New Creative Pathways for Valley Artists Workshop

New Creative Pathways for Valley Artists Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

Calling artists from all creative realms!
Join Terry Jenoure composer, violinist, vocalist and her sextet The Portal to collaborate, improvise, and create a new piece of art together.

The ensemble leads workshops for local artists at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA on June 6 and 7, 2022 from 10am - 1pm. If you are yearning for inspiration, collaboration, a fresh way of experiencing your art, or just some new joy in your art practice this is for you!

Artists from all disciplines are invited to come and collaborate with these brilliant veteran musicians. Experience possibilities for blending improvised music with your own creations. All artforms are welcome. Bring poetry, drama, paintings, dance, instruments, voice, or other works and be part of this celebratory workshop.

Poets, playwrights, composers, painters, visual artists, sound artists, sculptors, vocalists or artists of any art form imaginable come to the Shea to open up new creative possibilities with world class musical improvisers to create a new piece of art.

Collaborating onstage with Jenoure are Angelica Sanchez (piano), Wayne Smith (cello), Avery Sharpe (bass), Joe Fonda (bass) and Reggie Nicholson (drums) and, of course, you! Twenty artists will be chosen to participate. To participate, send one sample of your work no later than May 1, 2022 to and fill out this short form: All entries will be juried and final decisions made by May 15.

On the heels of their exciting new 3-CD release entitled, Portal, and funded by a generous grant from South Arts Jazz Roads along with support by partner organizations, these world class musicians join forces and guarantee an inspiring workshop for artists of all kinds.

About the artists:
Terry Jenoure began playing violin at age 8. After 12 years of Classical European studies, she became a protégé of the Free Jazz movement, and has since collaborated with such greats as Archie Shepp, Leroy Jenkins, Marion Brown, John Carter, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Threadgill among others. She studied voice with famed Edward Boatner (Sonny Stitt’s father), who also coached Josephine Baker and Dinah Washington. Her music has been recognized by Downbeat, The New York Times, Jazz Times, and has earned grants for composition and performance, including most recently from Massachusetts Cultural Council (2021) and NEFA (2022). Terry has masters and doctoral degrees in Education

Angelica Sanchez moved to the east coast from Arizona. She has worked with Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Tim Berne, Wadada Leo Smith, Mario Pavone. Her solo CD A Little House was featured on NPR, while her recording Wires & Moss was chosen one of the best releases of 2012. Her trio “Float The Edge” features Michael Formanek & Tyshawn Sorey. She has earned awards from Chamber Music America and Rockefeller Brothers, and she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for New Music USA. Sanchez has a master’s degree in Jazz Arranging & is a lecturer at Princeton University.

Wayne Smith gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center. As a soloist & chamber musician he has performed in the U.S., Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Poland, & China, & has recorded & performed with the Moody Blues, Joe, Richard Smallwood, Anthony Krizan of the Spin Doctors, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He completed undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music & pursued graduate studies at the U. of Massachusetts. He serves on the faculty of Amherst College.

Avery Sharpe began his Jazz career performing with Archie Shepp & Art Blakey, then in ‘80 began 20 years with McCoy Tyner, appearing on over 20 Tyner recordings. He has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Billy Taylor among many others. In ‘89, he wrote the soundtrack for movie An Unremarkable Life, & has composed for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Stage production Raisin’ Cane with Jasmine Guy (“A Different World”) has toured since 2007 with his trio. He taught at Williams College, and has been the recipient of grants from NAACP, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Joe Fonda has worked with countless greats, including Lou Donaldson, Kenny Barron, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Randy Weston, Barry Altschul. He worked closely with Anthony Braxton from 1984 through ’99, and was a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum, directed by Leo Smith. Also a member of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by tap dancer Brenda Bufalino, he has led ensembles and collaborated with others on international festivals in Holland, The Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Romania and the U.S. A grant recipient of Meet the Composer and the New England Foundation on the Arts, Joe Fonda has twelve recordings under his own name.

Reggie Nicholson hails from Chicago where he joined the iconic Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) in 1979. In those early years he worked closely with Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Braxton, Douglas Ewart, and Joseph Jarman. Since relocating to NYC in 1987, he has brought his high energy and thoughtful playing to performances with Ahmed Abdullah, Myra Melford, Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Marty Ehrlich, Dewey Redman, Jon Hendricks, Amira Baraka, Fay Victor, Oliver Lake throughout Europe and Japan, and was nominated for a Cal-Arts Award.

This week of events is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Co-sponsored by Eggtooth Productions, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, and Real Artways

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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!