"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Musician Joanne Hatfield at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

Imagine sitting under the shade of a big maple listening to the lively melodies of a guitar, songs of Brazil in the north. The EBSNS is delighted to have accomplished Bossa Nova musician Joanne Hatfield performing during lunch during the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015.
Truro, N.S., native Joanne Hatfield holds a music composition degree from Dalhousie University and has taught music for more than 20 years. She currently teaches piano and ukulele and directs a choir in Brookfield, Nova Scotia. Her composition and guitar/vocal performance of Brazilian Bossa Nova repertoire has led to collaborations with jazz guitarist Amy Brandon, and with poet/vocalist John Barnstead.
Cocada performs "Black Beans and Diamonds"
in St. James United Church, 2009
Her trio Cocada, with Dawn Hatfield on flute and tenor saxophone, and Jef Wirchenko, double bass, teamed up with Barnstead for “Black Beans and Diamonds,” a presentation of Brazilian music and Elizabeth Bishop’s prose and poetry associated with her time in Brazil.
Left to right: Sandra Barry, John Barnstead, Joanne Hatfield,
Dawn Hatfield, Jef Wirchenko, Great Village, 2009
Cocada has performed at a variety of venues, from multi-cultural festivals to intimate settings. The group has recently enjoyed working with percussionist Glenn Fraser who adds new textures and rhythms to the ensemble. “Lantern,” Joanne’s Bishop-inspired composition for baritone sax, piano and voice, premiered in Halifax in July 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Richard Kimball albums One night in the early 80's, after returning home from a piano solo gig at The River Cafe in NYC, (where I still play), I sat down at the piano to do a free improvisation and turned on a little cassette recorder "just in case".