Music – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Cabin Fever Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-3/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:53:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195855

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Basking in the glow of a bonfire, in the greatest sense of the word, Pagosa Springs locals enjoyed music, food, craft beer and other activities at the Cabin Fever Festival on Jan. 18. The bonfire was ceremoniously lit by a local Cub Scout troop and enjoyed by all.

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The Americana Project http://www.pagosasun.com/the-americana-project-4/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195470

Photo courtesy Bob Hemenger/Americana Project 2019/2020

The Americana Project and Intro to Guitar classes will be performing a concert on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Pagosa Springs High School. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free. It will feature all the students of the Americana Project performing original and cover songs as soloists, duos and full band. The Intro to Guitar Class students will be featured playing four group songs. Please join us in support of these fine young musicians and music in the schools.

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Cabin Fever festival, bonfire set for Jan. 18 http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-bonfire-set-for-jan-18-2/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195473 By Michael Whiting
Special to The PREVIEW
On Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. along Hot Springs Boulevard, will be Pagosa’s one and only original bonfire. Year two. Totally free event.
New and improved, there will be a bigger bonfire, multiple food trucks, libations of every sort and good beer. DJ Prophecy is providing the great sound waves.
We have heaters and less mud this year, too.
We are also planning to have disc golf tossing, a fat bike demo and a ski thing.
All proceeds from food, drink and donations go to your local nonprofit bouldering gym.
Bring your retired Christmas tree down with you or before the event.
Hot Springs Boulevard — follow the signs.
Donations are encouraged to support our bouldering gym.
The big burn is coming. Add to the pyre. Don’t forget to drop off your Christmas tree at Pagosa’s official drop-off site on Hot Springs Boulevard, just south of the Bank of the San Juans. Or, bring it to the fest if you want.
For more information, call 946-2422.

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Jessica Peterson and Paul Roberts guest musicians at Sunday Night Unplugged http://www.pagosasun.com/jessica-peterson-and-paul-roberts-guest-musicians-at-sunday-night-unplugged/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195486

Photo courtesy Paul Roberts
A bird-shaped ocarina, one of many instruments that will be heard at this week’s Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

By Jessica Peterson
Special to The PREVIEW
This Sunday evening at 5 p.m., Sunday Night Unplugged will welcome Jessica Peterson and Paul Roberts as the special guest musicians. This quiet, contemplative service of music and meditation is offered every month at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., and is open to the public free of charge.
Peterson and Roberts create rich sounds on a variety of instruments from around the world. Mandolin, tamboura and various drums will be heard along with six types of flute, each with its own distinct form and timbre.
Pan flute, an ancient Greek instrument in use for over 5,000 years, will sound the first notes. A metal tongue drum of a type invented a little more than a decade ago will join in for “The Seikilos Epitaph,” a song from the first century AD. Quite literally written in stone, it is the oldest surviving complete musical composition. The song’s message is: While you’re alive, shine. Don’t spend time in grief, for life is brief.
“Breton Gavotte” and “Dans Fisel” are traditional dance tunes originating in Brittany, the Celtic region of France. Mandolin goes solo here, allowing its subtle tone to be fully appreciated. Roberts’ mandolin, created by English luthier Stefan Sobell, has a relatively large body that produces an unusually full, smooth and clear sound with rich sustain.
“Rosa Mysteria” features a solo keyless wood flute of the type used in the Middle Ages. Haunting and delicate, this simple instrument sounds quite different from the modern keyed flute.
In a combination not likely to have been heard in our area before, fujara, Slovakia’s majestic overtone flute, and tamboura, India’s ancient long-necked lute, harmonize in “Slovindia.” The tamboura’s deeply reverberant drone and characteristic buzz provide a sonic landscape over which the fujara’s overtone-rich sound ripples. Fujara evolved in the seclusion of the Slovakian mountains as a shepherd’s flute. In 2005, UNESCO listed it as a masterpiece of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Expect to hear unique sounds imitating nature: the purl of an upwelling spring, and the rush of wind in an alpine valley.
A tiny ocarina in the shape of a bird opens the next musical interlude, “Snowy Forest.” A creatively played hand drum defines the soundscape through which Native American style flutes, handmade by Peterson, soar. The winter forest comes alive.
The final musical offering is one you will surely recognize, though you may not realize the melody originated in Ukraine. Mandolin and concert flute collaborate to end the evening on this joyful note.

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Cabin Fever Festival, bonfire set for Jan. 18 http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-bonfire-set-for-jan-18/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194620

Photo courtesy T Jay Carter
This year’s Cabin Fever Festival, set for Jan. 18, will feature a bigger bonfire that in its first year, as well as food trucks, libations, music and more. Christmas trees are being accepted at the drop site on Hot Springs Boulevard in advance of the festival.

By Michael Whiting
Special to The PREVIEW
On Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. along Hot Springs Boulevard, will be Pagosa’s one and only original bonfire. Year two. Totally free event.
New and improved, there will be a bigger bonfire, multiple food trucks, libations of every sort and good beer. DJ Prophecy is providing the great sound waves.
We have heaters and less mud this year, too.
We are also planning to have disc golf tossing, a fat bike demo and a ski thing.
All proceeds from food, drink and donations go to your local nonprofit bouldering gym.
Bring your retired Christmas tree down with you or before the event.
Hot Springs Boulevard — follow the signs.
Donations are encouraged to support our bouldering gym.
The big burn is coming. Add to the pyre. Don’t forget to drop off your Christmas tree at Pagosa’s official drop-off site on Hot Springs Boulevard, just south of the Bank of the San Juans. Or, bring it to the fest if you want.
For more information, call 946-2422.

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Unleash your creativity at weekly hand-drumming class http://www.pagosasun.com/unleash-your-creativity-at-weekly-hand-drumming-class/ Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194632

Photo courtesy Paul Roberts
Pam Guiden, who moved to Pagosa Springs about a year and a half ago, began attending the local hand-drumming class as a way to learn more about her new community, and found out she enjoyed delving back into music.

By Paul Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW
Join musician and music therapist Paul Roberts for a free hand-drumming class at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at noon. The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to unleash their creativity. No previous experience is necessary. Drums are provided for those who do not have one.
“I regretted that music fell away as I became an adult,” said Pam Guiden. “Years later, after moving to Pagosa, I was surprised to get back to it in a very different way. When my husband and I moved here a year and a half ago, I began looking for ways to get out and learn about the community — to get involved, see new faces and do new things. Reading an article in The SUN about the drumming class, I thought, ‘Well, I’ve never tried this before, but, what the heck, let’s give it a whirl.’ What I discovered was that I really, really enjoyed it.”
She continued: “I was very involved in music as a young child, growing up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and began piano in the first grade, then started French horn in fourth grade. I went pretty far with the French horn, playing in bands and orchestras, the community symphony and a small group ensemble at a university. I did one semester of concert band at Indiana University, but studies as a nursing major took precedence. Later, as I began working as a community health nurse, I did not have enough time to devote to the instrument, although I did get a chance to play with the Kansas community band for a couple of years.”
Working as a community health nurse for 34 years, Guiden’s career path has led to numerous opportunities to use her clinical knowledge and experience to design and implement a wide range of wellness-promoting programs in nonclinical settings in the U.S. and other countries. Working as a public health nurse in schools, she has been impressed by the potential music has to promote learning and growth.
“I had a chance to see how children really respond to music and how you can integrate that in the classroom, and involve different parts of their brain. It makes the day a better day when the teachers include music as an activity. Kids really tend to light up when they participate in making music. They just really blossom with that. I think a lot of children don’t have much exposure to music-making at home, but I think it’s really important to get that foundation in, as much as you can, in their earlier years, and give them an exposure, an interest, a building block.
“I think we’re just at the edge of understanding what a beneficial capacity music can have to promote learning and growth, as a different path to the brain, a different way to engage. I like the idea of making music a cradle to grave opportunity.”
She added, “I think Paul’s drumming class is an unusual opportunity to have in a relatively small mountain community. Being able to express and create and flow — it kind of wipes your mind clean and lets you move on, in a way. I’m really impressed to have that freedom, that creative expression. You can’t do anything wrong. You have to get out of your head. You have to let your inhibitions down a little bit, relax and play. Also, I think when you have the opportunity to express yourself musically, that sets up a tremendous opportunity for stress reduction.
“It’s a shared experience, which is relationship building, a unique opportunity. At least a couple drum circles have sprouted off the Pagosa drumming class, so it’s creating a ripple, a wave. I see a lot of potential benefits and applicability for this type of free-form, expressive and creative musical experience.”
For more information about the hand-drumming class, call 731-3117. The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave.

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Sunday Night Unplugged to kick off 11th year on Jan. 19 http://www.pagosasun.com/sunday-night-unplugged-to-kick-off-11th-year-on-jan-19/ Sat, 11 Jan 2020 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194630 By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
Guest artists Paul Roberts and Jessica Peterson will kick off the 11th year of Sunday Night Unplugged on Sunday evening, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. (Please note the date change.) Sunday Night Unplugged began in 2009 as an attempt to offer a time and setting for people to reflect, pray and meditate.
“We weren’t entirely sure about the shape of the service when we began, but we thought we would try to design it around the style of the Taizé service, a service begun in France,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “Over the years, it has come into its own. We have tweaked the format here and there over the years, but for the most part, the service of music, meditation, silence, readings and prayers seems to fulfill the need.”
Artists from around the community offer to play for this unique service. They bring not only their musical talent, but their own spiritual gifts to add to the ambiance.
Roberts and Peterson have been regular artists for Sunday Night Unplugged over the years, offering their delicate balance of strings and flute. Roberts is an accomplished musician who owns and plays a wide variety of unusual stringed instruments, flutes and drums. Flutist Peterson is a versatile musician as well, offering her skills not only on the traditional flute, but on Native American flute, Irish flute, ocarina and more. Together, their music brings a beauty and charm that promotes a peaceful listening opportunity.
The decorations add a lovely meditative visual as well. Candles not only bring a soft warmth to the lighting, but also are lit to symbolize individual prayers as participants are moved to do so. The altar is the main focal point and is decorated with beautiful flower arrangements, statues, pottery or even musical instruments, depending on the theme for the service. St. Patrick’s is also known for its beautiful clear glass transept windows that provide a spectacular view of the mountains and the forest.
“The wonderful thing about Sunday Night Unplugged is that it is non-denominational,” said Neel. “People from all over town, regardless of their religious preferences, find that the service is very ‘user -friendly.’ We do read a Psalm, have a short scripture reading as well as a non-scripture reading, and say prayers, but the majority of the time is spent in silence and listening to beautiful music. It is personal time.”
He added, “I can’t tell you how many people have told me how important this time is for them. It offers a time for reflection, a time to get away from the day-to-day routine, a time to sit and be with God. The fact that the service has continued for 11 years and is still well attended says that there is a need for this in our world. I’m happy we can provide that for our community.”
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The public is invited to attend Sunday Night Unplugged free of charge. For more information, call 731-5801.

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Pagosa Springs Girls Choir invites community to ‘Keep Pagosa Warm’ http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-girls-choir-invites-community-to-keep-pagosa-warm-4/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194625

Photo courtesy Linda Parker
Join the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir on Monday, Jan. 13, at 4:45 p.m. to tie a scarf and “Keep Pagosa Warm.”

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir (PSGC) will again be participating in its annual “Keep Pagosa Warm” event to help those in need stay warm during the cold winter months.
On Monday, Jan. 13, at 4:45 p.m., the members of the Girls Choir will take warm scarves and tie them to the fence located directly across U.S. 160 from Pagosa Springs Middle School. Each scarf will have a note attached to encourage those who need a warm scarf to take it with them with the girls’ best wishes. The note will read, “I am not lost. If you are cold, take me with you, and I will keep you warm.”
The PSGC is inviting the community to join in this event. Simply bring a warm scarf to the location on Jan. 13 and tie your scarf with the others. Some folks bring hats and gloves or mittens in a plastic bag and tie them to the fence as well.
“This is a great opportunity to teach the girls about giving while helping our brothers and sisters in need,” said PSGC Director Linda Parker. “This community has been so good to the choir and generous in their giving, we want to give back to the community. All our scarves, hats and gloves are taken every year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help those who need warm them. It’s simple to do and it teaches our girls about supporting their community. We’re hoping that others will join us and cover the entire fence with warm scarves. We want scarves in good condition, new or gently used. Everyone has clothing that they don’t wear or need any more that can be utilized by others. It’s already been cold this season and nothing feels as good as a warm snuggly scarf when the sun goes down and the temperature starts to dip.”
Please mark Monday, Jan. 13, on your calendar. We’ll see you at the fence directly across from the middle school at 4:45 p.m. and we’ll “Keep Pagosa Warm.”

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Pagosa Peak Open School to present ‘Coffeehouse Night’ tonight http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-peak-open-school-to-present-coffeehouse-night-tonight/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194628 By Alison Beach
Special to The PREVIEW
Please join Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) on Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the second installment of our “Coffeehouse Night” series.
Each concert will feature local musicians and poets and a selection of coffees, teas, cocoa and baked goods, for your aural and alimentary entertainment. The Jan. 9 Coffeehouse guests will include Chris Haas, Jen Tuggle, Charles Martinez, Keith Bruno and Kyle Siesser, Rain March, Dean Sanna and Alison Beach.
Suggested donation: $10 individual or $20 for a family.
All donations and profits from drinks and baked goods will benefit PPOS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. PPOS is a tuition-free public charter school serving Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.

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