Antenna Cloud Farm is located on a hilltop in Western Massachusetts in the farming town of Gill, and occupies the ancestral and continuing homelands of the Abenaki, Nipmuc, and Pocumtuc tribes. ACF’s multifaceted and vision-based programming centers artistic excellence, community-building, cultural advocacy, mutual learning, reparative culture, and the joy of music-making in a beautiful setting.
Antenna Cloud Farm concerts, events, and radical educational programming provide rich opportunities to build community and engage with hope and healing through live musical experiences of the highest quality in an inspirational setting. Rooted in the genuine belief in the power of music as a catalyst for societal change, ACF is a place of respite for radical self-care, a center for innovating decolonized musical curriculum and learning, a cultural hub open to artist-activists of all backgrounds, and a proud advocate and supporter of local farmers and food justice activists.
Hello from our little hilltop in Gill, where things are buzzing with excitement and activity (and bees!) in preparation for an exceptionally exciting summer full of performances by renowned artists, new collaborations, and two big unveilings: The ACF Music Walk day-long event in Great Falls (TF), and The ACF Experimental Institute, a 2-week intensive serving as a prototype for the formation of a new conservatory centering liberatory curriculum and practice.
Many thank to all our friends, collaborators, volunteers, and audience members, and so fortunate to be in partnership and kinship with organizations, local arts and community leaders, and agricultural changemakers doing truly impactful and inspired work to build a more just and sustainable world. We are deeply grateful to the ongoing support of our kinship organization, Musica Frankin, an organization that prepares students for a brighter future through music, and for their fiscal sponsorship. We're also thrilled to be in partnership with Stone Soup Café, and recently announced a new media sponsorship by New England Public Media.
We hope to see you this summer!
Michi Wiancko, ACF Director
This program is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Montague and Northfield Cultural Councils - local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. We are extremely grateful to our friends and fiscal sponsors, Música Franklin, and to our media sponsors at New England Public Media.
EVENT #1 (FREE/GRATIS)
New (SUNNY) date!
SUNDAY JULY 3 // 1-8pm
Great Falls (TF), MA.
Join us for the first-ever Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk: a village-wide festival in Great Falls (TF) showcasing the multi-faceted world of virtuoso percussion and celebrating businesses and public spaces throughout town.
Featuring: Kaoru Watanabe, one of the world’s leading performers of taiko drums and fue (Japanese flute); I-SHEA & Karim Sumun, improviser extraordinaire Matan Rubinstein; innovative solo artist Lily-Rakia Chandler; The XY Duo, twin-sister marimba virtuosi, and a talk and acknowledgement of land by Nolumbeka Project president, David Brule. PLUS 9 Artist Discovery Listening Stations located throughout town, Children's Musical Costume Parade, sidewalk sales, and more!!
Friday, July 8 // 7-10pm &
Saturday, July 9 // 7-10pm
Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield, MA.
Gravity Hill is a two-night festival featuring place-based installations and performances curated in reference to the Pushkin Gallery, originally built in 1876. Immersive audiovisual interventions will be installed within the nooks and corners of the historic bank building, and musical performances will take place in the reverberant marble atrium. ACF creative director Michi Wiancko will perform her electro-acoustic solo project, Kono Michi, as part of the evening’s various offerings.
MATT EVANS’ AQUATIC HOUSE
Saturday, July 16 @ ACF in Gill, MA.
Hilltop opens: 4pm // Concert 6pm
We are so very excited to invite composer and percussionist extraordinaire Matt Evans to ACF for a 2-week creative retreat and outdoor performance of his newest project, Aquatic House. Matt produces acoustic and electronic music, collaborative performances, and concept-driven recording projects through an eco-fictional lens.
Taking cues from interwoven organic species, entangled online networks, and intersectional thinking, Matt uses drum-driven hypnotic soundscapes and embodied improvisatory performance to question the unknowable and absurd relationships between the human experience, capital-driven consumerism, and ecological systems.
Saturday, August 6 // 10am - 7pm &
Sunday, August 7 // 10am - 5pm
Unity Park, Great Falls (TF)
ACF is thrilled to collaborate with Nolumbeka Project once again in support of the 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, A Celebration of Art, Music, and Cultures.
It's our great honor to host a retreat for musical artist Hawk Henries, who is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. In addition to being an internationally-acclaimed performer and sought-after public speaker and educator, Hawk Henries has been composing original flute music and making flutes using only hand tools and fire for over twenty 25 years.
Also performing at the Festival: Keith Secola, the Kingfisher Singers, Iron River Singers, Wicozani, Black Hawk Singers. Social dancing led by Andre Strongbearheart Gaines and Robert Peters.
August 15-28 @ ACF in Gill, MA
Conceived of and built collaboratively with artists and educators Mazz Swift and PaviElle French, the Institute is a multi-faceted, 2-week summer intensive, in which an accomplished group of fellows and mentoring faculty will convene to collaborate, incubate new projects, build community, and engage in mutual learning and activation towards societal change.
The Institute will also serve as a prototyping and seed-planting space for the creation of a radical new music conservatory built upon anti-racist and liberatory values, and centered on holistic approaches to artistic excellence, performance, personal wellness, decolonized academic study, career-building, and the creation of new work.
Saturday, September 10 @ ACF in Gill
Hilltop opens: 3pm // Concert 5pm
Helping to bring the summer season to a stirring close will be the magical musical offerings of Kamerin, a nonbinary, trans singer, songwriter, and teacher whose dreamy and introspective stylings combine a hauntingly pure, virtuosic vocal sound with electronics-based loops and tasteful beats. Kamerin isn’t afraid to show their vulnerability on stage as they explore places of loneliness, nostalgia, and heartbreak. Joining the concert are special guests from the Experimental Institute - Ché Buford, Sarah Zahorodni, and Michi Wiancko.
We’re also thrilled to announce a new media sponsorship by New England Public Media.
Join us for this special event and a sunset-tinged end-of-summer celebration sponsored by Upinngil Farm, Real Pickles, and Stone Soup Cafe!
GET TO KNOW OUR 2022 ARTISTS
THE ACF EXPERIMENTAL INSTITUTE
Announcing the first-ever ACF Experimental Institute, taking place from August 15-28. Conceived of and built collaboratively with artists and educators Mazz Swift and PaviElle French the 2022 ACF Experimental Institute is a multi-faceted, 2-week summer intensive, in which an accomplished group of fellows and mentoring faculty will convene here at ACF to collaborate, incubate new projects, build community, and engage in mutual learning and activation towards societal change. The Institute will also serve as a prototyping, brainstorming, and seed-planting space for the creation of a radical new music conservatory, centered on holistic approaches to artistic excellence, and built upon anti-racist and liberatory values.The Conservatory will be led by a group of prominent and forward-thinking cultural and musical leaders, and offer programming rooted in artistic excellence, personal wellness, decolonized academic study, innovative and sustainable approaches to career-building, social impact work, performance opportunities, and the creation of new work.
Ei artists will be performing at for the Stone Soup Café Harvest Supper on August 27. Join our mailing list to get last minute invites and popup concert information! Volunteer for the Experimental Institute here!
A village-wide festival showcasing the multi-faceted world of virtuoso percussion and celebrating local businesses and public spaces. Free live performances by world-renowned artists & 10 Artist Discovery Listening Stations throughout town.
Co-sponsored by RiverCulture and Greenfield Cooperative Bank. In support of Nolumbeka Project & The 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival (Aug. 6-7). In collaboration with Unity Park Waterfront District, Santo Taco, Nice Snack Parlor, Under The Tree Arts, and the Great Falls Discovery Center.
1:00 pm* | TAIKO DEMONSTRATION WITH KAORU WATANABE @ Unity Park Waterfront (Santo Taco)
2:00 pm* | I-SHEA & KARIM SUMUN @ Unity Park Waterfront (Santo Taco)
Third culture musicians blend the best of the Caribbean & South East Asia and the Top Ten on daytime soulful world radio.
3:00 pm | MUSICAL FUN FOR CHILDREN @ Unity Park Waterfront (Nice Snack Parlor) Hosted by Marcy Gregoire of Under the Tree Arts.
3:15 pm | CHILDREN'S MUSICAL COSTUME PARADE
Parade begins at Nice Snack Parlor, and ends at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
4:00 pm | MATAN RUBINSTEIN @ Spinner Park.
Improvised set with a Mbira, Toy Piano, computer and, quite possibly, anything within arm’s reach by this multi-talented composer.
5:00 pm | XY PERCUSSION DUO @ Peskeompskut Park.
Twin sister virtuosi Xingyue and Xingyao play duets and solos on the marimba.
6:00 pm | DAVID BRULE @ Peskeompskut Park.
President of Nolumbeka Project will give a brief talk and an acknowledgement of the land.
6:15 pm | LILY-RAKIA CHANDLER @ Peskeompskut Park.
From 90s-style Hip-hop flow to haunting Hebrew melodies to traditional Mohawk Chant.
7:00 pm | KAORU WATANABE @ Peskeompskut Park.
Innovative original compositions by one of the world’s leading performers of taiko drums and fue (Japanese flute).
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jo Sallins will not be performing.
All donations to Antenna Cloud Farm go directly to artist travel and food, outreach events, and concert/event production, and are 100% tax deductible through the 501(c)(3) non-profit status of our fiscal sponsor, Musica Franklin. Antenna Cloud Farm is funded from donations from music-lovers like you, small local cultural council grants, and ticket sales. Thank you for your support.
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