Conference concerts

Saturday 7:30-8:45pm   Transformation through Improvisation Ensemble

An extraordinary group of musicians will demonstrate the magic and skill of creating “music in the moment,” with the theme of Transformation through Improvisation.  All of the performers in the ensemble have been affiliated with  Music for People, founded by Lynn S and LynnMDavid Darling, Grammy Award-winning cellist. Lynn Miller and Lynn Saltiel will be the MC’s for this evening concert. Miller (guitarist, vocalist and music therapist) has performed internationally as well as at the Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Art Museum. Saltiel (classically trained flautist, multi-instrumentalist and clinical social worker) will define the benefits of Improvisation, which the ensemble will demonstrate.  The following musicians will be part of the ensemble.:

Heartwood QuartetThe Heartwood Quartet, comprised of Julie & Alvin Harris (Native flute and drums), Celine Daly (Native flute) and Maxwell Kofi Donkor (percussion).  Julie won first place in the prestigious Musical Echoes Flute Competition in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and was featured playing Native American flute on a track she wrote, Talking Leaves, on the Pete Seeger/Jeff Haynes audiobook, The Storm King.  Both Julie and Alvin are accomplished drummers and perform with Master Drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor (from Ghana) and his West African band, Sankofa.

EVEPianist, Eve Kodiak, M.M., specializes in the interplay of developmental movement, music, energy, and emptiness. A licensed Brain Gym consultant, she has a healing and educational practice at The Lydian Center in Cambridge, MA.  A Kundalini Yoga Teacher and author of Rappin’ on the Reflexes: A Practical Guide to Infant Reflexes, Kodiak presents internationally and is a recording artist. Her latest work has been a collaborative interdisciplinary project with the company Colors In Motion, creating scores for fine art digital media to create calm in public spaces.

Pam CarltonPam Carlton is an instructor of music therapy at Molloy College.She has been involved for many years in classical and improvisational ensembles in the New York area, including the NY Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Villa Lobos Orchestra, Illuminata, the Artemis Trio (as violinist and proprietor), and Music for People. A classically trained violinist and pianist, she continues to perform in both classical and improvisational venues.

SpiritGrassEricnClintDr. Eric Miller and Dr. Clint Goss will be sharing their musical synergy with guitar, mando and world flute improvisations. Dr. Goss is founder of Flute Haven, a Native American flute school. Miller is on staff with his wife Lynn Miller. http://flutehaven.com

 

Sunday 12:15-1:15    Spirit Grass

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SpiritGrass is a unique collaboration with mandolin jazz and  bluegrass artist Dr. Eric Miller, Native American flute troubadour Dr. Clint Goss, innovative vocalist and guitarist Lynn Miller.

SpiritGrass draws on Eric’s ripping mandolin and guitar, combined with Clint’s skill on an expansive array of world flutes. Lynn also plays the Tambora Swarmandal, an Indian stringed instrument.  All of these unique instruments are blended improvisationally and with familiar tunes.  http://spiritgrass.com

SpiritGrass will be joined by ISQRMM board members, Dr. David Akombo, djembe and Dr. Roy Kennedy, guitar.