Carman Moore and The Skymusic Ensemble
THE SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE is a world-class electro-acoustic chamber group featuring a distinctly original blend of styles from classical to jazz and ethnic musics. Founded in 1980 by its conductor and principal composer Carman Moore, the SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE has been featured in concerts world-wide including at La Scala in Milan, Geneva’s Made-in-America Festival 1990, Washington D.C.’s Dumbarton Series, and at major venues from London to Kyoto and Ottawa, Canada. Based in New York City the group has performed for audiences ranging from the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, the United Nations, and the World Financial Center Series to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where they and Mr. Moore have been Artists-in-Residence since 1988. The Ensemble performed at L.C. out of Doors in August of 2007 in a memorial concert for Leroy Jenkins and Mark Heinemann.
SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE musicians come from many musical backgrounds from classical to jazz and popular, but all combine improvisational skills with their score reading acuity. Among these players past and present have been saxophonists Sam Rivers, Premik Russell Tubbs, and Dale Kleps; violinists Leroy Jenkins, Charles Burnham, and Daisy Jopling; percussionist and drummers Gordon Gottlieb, Eli Fountain, and Hollis Headrick; guitarists Elliot Randall and Mark Heinemann; flutists Katherine Hay and Linda Wetherill; synthesizer artists Kenneth Bichel and Eric Johnson; pianist Marianna Rosett, and bassist Brian Lee. The group frequently appears in intermedia context with dance, film, and visual artists, among them Alvin Ailey and the Ballet Company of La Scala, the Sarah Pearson/Patrik Widrig Dance Company, the Ruby Shang Dancers, Elaine Summers Dance and Film, the American Tap Dance Orchestra, and light-projection artist Caterina Bertolotto.
ERIC JOHNSON is a composer, pianist, synthesizer artist and percussionist with a long and illustrious list of concerts and recordings to his credit. Besides his many years of Performances with Carman Moore and Skymusic Ensemble, Johnson has appeared with ensembles as disparate as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Carla Bley Band, Airto, Mountain, Bo Diddley, Premik Russell Tubbs, and Leroy Jenkins’ Sting.
MARIANNA ROSETT, pianist, teacher, and percussionist has appeared world-wide as both traditional concert artist and improvising keyboard virtuoso. Born in Rumania, she began piano studies at the Conservatory at the age of 5 and soon after won a concerto competition which landed her a performance with the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra. In 1971 she became a member of the Juilliard School faculty. Her new 2-CD album solo album is eagerly awaited in the art-music community.
KENNETH BICHEL, master and pioneer of the synthesizer, is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, having been elected Synthesist of the Year for over 9 years running. A Juilliard grad headed for a career as a concert pianist, Bichel abruptly turned his attention towards composition, jazz, and popular music (He was a founding member of the Stories Band) and subsequently fell in love with the synthesizer. On that instrument he was a founding member of The First Moog Quartet. Meeting and admiring the improv work of Marianna Rosett in the Skymusic Ensemble, he joined her in creating the duo team Mannekrianna.
GORDON GOTTLIEB has had a varied career that has included performing with Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis, recording with Michael Jackson, Steely Dan (Two Against Nature-winner of 4 Grammys in 2001, including album of the year, Everything Must Go in 2003, solo albums with Donald Fagen & Walter Becker) and Sting. In 1984 he bacame perhaps the first American musician accepted in an escola de samba in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, recording Stravinsky's Les Noces, istore du Soldat and Renard with Robert Craft, and teaching at Julliard and Yale. His percussion work is equally renowned in classical and jazz circles. A regular with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a much-sought-after new music player, Gottlieb was also a founder of the jazz ensemble French Toast.
PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS is a flutist-saxophonist-composer-arranger and producer. He has worked with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, and Ravi Shankar among others. As saxophonist for the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, Premik began actively touring during his early twenties. Soon afterwards, another guitar great, Carlos Santana enlisted Tubbs to be his collaborator on the visionary jazz-fusion recording "The Swing Of Delight" which features guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter. Tubbs' composing credits also include music for sports documentaries, sketch comedies and corporate training films. He has been a member of Sky Music since 1994.
ELI FOUNTAIN Besides having played for many years as percussionist with THE SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE, Eli Fountain has been a fixture on the jazz and new-music scene in New York and America. He has been feature drummer with saxophonist James Carter, has toured as a duo with tap sensation Savion Glover, and has been a feature member of Max Roach’s own select group M’BOOM. In addition Eli has been founder and composer/director of his own PERCUSSION DISCUSSION ensemble.
DAISY JOPLING Violinist Daisy Jopling was born in London, and now lives in NYC. She has spent the last 12 years living in Vienna and touring the world with the creative string trio “Triology”, with whom she has recorded 4 CDS, 2 with BMG RCA Victor. Her Solo work has included playing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14, and playing before 30,000 people at the opening of the Vienna Festival in May 2004 and 2005. She has performed and toured with some of the world's leading musicians, including Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, Omara Portuondo, Julian Rachlin, Janine Janson, Boris Grebenshikov, Shubha Mudgal and Wolfgang Muthspiel. Daisy has performed in many of the major Festivals and concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburger Festspiele, and the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. She has participated in writing the music for many films, including arranging and recording with Triology the music of Hans Zimmer in Hollywood, “Spanglish” and “The Road to El Dorado”. Daisy has composed music for various ensembles which has been performed in major concert halls throughout the world, and has written the music for a puppet show in NYC, "Feathers from the Sky". Daisy recently performed at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York alongside Akon, Gilberto Gil, Ky-Mani Marley, Salif Keita, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg and Carl Lewis. She has just released her first solo album, "Key to the Classics", with the NYC producer Bojan Dugic. http://cdbaby.com/cd/daisyjopling
BRIAN LEE A classically trained pianist, singer, saxophonist, and percussionist, Brian took up the bass guitar by necessity. In the seventh grade, his band needed a bass player, so they sold bubble-gum to classmates, using the profits to buy him a Cort bass from the Sears catalog. Teaching himself how to play, his career as a bassist began. It became apparent that being a musician/performer was not a passing phase, but a lifetime adventure. A little later down the road, Brian earned a degree in Electronic and Computer music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Besides musical performance, his time at the conservatory allowed him to pursue other avenues, including composition, studies in West African Music, and studio engineering/production. Many of his compositions for Solo/ensemble percussion are active pieces in academic repertoire. A long list of engineering and production projects are also to his credit, encompassing varied musical styles, from jazz to classical, heavy metal, and rap. As a bass player, composer, and a lifetime disciple of music, his playing and stage performance have a new distinct style, yet echo many of his influences: From Bootsy, Rick James, Pop-daddy, and Flea to Mingus, Ron Carter, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clarke, bits and pieces are melded together and find a unique voice. Brian is currently in production with the rock outfit "Hoodless" and "The Incredible Skyband".
LINDA WETHERILL born in Milwaukee, Linda Wetherill graduated from the Eastman School of Music, having been awarded there the coveted Performer’s Certificate. The desire to expand her musical horizons prompted her to leave for Europe, where she became first a member of the Garbarino Chamber Ensemble in Milan, then principal flutist of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. This prestigious position, however, did not satisfy all her evolving personal artistic needs, and two years later, when she learned that Pierre Boulez had just established the “new music” center IRCAM in Paris, Linda auditioned and was appointed solo flutist of the resident Ensemble Intercontemporain. This move from essentially mainstream chamber and orchestral playing to
intensive interaction with many of the greatest contemporary composers of the world was a major turning point for her. Working directly with composers Boulez, Stockhausen, Halffter, Messiaen, Berio, Holliger and Kagel, she developed a prestigious and authoritative solo repertoire which carried her to European festivals and to NY’s Carnegie Hall to premiere Stockhausen’s Im Freundschaft as winner of East & West Artists International Competition. Linda’s desire to expand her range of aesthetic awareness led her to accept an invitation to tour extensively as a “cultural ambassador” under the auspices of the United States Information Service. That 10
year adventure took her to Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (her performances there the first ever by a woman!), the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bosnia (giving recitals there right at the start of its war), Macedonia, India, and Pakistan. Throughout this period, she interacted extensively with local musicians: classical and indigenous performers as well as composers. She was co-founder of the Festival of Contemporary Music in Ankara and Istanbul, while a guest of the Turkish government from 1987-91. There she worked in collaboration with Turkish, Russian, and Middle Eastern composers, and lectured at Bosphorus University as well as Middle Eastern Technical University as Professor of global and contemporary music. When the Gulf War broke out, it became dangerous for Americans to remain in that part of the world, and an invitation from distinguished flutist and teacher Samuel Baron brought her back to the States, to do graduate work at SUNY Stony Brook and serve as teaching assistant.
CARMAN MOORE Director Carman Moore’s compositional credits include performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His musical THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (with Oyamo and Donald McKayle)was given 80 performances recently by the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Moore’s highly-acclaimed intermedia opera RASUR, GOD OF PEACE was premiered in March 2002 in San Jose, Costa Rica. His gospel opera with librettist Ishmael Reed GETHSEMANE PARK was produced at San Franciso’s Hansberry Theatre and was the feature production at the Nuyorican Poets Theatre in the summer of 2000. And his THE MYSTERY OF TAO was commissioned and premiered by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2001. Mr. Moore’s MASS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY was commissioned and premiered at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in 1994 before audiences of thousands. The MASS was also performed in Cape Town, South Africa for the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Mr. Moore has just finished composing CONCERTO FOR ORNETTE AND ORCHESTRA for jazz legend Ornette Coleman.