Thursday, 04 August 2022 12:29

Upbeat on the Roof Presents: Heard on Aug. 11

Heard performs in a free concert Aug. 11 at the Tang. Photo provided. Heard performs in a free concert Aug. 11 at the Tang. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Tang Teaching Museum presents the world jazz group Heard as part of the summer concert series Upbeat on the Roof on Thursday, Aug. 11. The music begins at 6 p.m. on the lawn outside the Tang. A drop-in art-making activity for kids begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Heard is a collective of musicians that bring their skills and passion for world music, jazz, and improvisation together to create irresistible grooves set in a unique sonic tapestry. Together for a decade, their vibrant sound incorporates influences from West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and beyond. Heard’s core quintet includes Jonathan Greene, woodwinds; Bobby Kendall, bass; Brian Melick, drums; Zorkie Nelson, percussion/vocals; and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, keyboard/vocals. The band last played Upbeat in 2017.

The art-making activity for kids is new this year. Children aged 5-12 are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to get creative and make art with Tang Education Intern Paul Seggev ’23, the Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern. This week, kids will use shape and color to respond visually to Heard’s jazz and improvisational music. Before the concert, we will engage in some art games to warm up our hands and minds! All materials will be provided, and no registration is required.

Performances take place on the lawn outside the Tang on the campus of Skidmore College and are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night. Free parking is available off Perimeter Road, next to the museum. In case of rain, both the art-making activity and concert will move indoors. The final Upbeat concert of the season will be Thursday, August 18.

The Museum will be open before and after the concert.

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