Performance Music in Venezuela
To date there have been three recent Vinyl releases of my music . . . with more
coming. In 1984,
“EAST MEETS WEST” was the first, but it’s no longer available.
THE BEGINNING OF TIME
Released 2017 on Invisible Inc INVINC 09
Release 2017 on Invisible Inc INVINC 014
Release 2017 on Optimo Music OMLP 09
RHYTHM BETWEEN WORLDS
The Language of Dance, Music, Nature
It now seems to me that my involvement with dancers has to be something of a
such as that described in “Rhythm in the Heavens” by Indian dancer Ram Gopal.
I’m attempting to write a book, and it is taking quite a long time. Essentially it
world of fascinating experiences that occured during the time I worked with
Contemporary Dance Theatre, a time that provided seed ideas and experiences I
encountered nowhere before. Ideas included concepts that musicians rarely
that for the most part were tucked away as an implicit body memory that
spatial knowledge of rhythm. The sheer detail of ideas uncoverd, both about
music, is taking some time to unravel. It is important to discover language appropriate to
translate what were often unspoken concepts, into a coherent form. Ideas were
over 15 years of experiences there, and after leaving futher supplimented with another
20 years of application. Presently the book has become a repository, with a
greal geal of
information on understanding and decoding rhythm, opening details of its
implications. An interesting side note is that this rhythmic knowledge is not
it is generative, creating many new ideas as it is reviewed. I’m trying to either expand it
or beat it down to size. Maybe both.
Is this an obsession? Even though I find the implications of this material
containing knowledge that could be described as quite magical, it is not wide
Cultivated and endorsed by some at the forefront of music and dance, it is an
of rhythmic principles that some cultures relish, some intuit and many others
There is some revelation here that I think would be useful for artists and those
the precision of their interests.
It has been both a surprise and a priviledge to have found opportunities to work
various communities of contemporary dance and movement arts. True, I studied
my mothers studio in Seattle when I was very young, but I always thought I would
music. To be honest, I never saw this coming until the door opened and I was
inside. At that point, in London between 1970 -1985, the two worlds of music and
came together, and then again in Venezuela and Seattle between 1985-1996, and I
continue to explore these concept today in Scotland.
Follow this link for a small introduction to the book. Soon I will display some
of the book
pages, with graphics, illustrations and texts.
Several collaborative projects developed in Venezuela with the company DanzaHoy
Caracas, that allowed a huge collection of music to develop across four
directors of this remarkable company, and myself found ourselves deep in the
contemporary dance at the highest level of funding and opportunity, touring
such as Momentos Hostiles; 40 Grados en la Sombre; El Jardin de los Misterios;
DanzaHoy was under the guidance and direction of ex-London dance friends,
Broquet and Adriana Urdaneta, Benjamin Hierro and Luz Urdaneta. My work there
me to utilize the drumming talents of Signy Jakobsdottir, Benjamin Hierro, and
trememdous abilities of flautist Luis Julio Torres. We worked closely with the
section of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela at the National Theatre
complex in Caracas. Principal percussionists included: Edgar Saume, director
Percusión; Alberto Vergara, musical director Orchestra Latino Caribbean “Simon Bolivar”;
Ivan Hernandez, percussionist, with Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela;
Manuel Moreno, percussionist, tambores Venezuela; and Benigno Medina, bata and
folkloric percussion, Orquesta Philharmonic National Caracas. If you’ve met Venezuelan
musicians, then you know about virtuoustic talent and enthusiasm.
I will bring recordings of this music forward during the next several years. It
has all the
dynamic flair that these Venezuelan musicos presented to me. It is exceptionally
recorded, and magically diverse.
JON KELIEHOR / LORD OF THE ISLES
EMOTIONAL RESPONSE SCHEILBEN 8
IURY LECH DE LA MELANCOLIA