Percussive Dance Preservation Project

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The Percussive Dance Preservation Project is dedicated to the support, development, and preservation of percussive dance in the United States. 


Mar
19
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Dance the Tune with Nic Gareiss and Cleek Schrey

Tickets here: https://www.artful.ly/percussive-dance-preservation-project/store/events/8656

Dance the Tune
Utilizing improvisation, organic movement, and drawing from a myriad of percussive dance styles including Irish step dance, Appalachian flat-footing, and Quebecois gigue, this class explores the sheer musical potential of your feet. Using imitation, idiomatic ornaments as well as alternate shoe-sounds and textures, we will learn to construct lines of rhythm imitating melody as well as create rhythmic counterpoint by setting up shoe-grooves employing contemporary musical sensibility.

No tap shoes required. Leather soled shoes are encouraged! All levels. 

Held at: Knock on Wood Tap Studio

6925 Willow St NW Suite 101 Washington DC 20012

Metro: Takoma (red line)

www.knockonwood.org

 

 

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Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

In Concert: Cleek Schrey and Nic Gareiss

Ticket here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/8654

Hosted by Allyworld, Takoma Park

 

Cleek Schrey and Nic Gareiss present an evening of traditional music, percussive dance, improvisation, and original composition. 

The Percussive Dance Preservation Project welcomes fiddler Cleek Schrey and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss to Washington DC for a performance at AllyWorld, the performance space at Airshow Mastering on March 18, 2016.

Schrey and Gareiss come together as members of a new generation begging new questions through traditional music and dance. Together they create seamless and simpatico duet performances engaging with fiddling and percussive dance practices from Ireland and Appalachia. Using the elements of traditional repertoire, improvisation, and experimental composition, their work foregrounds melody, sonic texture, and explores the performative possibility of traditional music and dance. 

Described by the Irish Times as “a musician utterly at one with his instrument and his music,” Cleek Schrey (hardanger d’amore) is a fiddler and composer from Virginia. An active member of traditional music communities in America and Ireland, he plays in the Ghost Trio (with Ivan Goff and Iarla Ó Lionáird) and the old-time string band Bigfoot. His work has been presented at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, Storm King Art Center, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Lumen Performance Art Festival, and the Bridge Progressive Art Center. Cleek frequently makes music for dance, having worked with choreographers Douglas Dunn and Bill T. Jones and percussive dancer Sandy Silva. He has studied composition with David Behrman, Paul Caputo, Bunita Marcus, and Walter Zimmermann. The journal Sound Post has noted that Cleek “possesses a rare combination of traits: deep respect for traditional music and the people who make it, and an unbounded curiosity about new directions for sound.”  He is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition at Wesleyan University. www.cleekschrey.virb.com

Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. www.nicgareiss.com

“Nic Gareiss was joined by Virginia violinist Cleek Schrey, whose radiant sounding Hardanger fiddle gave his limber cohort a lot to work with. Gareiss combined roots in barn dances and minstrel shows with a more modern inventive style that came to the fore in an impressionistic piece starting with a whisper of a shuffle. Gradually, Schrey accelerated the tempo, practically directing the dancer’s feet with his bow while Gareiss moved like electricity was radiating out of every part of his body.” 
– Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald

 

Allyworld at Airshow Mastering
7014-C Westmoreland Ave Takoma Park MD 20913

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

In Concert: Nic Gareiss and Jordan Tice

Join Capitol Tap, Knock on Wood Tap Studio, and the Percussive Dance Preservation Project for a house concert with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and musician Jordan Tice.

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Simko Ballroom. Please note this is a private residence in Silver Spring, MD, and seating is limited. The address is provided upon purchasing a ticket.

Tickets: $25

For tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/7140

Nic Gareiss

Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years in twelve countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance, including Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. In 2011 Gareiss was commissioned by the Cork Opera House to create and perform two new solo percussive dance pieces to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. In 2013, he served as community liaison for the Wheatland Music Organization's 40th Anniversary production 'Carry it on...', supervising a cast of 70 non-professional dancers from the state of Michigan. He received a Traditional Arts Commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a new duo fiddle and dance work with Caoimhín Ó Raghalliah. The resulting piece, MICE WILL PLAY had a sell-out run at Dublin's Project Arts Centre during the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival.  Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.  www.nicgareiss.com

Jordan Tice

Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer from Annapolis, MD who currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. He released his first record of original music "No Place Better" at the age of 17 to rave reviews and followed that with the record "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" featuring Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer which was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune's top 5 "best compact discs of the year" in the bluegrass/newgrass category in 2008. Also in 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story". The record, featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz, brought about rave reviews from acoustic music publications for its "engaging and melodic tunes" and "inspired solos" (Bluegrass Unlimited) as well as being a "very musical album" (The Bluegrass Blog). Jordan's third record "The Secret History" featuring Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer ventured a bit further from Jordan's Roots with longer more ethereal winding compositions and soundscapes that Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "impressive" and containing "exceptional craft".

In addition to his solo work, Jordan has worked with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. 

Jordan currently plays in the trio Haas Kowert Tice with fiddler Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert. Their new record, "You Got This" is currently garnering some positive press. He also performs with the fiddle/percussive dance group 4tet, in a duo with Hammered Dulcimer Player Simon Chrisman and as a sideman with many different artists around the US.  www.jordantice.virb.com

 

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Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

Dance The Tune Workshops with Nic Gareiss and Jordan Tice

Join Capitol Tap, Knock on Wood Tap Studio, and the Percussive Dance Preservation Project as we present two workshops with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and musician Jordan Tice. 

Dance the Tune

Utilizing improvisation, organic movement, and drawing from a myriad of percussive dance styles including Irish step dance, Appalachian flat-footing, and Quebecois gigue, this class explores the sheer musical potential of your feet. Using imitation, idiomatic ornaments as well as alternate shoe-sounds and textures, we will learn to construct lines of rhythm imitating melody as well as create rhythmic counterpoint by setting up shoe-grooves employing contemporary musical sensibility.

Beginner/Intermediate: 6:30-7:45pm

Intermediate/Advanced: 8:00-9:15pm

Tickets: $25 each

Location: Knock on Wood Tap Studio, Takoma, DC.

Register at: www.knockonwood.org/specialevents

Nic Gareiss: 

Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years in twelve countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance, including Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. In 2011 Gareiss was commissioned by the Cork Opera House to create and perform two new solo percussive dance pieces to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. In 2013, he served as community liaison for the Wheatland Music Organization's 40th Anniversary production 'Carry it on...', supervising a cast of 70 non-professional dancers from the state of Michigan. He received a Traditional Arts Commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a new duo fiddle and dance work with Caoimhín Ó Raghalliah. The resulting piece, MICE WILL PLAY had a sell-out run at Dublin's Project Arts Centre during the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival.  Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. www.nicgareiss.com

Jordan Tice: 

Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer from Annapolis, MD who currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. He released his first record of original music "No Place Better" at the age of 17 to rave reviews and followed that with the record "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" featuring Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer which was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune's top 5 "best compact discs of the year" in the bluegrass/newgrass category in 2008. Also in 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story". The record, featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz, brought about rave reviews from acoustic music publications for its "engaging and melodic tunes" and "inspired solos" (Bluegrass Unlimited) as well as being a "very musical album" (The Bluegrass Blog). Jordan's third record "The Secret History" featuring Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer ventured a bit further from Jordan's Roots with longer more ethereal winding compositions and soundscapes that Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "impressive" and containing "exceptional craft".

In addition to his solo work, Jordan has worked with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. 

Jordan currently plays in the trio Haas Kowert Tice with fiddler Brittany Haas and bassist Paul Kowert. Their new record, "You Got This" is currently garnering some positive press. He also performs with the fiddle/percussive dance group 4tet, in a duo with Hammered Dulcimer Player Simon Chrisman and as a sideman with many different artists around the US.  www.jordantice.verb.com

 

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