This concert featured many styles of music with people of all ages and from many cultures. People met their neighbors and had a great time! See the biographies below for these amazing artists!
- D. Crowfeather–Native American Drum and Story
- Catherine Costa–Native American Flute and Middle Eastern Shrudi Box
- Barry Skeete– Percussionist
- Sharis Coleman-Derr–Original Piano Music from Heart
- Papa Malick Faye–African Drummer
- Susan Patricia Golden–Founder of Universal Music Day Voice
- Linda Jones–Classical Piano *
- Effie Jeffories Kraft–Opera
- Ed Kraemer–Jjembe or Drums
- Kit Jan Magray–Traditional Flute, Voice — Original Song
- Pat McGiverin–Traditional Flute
- Abasi Ote–Didgeridoo also known as a Yidake
- The Tampa Bay Golden Strings Chamber Ensemble practiced and taught at other youth at the “Y” and Hospice earlier in the day.
- Eden Vaning-Rosen, director *
- Serenity Tedesco, Violin
- Christina Ho, Violin
- Katie McCormick, Violin
- Jasmine Lemon, Viola
- Jane Dustin, Cello
- Charlie Wheaton–Jazz Piano
- Mr. D. Crowfeather will open this evenings events.
- Mr. Abasi Ote will close our performances for the evening to send you on YOUR way with PEACE!
We had a great time last night.
The performance was phenomenal!! Love….Vic
D. Crowfeather–Native American Drum, Songs and Stories D Crowfeather is a Native American storyteller from southwest Texas. He is also a spiritual counselor and conducts drumming ceremonies, Stone Meditations and fire circles. He recently completed a storytelling CD called “Native Son”, which he will be performing at this Musical event. He also makes Native American Crafts and has Native American jewelry for sale. Mr. Crowfeather is a landscaper and gardener who specialized in creating meditation, spirit and stone gardens. He can be reached at 727 239 1207.
Catherine Costa–Native American Flute and Middle Eastern Shrudi Box. Catherine Costa sings and plays Native American flute. She sang with the Dan Bremer Jazz Group in NYC for 5 years before moving to Florida 12 years ago. Since then, Catherine has sung with Fred Johnson and a local spiritual vocal group called Sacred Voices. Her time is spent making music, cooking and spoiling her flock of parrots rotten.
Barry Skeete–Percussionist C. Barry Skeete, owner of Bluejay Rhythms and “Drum With Me” has been a music and percussion enthusiast since childhood. Barry has performed with the Fred Johnson Jazz Group at the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival in 2000 & 2005, and opened for headliners such as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Boney James and Rick Braun. As a duo, Barry and Fred provided the background music for readings by Deepak Chopra and Coleman Barks and have co-produced countless Sound Sculpture Improvisational Performances. Barry participated in the Art & Spirituality Festivals and Community Arts Ensemble held by the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and has provided percussion for many multi-national musical presentations. Barry completed Drum Circle Facilitation Training with Arthur Hull, has facilitated childrens’ percussion workshops and hosted Fire and Drum Circles for the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Dept. Barry facilitates “Drum With Me” events for Senior Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area. A certified Helmtone Drum Therapy Practitioner, he is affiliated with Vision in Voice with Fred Johnson, the Sound Body Wholistic Health Center and is an associate artist with the International Association of Sound, Breath and Healing. Contact: email@example.com
Sharis Coleman-Derr--Original Piano Music Hello, my name is Sharis Coleman-Derr. I have been living in Largo for the past 4 years. I learned at a young age how to play the piano by ear, then taught myself the rest of the way. Last year I recorded my very own piano CD, GITA, meaning “song” in Hindi, of which I’m very proud. Each song is an original composition strait from my heart. This CD was recorded to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I feel very deeply that my music can help to heal our troubled world. I also love to sing and have had the privilege of singing in two choirs before I joined the chorale at UUC. I feel The song “How can I keep from singing”, deeply expresses my love of making music. I enjoy Playing the piano and/or singing with the UUC chorale whenever I can, making friends, selling my CD, and expressing myself to anyone who has the time to truly hear., I find it extremely helpful whenever I can, to educate the public about what it’s like to be visually impaired. Thanks for your support.
Papa Malick Faye–African Drummer Papa Malick is a Master Drummer and virtuoso percussionist from Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, who grew up in a family of Griot drummers. The Faye family has sustained the legacy of Sabar drumming for centuries in West Africa. At the age of two Malick’s grandfather taught him how to play the Sabar drum. After his grandfathers passing, Malick’s father, Amaudou continued the young Faye’s training. Malick began his performing career by playing for his friends, and passers by in his Bargny neighborhood. He continued to be trained in the Sabar, kitero, and djembe orchestras. Young Malick trained daily to prepare for the National Children’s Sabar Competition. In 1988 Malick won the competition and in 1991 Malick Faye was recruited into the National Band of Senegal. Malick had the opportunity to play with such professionals as Doudou N’diaye Rose, Curgy and N’daiye M’baiye. He toured with these companies throughout Italy and Europe. In 1996, the Faye family Sabar Drum Ensemble was contracted by the University of Arizona to perform at an official Super Bowl XXX concert called, “Share The Dream”. Malick subsequently moved to Chicago to drum for the Muntu Dance Company, directed by Amonia. He was offered a position in New Orleans with the Coulou Dancers, directed by Maryama Cowry. It was here that he began teaching dance and drumming classes for children. In 1999 Malick moved to Atlanta to play lead drum for Souleman Diop. While in Atlanta, he also met and performed with other local artists. In 2001 Malick relocated to Florida to work with Dundu Dole’ African Urban Ballet and the Kuumba African Dancers and Drummers. Contact: papamalickFaye@yahoo.com or phone: 727 748 6184 and 727 520 2245
Susan Patricia Golden— Susan is the Founder of Universal Music Day, professional speaker, advocate for Music and Children, a Reconstruction Musician, which means that she takes people back to the way they came into the world–as singers, musicians, artists and all around creative people. She conducts workshops for those who “wish” they could sing or make Music, leads support groups to support the caretakers while they support their significant others with serious, long term illness or injuries. Susan is soon to be both a nationally Certified Music Practioner, and member of IHSM. She is a member of Music For People and the Music for Healing and Transition program. see SPG link for more information or contact her as your next speaker or workshop leader at SPG@UniversalMusicDay.org or 727 804 4908.
Linda Jones–Classical Piano Has two degrees in piano performance, ministers to the Unitarian Universalists as our staff pianists. She like to garden and do yoga. Effie Jeffories Kraft–Opera Piano and Voice Appeared as a guest soloist in New York’s Carnegie Hall and sang leading roles with the Rochester Chamber Opera and the Verdi Opera Society. Effie sang leading roles as “Gilda” in “Rigoletto”‘ “Serafina” in “II Campanello” and “Frasquita” in “Carmen.” Lucia from Lucia di Soprano soloist of the Clearwater Symphonic Band. She studied theory and piano repertoire with Dr. Richard Egner of Rochester, New York. Ms. Jeffories is still teaching with 30 years experience please call 727 443 7022 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 727 443 7022
Ed Kraemer–Drums Kit Ed Kraemer is a retired bank examiner. He enjoys playing the drums to jazz and popular music. He also enjoys playing the djembe drum, and singing in choral groups. A musical highlight was playing drums for an amateur theatre production of the Gershwin musical “Girl Crazy.”
Jan Magray–Traditional Flute, Voice Original Songs Jan Magray, is a Kodaly specialist with graduate degrees in music education and pastoral ministry. She is also in the fourth year of training with the international organization: Music for People. She currently teaches flute, piano, and improvisation at The Music Studio at the Movement Gallery at 1128 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Contact: email@example.com
Pat McGiverin–Traditional Flute Pat has a Bachelor of Music degree in General Music Education from University of Michigan and a MM in Music theory from Indiana University. She was awarded “what I believe was the first woodwind Performer’s Certificate from Indiana”. Music jobs include: Boston Pops Tour Orchestra (7 wks) Fulbright Scholarship to study flute in Detmold, Germany, 1 year. Kansas City Philharmonic, principal flute, 1 year, including as soloist in the Mozart flute/harp concerto Birmingham, Alabama Symphony, prin. flute, 5 years She taught flute at University of Missouri at Kansas City and Lawrence College in Wisconsin, and briefly at Alabama College and Birmingham-Southern College. She taught elementary school music in Birmingham 1 year. Played with the Clearwater Symphony, principal flute, several years including soloist in several pieces. In addition, to numerous solo, chamber music and other miscellaneous performances.
Abasi Ote–Didgeridoo also known as a Yidake MAKE MUSIC THROUGH RESOURCEFUL THINKING ABASI OTE, a musician and primal instrument maker, teaches you to discover music anywhere, through innovation, adaptation, and borrowing from different cultures. ABASI uses traditional and indigenous instruments such as wooden flutes, didgeridoos, bull roarers, rainsticks, musical mouth bow, and clappers. He teaches about their historical origins, as well as, their relationships to the ecology and the cultures from which they are derived. He pays special attention to Africa and Australia. “Many children are becoming passive consumers at an early age,” Abasi says. Without elaborate toys, games, and media, they often regard their surroundings as inadequate or boring.” Abasi’s hands-on presentation encourages the audience to identify and make use of the bounty of human and natural resources all around us, creating deeper sense of connection to the world. The Tampa Bay Golden Strings Chamber Ensemble Under the tutelage of Eden Vaning-Rosen, named String Teacher of the Year by The American String Teachers Association. All five of Ms. Vaning-Rosen’s students fulfilled their commitment to Universal Music Day by practicing their Music in the morning, teaching violin to underprivileged children in the Musical Alternatives Program at the YMCA, and then playing at the Sun Coast Hospice later that day. Contact www.TheViolinBook.com and 727-442-6828 for more information.
Ellie Speed–Voice Ellie Speed, vocalist and songwriter, is a nationally Certified Music Practioner and member of the non-profit organization, Institute for Healing through Sound and Music. She has also studied “Sound Sculpture” with Fred Johnson, internationally acclaimed for his presentations on the Healing Power of Music. Ellie conducts “Music Rounds” and facilitates a “Tones for Healing Group” on a weekly basis at Bayfront Medical Center. This program has been ongoing for the past four years, and is sponsored by the Department of Pastoral Care. For thousands of years sound has been employed as a healing modality. Its efficacy is now scientifically confirmed and it is gaining recognition by the medical community. Consider this: “Every SOUND you hear has the Power to Affect how you feel. The Choice is Yours. For additional information, Ellie can be reached at: ESPEED@TAMPABAY.RR.COM
Charlie Wheaton–Jazz Piano Charlie Wheaton does clinical and forensic psychology in Clearwater, but likes to play jazz.