Cycles: A Collaboration of Dance and Spoken Word Poetry

Cycles: A Collaboration of Dance and Spoken Word Poetry

Emily SoRelle Adams and Emily Ruth Hazel

Spark and Echo Arts LIVE 2013

Spark and Echo Arts LIVE 2013

Clips from Spark and Echo Arts LIVE 2013 at Alchemical Theatre Lab in Manhattan, NYC. January 25th, 2013. See more pics and support the project at www.SparkandEcho.org Photography by Justin Shockley (www.justintshockley.com) Visual Artists: Amina Ahmed, David Chang, Rob Colvin, Steve Forster, Seth Ruggles Hiler, and Erin Mulvehill Performers: Emily SoRelle Adams and Brittany Testone (dance) Anna Hillengas Troester (choreography) Benje Daneman, James Hall, Evan Mazunik (music) Emily Ruth Hazel and Ren Jackson (spoken word) Meaghan Burke (cello) Additional Music: I've Got All the Light I Need by Ashley Gonzalez Daneman Words Remain by Josh Garrels How to Be Free by Spark & Echo

Lies

Lies

Written by Zhubin Parang Based on Luke 8:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Starring: Katie -- Julie Sharbutt Charlie -- Michael Markham Lawyer -- Lauren Adams Director of Photography -- Brian Kazmarck Grip/Sound -- Nathan Troester Directed by Michael Markham Special Thanks: Spark and Echo Arts Redeemer Presbyterian Church © 2013 KiteMonkey Productions

Spark and Echo Arts Video News Ep. 3 -- We Were Like Those Who Dream

Spark and Echo Arts Video News Ep. 3 -- We Were Like Those Who Dream

Featuring new works from Dancer Christine Suarez, Songwriter Mara Measor, Filmmaker Ben Stamper, Dancer Lea Fulton and Composer Joshua Stamper. Visit www.SparkandEcho.org for full works. Additional Music Credit for Christine Suarez' work: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem -- Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Collected Thoughts

Collected Thoughts

Spark and Echo Arts News Ep. 2: Upcoming Event with Evan Mazunik

Spark and Echo Arts News Ep. 2: Upcoming Event with Evan Mazunik

Jonathon Roberts talks with Evan Mazunik about Spark and Echo Arts upcoming event at the Irondale Center, Among Fools: A Subrational Soundpainting, June 21st at 8pm in Brooklyn. Get tickets here: http://amongfools.brownpapertickets.com/ For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/369450683176488/ We are thankful for the support of Flat World Productions: www.flatworldpro.com Also we feature our newest work on SparkandEcho.org, a composition by Angelo Spagnolo.

Spark and Echo Arts News Ep. 1: Four Artists Curated by Shann Ray

Spark and Echo Arts News Ep. 1: Four Artists Curated by Shann Ray

First episode of our video newsmagazine highlighting artists from the past month. Works created for Spark and Echo Arts this month were curated by author of American Masculine, Shann Ray. This episode highlights new works from photographer Vanessa Kay, and writers Alan Heathcock, Mary Jane Nealon and Shann Ray. Watch the video and then learn more at SparkandEcho.org

We Were Like Those Who Dream

We Were Like Those Who Dream

Spark and Echo Arts is pleased to present a collaboration between musician Joshua Stamper, dancer Lea Fulton, and video artist Ben Stamper, who created a beautiful new video work, We Were Like Those Who Dream. These artists responded to the theme of dancing and Psalm 126:1: When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Music by Joshua Stamper Daniel Delaney -- cello Amy Christmas Halteman -- clarinet Joshua Stamper -- guitar Dance by Lea Fulton Photography and Edit by Ben Stamper For more info about and work and artist bios visit: http://www.sparkandecho.org/we-were-like-those-who-dream_stamper-fulton-stamper/

Benje Daneman, "Light in the Darkness" Jazz Suite Preview

Benje Daneman, "Light in the Darkness" Jazz Suite Preview

In early 2015, New York City based jazz trumpeter/composer Benje Daneman was commissioned by Spark and Echo Arts to create a full length musical work based upon his interpretation of passages based upon “Light” from the Bible. Daneman turned to his musical community to help make his work a true experience and SearchParty was formed. This performance was a preview of his final composition, a full jazz suite entitled "Light in the Darkness" from December 15, 2015, at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Benje Daneman - Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Composition Ashley Daneman - Voice Kris Allen - Alto Sax Rob Clearfield - Piano Ike Sturm - Bass Michael W. Davis - Drums This video is also update #4 of Benje's Artist in Residence Project for Spark and Echo Arts. Learn more at http://www.sparkandecho.org/benje-daneman_air4/

These Are My Sons by Jonathon Roberts

These Are My Sons by Jonathon Roberts

Song written for Spark and Echo Arts by Jonathon Roberts based on King David's rise and events related to three of his sons as told in the following passages: 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 2 Samuel 3:2-5, (Genealogies) 2 Samuel 5:1-16 (David Becomes King) 2 Samuel 13: 1-34 (Amnon rapes Tamar, Absalom kills Amnon) 2 Samuel 18:9, 14-15 (Absalom killed) 1 King 1:5-27 (Adonijah sets himself up as king) When I read the Bible I often find myself skimming over the lists of names. I forget that these are real people with full lives, emotions, a history, and a legacy. I set out to reverse this habit in myself while writing this song. I found lists of David's sons and daughter in the Old Testament and started to imagine what his relationship might be with each of them. How did this relationship evolve as David's life changed, from being in Hebron to Jerusalem? What about when his sons got caught up in acts of lies and jealousy? I focused on three sons: Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah. I imagined the love that David had for them but also the tremendous regret and sadness he felt at their behavior. Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar, Absalom punished and murdered Amnon and ultimately died in disgrace hanging by his hair from a tree, and Adonijah was a charmer who unsuccessfully tried to seize the throne only to be killed as well. David is a noble man; his unending love and trust for God in his life and written in the Psalms is in an inspiration for us all. Still, how would he feel when looking at this same list of his sons that we see. The song begins with the David's joy of bearing children and his rise in power and ends with an imagined scene of David addressing his sons, expressing his frustration, anger and regret. At times he may even see and blame himself. -Jonathon Roberts Lyrics: I'm in the land of the matriarch on the hill I'm in the land where my father and my mother lay down They lay down, I'm alive, I'm alive, I've Got it All I wonder why all the love is gathering round me Another baby born, Another baby born, One more baby born I got it, I got it all These are my sons and this is my daughter I love them I love them They are my soul I'm in the city of the capital. I'm the king I am the one who built up the wall, I'm alive, I'm alive, I got it all, I got it all I wonder why I wonder who am I that I have been brought this far I got it all I wonder why, I wonder why Look how my babies have grown, Look how my babies have turned I thought they were wiser than I So why all the lies? The lies, the lies, the lies, One has carried a sword, One has stolen a heart One has severed a nation I had it all, I had it all These are my sons and this is my daughter You loved her, You loved her. It wasn't love. You took her soul. You hated and died You punished with a coward's hand Only to rise up in a tree, your throne And you, you say you're a worthy man But you're a lost deceiver You're spoiled, your charms are lies Oh, my sons.

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