A home for interesting, less-than-commercial music in Arcata

The Quick Overview

Wednesday, 14 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
New World String Project

West Coast acoustic supergroup

Thursday, 15 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Niel Perlman & Colin Cotter
Folk Jazz from Portland, Maine

Saturday, 17 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Hiroya Tsukamoto
Cinematic Guitar Poetry

Friday, 7 February doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Wayne Horvitz & Sara Schoenbeck
New Music for Keyboards & Bassoon



Wednesday, 14 November
New World String Project

West Coast traditional music super group

Lisa Lynne - Cittern, Celtic Harp
Aryeh Frankfurter - Nykkelharpe, Celtic Harp
John Weed - Fiddle
Stuart Mason - Guitar & Bouzouki

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor that transcends
the sum of its parts. In a parallel vein, the vibrant West Coast traditional music
community has given birth to the New World String Project. Four highly skilled and well
known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music
rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds
mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more.
Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your
boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.


Thursday, 15 November
Neil Perlman & Colin Cotter

Neil Perlman - piano
Colin Cotter - guitar & voice

Colin and Neil have been staples of the Boston area traditional music scene for most of their lives.
Neil started out as a pianist in the traditional music circles of his native Portland, Maine and only
discovered jazz as a high school student. Colin began playing Finnish music as a fiddler
as part of a family tradition, moved on to Scots fiddling and finally taught himself guitar and
began writing songs mixing elements of his celtic roots as well as american and rock influences.

Neil was last here in a memorable duet with saxophonist Dylan Sherry that was nothing less than
the most perfect blend of traditional musics and american jazz imaginable. The salient elements of each
of those seemingly disparate disciplines was treated in such as way as to enhance the other so that the
result was a totally different and fascinating music.

The last time Colin Cotter was here was as part of the dynamic trio MAC with manic piper Elias Alexander
and the fantastic scots style fiddler Ryan McCasson and his role in the group was to lay down rock solid
accompaniments for the melodic flights of Elias and Ryan. But he also offered a few lovely original tunes
and those will be the focus of his set here with Neil.


Saturday, 17 November
Hiroya Tsukamoto

Cinematic Guitar Poetry

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind guitarist and composer. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan he was 13 when his
father brought home a 5-string banjo. Left to his own devices, as his was the only banjo in town let alone
a banjo teacher he turned to that age old method learning - listening to records. In his case it was a recording
of the Earl Scruggs LP, Foggy Mountain Banjo. Soon his friends introduced him to the guitar and in 2000 he
received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing
internationally including appearances at Blue Note in
New York and Japanese National Television.
Hiroya fronts the multi-cultural ensemble INTEROCEANICO which has released 3 discs and he has 3 discs of
solo guitar material under his belt as well. He has shared stages or recorded with Esperanza Spalding,
The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin..


"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!"
-Jazz Review.com

"Hiroya takes us to an impressionistic journey"
-Boston Herald


***** Special Request *****
Many of our visiting performers are in need of a place to stay when they come to play.
Any House Concerteers with the wherewithall to take home a musician can count on,
not only free admission, but the scintillating company of a disciplined and conscientious
student of their chosen musical tradition. Let me know if this is a possibility.


Imagining what a House Concert featuring one tune from each of our performers over the entire year might sound like, I've lined up one example of what each of our performers have provided us over the past year. To be sure, there have been a couple of evenings that missed being recorded and I hope your favorite was not among them. I also hope you can do without titles as announcements are not always intelligible on the recordings. Click on each of these links to access the audio files.

01) Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford
02) Dan Newton
03) The Lost Trio
04) Hanz Araki/Colleen Raney/Stuart Mason
05) Goitse
06) Snowapple
07) Johnny Connoly & Leonard Barry
08) Cassie & Maggie McDonald
09) Frankie & Sean Gavin
10) Syrinx Effect
11) Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
12) Luke Brechtelsbauer
13) Dan Walsh
14) David Power
15) Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
16) Johnny Connolly/Winifred Horan/Cary Novotny
17) Anita McDonald
18) John Schott ACTUAL Trio
19) Ned Evett


These evenings are supported by the
soup, fresh bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea & general conviviality
for which doors will open an hour before the music starts.

Suggested Donation - $25 - 10 sliding scale
(thank you, Dan Compton)
Contact via:
(707) 499-8516 for more information