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Sage Galesi shares on “Make No Bones About It.” 7-6-2014 from 4:00pm

Sage Galesi

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Sage began her journey as a singer/songwriter and actress when she was a wee child. Music was always around from stories of her grandmother who worked with Elvis or her mother’s dearest friend and record producer Leonard Cohen dropping by. Some early highlights of Sage’s career would be dancing with Michael Jackson in the music video BLACK or WHITE, singing “Thank You” with Natalie Merchant at the Lilith Fair, starring on the Disney Channel, “Toon Disney Summer Sundays with Sage and Beau” and a co-starring role in the ABC mini-series “Dreamkeeper”. Sage has also performed on some of the world’s most renowned stages, including: The Roxy, The Whiskey a Go-Go, House of Blues LA, The Ford Amphitheater, to name a few. Sage took a break from Hollywood to attend Yale, though during her freshman year she couldn’t pass co-starring in the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Into The West” for TNT. Through her education she explored the world, studying theater in London and at Russia’s renowned Moscow Art Theater. Upon graduation Sage went to LA and started to work on her new musical venture, this led her to London and Nashville where she wrote and recorded her first solo EP, “Learning to Walk“. In 2012, with Sage and The Saints, Sage recorded her second EP “I Will Lie” produced by Rascall Flatts instrumentalist Jonathan Trebing. Currently, Sage lives in Nashville. She is writing and recording for a new record, as well as lending a hand writing for and with other artists.

SOME KIND WORDS:
 “Mama’s Biscuits”   -Neil Young
 “When Sage first came to my office at BMI New York I knew she was destined for success. Sage has great talent both as a songwriter and singer…She displays the attributes that are characteristic of someone who will succeed in this tough business and achieve every goal desired.” –Charles Feldman, VP Writer/Artist Relations BMI New York

} “Over the years I have followed Sage’s musical career and have watched her evolve into a wonderfully talented singer and songwriter.  Sage takes an elegant approach to her sound and style, cherry picking musical elements from a variety of styles and time periods, to create a unique and special musical experience.” –Adrian Grenier

RECENT MEDIA:

2/27/14            @DonnaTeresa5 tweeted “SAGE AND THE SAINTS-WOULD I RUN:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q41g3occ95U L-O-V-E this song by @SageTheSaints”

2/19/14            @RosaMonteiro88 tweeted “@SageTheSaints listening to your songs right now and falling in love with your voice!! <3”

11/2013             via YouTube LiiJamJaxxn said “Beautiful u and song!!! *O* I love you Sage

SOME SELECT VINTAGE PRESS (from last EP I WILL LIE):

“…you made my day with just an EP …what a discovery…I am blown away  by this singer and this band…I can’t stop listening (particularly track 1 that I already listened at least 20 times…what a song, what a melody ..they reach perfection) ..I also can’t stop listening tracks 2 and 3 ..I will air these 3 songs …vocally and instrumentally this CD is a real musical gem…it is beyond words.. I guess they will be on the road to a extraordinaire career…to me it is the discovery of this year …Take care and merci for this precious gift.”   -Mike Penard DJ on ISA Radio France

“John (biscuits & Gravy) Davy thumbs up for Sage & The Saints”- on FSR http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/sage-and-the-saints

“so proud of this girl…check out @SagetheSaints” –Ali Puliti, US Weekly via twitter

“good stuff” –Balthazar Getty, PURPLEHAUS Records/musician/actor via twitter

 

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Keith and Chenoa Egawa share about their new book “Tani’s Search for the Heart” on Make No Bones About It. 4:30 pm, 2-23-2014

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Keith and Chenoa Egawa are a brother and sister writing and illustrating team of Lummi and S’Klallam Indian ancestry. Keith is a novelist ( Madchild Running) with a background in education reform and social work. Chenoa is a singer, stoyterller and ceremonial leader, who has worked as a professional illustrator, international indigenous human rights advocate and educator.

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Brian Larney on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- Sunday, January 19th at 4pm

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We will be visiting with Choctaw Seminole  Artist, Brian Larney  on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- www.kaosradio.org this Sunday, January 19th at 4pm.  Brian’s original creations are rare archival illustrations from the past and reflect the rich culture of his tribal heritage.  His visuals are known for their contemporary style yet maintaining the cultural accuracy that honors his tribal family’s name of five generations, YA-HV-LA NE.  Brian has received the Governor’s Award at the Festival of Art, First place awards for his work at Red Earth Festival, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Seminole Museum Signature Series, as well as served as art instructor and consultant for numerous educational and business venues.

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Donald Vann on “Make No Bones About It” -September 8th, 2013

 

The images of full blood Cherokee artist, Donald Vann, speak of peace and tranquility of solitude. They speak of yesterday’s tradition and tomorrow’s promise. Through his work, Donald takes the viewer to a place that is as real to him as the tangible world. To see his paintings is to feel the crunch of snow beneath one’s feet, to hear the wind whisper through the aspen trees and to smell the wood smoke and buffalo of hide tipis. It is to know the soft-spoken man behind the paper and paint.  Donald Vann

“All my life,” Donald explains, “I have had this desire to paint with images I can express thoughts and feelings I could never put into words. Through my art I am able to transcend the limitations of the spoken word.”

It is more than just his Native American heritage that Donald strives to share. Warriors on horseback, a medicine man greeting the dawn and young maidens gathering wood are only the means of conveying moods that are much more universal. He uses those images to tell how he feels about the unseen forces that influence life. Donald draws his greatest inspiration from the earth, sky, and from the rhythms of nature. His creations have a quality that allow the viewer to share some of the inner facets of the Indian soul. “In our world, there is an unspoken quality, a feeling that touches and flows through everything … all of us as well as all things of the earth. If one listens to these forces, he will find himself painting instinctively with the feeling of his heart about his ancestral beliefs and the way people live today.”

These spiritual elements have been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. “Growing up I was always a loner.” Donald recalls, “I spent a lot of time hunting, but that was really just a way of being by myself out of doors. That is where I felt the most comfortable and in tune with the natural spirits evident in all things.”

When he wasn’t camping with his grandfather or hunting in the woods near his boyhood home outside Stilwell, Oklahoma, Donald remembers painting. “I didn’t fit in too well at school, the one art class I took, I flunked. I always thought education got in the way of learning. I was much more interested in the teachings of the holy man for my clan and in the survival and herb skills my grandparents taught me.”

Combining his love for art and his Cherokee heritage, Donald is able to create moving images that speak of the Indian way of life and capture the hearts of art collectors worldwide. He is recognized for his haunting images of his people’s heritage, especially his portrayal of the Trail of Tears. He was proclaimed “one of the best known Indian artists of the 20th century” by the Cherokee National Historical Society. The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian honored him with their top painting award for watercolor medium. He has also won first place ribbons in juried competitions at Oklahoma’s Red Earth Exhibit, Colorado Indian Market and National American Indian Arts Exposition.

More than 50 different editions of his signed and numbered prints are now collectors items. He has taken top honors at shows from Texas to Ohio, and Minnesota to North Carolina. Yet, it is the public’s acceptance is what matters most to Donald.

“Through my images,” Donald says when asked of his success, “I hope people will be inspired to learn more about the customs and values of America’s native people. Our traditions teach many things that can help all people. In today’s fast-paced world, it is too easy to get cut off from one’s heritage and lose sight of the things that are truly important. If I can make people see with their hearts instead of their eyes, then my art has spoken. Then I have succeeded.” http://www.donaldvann.com/

An Evening Eddy Lawrence on “Make No Bones About It

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Eddy Lawrence spent a decade in New York City before settling in the North Country of New York State in 1992. His songs and recordings have garnered critical praise in many publications, including Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar, The Village Voice, CMJ, Folk-Roots, Performing Songwriter, New Country, and Sing Out!.

Eddy has appeared at clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals across North America, both as a headliner and as an opening act for many well-known artists. These days, he performs in concert with his wife, Kim, who accompanies him on upright bass. The duo has recently released a new all acoustic CD called “My Second Wife’s First Album”. The recording is their first together and the ninth album of Eddy’s original songs.

Eddy first gained attention in New York City’s thriving East Village music scene of the early 1980s. He got his start with the seminal NYC roots-rock band, LESR, before releasing his first solo album, “Walker County” in 1986. That LP was an acoustic homage to his home state of Alabama, recorded in his Lower East Side walk-up apartment, using sparse instrumentation: acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass. For the next 15 years, Eddy worked the folk music circuit, playing coffeehouses, festivals, and clubs in support of the acoustic albums he was releasing. He mainly toured in the Northeastern US, but sometimes traveled farther afield and crisscrossed the US several times. “Going to Water”, released in 2001, harked back to his rock and roll days, featuring electric guitars, bass, and drums. In 2004 he released “Inside My Secret Pocket”, an album that featured both acoustic and electric material.

Shortly after the release of “Secret Pocket”, Eddy scaled back promotion of his own albums and songwriting in order to focus on producing recordings by Native American artists, several of which were released on his own Snowplow label. These CDs, which he produced, arranged, recorded, and played on, were well-received in Indian Country and two of them were nominated for Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs).

With “My Second Wife’s First Album”, Eddy has reentered the world of the singer-songwriter, returning to the acoustic sounds that first brought attention to his music back in the 1980s. Growing up in Alabama, with deep roots in the red clay of then-rural Walker County, Eddy was immersed in the old-time folk, country, blues, and bluegrass traditions that flourished there. He has called the area where he came from “the place where the Appalachians meet the Delta”, in reference to the musical melting pot that fused traditional European and African elements, spawning the folk, blues, gospel, rock, and soul music that heavily influenced popular music worldwide in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Eddy’s songs have appeared on many compilation albums, including NPR’s “Car Talk Car Tunes” and nine Fast Folk albums, which have been acquired by the Folkways division of the Smithsonian.

Venues where Eddy has performed include: The Birchmere, the Bluebird Café, The Bottom Line, Bound for Glory, Caffe Lena, Johnny D’s, Middle East Nightclub, Minstrel Coffeehouse, Ram’s Head Tavern, Roaring Brook Concerts, Vancouver Folk Music Festival (main stage) and many others.

 

http://www.snowplowrecords.com/eddy.html

An Evening with Brian Larney-Choctaw/Seminole Artist 9-12-2010

An Evening with Brian Larney-Choctaw/Seminole Artist.

Original creations by Brian Larney are rare archival illustrations from the past and rich culture of the Choctaw and Seminole nations. His visuals present a contemporary style of his heritage and maintains the period’s cultural accuracy. Brian honors his tribal heritage by doing Southeastern Art and signs his artwork with his tribal family name of five generations. His artist signature YA-HV-LA NE means Yellow-Wolf in Seminole. …Brian has served as an art instructor for special programs sponsored by various organizations such as the Texas Commission of the Arts, the American Indian Education Program of Dallas Public Schools in Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Bathhouse Cultural Center. From 1995- 1998, Brian received grants from the Neighborhood Touring Program (funded by the City of Dallas’ Cultural Affairs Program) to teach tribal heritage art to children throughout the City of Dallas. In 1993, Brian designed a program cover for the Human Rights Cover Expo for the City of Dallas S.M.U. Chapter/Amnesty International of the United Nations and art exhibition, Art exhibition at the G.T.E.’s World Headquarters’ in Los Colinas, Texas; art exhibit at the International Museum of Cultures. He presented a lecture and art exhibit for the Black History Program for the Human Resource and Service Administration’s office in Dallas. His artwork was showcased in Multicultural art exhibit at the Federal Bank of Dallas. His paintings hang at the Family Place in Dallas, the Mississippi Choctaw Museum in Choctaw, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Choctaw’s Nation’s Capitol Museum and Oklahoma Choctaw Nation Headquarters, The Silver Sun Gallery in Atlanta. The Seminole Nation Museum in Oklahoma and the Seminole Okalee Indian Village & Museum in Hollywood, Florida. He exhibited in a citywide art tour throughout Dallas, showcased artwork for the 32nd Annual Dallas All-sport Association Banquet, and lectured at the American- Indian Education Program night school. Calendar Signing for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s national conference in Houston. He has taught art classes and lectured about his artwork at several Dallas Public Schools to break stereotypes about American Indians and bring cultural awareness to the future. H.O.P.E. and the on an artist panel MAC Gallery to discuss the topic “The Melting Pot. Does it work or not?

Latest Accomplishments:
2004
Dallas Arts Gala / Art Exhibit
2004 Red Earth Art Market / Contemporary Art Merit Award
Showcase Ice House / One Man Art Show
Painting /Florida Seminole Commemorative Issue Hard Rock Casino opening
15th Annual Dallas American Indian Art Market
2003
American Indian Film Festival – Festival apparel designs
Featured Artist at the Eastfield College – Dallas
Featured Artist at the 14th Annual American Indian Art Market – Dallas
Joint venture with U.S. Lacrosse to carry stickball lithographs – Baltimore
2002
American Indian Film Institute 27th Festival Poster – San Francisco
American Indian Art Market – Tulsa
2001
American Indian Film Institute 26th Festival Poster – San Francisco
20th Anniversary :: Bathhouse Cultural Center art exhibition
Seminole Tribe of Florida’s: Festival art exhibit
Seminole Tribe of Florida’s: Housing Dept. – Annual Conference Painting
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Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale: Six Art Exhibitions -
Experiment 0.1 /0.2 /0.3 /0.4 / U.N.I.T.Y. and Door to the World
Experiment Visual installation-art exhibition-Void Gallery-New York
Art mural for Bob Marley Festival//Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale-Miami
Painting for “SAFARI” co. collateral campaign cover-Fort Lauderdale
Seminole Tribe of Florida – Big Cypress- 8 original Seminole clan paintings
Ancient folklore Latin storytelling paintings for a “Aboard” in-flight magazine in Miami that service air flights to Latin America

Awards:
Seminole Museum Signature Series
One Man Art Show/Best of Show/1st Place
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1st Place/2nd Place
Red Earth
1st place, 2nd Place
Festival of Art
Featured Artist/Governor’s Award/1st Place/3rd Place
GTE World Headquarters
One Man Art Show
Eagledancer Gallery
One Man Art Show
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Featured Artist

Website:
http://www.yahvlane.com/

An Evening with Charleen Touchette -“Messages from the Earth”

An Evening with Charleen Touchette -“Messages from the Earth”

 

Charleen Touchette is an artist, author, activist and mother of four living in the mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is the New Mexico Coordinator of Martin Luther King III’s Realizing the Dream Initiative. She was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1954 and authored t…he award-winning It Stops with Me: Memoir of a Canuck Girl, and NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art. Charleen was awarded the Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award in 1998. She is Québècois, Acadian and Métis of mixed blood French and Canadian First Nation ancestry and grew up bilingual in French and English. Charleen writes on the arts, handwork, sustainability, indigenous thinking, healing and nurturing creativity at OneEarthBlogblogspot.com. She is a staff writer for EcoHearth.com where you can find her “Messages from the Earth” Eco Blog, articles for Eco Zine and Eco Op-Ed pieces