Monday, May 31, 2010


8 pm

Pompanuck Farm is presents “Italian Songbook” in concert with Khabu Doug Young and Bruce Williamson, featuring vocalist, Elena Camerin.

The evening will feature Italian songs primarily from the 50’s & 60’s, as interpreted by consummate jazz improvisers. Venetian vocalist, Elena Camerin (voice, electronics), chose and arranged popular music that is near and dear to her heart, including songs sung to her by her grandmother in the kitchen while also passing along traditional cuisine such as Gnocchi al Pomodoro. Audience members will delight and savour the distinctive sound flavours of Italy simultaneously transposed and reframed by the unabashedly American roots of long-time collaborators Bruce Williamson (woodwinds, piano, percussion) and Khabu Doug Young (guitars, ukulele, cavaquinho).

The “Italian Songbook” project was conceived after two musicians from two different continents met in 2009 and discovered that, even though they had very different backgrounds, both had a great love for approaching vocal repertoire and improvised music in new and exciting ways. Jazz meets Italian love songs … with a bit of electronica thrown in for fun.


Elena Camerin born in Venice, living in NYC since 2008, began her musical studies on piano and later began studying voice at the "Thelonious Monk" jazz school. Shortly thereafter, she began to study opera under soprano Francesca Scaini. In 1994, she joined the gospel choir "Venice Gospel Ensemble" as soloist; she often works in performances with Walter Sabato, actor and director in shows. She worked as "living installation" at the Biennale 2003, in Venice, for the artist Tino Sehgal. In July 2004, she won Best Student award at the Michele Hendricks' vocal workshop at Spoleto, with the Spoleto Arts Symposia. In 2005, she recorded under her name the CD "GRAZIE DEI FIORI?" under the label "Caligola Records", dedicated to the Italian song of the 50s.

Khabu Doug Young using ukuleles, guitars, cavaquinho, harmonica, and voice, Khabu creates music in a spirit of collaboration and interaction, exploring the continuum between improvisation and composition, sculpting sounds into musical journeys of the unknown. Born Doug Young in Lubbock, TX, he grew up in Houston. He moved to New York City to work with artists from all disciplines: theatre, dance, spoken word, film, as well as musicians of many styles (often with unique instrumentation).

Reed player & pianist Bruce Williamson was active in the San Francisco music scene until moving to NYC in the mid-80s, playing with jazz artists such as Art Lande, Mark Isham, Benny Green & Bobby McFerron. Over the years, Bruce has performed with artists such as Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Gary Peacock, Jack Mcduff, Dave Douglas, Paul McCandless and many others. He can be heard on over 50 recordings and has a new quartet CD (with Lande) called Standard Transmission coming out August 2010.

In the NYC theatre world, Bruce has worked with director Julie Taymor for the last 15 years (Juan Darien-1996, The Lion King-1998, The Green Bird-2000, Grendel-2006), and is currently rehearsing with Taymor and rock-star Bono on the new Broadway production of Spiderman, due to open in Fall 2010. Bruce can also be heard on many filmscores by Elliot Goldenthal, including Frida (Academy-award winning score, 2003), Across The Universe and most recently Public Enemies (accompanying singer Diana Krall on a ballad version of “Bye Bye Blackbird”).

Bruce has appeared in clubs and festivals worldwide (performing in Turkey for the first two weeks of June 2010), has received multiple grants for Jazz Composition and is currently on the music faculty at Bennington College, Vermont.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Register Now by June 1st for discounted tuition!

Pompanuck Farm will host a week filled with art, music, nature studies, useful skills and play, lead by artists and educators, Lisa and Scott Carrino and the Pompanuck Staff. Kids will leave this program with beautiful art work and new and exciting physical and useful skills.

At Pompanuck, children learn through contact with nature with help from music, literature, and art. They have the freedom to play independently, in small groups or in large games and the opportunity to have many rewarding interpersonal experiences.

The goal of the Enrichment Staff is to enable children to maximize their talents, creativity, skills and character through plenty of individual attention. Children thrive on the personal support, the interaction between new friends and the community spirit that occurs.

This summer we will be joined by guest teachers who will share their expertise in a variety of art forms. Each week of Enrichment we will offer kids the opportunity to focus on a different theme, or, if your child isn’t interested in the focus activity being offered she/he can continue to participate in any of the ongoing activities.

Hours: 9am – 3pm

Participants: Children of Elementary and Middle School age


June 21–25: Circus Skills- Clowning, tumbling, stilt walking, balancing
June 28–July 2: Circus Skills- Clowning, tumbling, stilt walking, balancing

July 19–23: Dance, Drumming & Forming a Band
July 26–30: Nature- Building structures, identifying plants and creatures

August 23–27: Circus Performance- we’ll produce a show featuring our skills
August 30-Sept 3: Music, Writing, Storytelling- creative self expression from song lyrics to comedy routines

Group size is limited so please sign up early. Cost is $165 for registration by June 1st and $180 thereafter. Sign up for 5 weeks for $750 ($150/wk).

Please call Pompanuck at 518-677-5552 or email to register and make 50% deposit to insure your child’s place. Also, we offer an Extended-Day Option: 3pm-4pm (1-hour)for $35/week or 3pm-5pm (2-hours) for $65/week.

To register you must complete the following forms. Click on each one to complete for each child:

2010 Registration Form

2010 Assumption of Risk

Health Form

All completed forms can be sent or mail : Pompanuck Farm Institute, 494 Chestnut Hill Road, Cambridge, NY 12816.

If you have any questions, feel free to call 518-677-5552.

Pompanuck is a 501c3 educational not-for-profit. We accept credit cards, personal checks, or cash as methods of payment. You are welcome to inquire about availability of scholarships.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Athena Burke in Concert !

Saturday, June 12th, 7pm

Pompanuck Farm is presenting singer/songwriter, Athena Burke in concert with Three Drummers! Burke’s powerful bluesy vocals mixed with world-influenced jazzy compositions draw you in and lead you on a spiritual journey that will get you on your feet to dance or on the floor to dream. Burke has been performing since childhood and creates original shows filled with dancers, percussion, singing and world-class musicians. To listen to a sample of her songs go to

The concert will feature Athena Burke on vocals and keyboards, Jimmy C, Peter Maine and Scott Carrino on drums and percussion, plus special guest vocalists, including the SoulSingers Choir. Come dance, sing, laugh and have a great time!

Tickets: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door and $10 students, $12 at the door. Refreshments will be available.

Music From Salem Cello Seminar Concert !

Cello Seminar Concert

Friday, June 4th
FREE event

Ten gifted young professional cellists from across the globe join Rhonda Rider, David Russell and Judith Gordon for a week long residence at the Brown Farm in Salem. This concert presents their exploration of cutting edge contemporary music and well loved traditional pieces.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Memorial Day Potluck Picnic & Arts Celebration
Sunday, May 30th

We are looking forward to our 18th annual Memorial Day Celebration and Festival of the Arts. We have many musical acts and some exciting surprises to share with you on May 30 from 2:00 until dusk. This year we will feature performances by Dirty Old Strings, All That's Fallen, Ferrilyn Sourdiffe, Adam McHeffey, Barry Hyman and Lucas Sconzo and the Jam Band, Bernice Lewis and Scott Carrino.

This year, we will again offer our homegrown and homemade products including a plant and tag sale. All proceeds will fund Pompanuck programs for children and families throughout the year.

If you have any items you would like to donate to the tag sale, please call 518-677-5552.

There will be plenty of activity and entertainment geared for children. Including performances by High Peaks Juggling and Pompanuck's Stilting Chickens!

We will have community tables set up to provide information from local organizations and individuals working in the fields of education, the environment & sustainability & health. We will also be displaying work from local artists.

If you would you or know of an organization that would like to submit material for our table, please contact us at

Please join us and bring a potluck dish to share, hope to see you there!


We are in need of a few volunteers to help out with set up and during the Memorial Day event. If you are interested in becoming part of our staff for the day please call 518-677-5552 or email

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Addie & Olin UNLEASHED !


to announce new date soon!

Get ready for some whoopee jazz, funky folk, soulful klezmer, hot Irish instrumentals and hipster originals with a stage presence that is unleashed, unbridled, uncut and unglued!

Addie and Olin’s wild warbling is accompanied by Olin’s intricate fingerpicking jazz guitar, sonorous 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars and mandolin; and Addie’s cotton pickin’ piccolo, “cool school” sax, ethereal flute, crazy concertina and, the instrument of love, the button accordion, with her hipper than thou shades to the squarest of saddle shoes, all highlighted by madcap visual performances and vaudevillian humor. And they are snappy dressers too!

Fine desserts, including gourmet chocolate desserts, will be available for purchase.