Music for People Faculty
Art of Improvisation Presenters
Ami Sarasvati is a healing arts practitioner, author, teacher, and musician. She is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) and has published "Learn to Play the Native American Style Flute" available on Amazon, which is also an online course on Teachable.com.
She is a trained facilitator of community music-making events through Flute Haven, HealthRHYTHMS, and Music for People Workshops. Playing the Native American flute is a wonderful healing journey that Ami loves to share with students near and far.
She is a member of the World Flute Society and is active writer on the Health and Wellness Committee.
Bernhard Maurer (Switzerland)
Cello studies in Bern, Berlin and Basel. Training as teacher for string groups in Germany and training in improvisation with David Darling. For a couple of years he has been a cellist at the “Berner Symphonieorchester”, later assistant of Christoph Coin (baroque cello) at the “Scola Cantorum” in Basel. Concerts and recordings with various ensembles for early music.
Freelance projects and teaching at the “Musikschule Köniz”. Main instrument cello, familiar with double bass, guitar and voice.
Focus: Teaching cello, baroque music, improvisation, singing and string ensembles, orchestral conducting and music projects. Co-founder of “Freitagsakademie”.
Christoph Wiesmann (Switzerland) Public relations work and passionate musician, loves to perform.
Multi-instrumentalist (oboe, English horn, saxophone, different flutes, kotamo, percussion and voice), classical training, long standing experience in different music genres: Classical, Jazz, Ethno and others. Works as an Oboe and Saxophone teacher in improvisation. Freelance projects and teaching at the “Musikschule Wohlen”. The enjoyment of spontaneous musical expression with voice and instruments let him come across David Darling. In July 2004, he graduated from the MLP training course.
Focus: Collaboration with various musicians around Berne. Has his own show with a loop machine. Passionate live performer. Music and movement as a dancer and dancing accompanist.
Clíodhna Ní Aodáin (Switzerland) is a professional cellist, conductor, composer, teacher and creative artist. Clíodhna studied cello with Olwen Lewis and Aisling Drury-Byrne in Dublin, Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (BMusRNCM), Yuli Turovsky at the Université de Montréal (Mmus Interprétation) and Susanne Basler at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Konzertdiplom). She has participated in Masterclasses with Janos Starker, Valentin Berlinsky, and David Darling. Originally from Dublin, Clíodhna currently lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. She teaches cello at the Musikschule Konservatorium Bern www.konsibern.ch and conducts the Orchester Divertimento Bern (www.divertimento-bern.ch). Clíodhna performs as a soloist and chamber musician internationally and loves to explore musical expression through improvisation. She is the Artistic Director of Music for People Europe (www.musicforpeople.ch) and has facilitated workshops in kindergartens, music schools, refugee camps and senior residences. Her most recent project is The Celtic Cello www.thecelticcello.com.
Twenty years later, Elaine began her classical training in voice and then received a Post-Master’s Degree (D.E.S.S.) from the University of Montréal. Elaine then gained experienced as a recitalist, cantor, chorister, choir director, performer, voice teacher and music facilitator.
Elaine has a thirst for knowledge. Her discipline has been enriched by theatrical and dance improvisation styles co-created by talented performance artists. She received instruction from Pol Pelletier creator of Dojo for Actors, Sara Zalek from Butoh Chicago, Richard Armstrong’s Extended Voice from the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. Further, she completed five year training in the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) from the Music For People organization founded by David Darling. She has truly enhanced her leadership and creative musical language and has found her doorway to help people find their authentic expressive selves. She brings a new sensitivity to music improvisation with her foundation in formal classical voice. She is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.) Elaine teaches in both French and English at her private voice studio VOIX-DE-VIVRE in downtown Chicago and at the Lycée Français de Chicago and by Skype from anywhere.
Elaine is enlivened by her voice teaching for people of all ages and levels of experience. To further her expertise and knowledge as a voice teacher, she recently participated in the NYVC 40-Hour Voice Teacher Training & Certification led by Justin Stony. She deepened her understanding of belting and vocal physiology. The program demystified the differences among vocal styles. She appreciated Justin Stony’s devotion to his students and his love of voice. Elaine enjoyed every moment of this training.
Harold's session at Art of Improvisation - Emergent Poiesis through Musicking and Word in a Zoomified Field of Play - features guest poet Sally Atkins.
Jonathan has been playing and teaching music around the world for over 30 years. He toured the Pentecostal churches of New York City and the south with The Elect Lady Evangelist Shirley Davis and has toured the world with Talking Heads leader David Byrne.
As both a performer and workshop facilitator he is constantly looking for common ground where everyone can communicate through music. Jonathan’s frequent trips to Kenya to work with the Maasai taught him that participatory music is a necessary ingredient for sustainable communities. He believes that the language of music is inside us all. It does not need to be learned, just coaxed.
Teaching has always been an integral part of his career. He has taught lessons one on one and has led workshops in recording, songwriting, piano, music composition and improvisation. His current passion is to entice everyone he meets to share their innate music from their soul.
Jonathan’s teaching style involves openness, kindness, enthusiasm, curiosity, and risk taking. He is convinced that creating music is part of a healthy life. Humans need to share music and they need a safe place to do it in. Jonathan provides that safe space through his excitement for music no matter who it’s coming out of. He also demonstrates his own curiosity and vulnerability through his music.
She developed the Marimba Magic Method to offer children the joy of making their own music on junior sized marimbas. Sarah is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Brain Gym Educational Therapist. She is on the faculty of the Rivers Music School and Northeastern University, and is a world percussion clinician of drummaker REMO, inc.
Stu Fuchs is a heart-centered, lifelong musician and teaching artist. “Classically trained, improvisationally freed with M.F.P.", his ukulele and guitar workshops empower people of all backgrounds to connect with their inner musician. His music spans jazz, world & original styles with playing that is both meditative and exciting. Stu weaves virtuosity, humor, audience participation and soulful musicianship into his uplifting performances. As a long time practitioner of meditation, Stu is passionate about sharing music as a daily practice for health & well being. His playful, inspiring, and holistic teaching method "Ukulele Zen” make his workshops a not-to-be missed experience. Stu’s workshops playfully encourage students to deepen the mind-body-spirit-instrument connection which allows for enhanced listening, increased creativity and greater ease in music making.
Over a 25 year career, Stu has performed gypsy jazz guitar with symphony orchestras, presented ukulele workshops at festivals worldwide, toured internationally and recorded with Snatam Kaur on her 2018 Grammy-nominated album “Beloved”. For eight years he worked as an artist-in-residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, offering healing music and creative therapies for cancer patients, families ad hospital staff. In 2014 he was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to compose an original, interactive performance using film & music documenting for his work offering healing music at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Stu’s offers weekly ukulele lessons and inspiration on his popular YouTube channel “Ukulele Zen” to Uke enthusiasts around the world. He holds his transformational Ukulele Zen retreat at holistic centers around the world. You can learn more about Stu on his website, http://www.stufuchs.com and on his YouTube channel “Ukulele Zen.”
Terry Beck has performed and choreographed dance worldwide as a solo artist for over thirty years. Additionally he performed and toured with his Philadelphia based Dance/Theatre Company - Terry Beck Troupe garnering numerous awards for dance and choreography. This includes The Edinburgh Festival's Critics Award for Dance – the highest honor of the Festival. As choreographer and filmmaker, he won an Emmy Award for his film "If the Walls Could Talk" which was commissioned by PBS. Recent projects include a new film which he created and directed with filmmaker Ros Smith, and the accompanying dance work entitled ‘Harbour’ for Rubicon Dance of Cardiff, Wales. His association with Rubicon Dance first began in 2015 and then again in 2016/17 before this latest project. As part of Rubicon Dance’s active repertoire are Beck’s excerpted performance of DIG, (originally commissioned by The Pennsylvania Ballet as an evenings length work for ten dancers), and ‘Collecting Gravity’. Both of these works originally toured extensively with both Terry Beck Troupe and with The National Dance Company of Wales (formerly 'Diversions Dance'). For ‘Harbour’ he requested to work with dancers who were associated with Rubicon Dance Company from years past. Therefore, the cast of this new work ranged in ages from 55 to 79 and was premiered in Cardiff in May of 2017. The work will go on to be performed at Saddlers Wells in London in 2019. Additional film projects as performer and dancer includes his work in the short 2015 dance film 'Shorelife', directed by Colin Connor of Cal Arts. In the late Fall of 2017 he began a multi-year collaboration with European dancer/choreographer and performance artist Milos Sofrenovic. This new work will premiere in Vienna before additional performances in Iceland and Paris. During the Fall of 2018 he will also begin a new Movement-Theatre work with Ellen Hemphill of Archipelago Theatre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Beck’s work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Foundation the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Carnahan Jackson Foundation Award, among others. Terry teaches ‘Movement for the Stage’ and ‘Dance Improvisation’ in collaboration with David Rudge’ s “music Improvisation’ class at SUNY Fredonia. Besides his movement and dance work, he is a noted acupuncture practitioner and has been teaching and practicing T’ai Chi for over thirty years world wide. He currently holds Tai Chi classes throughout Western NY.