This October I will serve as Chairman of the 21st annual New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, a two day-long event featuring food, fellowship, and singing from the Sacred Harp songbook. The Convention is hosted each year by a Sacred Harp singing community in New York, and this year marks the first time it will be held in Eastern New York.
The convention will take place on October 17-18 at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY. Housing is available for out of town guests, and the event is free and open to all. More information is on the New York State Convention web site.
I’m happy to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress tunebook. Published by the Society of Subliminal State, this book features 53 original shape note compositions, with music written by me and lyrics by Carrie Dashow. I designed the book, and Carrie Dashow wrote the book’s words and contributed the illustrations.
For this new edition, roughly 20 songs have been improved or corrected, and the introductions and rudiments of music sections have been updated.
You can order copies of the book for $20 through the Society for a Subliminal State store. Read more about the tunebook in the artworks and compositions section of this site.
Beginning later this month on the 3rd Tuesday and continuing every month until October I will be teaching a singing school in Cambridge, NY in the Lovejoy Building at Hubbard Hall. The singing school will begin each month at 7 pm and last for about an hour. We’ll then take a break, followed by singing from the Sacred Harp until 9 or 9:30.
This singing school is an opportunity for individuals in the Cambridge area to learn more about Sacred Harp singing in advance of the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, to be held at Hubbard Hall on October 17-18, 2009.
Visit the New York State Convention web site for more information.
Along with Carrie Dashow, I’m very excited to announce the Society for a Subliminal State’s first annual members party, on no other day than March 4th. The party will include: a pot-luck, a trip to the Subliminal State, shape note singing, and performances by two Society member bands.
You must be a member of the Society for a Subliminal State to attend. Membership is $5 (annual dues). You will also get Subliminal Statements in the mail, and a patch bearing the Society’s insignia.
Join on the Society’s web site. You can also read more about March Fourth.
The Boston Globe printed an article this January for their weekly Spiritual Life column, profiling the second Sunday Sacred Harp singing I help organize at Christ Church Unity in Brookline, MA.
The article, written by Rich Barlow, who attended January’s singing, explains the format of a Sacred Harp singing through the lens of the different faith backgrounds of members of our local singing community. The article follows how this music has brought us together for singing, fellowship, and in recognition of our common spirituality and religiosity.
I am quoted in the article as are two other Boston-area singers. You can read the article on the Boston Globe‘s web site. It’s title: In song, different faiths find harmony
The Society for a Subliminal State, the organization I co-founded with Carrie Dashow has published a hardcover tunebook featuring all 53 shape note songs written during our summer tour of the Erie Canal with the Subliminal History of New York State.
Each song is accompanied by texts written by Carrie contextualizing the words and music, as well as occasional illustrations of how the poems were performed as participatory readings during the tour.
Order copies from the Society’s store
Come to Eyebeam Sept. 27, 6 PM for the opening of Interference. Eyebeam is located at 540 West 21st Street, NYC.
The show includes Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress (2007) an installation of community-shot video, original shape note songs and ephemera from this summer’s Route of Progress tour.
Jesse and Carrie will lead a shape note singing workshop (1-4 PM) and performance (5-6 PM) at Eyebeam on October 13
The exhibition will run through Nov. 10.