2013 SPRING PREVIEW: Soundfest, Mallarmé inaugurate new music festivals

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Tar Heel Soundfest, a new, multi-genre music festival, will have its inaugural run Jan. 12 at three Chapel Hill clubs – Local 506, Night Light and The Cave. Organizers Josh Zaslow and Bruce Stevens envision a festival that, according to their press materials, “cuts across genres for the best in all types of music,” and focuses primarily on local musicians.
Eighteen bands and artists will perform during this festival, including free-jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop, avant-pop songwriters Felix Obelix, and indie rock band North Elementary. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit tarheelsoundfest.com.
Later in the month, beginning Jan. 27, Durham’s Mallarmé Chamber Players will inaugurate their first HIP Music Festival. The acronym HIP stands for “historically informed performance,” and this series of concerts, open rehearsals, listening sessions and workshops will have early music on original instruments, played with historically accurate tunings and other techniques. Other performers participating in this festival will be Baroque and Beyond, Ensemble Vermillian, Aliénor, and The Vivaldi Project. For a schedule and more information, visit www.mallarmemusic.org.

Here are some more festivals coming in the next few months:
-- The spring edition of The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance will return April 18-21 at Shakori Hills Farm, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro. The artist lineup has not yet been posted, but this event has always given listeners an eclectic offering of traditional American music, the blues, jazz, international styles and beyond. Past artists have been Hugh Masekela, Donna the Buffalo, The Wailers and Trombone Shorty. For camping information, tickets and artist lineup, visit shakorihillsgrassroots.org.
-- The UNC Department of Jazz Studies Program’s Carolina Jazz Festival begins Feb. 17 when the combined programs of UNC, Duke University and North Carolina Central University present their annual Valentine’s concert in the Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall. The festival continues Feb. 19 when the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra presents “The Jazz Century: A Narrated Celebration of Early to Modern Jazz” in Hill Hall Auditorium. The festival continues through Feb. 23 with free and ticketed concerts. Featured artist Dafnis Prieto, percussion, will perform with his sextet Feb. 22 in Memorial Hall.
For tickets and information, visit http://music.unc.edu/jazzfest.