Cherries Jubilee feat.
The Cherry Blossoms, Josephine Foster, Wu Fei, Wayne-O-Rama, May 27
Cilla Vee, Davey
Williams, Evan Lipson, Bob Stagner, Wayne-O-Rama, June 3
Shane Parish, Wayne-O-Rama,
What Cheer? Brigade, Wayne-O-Rama, June 24
Frank Pahl, Bill Brovold, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Wayne-O-Rama,
Jack Wright/Evan Lipson + "Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound"
is open through Sept. 2017! Designed by Emmy-winning
artist Wayne White, it's a funhouse of Chattanooga history for all ages.
Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. and presented by The
Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space, with generous support
from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Lyndhurst
Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.
Founded in 1986, the
Shaking Ray Levi Society is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts
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The mission of the Shaking Ray Levi Society is to nurture and support
music, film, and performance art that is challenging, non-traditional,
and falls outside the mainstream, in order to help nourish the cultural
growth of Chattanooga.
This is done by sponsoring shows by artists recognized on a national and
international level, supporting original work by area musicians and
filmmakers, and engaging the community through workshops and educational
"Only in our country are our children not receiving the benefits of the
dynamic energies taking place in our culture and in the heritage of our
culture and so, the work of the Shaking Ray Levi Society in my
opinion is very important because they are seeking to provide
an alternative to the marketplace dynamics." - composer, saxophonist and
MacArthur fellowship recipient Anthony Braxton (video)
"SRLS is a very sound organization that has made a strong contribution
to Chattanooga over the years" - Dr.
Thomas Wolf, WolfBrown
in 1986, the Shaking Ray Levi Society (SRLS) is a collective-run
non-profit that supports, produces and presents diverse genres of
music, film and performance art through festivals, recordings and
the Internet. The SRLS is dedicated to nurturing the next
generation of non-traditional artists and arts advocates who will
continue to challenge local audiences and enhance the cultural
growth of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Since its inception in
1986, the Society has presented such diverse acts as England's
improvisational guitar pioneer Derek
Bailey, West African kora player Foday
Musa Suso, classical Indian violinist, L.Shankar,
National Public Radio correspondents Andrei
Codrescu and David
Sedaris, New York jazz violinist Leroy
Jenkins, multi-wind instrumentalist J.
D. Parran, saxophone legend Anthony
Braxton, the last traveling Minstrel Performer Abner
Jay, and the famous folk artist Rev.
Howard Finster. In 1994 the Shaking Ray Levi Society was
awarded a Number One rating as a "presenter of adventurous music"
Guide to the Musical Universe, a nationally recognized
database produced by Roulette out of New York. The SRLS
Performance Series has brought a wide variety of artists to
Chattanooga stages, including performance artists such as Laurie
Anderson and the Shelley
Hirsch, independent rock such as Olivia
Tremor Control, Cat
Power and David
Pajo, and multicultural music such as the Tibetan
Monks of the Drepung Loseling Institute and Djalma.
Greenberger and Michael Hurley, 2001
The SRLS continues to expand and to diversify
its audience through live performances, documentation of past
performances and recordings in both MP3 and CD formats, and the
production of film and video projects. By presenting the work of
artists who are representative of a wide variety of genres in
the musical and motion-picture arts, the SRLS strives to appeal
to the diverse range of tastes found within the Chattanooga
Society's community involvement is not limited to performance,
documentation and production--it also offers educational programs
in area schools. Many of the Society's guest artists hold
workshops for students on jazz instrumentation, composition, and
improvisation. In the classroom the Shaking
Ray Levi duo directly involve the students in designing,
discovering, and playing musical instruments. Their curriculum is
multi-disciplinary in nature, created with the goal of helping
students to develop valuable skills such as problem solving, group
cooperation, active listening, and effective use of available
resources. For sample lesson plans, click here.
|PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORT:
Arts of Greater Chattanooga supports the Shaking Ray Levi
Society through a General Operating Support grant as well as
specific project support. Grants from the Tennessee
Arts Commission, Southern
Arts Federation, Lyndhurst
Arts Council, and the Canada
Council For the Arts have also funded specific projects. The
Society serves as a valuable resource for many regional agencies,
providing an extensive range of original music to enhance local
productions. Partnerships include involvement with the Hunter
Museum of Art, the Chattanooga
Downtown Partnership, Miller
Plaza, the Association for
Visual Artists, Friends
of the Riverbend Festival, the Tula Foundation and Gallery
of Atlanta, Chattanooga
State Technical Community College, Incus Records, WREK
of Atlanta, WUTC
of Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga
Theatre Centre. The Shaking Ray Levi Society relies on a
private membership cabinet of financial supporters and volunteers
in addition to corporate donations in order to sustain its quality
The performing element of the SRLS is Dennis
Palmer and Bob Stagner,
who together form the Shaking Ray
Levi duo. They have performed extensively from New York to
London and have received critical acclaim from the Village
National Public Radio, The New
Art Examiner, Tower
Records' Pulse! magazine and the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. The duo uses storytelling,
electronics and percussion in addition to handmade instruments
of their own design to achieve their distinctive sound. The Shaking Ray Levi Duo has
performed extensively with their educational outreach program in
many public schools and malls throughout the country.
Additionally, they have performed on an international level on
London's BBC Program
Midnight Oil, at Quebec's International Festival
Musique de Actuelle, Newfoundland's
Sound Symposium, Denver's ReThink Conference and London's
Their first CD
appeared in 1993 on the distinguished Incus label of London.
Also in 1995 they performed with Japan's renowned Butoh dancer Min
Tanaka and Quebec's interactive video artist Don
Ritter. In recognition of their abilities they have been
awarded grants for their work by the British
Arts Council and Meet
the Composer. For more information about the SRL duo,
1988-1995 the Shaking Ray Levi Society produced the weekly radio
program Outside Pleasures, which provided access to
innovative, multi-ethnic and adventurous music. The show was
broadcast live each Saturday from 10 PM to 1 AM on WUTC
Jazz 88 at the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga. Their enthusiastic staff of
announcers consistently presented poets, storytellers and live
original music, creating the largest and most loyal radio audience
of original improvisation in the South.
Since 1986 the Shaking Ray Levi Society has
hosted annual festivals such as Artstravaganza and Incus Week,
various concert series and their spoken word performance art
series, ALL TALK. In May 2001, the Society presented NPR
Greenberger (accompanied by the Shaking Ray Levis), Folkways
recording artist Michael
Hurley, and Frank
Pahl's Scavenger Quartet at the 4 Bridges Arts Festival in
Chattanooga, TN. In 2002, the Society handled music booking for
Chattanooga's 4 Bridges Festival.
Some of the artists the Society has brought to
Bailey, pioneer in the movement of musical improvisation
and one of the most influential guitarists in the United
Braxton, whose innovations as a composer were
acknowledged with a 1994 McArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Howard Finster, world renowned folk artist and
visionary, has collaborated with the Society and the Levis,
both in performances and producing the "Fah-Sa-La-Cah-Lo"
festivals at his Paradise Gardens, in Pennville, Georgia.
Oxley, Shaking Ray Levi's, John
Zorn, all collaborated for "Incus Week 95," in
& Miss Pussycat
Parran, New York multi-instrumentalist and educator at
the Harlem school for the arts who has worked with such
artists at Paul Simon, Lena Horn and Stevie Wonder.
Beresford, London's award-winning keyboardist and
composer for the BBC as well as a number of film scores.
Codrescu, NPR correspondent, feature writer and creator
of the award-winning film "Road
Scholar," who participated in the Society's "All Talk"
Denio, a multi-instrumentalist Grammy-nominee and
founding member of the nationally recognized all-female
musical ensemble The
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet.
Tanaka, renowned Japanese Butoh dancer
- L. Shankar,
traditional Indian violinist famous for his work with John
Mclaughlin. Shankar appeared with Caroline and master
Vinayakram, in association with the Indian Association
Jenkins, African American composer and Jazz violinist.
Mussa Suso, African Kora player and Griot (traditional
storyteller), who has worked with such noted players as the Kronos Quartet, as
well as Phillip Glass.
Hakmoun, in association with Artstravaganza 1994. Hassan
is a master trance musician in the mystic Islamic Gnawa
tradition and has a new recording on Peter
Cutler, a world-renowned innovator of electronic
percussion who has contributed his talents to groups like Pere
Ubu, The Residents, and Henry Cow, and collaborated on
numerous occasions with Fred