LOGO

Marc Black, guitar and vocals & Warren Bernhardt, keyboard

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8 pm

 

The program will be announced from the stage.

There will be an intermission.

 

tomorrow

Final concert of the season

Sunday, September 13, 2 pm | American String Quartet

Music of Mendelssohn and Beethoven, and the world premiere of
a new work by George Tsontakis, commissioned for the Maverick centennial.

World Premiere Performance. This commission is made possible
in part through support from County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural
Services & Promotions Fund, administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.


 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who deals with life and all its social and political challenges one song at a time. Noted for his “timeless songs, deep grooves and excellent playing,” Marc was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014.

Marc has performed and recorded with Art Garfunkel, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal. Levon Helm also invited Marc to play one of the Midnight Rambles. He was named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio’s Fame Games and was a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition. He was a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and he was chosen to perform with Pete Seeger at the Folk Music Hall of Fame fundraiser last November. As legendary folk artist Happy Traum put it, “Marc is a master…spreading the joy of music with story and song.”

Marc’s song subjects range from his love for TV host and commentator Rachel Maddow, his enjoyment of good coffee, and just about everything in between. His finger-style blues is reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. And his recent CD, Pictures of the Highway, reached number six on the Folk DJ Chart.

Marc spends most of his time on the road, playing festivals, clubs, arts centers, libraries, and house concerts. “Sometime a Spark,” his song about Mohamed Bouazizi and the Arab Spring, caused an international stir that led to an interview on Tunisian State Radio.

While still in high school, his band, the Blades of Grass, reached the top forty and performed alongside the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond. He has since recorded more than a dozen CDs including one “pick hit” in Billboard Magazine and another that was recognized as a “minor masterpiece” by famed music producer John Hammond, Sr.

In the 1980s, Marc won the American Library Association Award for Best Children’s Album for producing American Children, a collaboration with such talented artists as Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, and Maria Muldaur. ASCAP has featured Marc in performance at the Sundance Film Festival, and several of his YouTube videos have been viewed more than 50,000 times!

Over the past couple of years, he has occasionally turned to a more topical songwriting style. One tune, No Fracking Way—recorded with John Sebastian and Eric Weissberg (of “Dueling Banjos” fame), and some one hundred Woodstock citizens—has been sung at rallies as far away as South Africa, Ireland, and Australia.

He recently completed Champions of Love, a duet CD with piano great Warren Bernhardt.

Born in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1938, Warren Bernhardt was exposed to music and to the piano at an early age. His father was a pianist and teacher and a close friend to other pianists, among them the Russian virtuoso Joseph Lhevinne, who gave Warren his first training at the keyboard. At the age of five, Warren and his family relocated to New York City where Warren immediately began serious study of the classical piano literature. He concertized fairly frequently between the ages of seven and twelve, playing classical music at salons and concert halls all over the East Coast.

In 1957, following his father’s untimely death, Warren left music behind for several years while he majored in organic chemistry and physics at the University of Chicago. While living in this city rich in the tradition of jazz and blues, he once again became entranced with music—this time with the fresh and exciting jazz improvisations of Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Miles Davis, Wynton Kelly, and especially with the work of John Coltrane and Bill Evans. Soon thereafter, Warren joined the touring jazz sextet of saxophonist Paul Winter, and in 1962 the legendary John Hammond of Columbia Records brought the sextet to New York to record. Warren soon got to know Bill Evans, who became a mentor as well as a good friend until his death in 1980.

Warren has remained in the New York area ever since, recording and touring as a jazz pianist, accompanist, sideman, arranger, producer, and bandleader. He is also known as one of New York’s finest musicians, having received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science’s (NARAS) Most Valuable Player Award for acoustic piano on four different occasions. Warren has toured and recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Kenny Burrell, Jeremy Steig, Mike Mainieri, Gary McFarland, David “Fathead” Newman, George Young and Kazumi Watanabe, among others, and he has accompanied such great singers as Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Donald Fagen, Carly Simon, Tim Hardin, James Brown, Richie Havens, Don McLean, Michael Franks, Whitney Houston, Linda Ronstadt, Patti Lupone, and Liza Minnelli.

Warren served as keyboardist and co-leader of the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead from 1983 to 1985. He was the pianist with the Steely Dan band on their historic 1993 and 1994 US tours, and their 1994 tour to Japan. Warren recorded a three-CD set of solo performances: a disc of classical works, another of jazz standards, and a third of original compositions and improvisations. From 1983 through 2003, he recorded eight albums of his own on the Digital Music Products (DMP) label. From 1995 through 2005, Warren frequently accompanied singer Art Garfunkel all over the world, and in 2003 and 2004 he played with Simon and Garfunkel on their “Old Friends” tours of the United States and Europe. In 2007 and 2008, Warren went back to school full time to study Pilates. After graduating, he taught Pilates at The Moving Body studio in Woodstock.

Since 2011 he has devoted himself to music full-time. Late in 2008, a band that Warren co-led in the 1970s came alive again and recorded their first ever CD. The other band members are vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, drummer and percussionist Steve Gadd, bassist Tony Levin and guitarist David Spinozza. The band’s name is L’Image, and their new CD is called 2.0. Warren is reuniting with the Paul Winter Sextet, which has just released a two-CD retrospective of previously unavailable music called Count Me In. Included is their famous appearance at the Kennedy White House in November of 1962. Warren currently lives with his wife, Jan, in New York’s Hudson Valley area and spends his summers in northern Wisconsin whenever possible.