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At our next concert (October 12, 2014):
The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, who brings a wide array of styles -- jazz, classical and world music -- into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides. Heard's dynamic and eclectic lineup of musicians gives Elizabeth a multitude of talents and textures to compose for, and to perform with. Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo. In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she has been an adjunct professor for 11 years in the dance department at Russell Sage College in Troy, where she works as a dance musician and composer-in-residence, as well as a yoga teacher. Her collaborations with dancers have also led her to work with the NYC-based Mark Morris, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, and with Saratoga Springs' TangoFusion. Her work with the capital-district-based Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company has led to numerous Arts-in-Education Residencies in regional elementary schools. Elizabeth has also played keyboard and percussion with the Brazilian group The Berkshire Bateria for 8 years, as well as with vocalist/songwriter Joy Adler. Elizabeth's music has been featured on the NPR programs "Theme & Variations," "All Things Considered" and "Performance Place," and she is currently at work on her third CD. heardmusic.net
Brian Melick is a percussive treasure who is known for his unique "hybrid" sound, built from his incredible collection of world music instruments. His sensitivity, musicality, and adaptability lend an eclecticism to Heard, and his playfulness is irresistible to watch and be a part of! He tours regularly with a diverse range of groups ranging musically from Flamenco to Celtic. uduboy.com
Woodwinds player Jonathan Greene is an active freelance musician in the capital district's jazz, world and classical scenes. He has performed with the Albany and Glens Falls symphonies and was recently a guest performer on the recital of world-renowned chamber pianist, Andre-Michel Shub. Jonathan attended Skidmore College, where he was the recipient of the Filene Music Scholarship. Originally from Seattle, Jon attended Garfield High, where he was part of their internationally known jazz program and big band, whom he toured Europe and Japan with his senior year. While in Seattle, he also became an accomplished marimba player, through the vibrant world music scene happening out of University of Washington.
Bobby Kendall, bass, brings his great experience as a jazz, rock and post-rock stand-up and electric bass player to HEARD. He's been playing with the group for three years. A Skidmore College graduate with a master's from SUNY Purchase, Bobby resides in Troy.
West African drummer Zorkie Nelson comes from a long
line of Ghanaian master drummers and brings an exciting and deep
richness to the music of Heard. In addition to his percussive role in
the band, he also lends his talents on flute and vocals. Zorkie was a
founding member of the Pan African Orchestra (PAO), with the group from
1988-97. With PAO he toured the U.S., Canada, France and the U.K. and
recorded Opus 1, and also toured Denmark with the Ghana National Dance
Ensemble. Now based in upstate NY, Zorkie also leads his own group,
Gballoi,and was a member of drum master Yacub Addy's Ghanaian ensemble
Odadaa! for 11 years.