Here’s what Dovetail Ensemble members have been doing lately:
Andrea Hoag has been honored with a Maryland State Arts Council Award in World Music. She’s also happily working on new project with singer/songwriter Annette Wasilik, bassist John Previti, and percussionist Steve Bloom.
Daron Douglas is singing with New Noise, a New Orleans theater ensemble, in an outdoor dance theater performance piece. The first well earned harvests of a new garden plot are gracing her family’s table. And the local backpack company she weaves for has a new line of nutria bags!
Jodi Beder has been busy with opera (including performances of Verdi’s Macbeth and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann with Palm Beach Opera), orchestral music (just played a terrific new work by Julian Grant called “Dances in the Dark,” with quotes, tropes, overlays and juxtaposes of popular dances and other suggestive musical memories), chamber music (two new string quartets by New York jazz composer Charley Gerard, and performances with Zen for Primates.
Nic Gareiss has been busy touring in Europe since his last appearance with Dovetail. Having just completed a 29-date, 29-city run of shows in Germany, he is performing this month in Edinburgh, Nantes, Paris,Ghent, and London. Projects on this tour include a duo with Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist, the folk and improvised music quartet This is How we Fly, and Scots-Gaelic singers The Campbells of Greepe. For more details, check out his website.
Owen Morrison’s band Elixir has released their third album, Anybody’s Guess, and continue their busy touring schedule. Owen and his wife Meredith Langstaff are celebrating: Meredith has just attained her PhD in GeoPhysics from Harvard University.
Phil Wiggins’ new band the Chesapeake Sheiks has been packing the house, and have finished recording their first album at Mapleshade Studios. Phil will be joining Baakari for a performance this month at the star-studded DC Tapfest.
Baakari Wilder has been performing and teaching from Toronto to West Virginia. He will start rehearsals soon for August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at Olney Theatre, where he’ll play Boy Willie, “one of the most enduring characters yet written for the American stage.”