Upcoming Concerts & Workshops
- Friends DiscountSun, Jan 14All Saints' Episcopal ChurchJan 14, 2024, 4:00 PMAll Saints' Episcopal Church, 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA“A man with a golden voice who has a great feeling for history, and the role that songs play in documenting that history. The Coming of the Years, by Joe Jencks is a gorgeous record.” ~ Luka Bloom
Musical transmission happens beyond books, theory and academic observation. We at Halcyon believe in sitting with the master and in traditional teaching methods that emphasize the orality of deep musical learning. This style of musical training asks more of the student than mere specialization and integrates into its subject matter other disciplines and human experience as a whole. Halcyon aims to provide an environment in which students can sit at the feet of masters of the great traditions and learn from them on their own terms. We expect our students to respect the traditions, but not to treat them as fixed exotic forms. We recognize that these traditions are contemporary living entities and we aim to cultivate an environment of discipline, play, experiment, and full-bodied engagement.
Our Goal is to offer:
One hour sessions, offered online or in person, taught by musicians in a variety global traditions.
Located at Halcyon affiliated venues in New England.
Workshops & Masterclasses
Located at Halcyon affiliated venues in New England or online via Zoom.
3 hour +/- sessions designed by the visiting artist(s)
Masterclasses may be paired with an evening concert as part of the concert series
Thursday through Sunday program at retreat centers in New England
Taught by a visiting artist or ensemble
Public concert to be given on Saturday night by the artist and accompanying musicians of their choosing
Halcyon House Ensemble
A collective ensemble of regional musicians who each bring an original composition or repertoire piece
Musicians will arrive on Friday evening, rehearse Saturday and Sunday morning and give a public matinee concert on Sunday
Ensemble will be provided with meals and lodging Friday through Sunday and will be paid an honorarium (or a proper professional rate if possible)
Ensemble will begin by invite only; as it becomes established we will open it to applications
Halcyon Global Music Festival
An annual music festival lasting a weekend
Michael is a New England based musician, educator and concert promoter. He specializes in contrabass and yaylı tanbur and works with artists in a wide array of traditions including Turkish art and folk music, Jazz, Western Classical, Hindustani and American roots music. Michael has concertized and taught throughout the Americas and Europe. As a private music teacher, he tailors to the specific needs of the student while drawing upon a rich background of repertoire and practices. Michael's desire is to aid the student on the journey to their own innate knowing.
Robert Bowler or "Beau"
Beau founded Halcyon Arts in 2020 to continue doing what he loves, presenting cultural and educational programs in world music and spirituality. He managed Stone Church Arts, a concert series focused on world music inspired by cellist Eugene Friesen, from 2006 - 2020. He was also the Director of Stone Church Center, a retreat and conference center in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Splitting his time between India and Vermont, Joel travels the world performing Indian classical music on the Indian slide guitar. He is also a promoter, helping to bring artists from South Asia, match them with venues across the U.S. and thereby expose American audiences to the rich musical traditions from that part of the world. His goal in his own words: "to facilitate the healthy and continuous artistic exchange of Indian classical musicians in the US and in India and south Asia, providing platforms, visa assistance, educational outreach and access to authentic teachers."
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