Gypsy-flamenco and Raga-beat a multifaceted musical ensemble that bridges future and past with diverse world instrumentation and a touch of the interstellar. Conceived to tastefully intermarry influences from Indian, South American, and contemporary music, this project has two distinct personalities: both an acoustic-transcendent-world-music face, as well as an exotic-modern-dance-beat face. The ensemble is piloted like an auditory spacecraft by Mason Lucas and Zan Moore, and graced by many talented collaborators.
Thomas Matherly – Fissure Cat – is a singer, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist from Massachusetts. With a focus on healing and nature, he performs blues/folk/acoustic when playing solo and hard electric blues/rock n’ roll with his current drummer Stefanie Jade Marotte. He fell in love with Beethoven, Miles Davis and The Beatles whilst gently floating in the womb. In 1987 he successfully exited the womb in New York City and continued his love affair with great music. Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sound Garden and many other popular grunge and rock bands captured his interest in the early 90’s and have heavily influenced his music.
Fissure Cat began taking lessons on djembe, piano and violin at the age of three while growing up in Worcester Massachusetts. He has played a variety of other instruments including recorder and alto saxophone. He began playing guitar in 1997 and bass guitar in 2000. He has written over 40 original songs, which he is now sharing around the Pioneer Valley and Northeastern U.S.
Mister Rourke has successfully blurred the line between performance artist, hired gun, studio musician and producer by getting his greasy little fingers into everything in which he could possibly incorporate his turntables. He has served as the DJ for thousands of events, founded a successful mobile disc jockey business, held several residencies in Bostons nightclub scene and guest appeared on numerous radio shows. He has performed live and on record with countless bands in various genres of music including Hip Hop, Funk, Dub Reggae, Free Jazz, Electronica, Blues, Ambient, Moroccan, Trip Hop, R&B, African and even Gospel. His work, which has earned him four Boston Music Awards, has been featured in Boston Globes notable Up and Coming column, jambase.com, Hip Hop Nation, Billboard Magazine, MTVs The Real World and HBOs The Chris Rock Show. His music has also been used in short films, commercials, video games, made-for television movies, and a variety of local art exhibits.
Incorporating cutting, scratching, blending, and mixing with Bostons top musicians since 1989, Rourke is considered a pioneer of using the turntable in a live band setting. Throughout the nineties, he performed thousands of times with both of his eight piece ensembles Fat Bag (Interscope) and The Formula (acclaimed live Hip Hop band voted Best Unsigned Group in Boston featuring Adam Deitch, Atticus Cole, Adam Smirnoff, and Sam Kininger of Lettuce). A staple of the flourishing Boston Hip Hop scene, Mister Rourke and The Formula provided live music for MCs Shuman, Mr.Lif, Akrobatik, Insight, IllinP, Virtuoso, Skitzofreniks, Rip Shop, K.T., Breeze Evaflowin, Sage Francis, Mic Styles, Crush One, Lower Level, The Underworld Secret Service and many more.
In addition to his own projects, Rourke is a member of the rotating cast of Boston based live-dub-trance collective Club dElf (featuring Mike Rivard, Brahim Fribgane, Dave Tronzo, Reeves Gabrels, John Medeski and others). Rourke has also toured with Soulive, Guvna Dub Sessions, Bob Moses & Mozamba, Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey, Miracle Orchestra, Addison Groove Project, Dub & Bass, The Sam Kininger Band, The Adam Deitch Project, Break Science, The Om Trio, John Browns Body, Ron Levys Wild Kingdom, The Everyone Orchestra (featuring Jon Fishman) and more. Mister Rourke has done shows supporting De La Soul (twice), Jamiroquai, Maceo Parker, The Meters, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Phish, Rhazel (twice), Trey Hardson (Pharcyde), Henry Rollins, P-Funk Allstars, Fishbone, Charlie Hunter, The Screaming Headless Torsos, Bernie Worrell, The Disco Biscuits, Ween, Galactic, Scratch (Roots), Buju Banton, Fred Wesley, Black Sheep, The Jungle Brothers, J-Live, Pharoahe Monch, PMD, Madd Skillz, Big Daddy Kane, EDO-G, Yohimbe Brothers, DJ Honda, Grand Master Flash (twice), The Executioners (twice), John Scofield, WAR, LL Cool J and KRS-ONE (Six times) in arenas such as The Fleet Center, The Apollo Theater, The Fillmore, The Orpheum, and Harborlights. Mister Rourke performs at all of the major music festivals in the Northeast including: The Adirondack Mountain Music Festival, Berkfest, Gathering of the vibes, Creekside Jamboree, Ropeadope New Music Seminar (along side DJ Logic), The Phish IT Fest, The Up North Festival, and The Boston Hip Hop Unity Festival (where he and Shuman performed for over 40,000 people). Rourkes even played at Norfolk County Prison (where he received the prestigious “rockin the state pen award”).
Rourkes extensive range of projects include: TERRORVISION scratch music album, The First Night Countdown to New Years Eve 2006 at Boston Copley Square (alongside The Junkman), The Chop Shop at The B-Side Lounge (alongside DJ Axel Foley), The Jazz Meets Hip Hop concert at The Cleveland Jazz Festival (05 & 06), The Plunge Music Festival in Telluride, Colorado, Cultural Constructions IV at Bostons Institute of Contemporary Art, two featured appearances on Billy Martins release Drop The Needle-Remixes & Breakbeats, the DJ for The Truth Tour (anti-smoking campaign), the Soulive Re-Mix album, THE SIEGE (Hip Hop mix-CD), DJ Night at The San Francisco Funk Festival, Club d’Elf in Tokyo-Japan, a featured appearance on G Love’s forthcoming album, The Turntable Demolition Team (improvisational scratch symphony), the musical soundtrack to Parappa the Rapper 2 for Sony Play Station 2 and “Turntables as an Instrument” a DJ workshop he developed and teaches at middle schools, non-profit organizations, music festivals and colleges.
THE UNIFIER FESTIVAL 2018 LINEUP HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! (AND IT’S ONLY PHASE 1!)
WE WERE BORN TO LIVE CREATIVELY. LET’S COME TOGETHER AND DARE TO BE INSPIRING. LET’S CREATE A CULTURE TOGETHER.
Give ‘Thanks’, Unifiers! We are so ready for this Summer Solstice Convergence of high vibe musical offerings from around the globe, and right here in our region.
There will be over 100 musicians and artists joining together on the Land we can now call home, each chosen for the Heart and Spirit that shines through their work. We have one of our headliners, Mike Love bringing the Kahuna force all the way from Hawaii. We have lots of family repping the African Diaspora this year with offerings by Lamine Toure & Group Saloom, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Uhuru Afrika and Kotoko Brass. Our late night Saturday all night Sacred Bass Music journey will run through the dawn with Ill.Gates, SOOHAN, ATYYA, and others we can’t yet mention, with an optional jump in the lake to finish it off, and a beach party on Sunday. Super fun and vibrant headliners Rubblebucket from Brooklyn will make us dance with their infectious grooves. Regional powerhouses Incus, L’Especial, Hayley Jane & the Primates and Club D’Elf always deliver deep and unique heartfelt, lively and world class performances to their own appreciative fan bases.
With a deep respect for the land, an amazing 16 acre lake, over 417 acres for installations and camping, a commitment to organic food and being in healthy relation to food sourcing and merchandise, and a simple and profound gratitude for everyone who comes, we Say Yes Unifiers. We Honor You.
Let’s Do This!!!
“Every so often a festival comes along and really touches my heart, brings a smile to my face, tears to me eyes. Last year it was Beloved Festival in Oregon, and this year it was Unifier Festival in Western Massachusetts. It’s a hard thing to articulate, but I think the main thing that struck me about Unifier this year was that their primary focus was 3 fold:
– To create a container of reverence for this planet
– To treasure the sacredness of human connection
– To acknowledge the importance of ceremony as a weaver of the gathering from start to finish
Participants can feel that, artists can feel that, the event producers can feel that and what happens is a sweet, welcoming, intimate, intentional, celebratory environment where you can’t walk by another human without smiling. Body and mind rests into ease, and clarity emerges.” – Polish Ambassador
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Haley Sharack is a lifestyle and healing arts specialist, life-long creative, dancer, & lover who focuses on synthesizing ancient & modern wisdom to navigate the complexities of our modern global context with the aim of lifting the veil on living truly balanced, fully embodied and uniquely expressive, fulfilling lives as offerings to uplift the collective. She has attended many trainings in yoga, creative movement & performance, healing touch, & ayurvedic lifestyle, is a plant-based kitchen alchemy empowerment guide, and focuses her time on coaching creatives, dreamers & doers in living, movement, & kitchen arts to power up all aspects of their full bodied lives of purpose & pleasure
Exploring Movements and Repertiore in Indian Classical Dance with reference to Odissi
Covering the movements used
Exploring spatial aligment of body, hand and feet
Exploring the different Rasa’s or emotions used in Dance
Introduction to the Repertoire of Odissi
Anindita, a danseuse par excellence is a rare combination of dancer, classical vocalist, choreographer, teacher, scientist & scholar. She is an accomplished artist of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana of dancing and is a known name within the Odissi genre. She has a Masters in Indian (Odissi style) Classical Dance from Chandigarh University and Bachelors in Hindustani Classical Vocal from ABGMM, Mumbai, India. She has been learning, performing and teaching Odissi classical dance and Hindustani Vocal and light music, semi-classical, folk and contemporary dances for almost two decadesand in the USA, where she lives at present. Her dance has the excellent blend of sensuous movement, graceful stances and strong defined footwork with absolute control of the rhythm and space. The elaborate choreography’s, fluidity of her movements and intrinsic foot works are trademark of her performances and her creations. She has multiple productions under her belt and has presented Classical Arts not only at national but also at international level.
She is a recipient of several awards and titles like the “Nritya Shree”,”Nritya Visharad” and “Nritya Praveen” , National Scholarship from Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in India, Orissa Society of America’s and Jagannath Society distinguished artists award in the US. She has performed for several Sangeet Natak Academy sponsored events of Govt of India, Konark Festival, the SAARC Nations, the Festival of India in Argentina, Jaganaath Society America, OSA National Conventions, Festival of Arts, Reno, Nevada amongst others. She was the recipient of the “Human Greatness Award” presented by the Mayor of Danbury for her community outreach programs. She was nominated for the New England Women of the Year Award for her involvement and contribution to the South Asian Community in the New England area and the community at large.
She has been felicitated on numerous occasions at the Rotary Convention India and the US and also by Orissa Society of America’s. She has been a featured artist for the newspaper “News Times”, Danbury Edition, “Tribuna”, “Hartford Magazine”, Danbury Patch and many more. She has been invited as a Judge on the premier dance show on Sony TV called Boogie-Woogie Chalo USA. She has held numerous workshops, lecture demonstrations and charity shows for organizations like, HCC, WHO, City of Hartdford, IAGD(CT), Milan Group(Hartford, CT), P.S. We Care, Children’s First, OSA(USA), BJANA(NJ), AIA(NY), CAPI(CT), GOPIO(CT), IAWCT, TAWCT, TANA, ICDMS(North Carolina), Suny Purchase, West Conn, Norwalk Museum of Arts, Boston Museum of Arts (Boston), Arts Festical (Providence, RI), 100th Year Anniversary, Reno, Nevada to name a few. She is an active member of the Namaskar Foundation for Arts and also the Cultural Chair of the Indian Association of Greater Danbury. She was also featured as a prominent artist on the National Television (DD1) of India and also on the regional television of Odisha,
India. She represented USA in the opening of the Festival of India, Argentina. She toured Germany last year and performed in Stuttgart.
She is the founder and artistic director of her creative venture, Soortaal, School of Dance and Music located in Danbury CT. Soortaal offers training in the Odissi dance and Indian Classical Vocal.She is a visiting professor of Dance at a performing arts school in La Plata, Argerntina and as well has a school in Nevada, USA. Not only as a performer, teacher and practitioner of the ancient arts, she is an ardent promoter of the arts and has established Natyatarang Festival of Arts (NTFA) at Yale, an annual International Cultural Arts festival to promote the classical arts, which completed its 7th year anniversary in 2016. She is a scientist when she is not dancing.
She is the founder and director of her creative venture, Soortaal, which is a platform to teach and propagate Odissi Classical form of dance and Hindustani or North Indian Classical Vocal to aspiring artists. Through the years Anindita has been actively involved with the cultural scene in the US, trying to not only promote Indian dance and music, but also to preserve the traditional and non-traditional art forms from the South Asia, predominantly India. She has many fusion and contemporary dance productions to her credit. Collaborating with other forms be it Ballet, Flamenco, Modern Creative, Balinese dance or various other dance forms, she has constantly tried to explore and prove the universal language of dance and music, the joy of movements, rhythm and sound.
Anindita, successfully presented and inaugurated the first International Classical Arts Festival, Natya Tarang, in Danbury, CT in 2011 with visiting Classical Artists from India and around the world. This is one of the first of its kind in Danbury, where she lives and got lot of accolades from the community. This is an annual festival which will showcase such artists in the future, to popularize the classical arts. This festival is annual hosted at the Yale University, New Haven CT
Anindita also writes for premier internet magazines and contributes articles for the local newspapers in Danbury, on the subject of dance, music and culture and much more.
Anindita has offered numerous workshops and lecture demonstration in schools, universities and libraries to make Indian classical dance and music accessible at the grass-root level, in the USA trying and building stronger artists for the future. She has sucesssfully established a full time residency program with collaboration with the Marigold Movement Center, Reno, Nevada.
1996-1998 Dual Masters in Life Sciences (Gold medalist) and Dance Sambalpur University, Odisha, India Concentration: Microbiology and Molecular Biology (Life Sciences) Concentration: Odissi Classical Dance
Bachelors in Pure Sciences (Honors with Distinction) SB Women’s College, Odisha, India Concentration: Zoology and Botany Masters in Arts (Hindustani or Indian Classical Vocal)
Honors and Awards:
Dean’s List, Norwalk Community College, IT Department, 2002
Gold Medalist and University Top finalist, Masters in Life Sciences, 1998
Masters in Indian Classical Dance and Classical Vocal, 1996-1997
Honor Student, B.S, 1996
Fluent in 4 languages : Hindi, English, Oriya and Bengali
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