IMAGINATION STATION Summer Soirée ~ Concert of Contrasts Sunday, August 28 • 3 pm

Dear Friends,

Usually our emails invite you to concerts in Detroit's historic mansions in Palmer Woods, or well-known concert halls and jazz clubs. Our upcoming event is a Concert of Contrasts. Our concert site in Corktown is a work in progress—the future site of a model green renovation, center for art and media, and living spaces. Hear internationally renowned guitarist/composer A.Spencer Barefield and his Super String Quartet, and help the Imagination Station's work transforming Detroit, eliminating blight and sparking imagination.
Join us for awesome music, great food, extraordinary location…
Summer Soirée ~ Concert of Contrasts
Sunday, August 28 • 3 pm


A. Spencer Barefield
Super String Quartet

A Jazzy Classical

A. Spencer Barefield guitar
Jannina Barefield Norpoth violin
John Madison viola
John-Paul Norpoth bass

Organic & locally-prepared food & beverages
from Pink FlaminGO!, Brother Nature Farms, McClure’s Pickles, Valentine Vodka and others

Corktown's Imagination Station
2230 & 2236 14th Street
(across from Michigan Central Train Station
& Roosevelt Park) Detroit, MI 48216

Buy your tickets now (limited seating)
$10, $25, $50

To view a video about the Quartet & hear music
click here:

World-class classical and adventurous jazz performed in an unexpected, remarkable space:
the shell of a burnt-out house (dressed up with tables, chairs, tents, and elegant refreshments)!
Last chance to see Catie Newell's "Salvaged Landscape" sculpture, which will be moved to the Grand Rapids Art Museum for ArtPrize following the concert. Bid farewell to Jannina, who will be flying to Brazil to teach and perform immediately following the performance!

A. Spencer Barefield
"Barefield is one the most creative guitarists I've heard, an unsung hero of the Detroit scene since the seventies." Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG, reviewing the new Beneath Detroit cd series (The Creative Arts Collective Concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts 1979-92) for iTunes

"A. Spencer Barefield is the best guitarist ignored by the U.S. jazz industry. He melds the techniques of Segovia and Jimi Hendrix into a startling jazz lexicon." JazzTimes

Art X Detroit commissioned Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Stephen McGee, to create a video of 2010 Kresge Performing Arts Fellow, A. Spencer Barefield. Check it out here:

Violinist Jannina Norpoth made her concert debut at age 11 for the Detroit Chamber Music Society’s 50th Anniversary alongside performances by the Beaux Arts Trio, Cleveland String Quartet and Guarneri String Quartet. At age 13, she made her solo debut at Orchestra Hall performing Wieniaski’s Second Violin Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and returned a few years later performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She has performed internationally, including solo appearances with the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, Ensemble 212, and at the Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, VH1’s Save the Music, FOX’s Fearless Music Television, Art X Detroit, and a concert tour of Tuscany in Italy. Jannina is a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra.

She was the first violinist in the Osso String Quartet — a music ensemble on the Asthmatic Kitty Record Label started by songwriter sensation Sufjan Stevens. Jannina joined Osso on their debut tour to promote their first CD Run Rabbit Run, an acoustic revision for strings of Sufjan’s electronic visions of the Chinese Zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit). The successful US tour consisted of sold out shows at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca, Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many others.

She has been a featured performer alongside such acclaimed musicians as Itzhak Perlman, jazz violinist Regina Carter, jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist/producer Mike Garson, (NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie), Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Andreas Cardenas, My Brightest Diamond, Beyonce, and Jay-Z. Her recording credits include work with her own band Hollands, Jay-Z, Akron Family, Keri Hilson, and producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, and Bryce Goggin. Jannina and her husband John-Paul are working closely with Duplessis (Wyclef Jean's cousin and collaborator) writing and recording their string arrangements for John Legend and other musicians.

Bassist John-Paul Norpoth has achieved recognition as an orchestral musician, collaborative artist and recording artist, performing in concert venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Knitting Factory, in genres from classical to jazz to rock and roll. He currently serves as the principle bassist and featured soloist for the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra under the direction of esteemed violinist Nina Beilina (a protege of David Oistrakh). This distinguished ensemble performs at Symphony Space and Merkin Hall in New York City. As a section member, he has joined many other orchestras in the New York area, including Allentown, Albany, Utica, and Manhattan Symphonies, as well as the Binghamton, Brooklyn, Long Island Philharmonic, and Westchester Symphony under the direction of Maestro Itzhak Perlman. John-Paul has also performed under the batons of Kurt Mazur, Bright Sheng, Jamie Laredo, Otto Werner Mueller and others.

As a collaborative chamber music artist, he has performed with Nina Beilina, Jannina Norpoth, violinist Eriko Sato (member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), cellist Michael Finkcel, pianist David Oei, jazz pianist Thomas Shaw, drummer Aaron Comess (of the Spin Doctors), as well as with members of the Antares Quartet and Catalyst Quartet. He has been a guest artist at the Amagansett Chamber Music Festival and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Lecture Series at Baruch College. Mr. Norpoth performs, produces, and records a multitude of instruments including, electric guitar, piano, synthesizer, electric and upright bass, and vocals. He arranges, performs and records strings for independent and major label pop/rock acts, including Billboard charting metal band Black Dahlia Murder, Warner Bros.'s teen pop sensation Never Shout Never, super producer Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, and folk rock band Akron Family, as well as his own band, Hollands. He can also be heard on the motion picture soundtrack for movie "Married Life" starring Pierce Brosnan and Rachel McAdams.

Read more about Jannina and John-Paul:

John Madison is the principal violist of the Michigan Opera Orchestra and Sphinx Symphony, and plays with the award-winning Cassini Ensemble, Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera Orchestra and New York City Opera Company. John has appeared as soloist with the Southfield Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Jackson Symphony, The Adrian Symphony. A sought-after educator, he is Dean of the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute. He is cofounder and coordinator of the Cassini Ensemble, recently toured with the Chamber Orchestra of France and performed with the New York City Opera Co.

For more info: Barbara, 313-891-2514 or Jeff, · 248-953-0469

The Imagination Station Summer Soirée is presented by Creative Arts Collective and Imagination Station with support from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Midtown Detroit, Corktown Housing, EnergyFinanceAnalytics, NationBuilder, Printwell, StreetDemocracy, 3rdWard, The Pink FlaminGO!, Brother Nature Farms, McClure’s Pickles, and Valentine Vodka.