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Pioneer Consort Newsletter Dec. 2011 - December 7, 2011

information and bookings: Michael Nix


The Pioneer Consort News

-Holiday CD gift offer

-The Pioneer Consort 2011 New England  "Noel" Performances  Dec. 2011

-7th Surin International Folklore Festival,  Thailand


The Pioneer Consort 2011 CD gift offer

"Noel" and "World View" make great gifts for the music lover in your life! The "Boxed Set" of both CD's have been popular with our fans this season.

our 2011 prices:


Singles: $15

Two CD's: $25

Three or more: $10/cd

A small shipping charge will apply


Email to order and for more information:




The Pioneer Consort 2011 New England  "Noel" Performances




The Center for the Arts at the Chocolate Church

New England "Noel" Holiday Concert - 7:30

804 Washington Street

Bath Maine 04530-2617

(207) 442-8455




First Church of Deerfield (The Brick Church)

Noel! - 7:30 pm

Old Deerfield Massachusetts


Price: $10 Suggested Donation

 The Pioneer Consort will perform "Noel", a holiday concert featuring music from their "Noel" Holiday disc and "World View" CD, at the Brick Church in Old Deerfield on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 pm.  A donation of $10 is suggested. .  For more information, or and 413-772-0328.





Loomis Village

Noel! - 3 pm

20 Bayon Drive

South Hadley, Massachusetts  

413-532-5325 ext. 160


Continuing in their tradition of musical diversity, their arrangements draw from many cultures and musical traditions and uses a wide variety of instrumentation. "Noel" features a variety of colorful elements and sparkling arrangements celebrating the winter holidays. 

Their debut release, World View, traversed the globe to gather its styles and sounds. Noel features a similar refusal to settle in one place. As the Pioneer Consort describe the album: "We knew we wanted to arrange and record in a way that would evoke a band of Renaissance minstrels, an Appalachian cabin, a Native American fireside, even a shipboard flagon of Yuletide mead on a storm-tossed sea far from home. We chose to play a combination of the very familiar and more obscure, sometimes rustic, sometimes polished, but always authentic." Their adventurous attitude toward music will distinguish Noel from your average holiday release.

 In a review of their 2008 release, World View, and a subsequent recital, Marvin J. Ward of Classical Voice of New England wrote, "...(Their) music is lively, full of energy, some of it high octane; the spirit is infectious – it spread through the hall during the recital...not purely classical, but neither is it purely world music or purely jazz; it ends up being a creative, light, and entertaining blend of the elements and characteristics of all three."

 The Pioneer Consort are: Michael Nix, guitars, banjar, mandolin; Chris Devine violin, viola, mandolin, recorders, flute; and Greg Snedeker, cello, guitar, melodica.

 CD's will be available at, CD, and at the performance.


7th Surin International Folklore Festival


JANUARY 15TH-25th, 2012 15 - 25  

The Sorvino Dance Project and The Pioneer Consort


7th Surin International Folklore Festival

Surindra Rajabhat University

Surin Province, Thailand

7th Surin International Folklore Festival


We are pleased to work with our long-time collaborator Ann Sorvino on this dance and music project.  


Here are some video clips of our 2008 collaboration project "Transendance" performances in Northampton, MA, and New York:



Sorvino Dance Project 

music by Greg Snedeker and Michael Nix

The Pioneer Consort

at Dance New Amsterdam


NY, NY 2008


A Conversation with Ann Sorvino

Sorvino Dance Project 

music by Greg Snedeker and Michael Nix

The Pioneer Consort




December 4, 2011


Michael Nix and his Banjar

Greg Snedeker Gets Grammy Nod! - October 7, 2010

Greg just got the news that a recording he co-engineered with Brad Michel, the audio engineer/session producer for Harmonia Mundi,  was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category Best Soloist With Orchestra.  The recording,  "Derek Bermel, Voices" was released on the BMOP Sound label in 2008.

Welcome to the new - October 1, 2010

Our new site and new look goes live!  As our re-branding and publicity campaign begins, we're anticipating a few glitches here and there.  A busy working weekend looms for Mr. Devine but he'll be doing his best to get things up and running.  In the meantime have a look around.

Today's Springfield (MA) Republican featured our picture and an article about our upcoming recital next week for the 120 year old Tuesday Morning Music Club.  We've enjoyed playing for these folks several times now over the past few years.

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