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7-31-14 Whole families dancing to Matuto -Hamilton, NY

Dancing last summer in Hamilton, NY to Matuto!

The Earlville Opera House welcomes Matuto and their signature blend of Brazilian influenced folk-rock music on Saturday, May 30th at 8pm. We first introduced Matuto to the area last July with a free concert in Hamilton that had everyone dancing!

Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains: dynamic percussion instruments rumbling beneath blues-drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Matuto (“bumpkin” in Brazilian slang) moves with two-stepping grace between bluegrass and forró, between swamp rock and maracatu, between surf guitar shimmies and the wah-wah of the berimbau.

Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. Drawing on Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró and coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swamp jams—Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, and true peace.

new band image on fb“The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass,” opines the Chicago Tribune. “Violin, accordion, and a range of Brazilian percussion give this band, founded by South Carolina native Clay Ross, a seductively cross-cultural appeal.” Matuto’s sound reflects the years and, in some cases, decades its members have spent mastering the folkloric styles of the Brazilian northeast, weaving traditional Americana influences into its exotic substrate. Taken as a whole, it’s a richly engaging musical tapestry that’s sure to have you up and dancing.

Rob has spent years living in Brazil and will share his knowledge of the music and culture at 7 pm

Rob has spent years living in Brazil and will share his knowledge of the music, instruments and culture at 7 pm before the 8 pm show!

Come a little early at 7 pm for Rob Curto’s Pre-Concert Talk to learn more about Brazilian folk music. Curto lived in Brazil and studied the music for nearly 20 years. Learn about the influences of Brazilian folk hero Luiz Gonzaga and Brazil’s Northeast music including demonstrations of native instruments.  Luiz Gonzaga, often called the “The King of Baião,” has been credited for having presented the rich universe of Northeastern musical genres to all of Brazil. Gonzaga is considered one of most influential figures of Brazilian popular music in the twentieth century. (Wiki)

Join us for an evening with the culture-jumping songsters of Matuto on Saturday, May 30th. Admission is $20 and $18 for nonmembers, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.


For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

This tour of Matuto is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"...The rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, the earthy vibe and thoughtful reflections mingle on Matuto’s latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound

“…The rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, the earthy vibe and thoughtful reflections mingle on Matuto’s latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound

On May 16, three women artists will fill the Earlville Galleries with fascinating artwork that will make you look at everyday things in a new light from cloth to clay to cows and castles in the sky.

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Ann Cofer from a previous exhibit: Hollow Spaces will show her new work in the EOH West Gallery.

Anne Cofer explores the unique relationship between clay and cloth. When combined, the slabs of clay and sheets of cloth form a reciprocal relationship, each material wholly reliant on the other to create form. Rooted in the home and a female past, the cloth redefines the clay within a domestic context, revealing an emotional quality that speaks of everyday experience.

Cofer received her BA in Fine Art from the University of West England in Bristol, England, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from Syracuse University. She has been an instructor and adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2002. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as in England and the Netherlands.

Painting her figures in abstract and incongruous settings, and often using cows as a metaphor, Sheila Smith’s paintings depict the societal, psychological, and cultural pressures on women.
After earning her MS in Chemistry, Smith went to live in New York City where her art education began at the MOMA and the Guggenheim. For the last fifteen years Smith has found her voice on canvas, and her work has been shown throughout the Northeast. She lives in New Hartford and works in her Utica studio.

Tina Dillman uses multiple forms of art to produce situations and memories through installations that question the “American Dream” depicted through media and entertainment versus the harsh realities that exist within our own surroundings. Her current work uses recycled shopping bags.

Currently based in Buffalo, NY, after relocating from the SF Bay Area, Dillman received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Iowa. She was a Visiting Artist at École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Tours, France, and completed artist residencies in Berlin, Germany, and Scotland. Dillman has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), and her work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Providence, RI, North Adams and Boston, MA, and the SF Bay Area.

A reception for the artists will be held on May 16 from 6-8 pm. The exhibits will run through July 3. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit The Earlville Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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