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A new collaborative multimedia performance by Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands/Eclectic Dance explores the fusion of contemporary music and modern dance through interpolation of different elements, disciplines, styles and aesthetics.

Milica Paranosic's Bruka Band
Dan Cooper's Erbium
Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation

With Special Guest Soloists:
Lara St. John, violin, William Schimmel, accordion, Julie Fotheringham, Max Pollak and Michelle Stuckey (choreographers/dancers)

About the Bands:

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Bruka Band

Bruka Band is Milica Paranosic's collective of musicians, dancers, visual and spoken word artists. Bruka Band productions are typically multimedia performances developed collaboratively under Milica's direction.

Bruka Band has appeared at diverse venues such as Galapagos Art space, Gallery MC, PS 21 and NWEAMO festival in NYC, with a cast including Margaret Lancaster, Lauri Galbreath, Paul Pauthier, Kinan Azmeh, Richard Mannoia (musicians), Roger Bonair-Agard (poet), Kiki da Bahia (capoeira contramestre), Carmen Kordas (video artist), Jason Riccardo Johnson and So Young Ann (dancers), among others.

Eclectic Bands/Eclectic Dance will present a selection from the multimedia show Goddess Chronicles by Milica Paranosic, featuring Bruka Band: Arielle Harp (harp), Lauri Gallbreath (voice), Milica Paranosic (gusle, voice, electronics), Sean Scutellberry (choreographer/dancer), Roger Bonair-Agard (poet), Carmen Kordas (video artist) and special guests: Sound Liberation's Gene Pritsker (guitar) and Erbium's Dan Cooper (bass).

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Erbium was started by composers Dan Cooper and Daniel Palkowski, who met as an undergrad and a prof at Columbia University. On percussion is Cesare Papetti. The instrumentation features 7-string bass guitar, flute, keyboards and gesture-controlled electronics. The repertoire includes original compositions as well as arrangements of Liszt, Satie, and Prokofiev, among others. Venues have included American Airlines (Selwyn) Theatre, The Annex, Bar East, BWAC, Café Brama, Drom NYC, Fat Baby, Galapagos, Gallery MC, The Gershwin Hotel, IndieScreen, Intar Theatre, Parkside Lounge, Shrine NYC, Solas, Spectrum NYC, The Stone and Temple M. Festival appearances have included the 2011 American Composers Orchestra SoNiC Festival, the 2012 Spectrum NYX Prog Music Festival, and the 2012 INTAR Roots and New Music Festival. This season, Erbium will record a new CD on Composers Concordance Records, distributed by Naxos.

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Sound Liberation

Sound Liberation, an eclectic chamber ensemble/band, was formed in 1996. Sound Liberation's musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon "ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)." The group incorporates its philosophy by performing compositions that encompass a diverse range of musical genre, heavily influenced by hip-hop and rock rhythms. This enables one to hear elements from classical music to Jazz to music of various cultures at a Sound Liberation show.

What the critics said about Sound Liberations 3 CD's:

"The freedom of sounds, as the name suggests, is truly implemented in a masterful way"
—Thorsten Bendnarz, Jazzethic Magazine

".. this is some startlingly original music. I am very encouraged when I hear music like this." "a most unusual combination of hip hop, bebop, rock shred, show tunes, punk, funk and classical, and original contemporary compositional elements"
—Gapplegate Guitar & Bass Blog

"4 stars" "unexpected twists and turns...The result my have you seeing visions...strains of jazz, contemporary classical mu sic, minimalism, and even hip-hop and and African rhythms "
—John Ephland, Downbeat, Nov 2010

“Sound Liberation display a level of multi-instrumental virtuosity and imagination that makes middleweight prog acts seem positively pedestrian by comparison. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but for the open-minded muso, there’s weeks and weeks of musical nourishment to feast upon in these thirteen tracks.“
—Jodi Mullen, This is Not A Scene 2012

The group performed at the Outreach Festival '06 and again in '07 in Schwaz, Austria. Also in '07 Sound Liberation performed at the Estonian House and presented Gene Pritsker's Opera Money at the Players Theatre and Flea Theatre in New York. In May of '08 Money was performed at the Etna music Festival in Catania, Sicily and Sound Liberation played in Ragusa, Sicily. In July '08 they performed at the Blaine jazz Festival in Blaine, Wa. In May of '09 Sound Liberation presented 2 nights at the Flea theater, performing Gene Pritsker's one hour VRE Suite written for the Sound Liberation Quintet and a concert with B3+ of music from their albums on Col-Legno records. In September 2011 they performed at the Bremen Musik Fest. in Germany. In 2013 the group premiered gene Pritsker's: The Rite of Spring Through and Eclectic Spectrum at The Cutting Room in NYC. In past years the group was part of the Peekaboo Festival of New Music and Theater and has toured Newfoundland, Canada in April of '99. Upcoming highlights include a performance of The Rite of Spring Through and Eclectic Spectrum in Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy, a concert at 92nd Street Y and the release of their new album Days on Composers Concordance Records.

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About the Guest Artists:

Lara St. John

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times.

She has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and with the Boston Pops, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Amsterdam Symphony, Brazilian Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and the orchestras of Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland among many others.

The Los Angeles Times wrote “Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.”

Lara created her record own label, Ancalagon, in 1999, and has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and The Knights, with which she won the Juno award in 2011 for her Mozart album. Of her Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, American Record Guide wrote: "I simply don't know where else you can go to hear Bach played at this level of artistry. Once again she eclipses her competition"

Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal and Hungary at ages 12 and 13, entered the Curtis Institute at 13, and spent her first summer at Marlboro three years later. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus.

She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto.

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William Schimmel

Regarded as the world's greatest accordionist by National Public Radio, William Schimmel has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in America (and the Kirov ) including a longstanding relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as virtually every chamber music group in New York including Ensemble Sospeso and the Odeon Jazz Ensemble. Pop star colleagues range from Sting to Tom Waits, who has made the legendary statement: “Bill Schimmel doesn't play the accordion, he is the accordion.” He is founder of the Tango Project, which, in addition to his hit recordings with them, has appeared with Al Pacino in the film: Scent of a Woman, for which Pacino won an Oscar. The Tango Project also won the Stereo Review Album of the Year Award, received a Grammy nomination and rose to number I on the Billboard Classical Charts. He can be heard in other films including True Lies, Kun Dun and many others including films that he both scored and performed and a series of films for the Nature Conservancy which have won numerous prizes in documentary categories. Dr. Schimmel, and his wife, choreographer, director, filmmaker Micki Goodman co-founded and co-directs the Institute for Private Studies, a pluralistic think-tank. They have a 29 year old son, Michael, an accordionist and visual artist—and a Special Olympics gold medal winner.

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Julie Fotheringham

Ultimately, the intention of my work is to communicate aspects of the human experience. It is amplified by technology, and humanized by my body experiencing pleasure, pain, tension, relief, numbness, exhaustion, the raw elements of physical experience. These elements are extracted from socially and politically relevant topics, resulting in work, which is colored by the current world situation. This all started with gymnastics, then dance in college. While completing my BA in dance at UNLV, I performed as an acrobat/dancer in the Las Vegas shows, Imagine and Les Folies Bergere, where I learned how to do the same show, two shows a night, six nights a week, and still appear to be alive and genuine. I spent a year and a half in Tokyo working as an aerialist for Disney before traveling to Montréal for creative workshops with Cirque du Soleil. Here I played the role of test-dummy/creative contributor in the building of the multimillion-dollar production that became KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Once the show opened, I performed as dancer/acrobat/stunt person in KA for two years. In Dec 2006 I moved to New York to make my own work. Here I have shown my movement based performance pieces at Studio A.I.R, Green Loft Performance Salon, Triskelion Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Spoke the Hub, the Dumbo Dance Festival, the Cool New York Dance Festival, the New Steps Series, the Bushwick Starr, Dance New Amsterdam, MonkeyTown, Galapagos Art Space, The Living Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Engine 212, The Secret Theatre, The World Financial Center, Judson Church, Dixon Place and The Rover Soho. I have also made unofficial guerrilla appearances in various public spaces. I met video artist and musician Jarryd Lowder in March 2008, and most of my work since has been a collaboration with him. Our first full-length piece do not disconnect premiered at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas in May 2008. Exactly a year later, our second evening-length piece Stress Positions premiered as part of the Mixology Series at Roulette in NYC. In Sep 2009 I was featured in The L Magazine's "Ten Names You Need to Know in NYC Arts". Apparently you need to know my name.

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Max Pollak

Max Pollak, is a Bessie Award nominee 2011, 2010 Individual Artist Grantee of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and 2008 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. He is one of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today. He is recognized worldwide for his superior musicianship and his highly individual style as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap.

Originator of Cuba's first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998, and has worked with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's top Rumba group, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs and jazz legends Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton and Danilo Perez.

He is also recognized for making European and South American classical music more accessible by playing with classical ensembles in prestigious venues like Vienna's Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Havana's Teatro Nacional and Teatro Amadeo Roldan. He has performed with members of both the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic as well as the Duluth Superior and Plano Symphony Orchestras, with the latter two as soloist in the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto.

On faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, he travels the world with his group RumbaTap and is about to release his first CD recording.

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Sean Scantlebury

Sean Scantlebury, a member of Battery Dance Company since 2003, is a performer and teacher who is equally adept within the styles of modern, ballet and hip-hop. A native of Barbados, Sean is a naturalized citizen of the U.S. He moved to New York City as a child and at the age of 8 was invited to study at the New York City Public School for Dance. He became a member of Ballet Tech, the Company directed by Eliot Feld, performing in the Company’s Joyce Theater seasons in New York for 10 years. During his first season with Battery Dance in 2003, he took part in a residency in Kraków, Poland, performing for the European Conference on Tolerance. Since then he has performed, taught and led Dancing to Connect workshops in Algeria, Australia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam. His hip-hop classes have served as a magnet for urban youth everywhere. In New York, he has served as Battery Dance’s teaching artist at public schools including Washington Irving High School, P.S. 257 in Brooklyn, I.S. 162 in the South Bronx and for three years at the Millennium High School in Lower Manhattan.

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