E a r t h d a n c e
Inspiring the art and spirit of improvisation
Earthdance 1st Sunday Movement Jam
An opportunity to dance with live, improvised music. Come join us for an exciting evening of dancing! Musicians are welcome to bring instruments to play after 10:00pm.
May 8, 2011 ~ Featured Musician: Stephen Katz
Cellist, vocalist, guitarist and award winning composer Stephen Katz has premiered his cello compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall, toured internationally with the Paul Winter Consort (6x Grammy winner), and Rachael Sage, and collaborated and performed with Susan Werner. Stephen uses live looping electronics to generate dynamic orchestral textures, and has distinguished himself as a composer of tightly composed cello pieces that unfold loop-by-loop.
Lovers of the cello will find a whole new dimension to love in the music of Stephen Katz. He blends the emotional resonance and refinement of classical music with the roots of rhythm and improvisation. One fan said, "Your music seems to come from another world, but I'm so happy it found its way into mine. You are a gem." And a senior audience member said, "I thought I'd been everywhere, but this has taken me places I've never been before!"
And upcoming musicians...
John Sprague (June 5):
John Sprague Jr. is a composer, recording artist, and multi-instrumental improvisational musician, who specializes in music for movement, dance, and contemplation. As a dance musician he works for the Five College Dance Department in Amherst MA, and performs in improvisational settings around New England. As a musician for listening and contemplation, John has performed at festivals, cafes, yoga centers, conferences, and weddings around the New England region for over 25 years, with a special focus on celebrations and contemplative settings. He has released five albums of original music. His 2002 CD release, Moving Spaces , was nominated by JPFolks, a large independent music organization, for best instrumental album of the year, and one of the pieces on the album, “Early Sun,” won 3rd prize for best instrumental piece of the year.
Bio coming soon...
Vernon David (August 7)
Vernon David studied cello at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and composition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Equally at home with Classical, Jazz and Improvisation, his compositions have been played by the Arditti Quartet and heard at the Beauvais Festival in France. He has performed on numerous folk music recordings including Bill Morissey and Tracie Smart.
Maggie Shollenberger and Michael Scriven (September 11):
MS2 is a new collaboration! Maggie Shollenberger and Michael Scriven play piano, acoustic bass, guitar, bodhran, and anything else they can find a groove in-the-moment with.
Stan Strickland (October 2)
Singer, saxophonist, flutist and actor, Stan Strickland has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. In addition to numerous radio and television appearances, Stan has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. He has performed and collaborated with over a dozen choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Bill T. Jones. Stan teaches at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and Longy School of Music.
Mike Vargas (November 6);
Mike Vargas began playing music in 1959. His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York's Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He also works internationally as a freelance composer performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the past 9 years, he has been teaching and performing with Nancy Stark Smith. He has released 9 CDs of his music and is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College.