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Artisans' World is a unique art gallery and craft store that promotes a kaleidoscope of art forms. Our retails shop features one of a kind metal and ceramic sculpture from Haiti, soap stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, exquisite hand made 18k and sterling silver jewelry from West Africa, and Caracas, Venezuela and functional and decorative painted furniture produced by local Massachusetts artists.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Regarding: Soiree Francophone featuring

  • Jun Toguchi, classical piano selected repertoire of Ravel
  • Ziaf tribute to cabaret singer Edith Piaf
  • Pierce Warnecke multi media electronic music

Date: March 26, 2005; 8 PM

Place: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow, Cambridge, MA

Admission: $15 General, $10 Students and Low income, $25 Supporters, Donors $100

 

Information:

Artisans' World Arts & Craft Gallery, Carey Dardompre, Director

Telephone: 781-646-8836, Email: cdardompre@yahoo.com,

Web site: http://www.artisansworldgallery.com

 

Soiree Francophone

The month of March is known for honoring Francophone culture. For this special occasion, Artisans' World Art and Crafts Gallery invites you to a special Celebration on March 26th at the Cambridge Friends meeting House, 5 Longfellow, Cambridge, MA. This special Soiree is a tribute to two great French giants in the world of music -- Maurice Ravel, one of the greatest classical composers, and Edith Piaf one of the best known cabaret singers.

A selected repertoire of Ravel will be presented by Jun Toguchi. Jun Toguchi was born in Japan where he began studying piano at the age of five. His composition, Sonatine for solo guitar received high public reviews at the age of 14. Toguchi attended the University of Michigan on a Rotary Scholarship and graduated from the New England Conservatory where he received a master in music theory and classical piano. Jun Toguchi has impressed the audience in a lot of piano recitals in both Japan and in the US. Toguchi is not a Francophone but a Francophile whose first CD, a compilation of Ravel composition has received critical exclaim.

The Second part of the soiree is dedicated to Edith Piaf. The songs of Piaf will be presented by the group Ziaf, a tribute group to the French virtuoso Edith Piaf. The Lead singer Christine Zufferey is a unique singer whose voice has the magical power to evoke the memory of Edith performing. Christine Zufferey Whose first language is French was born in Switzerland. Ziaf focuses mostly on Piaf's later work from the 50s. Ziaf consists of four musicians: guitarists Catherine Capozzi, drummer Tamora Gooding, keyboardist Carol Namkoong and vocalist Zufferey. Although the group exclusively play the songs of Piaf, their interpretation evokes some originalities. Carol Namkoong in an interview with James Reed from the Boston Globe admits that, "Capturing Piaf's cabaret aesthetics with a four-piece rock band has been a challenge. If you think about it, Edith Piaf usually worked with string and horns, so we have to condense those arrangements down to the electric instruments that we have."

Pierce Warnecke will present a live version of his multi-media electronic music. From ambient trip-hop to glitchy drum'n'bass, his machine and computer based compositions are intelligent while remaining accessible to all. Pierce Warnecke has lived in Paris since the age of nine and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a city agency, through the Local Cultural Council Grants of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Artisans' World Gallery has hosted a series of events in the framework of encouraging, promoting and advancing the Francophone culture through art, music and language practice. In the precedent year, we've sponsored many successful Francophone events targeting University students, Francophone and Francophile diaspora in Boston, intellectuals and curious people interested in the world community.

The Friends Meeting House is located at 5 Longfellow Cambridge, MA Cambridge, MA 02139. For more information, call Carey A. Dardompre, Director. Artisans World Arts and Crafts Gallery Tel: 781 646 8836 . We can also be reached at cdardompre@yahoo.com or visit our web site www.artisansworldgallery.com.

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The Artisans' World Arts and Craft Gallery and the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch

Presents

 

Negritude & the Harlem Renaissance

Lecture and Music Series

 

February 12th, Saturday, 2-4 pm, Free

Dr. Gerdes Fleurant from Wellesley College lectures on the birth of

Negritude and the bridge to the Harlem Renaissance movement.

 

February 26th, Saturday, 3-6 pm, Free

Paul Nichols the co-author of "Shorty, The Other Malcom" will present the book and the jazz influence.

 

March 24th, Thursday, 7-9 pm, Free

Dr. Gerdes Fleurant lecture with a focus on the Negritude movement.

All Library Events are FREE

Central Square Branch, Cambridge Public Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA 617-349-4010

 

March 26th, Saturday, 8 pm

Soiree Francophone

with

Jun Toguchi -- classical piano selected repertoire of Ravel

Ziaf -- tribute to cabaret singer Edith Piaf

Pierce Warnecke -- multi media electronic music

 

Admission: $10 Students and Low Income, $15 General $25 Sponsors, $100 Donors

Cambridge Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow, Cambridge, MA

 

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a municipal agency,

supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Artisans' World Arts & Craft Gallery

Telephone: 781-646-8836 Email: cdardompre@yahoo.com

www.artisansworldgallery.com


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Negritude & the Harlem Renaissance Lecture Series

  • Dr Gerdes Fleurant, Wellesley College Professor, a Cambridge resident, PhD in Caribbean literature & music.
  • Paul Nichols the co-author of Shorty, The Other Malcom

Artisans' World Arts and Crafts Gallery and the Cambridge Public Library are pleased to invite you to this special event, "Negritude & the Harlem Renaissance Lecture Series, Art and Musical Celebration of Black History Month." This is the first city-wide multi-genre celebration of Negritude and Harlem Renaissance presented by Artisans' World Arts & Crafts Gallery in collaboration with Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch and it is supported in part by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a city agency, through the Local Cultural Council Grants of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The lectures will be held at Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street., Cambridge, MA.

The Negritude & the Harlem Renaissance Lecture Series will feature two humanists. An overview of both literary movements will be presented by Dr Gerdes Fleurant, a Cambridge resident, PhD in Caribbean literature and music. His second lecture will focus on the writers of the Negritude. Paul Nichols the co-author of Shorty, The Other Malcom will present his book and the influences of jazz.

The three lectures will take place at the Cambridge Public library, Central Square Branch.

La Negritude was a literary and ideological movement led by francophone black intellectuals, writers, poets and politicians from the Caribbean and West Africa. This literary movement was founded by Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal, Aime Cesaire of Martinique, and Leon Damas of Guiana. In the 1930s, while studying in France, these young students brought together black writers from various parts of the French empire. These writers embraced an international racial awareness entitled, Negritude. In the book The Negritude Poets, Ellen Conroy Kennedy, states that the movement was strongly influenced by the Harlem Renaissance poets. However, this literary movement has always been neglected by the Anglophobe world. According to Sharpley-Whiting, the Negritude Movement was introduced to Harlem during the early 1930s. Senghor, Cesaire and Damas were strongly inspired by both the stylistic and thematic approach of Langston Hughes. The movement was generally characterized by:

  • An important intellectual and artistic manifestation of African and Caribbean literary giants
  • A call to consciousness, affirmation and an awakening of a pride in being African Valorization of African history, traditions, and belief
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Media preview of Negritude & the Harlem Renaissance Lecture Series

Cambridge Chronicle, Thursday, February 10, 2005

"Library merges two literary movements" By Sarah Andrews/ Chronicle Staff

http://www2.townonline.com/cambridge/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=182333

 


Carey Dardompre -- Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs

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