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    ANTENNA CLOUD FARM

     

    a music festival and artists' retreat

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COMING UP NEXT:

    The Aizuri Quartet

    Saturday, July 21 at 7 pm (SOLD OUT) &

    Sunday, July 22 at 5 pm

  • Antenna Cloud Farm is a summer music festival, artists’ retreat, and community outreach organization located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, resting on a 100 acre hilltop former dairy farm in the town of Gill.

    Greetings from Gill!

     

    After a truly wonderful inaugural year, we are pleased to welcome back audiences and artists alike to Antenna Cloud Farm 2018.

     

    From an all-female South American folk-pop collective to a celebrated wine glass virtuoso to the 2016 winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, we’ve expanded this season’s offerings to ten concerts, taking place every other weekend for four months straight. We’re presenting an even wider range of music in addition to hosting a birthday party picnic and bluegrass concert to celebrate the town of Gill’s 225th Anniversary - one of two special outdoor events that will take place during the “magic hour” as the sun sets over the hills of Franklin County. Concerts will continue to feature outdoor receptions with light refreshments from local artisans, including Gill’s own Jen’s Bread, Upinngil Farm, and Everyday Farm.

     

    Artists spend the week prior to their concert in an intensive artistic retreat here at ACF, which includes a visit to a local school, community space, prison, or social justice organization to give an interactive performance. This year we are offering some Reduced Admission tickets for $5, for patrons who otherwise can’t afford the $15 ticket. We also have Junior Admission (under 14), and a limited number of season passes, offering big discounts. Fill your summer with musical inspiration!

     

    As always, thanks for your support, and we’ll look forward to seeing you up on the hill!

     

    Michi Wiancko, Director and Co-founder

    Judd Greenstein, Co-founder

  • This program is supported in part by grants from the Gill, Northfield, and Amherst Cultural Councils - local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. We are grateful to those Local Cultural Councils for their support, and to the individuals and local businesses that contributed to our 2017 holiday fundraiser.

  • 2018 CONCERTS

    TICKET PRICES:

    Adults: $15 online / $20 door / $125 ten-concert season pass

    Juniors (under 14): $10 online / $15 door / $80 ten-concert season pass

    Lower prices available for patrons who cannot afford full-price tickets.

    Go directly to our Eventbrite ticketing page

     

    INFORMATION:

    The ACF grounds are open one hour prior to each concert, and doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert. Bring a picnic or take a stroll! Concerts take place every other weekend from June through September in our 80-person capacity Great Room, except for the two outdoor special events. Light refreshments from local artisans are served at receptions.

    Concert #1:

    LADAMA

    (Special event)

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    6:00 pm: Festival opening party

    7:00 pm: Outdoor concert (+ reception)

     

    Join us for the exciting opening event of Antenna Cloud Farm 2018. "Energizing and undeniably danceable" (NPR), this inspiring all-female collective comes together from different countries across the Americas to combine traditional roots music with pop.

    This is an outdoor event. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and dress for the weather.

     

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    Concert #2:

    SOLD OUT

    The Hands Free

    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    4:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    5:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    Drawing from an eclectic array of influences in classical, jazz, and folk traditions, this talented ensemble of performer/ composers offers a unique and evocative mash-up of joyful melodies, lush sonic textures and explosive improvisations. Comprised of violin, bass, accordion, and guitar, we can't wait to hear what magical musical adventures they have in store for us.

     

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    Concert #3:

    Chris Brashear

    & Jim Watson

    (Special event)

    Saturday, July 7, 2018

    5:30 pm: Ticket-holders welcome for a BYO picnic & celebration of Gill's 225th Anniversary

    7:00 pm: Outdoor concert (+ reception)

     

    We're extremely excited to welcome these two bluegrass heavy-hitters, both of whom are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, singers, and songwriters. Chris is from Amherst, and Jim's father was born in Gill. This is an outdoor event. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and dress for the weather. Sorry, no glassware or dogs. (Rain date: 7/8/18. Refunds offered to guests who cannot attend the rain date)

     

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    Concert #4:

    SOLD OUT

    The Aizuri Quartet

    Saturday July 21, 2018

    6:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    6:30 pm: Doors open

    7:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    One of the country's rising star string quartets, this award-winning group of powerhouse performers will deliver a musical experience you will never forget. Program will include works by Gabriela Smith, Bartok, Mozart, and Komitas. "The Aizuri is in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

     

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    Concert #4A:

    Second concert added due to popular demand!

    The Aizuri Quartet

    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    4:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    4:30 pm: Doors open

    5:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    One of the country's rising star string quartets, this award-winning group of powerhouse performers will deliver a musical experience you will never forget. Program will include works by Gabriela Smith, Bartok, Mozart, and Komitas. "The Aizuri is in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

     

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    Concert #5:

    Founders

    Saturday August 4, 2018

    6:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    6:30 pm: Doors open

    7:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    "Unlike anything else out there right now" (New York Music Daily), this songwriting collective combines classical and folk with original works and pop arrangements. With songs ranging from Appalachian-themed originals to Radiohead covers to art songs using famous poetry, Founders is reimagining the boundaries of musical styles.

     

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    Concert #6:

    SOLD OUT

    Irwin Reese

    & Julia Bady

    Sunday August 19, 2018

    4:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    4:30 pm: Doors open

    5:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    Celebrated tenor and Metropolitan Opera veteran Irwin Reese teams up with Greenfield-based pianist Julia Bady for a powerful evening of art songs, spirituals, and works by African-American composers. "Irwin's voice, his spirit, his embrace of this elusive creature called music were deep and heartfelt" (Greenfield Recorder).

     

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    Concert #7:

    Alex Sopp

    & Michael Mizrahi

    Friday August 31, 2018

    6:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    6:30 pm: Doors open

    7:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    Multi-talented flutist and visual artist Alex Sopp pairs up with versatile virtuoso pianist Michael Mizrahi, to perform Aaron Copland's Duo for Flute and piano alongside new works written expressly for them by Judd Greenstein and Mark Dancigers, plus solo flute works by Nico Muhly and Colin Jacobsen. Come hear this dynamic duo!

     

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    Concert #8:

    Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Grey Mcmurray

    Friday September 14, 2018

    6:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    6:30 pm: Doors open

    7:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    A voracious and curious musician who nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds, singer and banjoist Anna Roberts-Gevalt is joined by acclaimed guitarist and singer Grey Mcmurray for this special collaboration. We are truly excited to see what happens when these two deeply creative masterminds team up.

     

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    Concert #9:

    Gaelynn Lea

    Sunday September 16, 2018

    3:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    3:30 pm: Doors open

    4:00 pm: Indoor concert (+ reception)

     

    Winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, this classically trained violinist and songwriter has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. "Gaelynn Lea makes music imbued with a melancholic poetry so potent it must be heard to be believed" (The Boston Globe).

     

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    Concert #10:

    CINDERTALK

    (Special event)

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    3:00 pm: Grounds open to public

    3:30 pm: Doors open

    4:00 pm: Indoor concert + closing party

     

    Cindertalk is the spellbinding project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and glass musician Jonny Rodgers. "A stunning demonstration of what can be done with tuned wine glasses" (New York Times). We simply can't think of a better way to celebrate the grand finale concert of Antenna Cloud Farm 2018. See you there!

     

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  • GET TO KNOW THE 2018 ARTISTS

  • PRESS FOR ACF

    "A Musical Haven with a vision - and a view - in Western Mass"

    "Critic's Picks: 10 Can't-miss Classical Events"

    "Rural Music Retreat Attracts Top-Notch Artists"

  • RETREATS

    In addition to presenting concerts, Antenna Cloud Farm hosts retreats of varying lengths for artists who reside in a fully furnished and stocked guest house on the farm. Our aim is to provide a variety of inspiring creative work spaces in which to focus on artistic projects, all while enjoying the peaceful views and immediate access to forests and open spaces. We also encourage artists to interact with our local community by giving outreach performances and workshops for local organizations, schools, and social justice groups across the county.

    Concert Room

    Heavenly intermission

    "The Perch" hilltop studio

    Guest house turned studio

    Inside The Perch

    Dining room

    Concert time

    Gifts from Jen's Bread

    Main House & Concert Room

    Artists' dinner

    Reception treats

    Guest house

  • CONTACT

    Sign up to receive updates, concert announcements, invitations to special events, & more! Or email us directly at info@antennacloudfarm.com

    25 Green Hill Road, Gill, MA 01354
  • VISIT US

    The farm is open one hour before each concert for picnics, strolls around the property, and enjoyment of the wide hilltop views. Light refreshments will be available at intermission and during the post-concert reception that follows each performance.

     

    Antenna Cloud Farm is located at 25 Green Hill Rd in Gill MA

     

    Driving

    From Rt 91, take Exit 27 toward Boston. Drive 2.5 miles on Rt 2-E. At the second traffic light (Mobil station), turn left onto Main Rd, then turn left onto W. Gill Rd. In 1/4 mile, turn right onto S Cross Rd. In a little under a mile, turn left onto Green Hill Rd and drive to the top of the hill. Take Green Hill Rd to the top of the hill and look for parking signs.

     

    Public Transportation:

    Greenfield is our local transit hub, and can be reached via train (Amtrak) and bus (Greyhound, Peter Pan, Max Bus). To reach Antenna Cloud Farm from the Greenfield transit station, call About Town Taxi at 413-774-4000.

  • SUPPORT ACF

    We are raising funds to support our ongoing endeavors, which include our residencies, concerts, and community engagement activities. Your donations will be used to bring artists to Franklin County, pay for their travel, food, and stay, and support the concerts and outreach events they present in our community. Additional plans for growth include presenting concerts in other venues around the region, developing projects to bring music to the underserved and less mobile, and building additional performance spaces and artist housing around the property.

    All donations to Antenna Cloud Farm through this link are 100% tax deductible. Musica Franklin, a wonderful youth educational organization based in Colrain, has generously taken us on as a "fiscal sponsor" under their 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Thank you so much for your support.

     

    We are equally grateful for non-monetary support in the form of help with cooking, baking, and hospitality for artists, landscaping, publicity, and prepping for public events. To learn about volunteer or intern opportunities, please contact us at info@antennacloudfarm.com

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