Monday, February 18, 2008

Songwriters Exchange March 9 @ 7:00pm

Pompanuck Farm began the new monthly Songwriters Exchange In February, which by all accounts was a great evening. Pompanuck's Round House offers a beautiful, relaxed and intimate setting for live performances and fluid conversation about the creative process. "Inspired" was the word of the evening as audience members and performers engaged in thinking together about this mysterious subject of songwriting- from individual methods and inspiration, to the song that just "bubbles up" as compared to the concept of crafting a song over time, from the importance of songs that have "moved mountains" in history to the equal importance of the restorative effects of playing for oneself.

Pompanuck invites audience members listen to original music and join in the conversation with area songwriters, Athena Burke, Deena Smith Chappell, Scott Carrino, Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and JoAnne Spies On March 9 at 7:00pm In April, The Exchange will be on Sunday, the 13th.

This monthly evening of (acoustic) performance and conversation is offered to foster an exchange of music and ideas. Participants have the opportunity to present original material, including works in progress, to each other as well as to an audience. These evenings will offer songwriters an environment of respectful listening from both the other presenters and the audience, giving them the chance to talk about the songwriting process as well as present original material with an emphasis on support and exploration and de-emphasizing performance and critique.

Songwriters are encouraged to present songs as solo performances whenever possible to get a sense of the structure of the material (except when necessary as in the case of overlapping lyrics). This is not a workshop, open mic or variety show but an opportunity to share original work and cultivate the creative process. The evening may end with a 10 -15 minute jam.

Each participant will have at least 10-15 minutes to perform a piece and have time for talk, questions and discussion. After a break for refreshments, performers will have the chance to play another song or two.

There will be a $5 charge for audience members. Desserts, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

Please contact Scott or Ferrilyn if you'd like to sign up as a performer.

Please visit to see detail of this and other events and for info and directions to Pompanuck Farm 494 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816 518.677.5552

The goal of the Songwriter Exchanges is to foster the arts in our community, bring together area songwriters and to share the creative process along the way.

Scott Carrino
Ferrilyn Sourdiffe

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