Folk Dancing 3-5PM
Suggested admission at the door is sliding scale: $5-15
Northern Harmony, an ensemble of ten brilliant young singers based in Vermont, presents concert of world harmony traditions. The Group will also lead folk dancing that afternoon from 3-5 pm, including Balkan, English country and contra dances. There will be a potluck supper between the dancing and the concert.
Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. (see www.villageharmony.org ) All the singers in the present ensemble are veterans of many years of Village Harmony singing programs. Most of them have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia, and some are singing leaders in their own right. the group is currently on a month-long tour of the Northeast and the Midwest.
The concert program presents a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape- note singing and quartet gospel. South Africa has a particularly powerful and appealing folk harmony singing tradition, with a rich, resonant vocal sound, and wonderfully syncopated rhythm. The singing is always accompanied by dancing, with the rhythm of the dance movements often in counterpoint to the song. Georgia’s ancient three-part harmony singing tradition features a dark, sonorous vocal quality, and
startling harmonies, unlike anything in European music. Traditional Corsican singing, passed down through oral tradition, features two highly ornamented upper voices over a more sustained harmonic bass.
Northern Harmony also performs a wide variety of village music from the Balkan countries.
For further information visit the Northern Harmony website: www.villageharmony.org