Brattleboro's Open Music Collective celebrates seven years


BRATTLEBORO >> On Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m, at its space at the Cotton Mill, The Open Music Collective will be celebrating its seventh year with a special guitar summit.

Performances feature Mike Baggetta, from New York City, and David Goodrich, from Austin, with Claire Arenius on drums and Jamie MacDonald on bass. They will be playing a mix of originals and songs you may know in new and creative ways.

Although originally from western Massachusetts, Baggetta has been living in New York City for long enough to cement his status as one of the top, and up-and-coming musicians. As a guitarist, composer and improvisor, Baggetta is known for seamlessly and organically incorporating live sampling in his music, as well as many seemingly disparate elements from all genres of music. An endorsing artist for D'Addario Strings and a Fresh Sound New Talent recording artist, he has just released his fourth album as a leader titled "Spectre," featuring bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Billy Mintz.

Baggetta has also performed or recorded with world class artists Donny McCaslin, David Torn, Tim Berne, Tom Harrell, Craig Taborn, Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Cameron Brown, Dominique Eade and many more.

Long-time OMC supporter and faculty member, David "Goody" Goodrich moved to Austin a few years ago and still retains some connections back home. He is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer, and teacher specializing in guitar and other stringed instruments, improvisation, accompaniment, and arrangement. He is fluent in a wide range of idioms from rock, pop, and country to jazz, experimental, and new music. With 25-plus years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films, and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, he studied composition at Berklee College of Music and with such teachers as Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, and Mick Goodrich.

Drummer/composer/educator Claire Arenius has been performing in jazz and improvisational music for more than thirty years. Her formative years were spent studying music at the University of Massachusetts, where Archie Shepp and Max Roach were on faculty.

Later, as the recipient of a National Endowment Music Grant, Arenius relocated to New York City to study with master drummer Charli Persip. She has performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including: Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Richard Davis, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Karrin Allyson, Charles Neville, George Mraz, Ray Copeland, Mose Allison, Barney Kessel, Yusef Lateef, Rufus Reid, Lew Soloff, Sheila Jordan and more.

Arenius' compositional works have been featured at the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival, The Iron Horse, Amherst College Composer's Colloquium, The Discover Jazz Festival, University of Wisconsin, Ryles, and the International Millenium Festival in Medillen, Colombia.

Jamie MacDonald is known in the New England-area as a professional, musical, and eclectic bassist. Additionally, his students consider him to be a hardworking, challenging, and eye-opening teacher. MacDonald is the founder and Artistic Director of The Open Music Collective in Brattleboro and the Director of Jazz at The Putney School. He has performed in concert with James Williams, Shiela Jordan, Claire Arenius, Jay Clayton, Jay Messer, Pete Yellin, Helmut Kagerer, Gene Rush, Carlos Averhoff, Melissa Shetler, and many others.

Open Music Collective is in its seven years has put on multitude of concerts and workshops, including ensemble classes including vocal, jazz, classical guitar, kids composition, rock camps and bluegrass. It continues its mission to be a "place for musicians" by being available as a music rehearsal space, projects, ensemble classes in jazz and singing, community jams and private lessons. They will also be hosting jazz vocal great Bob Stoloff in a series of workshops in the fall.

The concert is a sliding scale of $10 to 15 and no listener will be refused. The concert is held in a handicap accessible air conditioned suite in the Cotton Mill.

For more information, call 802 254 5054 or email


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