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Qigong for Vibrant Health

Reduce Stress · Improve Balance ·Increase Energy · Build Range of Motion

Qigong (Chee GONG) is an ancient, Chinese practice of mindful movement that gathers and cultivates energy for healthful longevity. Shown to reduce stress, calm the mind, condition the body and increase immunity, it is taught in multiple cancer, chronic pain, and health centers around the world. It is the most highly recommended exercise forms for the prevention of falls by the AARP.

Participants of all levels of physical ability are welcome and are sure to experience benefits from this quiet practice. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. Movements are practiced slowly and within one’s own comfortable range of motion.

 

The Jazz/Poetry Project

October 6, 7pm
Raymond Village Community Church
27 Main St., Raymond

Tonight’s concert features the poetry of Betsy Sholl set to live music. A former Maine State Poet Laureate (appointed by the Governor in 2006), Betsy has published 9 collections of poetry which have won several awards including the Maine Literary Award for Poetry and the Maine Chapbook Competition. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Additionally, Betsy Sholl has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University.

Saxophonist Jimmy Cameron has performed at jazz clubs, concerts and festival around the world in cities such as Boston, London, Tokyo and Vancouver. A featured performer for the Boston Jazz Coalition and the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Jimmy has performed with jazz greats Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Garrison, Phil Woods, and Jo Jones as well as Blues legend Mighty Sam McLain. Well known and respected among his peers, Jimmy has been playing all styles of Jazz and Blues in and around the Boston area for nearly 50 years.

Guitarist Gary Wittner performs locally, regionally and internationally, and has been chosen 4 times to represent the USA, performing and teaching on 5 continents. He is a faculty member at the University of S. Maine School of Music and Bowdoin College, and performs regularly in Jazz, Latin, and Middle Eastern music groups. Since 1999, Wittner has released 7 CDs and one published book called “Thelonious Monk for Guitar”.

Gary Wittner and Jim Cameron have been performing together for over 20 years. A number of Betsy Sholl’s poems reference Blues and Jazz, and she began collaborating with Gary Wittner and Jim Cameron in 2012. The trio has created interactive arrangements of Sholl’s poetry in which music and text are thematically and rhythmically connected. The trio listens intensely to each other, as specific words and phrases are coordinated with the music. There are also improvisational sections, without words, woven into the arrangements. The Jazz/Poetry Project has performed for Portland’s Dimensions in Jazz series, at the Back Bay Contemporary Music Festival and the Frontier Theater in Brunswick.