The Legend Of Don Dicisco

Lost Nation, Essex, Vermont

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Nine local acts will perform over the course of the day on two alternating stages.

Wandering Minstrels will wend their way through the fields and woods.

Acts will appear in the following order. Please look below for a description of each act.

Classic Consort

Buoyant, spirited, sensitive and fun are a few words to describe the Classic Consort trio. Whether performing in formal concert setting or on a festive occasion, they breathe life into the classics: Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Bach with personality and verve.

ROBIN CAMERON-PHILLIPS, originally from Westchester, NY, holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from Northwestern University. She has taught applied flute on the music faculty at Plattsburgh State University for the past 25 years. She has performed professionally with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Toronto New Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and plays regularly in the orchestras for the Burlington Choral Society and the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society. She frequently performs throughout New England with a variety of VSO chamber ensembles, in particular Classic Consort. She is in her twenty-fifth year directing the instrumental music program for the Saranac Central School District.

DAVID GUSAKOV, a 1971 graduate of Yale University, has been a member of the Vermont Symphony since 1973. A violin teacher for the past twenty years, he was a member of Middlebury College's adjunct teaching staff from 1982 to 1994. Mr. Gusakov is a professional performer of bluegrass and swing music. Mr. Gusakov conducted the Amateur Musicians' Orchestra for many years, and currently conducts the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vermont Youth Strings of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.

BONNIE THURBER KLIMOWSKI is a graduate of the University of Vermont and also holds a Master of Music degree in cello Performance from Kent State University in Ohio. She performed with the Mexican State Orchestra for three years and is presently a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Klimowski Ensemble. Bonnie enjoys folk music and is featured on several of Jon Gailmor's recordings. She also tours with the VSO string trio, "Fiddlesticks", presenting programs for children. When away from the cello Bonnie can be found swimming in Lake Champlain or enjoying the company of her husband, Steve and her two cats, Kerschel and Tozer.

Doug Perkins

Locally and regionally, Doug Perkins' innovative flatpicking and omniverous musical tastes are known from his playing with Jamie Masefield, Grappa Boom, Gordon Stone, and the Mandolinquents. Nationally he is known for his work with Smokin' Grass. He appears at Legends for a short set of bluegrass, jazz and classical solo pieces. Standards and original work will be showcased on his gorgeous sounding Collings and Hernandez guitars.


Based in central Vermont, Legend veterans PanAshe plays exciting steeldrum arrangements of many tastes and colors - from contemporary Trinidadian "Soca" to latin, jazz, "Afro-pop," and even disco! Putting on a lively show that brings audiences to their feet, PanAshe has been performing for over ten years throughout New England, and as far south as New Orleans.

The Catamount Pipe Band

In late 1999, Iain Mac Harg gathered approximately ten of his interested students and proposed the idea of forming a piping group in central Vermont. This idea was met with great enthusiasm and before long the ranks of dedicated participants had grown. The name Catamount Pipe Band was chosen to honor the wild life and spirit of Vermont.

The Catamount Pipe Band performs during parades, concerts, and other ceremonies. The band has performed at such venues as the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Boston, MA, on the lawn of the Montpelier State House, and the annual Labor Day Parade in Northfield, VT.

The band will bring its unique and powerful sound to the meadows and trails of the Legend.

The Dawn Chorus

Having listened carefully to the stories of the Dicisco family, the Dawn Chorus will share songs of Don's journey through the hills.

Paul Asbell

From his early years, playing blues on Chicago's South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true "musician's musician.” He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin' Slim, Paul Butterfield, Pops Staples, Sam Lay, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.

Recent performance/recording credits include David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild Magnolias, John Stowell, guitar wunderkind Julian Lage, and former student Trey Anastasio. He has also taught guitar for over 30 years, at Dartmouth College, University of Vermont, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently at Middlebury College.

At this year’s Legend, Paul will perform an all-acoustic solo set. According to Paul, playing solo allows him to “revisit the sounds I heard on the old blues, mountain music, gospel and jazz records that were all around me growing up, that first caused me to pick up the instrument in the first place. The "goose-bumps" that I felt upon first hearing Lightnin' Hopkins and Dock Boggs became my breadcrumbs, guiding me through the forest of electric blues, jazz, R&B, Nashville-style country, and all the other American styles I've learned to love and play, reminding me that great music ought to make the hair stand up on the back of your head!”

Having closed last year’s Legend with his Jazz/Fusion All-Stars, Paul is eager to bring a different sound to this year's event.

The Nicholas Cassarino Ensemble

The members of the Nicholas Cassarino ensemble (Joe Davidian-piano, John McKenna-tenor sax/flute, Gabriel Jarret-drums, Robinson Morse-bass, Nicholas Cassarino-guitar, voice) have been working together in various configurations for many years but have recently joined forces to create a new project that incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary classical/avante garde, the folk musics of west africa, bulgaria and india, gospel music, and funk.

Apart from collaborating with many area musicians, Nicholas also plays with a gospel choir out of New York City. This past September, he played with the choir at Carnegie Hall, and will join them again this May at the Apollo. Gabe and Rob are members of the explosive Vorcza trio, a Vermont based act that has toured the country and much of Canada. Having recently settled in Vermont from New York, John McKenna has toured with the great Joe Lovono and his nonet in Europe. Joe Davidian was integrated into the Vermont jazz scene even before college, and having just returned from The University of Miami where he received a master’s in jazz piano, is back in town and ready to hit.

The Ensemble promises to wow Legend-goers with their unique style, ambitious approach, and stunning collective talent.

The Kings of the Outdoor Disco Conducted by Matt Butler

Matt Butler will conduct the debut performance of the Kings of the Outdoor Disco. The Kings will consist of a large and motley collection of musicians taken from the groups performing over the course of the entire day. This celebratory performance will take place during the final hour of the Legend and will provide all Legend-goers with a unique and interactive musical experience.

Matt is the conductor and founder of Everyone Orchestra, a revolving cast of stellar musicians that come together for festival super jams, benefit events and short tours. He conducts musicians and audience alike in highly interactive and fun jams. Everyone Orchestra has performed its shows nationally featuring members of Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, experimental guitar legend Adrian Belew, G. Love, painters, dancers, activists, and a growing legion of others. Through the events and work of Everyone Orchestra, more than $100,000 has been raised for contributions to non-profit organizations around the nation.