The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.
Mayor Colleen Mahr and The Fanwood Arts Council Present
Gracie and Rachel, April 9, 2016 at 7PM
with special guest Loren C. Fortna
Orchestral pop piano-violin duo, Gracie and Rachel, crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals,
augmented by sparse but powerful percussion. Ivory satin lined with teeth, the duo finds beauty in stark simplicity, pausing to breathe a hint
of the abstract into the highly emotive, evolved body they create. Through their music, the two young women use lyric and sound to flip common
preconceptions on their heads.
With the release of their latest single, "Tiptoe," Gracie and Rachel's NYC audience has expanded quickly into markets across the country.
"Tiptoe" was premiered by NPR-affiliate WNYC Soundcheck on July 10th, 2015 and released worldwide the same day, followed shortly thereafter
by a WNYC Soundcheck In-Studio Session with John Schaefer. In their track premiere for "Tiptoe," WNYC said about Gracie and Rachel's live show,
"The two play off each other not only musically but mentally. Different shades of the same emotion appear simultaneously on their faces and
flow through their instruments. A tangled and intimate connection between the two is apparent on stage and will no doubt imprint on their
upcoming debut." A national tour with much-loved Dangerbird Records artist, Holly Miranda, followed the release in the fall, interspersed with
AAA radio airplay on stations such as KCRW, Daytrotter and Audiotree sessions, and packed out shows across the country at places like (le)
poisson rouge, Schubas, and Mississippi Studios.
Gracie and Rachel's forthcoming debut album, GO, is a penetrating record about questioning realities, anxious introspection, and self-exploration,
which flows freely between virtuosic violin textures to sylphlike melodies, highlighting uniquely stimulating songwriting. The duo built the
record from scratch in their Brooklyn loft with producer Garrett Eaton and mixed it at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, renown for
its long history with The National, Kurt Vile, San Fermin and the like. The result: a heartfelt glimpse into two passionate artists' take on
the powers that be. From the pit of despair to the summit of success, Gracie and Rachel will always be headed somewhere unpredictable.
Brilliant collection of original works and arrangements for solo classical guitar from the Baroque to Modern eras.
Educator, performer, and composer Loren C. Fortna holds a BA in Music Theoretical Studies from Susquehanna University, an MM from the University
of Akron, and an AD from Montclair State University. He studied guitar with notable performs and pedagogues Stephen Aron, Julian Gray, Glenn
Caluda, and Dennis Cinelli. A review in Soundboard Magazine stated: "Fortna's rendering of works...displayed impressive attention to detail and
nuance." Loren was a featured soloist at three National Assemblies of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the 2007 University of Akron Alumni Guitar
Festival. In 2004 he joined the Springfield Public Schools where he was named District Teacher of the Year for the 2008-2009 school year.
Loren was a faculty member of Montclair State University from 2009 to 2014, where he taught applied classical guitar, directed the guitar
orchestra, and served as the Faculty Advisor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as
train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to
you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.