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2014 Festival Accompanists

 

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Rajesh Bhandari

 

Osubi Craig
photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen

Rajesh Bhandari began studying tabla at the age of nine in New York. From 2000-2007 he served as an accompanist for New World School of the Arts in Miami. From 2007-08 Rajesh was an accompanist at Rutgers University, The Martha Graham School and Peridance in NY. Rajesh has had the privilege to perform with Lakshmi Shankar (vocalist for the film Gandhi), Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Falu, Sharafat Ali Khan, Questlove, Shakira and many others. He now studies with Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Ustad Zakir Hussain and is developing his own world fusion group, The Rajesh Bhandari Project.


Adam Crawley

 

Albert Mathias

Adam Crawley has been collaborating with dancers as an accompanist, composer and performer for the past 16 years.  He is a contract faculty member of the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance.  In addition to his work at Ball State he continues to work with the American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers Workshops, Regional Dance America, and the American College Dance Festival.  Adam is very excited about his first experience with the Bates Dance Festival.  His music incorporates a wide variety of styles and instruments utilizing F horn, harmonica, keyboards, accordion, bass, and guitar along with random "toys" and a laptop. 

 

Glen Fittin

 

Glen Fittin
photo by Phyllis Graber
Jensen

Glen is an Adjunct Professor and dance musician for the Hofstra University Department of Dance, and a visiting specialist for Montclair State University, Dance New Amsterdam, and Steps on Broadway. He began playing for dance at Rutgers University where he later recorded his CD entitled, Circulation with Michael Toal. He has worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Sean Curran, Donald McKayle, Gabe Masson, Aya Shibahara, Keith Thompson, Mark Dendy and David Dorfman, among others. Glen is the recipient of Meet the Composer and Center for American Music grants for his scores for dance. Focusing on the use of global percussion, including the frame drum, he has performed and recorded with Glen Velez, (Rhythm Color Exotica Ellipsis Arts 1996), Bernie Worrell, Tigger Benford, John Tchai, Joseph Jarman, Annea Lockwood, Dez Cadena, Richard Barone, Tony Visconti, Valerie Naranjo, Montego Joe,Women of the Calabash, The Rhythm Monsters, Marafanyi, Mbiradinda, and many others. Glen has accompanied and performed at the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Korea Drum Festival, Seoul Dance and Music Improv. Festival Rhethymno Renn Fest Crete. Kaatsbaan (NY) and the North American Frame Drum Festival. His theater credits include The Lion King on Broadway and Shrek the Musical. His current projects include serving as percussionist for legendary FUNK keyboardist, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads) and Jimmy Destri (Blondie). Upcoming recordings are planned with jazz legend, John Tchcai and Joseph Jarman (Art Ensemble of Chicago).

Peter Jones

 

Peter Jones
photo by Mike Bradley

Peter Jones is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and improviser with a wide stylistic range. He has been an active musician in the dance field for over 20 years. He has created numerous scores for choreographers including, Viscous Beauties for Kevin Wynn, 21st Century Stride for Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE! and The Metal Garden for Sean Curran. He has released seven CDs of music on his own recording label, Joneschord Music. New releases include Gradual Motion III and Gradual Motion IV. He is Musical Director for the dance program at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts.  

www.joneschord.com

Carl Landa

 

Carl Landa
photo by Mike Bradley

Carl Landa is a full-time accompanist at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He plays piano, synthesizer, percussion and hammered dulcimer and has composed scores for dance, video, film and television. Before joining the Skidmore faculty in 2000 he accompanied classes on a full-time basis at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Merce Cunningham Studio, Julliard School, Jose Limon Institute and many private studios in New York.

http://www.carllanda.com/

 

Jesse Manno

 

Jesse Manno
photo by Phyllis Graber
Jensen

Jesse Manno is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Boulder, CO, where he is Music Director of the University of Colorado Dance Department.  He works on a variety of theatre, dance and film projects, and runs a small recording studio.  His work has been presented all over the U.S., as well as in several European and Asian countries, and he has received three Meet the Composer grants, among others. In 2013 he made his first feature film score for "Birdwatchers" by Tom Wingerd.  He is a founding member of the group SHEREFE, which performs Balkan and Middle Eastern music at festivals, weddings and conferences throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Creating live improvised music for dance classes has been his favorite professional activity for over 30 years.  He is honored to be enjoying his 17th season at the Bates Dance Festival.

www.jessemanno.com or www.sherefe.org

Shamou

 

shamou
photo by Phyllis Graber
Jensen

Shamou’s music career began at an early age in his native Iran where he also studied and performed as a dancer with the Iranian National Ballet. He began his formal music training in Tehran, studied with teachers from the Royal College of Music in London and completed his training at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is known nationally for his collaborative work with dancers, including the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co., Mark Morris Dance Company, ODC/San Francisco and Prometheus Dance Company. He has contributed music to several CD compilations and has released his own solo CDs entitled Spirits Dance, Traces, Shodjah with his former band, and Live at CCE with his current ensemble, Loopin. Shamou has taught hand drumming, percussion, music for dance and body music across the country in a wide variety of settings.

http://www.shamou.com/

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