Jody and Kate have been invited by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress to participate in the video series “Homegrown At Home” . 

On Wednesday June 16th at Noon east coast time the premier of our video performances will be shown both at the Center’s website and on Facebook. Thereafter it will be stored and available for viewing on the Center’s website *and* on the Folklife Center’s Youtube channel. 

 During the premier showing Kate and I will be taking questions and replying via Facebook. Those who avoid Facebook can watch at the other options, but not make comments or ask questions. 

The concert will be pre-recorded, leaving us able to respond to questions and comments. The repertoire is all traditional music, old and new favorites, sung and played in old and new ways. 

Admission is FREE 

The URL for the concert will be : 

https://www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife/jody-stecher-kate-brislin.html 

At (east coast) noon on concert day,  the video will appear in a player right on that page.  But to get to the Facebook premiere where you can see your comments and ask questions, people should follow the link to "Facebook" in the gray box labeled "How to watch.” 

But THAT’s NOT ALL: immediately after our concert (about 12.40 east coast time) there will be a video concert by Martin Carthy. Wow. Double Bill.

Sunday September 27, 2020

 Jody and Kate will present an online  workshop in duet singing at least an hour in length as part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. It starts at 4pm PDT.  For details go to http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org/

Saturday September 26, 2020

Jody and Kate will present a 30 minute online concert set as part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For time and details go to http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org/

Previous events

Mar10

Jerry and the Wiseman Institute

JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA

  Jerry Wicentowski is an unusually gifted singer and guitarist who has combined the musical style and melodies of American Bluegrass music with his most beloved ancient Shabbat Z’mirot, ancient Hebrew Sabbath songs. His band is comprised of some of the best Bluegrass singers and instrumentalists in the Bay Area — or anywhere else.  Jerry has  recently recorded a CD of the songs of the Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman. As these songs will also be part of the program he has named the band “The Wiseman Institute”!

Bios:

Keith Little (5-string banjo and vocal) is a California Gold Country native, an organic farmer, an inspired song writer,  and has been Dolly Parton’s harmony singer. Paul Knight (bass) runs his own sound company, and for decades has been bass player with Peter Rowan and many others. Chad Manning (fiddle) co-runs a thriving East Bay fiddle school with his wife Catherine.  He has been in all of David Grisman’s 21st century bands. Jody Stecher (mandolin and vocal) is a Grammy finalist and Indy Award winner,  an influential song finder, composer, and teacher. He was even Jerry’s guitar teacher when they were teenagers. Jerry Wicentowski (guitar and vocal) is a bluegrass musician of the Old School. He is Yeshiva educated, Observant, and sings wonderfully in both Hebrew and English.

 

Mar9

Jerry and the Wiseman Institute

Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival, Sebastapol, CA

 

JERRY AND THE WISEMAN INSTITUTE

Jerry Wicentowski is an unusually gifted singer and guitarist who has recently recorded a CD of the songs of the Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman. As these songs will be a good part of the program he has named the band “The Wiseman Institute”, a pun on the name of the Israeli science research center called The Weizmann Institute.  The band is comprised of some of the best Bluegrass singers and instrumentalists in the Bay Area — or anywhere else.  

Keith Little (5-string banjo and vocal) is a California Gold Country native, an organic farmer, an inspired song writer,  and has been Dolly Parton’s harmony singer.

Paul Knight (bass) runs his own sound company, and for decades has been bass player with Peter Rowan and many others.

Chad Manning (fiddle) co-runs a thriving East Bay fiddle school with his wife Catherine.  He has been in all of David Grisman’s 21st century bands.

Jody Stecher (mandolin and vocal) is a Grammy finalist and Indy Award winner,  an influential song finder, composer, and teacher. He was even Jerry’s guitar teacher when they were teenagers.

Jerry Wicentowski (guitar and vocal) is a bluegrass musician of the Old School. He sings wonderfully, and sometimes sounds more like Mac Wiseman than Mac does. Mac Wiseman  does not sing in both Hebrew and English as Jerry does. Jerry has  combined the musical style and melodies of American Bluegrass music with Shabbat Z’mirot, ancient Hebrew Sabbath songs. The JCC program will focus on these. There might be one or two of those in the other programs as well. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Chad and Keith have been part of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, with Paul as sound engineer. Paul and Jody and Keith were three quarters of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Chad and Keith and Paul were supporting musicians on Jody’s CD “Wonders & Signs”.    So although Jerry and The Wiseman Institute is a new band, the members are old music partners from way back.

 

Mar7

Jerry and the Wiseman Institute

Mountain View House Concert, Mountain View, CA

 

JERRY AND THE WISEMAN INSTITUTE

Jerry Wicentowski is an unusually gifted singer and guitarist who has recently recorded a CD of the songs of the Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman. As these songs will be a good part of the program he has named the band “The Wiseman Institute”, a pun on the name of the Israeli science research center called The Weizmann Institute.  The band is comprised of some of the best Bluegrass singers and instrumentalists in the Bay Area — or anywhere else.  

Keith Little (5-string banjo and vocal) is a California Gold Country native, an organic farmer, an inspired song writer,  and has been Dolly Parton’s harmony singer.

Paul Knight (bass) runs his own sound company, and for decades has been bass player with Peter Rowan and many others.

Chad Manning (fiddle) co-runs a thriving East Bay fiddle school with his wife Catherine.  He has been in all of David Grisman’s 21st century bands.

Jody Stecher (mandolin and vocal) is a Grammy finalist and Indy Award winner,  an influential song finder, composer, and teacher. He was even Jerry’s guitar teacher when they were teenagers.

Jerry Wicentowski (guitar and vocal) is a bluegrass musician of the Old School. He sings wonderfully, and sometimes sounds more like Mac Wiseman than Mac does. Mac Wiseman  does not sing in both Hebrew and English as Jerry does. Jerry has  combined the musical style and melodies of American Bluegrass music with Shabbat Z’mirot, ancient Hebrew Sabbath songs. The JCC program will focus on these. There might be one or two of those in the other programs as well. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Chad and Keith have been part of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, with Paul as sound engineer. Paul and Jody and Keith were three quarters of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. Chad and Keith and Paul were supporting musicians on Jody’s CD “Wonders & Signs”.    So although Jerry and The Wiseman Institute is a new band, the members are old music partners from way back.