Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

Friday we have Soul/Folk singer Kate Mills who stuns with her combination of versatile singing and alluring lyrics. Saturday we present Music is the Healing Force of the Universe III, a show of sublime sound that heals and stabilizes the stress of the world!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Kate Mills

July 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | $10

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Kate Mills is a singer/songwriter from Queens NY and is very excited to make her debut at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT! “The Buttonwood Tree is a Performing Arts and Cultural Center so it’s an honor to be part of an organization that is so connected to their surrounding community in arts, theater, and other musical events.”

Kate, who has been performing in front of audiences since she was 9, is no stranger to the stage. As a pre-teen, her voice carried her to multiple musical theater opportunities from performances with Debbie Gibson at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. Throughout her adolescence, Kate continued to develop her piano and vocal skills while writing original music and performing in local showcases.

In college, Kate was a founding member of the band Drive Thru Parking, where she fell in love with the recording process. The group toured the northeast for several years, including a performance at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in January of 2010. After 5 years with the band, Kate felt it was time to pursue her solo career in New York City and she and the band parted ways.While Kate was transporting her large keyboard to and from rehearsals and performances, she was also juggling a rigorous course load at the University of Pennsylvania, earning her Master’s in Social Work.

As one who continues to work towards raising awareness of emotional and mental health issues, Kate is always looking for opportunities to merge her love of music with the pursuit of social good. “I believe music, at it’s core, is emotional. It’s not only a platform for raising awareness about important social issues, but music itself can offer healing, expression, and create genuine connections that help us feel less isolated and alone.” She continues to draw on her experiences as an adolescent social worker in her songwriting.

Music is the Healing Force of the Universe III

July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | $10

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A connecting inspired concert using the circle of sound to interact human beings in the moment.  This life space of time cohesively connects improvisational sound healing through, Gongs, Sax, Flutes, Vocals and Spoken word.  The prism of sound is vast…our goal is to reach the chakras and motivate each being to an elevated consciousness.   Every one in the space will be transported in a positive coming together to create healing and balance with thought and deed through sound that transmits positive energies and creates a unique sound meditation/communication to the higher frequencies of harmonic interaction of all beings and organic life to heal and transmit peace to all on the planet.

Music is a language–sound specific–we are influenced by Indigenous, Jazz, Classical, Funk, Soul, Be Bop and Reggae Music–New Age.
We duly note the love of Improvisation in all of our pieces.

Margaux Hayes, Vocals/Spoken Word/Percussion
Richard A McGhee III, Multi-Reed Artist/Composer
SPECIAL GUEST David Leclerc, GongWave Artist

Richard McGhee III  is a Multi-Reed Artist/Composer
Richard has worked as a musician for over 30 years in many different venues.  Richard has worked with Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, Sabir Mateen.
He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat Concert Series, The Hartford Jazz Society Monday Night Jazz Concert series and The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.

Margaux Hayes is a Vocalist/Performance Artist
Margaux has performed in New York with Vincent Katz at the La Mama Etc theater in the production  “Polyergus” she has worked with the choreographer Ronald K Brown as a vocalist in “Witches in Review”.

Margaux has opened for Jimmy Cliff and Dave Mason.
Margaux has directed the “Vagina Monologues” at the Charter Oak Cultural Center and performed a tribute to Nina Simone with Richard McGhee that was featured in the Jazz Times.  In 2009 Margaux and Richard traveled to Capetown South Africa as a musical ambassadors sponsored by the U.S. state department.

David LeClerc
David Leclerc
Is an inter-media artist.   Part Shaman-Medicine Man, Mystical Scientist, Creativity Scholar and Possibilities Explorer.   David’s work is an intriguing adventure into art’s imaginative soul.  Music is always an integral part of David’s creative output. His process of creation is physical, spiritual and intuitive. David’s experimental approach to soul exploration with the gongs are compositions in meditations and natural flowing improvisational sound environments used to relax the body and mind.  This communicates balance and resolve in the essence of relationships energies that make our surrounding worlds, within and without harmonious.

In addition David Leclerc is a visual artist
To David, art creation as a subject, an occupation, a form of education a journey with life to reveal and reach into the deeper dimensions of spiritual evolution and to explore and harvest true natural inner wisdom. With this rock of knowledge sense, David employs creative tools to help transport his fellow explorers and travelers to various realms and special spaces on life’s adventurous journey.


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