Music performer – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:41:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://michaeldorf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/default1.png Music performer – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ 32 32 Evangelion Theme Performer Yoko Takahashi No Longer Attending Anime Frontier https://michaeldorf.org/evangelion-theme-performer-yoko-takahashi-no-longer-attending-anime-frontier/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:19:38 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/evangelion-theme-performer-yoko-takahashi-no-longer-attending-anime-frontier/ For those of you heading into next month animated border convention in Fort Worth to see Neon Genesis evangelization theme interpreter Yoko Takahashi and attend its scheduled events, the convention has announced that it will no longer be attending due to visa issues beyond the control of the artist or the convention. We […]]]>

For those of you heading into next month animated border convention in Fort Worth to see Neon Genesis evangelization theme interpreter Yoko Takahashi and attend its scheduled events, the convention has announced that it will no longer be attending due to visa issues beyond the control of the artist or the convention.


Here is the full statement:

We would like to share the news today that Yoko Takahashi will no longer be appearing at this year’s Anime Frontier due to a visa issue beyond the control of Anime Frontier or Yoko Takahashi.

Yoko Takahashi is an incredible artist who really wanted to meet her fans in Texas, and this cancellation is not her fault or that of her team. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Yoko Takahashi in planning her concert, and we hope we can welcome her back in the future to share her music with fans across the Southwest.

Anime Frontier will refund all ticket sales for Takahashi-san’s concert, and everyone who ordered a concert ticket should see an email with more details within the next 72 hours.

And while Takahashi-san will no longer be attending Anime Frontier, we will be offering official Japanese EVANGELION merchandise in our Merchandise Store, including rare CDs with a limited number featuring a Yoko Takahashi-signed postcard for her Texas fans. .

Anime Frontier Powered by Crunchyroll will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from December 2-4. More information about the convention can be found on the official website linked below

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🌱Performer hit by a vehicle during a parade + breakfast with Santa Claus https://michaeldorf.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1performer-hit-by-a-vehicle-during-a-parade-breakfast-with-santa-claus/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 01:39:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1performer-hit-by-a-vehicle-during-a-parade-breakfast-with-santa-claus/ Hello, Mooresville. I’m here in your inbox this morning to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening around town, including updates on… An entertainer has died on Holiday Parade. Mooresville kicks off the holiday season! Breakfast with Santa Claus! But first, today’s weather: Sunny, but cool. High: 49 Low: 22. 📢 I […]]]>

Hello, Mooresville. I’m here in your inbox this morning to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening around town, including updates on…

  • An entertainer has died on Holiday Parade.
  • Mooresville kicks off the holiday season!
  • Breakfast with Santa Claus!

But first, today’s weather:

Sunny, but cool. High: 49 Low: 22.


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Here are the top three stories from today in Mooresville:

  1. Sad news from Raleigh, according to the Mooresville Tribune, “A girl died Saturday after being hit by a vehicle towing a float for a holiday parade in North Carolina, police said.
    The driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child has been arrested and charged with reckless driving and other offences, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release. Police identified the driver as 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass. Witnesses told WTVD-TV that those attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the driver of the pickup truck shouting that he had lost control of the vehicle and could not stop it before the crash. The girl hit by the truck was participating in the parade, police said. The News & Observer reported that the girl was part of a dance troupe. The driver was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, use of improper equipment, dangerous movement and carrying a firearm while in parade.” (Mooresville Tribune)
  2. Don’t forget, on On November 22, the famous Mooresville Christmas Parade will take place! The All Events website says, “Come celebrate the holiday season with The Feed Bucket and local rock cover band Hella Stellar! Bring your chairs and watch Hella Stellar play Christmas music at the Mooresville Parade (and after during this event) from the parking lot of The Feed Bucket located at 557 N Main Street Downtown Mooresville. Cornhole boards will be set up along with other festive games. There will be a pet holiday costume contest. company with awards sponsored by The Feed Bucket and Patterson Land Clearing All ages and types of pets welcome!Bring your own chairs and drinks!(All events)
  3. Supporting the community, the Mooresville Police Department is hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. This free event will take place at the Mooresville Police Department. Hope to see you there! (Charlotte on cheap.com)

Today in Mooreville:


From my notebook:

  • Mooresville Police Department: “We just wanted to thank the MHS Leo Club for presenting some blankets they made to Sergeant Walther for use by the Mooresville Police Department when needed.” (Mooresville Police Department via Facebook)
  • Feed CN: “Thank you Lake Norman Girls Pint Out for volunteering!” (FeedNC via Facebook)
  • Feed CN: “Thank you LKN Cars and Coffee and those who donated! We appreciate you!!!!!” (FeedNC via Facebook)
  • Feed CN: “Thank you FeedNC board member for his help today!” (FeedNC via Facebook)
  • Mooresville Public Library: “Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the Mooresville Public Library is grateful for all of the new Thanksgiving books we received this year! You can put any of these books on hold through our app or at https://bit.ly/catalogMPL #mois…” (Mooresville Public Library via Facebook)

You’re all caught up for today! I will see you soon.

Karena Garry

About me: Journalism is in my veins! I’ve been a community journalist for most of the past 20 years. I love my small town community and am honored to be part of Patch.com. You can reach me at; karena.garrity@patch.com.

Do you have a news tip or a suggestion for an upcoming Mooresville Daily? Contact me at karena.garrity@patch.com

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Boston Street Artist Snap Boogie Creates NFT Dance Company https://michaeldorf.org/boston-street-artist-snap-boogie-creates-nft-dance-company/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 21:49:50 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/boston-street-artist-snap-boogie-creates-nft-dance-company/ instant boogie has a dream: “To make a show where people pay $100 to come and watch [him] do [his] thing on the big stage. Years and years after playing, that dream has not faded. instant boogie, born Cjailon Andrade, is a street performer in Boston who specializes in tap dancing, acrobatics and above all, […]]]>

instant boogie has a dream: “To make a show where people pay $100 to come and watch [him] do [his] thing on the big stage. Years and years after playing, that dream has not faded.

instant boogie, born Cjailon Andrade, is a street performer in Boston who specializes in tap dancing, acrobatics and above all, his titular movement: boogieing. Most weekends he performs at Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street, a halftime show or private event. Weekdays, however, are dedicated to his new professional endeavor: starting an NFT business.

“Being a street performer is totally different from being a business owner or CEO or something like that,” Andrade said. “You have to use your street smarts just to get to the places you want to get to.”

This former “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist has it all: charm, sense of humor, talent and an entrepreneurial spirit.

In Andrade’s typical spectacle, he dances as an eager crowd begins to gather and pulls a willing child from the audience to mimic his movements.

He is at ease, in his element, inspiring young people and enticing passers-by. On his September 18 show on Newbury Street, he flipped and motioned for the child to follow suit. The child didn’t, of course, so Snap Boogie picked up the young girl and rolled her over with ease. Her parents watched anxiously from the sidelines, some laughing, others smiling intently from behind their phones.

After a series of rounds, now comes the real part: the dance. He danced, improvised and jumped to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”. At one point, he made his way to the floor and paused his music.

“The real trick is getting up,” he said.

Of course, that’s just a setup for the punchline when the 29-year-old gets up slowly as if suffering from chronic back pain.

Eventually, he turned the volunteers around until the climax of rapper Yung Gravy’s song “Mr. Clean.” Towards the end, he asked for donations, but that wasn’t his only motivation.

“I believe live street theater should be for everyone, whether you have money or not,” Andrade said.

Although he uses the same jokes, music and tricks for every show, much of what he does involves improvisation and crowd response.

One of his audience members, Emma Connolly, a sophomore at Emmanuel College, said she had seen him perform in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but still wanted to watch his show when she saw him in Boston.

“I think one of the things I was just thinking while watching was how much I still feel like the first time I watched it, that’s super cool to see,” Connolly said. “Even though he does the same thing, it still inspires us to watch the whole show.”

At the show, an older woman approached him and started dancing alongside him.

“Mom, I told you to stay in the car, I have to put on my show,” Andrade joked, hugging her. “Everyone give up on my mother!”

He let the woman bow when she finished her dance. After the show, he said he had never seen this woman before in his life.

“That’s kind of the reason I’m here,” Andrade said. “I’m here because I like people.”

People love it too. Kenia Gomez, who was visiting Boston from Cuba, said she had seen many street performances around the world, but still loved the show and Andrade himself.

“I thought his personality was so alive, that’s what impressed me the most. He engaged everyone, even the kids,” Gomez said.

Andrade grew up in Roxbury and attended Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, Rhode Island.

“We all called it ‘Mount Pregnant’. There [are] reasons for that,” he said.

He never graduated and instead dropped out to pursue dancing. A self-taught dancer, he has said he drew inspiration from Michael Jackson, which is evident in his jerky movements and affinity for Jackson songs during his performances.

“I had a lot of energy, I got ADD and every time the music was on I was ready to go,” Andrade said.

Andrade inherited the name “Snap” from his uncle, who was also a street performer. “Boogie” comes from the dance style he chose. Andrade said many dancers call themselves “something Boogie” to identify their art.

He was 18 when he was on “America’s Got Talent.” In his audition video, he talked about how dancing got him off the streets and helped him pay his mom’s bills.

His hearing in New York began with the moonwalk, then flashed his trademark smile and waved animatedly in slow motion to the audience, which he still does today at his shows. The judges loved him immediately: on the show, they described him as a “free spirit”, a “beast”, with “electric” movements.

His reign on the show finally came to an end in the semi-finals, but that didn’t stop him from being widely acclaimed.

Andrade has now turned to the digital space, launching his company Beauty in the Streets in 2021 and is working to create his own. NFT dance company. The idea is to make sure the dancers and their dance moves aren’t plagiarized by the big game companies. Over the past few years, NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have grown in popularity and value as the cryptocurrency world has grown.

Essentially, NFTs can be anything: an animation, a video, or a work of art. By buying an NFT, you are essentially buying ownership of the product. In Boogie’s case, it creates an animation file of a person’s dance move that can be used in video games or the Metaverse.

He does this so that other dancers can take ownership of their moves and become part of the crypto community.

“The reason I say mine is a real project is because there’s something behind it,” Andrade said. “This thing can go on forever because what we’re doing is bringing the dancers closer to getting the IP. If you buy the NFT, it gets you buying the dance move inside Game. “

Some dancers in his company understand the Williams Brothers, a viral TikTok and Instagram account that posts videos of four brothers doing trending dances; poppin Johna YouTube sensation for his breaking moves; Chafara popular dancer on Instagram and TikTok, and more.

Balancing his NFT business and finding time to perform on the streets and for private companies takes work, but as his act demonstrates, balance is one of his strengths.

“We are creating an ecosystem to build something for the future,” Andrade said. “A lot of companies tried to steal my idea, but we have the community.”

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Melon Music Awards (MMA) 2022 announces the list of artists https://michaeldorf.org/melon-music-awards-mma-2022-announces-the-list-of-artists/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 15:16:56 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/melon-music-awards-mma-2022-announces-the-list-of-artists/ The upcoming Melon Music Awards (MMA) 2022 have announced their lineup of artists! The first line of performers includes girl groups (G)I-DLE, IVE and NewJeans. This year, (G)I-DLE released hit after hit, with “TOMBOY” and “Nxde” both instantly topping Melon’s TOP100 chart. “Monster rookies” IVE made an explosive debut last year with “ELEVEN” and continued […]]]>

The upcoming Melon Music Awards (MMA) 2022 have announced their lineup of artists!

The first line of performers includes girl groups (G)I-DLE, IVE and NewJeans.

This year, (G)I-DLE released hit after hit, with “TOMBOY” and “Nxde” both instantly topping Melon’s TOP100 chart.

“Monster rookies” IVE made an explosive debut last year with “ELEVEN” and continued to hit the mark with “LOVE DIVE” and “After LIKE.” All of the songs made impressive debuts on the Melon charts and remained steady and consistent in the top spots.

For the first time ever by a girl group, NewJeans took the top two spots on Melon’s TOP100 chart with “Attention” and “Hype Boy.” “Attention” also became the fastest girl group debut song to hit No. 1 on this chart.

MMA’s second roster includes boy groups MONSTA X, TXT, ENHYPEN, and ATBO.

After releasing “Rush Hour” last November, MONSTA X proved their power as a global artist with a US tour.

With their mini album “minisode 2: Thursday’s Child”, TXT showed their popularity and matured musical sound. Recently the band completed their first world tour where they performed 19 concerts in 13 different cities.

ENHYPEN also recently met fans from around the world during their first-ever world tour, which kicked off in Seoul, visited six cities in the United States, and then toured Japan.

ATBO will be making his first MMA appearance following his July debut with “Monochrome (Color).” With this performance, they will showcase their potential and leave viewers more excited to see what is to come in their careers.

Melon Music Awards 2022 returns as an offline event after three years and will be held on November 26 at Gocheok Sky Dome. Discover all the nominees here!

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Schaumburg singer returns to his roots for Prairie Center’s “Broadway Rocks” https://michaeldorf.org/schaumburg-singer-returns-to-his-roots-for-prairie-centers-broadway-rocks/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 05:15:35 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/schaumburg-singer-returns-to-his-roots-for-prairie-centers-broadway-rocks/ Many Schaumburg-area performers have cited their experience at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts as a stepping stone to a professional career in the business. But for Jon Cunningham, who appears there Nov. 11 and 12 on “Broadway Rocks,” the Prairie Center has been a welcome homecoming for more than two decades as […]]]>

Many Schaumburg-area performers have cited their experience at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts as a stepping stone to a professional career in the business. But for Jon Cunningham, who appears there Nov. 11 and 12 on “Broadway Rocks,” the Prairie Center has been a welcome homecoming for more than two decades as a famous singer and actor.

“Playing here allows me to lead my full life,” says Cunningham from Schaumburg, where he and his wife Michelle are raising their three children Liam, Kyle and Veronica.

It was also where he had his first professional gig, working for the Schaumburg Park District street theater company while still in high school. Although his non-theatrical liberal arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provided security for his career in the financial industry, Cunningham never strayed from the theater spotlight, where his voice of clean, powerful tenor and his natural charisma on stage have kept him in demand as a performer. . With the unwavering support of his family, Cunningham has appeared in more than 75 productions throughout the Chicago area for Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook, Bright Side Theater in Naperville, Big Noise Theater in Des Plaines, Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) in Evanston, and other companies. His resume features an impressive list of starring roles: the title character in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors,” the Devil Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” Nicely Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls,” and most notably Charley Kringas in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” where he was nominated for a prestigious Chicago Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role (Musical) in 2005.

Along the way, Cunningham made time to perform at the Prairie Center regularly enough to be considered its unofficial resident artist, appearing in the center’s popular Mystery at the Theater series, Schaumburg Youth Orchestra concerts and, most recently, as a guest artist in the Schaumburg Summer Theater’s 2018 production of “Ragtime.”

His latest Prairie Center offering, “Broadway Rocks,” has Cunningham belting out tunes from rock musicals spanning the past five decades, including “Hair,” “Spring Awakening,” “Hamilton” and “Catch Me if You Can.” Rounding out the series cast are Angela Carrington, Sarah Inendino, Michael Pirovano, Danielle Smith and Chris Zeglin, backed by a full cast led by Marc Beth.

To date, Cunningham has honed the balance between career, family and performing, which has had a profound effect on his theatrical work.

“It just got better,” Cunningham said. “There’s no more performance anxiety. From the moment I step on stage to the bow, I’m having a great time.”


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Part of that balance includes Cunningham’s current tenures as assistant director of Schaumburg High School Musicals, as well as a seat on the board of the Schaumburg Cultural Commission.

And the shows keep coming. A continuing testament to his theatrical versatility, Cunningham will move from rock musicals to Borscht Belt comedy this winter when he stars as Felix Ungar in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” in Naperville early next year.

Just another little burst of fun in the balancing act.

Broadway Rocks plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts. Tickets, $28 ($22 for students and seniors), can be purchased online at www.prairiecenter.org or by calling (847) 895-3600.

The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts is located at 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, Illinois.

“Broadway Rocks” is a production of Schaumburg’s Department of Cultural Services.

]]> Winners announced at Australian ABC Young Performer Awards for 2022 https://michaeldorf.org/winners-announced-at-australian-abc-young-performer-awards-for-2022/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 19:15:13 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/winners-announced-at-australian-abc-young-performer-awards-for-2022/ Flutist Eliza Shephard won the top prize of AUD$25,000, plus professional engagements and a residency Presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Music and Opera Singers Trust (MOST), Australia’s ABC Young Performer Award went to the 29-year-old flautist from Victoria Eliza Shepard. Currently a teaching assistant at Monash University, Shephard studied with Virginia […]]]>

Flutist Eliza Shephard won the top prize of AUD$25,000, plus professional engagements and a residency

Presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Music and Opera Singers Trust (MOST), Australia’s ABC Young Performer Award went to the 29-year-old flautist from Victoria Eliza Shepard.

Currently a teaching assistant at Monash University, Shephard studied with Virginia Taylor at the Australian National University before completing postgraduate studies at the Griffith University Conservatorium. She was also the 2021 recipient of the Classical Freedman Fellowship.

Along with the ABC award, Shephard received a cash prize of $25,000 and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia award, worth $5,000. In addition, she will take on several engagements with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and will become the ABC Classical Artist in Residence.

The jury was made up of the violinist Dene Olding (chair), cellist Susan Blakeconcertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra André Haveronhorn player Robert Johnsondouble bass player Andre Meiselcomposer Paul Stanhopepianist Simon Tedeschiand flautist Janet Webb.

“Winning the ABC Young Performers Awards is truly a momentous occasion in my career so far,” Shephard said. “I am so honored to join the incredible legacy of so many great YPA award-winning artists whom I admire and who have inspired me throughout my years of playing.”

“Eliza is an extremely exciting young performer of the year,” said Roland GridigerCEO of the Music and Opera Singers’ Trust.

“Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. I think she will be a wonderful advocate for the YPA and other young Australian musicians.”

You can hear Shephard’s performance from house musicby the Australian composer Matthew Hindson, below. This performance also includes the pianist Jaeger Stone and percussionist Alexander Meagher.

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Drummers gather at BGSU to celebrate master performer, composer and teacher Michael Udow – BG Independent News https://michaeldorf.org/drummers-gather-at-bgsu-to-celebrate-master-performer-composer-and-teacher-michael-udow-bg-independent-news/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 15:11:32 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/drummers-gather-at-bgsu-to-celebrate-master-performer-composer-and-teacher-michael-udow-bg-independent-news/ By David Dupont BG Independent News Anthony Di Sanza is one of nine percussionists who will travel to Bowling Green early next week to honor their mentor, master percussionist, composer and teacher Michael Udow, on the eve of his induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. Di Sanza, who will be soloing with […]]]>

By David Dupont

BG Independent News

Anthony Di Sanza is one of nine percussionists who will travel to Bowling Green early next week to honor their mentor, master percussionist, composer and teacher Michael Udow, on the eve of his induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

Di Sanza, who will be soloing with the reunion of the Galaxy percussion ensemble, will be in charge of bringing one of his instruments. Not a tambourine, or a set of bells, or even a drum set – Di Anza will be carrying an instrument of Udow’s own creation, a granite lithophone. The bars thrown like a marimba weigh 300 pounds and the support to hold them is substantial.

He will be a soloist at the premiere of “Ancient Echoes” during the Galaxy Concert on Tuesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. at Kobacker Hall on the BGSU campus. Public performance is free.

The ensemble will also perform the soundtrack to Udow’s film “Echoes of the Past” at the screening of the film. The work is inspired by the burnt trees the composer observed in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Working with a photographer, he took many pictures of the trees. He then collaborated with an animator to turn the footage into a movie.

“Ancient Echoes” is also inspired by a find in another Colorado nature preserve, Great Sand Dunes National Park. During the pandemic, Udow saw a special about an archaeologist who discovered large stones that had been used as musical instruments, likely for ceremonies, Udow said.

But almost everything about them is guesswork, he said. Using an electron microscope, researchers can see that they are chipped and chiseled as if struck or scratched, consistent with their use as a percussion instrument.

Such instruments have been found all over the world – Asia, Europe, South America.

Percussion’s deep global roots are part of its enduring appeal. It is both ancient and contemporary music.

The diversity is reflected in the diversity of colors and timbres of the percussion, Udow said. And percussion comes from cultures all over the world.

Even how the sound is activated is varied. There are dozens of ways to get sound from percussion – variations on hitting, rubbing, strumming, shaking. “All kinds of moves to get the sound right,” Udow said.

Udow began taking percussion lessons in fifth grade, and in sixth grade joined the Wichita Youth Orchestra. It was the orchestra’s wide range of colors – not only in the percussion section, but also in the woodwinds, brass and strings – that captivated him.

“I just fell in love with that sound,” he said. “That’s what I wanted to do with my life by being involved in this sound.”

He then pursued a career as both performer and composer. Although known as a percussionist, he composed for the full range of instruments, including three operas. Since retiring in 2011 and moving to Colorado, he has written more for other instruments.

He writes different versions of the same piece for different instrumentations. “Ancient Echoes” premiered in April in its orchestral setting, he noted, also with Di Sanza as a soloist.

“I find composing for various orchestrations of a composition to be a very engaging and very introspective process,” he said. “You have to take into account the different instruments and ensembles to create a cohesive sound. It’s quite a challenge, and I love this challenge.

He taught percussion for many years at the University of Michigan. Most of those who attended the BGSU gathering studied with him as undergraduates or graduates,

Dan Piccolo, a percussion teacher at BGSU, studied with Udow when he was a student in Michigan. He wrote: “Dr. Udow is a remarkable artist and teacher, and he had a huge influence on me as a young musician!

He was honored to be invited to play with it at the Galaxy reunion.

Galaxy, said Udow, he formed in the 1980s at the request of Japanese marimba soloist Keiko Abe to tour Japan with her and perform her compositions.

Many of the original members will be at BGSU as a whole. They include Di Sanza, Payton MacDonald and Roger Braun. Piccolo, Shoko Araya, Gramley, Renee Keller and Takako Nakama will join them. The ensemble will also perform its piece “Lightning” with Pius Cheung on marimba as well as compositions by Araya and Di Sanza. In addition to Galaxy, the University’s percussion ensemble will play Udow’s seminal “Timbarck Quartet”

Piccolo arranged for Udow and the ensemble to meet at BGSU to prepare for the Indianapolis concert on Wednesday.

While there, Udow will also be offering masterclasses for student percussionists and composers.

Then he and the ensemble will travel to Indianapolis where they will perform and Udow will be honored for his life’s work as a performer, composer and teacher.

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Lena Horne Theater Dedication Celebrates Late Performer’s Relationship With Dutch Organization https://michaeldorf.org/lena-horne-theater-dedication-celebrates-late-performers-relationship-with-dutch-organization/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:29:24 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/lena-horne-theater-dedication-celebrates-late-performers-relationship-with-dutch-organization/ The marquee of the Lena Horne Theater (Photo: Ruthie Fierberg) The Lena Horne Theater is the last house on Broadway to be renamed for a black performer. On November 1, the venue, owned by the Nederlander Organization and current home of ‘Six’, unveiled its new marquee at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and block party outside the […]]]>
The marquee of the Lena Horne Theater (Photo: Ruthie Fierberg)

The Lena Horne Theater is the last house on Broadway to be renamed for a black performer. On November 1, the venue, owned by the Nederlander Organization and current home of ‘Six’, unveiled its new marquee at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and block party outside the theater on 47th Street. .

Led by Broadway royalty (LaChanze, Audra McDonald, Tamara Tunie and Vanessa Williams – all founding members of Black Theater United), speakers at the event also included industry stalwarts (James L. Nederlander and Nick Scandalios) , those in political power (Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, and NAACP Vice President Karen Boykin-Towns), and members of Horne’s family (including granddaughter Jenny Lumet).

“The Lena,” as Nederlander executive vice president Scandalios said the house will be dubbed, marks the second Broadway theater to be renamed this season, as part of the New Deal for Broadway brokered by Black Theater United. The agreement stated that “the Shubert organization, the Nederlander organization and the Jujamcyn theaters will each have at least one of their theaters named after a black performer”. Jujamcyn is a long-time owner of the August Wilson Theater; The Shubert Organization renamed its Cort Theater the James Earl Jones Theater in September. The Lena (formerly the Brooks Atkinson) is the first Broadway theater to be named after a black performer.

The Nederlander Organization chose Horne, in particular, as the theater’s namesake because of “his career, his civil rights activism, and his personal connection” to the Dutch people. “Lena and my father [James M. Nederlander] had deep mutual respect,” James L. Nederlander said in his remarks. “She was a sensational performer who opened her heart to my father and me. As a producer on ‘[Lena Horne:] The Lady and Her Music,” the only advice my dad gave her was, “Lena, do what you do best. he played for over a year (and featured Tunie as an overall replacement).

“Lena’s legacy will never die. It’s thanks to people like her that Broadway – theater in general – and the entertainment industry have moved forward in the march towards racial equality, and it’s our commitment at the Nederlander Organization to continue to be a part of this movement,” continued Nederlander.

Horne received a special Tony Award in 1981 and won the Drama Desk Award that year for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in “The Lady and Her Music”. She has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys and eight Grammys, winning three, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Horne earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in 1982, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1984. Outside of her career as a performer and entertainer, Horne was an activist. A member of Delta Sigma Theta, a sorority founded in 1919 by 22 female students studying at Howard University, Horne and her counterpart Leontyne Price co-chaired the sorority’s inaugural Arts and Humanities Commission to support black women in the arts. In 2020, Michael Matuza, Jeb Gutelius, and New York City Hall created the Lena Horne Award to honor her legacy of “being at the center of the arts and activism.” Beginning in 2023, the Lena Horne Theater will host this honor and its annual ceremony.

“She had magic. She had craftsmanship. She had courage. But for me, his greatest strength was his imagination,” said Lumet, Horne’s granddaughter. “Grandma had to fight for the right to her imagination.”

“Witnessing a Broadway theater named in her honor, participating in this momentous tribute to her legacy is testament to the ancestors’ dedication to the efforts of countless heroes – including Lena – who sought to bring about positive change in the world,” McDonald said in his closing remarks.

As Williams sang in her tribute, there has been “stormy weather.” But as LaChanze sang in her tuned lyrics to “I’m Here” from “The Color Purple,” “Lena is beautiful. She’s beautiful. And there she is.

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Sufi singer and performer Bismil elevates people’s musical experiences across India and how https://michaeldorf.org/sufi-singer-and-performer-bismil-elevates-peoples-musical-experiences-across-india-and-how/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:36:10 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/sufi-singer-and-performer-bismil-elevates-peoples-musical-experiences-across-india-and-how/ Bismil aka Mohd Asif never ceases to amaze people with the dedication and love he shows for promoting Sufi music and immersing people in the same through his performances. Today, entering the industry of your choice in itself can prove to be a demanding task, not to mention a huge one. Yet there were a […]]]>

Bismil aka Mohd Asif never ceases to amaze people with the dedication and love he shows for promoting Sufi music and immersing people in the same through his performances.

Today, entering the industry of your choice in itself can prove to be a demanding task, not to mention a huge one. Yet there were a few who did, demonstrating their courage and confidence to not only enter their chosen fields, but to take them back with all their might and with great purpose. Bismil aka Mohd Asif has done the same in the music world with the aim of promoting the magic of Sufi music and entertaining the masses with the power of Shayaris, Sufi music and Qawwalis.

For years, only a certain part of the public showed interest in devotional or cultural music, especially after the appearance of westernized music. However, artists like Bismil are there to break this chain and make people fall in love with genres like Sufi music, which oozes all the pure talent and works of Sufi poets composed of Shayaris and Qawwalis. Bismil makes sure to provide audiences with a one-of-a-kind experience that is both sleek and massive to get people instantly dancing to his live Sufi music performances.

Earning immense love and tons of shows to his name, Bismil and Vibhor, Founder and CEO, Yours Eventfully, together expanded the horizon of Sufi music with Bismil Ki Mehfil, creating music that even young people can relate to. easily identify. Today, Bismil Ki Mehfil radiates the passion of this incredible artist, where every performance is about expressing heartfelt feelings and deeper emotions. From the setup and placement of each instrumentalist and vocalist to the whole vibe each team member creates while performing, everything feels like a dream when they perform live.

Bismil is now touring all over the country with several sold-out shows and wants to continue creating more magic in the Sufi music genre.

Follow him on Instagram @bismil.live and discover his songs on Spotify.

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Canadian artist flips the term racist on New York show https://michaeldorf.org/canadian-artist-flips-the-term-racist-on-new-york-show/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 17:48:34 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/canadian-artist-flips-the-term-racist-on-new-york-show/ ‘Rag Head: An American Story’ is the title of Calgary-born, Los Angeles-based Sundeep Morrison’s new solo exhibition, and he seeks to reclaim a pejorative term and turn it into advocacy. The show was inspired by the fatal 2012 shooting by a white supremacist at a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, near where the Punjabi Sikh […]]]>

‘Rag Head: An American Story’ is the title of Calgary-born, Los Angeles-based Sundeep Morrison’s new solo exhibition, and he seeks to reclaim a pejorative term and turn it into advocacy.

The show was inspired by the fatal 2012 shooting by a white supremacist at a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, near where the Punjabi Sikh entertainer’s parents were living at the time. Sundeep, who uses the pronouns they/them, spoke to Yahoo Canada about the harsh reality of living in post-9/11 North America as a brown person.

“After filming, I was just, you know, I was angry, I was sad, and I was anxious and worried about them. And so for me, I used it as a writing exercise to purge my feelings and explore all my emotions and drive them out of my system,” they said.

The show will take place at the United Solo Festival, performing in New York on October 28. Watch the video to learn more.

Video by Shibani Gokhale

Video transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

SUNDEEP MORRISON: After the shooting, you know, it shook our community. It was really one of the first times I really questioned my parents’ safety, especially in a place where you think your place of worship is your sanctuary. And if anything could happen there, it could happen anywhere. And so after that – after the shooting, I was just angry, I was sad, and I was anxious and worried about them. And so for me, I used it as a writing exercise to just kind of purge my feelings and explore all my emotions and get them out of my system.

I am a solo performer. It’s a small production. It’s basic production.

And so for me, being a queer, non-binary South Asian Punjabi creative, I think getting any story out into the world, let alone on a stage or in front of people, is a challenge. But I’ve been really, really lucky with the support I have. But he was greeted with a lot of strong emotions, I will say.

I chose it as the title on purpose because it was one of the first slanders I heard against my father when I was a child. I had no idea what that meant. I knew what a rag was. I knew what a head was. But what he wore was his cloth crown.

And so that moment stayed with me. And I think with the internet and social media, white supremacists see the title and they think it’s a piece that sympathizes with their ideologies. And then when they dive deeper and realize that the piece is completely antithetical and it’s an advocacy piece, then they have strong emotions about it.

It’s about the immigrant experience, especially post 9/11 in America, Canada and how it affects us all. And also, I wrote this because the South Asian community, we know the struggle. As children of immigrants, we know this fight. So I really wrote this as an advocacy piece for white audiences, especially to see and learn and come away feeling something. And I hope when people are in circles where you have this soft racism or overt racism, that’s a time when you speak up and you kind of use your voice.

I play a Muslim character and she is based on a dear friend I grew up with who wore a hijab. And I think at that time, especially after 9/11 and with the shooting, you know, there was a feeling of trying to create a division within the South Asian community against Sikhs or Muslims. So it was really important for me to show that narrative in the story as well because I think it’s not talked about enough. Because there is a lot of opposition when we share this common thread. Whether you are Christian, Muslim or Hindu, but especially if you are South Asian, to know that we are in the same boat.

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