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Performing Arts of Chattanooga, New
Dischord and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
Trained as a classical violinist, Goldstein gravitated to the works of American composer Charles Ives early in his career and recently completed an authoritative edition of Ives’s Second String Quartet for the official Ives Edition. Goldstein’s entry into the vanguard of music dates back to his participation in the early ‘60s in the Judson Dance Theater—an important showcase for independent, postmodern dance—in Greenwich Village and being a co-founder of the Tone Roads Ensemble, which tackled modern music including Olivier Messiaen, Fluxus pieces and everything in between.
Goldstein has created an impressive and extensive catalog of “structured improvisation compositions,” including stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral works, along with multimedia and radio productions.
has taught at some of the most prestigious colleges in the
nation, including Columbia University, Dartmouth College and the
New England Conservatory of Music and has written extensively
about musical improvisation including the book Sounding the
living in Montreal at the age of 77, his skills are undiminished
although his appearances in the U.S. are becoming increasingly
AC Faux and Flying Fingers Productions present:
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 8 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN, 37404
Faun Fables (on Drag City Records) is Dawn McCarthy's songtelling and vivid imagination come tolife at a crossroads where ancient ballad, art song, physical theater, and rock music meet. With partner and multi-instrumentalist Nils Frykdahl (co-founder of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), McCarthy makes "...music of near-frightening beauty, at times sweetly sad, other times heartrending and disquieting,rendered with an intensity akin to supernatural force" (Nashville Scene).
(This is not a Shaking Ray Levi Society presentation, but presented by our partners and worthy of attention.)
The WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE from Providence, RI is a 19-piece mobile party, like a marching band on an atomic fireball sugar rush that darts from New Orleans brass band tunes to Bollywood dance numbers to whirlwind Balkan folk to bombastic hip-hop, with a ton of surprises along the way. It has been four years since the SRLS brought their merry insanity to Chattanooga, and their return will guarantee to deliver an unforgettable outdoor dance 'splosion.
with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.” - The
New York Times
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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