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Conference Showcase Artists

 

The Maine International Conference on the Arts offers so much for attendees and participants. Throughout the weekend approximately 20 artists will showcase their talents for agents, event managers, festival coordinators and venue operators on the stage of the Collins Arts Center. The performances are free for all conference attendees and students with valid identification. Details of the artists scheduled to perform can be found below.

 

Alex Charalambides

Alex CharalambidesAlex Charalambides is a freelance performance poet, teaching artist and youth arts activist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He's competed at several national poetry slam tournaments, placing as high as fifth in the country. He's toured extensively throughout North America, released four books and two spoken word albums. Founder of the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam, he spent eight years directing operations, coaching and chaperoning teens at the Brave New Voices International Youth Festival. Co-Founder and Co-Director of Mass LEAP, (the youth arts programming arm of the Mass Poetry Outreach Project 501(c)3 Nonprofit), he teaches performance poetry in schools and coordinates special events like the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. He's appeared as a mentor for the nationally aired PBS Children's Show “Fetch” and was recently named a 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient.

 

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Alison Chase/Performance

Alison ChaseAlison Chase/Performance is a dance theater company dedicated to the development of dramatic forms of physical expression, breaking down the barriers between the traditionally separate fields of dance, theater, and performance art—bringing together accomplished dancers and actors, musicians, and artists to create innovative works for the stage and site-specific locales. Alison Chase is a choreographer, director, performance artist, and the co-founder and artistic director of the movement collective, Pilobolus, where she won international acclaim for her unique ability to blend narrative, kinetics, and visuals into rich metaphoric worlds. Alison Chase Performance creates both repertory dances and full-length multi-media dance theater works for proscenium and black box theaters, as well as site-specific installation works. Through performances, educational outreach programs, creativity and movement classes, Alison Chase/Performance seeks to engage and inform audiences in communities throughout Maine, New England, and beyond.

 

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Boréal Tordu

Boreal TorduBoréal Tordu is a Maine-based musical combo offering acoustic instrumental and vocal stylings rooted in the traditional music of the Acadians, the original French-speaking settlers of Maine. Founded by Acadian cousins Steve Muise on fiddle and accordéon, and singer-songwriter/dobroist Robert Sylvain, the band also features Pip Walter on guitar and backing vocals, and Andy Buckland on upright bass.

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Bryan Laurier

Bryan LaurierBryan Laurier is a singer/songwriter/producer who graduated from Berklee College of music with a Contemporary Writing & Production Bachelor's degree in 2011. His debut album, Bryan Laurier & The Lost Acres - Bought & Sold, was released in June 2012, featuring 10 tracks live tracked in a central Maine barn donated to the group to set up as a studio and record. Bought & Sold has received acclaim in Maine and New England (3.5/4 stars in the Portland Press Herald) and became one of the top 25 local selling albums in 2012.

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Cinder Conk

Cindy ConkCinder Conk plays original music from Maine and folkdance music drawn from the Balkans. Cinder Conk mixes frenzied accordion riffs and warm double bass counterpoint with a classic bardic lyricism that invites and transcends. Occasionally adding violin or percussion, or songs in languages such as Macedonian, Serbian, or Romanes, the band performs a diverse array of highly engaging music. The duo has shared the stage with Petar Ralchev's Live From Bulgaria Ensemble, Fishtank Ensemble, and Slavic Soul Party. Notable performances include the Free Range Music Festival, the Golden Festival, and The Common Ground Fair.

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Dave Gunning

Dave GunningDave emerged upon the East Coast Canadian music scene in 1997. Since then the Pictou County, Nova Scotia born singer-songwriter has built a reputation as a compelling and charismatic performer. He has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres. He has ten critically acclaimed CD’s to his credit, with the latest No More Pennies nominated for a 2013 Folk Recording of the Year at ECMA. His sonic menu includes flavors of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles. Dave transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.

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Emilia Dahlin Quartet

Emilia Dahlin QuartetWith a gift for story and a powerful voice, Emilia Dahlin weaves mesmerizing tales (complete with Greek myths, robotic messiahs, epic floods and tax evaders) with raw, rootsy folk backing dynamic jazz vocals. The experience of her quartet relays strong stage presence and impressive artistry, while juxtaposing Americana-laced, indie-folk with eclectic, jazz-infused experimentation to create a multi-faceted, original sound. The quartet is formed by long-time bandmates Adam Frederick (upright bass), Max Cantlin (lead guitar), and Seth Kearns (drums/percussion).

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Figures of Speech Theatre

Figures of Speech TheatreFigures of Speech Theatre tours the world with original works of theater metaphor generated at the intersection of drama and poetry, sculpture and dance. Artistic Director John Farrell's recitation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets has been hailed as “technically flawless and deeply moving, as he transforms himself into an instrument through which Eliot's poetry can pour and embody itself, a cry from one human life to another.” Farrell is the recipient of a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship and a Maine Individual Artist Fellowship.

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Hyphen

Catherine Cabeen and Karena Birk, photo by Tim SummersHyphen, a contemporary dance company anchored in the choreographic work of Catherine Cabeen, is a forum for investigating how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies. Cabeen, a former member of the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Martha Graham Dance Company, has created 24 new works in collaboration with 30 interdisciplinary artists since founding her own company in 2009. Hyphen tours internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants. Cabeen is currently working through Hyphen on a trilogy of evening-length works inspired by New Realist Artists.

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Jessica Rhaye

Jessica RhayeJessica Rhaye is a singer song writer who draws inspiration from pioneers like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Denver, and Anne Murray. She has worked with producer Ed Woodsworth, Ken Tobias, Asif Illyas and Ron Sexsmith. Her new album Good Things focuses on acoustic songs composed with stand-up bass, acoustic guitars, mandolin, and piano for instrumentation. “I really wanted the imagery to be simple and classic. Good Things was a trip back to the positive music that has influenced my life and art; a time when as a child I was experiencing new things, great music and had a very positive outlook on life.”

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Jin Hi Kim Digital Buddha

Jin Hi Kim Digital BuddhaJin Hi Kim is a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition and internationally acclaimed innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso. Kim featured on Voice of America, PRI's The World, and BBC Global Hit, has introduced the indigenous instrument for the first time into Western contemporary music scene. Kim has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Asia Society (New York), and Royal Festival Hall (London). She has performed with masters around the world including the Kronos Quartet, world musicians and jazz improvisers.

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Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble

Okbari Middle Eastern EnsembleOkbari Middle Eastern Ensemble is Amos Libby (oud, vocals), Eric LaPerna (riqq, daff, tabla and nay), and Duncan Hardy {qanun}. The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble has performed at venues throughout the U.S., including the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Alwan for the Arts in NYC.

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Rachel Boggia

Rachel Boggia Rachel Boggia is a choreographer, performer, video editor and educator. Her dance, documentaries and mediated performances have been seen in venues in Ireland and around the United States. She has performed professionally in the work choreographers Risa Jaroslow, Vanessa Justice, Karl Rogers, Paul Singh, Luke Gutgsell, Barbara Thatcher, and Marlon Barrios Solano.

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Samuel James

Samuel JamesSamuel James is part Bill Withers, part Tom Waits, part James Brown, part Leo Kottke, and part P.T. Barnum. A roots troubadour of the highest order, James will sing you a song with raw, sweat-pouring soul, all the while playing the guitar with such commanding virtuosity you will swear he is reinventing it. Then he will tell you a story enrapturing you to the point where you'll almost forget he's a musician. Samuel James has received standing ovations for his solo acoustic work from Maine to California as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France, Norway, Belgium, Poland, and Turkey. Come one, come all and find out why!

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The Ghost of Paul Revere

The Ghost of Paul RevereThe Ghost of Paul Revere is a five piece holler folk band from Portland, Maine. The music is built on powerful three part harmonies and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music. The debut EP "North" was the 15th bestselling local album in Maine and New Hampshire and has sold out of the first pressing. They have appeared at The Empire, playing with Whitehorse, Sugarloaf Mountain and Billy's Tavern. They have just produced a new limited release project, the Mud Cove Bootlegs.

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The Glooskape Chronicles

The Glooskape ChroniclesThe Glooskape Chronicles, produced by Seven Eagles Productions, is a re-telling of ancient traditional Wabanaki stories that draw parallels between the past, present and future through Glooskape, the Wabanaki people's ‘culture carrier”. Glooskape lived with the first Wabanaki people and taught them how to make stone tools, create medicines from plants, fast, build lightweight canoes, pouches to carry fire safely, and other useful skills. Stories about Glooskape’s teachings and activities were gathered from primary sources like John Bear Mitchell, a Penobscot story teller and books like Molly Spotted Elk's book on Penobscot legends and Algonquin Legends by Charles G. Leland.

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VentiCordi

VentiCordiVentiCordi (Winds and Strings) is a musical collaboration between oboist Kathleen McNerney and violinist Dean Stein, combining their love of chamber music with innovative programming that blends wind and string instruments. Both Ms. McNerney and Mr. Stein performed nationally and internationally as members of professional chamber ensembles. Their respective musical journeys prepared them to explore creative frontiers beyond the usual constraints of traditional groups. They found the freedom to program music they love and to invite the best musicians to perform it with them.

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Wayne Delano Quartet

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Wayne C. DeLano is a Saxophonist, (woodwinds) Pianist, Composer, Arranger who has won outstanding performer awards from the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival 1984, Aquinas College Jazz Fest. 1986, Elmhurst College (Chicago) 1985, Notre Dame Jazz Fest. 1990. He has recorded nine cd’s with Joe McBride (Heads-Up Intnl.) and has several other Heads-Up Records Compilations. He has toured with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Joe McBride, Jimi Tunnel, many other Dallas-based ensembles. He has also performed with Jazz Greats; Phil Woods, Micheal and Randy Brecker, Jimmy Cobb, and others.

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For more information please contact the Media Arts and Performing Arts Director at the Maine Arts Commission. Kerstin Gilg, 207/ 287-6719 - kerstin.gilg@maine.gov