Improvisation by musicans and dancers unite!
Once a month the Umbrella Studio fills with a celebration of movement and music! A live soundscape is provided by a local musican. Bring your own instruments to join in after 10pm.
All dance levels and styles are welcome.
With musicians Bob Weiner and Mike Vargas.
Drummer and percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective (New York, NY) , New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) and Berklee College of Music ( Boston, MA). He currently plays at Earthdance for Contact Improvisation Jams, and with many movement/dance formats.
Bob has co-authored two important percussion books, “Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset” with Frank Malabe and “Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset” with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Music). He holds a Masters’ degree at Lesley University in Inter-Disciplinary Studies and has taught a course in the Expressive Therapies program (Lesley University) entitled “Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming.” He is also co-teaching a course entitled ‘Arts Entrepreneurship’ through the BDIC (Bachelor Degree Independent Concentration) at UMass in Spring, 2011.Bob currently teaches percussion and drumming to 5 College music students, as well as privately.
Bob has a particular interest in depth psychology (Jungian studies) and contemplative practices (meditation, tai chi/qi gong) and how they apply to the arts and improvisation. His master’s thesis in the Inter-Disciplinary Studies Program (Lesley University) is a video (and paper) entitled “Contemplating Improvisation.”
Mike Vargas began playing music in 1959. His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York's Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He also works internationally as a freelance composer performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the past 9 years, he has been teaching and performing with Nancy Stark Smith. He has released 9 CDs of his music and is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College.