Storyteller Motoko will be featured at Sept. 5 Song & Story Swap
Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.
Saturday, September 5 , 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).
Motoko enchants audiences of every age with her weaving of ancient lore, original tales, lyrical movement and traditional music. Her repertoire includes Asian folktales, Zen tales, comical tales from rakugo (a Japanese traditional style of storytelling), funny mime vignettes, as well as personal stories from her childhood in Japan and her life as an immigrant in the U.S.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Motoko has been telling stories professionally since 1993. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student to the University of Massachusetts and early in her career trained with late master mime Tony Montanaro. She credits her partner Eshu Bumpus with introducing her to the world of American storytelling.
Motoko has appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and has been featured in an educational video by Harcourt. Her debut CD, The Promise of Chrysanthemums won a 2002 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2003 Storytelling World Award. Motoko has been showcased on the Exchange Place Stage at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, representing the Northeast region. and has toured Miyazaki, Japan, as a part of CarnegieKids in Miyazaki Project, sponsored by Carnegie Hall.More about Motoko can be found at her web site, http://www.motoko.folktales.net/.
The warm-up theme this month is Houses.
For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-687-5002 or Jeff Lee, (413)-256-0433 or visit http://www.filbert.com/pvfs.
September shows of note: Bread & Puppet, Tom Juravich
The internationally known theater group, Bread and Puppet Theater, will perform their Sourdough Philosophy Cabaret at the Amherst Regional High School on Friday, September 18, at 7pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $8 for Students, Seniors and low income and $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at Food for Thought Bookstore, 106 North Pleasant Street in Amherst or Broadside Bookshop at 247 Main Street in Northampton. For info contact Kevin Eddings, 413-256-1984.
Labor champion, Tom Juravich will perform on Saturday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Echo Lake Concert Series, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA. The concert will be preceded by a pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m. Admission: $8-$10. For more info: 413-548-9394.
Agawam Celtic Series
Traditional Celtic concerts are scheduled monthly at The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $14 reserved, or $18 at the door. Call 413-789-9267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.