The West Kortright Centre’s 44th performance season launches on Sunday, May 26, with an art opening at 5:30pm, followed by an 8PM concert byLatin Grammy Award–winner Flor de Toloache, New York City’s first and only all-woman mariachi band. Their edgy take on traditional Mexican music has been featured as an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, at Coachella, & at legendary venues worldwide.
Flor de Toloache is led by co-founders Mireya I. Ramos (violin, vocals) and Shae Fiol (vihuela, vocals). Begun in 2008 in the tradition of early mariachi trios of harp, violin, and vihuela, the quartet includes Jackie Coleman (trumpet) and Noemi Gasparini (violin, vocals). While working to preserve centuries-old traditions of mariachi, their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre.
Following its acclaimed NPR Tiny Desk Concert, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S. tour, opening for Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach’s new rock supergroup, The Arcs. Flor de Toloache’s live performances have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New Yorker, and GQ magazines, and by The New York Times; the group has been featured on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and BBC Two’s Later…with Jools Holland.
Flor de Toloache’s critically acclaimed self-published eponymous debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2015. The 2017 album Las Caras Lindas (Chulo Records) won the Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero album. The band is currently working on a new record for label oneRPM, the first single for which was released in February. The song was produced by Camilo Lara, the genius behind Pixar’s Coco music content. The new album, engineered and co-produced by 12-time Grammy winner Rafa Sardina, is scheduled for release this spring.
Tickets are $32 ($36 day of); $28 WKC Member ($32 day of); $11 Under 19; free for children 8 and under. Tickets are available online until 24 hours before the show, or at the door. The ticket booth opens at 7PM on May 26; doors open at 7:30. This is an indoor concert; however, concertgoers are encouraged to come early to purchase food on-site (served by The Tulip and The Rose) and enjoy a picnic in the bucolic West Kortright Centre valley before the show.
Also preceding the concert, from 5:30–7PM, all are welcome to a gallery reception for the current Fiber Show, featuring works by Clara van Beek, Bobbi Goldman, Elana Herzog, and Marianne Neuber. Light refreshements are served, sponsored by Brewery Ommegand. The show will be on view through June 4.
Clara van Beek was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1949, and after many years downstate, has lived for quite some time in Jefferson, NY. van Beek has worked professionally as a fashion photography stylist, and follows a variety of creative craft pursuits. She has been actively weaving now for about 8 years, owns 2 small vintage looms-- a Leclerque 4 shaft and a Macomber 8 shaft—and speaks of her weaving as being "primarily a winter hobby."
Bobbi Goldman has been interested and involved with fabric her entire life. She learned about sewing and weaving early on from her farm family and her participation in 4-H. More recently, she discovered the felting process and delighted in being able to make her own fabric through this technique.
Marianne Neuber has been quilting for over 20 years. As a member of a quilt guild, she started out following traditional patterns, eventually designing her own original quilts. She started “painting” with the sewing machine. Marianne has a Masters degree in fine arts and art history from the City College of New York, and was employed there as the Art Department’s slide curator from 1981-1996. As an artist she has had numerous shows, including photography, particularly pinhole photography, as well as quiltwork.
Elana Herzog is an artist who uses material culture to consider aspects of ephemerality and entropy, pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion. She has built a visual language that is both formal and evocative, and is increasingly focused on the relationship between technology and culture, the hand and the mind, the mind and the machine. Elana Herzog lives and works in New York City. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Alfred University. Herzog is a recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport Center or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit www.westkc.org.