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Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston

Proclaimed one of the “purest contemporary voices in the jazz, world and folk industry since Eva Cassidy” by National Public Radio, powerhouse performer and master percussionist Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston embraces the best of many types of music. With her soulful style, sultry ballads, & enchanting, passionate sincerity, she is a dynamic performer and is in the midst of an amazing musical journey.

While the dazzling vocalist from the Washington, D.C. area draws on a dizzying array of influences, from Bel Canto, Funk and Bossa Nova to blues and soul, her sensibility is pure jazz. “I view myself as a roots jazz artist, because jazz feels so all encompassing,” says the newly transplanted Bay area-based singer. Captivating audiences since the age of 4, she began her musical training with classic piano, and went on to study flute, viola, and a multitude of percussion instruments from around the world.

Since then, she has been touring the world performing and recording with internationally acclaimed artists and numerous noted Grammy Award winning artists, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, Take 6, Howard Levy of Bela Fleck & the Flectones, Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, Glen Velez, Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Pete Seeger, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, and the DC Metropolitan National Symphony. She has a strong academic interest in sacred chanting which has led her around the world touring with various artists such as Rwandan Cultural Embassador for PeaceJeanPaul Samputu, culminating in her performance for the commemoration of the Golden Buddha at the request and invitation of His Holiness The Dalai Lama at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing in India.

Her debut album Mosaic received national acclaim, winning a staggering 12 Music Awards, including Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Urban Contemporary Vocalist, Best World Music Vocalist, and Best Debut Artist. Additionally, she was named DC’s best Female Composer in 2006 and again in 2008 for excellence in original composition.

Amikaeyla’s latest collaboration is a healing tribute album entitled “To Eva With Love - A Tribute to Eva Cassidy” with maestroes Wayne Wallace & John Santos. This project is dedicated to all those who have experienced the effects of Cancer and along with her newest solo album “Midnight Sun”, Amikaeyla captures a myriad of international elements and artfully weaves them together with her penchant for vast improvisation. Both albums are due out in the fall of 2010.

Brian Harrison (Video Designer and supporter of Greenpeace)

Brian is honored to be working on The Monkey Bible “movement” as he calls it. He previously spent ten years working with the world renowned Blue Man Group. Since 2003, he worked on the production team opening fifteen new Blue Man shows around the globe. He also worked on numerous BMG television performances including four appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The 2005 Emmy Awards, and the Royal Variety Performance for Queen Elizabeth. He counts among his other credits working with rock acts My Morning Jacket and Creed, served as video designer for the world premiere of Sita Haran by the Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco, as well as various musical acts and fringe performers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Brian was also writer, director and producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Heroes of World Class, detailing the rise and fall of Texas’ Von Erich family. His website is www.rightherepictures.com, and encourages everyone to please visit www.greenpeace.org.

Emily Lee

Emily Lee grew up in Vermont, and spent her childhood surrounded by and participating in art and theater production. She studied Fine Art and Costume and Make up Design at Middlebury College, and continued her education in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She currently lives and works as a clothing and costume designer in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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