Haale in benefit MMI concert

Submitted by Making the Most of I

World renowned singer songwriter, Haale, will be presenting a concert of her music to benefit Making the Most of I, a women's support and education organization. The concert will be held in Bellows Falls, Vermont, at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, also known as the Stone Church, on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:30 P.M.

Making the Most of I was founded in 1998 to offer free classes to women in transition all over the state of Vermont. Program director, Nancy Clingan, a trained expressive therapist, states "We have served over 1,000 women in the community and in prisons. We take our 14 week course on the road and make it free of charge in order to make it accessible to low income women. We address issues that impact women's lives, such as stress reduction, communication and conflict resolution, self esteem and body image. Some women are dealing with depression, domestic violence, isolation, mental health issues, substance abuse, or are in need of parenting skills. We provide information and resources in those areas to support women to move forward and make the changes they want in their lives. The group dynamic is powerful. We use music, painting, collage, writing and movement also to show how that supports each woman's healing."

Haale is a NY-born woman of Persian descent whose name means the 'halo

around the moon.' Haale's songs are trance inducing, rhythmically

propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draw on both

Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions. Her band consists of percussionist Matt Kilmer and guitarist John Shannon. Haale has played all over the US, in Canada, and Europe, at universities and festivals such as Bonnaroo, as well as rock clubs and venues such as the David Byrne-curated series in Carnegie Hall. At the Stone Church, Haale will be playing new songs which she is very excited to share, as well as tunes from past releases, including her debut album 'No Ceiling,' hailed "one of the year's most memorable releases," by the Boston Globe.

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