Exploring Electronic Vistas…
Charlie Tokarz (EWI, electronic saxophone, saxophones, flutes)
Bob Weiner ( electric keyboard, percussion)
Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He taught at the Drummer’s Collective (NYC), New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, as well as hundreds of private students. He is the co-author of Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset” with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset” with Duduka da Fonseca. He holds an undergraduate degree in history (UMASS- Boston) and a MA from Lesley University in music and human development, and is a has been practicing Buddhist meditation, Jungian studies and Qi Gong for many years.
Charlie Tokarz plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, and wind synth. He has played for silent films with Donald Sosin at MassMoca and the Museum of the Moving Image. He has done improvised scores for documentary film maker, John Pritchard featuring Adam Holtzman on keyboard.
Recent recordings include A Bissel Rhythm by Klezmer guru, Paul Green, a live recording for pianist, David Bartley, and original music by Skidmore dance faculty composer, Carl Landa. Through an association with Bob Weiner, he has played mostly improvised music at Kripalu Yoga Center, EarthDance and dance movement centers in a duo setting.
Jay Elfenbein (electric viola da gamba)
Jack Corcoran (bass)
Bob Weiner (percussion)
The performances of Jay Elfenbein have been described by the New York Times as “played magnificently” and “with virtuosity and flair.” Principal bassist and violone player with Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, and the Washington Bach Consort, among others, he has also appeared as a viola da gamba soloist in both Bach Passions throughout the Northeast, and the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), and on basse de violon with Tragicomedia, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and others. He has recorded for Sony Classics, CBS, and Virgin, among others, and can be heard playing vihuela and vielle on Paul Simon’s Warner Brothers release, You’re the One.
Jay is the founder and director of the Ivory Consort, the medieval ensemble that receives critical raves for both its live concerts and its CDs, Music in the Land of Three Faiths and Troubadours Across the Pyrenees, and GambaDream, the creative new jazz/contemporary ensemble that features Mr. Elfenbein on electric viola da gamba on an adventurous self-titled CD. He is a published composer whose work has been commissioned and performed in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Europe and South America.
Jack Corcoran is an emerging double bassist and composer based in the Connecticut River Valley. He plays music from the western art music tradition, jazz, and freely improvised music. Jack studied music at Hampshire College, and is currently working with Salvatore Macchia at UMass Amherst towards a masters in Double Bass Performance.