Arts in Nature Festival - Performance Arts
Performance Arts Lineup
In alphabetical order
BENSON SMITH • DAKOTA CAMACHO • ELEANOR MURRAY • ERIKA LUNDAHL
ERITREAN YOUTH DANCE GROUP • FALON SIERRA • FROG HOLLOW • IMANI DUNN
IVÁN ESPINOSA • MAIAH WYNNE • MARC SMASON • MARQUIS JULIAN HILL
THE HALF BROTHERS • TRICK CANDLES • TRIO ABARAKA • VICIOUS PUPPIES • YIRIM SECK
and more to be announced!
HOLLIS WONG-WEAR is a songwriter, musician, speaker, creative generator and community advocate who lives between Los Angeles and Seattle, WA. She is the lead vocalist of the electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated in 2014 for her work with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
With her roots in spoken word and slam poetry through the nationally recognized Youth Speaks program, Hollis is passionate about how creativity and the arts fuel and shape civic discourse, and is dedicated to lending her voice and capacities towards vibrant social equity.
Hollis has been a featured speaker at conferences, conventions and speaker series, sharing her spoken word poetry and her candid insights on her experience as an independent artist and engaged activist. She has performed and spoken for an array of organizations and schools, including KEXP, WrapWomen, Planned Parenthood, University of Washington, YWCA and the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, has been featured by TedX University of Washington, and has presented alongside such luminaries as Gloria Steinem, Kimberle Crenshaw and Eve Ensler.
A native of the Bay Area, Hollis graduated from Seattle University with a major in History and a minor in Global African Studies, and was recently named the recipient of Seattle University’s 2016 Outstanding Recent Alumna Award.
She is a Google Next Gen Policy Leader, an alumna of the Hedgebrook Residency, and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. Hollis has been appointed to several boards and commissions, including the Board of Directors for 4Culture and the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, and is currently an ad-hoc commissioner on the Seattle Music Commission.
Thaddillac brings their unique soul rock to the stage, headed by Thaddeus Turner, whose guitar styling is often compared to Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Peter Frampton. Combining the beauty of traditional soul with the power of rock, mixed with his talk-box stylings, Thaddeus has played with Maktub, Cherrywine, Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam, Digable Planets, Dave Matthews, India.Arie. Screens, a band from West Seattle, plays 'Crystal Skully music; synth heavy, bass driven, trip-pop anthems. Like a John Hughes movie on acid. Like The Journey of Natty Gann. On acid.' Integrating visual elements into every live performance, Screens ushers the audience into their pixelated outer space fantasy game. Mapping a musical odyssey in the days of the pre-singularity for your listening pleasure.
Part bio drag queen, part contemporary dance, and part performance art, Cherdonna Shinatra is a persona and company that encompasses all works choreographed and performed by Jody Kuehner.
2015 Stranger Genius Award winner and 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle and WA, including On The Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, CityArtsFest, Northwest Film Forum, Century Ballroom, and Methow Arts; in New York at Joyce SoHo, Risk/Reward in Portland OR, New Grounds Festival in Tampa FL, and the Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance conference Ann Arbor, MI. She frequently works with Dayna Hanson, Pat Graney and Mark Haim including Assistant Director for Hanson’s Improvement Club, Gloria’s Cause and The Clay Duke; performances in Graney’s House of Mind and Haim’s This Land is Your Land. These projects enjoyed tours throughout the U.S. and in Paris, France. Kuehner also assisted Graney’s KTF Prison Project. From 2003-2009, Jody was a member of d9 Dance Collective performing works by Nugent & Matteson, Keith Johnson, Daniel Cheron, KT Niehoff, Amy O’Neal and others. From 2008-2013, as part of the The Cherdonna and Lou Show she produced five evening-length productions.
As Cherdonna, she currently performs regularly with drag-queen superstar BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race); and the award-winning international sensations Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover. She also perfoms with PaulaNow Productions and will be choreographing PaulaNow’s latest extravaganza Wham Bam Glitter Glam, a live music caberet celebrating the glam rock era. Kuehner/Cherdonna was the recipient of a 2014 Velocity Dance Center Made In Seattle award—providing commissioning funds, fiscal sponsorship; development, dramaturgical and production support for a new work. Through Made in Seattle Velocity presented Kuehner’s evening length Cherdonna: Worth My Salt (October 2014) with seven sold out performances. Cherdonna was also selected to participate in the PNW Dance Platform, The Award’s Show and Northwest New Works Festival, Risk/Reward Festival, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Kuehner was Velocity's 2014 Artist in Residence, holds a residency with KT Neihoff’s 10 Degrees; and has been granted residency support from On The Boards for her upcoming Cherdonna project.
Kuehner teaches Professional Contemporary Dance at Velocity, is Resident Choreographer for the LGBTQ youth choir Diverse Harmony, and has developed a Drag You workshop which she has taught nationally for movers of all backgrounds and abilities.
We are dance artists of color, womxn artists, and queer artists. We create dance that celebrates the voices and visions of our artistic family.
Together we are realizing the world we want to live in.
Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio's philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.
At Northwest Tap Connection, rhythm tap is the dance form at our heart. At the same time, we regularly incorporate a variety of dance styles such as African, jazz, modern, ballet, swing, ballroom, and hip-hop into our curriculum and performances.
Northwest Tap Connection is dedicated to building the whole dancer through a love of dance, personal discipline, respect for the community, respect for fellow dancers, and knowledge of the history of the art form. We provide an environment where dancers can grow artistically and technically, and at the same time can develop leadership skills and social responsibility.
Totem Star supports a diverse community of young recording artists learning music and life skills through mentorship and meaningful relationships. Our work in the studio and on the stage fosters growth in collaboration, leadership, and self-identity.
Totem Star envisions a more just society where all young people have access to music learning opportunities and youth voice is championed in support of healthy, engaged, and productive young people using music as a universal language.
The Eritrean Youth Dance Group of Seattle was formed in 1997 by Senait Ocbe, in an effort to allow youth of Eritrean descent living in the Seattle area an opportunity to preserve their native culture while sharing their customs and traditions with the rest of the world. Representation matters and our goal is to equip our youth with a sense of identity and belonging to their Eritrean roots. We do this through dance and try our best to showcase all 9 ethnolinguistic groups of Eritrea.
MYCO-SONIFICATIONS: Mycelium, Magic Mushrooms & other Earthly Dances
In this durational performance installation, (human) dancers, (fungal) mycelium networks, and the (live) audience will surrender their senses to a vibrant MUSICAL TAPESTRY of continuous bio-electric signals and MYCO-SONIFICATION soundscapes — made possible by the electrical phenomena produced by living, breathing organisms from the soil of the Earth.
Iván Espinosa is a Latino experimental dance artist originally raised by immigrants in Houston, Texas and now based in Seattle. As a choreographer of both stage performance and installation art, Iván has presented his Deep Ecology-themed artwork nationwide at venues such as the Houston Fringe Festival, Seattle International Butoh Festival, New York University’s Silver Center for Arts and Science, La Mama Experimental Theatre in NYC and the historic Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. Iván's artistic research is inspired by ongoing explorations of environmental philosophy and Eco-Feminism, while his Deep Ecology-themed choreographies and performances are highly influenced by his intensive studies of Japanese Butoh dance. Iván holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University’s highly esteemed Tisch School of the Arts.
Recipe for a "Maiah Wynne": Mix 1 part - Brandi Carlile,1 part Daughter, 1 part Wonder Woman, splash in Billie Eilish to taste. Bake at 350 degrees and decorate with Butterfly Wings
Maiah Wynne is a multi-instrumentalist one woman show. While she effortlessly transitions between unique instruments like the dulcimer, oil can ukulele, keys, and guitar, her feet do the percussive work. Wynne is adept at embodying a mood in one song and then swapping it for another in the next. What emerges is an engaging experience that is threaded through by Wynne’s haunting voice and earnest lyrics.
A street band of horns, tuba and percussion plays music of planet earth
Trombonist/vocalist/composer, Marc Smason has performed around the world with such luminaries as Big Joe Turner, Buddy Catlett, Schlomo Carlebach, the Funk Brothers, Carlos Santana, Andy Statman, Perry Robinson, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Sonny Simmons, Jeff Johnson, United Sheep, Caroline Kraabel, John Edwards and the Ivar's clams. His playing encompasses many styles including jazz, latin, free improv, klezmer and R&B.
Marc has taught private lessons and workshops throughout his career.
“Smason sounds like the kind of horn player who could walk into any date and acquit himself with distinction. That mastery goes beyond the surface; he seems to have a feel for many styles…”
David Dupont, Cadence
“Smason’s vocals...are at once dry and emotional, lending
a fresh, believable quality.”
Mike Dennis, Earshot
“And you can hear Smason’s Sinatra-like crooning…”
Roberta Penn, The Rocket
NEW AGE FLAMENCO is a group of professional musicians who will provide the perfect music for concerts, festivals, weddings, receptions, parties, or corporate events in your area. Some of their regular clients include the Columbia Tower, the Four Seasons, Sorrento and Westin Hotels, Overlake Hospital (Bellevue), Benaroya Hall, Seattle Aquarium and several Seattle's authentic clubs and restaurants - Cellars, Vinobella, Amante/Issaquah, MAISON DeLILLE, Agave Issaquah, Sorrento Hotel, Willows Lodge, Milagro Contina, etc.
The band was formed in 1998 by bass player Oleg Ruvinov. In 1999,the band adopted name "New Age Flamenco" and practiced frequently playing popular tunes by Armik, Gipsy Kings, Carlos Santana, Ottmar Liebert and others.
Their music reflects a strong Latin connection, Mediterranean folk, European roots, jazz, and a Gypsy soul blended with the infectious rhythms of modern music New Age Flamenco personifies eclecticism by absorbing their influences and combining them to create a new, personal sound of their own. All musicians are professionally trained and have a great stage experience.
Sound of Nature: Classical and contemporary depictions of nature on flute and cello
Puget Sounds ensembles have been performing for ten years in the Seattle area for private and public events. Having met while performing in area ochestras and theaters, we thrilled to come together to make music in small ensembles for events, fairs and festivals throughout the Puget Sound region.
Sandi Fernandez is a singer songwriter currently based in Seattle, WA. Her powerful raw voice and catchy melodies deliver toe tapping grooves to her audiences. Influenced by folk music of the 60s, 90s alternative music, and modern indie music; her style is reminiscent of artists such as The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, and Neutral Milk Hotel.
She draws upon the deep connection with her family to write music that reflects the love and challenges that come from these formative relationships. Her music explores the pain of loss, the beauty of love, and the importance of home. She wraps it all up into a melody driven belting style of Americana music.
Strong Sun Moon is a multi-genre experimental ensemble from Seattle influenced by Latin rhythms, Blues and World music. The group transcends genre boundaries with ancient rhythms, piercing 21st century lyrics, and a blend of musical styles from three continents, weaving a kind of inclusive love that inspires a true sense of community. Instruments from South America, Cascadia, and Eastern Europe form a compelling musical landscape highlighting visionary lyrics and social justice.
Charango and Ronroco, (10 string South American lute-like instruments) blend with slide guitar and world percussion, (bombo, cajón, frame drum). The ensemble creates a wide range of textures, sometimes venturing into deep grooves, at others diving into vibrant latin rhythms paired with lush vocal harmonies.
Intuitive Song Circle with Movement and Storytelling
Eli and Zevi bring wonder and authenticity through their elemental song and dance to weave a village-like container for connection.
Trick Candles formed in early 2014 in Seattle by Robbie Luna (Panama Gold, The Royal Bear) and Prisilla Ray (Cute Lepers, Sweet Pups) with the intention of making music that is danceable with a nostalgic feel.
They draw heavily from pop's past, finding inspiration from current bands but calling back to the likes of The Cure, New Order, and Psychedelic Furs to name a few.
They have performed at festivals such as SXSW, Fisherman's Village, and recently got back from a Japanese tour.
After completing my third studio album I realized how hard at at work I had been over the past few years. i decided it was time to release dome exclusive content before the full length was released.