Join us for the Zalon!
The next Zalon will take place:
Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT (Philadelphia, USA: GMT-4)
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Zalon Performers’ Table
INTRODUCTION by writer, artist, scholar-activist, and poet, Angelique V. Nixon from her home in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
1. Bandoneonist/composer Leandro Ragusa performs his works “Tema de Cata” and “Al trio Quasimodo” from his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina with flutist Nili Grieco.
2. Cellist Steve Kramer performs excerpts from the Unaccompanied Suites by J.S. Bach from his home in Philadelphia.
3. Nicole Francesca Diaz-Pellot, dancer/choreographer, performs to a spoken poem “I Can’t Breathe” by I-SAY-uh.
4. Quire of Cheahs (Phillip Cheah, multitrack recording artist) performs “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, recorded in his dressing room at his home in NYC.
5. Flutist Tessa Brinckman and pianist Matt Goodrich perform Eugene Bozza’s neo-impressionist and neo-classical virtuosic “Agrestide”, from Tessa’s home in Southern Oregon.
6. Honky tonk soul outfit Weege & The Wondertwins (Lexi Weege, vocal, Aj and Tom Del Negro, bass and guitar) perform from Easthampton, MA.
7. Paul Reisler, will perform some of his original songs and instrumentals from his home in Washington, VA.
8. Singer/songwriters Carol Morgan-Eagle and Daniel Pretends Eagle perform original songs from their home in Taos, New Mexico.
Performer Bios, Program Information, and Links for Support
Below you will find links that some of the performers have included where you can buy music and other merchandise, find additional content, or make a donation. Please consider supporting these musicians for donating their time and artistry this evening!
During these trying times for performers, your contributions are greatly appreciated. To make a simple, tax-deductible donation click here. It will be collected on behalf of all performers by our fiscal sponsor, Crossroads Music. For questions about donations, please contact Gerardo Razumney at Zalon.Donations@AOL.com.
Intro. Dr. Angelique V. Nixon
Dr. Angelique V. Nixon is a writer, artist, teacher, scholar, activist, and poet — born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas. Her research, cultural criticism, and poetry have been published widely, and her artwork has been featured at several exhibitions in the Caribbean and Europe. Angelique holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida (2008), where she specialised in Caribbean and African diaspora literatures, Caribbean and postcolonial studies, women’s studies and gender research. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in English focusing on multicultural literatures and women’s studies from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. She is the recipient of a number of awards including a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana Studies at New York University (2009) and a Fulbright Scholar Grant in Teaching and Research (2014). Her scholarly book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2015) won the Caribbean Studies Association’s 2016 Barbara T. Christian Award for Best Book in the Humanities. Her current research areas include feminist praxis and discourse, Caribbean sexualities, sexual labour and social justice movements. She is a Lecturer and Graduate Studies Coordinator at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies.
1. Leandro Ragusa
Argentine composer, arranger, and bandoneon player Leandro Ragusa writes and arranges music for ensembles in Buenos Aires, New York, and Montreal. In his latest album with Quinteto de Academia (woodwind quartet plus bandoneon), he combines the popular spirit of tango and Argentine folklore with the resources of chamber music composition. He was recently commissioned by Montreal’s “Choros quintette a vent” for their upcoming concert season. He also works as a guest soloist and arranger with the Polyphonic Choir of the University of Morón based in Buenos Aires. For tonight’s concert, Leandro has invited Nili Grieco, flautist, and director of Quinteto de Academia to perform of his own compositions, which he has arranged for the duo.
For further information, please visit https://www.leandroragusa.com/
Quinteto de Academia https://quintetodeacademia.wixsite.com/quintetodeacademia
Choros, quintette a vent trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfFZEd06xl0&feature=youtu.be
You can support Leandro’s artistry through Paypal: paypal.me/leandroragusa
2. Steve Kramer
Steve Kramer, cellist, is a former pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. He was a student of Tchaikovsky’s Laureate Karine Georgian [student of Mstlav Leopoldovitch Rostropovitch], and started his musical education in the home of Scandinavian cellist Erling Bløndal Bengtsson [student and 1st assistant of Gregor Piatigorsky at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia]. Since becoming active as an international cellist and educator in the United States in 2010 and being sponsored in 2016 and 2019 for his extraordinary abilities as a musician, Steve Kramer has proven to be one of the most prominent and colorful musicians of today. His childhood experience studying the art of chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin and Peter Norris has contributed a significant element to his invigorating and expressive musical style. Steve Kramer has made his appearance as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Barnes Foundation and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. His recent invitations by patrons continuously bring Steve Kramer to Europe. He has worked with such prominent European orchestras and chamber ensembles as the Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra; the Detmold Chamber Orchestra; the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and ensembles and orchestras in the Netherlands, France and Germany. In the U.S. Steve Kramer continues his passionate involvement with educating less privileged young people. He emphasizes the utmost importance of training children in classical music as part of their academic education. Children born into poverty receive free of charge lessons in his local community.
3. Nicole Francesca Diaz-Pellot
Nicole Francesca Diaz-Pellot, dancer/choreographer, performs to a spoken poem “I Can’t Breathe” by I-SAY-uh.
Links to support Nicole here:
CashApp & VENMO: @ArtistNicFrancesca
4. Phillip Cheah
Phillip Cheah is a conductor, singer, pianist, and teacher based in New York City. In addition to being the Music Director for Central City Chorus, a mixed ensemble, and Amuse Singers, a women’s ensemble, he is a bass with the professional nonet at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields and freelances as a singer with various ensembles in the tri-state area. He is also a Co-Artistic Director of Cheah Chan Duo, a versatile piano-voice team with Trudy Chan, known for its electrifying concerts of uniquely curated thematic art song programs. He has taught at Barnard College and The Putney School, and has served as the personal assistant to Peter Schickele.
5. Tessa Brinckman and Matt Goodrich
New Zealander Tessa Brinckman, a “flutist of chameleon-like gifts” and “virtuoso elegance” (Gramophone), enjoys an international career, including co-directing Oregon duo, Caballito Negro, with percussionist Terry Longshore. She creates interdisciplinary work, which this year includes remote collaborations with taonga puoro master Horomona Horo, guitarist Caroline Delume, video artist Diana Lehr, pianist Kathleen Supové, cellist Madeleine Shapiro, animators Miles Inada and Devyn McConachie, for her upcoming solo album (2021) and various single releases (2020).
Matt Goodrich is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Washington. He was a national finalist in the MTNA (Young Artists Division) Competition and is a frequent collaborative performer, recently presenting French and emerging repertoire throughout the Western U.S. Equally at home in the world of musical theater, he spent 2016 with the Broadway national tour of If/Then and has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons. He holds Alexander Technique International teaching certification and is Instructor of Piano at Southern Oregon University.
Matt and Tessa are overjoyed finally to play together (in a socially distant manner) after seven years of talking about it. “Agrestide” is a part of their first collaboration (COVID-19-postponed); their concert Before the War, links themes of conflict and nostalgia with music and poetry.
www.tessabrinckman.bandcamp.com – to buy Tessa’s new gorgeous ambient single “Below” for contrabass flute and electronic soundscape, and follow her on Bandcamp – more singles to come this year!
www.tessabrinckman.com – about, recordings, journal blog
www.caballitonegro.com – about the flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro
Facebook – Tessa Brinckman
Instagram – @tessabrinckman
Paypal – www.PayPal.Me/TessaBrinckman
www.kineticmusestudio.com – Matt’s performance and performance training website
Facebook – Kinetic Muse Studio
Venmo – kineticmuse
6. Weege & The Wondertwins
With wild live performances of original music, Weege & The Wondertwins channel the vintage vibes of The Kinks, Julie London, Bessie Smith, and more. Prepare to be enchanted, delighted, and thrilled to your core.
Frontwoman Lexi Weege is a true vocal acrobat, leaping from dangerous, sultry growl to playful lilting in a single bound. You would be hard-pressed to find as transfixing a storyteller. Unapologetic, brazen, and boldfaced, Weege’s mastery of narrative is as thrilling as it is wrenching.
Backed by identical twins Tom and AJ DelNegro, drummer Kade Parkin, and guitarist Nick Ferrara, Weege is buoyant on the steady foundation of the self-taught Wonderboys, who lend perfect harmonies and rollicking shout choruses to originals and old favorites alike.
Their debut album “Marigold” arrived in 2017, followed by “Do I Seem Weird Lately?” in 2019, followed by what the band does best: tour. Performing hundreds of self-booked, self-promoted shows all over the country in just a few years, Weege & The Wondertwins are true seasoned professionals, and their work ethic shows.
7. Paul Reisler
Paul Reisler is a composer, songwriter, recording artists, performer and teacher. He’s the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley, co-founder of Trapezoid, as well as his current bands, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and Three Good Reasons.
Over the past 45 years, he’s performed in over 3,000 concerts, recorded close to three-dozen albums, written Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, as well as the script and songs for 2 musicals, Bouncin’ and The Talented Clementine. He has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,000 compositions thanks in no small part to his army of 65,000 short collaborators as well a handful of Grammy-winning co-writers. Artists including Sissy Spacek, Raul Malo, Darrell Scott, Cracker, Corey Harris, Jesse Winchester and many others have recorded his songs.
8. Carol Morgan-Eagle and Daniel Pretends Eagle
After meeting in the thriving underground music scene of Los Angeles where Daniel Pretends Eagle, hailed by LA Weekly as “one of LA’s best unsigned guitarists,” fronted roots-punk band The Peckinpahs, he and Carol Morgan-Eagle relocated to Taos, NM in the early ‘90s. even though Daniel had always adamantly stated “you don’t form a band with your wife!”, singing and playing music around a campfire on the banks of the Rio Chama 19 years ago was where they finally realized it was time to mesh their talents, He has since acquiesced it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. They’ve been co-writing, recording, and producing their own music in Taos, New Mexico ever since, crafting a sound and songwriting style that expresses their passions and singular haunting beauty of the vistas and landscapes of the southwest. Celtic harmonies….Gypsy melodies…. Spanish rhythms… Spaghetti Westerns…. surf…. and psychedelia all converge into Daniel and Carol’s own version of the mythology of the Old/New West, creating a genre they simply call Southwest Americana. Recent projects include composing music at the invitation of The Albuquerque Museum for their exhibition “Only in Albuquerque.” They recently appeared in the movie Ideal Home. Their last album, A Romance Of Ghosts, was considered “one of the most exciting folk rock CDs of recent times” by Eric van Domberg Scipio of Heaven Magazine. Look for Bone Orchard’s newest CD entitled Saints Of The Borderlands.
Our link to our website page for sales as well as information about us http://boneorchardmusic.com
The Zalon Team
Andrea Clearfield – Salon host and founder, composer
Andrea Clearfield (Composer) is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, the L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her “vivid and galvanizing” music of “timeless beauty”. Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Among her 150+ works are twelve large-scale cantatas including one commissioned and premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent works are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the Nepalese Himalaya. Her first opera, MILA, Great Sorcerer was presented at the acclaimed NYC Prototype Festival in January, 2019. She was appointed the Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for their 2018-19 season, and is currently 2020-2022 Composer-in-residence with National Concerts at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Clearfield was awarded a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship, a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, Ucross, Wurlitzer Foundation, Copland House and the MacDowell Colony among others. Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard and Seeadot and recorded on the Bridge, Sony, MSR, Albany, Crystal and Innova labels. Passionate for building community around the arts, she is founder and host of the renowned Salon featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986. She served on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts from 1986 – 2011. As a performer, she played keyboards with the Relâche Ensemble for 25 years and had the great honor of being invited to perform with the Court of the Dalai Lama. She is in demand as a curator, adjudicator, speaker and concert host. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Recording Academy/Grammy’s, Philadelphia Chapter.
Adam Vidiksis – Lead engineer
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improviser, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose music often explores social structures, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “magical” (Local Arts Live), and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece’s shape for being caught up in each moment” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His work is frequently commissioned and performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in recitals, festivals, and major academic conferences. Vidiksis’s music has won numerous awards and grants, including recognition from the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing, EMPiRE, New Focus, PARMA, and SEAMUS Records. Vidiksis recently served as the Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for their 2017-2018 season and was selected by the NEA and Japan-US Friendship Commission to serve as Director of Arts Technology for a performance of a new work by Gene Coleman during the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Dr. Vidiksis is Assistant Professor of music technology at Temple University, President and founding member of SPLICE Music, which includes the annual Institute, Academy, and Festival, a Resident Artist at the Renegade Theater company, and a founding member of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia, a group dedicated to promoting improvisation in the performing arts. He performs in SPLICE Ensemble and the Transonic Orchestra, conducts Ensemble N_JP, and directs the Temple Composers Orchestra and the Boyer College Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP). He produces real-time generative improvised electronic music (Circadia) alongside his longtime friend and collaborator Rajeev Maddela (Currency).
Watch short Salon films
A special thank you to our wonderful engineers!! Thank you for volunteering your time.
Adam Vidiksis (Lead Engineer)