MCLA Presents! 2015 - 2016 Season
At A Glance:
Featuring contemporary dance, improvisational theater and music from around the globe, MCLA Presents! is back with a fresh lineup of genre-defying innovators.
This season reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance with projects that bring together multiple disciplines and genres, from Williamsbug Salsa Orchestra’s arrangements of indie-rock tunes, to Tunisian born vocalist and songwriter Emel Mathlouthie’s melding of rock, trip-hop and electronica, all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition.
From salsa, to dance, to singer-songwriters, to improvisational theater, the 15-16 MCLA Presents! season brings together a diverse roster of Artists all of whom incorporate a mutli-genre or interdisciplinary aspect to their work.
In addition to performances by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and Emel Mathlouthi, this season will feature performances by Bridgman | Packer Dance, Jazz pianist Josh Nelson’s The Discovery Project, alternative pop singer DEQN Sue, Vermont singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and Bojana Novakovic’s Blind Date Project.
Anais Mitchell | December 4, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Blind Date Project | February 5 & 6, 2016| 8PM & 10PM | Hops & Vines | Co-sponsored by Williams College
Emel Mathlouthi | March 31, 2016 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra | September 12, 2015 | 3PM | MCLA Quad | Co-sponsored by ALANA
Bridgman | Packer Dance, TRUCK | September 24, 2015 | 7PM | Downtown | Co-sponsored by DownStreet Art
The Discovery Project | October 16, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
DEQN Sue, Margaret A Hart '35 Scholarship Concert | November 6, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Coming Up Next:
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7:30PM | MCLA Church Street Center
“The most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music” - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Anaïs Mitchell has had a busy few years. First there was 2010's sensationallyreviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth. Then 2012's Young Man in America, described by the UK's Independent as 'an epic tale of American becoming'. In 2013 she released a collection of reworked English and Scottish traditional songs with Jefferson Hamer called Child Ballads (the opening track “Willie of Winsbury” won the 2014 BBC Folk Award for Best Traditional Song). Mitchell toured with different outfits for each release: a six-member orchestra and up to eight guest singers during Hadestown; her four-piece folk-rock Young Man Band (which also toured in support of Bon Iver); and the two-guitar, close harmony duo of Child Ballads.
Why we ♥ Anaïs Mitchell:
If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work — from her earliest acoustic records, to the Hadestown opera, to this new chapter-- it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. “That’s why,” as one journalist put it, “even in her most intimate moments, she never sounds like a confessional songwriter.”
with Ben Davis & Bridget Kearney
Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis' first E.P., Bawa, was written, produced and recorded in a two week flurry of manic creativity inspired by the physical and musical environment of it's location: Accra, Ghana. Kearney and Davis set out from Brooklyn in January 2014 with little more than two guitars and a couple of phone numbers to call upon arrival. The series of happy accidents that led to them finding a teacher, an engineer, and a studio to make this music together was nothing short of miraculous. Though what led up to this outpouring started many years earlier and many miles away.
"Rises unhurriedly towards a state of gentle bliss." -NPR Songs We Love