Jessica Jones Quartet with Stomu Takeishi, Kenny Wollesen and Tony Jones

 

The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music.  Their music derives from the jazz tradition using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape.  Working with drummers and bassists on the forefront of the experimental jazz scene has allowed the group a level of exploration that gives birth to a unique sound.  The compositions of Jessica Jones and husband and fellow tenor saxist Tony Jones are currently given life by the innovative and energetic rhythm section of drummer Kenny Wollesen and bassist Stomu Takeishi.  The eclectic musical backgrounds of the band members infuse the music with the energy and creativity of new textures while remaining firmly rooted in the jazz tradition.    https://www.jessicajonesmusic.com/

Photo by Albert Brooks   Tani Tabbal Trio   Tani Tabbal began playing drums professionally as a teen, performing with Oscar Brown Jr., Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell,David Murray, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter,Karl Berger, Dewey Redman, David 'Fathead' Newman,Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Douglas Ewart, Oliver Lake,Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Richard Davis,Leroy Jenkins, Milt Jackson, and Jackie McLean.  Tani Tabbal is known as a dynamic, lyrical and energetic drummer. As a recording artist, he is on over 70 cd’s and has released four cd's as a bandleader:  Before Time After ,  Wizards  , Mixed Motion  and  Triptych

Photo by Albert Brooks

Tani Tabbal Trio

Tani Tabbal began playing drums professionally as a teen, performing with Oscar Brown Jr., Phil Cohran, and
Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell,David Murray, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter,Karl Berger, Dewey Redman, David 'Fathead' Newman,Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Douglas Ewart, Oliver Lake,Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Richard Davis,Leroy Jenkins, Milt Jackson, and Jackie McLean.

Tani Tabbal is known as a dynamic, lyrical and energetic drummer. As a recording artist, he is on over 70 cd’s and has released four cd's as a bandleader: Before Time AfterWizards, Mixed Motion and Triptych

Cumulus : The harvesting of plant frequencies paired with two of the world’s most meditative musical instruments and traditions – Indian bansuri and Japanese koto. The result: an ambient world music fusion all its own, at once quickening yet meditative, ancient yet futuristic, transcendent yet worldly.        See them on youtube                             Peter Coates  lived and worked in Japan during the late 1980s and most of the 1990s. During this time he studied koto at the Sawai School of Music, graduating as sensei in 1997.  Since then he has played at many musical venues and festivals in Japan, Europe and the US, including most notably, Glastonbury Festival, England, in 2000. Since leaving Japan he has developed his own style of playing that derives much from his training in Japan, but is informed by a wide variety of musical styles from around the world, both traditional and modern. Peter has also pursued a fascination in electronic music, and since moving to the U.S. in 2015 has been creating ambient audio soundscapes from the electrical impulses emitted by plants. He calls this his musical collaboration with nature.      Eric Archer  is a multi-instrumentalist (fingerstyle guitar, tabla, bansuri and native-style flutes), visual artist, and poet drawing inspiration from nature and its bounty. He has performed in varying settings in the United States and in Europe, and is happy to call the Hudson Valley of New York his home. Exploring collaborations as diverse as americana, trip-hop, kirtan, folk, meditative, celtic, ambient, and Indian-classical, Eric aims to continually expand his own sounds and tastes to offer a unique feel to the universal language.  Eric has taught and played music at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies as the Bard/Musician-in-Residence, and as a staff-instructor. He was also one of the Innkeepers of the historic Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC — a focal point within the tradition of Southern balladry, Appalachian roots music, and Scotch-Irish folk songs. Eric continues to collaborate with Prema Mayi and Radharani on their mantra music fusion, and accompany Biff Mithoefer in his Yoga Teacher Trainings — pairing music with these deeply meditative and educational settings. Eric is a tabla student of Sri Suryaksha Desphande of the Farrukhabad Gharana, and a bansuri flute student of Grammy-Award winner Steve Gorn. Eric synthesizes these eclectic musical threads into a sound that is at once both traditional and modern.

Cumulus:The harvesting of plant frequencies paired with two of the world’s most meditative musical instruments and traditions – Indian bansuri and Japanese koto. The result: an ambient world music fusion all its own, at once quickening yet meditative, ancient yet futuristic, transcendent yet worldly.     

See them on youtube                        

Peter Coates lived and worked in Japan during the late 1980s and most of the 1990s. During this time he studied koto at the Sawai School of Music, graduating as sensei in 1997.

Since then he has played at many musical venues and festivals in Japan, Europe and the US, including most notably, Glastonbury Festival, England, in 2000. Since leaving Japan he has developed his own style of playing that derives much from his training in Japan, but is informed by a wide variety of musical styles from around the world, both traditional and modern. Peter has also pursued a fascination in electronic music, and since moving to the U.S. in 2015 has been creating ambient audio soundscapes from the electrical impulses emitted by plants. He calls this his musical collaboration with nature.

 

Eric Archer is a multi-instrumentalist (fingerstyle guitar, tabla, bansuri and native-style flutes), visual artist, and poet drawing inspiration from nature and its bounty. He has performed in varying settings in the United States and in Europe, and is happy to call the Hudson Valley of New York his home. Exploring collaborations as diverse as americana, trip-hop, kirtan, folk, meditative, celtic, ambient, and Indian-classical, Eric aims to continually expand his own sounds and tastes to offer a unique feel to the universal language.

Eric has taught and played music at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies as the Bard/Musician-in-Residence, and as a staff-instructor. He was also one of the Innkeepers of the historic Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC — a focal point within the tradition of Southern balladry, Appalachian roots music, and Scotch-Irish folk songs. Eric continues to collaborate with Prema Mayi and Radharani on their mantra music fusion, and accompany Biff Mithoefer in his Yoga Teacher Trainings — pairing music with these deeply meditative and educational settings. Eric is a tabla student of Sri Suryaksha Desphande of the Farrukhabad Gharana, and a bansuri flute student of Grammy-Award winner Steve Gorn. Eric synthesizes these eclectic musical threads into a sound that is at once both traditional and modern.

Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux   Bailo was born in Guinea in 1947 from a Vietnamese mother and a Peul (Fulani) father. They had met in Indochina where his father served in the French Army during World War II.  Bailo learned to play the tambin from his grandfather in the village. One day the grandfather called everybody and declared that he was tired, wasn't going to play anymore and that his grandson was his successor. A ceremony ensued and Bailo played all night until sunrise.  At age 15, having lost all his relatives, mother, father and grandfather, he left his village on foot with one flute in his hand to try his luck in Dakar. The trip then started lasted many years and took him through much of West-Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, all the way to the Ivory Coast where he became a great flutist in Abidjan, the capital of (French) West African music.  Bailo participated in countless festivals, recordings, and tours around the world. He toured the World as a soloist for the Ballets Koteba more than twenty years. Frederick Kaimann from the Star Ledger describes his abilities: "... he sang while playing the flute, sometimes barking out his lines or whispering a tune as he marched forward with a related melody on his three-holed wooden instrument. His range was remarkable, from raspy drive to sweet and light."  In 1988 in Vancouver's International Exhibition, he participated in the "World Drum" event with the Compagnons d'Akati, dance company.  He is the star of the Fula Flute CD -- and of the ensemble of the same name -- released in 2002 on Blue Monster Records (BM-001).       Sylvain Leroux was born in Montréal in the eventful year of 1956. He studied classical music at Vincent d'Indy School of Music and at the University of Montreal. He attended the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY where he was exposed to World music, participating in workshops led by world class artists.  In Montréal, he worked with Yaya Diallo in performances and recording of the LP " Nangapè " and founded and led the group  Mysterioso , dedicated to the music of jazzman Thelonious Monk and performed at the  Montréal International Jazz Festival  (1983). Concurrently, he was a member of  Bantamba  a group that broke new ground in the meeting of traditional and modern African music.  In New York since then, he has been free lancing for many groups and dance companies in the Afro-Brazilian, African and African-American fields.  In 1995, he took a trip to Conakry, Guinea (West Africa) to study the tambin, the peculiar flute of the Fulani people. He since has become one of the rare outsiders to master this astonishing instrument.  He has recorded with: Takadja on the Juno nominated album " Diye ";  Nego Gato ;  Naby Camara ; Mohamed Diaby;  Magbana ;  Martino Atangana ;  Abdoulaye Diabate ; Lucia Hwong;  Emeline Michel ; and on the 2005 World music masterpiece  BataMbira  by Michael Spiro and Michael Williams. He also leads the  Fula Flute Ensemble .    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8524C2C23CDCB25E

Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux

Bailo was born in Guinea in 1947 from a Vietnamese mother and a Peul (Fulani) father. They had met in Indochina where his father served in the French Army during World War II.

Bailo learned to play the tambin from his grandfather in the village. One day the grandfather called everybody and declared that he was tired, wasn't going to play anymore and that his grandson was his successor. A ceremony ensued and Bailo played all night until sunrise.

At age 15, having lost all his relatives, mother, father and grandfather, he left his village on foot with one flute in his hand to try his luck in Dakar. The trip then started lasted many years and took him through much of West-Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, all the way to the Ivory Coast where he became a great flutist in Abidjan, the capital of (French) West African music.

Bailo participated in countless festivals, recordings, and tours around the world. He toured the World as a soloist for the Ballets Koteba more than twenty years. Frederick Kaimann from the Star Ledger describes his abilities: "... he sang while playing the flute, sometimes barking out his lines or whispering a tune as he marched forward with a related melody on his three-holed wooden instrument. His range was remarkable, from raspy drive to sweet and light."

In 1988 in Vancouver's International Exhibition, he participated in the "World Drum" event with the Compagnons d'Akati, dance company.

He is the star of the Fula Flute CD -- and of the ensemble of the same name -- released in 2002 on Blue Monster Records (BM-001).

 

Sylvain Leroux was born in Montréal in the eventful year of 1956. He studied classical music at Vincent d'Indy School of Music and at the University of Montreal. He attended the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY where he was exposed to World music, participating in workshops led by world class artists.

In Montréal, he worked with Yaya Diallo in performances and recording of the LP "Nangapè" and founded and led the group Mysterioso, dedicated to the music of jazzman Thelonious Monk and performed at the Montréal International Jazz Festival (1983). Concurrently, he was a member of Bantamba a group that broke new ground in the meeting of traditional and modern African music.

In New York since then, he has been free lancing for many groups and dance companies in the Afro-Brazilian, African and African-American fields.

In 1995, he took a trip to Conakry, Guinea (West Africa) to study the tambin, the peculiar flute of the Fulani people. He since has become one of the rare outsiders to master this astonishing instrument.

He has recorded with: Takadja on the Juno nominated album "Diye"; Nego GatoNaby Camara; Mohamed Diaby; MagbanaMartino AtanganaAbdoulaye Diabate; Lucia Hwong; Emeline Michel; and on the 2005 World music masterpiece BataMbira by Michael Spiro and Michael Williams. He also leads the Fula Flute Ensemble https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8524C2C23CDCB25E

5th Wall Studio    5th Wall  comes out of a long history of Flying theater choreography, direction and creation. We are informed by years of performing in theater, circus and dance across world stages, stunts in film and television, martial arts and in national level gymnastics. We create intimate performances as with our show  Breaking Surface . We coach, train & choreograph flying theater as in Julie Taymor’s Midsummer Nights Dream. And we also collaborate with artists or event designers to develop work like the Count Basie's Annual Gala or Target's Fall into fashion campaign and others.   We love teaching the skills & techniques we’ve developed, performed and trained, and we regularly bring in like-minded teachers of exceptional caliber to enrich our community. Our style is a unique blend of acrobatic movement, flying dance-theater and strength-training, that flows and continually evolves.

5th Wall Studio

5th Wall comes out of a long history of Flying theater choreography, direction and creation. We are informed by years of performing in theater, circus and dance across world stages, stunts in film and television, martial arts and in national level gymnastics. We create intimate performances as with our show Breaking Surface. We coach, train & choreograph flying theater as in Julie Taymor’s Midsummer Nights Dream. And we also collaborate with artists or event designers to develop work like the Count Basie's Annual Gala or Target's Fall into fashion campaign and others. 

We love teaching the skills & techniques we’ve developed, performed and trained, and we regularly bring in like-minded teachers of exceptional caliber to enrich our community. Our style is a unique blend of acrobatic movement, flying dance-theater and strength-training, that flows and continually evolves.

    Val-Inc   Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty evokes the musical esoteric realms of the creative subconscious self-defined as “Afro- Electronica.” She incorporates her African Haitian musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the post-modern. She works with a diverse array of artists, including Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton and the Harriet Tubman Double Trio. She is the recipient of the Van Lier Grant, Meet the Composer Grant, and her project "ON" was supported in part by the New York State Music Fund. Her “Afro-Electronica” installations have been showcased in New York City at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Village Vanguard, and internationally at SaalFelden Music Festival in Austria, Stanser Musiktage in Switzerland, Jazz à la Villette in France, and the Biennale Di Venezia Museum in Italy.  LINKS-   https://youtu.be/FsAx3LvL3a0     https://youtu.be/-cRIvHMp5mg    https://youtu.be/HBnSjUhH1CI     https://youtu.be/-cRIvHMp5mg    www.soundcloud.com/vjeanty    https://www.youtube.com/user/AfroElectronicaMusic    https://val-inc.bandcamp.com/

 

Val-Inc

Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty evokes the musical esoteric realms of the creative subconscious self-defined as “Afro- Electronica.” She incorporates her African Haitian musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the post-modern. She works with a diverse array of artists, including Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton and the Harriet Tubman Double Trio. She is the recipient of the Van Lier Grant, Meet the Composer Grant, and her project "ON" was supported in part by the New York State Music Fund. Her “Afro-Electronica” installations have been showcased in New York City at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Village Vanguard, and internationally at SaalFelden Music Festival in Austria, Stanser Musiktage in Switzerland, Jazz à la Villette in France, and the Biennale Di Venezia Museum in Italy.

LINKS-  https://youtu.be/FsAx3LvL3a0

https://youtu.be/-cRIvHMp5mg

https://youtu.be/HBnSjUhH1CI

https://youtu.be/-cRIvHMp5mg

www.soundcloud.com/vjeanty

https://www.youtube.com/user/AfroElectronicaMusic

https://val-inc.bandcamp.com/

Timothy Hill    In a uniquely satisfying musical synthesis, singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description. Having performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Iva Bittova, Madan Gopal Singh, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, it is no wonder that Hill's musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. As a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, he was a pioneer in the art of harmonic singing, prompting The New York Times critic Robert Palmer to praise Hill as "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique.”

Timothy Hill

In a uniquely satisfying musical synthesis, singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description. Having performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Iva Bittova, Madan Gopal Singh, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, it is no wonder that Hill's musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. As a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, he was a pioneer in the art of harmonic singing, prompting The New York Times critic Robert Palmer to praise Hill as "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique.”

Mitochondrial  w Chris Lane' and Joakim Lartey   Sound artist M itochondrial  aka   Brian Farmer, weaves a dense sampling of sound collage, ambient drone, found sound manipulations and juicy beds of vibrational medicine. In this special festival setting he will be joined by longtime musical partners Chris Lane' and  Joakim Lartey  for an after hours ambient set facing the large open field and sky of Stone Mountain farm. The audience is invited to lay on the hillside, stare at the cosmos and melt into whatever these 3 come up with.

Mitochondrial w Chris Lane' and Joakim Lartey

Sound artist Mitochondrial aka Brian Farmer, weaves a dense sampling of sound collage, ambient drone, found sound manipulations and juicy beds of vibrational medicine. In this special festival setting he will be joined by longtime musical partners Chris Lane' and Joakim Lartey for an after hours ambient set facing the large open field and sky of Stone Mountain farm. The audience is invited to lay on the hillside, stare at the cosmos and melt into whatever these 3 come up with.

    Visionary Youth Orchestra   New York based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator  Jeff Lederer  and tenor saxophonist, pianist and educator Jessica Jones  have voluntarily led, shaped and established the Visionary Youth Orchestra  since its inception in 2010.  As Co-Directors and conductors, Jeff and Jessica shape an learning environment in which young musicians explore new concepts in improvised music as they discover their unique musical voice. 

 

Visionary Youth Orchestra

New York based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator Jeff Lederer and tenor saxophonist, pianist and educatorJessica Jones have voluntarily led, shaped and established the Visionary Youth Orchestra  since its inception in 2010.  As Co-Directors and conductors, Jeff and Jessica shape an learning environment in which young musicians explore new concepts in improvised music as they discover their unique musical voice. 

Photo by Haley Morales   The Biophony Project   The Biophony Project is made up of members of the  Hudson Valley Vocal Improv Collective , a group that explores soundscapes with the human instrument (voice/body), as well as with human-made instruments. The HVVIC was founded in 2016 by Alice Andrews, a Psychology professor who has done backup vocals for Sri Kirtan, Baba Brinkman, and Radharani. She’s also sung with Clear Light Ensemble.   The Biophony Project is: Alice Andrews, Amy Benedict, Adam Bradley, Isabella Chisena, David Daub, Ami Fixler, Gowri Parameswaran, and Renee Skuba.

Photo by Haley Morales

The Biophony Project

The Biophony Project is made up of members of the Hudson Valley Vocal Improv Collective, a group that explores soundscapes with the human instrument (voice/body), as well as with human-made instruments. The HVVIC was founded in 2016 by Alice Andrews, a Psychology professor who has done backup vocals for Sri Kirtan, Baba Brinkman, and Radharani. She’s also sung with Clear Light Ensemble. 

The Biophony Project is:Alice Andrews, Amy Benedict, Adam Bradley, Isabella Chisena, David Daub, Ami Fixler, Gowri Parameswaran, and Renee Skuba.

Gamelan Geduh  is a handmade set of gamelan  instruments made by local instrument builder, Chris Andersen. These instruments were designed to play traditional Sundanese music, know as gamelan selendro. This music is usually  played during shadow puppet theater and certain dances.     

Gamelan Geduh is a handmade set of gamelan  instruments made by local instrument builder, Chris Andersen. These instruments were designed to play traditional Sundanese music, know as gamelan selendro. This music is usually  played during shadow puppet theater and certain dances.  

 

Luke Stence   Double bassist  Luke Stence  is a member of The Orchestra Now, an orchestra-in-residence at Bard College.  His engagements include performances with Talea Ensemble, the New World Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and at the Britten-Pears, Chelsea, National Repertory Orchestra, and Norfolk music festivals. As an orchestral musician he has worked with conductors Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Oundjian, and Leonard Slatkin.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and was a twice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  Luke can be heard all over New York City in traditional and non-traditional venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge and National Sawdust.  An active performer of new music, Luke recently participated in the world premiere performance of Brett Dean’s “And once I played Ophelia” for string orchestra featuring soprano Tony Arnold.   http://theorchestranow.org/portfolio-item/luke-stence/    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTshiZss9BXf2z16uWbNMBQ

Luke Stence

Double bassist Luke Stence is a member of The Orchestra Now, an orchestra-in-residence at Bard College.  His engagements include performances with Talea Ensemble, the New World Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and at the Britten-Pears, Chelsea, National Repertory Orchestra, and Norfolk music festivals. As an orchestral musician he has worked with conductors Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Oundjian, and Leonard Slatkin.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and was a twice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  Luke can be heard all over New York City in traditional and non-traditional venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge and National Sawdust.  An active performer of new music, Luke recently participated in the world premiere performance of Brett Dean’s “And once I played Ophelia” for string orchestra featuring soprano Tony Arnold.

http://theorchestranow.org/portfolio-item/luke-stence/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTshiZss9BXf2z16uWbNMBQ