Matapat to Perform Free Band Concert at the Clark July 13

For Immediate Release

July 02, 2004

French Canadian group Matapat will bring their cross-cultural musical blend to the Clark on Tuesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. In a free outdoor band concert on the Clark's South Lawn, Matapat will perform traditional folk music from Quebec, France, and Ireland, with jazz and world influences. The Clark presents free outdoor concerts every Tuesday in July. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged. On the concert evenings, the galleries will be open until 6 p.m. Admission to the concerts is free.

Based in Montreal, Matapat is acclaimed for its fresh lyrics and gripping melodies. Their recordings "Matapat" and "Petit fou" were both nominated for the Juno Award, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy. Their unique sound combines folk melodies with African, Indian, and Middle Eastern rhythms. Matapat has performed at Lincoln Center, Peter Gabriel's Womad Festival, and the Smithsonian Institute. Group members are Subir Dev on tabla; Greg T. Brown on fiddle; Gaston Bernard on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin; and composer and arranger Simon LePage on bass.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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