July 10, 2006

Imagine Miami

Imagine Miami
July 11, Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Arts Bridging Ethnicities & Cultures

Free panel discussion, followed by a concert.
Co-sponsored by Imagine Miami, Miami Beach Arts Trust, Arts at St. Johns at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Panel discussion - 5:30 - 7 pm
Reuben Hoch, jazz musician, director of the Alliance for Cultural Composers
Geoffrey Philp, Jamaican author, writer, Professor at Miami-Dade College North
Andrea Seidel, Director of Intercultural Dance and Music Institute (INDAMI) at FIU
Maguinha Machado, Brazilian vocalist, songwriter, poet

LOCATION: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Ctr. Drive, Miami Beach. (on the corner of Convention Center Drive & Dade Blvd. behind the Holocaust Memorial.

COST: Free

Geoffrey Philp is the author of a novel, Benjamin, My Son, a collection of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien, and five poetry collections. He grew up in Jamaica and attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College. Geoffrey left Jamaica in 1979 and since then, he has attended Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. Currently, Geoffrey is a professor at Miami-Dade College, North Campus. He is married to Nadezka Ferro-Philp and they have three children. He maintains a web site @ www.geoffreyphilp.com and a blog site @ http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com.

Reuben Hoch, grew up in New York. He attended Jewish parochial school, where he embraced the music of his ancestry. He became active on the NY jazz scene as a teenager. After graduating from Yeshiva University, he lived in Israel from 1984-1988 and attended the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine. Reuben relocated to South Florida in 1996 and created The Chassidic Jazz Project in 1998. In 2006, he released a trio CD, Reuben Hoch and Time - Of Recent Time, on Britain's Naim label with jazz veterans Don Friedman and Ed Schuller. The CJP will perform at Makor in NY on July 20 with saxophone great Dave Liebman. They will also appear at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto on September 4.

Maguinha Machado, singer and poet, left Goiás, in Brazil, in 1970 during the military dictatorship that tragically dismantled her family. Forced into exile, she went from the backlands of Goiás, in the Central High Plateau, with its Savannah farms, and forests, to New York City. A graduate of C.W. Post College, in Languages and Education, she went on to live and sing in New York with Brazilian percussionist Dom Um Romao, known for his work with the Weather Report. Then she lived in Europe, raising children, and singing, in Italy and France. In Miami since 1997, she's been singing at Tap Tap's Haitian Restaurant on South Beach for the past six years, and more recently, at Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant in the Miami Design District. A firm believer in cultural amalgamation, she's made music her life's work, and an instrument for bringing bring people together. She also sings with the "Brazilian Voices,” the woman's choir of strong community participation, founded in South Florida.

Andrea Mantell-Seidel, PhD is INDAMI’s founder and director. She holds a doctorate in Dance from New York University and a Master’s degree in English literature from McGill University, Montreal. As an associate professor of dance at FIU, she teaches courses in Global Perspectives in Dance and Culture, Dance Ethnology, Latin American and Caribbean Dance and Culture, and Modern Dance and writes articles on a variety of topics related to dance, myth, and ritual, intercultural education, and early modern dance reconstruction. As a solo artist and scholar and as Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, Dr. Mantell-Seidel has toured nationally and internationally in Japan, China, Germany, Canada, Central and South America, including such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, New York Lincoln Center Festival Out-of-Doors, the International Goethe Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the International Festival Sucretino (Venezuela), and International Festival de las Mujeres en la Danza (Ecuador). Dr. Seidel is the recipient of over a hundred local, state, and national grants, including a $225,000, three-year grant from the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary for the Dancing Across Disciplines project.

Funded by grants from Dade Community Foundation and the Florida Humanities Council (the state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
Info: 305-613-2325 or artsatstjohns@bellsouth.net www.artsatstjohns.com


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