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Bennington College Carriage Barn Concert Series Features Acclaimed Visiting Musicians

Bennington College’s Carriage Barn Concert Series, which occurs each term in the Deane Carriage Barn, has announced its Spring 2024 lineup of talented, innovative, and classically trained musicians who will share their work with the college and local community.

“A wide variety of music will be performed by artists of the highest caliber,” said faculty member and series convener Joseph Alpar

All events are free, open to the public, and will take place in the Deane Carriage Barn on Bennington College’s campus.

Samir LanGus
Samir LanGus

Samir LanGus: Moroccan Gnawa Fusion
8:00-10:00 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Deane Carriage Barn, Pit
Samir LanGus is a Grammy nominated Moroccan musician. His sextet will present a program fusing Gnawa, a traditional, spiritual trance music of North Africa with jazz, blues, and pop. Gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from the enslaved people and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. 

Zeena Parkins
8:00-10:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Deane Carriage Barn, Pit
New York-based electro-acoustic composer/improviser Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practices. Using expanded techniques, object preparations, and electronic processing she has redefined the instrument’s capacities. Concurrently, Parkins self-designed a series of one-of-a-kind electric instruments. 

Chase Elodia's Perennials
8:00-10:00 pm Wednesday, April 30, 2024, at Deane Carriage Barn, Pit
Chase Elodia’s Perennials is a Brooklyn-based ensemble. Their 2022 Biophilia Records release, Portrait Imperfect, was named one of the Best New Albums of 2022 by Downbeat Magazine, who awarded it 4.5 stars and hailed it as “artful” and “ambitious.”

Jarana Beat
8:00-10:00 pm Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Deane Carriage Barn, Pit
Jarana Beat is a New York-based band led by Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza since 2007. Their cross cultural, unique, and uplifting sound is inspired by Mexican folk and Afro-Amerindian music. They were a double Nominee at the 2020 Independent Music Awards and winner of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band.

For additional information, contact the music program at Bennington by emailing or calling 802-440-4382. 


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