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We spent a good deal of last spring, summer and fall hanging out at Caramoor. While we didn’t get to see Yo-Yo Ma, we did meet Eileen Jewell, visit the Soundscapes exhibit, enjoy Juneteenth and Dia de los Muertos, and participate in the American Roots and All Day Jazz festivals. Why were we there so much? Because Caramoor is incredible. And we can’t wait to go back in 2023.

Even during the cold winter months, Caramoor will feature live music, including the jazz stylings of the Sean Mason Quintet. Mason is a New York jazz pianist who, along with the four members of his group, brings a fresh spin to American folk music. Their fun, unique sound that has earned them prime real estate with Blue Engine Records, the record label for Jazz at Lincoln Center.

If you’re a Bach lover, then we recommend seeing award winning violinist Rachel Podger in April. Fun fact: she was the first woman awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in 2015, and she has established herself as a leading performer of baroque and classical music. It’s a classic Caramoor performance in every sense of the word.

In May, you’ll find us enjoying Yasmin Williams – an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist whose unique sound reflects a lighthearted backwoods ambience. The result is a true American folk vibe that will be bouncing off the walls of Caramoor’s Rosen House.

And that’s just the beginning. As the weather warms up, Caramoor really comes alive. From their wide open Friends Field to their Sunken Gardens and Spanish Courtyard, Caramoor brings music across every acre of their vast beautiful grounds. The real jewel of the property is the famous Venetian Tent which will host some of the biggest concerts of the year.

Plus, you’ll find us returning to the annual festivals we enjoyed last year, as well as the international concerts and events that Caramoor is known for, including their popular Dia de los Muertos festival every October. We hope to see you there!

This article was published in the January/February 2023 print edition of Katonah Connect.

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Justin is an award-winning designer and photographer. He was the owner and creative director at Future Boy Design, producing work for clients such as National Parks Service, Vintage Cinemas, The Tarrytown Music Hall, and others. His work has appeared in Bloomberg TV, South by Southwest (SXSW), Edible Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Refinery 29, the Art Directors Club, AIGA and more.

Justin is a two-time winner of the International Design Awards, American Photography and Latin America Fotografia. Vice News has called Justin Negard as “one of the best artists working today.”

He is the author of two books, On Design, which discusses principles and the business of design, and Bogotà which is a photographic journey through the Colombian capital.

Additionally, Justin has served as Creative Director at CityMouse Inc., an NYC-based design firm which provides accessible design for people with disabilities, and has been awarded by the City of New York, MIT Media Lab and South By Southwest.

He lives in Katonah with his wonderfully patient wife, son and daughter.