachers.

Yaira Matyakubova and Gregory Tompkins are the Quartet’s resident violinists. Colin Benn and Philip Boulanger, respectively, are resident violist and resident cellist for the Haven String Quartet.