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Utah Green-CD Release Sun 10/13 7:30pm $8/$10

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$8 advance
$10 door

UTAH GREEN
Mel Chin opening 
One-of-a-Kind Asheville Singer-Songwriter


Drops New 2019 Album Called “Hamesh. Being Stuck in Magicals
Sunday, 10/13  @  7:30pm   Doors open at 7pm


     


When Kerry “Utah” Green moved from Miami to Asheville, N.C. in 2000, her father gave her his guitar.  Little did she know that a new music career would follow.  Since then, she learned to expertly play the guitar, banjo and harmonica in a toe-tapping old time folk style, written about 40 songs and performed her music in such distant places as Ketchikan, Alaska and San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico as well as cities in Europe and the Middle East.    


Green’s early influences have been the music of John Prine, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, to name a few, and her own music resonates with an original voice and style. Each song is different and stands on its own, but can be generally categorized as funny and quirky, complex, emotional, and reflective. As a performer, Utah seems able to sense the mood of the audience and to play the right song at the right time. She connects with her audience on a personal level, makes one feel as if she's singing for you alone. She is low key, and doesn't get excessively dramatic or passionate, which, thus understated, lends more force to the words she sings. There is no separation between  her and the audience.    Prior to her new album Currentsea, which was released in January, Green produced well-received LPs ForTune (2010) and Totem (2007).



Conceptual Visual Artist, Mel Chin, will open for Utah.  He was among the winners of the prestigious 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Award.  His sound is full of heart and compassion, for he is an artist of many talents.  Mel Chin will share simple and souful tunes a few original as well as the likes of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.  Motivated largely by political, cultural and social circumstances, Chin works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life.  

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.

Chin also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation,” the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. From 1995-1998 he formed the collective, the GALA Committee, that produced In the Name of the Place, a conceptual public art project conducted on American prime-time television. In KNOWMAD, Chin worked with software engineers to create a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic people facing cultural disappearance. His film, 9-11/9-11, a hand-drawn, 24 minute, joint Chilean/USA Production, won the prestigious Pedro Sienna Award, for Best Animation, National Council for the Arts and Cultures, Chile, in 2007. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science, as in Revival Field, and also in the recent Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an attempt to make New Orleans a lead-safe city (see www.fundred.org.) These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.

Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century. Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

www.melchin.org

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state- of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, Shanti Elixers, soft drinks and snacks.