Saturday, February 27, 2010
McCullough Social Space
Inspired by the power of the voice, Philip Hamilton ’82 creates an original a cappella performance that fuses global rhythms and influences. Voices combines unique, international vocal tones and techniques—such as Tuvan throat singing, Balinese monkey-chanting, and hip-hop’s beat-boxing—with the rich sounds of diverse a cappella singing styles, including doo-wop, Bulgarian choirs, barbershop quartets, South African miners’ songs, and Gregorian chants. An international cast of singers delivers this keynote event for the 2010 Vermont A Cappella Summit. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Vermont A Cappella Summit. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies, and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. Details on residency activities forthcoming.
http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).
To be announced from the stage.
PHILIP HAMILTON '82 (Artistic Director and featured vocalist)
Philip Hamilton is one of the most exciting contemporary vocalist on the international Jazz and World Music stages. He is possessed with a voice that conveys a Warrior's strength, a Blues man's soul, a Romantic's heart and a Muezzin's spirit. Hamilton is a true original, who has performed and recorded with some of the leading musical minds of our time, including the Pat Metheny Group, Spyro Gyra, Steely Dan's Donald Fagan, Gilberto Gil, Mike Stern and John Cage. The New York Times calls his innovative singing and composing style, "contemporary and cutting edge."
His solo performances challenge audiences to redefine the voice and celebrate its limitless potential. The Village Voice noted of a recent Hamilton performance: "Hamilton's masterful voice...presented a tapestry of vocal and musical wonders." His larger ensembles also cross musical boundaries as they take listeners on journeys inspired by the blues, rock, jazz, classical, as well as sounds from around the world. His ensembles, both live and in the studio, have featured some of the music world's best and brightest performers including Greg Osby, Chieli Minucci, John Medeski, Matt Garrison, Bill Evans, Mike Manieri, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstein, Ottmar Liebert and Vernon Reid.
Hamilton is also recognized as a leading contemporary composer of music for dance. The recipient of 2004 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his Body of Work in the field of Composition for Dance, Hamilton creates music that makes the spirit, the soul and the body move. He has composed for the world's leading choreographers and dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron Brown, Mia Michaels, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle and Ann Reinking, the Tony award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse. Ezekiel's Wheel, Hamilton's critically acclaimed work with Danny Buraczeski/Jazzdance is hailed as "a modern masterwork" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Harry Bayron's credits include Fosse, No Strings at City Center's Encores Series; Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, FL; West Side Story at the Orlando Broadway Theatre as well as Orlando productions of Fame, Ain't Misbehavin', and Crazy For You. His directorial credits include Fame and The Last Five Years at the Studio Theatre of Orlando, FL. He is associated with OYT. He would like to thank his family W.P.B., 102, TRYBE, Debbie, BTP, and God for Guidance & Love. Peace.
Mike Hammond's laundry list of accomplishments is an impressive feat for any music artist: personally invited to perform along side Billy Joel; opened for Stevie Wonder in Hawaii, and Diana Ross in Inglewood; and shared a night with Elton John performing for President Vladimir Putin of Russia. He has also shared the stage with such greats as Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, recorded with 50 cent, and had the privilege of performing for the royal family of Morocco. Mike is releasing his 2 solo CD "ANOMALY" this year 2010.
From the Bronx, New York, vocal percussionist Shaun "Anointed S" Roig baffles beat box veterans and all crowds alike with his alluring percussive rhythms. He's has toured world wide with many theatrical productions & has toured with Alicia Keys on her summer tour of 2002. When asked about his goals he will simply reply, "To innovate beat and sound." When asked about his influences, Anointed S answers, "Jesus Christ & my family!"
Alexander is a New York City native, a graduate of Oberlin College and performer of both stage and screen. He was part of the AUDELCO Award-nominated cast of Black Nativity which ran at The Duke on 42nd Street. Sought after for his resonant bass voice he has been heard in musicals Brother Can You Spare a Dime, operettas The Student Prince and in European concerts with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. He is currently voicing a character in his first animated feature film and was featured in two films that received New York City premieres in 2009.
Sabrina Lastman is a New York based vocalist, performer, composer & educator born in Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American, contemporary & experimental music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, she concentrates her work on jazz projects & the creation of interdisciplinary performances combining voice/sound/movement/visuals. She graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Israel. www.sabrina-lastman.com
Dakota Grey is based in NYC. She was the lead in the musical Mama I Want to Sing which toured Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Russia. She has also performed with Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and Bilal and can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie, American Gangsta with Diddy & Jay Z.
Sanjay Cherubala is trained in South Indian classical music (carnatic vocal and mridangam percussion) and has worked as an accompanist for dancers in the Bharatanatyam tradition. As a member of the vocal research group Weave, he practices harmonic overtone singing and vocal improvisation with and without words. Sanjay also pursues his passion for world music by exploring West African rhythms on the djembe.
Renée Albulario's favorite credits include Rim in Radiant Baby and Betty in The Sound of Plaid (NYU). Regional: Shelly in Hairspray, The King & I, The Adventures of Ezra Jack Keats (Weston Playhouse) and High School Musical 2 (North Carolina Theater). TV: "One Life to Live" (recurring), "Guiding Light." Renée is a proud graduate of New York University, and took part in their Collaborative Arts Project 21 program.
Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Mead Chapel.
For information, please contact the Music Department or email/call Jeffrey Buettner, (802) 443-5938.
Middlebury College offers auditioned and non-auditioned vocal ensembles and exciting performance opportunities every semester.
Choral ensembles at Middlebury perform on campus, in the community, and tour regionally.
Interested in applying to Middlebury? Contact Jeff Buettner to talk about music and choral singing opportunities.