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The Shaking Ray Levi Society presents:WAYNE-O-RAMA CONCERT SERIES PREMIERE EVENT!
This unique show features the dynamic sax/bass/drums jazz outfit Jeff Crompton Trio (Atlanta/Chattanooga) and the toy piano virtuoso Robert Fleitz (NYC).
No mere novelty, the toy piano is an instrument that has been used in compositions by noted 20th century composers John Cage and George Crumb, and Fleitz will demonstrate its versatility, playing selections by Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, Puerto Rican-born composer Angélica Negrón, Molly Joyce, Monica Pearce, Olivia Kieffer and Andrew Krahn, and will perform the world premiere of Jeff Crompton's "Sonatina for Toy Piano" at Wayne-O-Rama, Chattanooga's history funhouse designed by artist Wayne White.
Robert Fleitz, whose playing has been called “mesmerizing” by the New York Times, is a Manhattan-based, Juilliard-trained pianist and composer who is the co-founder and artistic director of the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which celebrates innovative performers and composers from around the globe through the toy piano. Fleitz is a frequent performer of other alternative keyboard instruments including harpsichord, harmonium, melodica and Hammond organ, and he has commissioned and premiered over fifty solo, chamber, and music-theater works in the past five years. He has worked with a number of notable figures in contemporary music including Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Zorn, Tadaaki Otaka and Jeffrey Milarsky, and as a composer, Robert seeks to explore the fringes of human interaction through emotionally lucid music tailored specifically to the performer for whom he is writing.
Saxophonist Jeff Crompton is an Atlanta native who has played his off-center, jazz-based music around the Southeast for 30 years. Among his musical associates have been pianist/composer Michael J. Smith, The Bazooka Ants, Darryl Rhoades, Roger Ruzow, The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and various groups of his own. He is a founding member of the Edgewood Saxophone Trio, whose album Snake Nation made several “best of the year” lists in Atlanta, and leads Three Way Mirror, with the unusual instrumentation of saxophone, tuba and congas. The new album Magic Word from the Jeff Crompton Trio features Chattanooga musicians Bob Stagner (Shaking Ray Levis) and Evan Lipson (Normal Love, Wrest, Roughhousing, Psychotic Quartet).
The Shaking Ray Levi Society celebrates thirty years of extraordinary and challenging music and art in Chattanooga and beyond.
It is with our deepest sorrow at the Shaking Ray Levi Society that we have learned of the passing of Rev. Terry Fugate on February 13, 2015, who was the first treasurer of the Shaking Ray Levi Society and a co-founder.
We will have strong memories of Terry's infinite kindness, great musical talents, intelligence and rare insight. Terry is a former pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Georgia and an early member of the Shaking Ray Levis performing group.
Shaking Ray Levi Society is greatly saddened by the loss of
Julian Ray Norwood on February 16, 2014, who was a
co-founder and the first president of The Shaking Ray Levi
Service for Julian Norwood
The work of the Shaking Ray Levi Society was praised in the latest VSA TN (Very Special Arts) newsletter:
"VSA Tennessee teaching artist, Bob Stagner, recently completed an artist residency at the Dawn School in Chattanooga involving studying the relationship between music and architecture. In this residency, the students first had to comprehend two art forms, then begin to understand advanced concepts for sound formation and structures, and build a vocabulary with a variety of percussion instruments. The students worked in groups with electronic devises and building models as well as with a variety of percussion instruments. The stories below are shared by the teaching artist with the permission of the students and their families:
Adeline is a 6th grader at Dawn School with severe depression and learning disabilities. She’s a delicate, soft spoken young lady who rarely talks above a whisper and remains part of the woodwork in most classes. Our workshop included architectural city shapes and their sound wave counterparts. Adeline created wave forms using two Moog devices, one for constant sound, the other for tone manipulation: vibrato, tempo, rate, pitch, and frequency. The result was a dynamic shift in her mood as she turned each dial to a new setting to match our cityscape of over 15 models. Her smile showed pure joy as she retained the concept and gained control of understanding wave/sound shape and an architectural shape.
Victor is 6th grader at Dawn School with Autism. His speech therapist felt our project would be ideal to encourage speech. After our 1st week, it was clear he would retain the exercises and gain confidence. Victor’s mother has remarked how excited her son was to be a valued group member. He has also shown more focus with tasks/lessons at home. Victor seemed very proud of new skills and has proved to be a strong class leader.
Funding provided by a grant through the VSA offices of the John F Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Tennessee Department of Education."
We at the Shaking
Ray Levi Society are deeply saddened by the passing of
Dennis Palmer, SRLS co-founder and artistic director for
over 26 years, on February 15, 2013.
Chattanooga native Dennis Palmer, 55, was a beloved musician, visual artist, storyteller, educator, mentor, and devoted friend of many.
A singular vocalist and nontraditional musician, called "the world's most colorfully inventive synthesizer player" by Creative Loafing, he co-founded the acclaimed free improvisation group The Shaking Ray Levis with drummer Bob Stagner in 1986, which was the first American band to record an album for the legendary British label Incus Records. Palmer has performed internationally with collaborators including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Reverend Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Col. Bruce Hampton, Shelley Hirsch, Frank Pahl, Roger Turner, and Davey Williams.
As a visual artist, Palmer has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints, and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including London and Los Angeles, and he has designed many CD and record covers.
A leader in the arts community, Palmer promoted the ideas of improvisation and creativity in thought, performance, and visual art to students of all ages through his work with the Shaking Ray Levi Society and developed outreach programs for under-served populations including students with developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Palmer served as President of The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) and on the board of directors for Mark Making, and he taught art in Hamilton County schools.
When teaching children, Dennis would ask them about the last time they had a good feeling. In his own words: "Clap your hands once and put your hands over your heart and give that good feeling to yourself. Next is to clap your hands again and sound off and give that feeling to everybody within the room. The third thing is to clap your hands, sound off and give that feeling out off to the whole universe."
Dennis was an inspiration for many and a strong advocate of "living in the moment" and "doing the highest good for all" in the community and beyond.
Chattanooga Pulse tributes: one, two
Creative Loafing tribute
Times Free Press tribute
Memorial Service for Dennis Palmer
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Visitation: 2 to 4 PM
Service: 4 PM
Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel
8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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