Happy flowering spring!

In this missive – opportunities to enjoy bossa nova music, see a new film for free, learn how to play harmonica for free, and help out a local musician who could really use it.

This Sunday, May 28 I’m performing bossa novas with flutist Nancy Janoson and Joe Whalen at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center (formerly the Arts Block) in Greenfield. The evening will feature bossa nova music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a focus on the work of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Joao Gilberto. This is very special music to play and I feel grateful to be able to share this gentle, heart-filling music with you. The show starts at 5 PM. This will be the last public show for me in a little while – lots of private parties and corporate functions coming up – so I hope to see you there.

This Friday May 26, at 8 PM Heather White is showing parts of her new documentary, Complicit at Amherst College – more information is below. Heather has worked on this faithfully for many years now and it has come to fruition at last. Then the next day Freddie Bryant (Heather’s husband) will be premiering a new classical piece and performing Dixieland jazz – more information is below on that show.

Learn to Play the Harmonica with me, for free! I love my local library – they’re providing anyone in the area with an opportunity to learn the harmonica from me in four classes for free. And you get a free harmonica too. Here’s the info:

Learn to Play the Harmonica with Rob Fletcher.Rob will teach at 6PM on June 20th, July 11th & 18th and August 8th. FREE HARMONICAS. Limited to 12. Registration required. Contact: Erving Public Library library@erving-ma.org 17 Moore Street
Erving, MA 01344 413-423-3348

Lastly, local drummer and yoga teacher Doug Ranerisuffered a massive stroke on Feb 18th which he was initially not expected to survive.  He had full right-side paralysis and severe aphasia. He spent two weeks at Baystate Hospital, a month at the Spaulding Rehab Center in Boston, and five weeks at the Buckley Health Center in Greenfield.  During this time, he made considerable progress, learning to walk with a cane with someone supporting him in case he lost his balance and learning to speak more clearly. He was cut loose by his insurance and sent home to Montague on May 5th. Any help is welcome no matter how much to support Doug and his family. You can donate here.

Great Shows In the Pioneer Valley To Check Out

Friday, May 26 – “Complicit” Documentary: Excerpts and Q&A – 8PM
Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College
From Director Heather White and her husband, Musical Director Freddie Bryant, Complicit had its world premiere in March at the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival and is on this season’s film festival circuit. It is an investigative exposé on Chinese electronics factories and the struggles and dangers faced by the industry’s young workers. The film gives an intimate portrait of these individuals and an activist with leukemia who confronts corporate and government interests while empowering and inspiring those around him. Powerful forces are unleashed as he investigates local factories, putting his own safety at risk.

Saturday, May 27 – Freddie Bryant and Friends
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College
Freddie Bryant will perform New Orleans-inspired jazz and other music, playing guitar both unaccompanied and with his musician friends. 

Saturday, June 10 – Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project – 8PM
Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, VT
Upcoming Shows
Tuesday, June 20 6:00PM
Erving Public Library, Erving, MA
Learn to Play the Harmonica workshop with Rob Fletcher!

Saturday, July 8 7:30PM
1794 Meeting House, New Salem, MA
O-Tones Trio with May Witt and Ann Percival

Tuesday, July 11 6:00PM
Erving Public Library, Erving, MA
Learn to Play the Harmonica workshop with Rob Fletcher!

Tuesday, July 18 6:00PM
Erving Public Library, Erving, MA
Learn to Play the Harmonica workshop with Rob Fletcher!

Tuesday, August 18 6:00PM
Erving Public Library, Erving, MA
Learn to Play the Harmonica workshop with Rob Fletcher!

Find out more
Rob Fletcher is available for your party, corporate event, or wedding in a variety of settings. You can choose solo or duo performances of jazz or vintage pop for intimate settings or with a full band to dance the night away!

Check out www.toasttown.com for more information, audio, song lists, testimonials and more.

Corporate work teams interested in team building can explore the power of music to build their team at www.musicofteams.com.

Thank you for enjoying the magic of live music!