Saturday, September 23
TAP DANCE - POETRY - ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITIONS
PERFORMANCE ARTIST BRENDA BUFALINO. presents
THE MOUNTAIN SUITE: ODE to THE SHAWANGUNKS
with JOE FONDA - CONTRA BASS
and KENNY WESSEL - JAZZ GUITAR
Last performed at The Button Wood in Middletown Connecticut and soon to tour the Northeast this fall: The BUFALINO/FONDA COLLABORATIONS have been performed throughout America and Europe for over 15 years. Their program consists of original compositions, jazz standards and electronic look improvisations, as well as her performance piece "Diary of a Racing Pigeon."
In her career that expands over decades, Ms. Bufalino has performed in most major concert halls throughout America, Europe, Australia and Japan. She has been awarded many NEA fellowships and received Lifetime Acheivement awards from Dance Magazine, The Florbert, The Tapestry, The Tap City, and most recently the prestigious Bessie Award received at BAM this year. She has recorded three CD's, a book of poems, "Circular Migrations," and her memoir "Tapping the Source" is in its third printing,
all available from her website brendabufalino.com and Amazon.
"Ms. Bufalino's musicality is everywhere in evidence. A tap star if ever there was one."
Jennifer Dunning for the New York Times.
"This was Performance Art in the best sense..." Martha Ullman West for the Oregonian
A pioneer in the renaissance of Tap Dance, Brenda Bufalino is a recognized Master teacher, author, actress, producer, director and performance artist. She has written music/lyrics and text for her many one-person shows? Cantata & The Blues, Journal of a Woodpecker, Unaccompanied, and Primordial Memories, these shows, accompanied by piano and bass, have delighted audiences in New York City, and on tour throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Israel, and Japan.
Ms. Bufalino has appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious arenas as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center, and for Tony Waags Tap City, at the Doris Duke and Joyce Theaters in NYC. Instrumental in the creation of Tap Festivals world wide, she continues to introduce new audience to America's own indigenous art form.
Ms. Bufalinos work in progress, the musical theater piece The Last Rehearsal Hall, with original music by Jonny Peiffer was performed at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC, and given a staged reading in the Kittery Maine Dance Hall. For the concert series "Rhythm in Motion," she created her "Bufalogium Cortege #123, performed consecutively at the Theater of the 14th Street Y.
Throughout the l960's and early 70's Ms. BuFalino, collaborated with Avant Garde composer Ed Summerlin, and wrote programs for concerts commissioned by The National Council of Churches, performed in Churches, Cathedrals and Theaters, and for Charlotte Mormon's Avant Garde Festivals in NYC. She also created Avant Garde works for her "Dancing Theater Company including "The Diary of Samuel & Rosalie," and "Lumia."
In l975 she created a two hour videotape documentary, "Great Feats of Feet...portrait of the jazz tap dancer," featuring Honi Coles and the Copasetics, which won a merit award from the Dance Film Society.
In l978 Ms. Bufalino created the first evenings concert work for tap, "Singin' Swingin' and Wingin'" which appeared at the Pilgrim and Delacourt Theaters in New York City.
In l980, with her mentor Charles "Honi" Coles, Ms Bufalino toured a concert of original music, monologs and dance. They toured extensively throughout America and England.in London. "Coles and Bufalino," also performed the only duet presentation of Morton Gould's Tap Concerto with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Norwalk Symphony. The appeared on television in "Atlantic Live."
Ms. Bufalino regularly performs as a tap percussionist in jazz and new music ensembles. She appeared with The Copasetics in The Newport Jazz Festival at Avery Fischer Hall in NYC with the Benny Carter All Star Band. She choreographed and performed with her company in Louise Tiranoffs production of The Four Seasonsa Jazz Version in collaboration with composer/saxophonist Benny Golson, at The Hudson Guild Theater in New York City. She appeared with vocalist Teri Roiger, and John Menegon at The Jazz Standard also in NYC, celebrating music by composer Billy Strayhorn.
In l986 Ms Bufalino founded her companies The American and International Tap Dance Orchestras that toured extensively, nationally and internationally for over ten years. The ATDO, performed in all major theaters: Lincoln Center, The Danny Kaye Theater, The Joyce Theater, The Appollo Theater, The Dance Theater Workshop etc. The American Tap Dance Orchestra, appeared in the PBS special with Gregory Hines Tap Dance In America. Their concerts included an Eastern European tour for US State Department.
She has received The Flobert Award, Tap City Hoofers and Hall of Fame Award, Dance Magazine Award, and The Bessie award for Life Time Achievement. She is a NYFA and NEA fellow, and two of her choreographies were deemed American Masterpieces and awarded reconstruction grants by the NEA
Ms. Bufalino created The Tap Opera Gertrudes Nose, with music by jazz vocalist Jay Clayton. Gertrudes Nose, was performed with the ATDO and as a duet with Ms. Clayton on both the East and West Coast, and throughout Germany. Their CD Rhythms from The Heart, was taped at their New School performance Jazz at Six, with pianist Frank Kimbrough.
A seminal work for the ATDO, "Touch Turn Return," was created with composer Carmen Moore. Their premiere performance was at The Judson Church Theater, and was then performed at the Joyce Theater, NYC.
With Bassist Joe Fonda , and percussionist Yogo Posch, Ms. Bufalino toured Germany, Austria and Slovenia in a concert of new and improvised music, and poems for performance.
Ms. Bufalino is a collaborator/performer with The MaD Theatricals creating new work for New England audiences, with Josh Hilberman and Drika Overton with original music by Paul Arslanian. Together they have created, performed, and toured Claras Dream, a Tap Nutcracker, and Off the Beaten Path A Jazz & Tap Odyssey" celebrating the work of environmentalist Rachel Carson.
Her CDs include: Coup de Foudre with Renatto Sellani and Massimo Morricone, Dancing My Dancein Another Persons Dream, with Joe Fonda, Cary DeNegris and Marc Josefsburg andRhythms from The heart with Jay Clayton and Frank Kimbrough. She appears on Joe Fondas CD From the Source which includes Anthony Braxton and Vickie Dodd.
A writer of essays and numerous articles, Ms. Bufalino wrote the forward and afterward for the re-issue of Jazz Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns.
Her memoir, Tapping the Sourcetap dance stories, theory and practice, and her book of poems, Circular Migrations, are both published by Cod Hill Press, available along with numerous instruction and concert DVDs on her web site Brendabufalino.com.
She teaches and is the Artistic Mentor for The American Tap Dance Foundation, in New York City.