Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bernice Lewis in Concert October 17 !

Pompanuck Farm proudly presents Bernice Lewis on Saturday, October 17th at 7 PM. You are also welcomed to join us in a Songwriters Circle from 5pm-6:30 PM. Prior to the show, there will be a discussion about song structure and the writing process and share songs. If you'd like to have a critique, please bring 5 copies of your song lyrics.

Please call 518.677.5552 for reservations. Concert admission is $12 or $18 for attending both the Songwriters Circle and Concert. Desserts, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

About Bernice:

"For me, it's about the songs, each different, each a well thought out message, each a labor of love," says Bernice Lewis. Her newest CD, She Undoes, (2006) was Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy Award winner Charlie Chadwick (Suzi Bogguss, John Carter Cash, Kathy Mattea). It features a duet with fellow singer songwriter Cliff Eberhardt and a jazzy a cappella version of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," in addition to a collection of originals.

With three decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis -- who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Roseanne Cash and Cris Williamson -- has been a featured performer on NPR's Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center. In 1987, she was a finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival, where she continues to be a main stage favorite. Her ballad, "Bridges That Hold," was included in Peter, Paul and Mary's Lifelines video (PBS). She was featured in Yoga Journal for her work with sound and yoga, and has shared the stage with many renowned artists, including Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Pete Seegar, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Odetta, Christine Lavin, Marty Sexton, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis... it's a long list.

Bernice currently teaches Songwriting at Williams College and Colorado College, as well as at schools and retreat centers. She has also been an Artist in Residence and workshop presenter at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, Kripalu Center for Yoga in Lenox, MA, and Esalen Institute in Big Sur. In 2008, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service.

Bernice is also becoming widely known for her History Alive presentation, a multi-media discussion of her family's emigration from Nazi Germany, specifically designed for Junior and Senior High School classrooms. Her song, "Ways to Survive," won an award from the American Zionist Movement in 1996. Her writings and recordings will be archived in the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. In 2008. Bernice signed with the TV and film division of Shadow Mountain Music in Nashville. She has had a thirty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.

Raves about Bernice:

"Bernice is a voice full of light and hope. She is one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting."
- Rosanne Cash

"Bernice's life is filled with beautiful, deep things, and she writes beautifully and deeply about them. 'Good Kind of Love to Be In' is wonderful; spoke right to my heart! Great, jazzy cover of 'A Case of You.' Musically and vocally, she has new wings with the genres she's been exploring."
- Dar Williams

"An enlightening presence..."
- Steve Morse, Boston Globe

"It is impossible not to have a good time listening to Lewis sing."
- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"Bernice Lewis may well be the frosting on the cake!"
- Rod Kennedy, Director, Kerrville Folk Festival

"Lewis' lake-clear voice and satisfying mix of heartfelt and humorous compositions make her worth hearing. Again and again."
- David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal

"When someone asks me who's the best I've heard, her name always heads the list."
- Eddie Russell, Outlaw Radio/Country Eastern Music

"Her talent at reaching the audience is undeniable."
- Sarah Song, The Williams Record, Williamstown, MA

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