Performing Artist & Composer
Darryl Tookes is one of the most accomplished and versatile performers on the music scene today. To hear his beautiful voice, go to www.newenglandmorning.com. Darryl also has his own Miami, Fl based band. Check them out on You Tube. This past winter Darryl performed with Quinn Johnson and his trio to sold-out houses in the Midwest. Moreover, Darryl creates simple, yet powerful arrangements of beloved Christian hymns, which he performs in churches, sometimes accompanying himself and sometimes accompanied by Joseph Joubert.
And, oh, the songs this talented man composes: Songs wrapped in soaring melody and lyrics that go straight to the heart. Uplifting songs that make the spirit soar, romantic songs of loyalty between a man and a woman, haunting songs for the broken hearted, sexy songs that set the feet to dancing, peaceful songs that reassure the spirit, and gentle songs that bring men and women, boys and girls home to the goodness in their hearts. You will find many of Darryl's songs on his seven solo albums. Many of them are available at iTunes and Jack Trifero at www.thegramophoneshop.com can find almost any classical, jazz or popular music recording.
Darryl has also taught master classes at Howard University and is currently on the music faculty of the Lagond School of Music in Elmsford, New York.
During his 25-year career Mr. Tookes has sung at Carnegie Hall with Roberta Flack, recorded and toured with Sting, and performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. He sang on the PBS television show Great Performances with Leonard Bernstein conducting West Side Story, and on the Soulful Messiah with Quincy Jones. Darryl has also worked with George Benson, Dave Grusin, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Laurie Anderson, Carly Simon, Diana Ross and many others.
Darryl Tookes is truly a Renaissance man! You couldn't go wrong booking him in a cabaret setting, with his band, as a soloist with your local orchestra, to do master classes for composers or singers, and, last but not least, to talk with children, students or adults about music in America, or the life of a musician who has excelled and survived!
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Kenny Merrick, Jr.|
Native American Flutist
"The Creator gifted each and every one of us with something special.
You find that within yourself. All your dreams can come true.
The greatest gifts on earth are God's children. Don't be afraid to share with
the people, because we all come from one Creator."
An enrolled member of Fort Berthold's three affiliated tribes, Kenny Merrick, Jr.'s experience with Indian culture has been life-long in the making. Mr. Merrick is also a Grammy nominated musician who has traveled around the world performing Native American music. During his school programs, he talks about American Indian folk lore, customs, and reverence for nature and elders--and also plays the flute. If space allows, Kenny invites the entire school audience, teachers and students alike, to participate in a drum dance.
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EXPERIENCE SILENT MOVIES WITH LIVE PIANO |
Bruce Lawton, Curator & Projectionist;
Ben Model, Producer & Pianist
Bruce Lawton and Ben Model have been producing silent films shows for the past five years, most notably at the popular New York City-based Silent Clowns Film Series - featured in stories on silent film in the New York Times, New York Magazine and on NY1 and BBC-TV--and also at the New-York Historical Society's Family Classics of the Silent Screen. Bruce and Ben also perform regularly in schools, libraries, museums, theatres and churches. They have also taught a course on Silent Film at the New School in New York City. In this era of digital film and TV, there is nothing like seeing real silent movies with piano acccompaniment. There is a completely different atmosphere watching silent movies--vigorous active audience participation!
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