A Fig­ment of Ben Van Win­kle’s imag­i­na­tion

Cham­ber ensem­ble’s de­but one of three nights of shows at Bark­ing Legs The­ater

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Three con­sec­u­tive nights of per­for­mances at Bark­ing Legs The­ater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will in­clude a doc­u­men­tary screen­ing, the de­but of a cham­ber mu­sic ensem­ble and a blue­grass duo that in­cludes a Grammy Award win­ner.


CoPAC and the Shak­ing Ray Levi So­ci­ety present an en­ter­tain­ing and en­light­en­ing evening with David Green­berger at 7:30 p. m. The free pro­gram will in­clude a screen­ing of the 30-minute doc­u­men­tary “A King in Mil­wau­kee,” fol­lowed by a talk by Green­berger on his cur­rent and fu­ture work, which in­cludes a new project fea­tur­ing par­tic­i­pants at Sig­nal Cen­ters and the Prime Lens ensem­ble.

Gre e n b e r g e r has fo­cused on mak­ing the ig­nored voices of peo­ple liv­ing on the fringes of so­ci­ety, such as the el­derly, be heard through con­ver­sa­tions with him since 1979. His books, record­ings and per­for­mances un­der­score the dig­nity in what can be or­di­nary or even frag­mented sto­ries and anec­dotes.

He is a com­men­ta­tor for Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio, gave a TEDx talk in 2010 on “A Quar­ter- Mil­lion For­got­ten Con­ver­sa­tions,” is creator of long- run­ning pub­li­ca­tion The Du­plex Planet, au­thor of four books, con­tribut­ing writer for Rolling Stone and Spin mag­a­zines, and has re­leased more than 20 CDS.


Con­tem­po­rary, Col­lab­o­ra­tive, Com­mu­nity Mu­si­cal Arts Project presents a con­cert of new mu­sic from Ben Van Win­kle and the Fig­ment Cham­ber Ensem­ble at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $15. The con­cert marks the de­but of this new cham­ber ensem­ble.

“Ben Van Win­kle and the Fig­ment Cham­ber Ensem­ble fea­tures the high­est- cal­iber clas­si­cal mu­si­cians in our area play­ing the de­light­ful con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions of Ben Van Win­kle,” says Bry­ony Stroud-Wat­son, CoMAP artis­tic di­rec­tor.

A Chat­tanooga na­tive, Van Win­kle has per­formed with the Chat­tanooga Sym­phony & Opera and as front­man of the pop­u­lar lo­cal band Masseuse. He is a cel­list, singer, beat boxer and com­poser.

In his solo shows he uses power loop­ing— record­ing short se­quences on­stage and then play­ing live while these record­ings play back — to layer el­e­ments into a sound that ranges from up­beat, feel-good mu­sic to serene, heart­felt and mov­ing.

For this show, Van Win­kle has ar­ranged his lay­ered, solo com­po­si­tions as cham­ber mu­sic for a be­spoke cham­ber ensem­ble.

Per­form­ing in t he new Fig­ment ensem­ble are Sheri Peck and Tom Mor­ley, vi­o­lins; Bry­ony Stroud-Wat­son, vi­ola; Given Arnold, dou­ble bass; Hay­ley Miller, flute; David Dunn, clar­inet; Char­lie Ed­holm, clas­si­cal gui­tar; and Kon­stan­tine Vla­sis, vi­bra­phone and per­cus­sion.


Mike Comp­ton and Bark­ing Legs The­ater have a l ong his­tory to­gether. Comp­ton — the world’s top ex­po­nent of the Bill Mon­roe man­dolin style — per­formed solo as part of Bark­ing Legs’ first sea­son of shows in 1997. He has since re­turned to play with a num­ber of mu­si­cians. Satur­day night, he’ll join singer/ song­writer/gui­tarist/ banjo master Joe New­berry for a show at 8 p.m. Tick­ets are $15.

Comp­ton is a Grammy Award win­ner, IBMA Man­dolin Player of the Year nom­i­nee and man­dolin­ist for the Nash­ville Blue­grass Band. He was a side­man for John Hart­ford from 1994 un­til Hart­ford’s death in 2001.

New­berry is a prize-win­ning gui­tarist, song­writer and known for his pow­er­ful banjo play­ing. He was a fre­quent guest on Gar­ri­son Keil­lor’s “A Prairie Home Com­pan­ion.”

Tick­ets to each show may be bought at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-624-5347.


David Green­berger will host the screen­ing of doc­u­men­tary “A King in Mil­wau­kee” tonight at 7:30 at Bark­ing Legs.

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