MONTPELIER PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
Heather Bryce (Project Director):
Heather Bryce is the artistic director and founder of Bryce Dance Company. Heather started the company in 2006 in Boston, MA. Heather is a two time recipient of The Emerging Artist Award (Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA), and a recipient of the Creation Grant through the VT Arts Council, the Vermont Artists Space Grant through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and a Ben & Jerry's Foundation Community Action Grant. Heather has presented work at various venues across New England including: Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY); The Flynn Space (VT); Town Hall Theater (VT), The Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery (VT); The Julie Ince Thompson Theater at The Dance Complex (MA); Green Street Studios (MA); Marlboro College (VT); and Goddard College (VT). Heather has danced professionally for many talented choreographers and companies in MA and VT. Heather currently works as Teaching Artist for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Head Start Arts Partnership and as Partnerships Manager for The Community Engagement Lab. She holds her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
At age 24, Abbie Morin has seven journals full of words and images fueled by her university studies in poetry and acting. Fighting hard to evade the sorting boxes she writes songs that shapeshift against the grip of genre labeling- ranging from foxy folk, jangling cowgirl tunes, and emotive waltzes, all the way across the board to quirky R&B. After nearly 8 years of solo performing Abbie recently relocated from Laconia, NH to Burlington, VT to join forces with some of the tiny city's most creative minds. Her all-star band features Leon Campos (keyboard), Thomas Pearo (guitar), Dan Davine (drums), Taylor Smith (saxophone) and producer Dave DeCristo (bass). Together they created Abbie's debut album at Signal Kitchen in the heart of downtown Burlington, which released in January of 2015. Thriving on connection, Abbie reaches out to audiences with fearless, spirited outpourings that are starting to gain her and her band a reputation as an act with the power to move.
Alex is an electric bass player living in Burlington, VT. Since moving here in 2001 he has performed with numerous bands ranging from rock and funk to R&B and reggae. He also hosts a weekly open-jam, "Family Night", a Monday night tradition involving musicians both local and national. With such a broad span of genres, Alex keeps busy with weekly gigs locally and throughout the northeast. Currently, he plays bass in the Seth Yacovone Band (original blues rock) and Clint Bierman and the Necessary Means (instrumental, horn-funk).
Andric is a pianist, composer, improviser, bandleader, and music teacher from Burlington VT. He can be heard performing around the state in various projects, including the salsa band Afinque and the Andric Severance Xtet. At his studio in Burlington, he offers piano lessons for all ages and directs student ensembles. Visit www.andricseverance.com for more information.
Casio B@stard is a Funk/Fusion/Space group that has performed at a variety of festivals and venues throughout Vermont. This performance will include band members Jon Armstrong, Silas Tanner, Justin Hoy, special guest Adam Woogmaster and other special guests.
Jeffrey Ellis (aka: Mycelium):
Jeffrey Ellis aka Mycelium is an Earth focused, cooperative emcee/poet. He is also a farmer and food activist. Mycelium prefers to freestyle rhyme as a source of healing and divination. He likes to freestyle to themes about healing ourselves and the earth. Topics range from permaculture, knowledge of self, peace, healing through food growing and eating, Reiki, and whatever is in the moment. He is the creator of a fledgling organization called Collective Rhymes that is using lyricism as a source of healing and rehabilitation in his community. Collective Rhymes is an umbrella organization in the NEK of Vermont that is currently organizing a monthly, traveling, spoken word/hip hop open mic called WORD!CRAFT and promotes concerts for other independent hip hop groups in the region.
Kathleen has been performing and producing comedy shows in Vermont since 2007. Quarterly shows at The Black Door in Montpelier and monthly shows at The Monkey House in Winooski created the Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour and gave Vermont comedians their first opportunities to perform as often as possible in front of live audiences. She’s the founder of the Green Mountain Comedy Festival as well as Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS. Her style favors compact one-liners containing twisted logic. She has jokes in two books – “She's So Funny” and “Squeaky Clean Comedy”, and has been published in Swivel. She hosts her comedy showcase on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Capitol Grounds, Main Street in Montpelier, 8pm. What could be more normal that that?
Pete Rahn and Jeff Thomson are two Michigan expats who found each other in Montpelier, Vermont. With a longing for Detroit Rock N' Roll and Great Lakes culture they started Lake Superior in 2009 as a side project of another band in 2009.
Maggie Neale (Visual Art Director):
Maggie is a professional visual artist, teacher, arts administrator and curator. Ms. Neale has explored the art realm most of her 65 years. Using color before she could form words, she developed a deep sense of communication with her painting, which she has exercised through study, collaboration, and instigating art galleries and exhibitions. One of the founders of Studio Place Arts in Barre, she believes in art communities. As one of the team of 6 who drives Artisans Hand Craft Gallery, she works to promote the craft process and product with display, photography, and ad design. Ms. Neale continues to create her own paintings on silk and canvas, which she has shown twice in the Vermont Supreme Court, Vermont Arts Council, and in many galleries in the northeast and beyond. Her work can seen on her website www.maggieneale.com and her blog www.colormusings.blogspot.com.
Rural Noise Ensemble:
While "noise music" is traditionally associated with the urban experience, the Rural Noise Ensemble is a collective of Vermont composers, musicians, and makers investigating uniquely rural sound worlds and musical practices using handmade instruments, vernacular traditions, and site-specific performance. The Rural Noise Ensemble is composed of Otto Muller & Joshua Stumpff with special guests.
Nathan Hunter & Theodore Fetter:
Two piano-playing friends duel back and forth, taking turns on songs old and new covering nearly every genre. Nathan Hunter and Theodore Blair Fetter met walking their dogs on the banks of the White River in South Royalton, Vermont. Each has recently settled in the cultural hot-bed that is Montpelier. Nathan, originally from Kentucky, has an extensive background in musical performance across several instruments and many genres. Theodore, originally from New York City, has focused primarily on original jazz and rock compositions for piano. Nathan and Theodore promise to thrill audiences with their shared, contagious joy for exploring musical themes both familiar and obscure.
VITAL SPARK NORTH:
An interdisciplinary performance duo that features the collaborative work of visual and performance artist Erika Lawlor Schmidt and composer and pianist Gary Schmidt. Together, they have been creating work since 1995 that integrate dance, physical theater, music /soundscape, visual art, literature, kinetic sculpture and video. Their projects have been produced throughout the US and Europe.