Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Song of Hiawatha - Michael Maglaras

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This limited edition 5-CD recording of “The Song of Hiawatha” was released by 217 Records in 2007 to mark the Bicentennial of American master poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Accompanied by a soundtrack of Native American drums, flutes, vocals, and a host of sound effects, Michael Maglaras brings the story of Hiawatha (more than 6,500 lines) to life for a modern audience.

“Hiawatha” is a narrative poem rich with imagery and profound beauty. Weaving together old Native American legends from many North American tribal nations, it is the story of America’s first superhero. Longfellow began “Hiawatha” in June of 1854 and, writing at a feverish pace, completed it by March, 1855. Published in that year, it immediately became a national best-seller, selling 10,000 copies within a few months. “The Song of Hiawatha” and all it represents is truly a part of our national consciousness.

Michael Maglaras is an independent businessman, filmmaker, classically-trained musician, and founder of 217 Records in Ashford, Connecticut – a label devoted to celebrating the American artistic experience through recordings of American poetry as well as alternative rock and jazz. This is his fourth spoken word performance released on 217 Records.

Monday, January 25, 2010

217 Records : The Song of Hiawatha

Sunday, April 18 at 4:00pm don't miss Michael Maglaras's dramatic reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha at Longfellow's Wayside Inn's in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

In 2007, Michael's 217 Records label released a special 5-CD boxed set of this epic poem. Click HERE to read the Associated Press article about this project.

Michael recorded this masterpiece in its entirety in Longfellow's hometown of Portland, Maine. Accompanied by a soundtrack of more than 1,000 pieces of Native American music, a host of sound effects, and using music by French composer Maurice Ravel, he brings the story of Hiawatha, more than 6,500 lines, to life.

To celebrate the Longfellow Bicentennial, Michael Maglaras also performed The Song of Hiawatha live in its entirety, in a special marathon public reading at the St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Screening: March 21 -- 2:00pm

Save the date!

217 Films' new documentary John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! will be shown at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

WHAT: John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!
2009. Not rated. 110 minutes.

WHEN: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:00pm

WHERE: Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street - 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930

TICKETS: $9 Adults / $7.50 Seniors / $6 Members

WHY: John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint! tells the story of one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism. Utilizing more than 70 of Marin’s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including those in the private collection of Norma Marin seldom seen anywhere, filmmaker Michael Maglaras tells the story of Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split in Down East Maine, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Camera-eye View: World Premiere

217 Films had a videographer on hand to document the World Premiere of the new documentary about the life and work of painter John Marin.

Follow this link to YouTube to view a camera-eye view of the event, which took place at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Maine. View photos from the premiere at this link.

"John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" was writen, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films.

The next screening will be held Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm in Gloucester, Massachusetts at Cape Ann Community Cinema.