The Joe Belmont Experience w/s/g Duo Fusion

The Joe Belmont Experience w/s/g Duo Fusion

Sat · October 21, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10.00

The Joe Belmont Experience is comprised of accomplished veterans of the Northeast music scene Joe Belmont, Rudi Weeks and Eliezar Martinez. They play a compelling yet cohesive blend of divergent elements of jazz, original compositions, funk, classic songs, Chicago blues, and jamming.

Dúo Fusión is Sarah Swersey (flute) and Joe Belmont (guitar) creating exquisite sounds that soar all over the musical map—from J.S. Bach to Astor Piazzolla, Miles Davis to Gabriel Fauré, Spanish flamenco to Andes folk song to surf guitar frenzy. Melding Sarah’s dazzling classical playing and Joe’s extraordinary jazz chops, Dúo Fusión is adventurous and enchanting.

Dúo Fusión will open the concert with a set from 7–8pm.

The Joe Belmont Experience
The Joe Belmont Experience
Joe Belmont has released two CDs of his own music, and produced and performed on numerous other recordings. He has played with world beat band Viva Quetzal for over 20 years, releasing three CDs and touring extensively. He plays with flutist Sarah Swersey in Duó Fusión, and they have released a CD. Joe teaches on the Performance Faculty at Amherst College, and as Director of Jazz at the Northampton Community Music Center. In 2013, he served as Music Director for the world premier of Grammy and Tony winners Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s play Arms on Fire. He is currently writing music and getting ready for the Joe Belmont Experience.

The Joe Belmont Experience is comprised of accomplished veterans of the Northeast music scene Joe Belmont, Rudi Weeks and Eliezar Martinez. They play a compelling yet cohesive blend of divergent elements of jazz, original compositions, funk, classic songs, Chicago blues, and jamming.
Duo Fusion
Duo Fusion
Dúo Fusión is Sarah Swersey (flute) and Joe Belmont (guitar) creating exquisite sounds that soar all over the musical map—from J.S. Bach to Astor Piazzolla, Miles Davis to Gabriel Fauré, Spanish flamenco to Andes folk song to surf guitar frenzy. Melding Sarah's dazzling classical playing and Joe's extraordinary jazz chops, Dúo Fusión is adventurous and enchanting.

"Fresh, spirited, involving, engaging... these are some of the ways I could describe the music of Dúo Fusión. But I'd rather just be quiet and listen."
–John Montanari, former music director, WFCR (New England Public Radio)

Joe Belmont, recognized as one of the finest guitarists in New England, plays an extraordinarily broad range of styles — classical, jazz, flamenco, and rock, to name a few. A native of New York City, he played his first gigs and made his first recordings by age 17, and has been performing professionally for over 30 years. Originally self-taught, Joe later studied classical guitar and received a degree in music theory and composition at the City University of New York. He performs in a variety of musical settings: In addition to Dúo Fusión, Joe plays with the innovative world beat band Viva Quetzal and leads the jazz, R&B and funk ensemble the Joe Belmont American Music Trio. Aside from the Dúo Fusión disc, Joe has two solo acoustic guitar recordings (plus CDs with his jazz group and Quetzal), and has produced and performed on recordings for other musicians and film soundtracks. Joe teaches privately and is on the music performance faculty at Amherst College and Director of Jazz Studies at the Northampton (Mass.) Community Music Center. For more about Joe, go to his website, joebelmont.com.

Sarah Swersey has enlivened the concert halls of Europe and America, performing orchestral and chamber music. A native New Yorker with degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University School of Music, she toured as co-principal flute with the American Soviet Youth Orchestra, performing under the baton of Leonard Slatkin and others. She spent seven years as principal flutist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, performing all over Europe both with the orchestra and as a guest soloist. Since returning to the United States, Sarah has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Tanglewood Music Festival. In the past decade, her music has expanded beyond classical, sparked by her participation in jazz cellist David Darling’s improvisation studies program, Music for People. Sarah has since taught improv to conservatory students at Greenwood and Kinhaven music camps and at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s summer camp. She also has performed on several recordings by the Grammy Award-winning Darling, who co-produced Sarah’s CD, Nightingale. Sarah teaches privately and at Deerfield Academy and the Northampton Community Music Center. For more about Sarah, go to her website, sarahswersey.com.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/