June 18, 2016
Blues guitarist and recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Noé Socha, opened for legendary New Orleans Bluesman Henry Butler presented in a format known as Inclusive by Design℠.
Inclusive by Design℠ concerts are multi-art, multi-sensory events. Music is selected with rich narrative and visual content that is interpreted by visual artist Nancy Ostrovsky creating a large mural live on stage. All of the visual elements are represented for the entire audience through audio description, adding a strong language, even poetic, component. The performance is also interpreted in American Sign Language, and everything that is said or spoken is also captioned and presented on an LED screen. The end result is an engaging multi-disciplinary experience that allows people of all abilities, including those who may be Deaf or hard of hearing or blind or have low vision, to be fully engaged in a shared creative experience.
Henry Butler is a five-time W.C. Handy "Best Blues Piano Instrumentalist" award nominee, Henry Butler knows no limitations. Although blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is also a world-class photographer. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, R&B and blues influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. Butler joined the IbD creative team in 2006 for a concert at the Gene Harris Festival and performed again in this format in 2009 at a concert hosted and recorded by WGBH.
June 18, 2016
Dalton Street, Boston