On Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 pm, enjoy the sounds of the jazz group “C#minor7” featuring Arlington High School’s Tino D’Agostino on bass, Arlington’s Peter Lehman on the theorbo, and Sergio Bellotti on drums. According to Mr. Lehman, “C#minor7 as a band name is a bit of an in joke. You’ve all heard a C#minor7 chord and, of course, jazz players will shake their heads approvingly. It’s just a wonderfully spicy chord whose sweet dissonance is evocative of that uniquely American art form of jazz.
Sergio Bellotti (Drums, Vocals) is an international artist and Renaissance man. As a powerful and tremendously gifted drummer, he’s played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he’s an in demand clinician as well as a professor at the Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns 247 Drums, which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere. Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio’s passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian expatriate and bassist extraordinaire, Tino D’Agostino. In addition to his professorship at Berklee, Sergio serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum School in Torino, Italy and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
Sabatino D’Agostino (Bass) is the Director of Instrumental Music at Arlington High School, where he began teaching in 1999. Tino began his musical career at age six. His father, a saxophonist, was playing a gig when he got a call that his drummer was sick with the flu – so at the age of six Tino came to the rescue! This early exposure allowed Tino to become accomplished in not only drums, but bass guitar and trumpet too. In his teens, Tino joined Franca Villa, the local Italian marching band with a longstanding tradition of knitting together musicians of all ages to create a group that plays symphonic and operatic music. This played a huge role in Tino’s music education as it opened his eyes to the nuance and complexity of conducting – a new skill he was excited to master. It was also at Franco Villa that he put down the trumpet and fell in love with the string bass. With all of his knowledge and range Tino was curious about other styles of music and became enamored with jazz. He holds his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Performance, Salerno’s Conservatory, Salerno, Italy, degree in Performance, Berklee College of Music, and Masters in Education from Cambridge College. Tino has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Cionfoli, Cattaneo, Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Victor Wooten, Verdi Philharmonic and others.
Peter Lehman (theorbo): Peter performs on historic plucked strings of the theorbo. Part of the lute family, the theorbo was invented in Italy at the end of the 16th century to accompany singers in the first operas. The composers needed a chordal instrument that didn’t interfere with the audibility of the text being sung. Peter holds performance degrees from Ithaca College School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he received a Master’s degree in the Performance of Early Music. His post graduate studies were at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois.
Admission is free, with a $5.00 suggested donation. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors with social distancing practices in place and masks required. For more information, contact the Old Schwamb Mill at telephone 781-643-0554 or via email at email@example.com.
Three Views of a Secret
The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present the new exhibition “Three Views of a Secret,” featuring nature-inspired paintings and sculptures from Arlington artists Gwen Chasan and Dan Cianfarini , and Lexington-based Bill Cohn. The collection showcases Gwen’s tantalizing watercolor and acrylic paintings of birds’ nests, landscapes, and botanicals, Dan’s haunting watercolors of New England and international landscapes and structures, and Bill’s other-worldly “industrial-organic” ceramic sculptures. Each artist’s interpretation of the visible world is an affirmation of life, a welcome therapy as we emerge from the global pandemic.
Arlington resident, Dan Cianfarini, is an artist who paints exclusively in watercolors, focusing on representational landscapes that often include architectural or other man-made elements to suggest human presence or the passage of time. He is also drawn to certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, specifically its search for beauty in the natural cycle of growth and decay. Since beginning to paint about twenty years ago, he has studied painting and drawing with instructors in the greater Boston area, Maine, and Italy and has participated in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group exhibitions. His most recent work can be seen at www.danswatercolors.com.
Bill Cohn is a Lexington-based ceramic artist and sculptor. Working in clay, rock, and wood, his unique “Industrial/Organic” themed sculptures have been described as evoking feelings of “being in the New England woods or on a foreign planet all at the same time.” Bill’s work enriches landscapes, gardens, atria and homes. His pieces have been featured in solo, two-person, and juried group shows. Bill has been a studio owner at Artspace in Maynard MA since 2000, and his work can be seen at www.billcohnart.com and on Instagram@cohnbill18.
Gwen Chasan is an Arlington artist who creates watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired by the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Her work bridges realism and expressionism as she is drawn to expressing the inner world and emotions evoked by what we see around us. Gwen loves to experiment with new materials and approaches to making marks and images. She has studied drawing and painting with artists in the Boston area, Italy and Greece. Her work has been included in solo and juried exhibitions locally and regionally. She paints in her Arlington studio and teaches workshops in Massachusetts. Her work can be seen at www.gwenchasan.com, and on Instagram @gwen_chasan_art.
Gallery viewing is free, with a $5.00 suggested donation. The show will be on display in the Schwamb Mill Gallery through November 6, 2021.