DVAA invites you to join us for a free live music performance on Sunday, August 29, at 2pm on DVAA's Backlot.
Presented in conjunction with Kathleen Anderson’s exhibition Tuning Compositional Strategies, featuring an improvisational trio with Hudson Valley musicians singer/composer Timothy Hill, percussionist Evry Mann, and multi-instrumentalist sound healer Thomas Workman from the band Levanta.
Unusual instruments in combination give Levanta a breadth, depth and ability to morph through a wide range of textures, rhythms and musical landscapes.
Weather permitting, the event will be presented in DVAA’s Backlot.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
EVRY MANN is a percussionist, composer and writer. He has played with Atras del Cosmos, Tiny Desk Unit, Gasha Band,Bantu, Chakra City, OmU, the Harmonic Choir and Levanta. He was an artist in residence with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico for six years, performing throughout the country. Ev is the founder and director of POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, NY, a youth performance ensemble that has given hundreds of concerts since its inception in 1997.
In addition to his work as a musician, Ev is the founder and former executive director of the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, NY, a non-profit that provides arts education to low-income children and youth and Marbletown Multi-Arts, a cultural and community center in Stone Ridge, NY.
Ev holds masters degrees in religious studies from McGill University and in music composition from Mills College. He has also studied traditional African music in Mali and Senegal and worked extensively with the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba of Santiago de Cuba.
From 1999, Ev has led over seventy trips to Cuba to study music, dance, visual art and education and wrote the sections on Music and Nightlife in Havana and Santiago de Cuba for the Time Out Guide. He continues to work with Cuban artists by serving as a translator on tours for various organizations.
THOMAS WORKMAN is a multi-instrumentalist, certified sound healer, instrument builder, visual artist, teacher. and founder of Ancient2Future Sound Healing. He brings together unique musical instruments, compositional and improvisational skills, shamanic practices, and practical knowledge of the healing power of music.
In 2010, Thomas completed the certification course for Sound Healing at the Sound & Music Institute at The Open Center in NYC. In 2012, he founded Ancient2Future Sound Healing.
Thomas conducts sound healing sessions for individuals and groups, working with a wide variety of instruments, such as didgeridoo, conch shells, fujara, bamboo flutes, bone flutes, nose flutes, hulusi, kamale n’goni, various drums and percussion, and much more.
Thomas performs with the quartet, Levanta, including Gabriel Dresdale on cello, Timothy Hill on guitars and voice, with Evry Mann on percussion. Levanta’s repertoire includes original compositions and original arrangements of music by Hermeto Pascoal, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Dave Holland.
Thomas also plays with Sonark Trio, with Gabriel Dresdale: cello, and Joakim Lartey: percussion. Sonark focuses on original and spontaneous compositions, utilizing a deep collective rapport and guided intuition.
In a uniquely satisfying musical synthesis, singer/composer TIMOTHY HILL weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description.
Having performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Iva Bittova, Madan Gopal Singh, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, it is no wonder Hill’s musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. As a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, he was a pioneer in the art of harmonic singing, prompting New York Times critic Robert Palmer to praise Hill as “a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique.”
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.