Sounds of summer at Bloedel Reserve
June 9, 2008 · Updated 5:17 PM
Private nature preserve opens its doors for two weekends of music.
Like a magical frame that complements any picture, nature at Bloedel Reserve accents a summer rainbow of musicians from classical to jazz to New Age.
Outdoors, in a casual, relaxed setting, I will play whats in the moment, said guitarist Andre Feriante, whose July 25 performance caps the series.
The summer concerts held at the private conservancy are the only events open to the public each year. This years concerts are a mix of styles and music appealing to different facets of an audience.
In selecting the artists, Kate Gormley, program director and volunteer coordinator for Bloedel Reserve, says they try to have something for everyone.
I try to pick people a little out of the ordinary for concerts, Gormley said. Its a wonderful way to introduce people to the Reserve.
Presenting a concert of classical favorites, including the sonorous Rachmaninov Vocalise for cello and piano, the Dvorak Dumky piano trio and the devilishly virtuosic Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens is the New World Trio.
Hailing from Old World countries of the former Soviet Union, the three musicians violinist Art Tsaturian, cellist Olga Dolgaya and pianist Povilas Stravinsky chose a name reflecting their new home. All are currently artists-in-residence at the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle.
In their third visit to Bloedel, Tingstad and Rumbel bring their special brand of New Age music that combines acoustic guitar with woodwind sounds of the oboe, English horn and ocarina.
Guitarist Eric Tingstad describes their music as creating a sense of place...creating places of repose.
The pair won a Grammy in 2003 for their CD Acoustic Garden.
Our music gives people a strong sense of security...like a security blanket, Tingstad said.
The series also features the first appearance by young pianist and composer Dawn Clement. Classically trained, Clement explores jazz, tango and other musical genres in her music. Her past projects include an homage to master bandoneon tango player Astor Piazzolla, and a collaboration with house music and funk musicians.
I love all these different styles, Clement said. I just want to plug them into my music.
I want to play music fulfilling to me, but also that an average listener could listen and enjoy.
Her Bloedel program, featuring Clement on piano and vocals, Byron Vannoy on percussion and Geoff Harper on bass, will include some original instrumental pieces from her recent CD Hush, as well as songs by Tom Waits and Piazzolla.
Guitarist Andre Feriante incorporates the classical with flamenco guitar learned informally as a teen in Italy. Later study with Spanish guitar great Andre Segovia and classical and jazz guitarist Leon Atkinson further flavored his playing.
His original compositions range from classical pieces in the impressionistic style of Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie, to languid Brazilian samba.
At Bloedel, Feriante will perform a mix of Bach, original work and improvisational pieces.
Feriante also experiments with song-poems, poetry recited over solo guitar music.
The way I look at music, its like a mirror; theres something for everyone, Feriante said.
For me its a journey.
Also performing are Gino Lucchetti, Stephen Wall and Stuart Lutzenhiser, who sing a selection of solos, duets and trios from opera and Broadway in the spirit of the Three Tenors. The Jovino Santos Neto Quintet, led by Brazilian-born pianist, flutist and composer Neto will perform original jazz compositions.
Concerts will be held under a tent on the back patio of the visitors center, where concertgoers are treated to sweeping views of Puget Sound.
The audience gets to enjoy wonderful music in a gorgeous venue, Gormley said. Its a way to see a little bit of the Reserve.
The Bloedel Reserve hosts six summer shows featuring a variety of outstanding musicians. These outdoor concerts are July 16-18 and 23-25. Tickets are $25 for festival seating, available in advance only.
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of payment by check. For tickets or information, call 842-7631 or see www.bloedelreserve.org. Program schedule:
Dawn Clement Trio: Up-and-coming jazz artist makes her Bloedel debut, 7 p.m. July 16
The New World Trio: Three Old World emigrés perform Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Saint-Saens, 7 p.m. July 17
Three Tenors: Gino Lucchetti, Stephen Wall and Stuart Lutzenhiser sing opera and Broadway, 4:30 p.m. July 18
Jovino Santos Neto Quintet: Brazilian-born musician performs original works, 7 p.m. July 23.
Tingstad and Rumbel: Grammy winners and Bainbridge favorites return, 7 p.m. July 24
Andre Feriante: Exquisite guitar, mixed with a little poetry, 4:30 p.m. July 25
Bloedel Reserve is located at the north end of Bainbridge off Dolphin Drive. Driving directions:www.bloedelreserve.org.