Presented by COSMICLEGENDS. Sylvie Degiez and Wayne Lopes
Poet, Actor, founding member of the Living Theater, Amber is (as she put it) the hardened fossilized resin of ancient pine trees. She is also a certified Feldenkrais practitioner.
Eva Lisa Kovalik, pianist, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her musical studies began at the age of six at the Franz Liszt Academy, first in the junior department, later as a student in the famed class of Lajos Hernadi. During her studies she won many awards and scholarships and received her Artist Diploma in 1956.
While at McGill she performed extensively throughout Canada and had a performing contract with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. In 1964 she received a dual scholarship for Post Graduate Studies from the British and Canada Councils to study in England, focusing on 16th Century English keyboard music, while studying with Lili Kraus. That year In North America, her teaching fellowship at Juilliard led to an appointment to the faculty of the Evening Division, where she teaches today. Ms. Kovalik was invited to Warsaw, Poland for lecture, she also performed in Holland, Sweden and England.
She wrote a book on teaching and performing B�la Bart�k� Mikrokosmos. She will return to Poland for the presentation of her work and further lecture-recitals. Ms. Kovalik performs solo and in chamber music recitals. She has twice been featured soloist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra in Oneonta. In the mid-1980�s, she was the catalyst for the birth of Friends of Music, which incorporated in 1986.�
Susan Kukle is a New-York artist who�s exhibited mostly throughout the North -East US. She paints floor-clothes in her studio in Rochester.�
She also paints seascape, landscape, all paint-plein-air.
She teaches Art and she is an outdoor enthusiast.
She has done much work in the field of land conservation.
Anat Litwin is an Israeli artist and curator based in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy, Department of Fine Arts in Jerusalem, Israel in 2001, and her MFA from Hunter College in NY, Department of Combined Media, in 2005. She is the recipient of the American-Israeli Sharet foundation award for outstanding artists 2001, and the receiver of the Mandel award for young artists. She has served as Director of the Makor Gallery and Artists-in-Residence program of the 92nd St. Y 2005-2007, and has curated numerous exhibitions in public and private venues.
Van Manakas studied with Pat Metheny at the Berklee College of Music, earning his B.A. in composition. He made his recording debut as a sideman with Jack Tottle on Backroad Mandolin. At 21, he was hired by Gil Evans, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. He released his debut album, Physical, in 1980, followed by Love Songs in 1985. In the mid-'80s, he entered into a partnership with pianist Scott Cossu that resulted in five albums before Cossu was disabled by a car accident. While playing on sessions and soundtracks, Manakas continued to make solo albums, including Letters From the Equator (1992), Mountain (1995), and American Guitar (2000). ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
Allen Midgette first established himself as an actor in films by noted European�directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci (among them, Bertolucci's Before the Revolution). He became a featured player in some of Warhol's movies of 1967-68,�such as ****, The Nude Restaurant, and Lonesome Cowboys. He is an artist who creates extraordinary wearable art, paintings, and mixed-media assemblages based on�natural forms related to his Cherokee heritage.
In his own words, on my space:I'm one of the few American actors to have worked with the Italian neo-realist film movement (1961-1990). I began working as a film actor in Italy with Bernardo Bertolucci (1900, Before the Revolution) he asked me to be in his first film THE GRIM REAPER written by PASOLINI. My part was to play a Calabrese peasant soldier. I also worked with the Swiss-French director Jean Luc Godard as actor appearing in WIND FROM THE EAST written by Danny Cohn-Bandit who led the student revolution in Paris, 1968. In WIND... I played a third world Indian. After seeing Bertolucci's BEFORE THE REVOLUTION thirty five times (!), Andy Warhol asked me to star in his first films. According to history, in 1967 I became one of the original Warhol Superstars. In the fall of that year, after working on numerous pictures with Andy, Warhol was booked to lecture at various American universities; since he was too busy with his artwork he asked me to go instead--always up for an adventure and the chance to get some money out of Andy, I said: "Yes." I appeared as Andy Warhol at 4 colleges, this tour has been referred to as "THE GREATEST HOAX OF THE CENTURY." At the present time I'm living in Woodstock, NY working on a book tentatively titled "I WAS ANDY WARHOL." I am also doing my art projects which include: painting, leather design, collage and video.
Shivastan Publishing celebrates local writing with a distinctively global twist. Founder and poet Shiv Mirabito has traveled to Nepal and India since 1988 to study Hinduism and Buddhism. Inspired by the legendary poetry press Starstream, which published books by Gregory Corso and Paul Bowles in Nepal in the '70s, Mirabito decided to print his own poetry there. Printing costs were low, the handmade rice papers were beautiful, and local residents were grateful for the work. When Mirabito's poet friends admired his books, he offered to print theirs as well. "I didn't want to be a vanity press, and I had the connections in Kathmandu." He sees his Shivastan as a cooperative, with authors frequently contributing to printing costs and maintaining an unusual level of control over editing and book design. Doing business in Kathmandu can be dicey�Mirabito's letterpress printers speak no English, so he relies on translators and his Nepalese "computer whiz." His last visit coincided with a coup d'etat: The Nepalese king declared a state of emergency, closing the country's borders, jailing political opponents, and abolishing democracy.� "It got pretty crazy over there," Mirabito says mildly. To date, Shivastan has published 25 books by such local luminaries as Ed Sanders, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Janine Pommy Vega, in hand-numbered, limited editions. Mirabito coined the name Shivastan by joining the Hindu god's name to the same suffix as Pakistan or Afghanistan. "It means 'place of Shiva,'" he says, "which says what the press is about: handcrafted in the Himalayas."
In his own words, on my space: Tantric Buddhist-Hindu yogi, anthropologist, archivist, artist, photographer & poet who began writing as a teenager while living at Allen Ginsberg's Cherry Valley poetry commune. I now divide my time between Woodstock NY, India & Nepal. My imprint, Shivastan Publishing, craftprints chapbooks & broadsides on handmade paper in Kathmandu.www.shivastan.com�
For over four decades, Perry Robinson has been the sui generis master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music. Early in his career he was a sideman with Tete Montoliu, and he has since worked with some of the world�s best musicians, including the Brubeck Family, Gunter Hampel, Henry Grimes, Bill Dixon, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Badal Roy, John Carter, Anthony Braxton, Mark Whitecage, Pete Seeger and George Clinton. His own trio Raga Roni, featuring Badal Roy and Ed Schuller, released its self-titled debut disc in 2002 on Geetika Records. Robinson also performed on William Parker�s trio recording Bob's Pink Cadillac on Eremite. The Perry Robinson Quartet, featuring pianists Simon Nabotov and Christoph Adams, bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Ernst Bier, has released four CDs: "Nightmare Island", "Call To The Stars", "Angelology" and Still Traveling, on the West Wind and Timescraper labels; the trio of Robinson-Schuller-Bier is featured on Children's Song (Konnex Records). Recently Perry has been playing with Wynne Paris and Groovananda, the band Centazzo-Robinson-Stowe featuring percussionist Andrea Centazzo and pianist Nobu Stowe, the Israeli clarinetist Harold Rubin, U.S. Pipe & the Balls Johnson Dance Machine. Perry's autobiography, The Traveler, was published in 2002 with a detailed discography of his recorded work.�
Raymond Smullyan has had an unusual and remarkable sequence of careers. Born in Far Rockaway, NY in 1919, he studied piano and violin and went on to study with many renowned pianists. He taught piano at Roosevelt College in Chicago. Raymond�s equal love for mathematics led to a new direction. Primarily self-taught, he studied at the University of Chicago, supporting himself as a magician. Without a high school degree, he was appointed as a mathematics instructor at Dartmouth College solely on the basis of papers he had written on mathematical logic. After 2 years at Dartmouth, the University of Chicago gave him a BA degree partly based� on courses which he taught but had never taken as a student. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1959. Dr. Smullyan retired as a professor of philosophy at Indiana University, and now lives here in the Catskill Mountains. He is the author of six books and of numerous research articles on the topic of mathematical logic. He also wrote over 20 additional books, many of which have been translated into seventeen languages, on a variety of subjects including recreational logic puzzles, retrograde chess problems encapsulated into Sherlock Holmes and Arabian Nights stories, the psychology of religious and mystical consciousness, and on Eastern philosophy. He has been a contributor to Scientific American.
ISTVAN ZAMBO is born in Southern Hungary in the town of Szeged. He has painted all his life (mostly on wood boards). An idea comes and he must lay it down at once, otherwise he can�t finish the painting. He paint for pure enjoyment and it is very difficult for him to put a price on his own work.
Anyone interested in purchasing one of his paintings should make an offer to him.