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Western VT Community Choir
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Western VT Community Choir

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'SINGING THE RHIZOME' COMMUNITY CHOIR SESSION!

I am overjoyed to be offering Western Vermont Community Choir for 7 consecutive Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Waterbury's Gallery & Music Hall, The Phoenix ...April 24th-June 5th.

Join me in building a vibrant singing community by 'singing the rhizome'! I'll guide us in collectively learning,

'SINGING THE RHIZOME' COMMUNITY CHOIR SESSION!

I am overjoyed to be offering Western Vermont Community Choir for 7 consecutive Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Waterbury's Gallery & Music Hall, The Phoenix ...April 24th-June 5th.

Join me in building a vibrant singing community by 'singing the rhizome'! I'll guide us in collectively learning, singing and arranging songs of core importance to each of us. I think of a choir as a rhizome structure - like aspens - and I look forward to discovering how our song roots fit together. This Spring session seems a perfect time to explore our musical rhizome and sing it awake!

Participation fee: $115 (7 week session) Community Choir: all welcome, learn-by-ear and/or reading. LImit of 40 people. Two of our evenings are public events featuring the community choir and the Rhizome Quartet. May 22nd Rhizome Album Release + Singalong (w/Rhizome String Quartet) and June 5th Sharing Our Song Rhizome.

Registration is required. There are scholarships available for those who need assistance. Please e-mail info@moirasmiley.com

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Moira Smiley + Shelter Music Boston String Quartet
  • Moira Smiley + Shelter Music Boston String Quartet

Moira Smiley + Shelter Music Boston String Quartet

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May 16, 2024 7:00 PM EST

This is a free concert with a suggested donation of $25 per ticket. Proceeds go towards the continued sharing of music and story outside the concert hall and in places of shelter.

Co-sponsored by Shelter Music Boston and Community Church of Boston, a concert of powerful, aching, ageless, and ever-charged folk songs

May 16, 2024 7:00 PM EST

This is a free concert with a suggested donation of $25 per ticket. Proceeds go towards the continued sharing of music and story outside the concert hall and in places of shelter.

Co-sponsored by Shelter Music Boston and Community Church of Boston, a concert of powerful, aching, ageless, and ever-charged folk songs performed by voice and string quartet. We celebrate and raise awareness of the great work Shelter Music Boston does to bring music, conversation and joy to people experiencing housing insecurity and substance use disorder.

This Thursday evening concert is anchored by powerhouse vocalist / composer / arranger, Moira Smiley and her dazzling arrangements for voice (and sometimes banjo, piano or accordion) plus string quartet that comprise her new album, The Rhizome Project. The quartet brings together four of Boston’s most innovative and respected string players; Lysander Jaffe, Lizzy Cook, Annegret Klaua, and Yonah Zur.

Go to Moira Smiley’s YouTube Rhizome Project Playlist to see and hear excerpts of this music live! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoSUi6oginMof5ELQBOfczCrENvMwKo5S&si=Npuan5PbmBiLDzIb

Shelter Music Boston delivers monthly chamber music concerts to Greater Boston homeless shelters and substance misuse recovery centers, providing classical music as a social service. Every note invests in the capacity of classical music to create social change in environments of great need. We believe all people deserve access to the dignity, creativity, and passion of classical music.

Location: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 02116, United States

Phone: 617 266-6710 Email: info@communitychurchofboston.org

Online Access Information: You are free to view this concert online, but encourage you to buy a ticket / make a donation. Here are the links to online viewing: Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81351813462 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxzqBfbtvnhNKWmzpCm0lIA/videos

Accessibility: CCB has a small elevator for a small wheelchair. Accessible bathrooms. Adult amenities. Adult beverages. Welcome!

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Mourning Dove Valentine Puzzle
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  • Mourning Dove Valentine Puzzle
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Mourning Dove Valentine Puzzle

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"I love your song, it calls me to your side" Mourning Dove Puzzle to share with a loved one this Valentines Day (or any day). The image looks up at two mourning doves sitting together on a telephone wire with a wintery sky behind them. Black and white (greyscale) drawing by Fiona Small with the above text running along the wires below the doves.

"I love your song, it calls me to your side" Mourning Dove Puzzle to share with a loved one this Valentines Day (or any day). The image looks up at two mourning doves sitting together on a telephone wire with a wintery sky behind them. Black and white (greyscale) drawing by Fiona Small with the above text running along the wires below the doves.

Details: 35 pieces Puzzle size:11.02in x 7.5in (28cm x 19cm) Puzzle thickness: 2mm.

Puzzle made from high quality cardboard packaged in a little white cardboard box wrapped by a jute twine and small wooden heart.

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Unzip The Horizon: Vinyl
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Unzip The Horizon: Vinyl

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"Whether she’s carrying a slow-burning torch above sparse sounds a notch beyond ambient, addressing a global problem on a personal level or leading a like-minded chorus in understated celebration, Smiley makes every word and inflection cut deep.” —RootsWorld

Unzip The Horizon LP is a bright yellow record (in honor of the song, 'Dressed In Yellow')

"Whether she’s carrying a slow-burning torch above sparse sounds a notch beyond ambient, addressing a global problem on a personal level or leading a like-minded chorus in understated celebration, Smiley makes every word and inflection cut deep.” —RootsWorld

Unzip The Horizon LP is a bright yellow record (in honor of the song, 'Dressed In Yellow') that you'll pull from the moody, black and white sleeve/jacket. And you'll also find a handwritten and drawn sheet of liner notes containing lyrics and images from the songs.

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Printed Songbook
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Printed Songbook

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The Unzip The Horizon Songbook is companion to Moira Smiley’s 2018 solo album of the same title. The lonesome freedom and experience of years on tour were midwife to this original music; all about seeing down to the origins of anxiety and up into the freedoms we ignore. This collection of songs, lovingly arranged for a wide variety of voices and

The Unzip The Horizon Songbook is companion to Moira Smiley’s 2018 solo album of the same title. The lonesome freedom and experience of years on tour were midwife to this original music; all about seeing down to the origins of anxiety and up into the freedoms we ignore. This collection of songs, lovingly arranged for a wide variety of voices and instruments, brings together the spirit of communal singing and a songwriter’s introspection. Body percussion is woven throughout the Songbook, engaging musicians on a kinetic level. This Songbook is for choirs, ensembles, bands, a cappella groups, or solo vocalists of all experiences—this collection of music invites anyone and everyone to lift their voices… and Unzip The Horizon.

122 page printed Songbook packed with exclusive features, including: Sheet music for 12 songs Lead sheets for percussion, piano & strings Exclusive study MP3s for each vocal part of every song Link to body percussion video tutorials on private YouTube page Original Artwork by Cao Minh Huy

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RECORDINGS

Watch The Stars

Seamus Egan & Moira Smiley feat. Kaïa Kater

Moira first encountered this beauty through Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folk Songs for Christmas Songbook (1953). When she sang it for Seamus, he was immediately inspired to create a soundscape to hold the song's wonderment. They both thought of Kaïa's wise and tender voice as they built the vocal harmonies and looked for that feeling of

Moira first encountered this beauty through Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folk Songs for Christmas Songbook (1953). When she sang it for Seamus, he was immediately inspired to create a soundscape to hold the song's wonderment. They both thought of Kaïa's wise and tender voice as they built the vocal harmonies and looked for that feeling of stillness and mystery that comes from standing outside under a big night sky.

This spiritual was first recorded and transcribed in 1925 by Sierra Leonean musician/scholar, Nicholas G.J. Ballanta (1893-1962) in the 'Saint Helena Island Spirituals' Songbook. Published in New York by G.Schirmer, most of the songs were collected while Ballanta visited Penn Normal, Industrial and Agricultural School, Saint Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina. The version Ballanta transcribed is attributed to Virginia Brown.

From Good Winter, released December 16, 2022 ​Moira Smiley / lead, harmony vocals Kaïa Kater / harmony vocals Seamus Egan / keys, sound design

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Meeting Is Over

Moira Smiley feat. Piers Faccini, Seamus Egan

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Meeting Is Over is an old American song about “meeting on the other shore”. Driven by Smiley on the banjo with Faccini on guitar and the West African guembri, the single also features Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan on guitar.

The haunting and yet comforting harmonies reflect on goodbyes with those we love the most—the ebb and flow of

Meeting Is Over is an old American song about “meeting on the other shore”. Driven by Smiley on the banjo with Faccini on guitar and the West African guembri, the single also features Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan on guitar.

The haunting and yet comforting harmonies reflect on goodbyes with those we love the most—the ebb and flow of togetherness that life presents.

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Treat A Stranger Right

Moira Smiley & Members of Tonality

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Arranged by Moira Smiley and Alexander Lloyd Blake. Performed by Moira Smiley and members of Tonality.

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Mourning Dove

Moira Smiley & Seamus Egan

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Co-written by collaborators and partners Egan & Moira Smiley, Mourning Dove chronicles intimate struggle of love, loss, and growth across two winters of isolation in rural Vermont. This single's music video shows Egan & Smiley's layered connection to each other, and to the evocative calls of the mourning doves outside their window.

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Co-written by collaborators and partners Egan & Moira Smiley, Mourning Dove chronicles intimate struggle of love, loss, and growth across two winters of isolation in rural Vermont. This single's music video shows Egan & Smiley's layered connection to each other, and to the evocative calls of the mourning doves outside their window.

"Last winter, early 2022 brought a stubborn melancholy to our house. Two musicians with identities linked to the feedback loops of performance and collaboration tried to stay connected to each other across a second winter of isolation. In the drear of March, we learned how we’d pulled together against a world of fears, but had forgotten our own wants and needs in the process. These lyrics tumbled out in April after I’d spent a few weeks adventuring on my own, and Seamus sent me the voice memo of a tender chord progression. Meanwhile, a pair of mourning doves took up residence by our house. Their presence was a wild, potent reminder of the cycles and mysteries of partnership. Their long, mournful calls reminded us of the faith and hope we hold in one another." — Moira Smiley

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In Our Voices

Moira Smiley

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Five exquisitely diverse voices and thunderous body percussion bring raw urgency to songs of social justice and human connection.

Touring heavily with Tune-Yards, Solas and Jayme Stone’s Lomax / Folklife projects bore Unzip The Horizon - Moira’s 2018 solo album of lonesome, nomadic songs. An instinctual collaborator, she was ready to return to

Five exquisitely diverse voices and thunderous body percussion bring raw urgency to songs of social justice and human connection.

Touring heavily with Tune-Yards, Solas and Jayme Stone’s Lomax / Folklife projects bore Unzip The Horizon - Moira’s 2018 solo album of lonesome, nomadic songs. An instinctual collaborator, she was ready to return to harmony singing and the joy of powerful voices in 2020 with VOCO. In Our Voices is the result of that return. Featuring: Moira Smiley, Dawn Pemberton, Karla Mundy, Gregory Fletcher, Jake Asaro with special guests Sam Amidon, Caleb Bronze, and Seamus Egan.

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Sing About It (Naytronix Remix)

Moira Smiley

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‘Sing About It’ sings against the violence of white supremacy and the echo chambers we live in. A side-step from the a cappella anthem on Moira Smiley’s February 19th release In Our Voices, this Naytronix remix ventures into the land of vocal-driven experimental beats and fierce, meditative repetition. In this week where we feel the senseless

‘Sing About It’ sings against the violence of white supremacy and the echo chambers we live in. A side-step from the a cappella anthem on Moira Smiley’s February 19th release In Our Voices, this Naytronix remix ventures into the land of vocal-driven experimental beats and fierce, meditative repetition. In this week where we feel the senseless death of George Floyd (and many other Black lives continuing to be cut down by our systems of oppression), the nucleus of this electro-pop remix is the ever-pulsing question: “am I responsible / are you responsible / what are we responsible for?”.

“Naytronix is the solo musical project of Nate Brenner, an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer who is also a member of the band Tune-Yards.”

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