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An Eco-Friendly Vibe Echoes Through River Hook

Check out the sublime scenes from an eco-friendly concert at Upper Nyack’s River Hook.

Local musicians and their audience vibe with natural and human-created rhythms during an EcoTones concert at River Hook in Nyack. (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

Last weekend, the organization EcoTones joined forces with local arts nonprofit ArtsRock to present a series of concerts at the outdoor community space River Hook in Upper Nyack.

The show featured world-class, Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning professional musicians from Rockland and Westchester Counties and the surrounding region, including Alan Ferber (trombone, compositions), Ben Kono (saxophone, composition), Glenn Schloss (drums), Ike Sturm (bass), James Hampson (alphorn/french horn), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Jody Redhage Ferber (cello, compositions), Matthew Jaimes (alphorn/french horn), Noah Fotis (alphorn/french horn), Mayra Casales (percussion), Pao-Chieh Tseng (flute), Sara Caswell (violin), Tom Beckham (vibraphone), Wayne Dumaine (trumpet), Zaneta Sykes (percussion), and members of the Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Tanya Chanphanitpornkit.

The event was sponsored by Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack, Greenbush Construction and Long Path Outfitters, and an ArtsAlive Grant from ArtsWestchester.

EcoTones Concerts is inspired by the concept ‘ecotone’ from ecology–a transition zone between two biomes that is particularly rife with life.¬†EcoTones Concerts braids together professional musicians, audiences, and public nature spaces for live performances of music inspired by the natural performance settings.¬†EcoTones musical repertoire exists in a ‘musical¬†ecotone’ between classical chamber music and jazz improvisation.

And, of course, our eco toned photographer Andrea Swenson was on hand to capture all the musical magic. Enjoy!

Click on arrows to see all of Andrea’s photos in our latest slideshow below.

See more of Andrea’s recent Photo Shoots here and find even more of her outstanding work on Instagram.


Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.


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