Michael Hurwitz is a Wyoming native with a unique style that falls somewhere between the Delta Blues and Western cowboy swing. For more than three decades, Mike has rambled the country playing his music. He's picked with the famous and the unknown; in the spotlight and in the moonlight; worked as a cowboy, broncbuster, dude wrangler, hunting guide, carpenter and surveyor; written a saddlebag full of great songs; and released several critically acclaimed albums of country blues and cowboy music. His performances are a compelling mix of stories and humor from a life well spent, combined with outstanding musicianship and songwriting and a warm, relaxed singing style. Learn more about Hurwitz at mikehurwitz.com/home.html.
Welcome and Roll Call
Thursday, October 17 9:00–10:15 a.m. Hotel Terra
North Bear Native Drummers and Singers
North Bear began singing as a family group in 2004. They call home the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. North Bear began with head singer Jermaine Bell and his younger brother Luke Bell, along with cousin Abe Thomas. Later they were joined by younger cousins Norman Iron Cloud and Sam Iron Cloud, who had sung with each other since they were children. Joining the North Bear family are singers TyRay Healy, Ti Flute, Jason Dupree, Melichi Four Bears and LeRoy Ceespooch. North Bear is named from the two tribes they represent, the Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota. "North" comes from the Northern Arapaho people; Mato, their nephew, means "bear" in Lakota.
Echo Klaproth is a fourth-generation Wyoming rancher, writer, retired teacher and ordained minister. Her writing reflects stories of her family's heritage; struggles, gains and growth as a woman, wife, mother, friend and Christian; and the blessings she experiences because she was born and raised in Wyoming among good and honest folks. Klaproth loves to travel around the state meeting people and celebrating her love of life through poetry, programs and writing workshops.
Evening at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Thursday, October 17 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Verismo Trio—Nicole Riner on flute, Scott Turpen on saxophones and Theresa Bogard on piano—has thrilled audiences across the country with its dynamic performances. Celebrated for its virtuosity and colorful musicianship, the trio performs pieces from Debussy to Latin jazz. Recent appearances include a tour of the Pacific Northwest and the Festival de Musica in Goiania, Brazil. The trio performs living composers' works, has commissioned and premiered new trios, and is featured on the new CD, Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon, available from Albany Records. The trio, also teachers, is dedicated to training young chamber musicians in school residencies and guest master classes. Find out more at www.verismotrio.com
Bob Berky Theatrical Clown, Actor, Director, Playwright
Bob Berky has performed as a solo artist throughout the world, including major theatres and festivals in London, Paris, Sydney, Belfast, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Edinburgh, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Montreal, New York and Washington, D.C. He has directed plays as well as movement and clowning for producer Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, and has worked as movement coach for such performers as Donal Donaldson, Gregory Hines, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. In addition, Berky has taught at numerous universities and theaters, and has worked extensively as a teaching and performing artist with the Lincoln Center Institute.
Classically trained on French horn at the Eastman School of Music, Berky regularly performs as a clown/musician with symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada (sans French horn). He is the recipient of an Obie Award, a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and the Kennedy Center's 1991 New American Plays Award for Cooking the World, his first of several plays. Berky has appeared on television programs in the United States and throughout Europe and South America. For more, visit www.bobberky.com.
Photo by Robin Dabney, courtesy Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources
Contemporary Dance Wyoming
Contemporary Dance Wyoming (CDW) is Dancers' Workshop's resident professional modern dance company. Artistic Director Babs Case's visually stimulating, highly athletic, exhilarating repertoire has provided local professional dancers performance opportunities in the Wyoming community and throughout the Western region. CDW's repertoire combines contemporary modern dance styles with visual arts, video and poetry, often working collaboratively with artists of all disciplines from around the country.
The company provides outreach to underserved western regions, performing and giving lecture demonstrations to educate communities about modern dance. In public and private schools, Dancers' Workshop helps to create divergent thinkers by asking questions and exploring classroom concepts using movement as the vehicle. For close to 20 years, artists from Dancers' Workshop have been collaborating with classroom teachers to shape residencies that emphasize connections to language arts, science, math, social studies, art and music. Learn more about Contemporary Dance Wyoming at www.dwjh.org.
Photo by Tess Anderson
Jalan Crossland "Alt-Country" Musician
Wyoming musician Jalan Crossland has been playing his rootsy acoustic guitar and banjo for 20 years. "Alt-country" defines his style as a blend of country, rock and bluegrass. Crossland has won and placed in numerous national and statewide finger-style and flat-picking competitions, and has toured nationally and regionally for more than 12 years. Earlier this year, he was one of three recipients of the Wyoming Governor's Arts Award at a ceremony in Cheyenne. Later, he performed at the 2013 Key West Songwriters Festival. After returning from Key West, he joined the WYOmericana Caravan concert tour, where he played 14 shows in 26 days and travelled more than 3,200 miles through four states. The tour was featured in The New York Times. In June, Crossland opened for Tedeschi Trucks Band in Jackson Hole.
During the summer, Crossland's "Hard To Stop The Killin'" was available on ESPN.com. Snowboarder Mark Carter chose Crossland's music for his Real Snow BackCountry snowboard video feature, part of the upcoming XGames Los Angeles. Find out more at www.jalancrossland.com.
Wyoming Arts Council THANKS! Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources THANKS! WESTAF THANKS! National Museum of Wildlife Art THANKS! Dancers' Workshop THANKS! The William D. Weiss Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole THANKS! Bruce Richardson and Susan Stanton THANKS! National Endowment for the Arts THANKS!