Monday, August 22, 2011

Terry and Tanchon in the house

The ArtMusic Coffeehouse in East Stroudsburg, PA presented Jesse Terry and Carley Tanchon on Saturday August 20th. After some wonderful conversation with the performers as they readied themselves for the evening’s enchantments, an improvisational interlude of music provided by the concert’s host Don Slepian allowed the sharing of words a transcendence that traveled beyond the thoughts conveyed during the social intercourse. By the time Jesse and Carley took the stage, the modest gatherings were prepared in a mesmerized state as the performance began.

The couple introduced themselves by clarifying they were not a “couple” in the romantic sense of the term which answered speculations of many a curious mind. As if to further demonstrate this, Jesse and Carley each sang songs separate from one another although they did provide background harmony for one another from time to time. This proved to be an interesting concept for the evening of a duo not performing as a duet. However, the personal relationship between the two performers had little significance when one heard the deeply echoing sounds of their songs.

Yet, although they didn’t officially perform as a duet, in many ways they did. This was because when one was singing, the other listened with a facial expression that spoke of a subtext embodied in the song which allowed the audience to experience the piece from an even deeper perspective. This may have been due to the clear and open love they had for the music of one another’s and this love infected the audience as well.

At one point I wondered if this might be how Simon and Garfunkel would have performed if they chose to present their songs as individual singer/songwriters and not as a duet. After all, they and their perspective songs shared the same qualities associated with Simon and Garfunkel as they spoke of truths not only found in the personal relationships they were obviously singing about but in the more profound experiences life grants us throughout our lives. The songs performed throughout the evening touched those who attended the gathering in ways unique to the individual as well as a collective whole. Truly wonderful stuff. You’ll be able to see Photographs taken during the concert in The ArtMusic Coffeehouse 2011 Gallery at

Jesse Terry is known for his down-to-earth appeal and deceptively sharp writing along with his warm and precise baritone vocal abilities that enhance each song. Although his music is often associated those in the popular realms of music, he never fears transcending these commercial boundaries in order to compose a truth that is close to his heart and soul. You can learn more about Jesse Terry, his music, his inspirations, his schedule of upcoming engagements, and more at

Carley Tanchon lists among her favorite performers as Stevie Nicks who is best known for her work in the band “Fleetwood Mac.” This is an interesting revelation as the band also presented Lindsey Buckingham who was said to be the intelligence of “Fleetwood Mac” while Stevie Nicks was its soul. From her performance at The ArtMusic Coffeehouse, one can easily ascertain Ms. Tanchon could provide any band with a source from which it can transcend themselves and become something truly wonderful. You can learn more about Carley Tanchon, her music, her inspirations, her schedule of upcoming engagements, and more at

The ArtMusic Coffeehouse is held in the home of Don Slepian and Jan Julia who reside in the borough of East Stroudsburg, PA as part of the Concerts In Your Home Series. A variety of musical forms are presented including folk, jazz, classical, and electronic music. Although the concerts welcomes all who wish to attend, seating is limited as it they take place in a private home. The Next The ArtMusic Coffeehouse Concert will feature “Mean Mary” James on Sunday September 11th beginning at 8pm. Please Explore The ArtMusic Coffeehouse Website at or Call 570-476-6307 for more information and to reserve your seats.

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