The Flynn is excited to present The Window on Main, a new multi-media live performance series held in Chase Studio and featuring local artists. The goal of this series is to safely gather together artists from multiple disciplines—music, theater, dance, performance art, and beyond—bringing live performance back to Downtown Burlington as spring weather returns.
The Window on Main is a paid gig opportunity for artists. The shows will be presented facing Main Street, with the artists and audience separated by the street-side Chase Studio wall and large windows, and audio fed through speakers to the sidewalk and surrounding area. Artists will be assigned hour-long performance slots (equating to a performance window of about 40 minutes plus setup time), with a new performance rotated in each hour.
This project organization is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
4-8 PM | CHASE STUDIO
Representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues!
Joshua Glass is a singer-songwriter/pianist from Burlington, Vermont.
“Glass has the ability as a songwriter to bring the listener directly into the messy dynamics of his characters”, writes Seven Days. Embracing a "pop sensibility and improvisational style reminiscent of Allen Toussaint" (Burlington City Arts), Joshua’s catalog of songs range from playful pop hooks to haunting ballads---tied together by soulful vocals and lyrics that touch on themes of trauma, isolation, heartbreak, and elusive glimmers of hope.
Photo by Ben M Collins
The 8 Cuerdas Duo is comprised of American soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria and is named for the eight “strings” that make up their two instruments and the artistic unity that this husband and wife team bring to their performances.
The Burlington, Vermont-based duo recently moved to the Northern Hemisphere from Bogota, Colombia, where both Sarah and Daniel had busy careers as soloists and chamber musicians as well as educators.
Mikahely hails from the beautiful island of Madagascar, but his music is out of this world! A self-taught musician, he draws inspiration from traditional Malagasy rhythms to create his own unique sound on guitar and valiha (a zither-like instrument made from bamboo). Having toured in Madagascar and Europe, he now brings his music to new audiences in the United States. He is also featured in the documentary Guitar Madagascar.
The Chairs is a scene in The Quarry Project, a site-specific dance/theater piece made specifically for the Wells Lamson quarry in Websterville, Vermont (performances are planned for August 2022). Dancers are Shannon Kelly, Alana Rancourt Phinney, Willow Wonder, and sound score by Andric Severance.
Photo by Julia Barstow
The Wet Ones! are a surf rock trio from Vermont, USA blending grunge elements into the traditional surf sound. They formed in October, 2018 and recorded their first record, Tombstoning, with Urian Hackney in 2019. Their latest record, The Monster of Jungle Island, was recorded at Robot Dog Studio and is the soundtrack to a short B-movie of the same title. The Wet Ones! are currently at work on a new project.
Photo by Luke Awtry Photography
The solo project of Lauren Costello, music made with cello, guitar, vocals, tape, field recordings, noise, and other things.
Musician and storyteller Migmar Tsering, a Tibetan refugee who has lived in Vermont since 2011, plays traditional music on the dramyin, a long-necked, seven-string lute. Born in Tibet and brought up in India, Tsering is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and traditional Tibetan dance instructor. For nearly ten years, he has taught and performed Tibetan music and dance in the Burlington, Vermont, area.
Tsering enjoys being invited to perform. “I take those moments seriously as great opportunities and always accept them, because for me sharing is very important.
Photo by Frederic Silberman
The nonprofit comedy troupe Say It Forward Productions! is the fun and engaging comedic and storytelling duo Susanne Schmidt and Kevin Gallagher who perform at benefit events. Schmidt got her start in standup, but her performances have evolved into the kind of genre-bending sets pioneered by artists such as Mike Birbiglia, Tig Notaro, and Hannah Gadsby, whose material often hovers in the murky emotional territory between funny and sad. That in-between zone, says Schmidt, is storytelling in its purest form.
Photo by Luke Awtry Photography
The Imago Trio (Helen Lyons, soprano; Jeffrey Davis, clarinet; Carl Recchia, piano) present an offering of chamber music that spans the romantic era: from Schubert’s rarely heard Shepherd on the Rock to Rachmaninoff’s sensuous Vocalise. Works of Schumann, Brahms, and Dvorak round out the program, which will enchant the ear with shifting harmonic color and elegant, soulful melodies.
Vocalise (Op. 34, No.14), Sergei Rachmaninoff
Fantasiestucke (Op. 73, No. 2), Robert Schumann
Zwei Gesange (Op.91, No. 2), Johannes Brahms
Song to the Moon (from Rusalka), Anton Dvorak
The Shepherd on the Rock (D. 965), Franz Schubert
Birdcode Duo, the vocally-driven, collaborative of artist/teacher Tom Cleary and affiliate artist Amber deLaurentis, balances tradition with innovation, composition with improvisation, and monologue with conversation. Cleary teaches jazz piano lessons and directs the Chromaticats student jazz combo; and deLaurentis teaches jazz vocal lessons and directs the Jazz Vocal Ensemble.
Marcie Hernandez's music lives in cultural dualities. Born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Rochester, NY, Marcie is a singer-songwriter with a sound that combines Latin rhythms and instrumentation with the feel and lyrical vulnerability of indie folk music. Each of her songs is a snapshot of her life, telling stories of love and loss, growth and transformation. Marcie's debut album, Amanecer, is out now.
Photo by Ben Collins
Composer Matt LaRocca and Choreographer Jessie Owens collaborated on They Say a Lady Was the Cause of It, an evening-length dance production, that embodies a contemporary exploration of agency, identity, and relationships. Inspired in part by Virginia Wolff's Orlando and Undine Geht by Ingeborg Bachmann, this work examines the complexities of gender roles imposed by society, as well as the fight to reclaim individual narratives and rewrite what society has prescribed. The eleven dancers performing in this work contributed their own narratives and voices to this important conversation.
Green Mountain Cabaret is a burlesque variety show bringing a body-positive show consisting of create comedy, entertainment, and, of course, burlesque. The group is bringing a bit of burlesque back to the Flynn as part of the Window on Main series with a slate of solo performances by Doctor Vu, Dixieland Delight, Dominique Anjou, and Ginge O'Lolly. These Ecdysiasts are presenting a tease of what makes burlesque a popular performing art in Burlington by merging classic and modern theatrical elements with bumps, grinds, and shimmies all while breaking down the fourth wall from behind the Chase window. Let them entertain you with glitz, glamour, and guffaws via a flash of leg, fan dance, or glove peel. Though not as risque as their normal shows, they hope that you'll see a new way to "Enjoy The View".
Photo by Tim Stowe Photography