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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Senese, Gerard Japanese Dance & Martial Arts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Folk Dances and the Martial Arts moves known as KATA, provide a glimpse into the unique YAMATO DAMISHI -SAMURAI SPIRIT-. This spirit has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga; as well as the countless martial arts studios-dojos- throughout the world. Accompanied by the thunder of the Taiko drums and the elegant sounds of the Koto and Shakuhachi; Karate & Kendo Kata are performed with Samurai Swords, and flying fists and feet. This is juxtaposed with the refined movements of classical Japanese dance. The influence of the martial spirit can be seen in these refined dances as well as the energetic movements of traditional local village folk dances. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$501- $1000
Messano, Bob Songs for the People: A Red, White, and Blues Tribute Music
America's musical traditions are rooted deep in the lives of its people. Songs give voice to their struggles and power to their stories. Master guitarist and songwriter, Bob Messano, reveals his influences through renditions of classic American tunes and presentation of original compositions. Hear history come alive through the works of Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy Bob Messano’s insightful words and music as he links past to present in a concert blending vintage guitars, wailing harmonicas, and lyrics that address contemporary issues. Take part in a community event where music "for the people" is made "by the people".
$501- $1000
Soloway, Mike INTERACTIVE FAMILY SHOW (infants through 5 years) Music
Join Mike for a happy sing-a-long session of family fun! It’s a totally interactive presentation of classic motion and echo songs, chants and fingerplays that the entire family can enjoy. Mike can accommodate up to 100 children along with their parents/caregivers. Like a pied piper, Mike helps children and familes sing-a-long and dance-a-long.
$201- $350
!, Spook Handy Folk Revival! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Remember the good days of Peter Paul and Mary, early Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger? People sang along and felt a real sense that this generation was going to do something big. This program keeps that spirit alive. We’ll have a great time singing the Folk Revival classics from the 50’s and 60’s and few surprise pop classics from the 60’s. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Clive, Young, THAT’S A SMASH: GREAT PRODUCERS OF THE ’60s AND ’70s. History,
Music
Here’s a fun, fast-paced, multimedia program profiling four of the most important record producers ever: George Martin (The Beatles); Phil Ramone (Billy Joel); Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys); and Phil Spector (the Wall of Sound). Sharing rare audio, video clips, exciting Powerpoint and in-the-studio anecdotes about classic Baby Boomer songs, this program explores how creative producers made brilliant choices that influenced important artists, their incredible albums and the musical tastes of an entire generation. 80 minutes.
$201- $350
DuBois, Betsy ShaeLaurel Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
ShaeLaurel ia a family show band consisting of Mom, Dad and 4 teenage performers. Whether playing comtemporary, Celtic or Bluegrass fiddle music, they are sure to energize and crowd. dancing, singing and performing a fiddle chain of 4 you will be amazed at their broad talent and skills
$1001- $3000
Richter, Chip Imagination, Creativity and Inspriation Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter’s Family Concert at The Library has become a favorite among librarians and families because it's “more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!” It’s the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the wonderful learning environment of the public library. This is live music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Also don't forget to check out the Librarians Resource Page where you can download some of Chip's music absolutely free of charge. Librarians are using these mp3s and the Teacher's Tips to compliment story-times with children.
$201- $350
Jablonski, Barbara Steppin' Out String Band - Instrumentals and Close Harmony Vocals Music
Four dynamic and talented women have joined forces to form this high energy band. Combining folk songs and ballads with beautiful close vocal harmonies, lively and fun traditional dance tunes with American patriotic music, Steppin’ Out String Band is a favorite with audiences of all ages. FESTIVAL STAGES CONCERTS PARTIES Instrumentation: Hammered Dulcimer, Accordions, Flute, Banjo, Pennywhistle, Mandolin, Guitars,Bass,Table Harps, Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp,Washboard, Ukulele,Bodhran and...novelty instruments. Steppin' Out String Band plays SWINGING JIGS, REELS, POLKAS, HORNPIPES,BEAUTIFUL AIRS AND LILTING WALTZES, FOLK SONGS WITH CLOSE HARMONY VOCALS OLD TIMEY MUSIC AND FUN SONGS, MARCHES AND AMERICAN PATRIOTIC TUNES.
$501- $1000
Haynes, Jeff The Rhythm & Your Words Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sometimes the key to self expression is to listen. Percussionist Jeff Haynes creates an array of percussive landscapes, to help writers heighten their awareness and sensitivity to the rhythm and the range of their inner voice. Over the course of this two day writing and performance workshop, participants will be engaged in various exercises and discussions to help them connect Jeff’s percussive textures with their inner voice. They will see first hand how percussion can bring out different inflections in their writing and delivery. The workshop invites participants to bring their poems to perform with Jeff and/or come with an open mind, ready to write and perform something inspired by the sessions. As participants listen to Jeff play, they will become in-tune with the “voice” of the rhythm. Participants will be challenged to allow their writing and performances to reflect on: how the rhythm makes them feel; where does it take them; and what their inner voice will say in return. Each participant will perform with Jeff.
$1001- $3000
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
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