ARTISTS & MUSICIANS
AMINA RE is a visual artist whose work illuminates the shadows of the human psyche. Exhibited and published nationally and internationally, her themes include issues of female sensuality/ sexuality, trauma, motherhood, and patriarchy. Over her 25 years painting, Amina has continually traversed the delicate edge between trauma and bliss, exposing their proximity and the human potential for change. In addition, Amina Re is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed massage therapist, and contact improvisational dancer/teacher. Integrating art, movement, and touch, Amina works with individuals and groups to facilitate the healing of relational trauma. http://aminare.com http://aminareexperientialtherapy.com
The ST. MARY'S GOSPEL CHOIR is based at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Harlem, a church with a strong history of activism for justice and peace. The Choir sings often at demonstrations and at the United Nations, and has performed many times on What a Neighborhood! programs, including in Ishmael Wallace’s cantata, The West Harlem Christ, which was based on oral histories from its members. They are joined by the Neighborhood Composers’ Chorus. The choir will perform a song that was composed by a neighbor named Ijeoma who stopped at a What a Neighborhood! songwriting table on West 126th Street, on the sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and was written down by Elizabeth Adams. Its inspiration was a man who came by selling items for $1, pushing a baby in a carriage. This little song, that is closing TEDxWashingtonSquare, sums up an entire understanding of life in its few lines.
ROBERTO MALPICA is a songwriter, writer, and painter, originally from Cuba. He has composed many songs, most not yet performed. He will perform a love song that was written down and harmonized by Ishmael Wallace.
MICHAEL ALBERT has been creating ART since his college days at New York University, where he studied business (Management & International Business).
His art has evolved from doodles and Pen & Ink, to serious wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic collages he makes from the cardboard packages of famous consumer brands including cereal, cookies, crackers, tea, etc which he has become known for. In the past several years he has been creating large scale "Epic" collage works that can take him months and years to create, on various themes including historical, biblical, literary, musical, lyrical, botanical, mathematical & geographical.
Since the publication of his first book, an artist's autobiography titled, “An Artist’s America” (Henry Holt, 2008) and over the past decade, he has developed a traveling collage workshop program he calls the “Modern Pop Art Experience” where he teaches about his 25 year journey of art & business which he has brought to over 500 venues in the USA & Europe including schools, libraries, museums and festivals for people of all ages.
He is also the founder/owner & artist for the Sir Real brand of refrigerated juices found in upscale grocers & specialty food markets throughout the northeast USA with distribution centered in the greater NY Metro area.
Photo by Roger Barone
ISHMAEL WALLACE is a composer, pianist, baritone, concert presenter, community animator, vocal coach, and workshop leader. With his sister, Vita Wallace, he co-founded and co-directs What a Neighborhood! – a series of concerts and workshops celebrating the Creative Spirit among their neighbors in West Harlem, Morningside Heights, and Manhattan Valley. What a Neighborhood!, which was founded in 2013, has helped local composers from a variety of backgrounds to realize cherished dreams. In his many activities, Ishmael’s concern is to walk with the creative germ from darkness into light. Ancient stories have been a major influence, and Ishmael has often led workshops on mythology; he was also deeply affected by participation in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition of Buddhism from 2001 to 2014. His opera, The Mountain and the Valley, will receive its premiere in November.
BIBI CALDERARO is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and researcher whose work is seen internationally since 1995. Her participatory sensorial walks have been part of Open Engagement, New York, The Isabelle Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA and Fud, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her latest projects incude Walking as Ontological Shifter, a multi-format performance-based research project and We Weave and heft by the River, (Schumacher College, UK;) Unearthing, Re-earthing, (Entitle Conference, Sweden,) both with the CoastalReadingGroup (http://coastalreadinggroup.com.) Other projects include the curatorial collaboration Notations, the Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Galleries, NY; What Mushroom? What Leaf? and Surfing on Sand, Climate in the Expanded Field. Her performances were shown at PS1 Moma and MinusSpace, NY; her films featured at the Flaherty Film Seminar, among other venues. Bibi holds a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification, and is pursuing a degree in sustainability and education. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
THE NEW YORK GUITAR CIRCLE is an eclectic mix of amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, crafts a music on the acoustic steel-string guitar which springs from the collective experience of the group as much as the individual voices. The NYGC grew out of the players' experience with Guitar Craft, an international program founded by Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) in 1985 which aims at what might be called a "holistic" approach to music and performance. Members of the NYGC have recently participated in tours with Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists on the East and West Coasts, including at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery. Reviewers have noted the "singular sound" (Scott McLennan, Boston Globe), and praised "a light rain shower of sound" (Chris Cowan blog).
Participants on October 15th will be:
SARA OVERTON is an artist based in New York City. Her visual art is often meditative and influenced by the natural world. Sara conceived of the Awake in the Wild Experience (AWE), a mindfulness-in-nature art project currently in development for New York City and Los Angeles. AWE is inspired by the mindfulness practices of meditation teacher Mark Coleman, who is the author of the book Awake in the Wild and collaborating on the project. Sara's work is frequently influenced by her interest in Buddhism, and she has had a Buddhist meditation practice for more than a decade. She received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and previously worked in media, including as a producer for public broadcasting at San Francisco's KQED Radio, where she worked on many live events and discussions.