Orein Arts benefit album premieres at Northampton’s Parlor Room. 2/27.

Orein Arts is a non profit organization that brings artists, writers, and musicians together for week-long arts residencies at a contemplative monastery in Elmira, NY. This project is run by founder/director Nick Maione who graciously joined me on the broadcast. Our conversation describes the setting for the residency as a thousand acres of sheep, space, nature, and inspiration. The model is based on individual creativity rather lesson or workshop based. Each weeklong session includes some communal time at the end of the day to share projects and inspirations.

Nick Maione along with several musicians came up with the concept of compiling an album of hymns to help fund scholarship opportunities to attend the residencies. The result was the album, “Real and Far Off Hymns” which contains ten hymns from a diverse group of artists such as Jefferson Hamer, Tim Eriksen, Max Wareham, Justine Cefalu and Jake Klar. These five musicians will be performing when the album release party hits the Parlor Room in Northampton MA on Sunday 2/27 at 7PM.

Our segment includes four songs written for the project; “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Jefferson Hamer (whose band the Murphy Beds also play the Parlor Room on March 9), Jake Klar’s “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”, Tim Eriksen’s “Distress”, and Max Wareham’s “Abide With Me”.

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