Thursday January 17, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Christine Lavin and Bernice Lewis will perform at Goodrich Hall, on the Campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, in conjunction with Lewis’ Winter Study Program class, "The Contemporary Singer-Songwriter." On Friday January 18 from 1 - 3 p.m., Lewis and Lavin will offer a master class on Songwriting in the Makepeace Lounge, Greylock Dining Commons On Thursday Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Lewis will host the final performance of the series, showcasing her students from the Winter Study Program Classes "The Contemporary Singer/Songwriter." All events are free and open to the public.

Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist living in New York City. She has recorded 20 solo albums. She has also produced nine compilation CDs showcasing the work of dozens of songwriters whose work she loves -- one of them, the food-themed One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine). Her song "Amoeba Hop" was turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science.

Bernice Lewis has been a national touring artist for three decades. Rosanne Cash has dubbed her "one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting." Her performing resume includes almost every grassroots and established venue in the U. S,, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, Uncle Calvin’s, etc. She is a Singer/Songwriter, a published poet, a producer and recording artist with six albums to her credit, and an educator extraordinaire. She has worked with Dar Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, Guy van Duser, Peter. Paul, and Mary, the Dixie Chicks, Christine Lavin, Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin, Mary Gauthier. . . the list is endless. For five summers, she was employed as Campus Bard at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

In 2009, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. She is the Artist Associate in the Music Department at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she has taught Songwriting and Performing for 17 years. She also teaches at Colorado College, as well as at school residencies, song camps, and retreat centers. Her writings and recordings will be archived in the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She’s had a thirty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.