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Carl Cofield: Native Sun

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Carl Cofield: Native Sun

Carl Cofield:  Native Sun

    Introduction to Carl Cofield. Photos:  Jill Jones and Richard  Termine.  Music:  Livio Amato-Oltreamare. Design:  Raymond Elman.  0:55 sec.   Carl Cofield was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts.  He is now a New York based director, actor and educator.  He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.  He directed the award winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffington Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for...

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Composer Fredrick Kaufman: Life on the Cutting Edge

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Composer Fredrick Kaufman: Life on the Cutting Edge

Composer Fredrick Kaufman: Life on the Cutting Edge

    Introduction to Fredrick Kaufman.  3:59 min.  Music:  Fredrick Kaufman. Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   Fredrick Kaufman (b.1936) is the composer of over one hundred and thirty compositions that have been performed worldwide by orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Lithuanian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Symphony Orchestra,...

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Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

    Introduction to Khalilah Ali.  1:31 min.  Photo & design:  Raymond Elman.   In the Spring of 2018, photographer Robert Zuckerman introduced me to Khalilah Ali, the first wife (1967-77) of Muhammad Ali.  Born Belinda Boyd (1950), Khalilah Ali was raised in Chicago where she attended Islamic schools. Her parents were members of the Nation of Islam. Boyd married Muhammad Ali on August 18, 1967, at the age of 17. After their marriage, she changed her name to Khalilah Ali. When Ali’s avoidance of the military draft during the...

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Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

    Introduction to Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto.  3:06 min.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   Two young Chilean filmmakers, Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto, made a timely and engaging allegorical film titled La Mentirita Blanca [Little White Lie] which won the Best First Screenplay award at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. Alzamora (b.1990) grew up in San Carlos, a very small town 100 kilometers south of Santiago, where La Mentirita Blanca was filmed.  Alzamora is also a rapper, a DJ, and a music...

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Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Introduction to Mario & Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  1:35 min. Design:  Raymond Elman.   I first met Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco at a Tribute Concert for her grandfather, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, at Florida International University in 2017.  The concert was part of the Miami International GuitART Festival which celebrated the musical legacy of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), one of the foremost guitar composers in the 20th century. Born in Florence, Castelnuovo-Tedesco was descended from a prominent Jewish banking family that...

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The Historic Hampton House

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Historic Hampton House

The Historic Hampton House

        Introduction to The Historic Hampton House.  4:27 min. Video Production:  Katja Esson, Penelope Pictures. Courtesy of Historic Hampton House Community Trust.   In the 1950s and ’60s, when Miami Beach was still segregated and African-Americans were not allowed to sleep there, the Hampton House Motel was an oasis for African-American leaders, activists, performers, and professional athletes, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker, Malcolm X, and Muhammad...

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Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

    Introduction to Brian Rothschild & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Video: Jade Cheek. Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.  3:17 min.   Brian Rothschild grew up listening to the great harpsichord and piano music of the 18th and 19th century.  His mother was a concert pianist and music educator who began giving him lessons at an early age.  By 15 he began writing music and songs, and upon graduating from Hampshire College with a focus on music composition, was signed as an artist with Columbia Records under the name Iam Siam. In...

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Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Jamar Roberts:  Got to Dance

    Introduction to Jamar Roberts.  3:55 min.  Photos:  Andrew Eccles.  Raymond Elman.  Dance Video Sequence:  MOONLIGHT by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  A new film from director Anna Rose Holmer, known for her 2016 drama The Fits, captures a unique collaboration between New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell. Choreographed by the theater’s artistic director Robert Battle, dancers Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas play out a blue-lit movement to a...

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The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

    Introduction to Jonathan Plutzik.  5:53 min. Drone video:  Zachary Plutzik.  Music:  The (New) Beethoven Quartets. The 32 Piano Sonatas Reimagined. By Jeffery Briggs.  Piano Sonata in C-minor, op. 13.  Performed by the Amernet String Quartet.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   How does the son of a poet become the owner of the most culturally advanced hotel in the world? Practice, practice, practice. (The hyperbole is mine until proven otherwise.) And with a “little” help from his family and friends — for the glorious cultural...

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Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Musically Speaking:The Amernet String Quartet

    Introduction to the Amernet String Quartet.  6:18 min.   Franz Felkl, Violin Michael Klotz, Viola Misha Vitenson, Violin Jason Calloway, Cello   Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” The Strad magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet String Quarter is the...

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