Aug 13, 2008

Composers and Improvisers Festival September 27th

Sixth Annual Composers and Improvisers Festival.
September 27th , Odd Fellows Play House 128 Washington St. Middletown Ct.
Tel No. 860 347 5134

Contact Joe Fonda 860 841 6141
Photos available by request via return email

7.00 pm - Ilse Pfeifer –Dancer, Singer, Performance Artist.
George Schuller – Composer –Percussionist.

8.00 pm – Napoleon Maddox – Composer, Beat Boxer, Rapper.
Claire Daly – Composer –Saxophonist

9.00 pm – Mark Helias – Composer, Bassist

10.00 pm- Conference Call, With Michael Jefry Stevens, Composer Pianist, George Schuler, Composer, Percussionist, Gerhard Ullmann , Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Joe Fonda Bass

Ilse Pfeifer has worked and danced with Zero Moving Dance Company for five years. She later became a performing artist and Choreographer. Isle danced in choreographer Kevin O Days performance of Storage Space, Helmut Rothschild’s Frogs and Karen Baronets Salon Evenings. She is currently teaching Fitzmaurice Voice work and movement at the Actors Movement Studio in New York City.

George Schuler Composer, Percussionist has released several recordings as a leader including the latest entitled Hell-bent on plays cape records, He has performed and recorded with Joe Lozano, Ran Blake, Tom Varner, G√ľnter Schuler, Lee Knits, George Adams. George has received several composition awards including a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for music composition.

Napoleon Maddox, Beat Boxer, Rapper and singer is well known as the leader of the Hip Hop group Is What. He has collaborated with many well known jazz artists such as Oliver Lake, Humid Drake, Roy Nathan son, Archie Sheep, Comfortable in both jazz and hip hop idioms, Napoleon is truly one of the connectors of jazz and hip hop music. He never fails to captivate an audience with his unique vocal ability.

Claire Daly, composer, Saxophonist, has performed with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joe Williams, and Rosemary Clooney. Her mission in life has been to be an in demand baritone saxophonist. Five-time winner of the Down Beat Critics Poll “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” Claire travels worldwide performing as a bandleader and a side person.

Mark Helias, Composer, Bassist, and Studied with Homer Munch at Rutgers University and Yale school of Music. Mark embarked on an international performance career with the Anthony Braxton quartet in 1977. Since then Mark has enjoyed long musical associations with Ed Blackwell, Dewey Redman, Ray Anderson. Don Cherry. A prolific composer, he has composed music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band.

Conference Call is a new quartet project featuring the exciting German woodwind virtuoso Gerhard Ullmann, the established piano/bass collaboration of Michael Stevens and Joe Fonda and the highly individual percussion styling of drummer George Schuler.