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My other performance art

Posted on January 29, 2014 with 0 comments
I had my debut recently as a dancer. I'd done a little musical theater dancing and singing as a teenager, but this is different. After years of taking classes in Ithaca with Amanda Moretti, Mee Ae Caughey and workshops from our New York-based teacher Vangeline, I danced in a butoh ensemble performance this week at Fall Creek Studios in Ithaca. We danced in white body paint, which is traditional to butoh, a Japan-born form of modern dance theater. We all wore satin ball gowns, even the two men in the ensemble. The performance also included a solo piece by Mee Ae, a former member of Vangeline Theater.

Butoh is amazing to me, so inward, requiring strength and focus, and very creative, as in most workshops and classes, with prompting there is a huge amount of room for individual interpretation, maybe like jazz in that way. It has a form, but there is a great amount freedom for the dancer. Often the freedom for me comes out of going very deep into an emotion, and then seeing it dissolve. There [...]
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Sweet music with Brian Vollmer

Posted on January 29, 2014 with 0 comments
After not a ton of performing, though played with London McDaniel last summer and fall including subbing as a go-go dancing and singer in London's funky zydeco band Blue Sky Mission Club, in December I played an intimate show with Brian Vollmer at Chateau Dusseau, a winery near Owasco Lake, northeast of Ithaca.

Playing with Brian was very sweet. He played banjo in such a pretty sensitive way and sang backup. Brian is primarily an old-time player, on a label, and busy in bands. With me, he infuses driving blues and just lovely, pretty arpeggios. This duo with Brian might lead to a trio with London -- or more, and we've talked about recording. Maybe something more country than usual for me, though it's hard to leave the jazz out. Or a Christmas album.

Chateau Dusseau is owned by our friend Robert Dusseau, and the acoustics there are amazing. It was like playing in a small chapel. I'm a Buddhist, and Brian was once a Hindu student with an interest in Indian music. So improvising, we did [...]
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My music will be featured, and I'm being interviewed on Tenzin Norbu's new radio show "The Life of Universal Loving." You can listen live Monday, April 23 Eastern Time.

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The host of this online radio program is Tenzin Norbu, author of "Ocean of Compassion: A Guide to the Life of Universal Loving." Tenzin is also a contributor to PBS's new, on-line magazine, "Next Avenue," which will debut on May 12, 2012.
- Linda

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