Upper Jay Art Center ∑  12198 Route 9N  ∑  Upper Jay, NY 12987    ~    (518) 946-8315

Coming Up

April 4 - 8:00pm Music with The Whispering Tree
At the heart of The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Franco/American duo have been captivating audiences since meeting at music school in London.

Their debut full-length album, Go Call The Captain (2010) was heavily influenced by their travels abroad, which have taken them from their home base in New York to South America to a seven-month gig in Macau (China). Go Call The Captain was named "one of the year's most luminous albums" by The Big Takeover Magazine, and NYC's The Deli magazine called The Whispering Tree "one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."

Their follow up EP, The Escape (2013) is full of the imagery and storytelling that are the mark of The Whispering Tree's sound. "I think the underlying theme for all of the songs is a desire for boundless freedom," said Kleiner. "There is also this sense of yearning for home or childhood; of wanting to return to a time when we see the world with limitless possibility."
Recorded live at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn over three days, The Escape features a deep, vibrant sound, with Brangbour switching from bass to guitar, Clif Jackson on upright bass, Chris Shultz on drums and Clifton Hyde on additional guitars. With Kleiner's acclaimed songwriting and vocals, The Escape is a moody, introspective disc full of contrasting guitar styles and textures, from one of New York's most compelling indie folk rock acts.

 "The Whispering Tree tastily combine wistful folk, mellow rock and pinches of gypsy jazz and bluegrass into a compelling compilation of tightly written tunes."
- Keyboard Magazine

"Easily one of the strongest bands to emerge from the New York indie music scene...The Whispering Tree has burst through the glass ceiling, demanding the respect they deserve as one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."
- Deli Magazine

"The fullness and deepness of their sound was astounding...their musical influence filled the entirety of the room."
- Examiner.com

"One of the year's most luminous albums."
- The Big Takeover

"The Whispering Tree manage to be extremely accessible without compromising the intelligence of their music. To say that Kleiner sounds like an edgier version of Tift Merritt, or Shelby Lynne in a pensive, cosmopolitan moment, doesn't do justice to the originality of her songwriting or her unaffected, disarmingly direct vocals. The band were amazing"
- Lucid Culture

$10 donation at the door

April 18 - 8:00pm
Brian Dewan - Filmstrips and songs

$10 donation at the door

Brian Dewan, a true American original, is a multi-media artist who produces music, audio visual performances, decorative painting, poetry, filmstrips, and musical instruments. This man will make you laugh until you cry.

Brian Dewan's series of I Can See filmstrips use the technology of the educational filmstrips from the mid-twentieth century as a point of departure for imaginative personal invention.

Each panel features one of Dewan's fanciful drawings, usually skillfully rendered in magic marker or watercolor. The images are accompanied by elaborate soundtracks in which Dewan is heard, adopting a deadpan narrator's voice, and playing various musical instruments to create a different miniature soundtrack for each panel of the filmstrip. When it is time for the projectionist to advance the strip to the next panel, Dewan's voice is typically heard singing "boop" in close imitation of the noise traditionally used for this purpose. The themes of the strips often seem as though they could have been taken from actual educational strips - Grimm's Fairy Tales, Civic Pride, a short history of the Organ, Biblical stories have all served as conceits for the filmstrips. The strips tend to take many free-associative liberties and are by turns satirical and surreal, often whimsical and sometimes touching on serious themes. "Before the White Man Came" seems as though it might be about colonialism or racism, but the "White Man" of the filmstrip starts to seem more likely to be a folkloric evil spirit, with a charged and ambiguous relationship to racial stereotypes.
May 8 - 8:00pm The Resonant Rogues Variety Show
With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Their music has found itís way into many different kinds of venues- from rowdy bars to quiet listening rooms, from belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, from the local DIY space to the local jazz club, the Resonant Rogues thrive wherever they are given the opportunity."
$10 donation at the door
May 30 8:00pm Music with Bruce Hayes & The Recoverers
Bruce Hayes plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto.

Perfoming as a solo act, a sideman, or with his bands, Hayes has given over 3,000 performances in many of Americaís finest music venues, and several prominent music festivals. His music has taken him across the continent a dozen times, and twice around Europe. He's jammed on stage with Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, New Riders, Acoustic Syndicate, Railroad Earth, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Drew Emmitt; opened shows for David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Merle Sanders, Subdudes, Neville Bros., Dave Mathews, Sam Bush and David Lindley; and recorded in Nashville for grammy winning producer, Jon Vezner.

"...definately not some New Age dork. Man, he really cuts loose!" Tom Robbins

$10 donation at the door

July 9,10,11,12,
The Summer Play -  Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet. Directed by Scott Renderer

Curtain- 8:00pm. Tickets $18. Call 946-8315 for reservations.

Cast- Jason Brill, Robert Andrews, Brian LaVallee, Roger Mitchell, John Nicholson, Thomas Broderick, Tim Sorrell

This scalding comedy took Broadway by storm and won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize. Here is David Mamet at his very best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never ending scramble for their share of the American Dream.


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