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Paz de la Calzada
I design site-specific projects involving carpentry, film/video, crafts media and running water for museums, neighborhoods , schools and public places. Occasionally I also produce site-generated performances in urban and rural landscapes. I've recently founded a small company called RIVEROPOLIS that produces interactive water play furniture and equipment for us in public art and education contexts.
Dixie Friend Gay
Public art projects: Port of Miami, Indianapolis New Airport,
The Woodlands, TX, City of Austin, TX
Solo exhibitions:The Public and the Private, Sept-Nov, The Art League
Houston, and the American Institue of Architecture Gallery, Houston.
David M. Gibson
http://www.pamdk.com http://www.thebrainbox.org http://www.neur-on.com
My current work is about portraying facial emotions.
artist in residence to the humanities and Sciences Stanford University.
We are always on the verge of the next movement, breath, gesture,
In this series of kinetic sculptures, glass in animated,
demonstrating its affiliations with light, water, and air. Employing an
unusual combination of glass, steel, motors, and fabric, the visual
vocabulary speaks in the language of the sciences, the
natural world and contemplative practice. The mesmerizing waves
evoke both seascape and landscape in a subtle erotic dance. The pieces
invite viewers to not only look, but to connect to their own rhythms of
heartbeat and breath.
Comments: The work "Vanishing Ship (Third State)," 1990, part of the DRAP collection, was originally
commissioned by the University of California Berkeley Art Museum MATRIX
program in 1987 as "Vanishing Ship (Greenhouse for Lake Lahontan). The
original idea for the piece was developed during a DRAP residency in
Ann Marie Rousseau
Photographer and painter interested in the world around us.
Diana Lynn Thompson
currently creating thousands of ceramic stones
Comments: I am working steadily as a public artist, getting paid to bring beauty and mystery and to create a sense of place where there was none. I am able to practice the meditative activity of painting daily and that, asthey say, is something.
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Allison Leigh Holt
Comments: Listen to work at www.soundprint.org
Check out my most recent "itinerant piece", the Bell Project at www.thebellproject.blogspot.com
Comments: This website documents collaborative research project that helped West & East Oaklanders culturally define, physically locate, and celebrate their neighborhoods through stories and images collected and displayed on a trailer-kiosk pulled by tandem bicycle.
Roberto Paci Dalo'
Sara Ching-Yu Sun
Adrian Van Allen
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Claudio Duran AKA Quique Cruz
Chilean-born charango and flute player
New Latin American music for the film ¡PABLO NERUDA. ¡PRESENTE. drawing from the musical roots of the Americas, incorporating jazz ideals with South American instruments and rhythms. The album is named "Tinta Verde," after the green ink in which Neruda wrote his poems.
The suite is composed in four parts with a flower at its center. The first part begins with Tinta Verde, in Neruda's southern Chile; a land of rain, forests, volcanoes, and lakes. This music is inspired by the Mapuche people, displaced from their land, still struggling to recover it.
Andean Jazz: A unique north/south collaboration between guitarist Alex de Grassi and Chilean-born charango and flute player Quique Cruz
Brent Michael Davids
Comments: New Contemporary music from Russia
I focus on the unique, un-repeatable MOMENT. Machines help me exalt the here-and-now of a performance--one that is in some cases live, in other cases recorded. John Cage asked us to open our musical ears wide, so wide that all sound is included. I might be doing the opposite: I'll take any sound and funnel it down to the width that our ears are right now, today. This is why I treat the chance material with the simplest of transformations: framing, repetition, transposition, basic patterning. New Project: use computer, old shoes and giant wheel to transform found bits of live commercial FM radio, into funky, well-built musical structures-- LIVE. Powerbooksubverts pop.
Trumpeter, composer, improvisor; jazz with classical and new music influences; the
objective is to bring improvisation, composition and acoustic sensibilities together into
pieces that come off like paintings or theater pieces; subtle blending of many styles into a
Peter Scott Lewis
Cheryl E. Leonard
Updates: Mathew Rosenblum, professor of music in composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. Chosen from a group of almost 3,000, he is among 175 scholars, artists, and scientists selected in recognition of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
Rosenblum’s proposed project is a concerto for the renowned Classical/Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer. Titled Lament/Witches’ Sabbath, Rosenblum will compose the concerto for Krakauer and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, directed by Gil Rose. The new piece will be loosely based on the last movement of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique, "Songe d'une nuit du sabbat," and will be a re-working of elements of that music with Klezmer inspired excursions based on the folk elements already embedded in the Berlioz. According to Rosenblum,
“It’s meant as a new piece that appropriates, transforms, and interprets elements from the original. The idea is to mesh my microtonal musical language with David’s improvisational sensibility using aspects of Berlioz’s musical material and the evocative theme of “witches sabbath” as a reference point. The piece will begin with a Lament, and will be 18-25 minutes in length.”
Updates:I'm delighted to let you know that my work in progress, Maurice Remembered, a chamber opera for baritone/pianist with electronic sound, is now featured on the USA Projects website. USA Projects is a non-profit "microphilanthropy" organization that hosts artists to assist them in their fundraising goals by soliciting donations from individuals to support specific artworks. They have given me the chance to raise $6000 to support the continued creation of Maurice Remembered. This is a unique opportunity for me, because the USA Projects website allows me to showcase my work, and invite your support for it. You can donate any amount -- as little as $1 -- and all donations are tax-deductible. I have until August 10th to meet my fundraising goal, and I feel confident that with your support this will be possible.
Maurice Remembered is based on the novel Maurice by E. M. Forster, and pays homage to another "Maurice" -- composer Maurice Ravel -- by making musical references to some of his works. I'm writing it for a very unique artist, my good friend Tommy Otten, who is not only a world-class pianist but also an accomplished vocalist. Tommy and I are both very excited about this project, and look forward to sharing information about it with you.
So to learn more about Maurice Remembered, please visit my USA Projects page, where you can read a thorough description of the piece, see a video I made about it, hear work samples, join a list of followers, and donate to the project. http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/maurice_remembered
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Updates: Recently part of the Brisbane International Festival. Will start work on 'asche box' - a series
of solo works in Australia and Berlin that were started at the at Djerassi
during my residency.
Joe Goode Performance Group
Debby Kajiyama and Jose Navarrete
Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Comments: Artistic Director, Dance Collective
Stephen Pelton Dance Theater
Deborah Slater Dance Theater
Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble
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My travel memoir about being the first black Buddhist nun in Thailand, Meeting Faith: An Inward Odyssey (W.W. Norton), won the Beyond Margins Award for Best Biography/Memoir of 2005 from PEN. I am still touring the country with it and My Journey Home, the acclaimed PBS documentary based on my memoir-in-progress about growing up Nigerian/Nordic-American. I just completed co-editing, Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology, for The New Press.
Updates: 2014 Boston Review Fiction Prize for her story, "Severance"
Comments: My work springs from forgotten details of the historical past. Scientists once believed swallows hibernated at the bottom of lakes; Russian monks aboard a ship in the arctic claimed they saw Judas Iscariot adrift on an ice floe; Harlem was a savanna not too long ago, and PT Barnum hosted a buffalo hunt in Brooklyn. What was in those 18th century scientistsâ€™ cabinets? Who were those monks and what could they have been doing in the arctic? What manner of wildlife wandered the Harlem grasslands? I catch details that flash with poetic possibility and harness the imaginative worlds that spring up around them. I build novels for these worlds to live in.
Updates: My novel, AMONG THE WONDERFUL, will be published by Steerforth Press in August 2011.
Heidi W. Durrow
Updates: 1st Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival
My first novel, A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in June.
See website for list of books available and workshops.
Currently working on travel meditation and novel.
Updates: new project
Playwright / Director specializing in physical theater, new plays, and contemporary adaptations of classics.
At Djerassi I was able to turn to writing poetry after many years of writing fiction.
Comments: New novel of literary fiction out this year--Hunger and Thirst published by St. Martins. Joyce Carol Oates says, "Hunger and Thirst is one of the most vividly imagined and moving novels I've read in recent years. And one of the funniest."
Toni Mergentime Levi
Website contains an overview of my work, with samples and critical responses
Susan Cummins Miller
I am active in print and electronic literature and am enjoying collaborative work.
Joyce Carol Thomas
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