Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! (Let me say that again…) “HAPPY SPRING!” So glad to be transitioning into a warmer season with renewed vision and gratitude for the evolution of music, in particular.

This winter The Rivergods have been busy integrating a new line-up of players, including violinist, Dana Takaki, who I’ve had the privilege of playing with on my solo project for the past two years. Dana recorded on my album, Vision of Angels, and is bringing a fresh texture to the Rivergods’ sound.

We are integrating more songs from my solo album, such as Vision of Angels, Memo, Take it Away, and Iris, among others. Pianist Bil Groth, bassist Craig Johnson, and drummer Chris DeBiasi are bringing life and love to these songs and I’m delighted to be performing them with the Rivergods.

We are invigorated by the direction of the band and working hard to get our chops solid before our first official appearance Friday, June 20th at the “Music in the Meadow” Concert, Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, CT.  This is a beautiful outdoor setting for an evening of music, picnicking, and communal gathering.

Here’s the spring schedule to date:

Friday, May 9th, Vanilla Bean Cafe w/ Ben Parent. Songwriter Sessions. Show starts at 7:00pm. $5.00 cover. 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret, CT.  Great food and drink. Cozy atmosphere. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/

Saturday, May 31st, The Garde Arts Center w/ Ben Parent, Three Rivers Community College Commencement Ceremony, State Street, New London, CT.  http://www.gardearts.org/

Friday, June 20th, “Music in the Meadow” at Connecticut College Arboretum w/ the Rivergods. Outdoor concert at the arboretum. Bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic dinner. Additional music acts TBA. 6:00pm.

Hope to see you this spring! Wishing you inspiration and much joy this season,

Nancy

 

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The Rivergods Release New CD

Review of Rivergods New 4-song EP

Soundwaves Magazine, April 2014

Go to: http://therivergods.com/2014/02/03/never-grow-old-reviews/

The Rivergods  released our newest material Saturday, January 25th performing at the Bulkeley House, 111 Bank Street, New London, CT, along with Monkey58 and Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind. 8:00pm. Four-song CDs available for $5.00. No cover.

Rgods CD release 2014

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Rivergods Annual Holiday Show @ Bean & Leaf

Rivergods Dec showJoin us for an evening of music and merriment at our annual holiday show at the Bean & Leaf Café! Ebin-Rose will open the night. Show starts at 7:00pm. Beer & wine available for purchase. Happy holidays!

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Fall beginnings

This fall has brought about some wonderful opportunities to integrate my artistic and academic endeavors through collaboration with community partners and educators. My creative energies have been devoted to a service-learning project between a women’s studies course I teach at UCONN Avery Point and fourth grade classes at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London, CT. Working with the school’s art teacher and computer technology teacher, fourth graders and UCONN Avery Point students are creating three-dimensional art projects symbolizing the contributions and achievements of women in American history, based on Judy Chicago’s feminist art installation, The Dinner Party, permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/dinner_party/).   I’m truly grateful and humbled by the enthusiasm, creativity, and energy the teachers and students have brought to this project. I’m in the process of developing a website for this collaboration. For now, here is one project to share.  As for songwriting, this project is giving much more material than I ever imagined to inspire future song ideas!Juliette Gordon Low

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Music in the Meadow, Saturday, June 29th, 6:00pm. Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, CT

Music in the Meadow, Saturday, June 29th, 6:00pm. Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, CT

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Mystic Arts Cafe, Friday, May 10th

I’m delighted to be returning to the Mystic Arts Cafe this time with my acoustic ensemble on Friday, May 10th.  Pulitzer Prize poet, Carl Dennis will perform his poetry. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. $10 door. Students free admission.

Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT. (860) 912-2444.

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Friday, March 8th Show at Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater

Friday, March 8th Nancy Parent and ensemble will perform at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater as part of a live broadcast of radio 94.9FM News Now Birthday Celebration. Performance is 8:00-9:00pm. Radio broadcast begins at 6pm. This is a private, invite-only event. Please contact nbparent@gmail.com for more information.

poster-NancyNancy’s band will include Dana Takaki (violin & flute), Rachael Aikens (vocals), Dan Spano (keyboard), Steve Elci (percussion), and Ben Parent (bass guitar).

Nancy’s newly released CD Vision of Angels will be available for purchase.

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“Vision of Angels” CD Release Concert, Oct. 26, 2012

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From left to right: Mike Palazzolo, Dana Takaki, Ron Lewis, Rachael Aikens, Nancy Parent, Hugh Birdsall.   Additional musicians not in photo: Dan Spano (keyboard), Donna Piacenza (flute), and Chris MacKay (vocals).

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CD Release Concert, Friday, Oct. 26th

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Grace Revisited: Nancy Parent

By Faye Trafford

It’s been quite a year for University of Connecticut instructor Nancy Parent, who also sings, writes songs, and is pedal steel player with The Rivergods. Parent has completed her doctoral thesis (which analyzed science education in contemporary Native American communities) and is getting ready to release her first solo album later this month.

Last December, Parent received a letter from her department head advising her to wrap up her work by May.

“I was in overdrive. I went from having written nothing to writing 230 pages,” she said. “I had to write five pages a day. It came pretty quick. The analysis had been percolating for a few years. And I managed to write songs too —it was an intense time.”

At night she would pull together old lyrics to help her mind unwind.

“When I think back, I don’t know how I did that. But I did!” she laughed.

Parent will be performing in The Day’s Live Lunch Break series at noon on Thursday, Oct. 25 (streaming live on theday.com) and her 12-track album, “Vision of Angels” releases Friday, Oct. 26, with a concert at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London at 7:30 p.m. Dogbite and Dirt Road Radio are the opening acts. Suggested donation is $10, and CDs, wine and refreshments will be available for purchase.

“These songs, I’ve never really played with a band,” Parent said. “It’s exciting because we’re also building the band from the ground up.”

Those familiar with The Rivergods will hear music that is much more “folky and lyrical.”

“There’s a lot of different layers to it,” she said. “It’s introspective,” but also socially minded.

Parent, who teaches anthropology and women studies, said political stakes “are very high for women right now, in terms of women’s basic access to health care — especially for impoverished women. I think that sexism is really dangerously alive in some of these conservative candidates.”

She said her Avery Point students are very attentive and tuned in to the issues in this year’s presidential election.

“[College students] are often misunderstood as being apathetic, or absorbed in their technology and peer group. They get fired up about stuff but so many of the issues are so daunting, they don’t know what to do about it,” she explained.

“Through the Avery Point Learning Community, we’ve done a lot of critical analysis of consumerism, and how our consumerism oppresses people around the world. There is not a lack of concern or desire to get involved improving things. People get overwhelmed.”

 

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