Freedom Festival 2016


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Type

Celebrate community at the third annual Freedom Festival!

An afternooon of music, food and art activties — plus Kids Bike Giftaway — on and around the stage at Freedom Square (the mystical spot on 101st Street where Fifth and Sixth Avenues meet in North Troy).

Come hear world/jazz ensemble Heard, with special guest guitarist, School 12 sophomore Kien Dunham!





3:00-5:00pm HEARD!


*First come, first served. Helmets inlucded. Parent must be present for pick-up.

Freedom Festival activities:

  • Face Painting, Freedom Flags, Cup Painting: Sanctuary art tables
  • Honey Harvest, Pumpkin Patch Planting: NATURE Lab’ Collard City Growers workshops
  • “What Our Community Wants”: Unity House’s Breathing Lights affinity project
  • Solar-powered smoothies: Transition Troy solar demonstration


  • Barbeque with hamburgers and hot dogs, sponsored by Unity House
  • Salad, grown in Collard City Growers garden on our block
  • Macaroni and Cheese, cooked with love by KitchenSanctuary
  • Fresh Lemonade, by Troy Central LIttle League

CO-SPONSORED by: Troy Bike Rescue, Troy Zero Waste, North Central Neighborhood Community / D.E.F.Y., Troy Central Little League, Unity House, Breathing Lights, Transition Troy. 

Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun…Heard’s sound aims to waken up your ears, enliven your heart, and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond…

Check out our latest full length release- “KARIBU” We hit #15 on the National JazzWeek World charts! Big feat for an indie group! Now available at our live shows and online at CD Baby, i Tunes & Amazon.

“Refined, generous, jubilating…the writing is stunning, open, articulate.” –PIERRE BENSUSAN, world guitarist

“There are echoes of Oregon in Elizabeth’s group, Heard. Smart and worldly melodic with lots of ear candy in the form of percolating rhythms and textures.” –Mike Stratton, WLNZ East Lansing, MI

 “Heard approaches the same world/jazz/classical turf as Paul Winter but comes at it from a different angle imbuing it with a jazz edge that gives it more of an across the board upscale feel. Leader Woodbury Kasius might have paid a different set of dues but her passion for the form will bring a lot of new listeners into the tent on the whole. A groovy, easy going set that works wonders for tired ears.”–Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap

MORE ABOUT Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & HEARD

The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS, who brings a wide array of styles –jazz, world and classical music– into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests; often drawing from her travels, and the raw and powerful sources that nature provides. Heard’s dynamic and eclectic lineup of musicians gives Elizabeth a multitude of talents and textures to compose for as they develop their many-colored musical tapestry.

Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo. She received her BA in African Studies from Brown University.  Elizabeth has also been a member of the Brazilian drumming group, The Berkshire Bateria for 10 years, where she has studied with Sambista, Jim Weber.

In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she has been an adjunct professor for 11 years in the Dance Department at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she works as a dance musician and composer-in-residence. Her collaborations with dancers have also led her to work with the NYC-based Mark Morris, José Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, and with Saratoga Springs’ TangoFusion. Her work with the Capital-District based Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company has led to numerous Arts-in-Education Residencies in regional elementary school.

Rain location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media