Percussionist Richie Barshay, known for his work with the Herbie Hancock Quartet, has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation and is regarded as “a player to watch” by JazzTimes magazine. On tour and on recordings, his eclectic resume so far includes Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Natalie Merchant, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña and Pete Seeger among others. In 2004 he was named an American Musical Envoy by the U.S. State Department for outreach tours in Asia, South America, and Europe. Now based in New York City, Richie began playing Jazz and Afro-Carribean music during his youth and has expanded his focus to Indian rhythmic concepts and tabla, inspiring his 2007 recording debut Homework on Ayva Records. “Homework introduces a major rhythm voice on the rise” says Downbeat magazine, and The Guardian (UK) praises “the arrival of a major innovator who also knows how to have fun.” [This is not about Bernanke, Plastic Beach, Plastic Tube Plastic Tarp, Untitled Vignette 3]

Karesia Batan has danced with Anne Zuerner, Allie Tsypin, Poliglot Theater, Katja Loher, Emma Skove-Epes, VESSEL Dance, Nancy Meehan Dance Co., and is currently a company member of Schmantze Theatre and Neville Dance. Favorite places to perform include Triskelion Arts, West End Theatre, St. Cecilia’s Convent, Judson Church, 92nd St. Y, Socrates Sculpture Park, Cunningham Studio, St. Mark’s in the Bowery, La Mama, and anywhere near a shore. Karesia also choreographs her own work with her group The Physical Plant, and is co-creator with Anna of The Moves Project, an outdoor site-specific improvisation series. Currently Karesia is interested in video work, her upcoming play FriendAndy.com, and creating her Aikido-inspired dances. karesia.com [The Moves Project]

SharynSharyn Korey, originally from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, studied dance at Logrea Dance Academy in Ossining, NY. She performed with Richmond Ballet in Coppelia, Serenade, the Nutcracker and The Scarlet Letter and in 2007 graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a degree in International Studies. Since moving to NYC, she has danced with Murray Spalding Mandalas, Sydnie Mosley Dances, and Dance Visions. She is also the co-founder, with Anna, of Nachmo, an annual choreography challenge and showcase. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching kids at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Hamilton Dance, and Logrea. [NACHMO, The Telling]

Laura Scott has been performing and teaching Highland Dance since the 1960s, and has pushed the envelope of her dancing by incorporating Cape Breton stepdance, Highland hardshoe, and improvisation into her choreographies. In addition to working with Ed Pearlman and Highland Soles, Laura has danced for performances by Alasdair Fraser, Natalie MacMaster, Jerry Holland, Tony Cuffe, Aly Bain, Battlefield Band, Joe Cormier, and many others. She is a life member of BATD and served on the SOBHD Judges Panel for 30 years. She has taught many students, including at camps such as Pinewoods, Gaelic Roots, and her own summer camp. [Fisher’s Hornpipe]

MorgelynMorgelyn Tenbeth-Ward trained at the Laban Centre, London before moving to New York to study on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She has worked professionally with Darkin Ensemble (UK), Levy Dance (San Francisco) and Mana Kawamura (New York) amongst others, whilst developing her own choreographic voice in New York through solo projects and a collaboration with choreographer Emily Faulkner. [Fwap, Untitled Vignette 3, Lovespeak]


I am grateful to the photographers and videographers who have contributed so much by documenting the work with their artistry:

Nimi Kadar
Harry Poicus      harrypocius.com
Celena Sinko      celenasinko.com
Mimi Stefanova mimistefanova.com





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