I've received funding from Meet The Composer to compose the soundscore for a toy theater puppet production by Dan Froot and Dan Hurlin called
'Who's Hungry/Santa Monica.'
Dan Froot has interviewed 5 'food-insecure' people for 10 hours each, and we are creating a puppet show from their stories. It will premiere at Highways Performance Space
in Santa Monica, California in January, 2012.
I was one of four vocalists conscripted by Steve Peters to improvise melodic lines over drones derived from the resonant frequencies of the space, using the
Latin names of the pteridophytes present as lyrical content, while their common names are quietly whispered in the background. The final mix is beautiful!
At first I followed her design, a metal bench with all-weather speakers powered by a Mini Mac running the Max ESP program.
Later I decided it should be off the grid, no electricity, no computing, and began collaboration with inventor/sculptor Kim David Hall
to design, fabricate & install this stainless steel Sonic Bench at the Monorail Station at the Seattle Center for Winterfest 2009; it was on exhibit for one year.
Mr. Hall created an elegant design, and I helped out with the sonic details. It's an all-weather 3-person stainless steel bench which can be played like a thumb piano (by more than 3 people), the tines right
where your hands would rest anyway, while sitting there. It is beautifully embossed, and children of all ages love to play it.
In 2010 we received further funds from 4Culture to refurbish it and install it permanently in Ober Park on Vashon Island.
Made possible in part by funds & fine folks from Ober Park, 4Culture and the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the fine cooperation of
Pete Rush at the Seattle Center. Thank you, all y'all!
Bosnian gypsy core sextet, featuring Gino Srdjan Jevdjevic (vocals, percussion), Val Kiossovski (guitar), Chris Stromquist (drums),
Guy Davis (bass), Paris Hurley (violin) and myself (sax, clarinet, voice).
I joined them in 1999, took a sabbatical in Italy, and rejoined the ranks in late 2008. We released our 7th CD, Ministry of Kultur in March, 2011.
I recorded on FUCC The I.N.S., Kultura Dicktatura, Integration, and
Ministry of Kultur.
From February - October 2011, we toured 3 times throughout the Balkans and Europe, and played festivals in Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee and New York City 2011, this winter we're working on material for next release.
Amy Denio + Correo Aereo (Madeleine Sosin & Abel Rocha)
Ama Trio’s music has been described as a ‘rarely yodeling, always scintillating latin american afro sephardic eastern european gypsy circus chamber band!’
The unique and resonant blend of these 3 talented musicians from diverse backgrounds creates sumptuous music with depth, nuance, complexity and playfulness
that de-colonizes the mind and celebrates the solidarity of all peoples everywhere who love Life! Their music has sabor and is richly polyrhythmic and soulfully
melodic - gorgeous, fiery, haunting and joyful...this is the universal language, world music at its finest.