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THE WAY OF THE RAIN

 A LIVE MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE

THE WAY OF THE RAIN was inspired by the annual monsoon rains that sustain life on the fragile landscape of the high - desert plateaus of the Southwest .This live multidisciplinary performance invites the audience to remember their physical and spiritual connection to our planets beauty and plight through paintings , music , dance ,film , light and spoken word .Conceived by environmental -artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford to explore the issue of climate change resulting in rapidly changing weather patterns , Sibylle Redford collaborates with world renowned artists to create a piece that illustrates crucial environmental dilemmas through performance art .

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN, INC. A NEW MEXICO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION 

In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded The Way of the Rain Non Profit Organization , which is organized exclusively for charitable , cultural and educational purposes , including the specific purpose of developing , producing and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for the protection of our Earth

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Founder, President & Artistic Director Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Vice President Robert Redford

Treasurer Ian Calderon

Secretary Karen Karpowich

Gregory Leon Baird - Cindi Berger - William Calhoun - Dave Eggar - Dr. Gaurav Shah MD - Dr. Amy Karpati PhD - Charles Kliment - Paul T. Lehr - Charles Justin Palmer - Marc Roberge - Karsten Staiger

ADVISORY BOARD:

Christopher Bamonte - Stacy H. Louizos - Julie Mack - Floyd Thomas McBee - Holden Payne - Scott Seydel - Scott Stremple - Danny Whetstone

ARTISTIC TEAM

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SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD |  ARTISITC DIRECTOR | FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born multimedia environmental artist whose artwork has been exhibited throughout Europe, Monaco, Peru, Singapore, Japan, Suriname and the United States.

Szaggars Redford is the 2016 recipient of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program for the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname where after visiting the countries Rain Forests and Indigenous Peoples, 10 of her site specific Pieces were placed on permanent display in the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Her artistry spans across mediums and decades, from painted oil sketches and photographs of her Moroccan travels, expressions on canvas from her American Indian Pueblo visits, large Oil paintings where she explores “The Shape of Color“ and her recent works of watercolor abstracts shaped by the monsoon rains of Santa Fe, New Mexico, California and abroad.

Having worked as an environmental artist for almost 4 decades, her desire is to create art that transcends words, languages, cultures and politics. Szaggars Redford creates art in order to speak to a deeper universal consciousness that’s connected to and dependent on the earth and its environments.

In order to find a stronger voice through art for the Earth, Szaggars Redford entered the world of performance art as an homage to the universal elements and an artistic medium for environmentalism in action.

In 2013 Szaggars Redford in collaboration with Icelandic Composer and Musician David Thor Jonsson, designed a concept for a staged art performance piece “The Way of the Rain” which would incorporate different art forms; music, dance, film, light, spoken word and her first designed stage backdrop of multiple large “Rain Painting Silks” that would symbolize falling water from the heavens.

Since then Szaggars Redford has collaborated with various world renowned composers, choreographers and performers with presentations nationwide, The United Emirates of Abu Dhabi, and the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.  

In 2015 Szaggars Redford founded The Way of the Rain, Inc. a Non for Profit Organization with the specific purpose of developing, producing and performing educational and artistic performances - themed and designed to promote public awareness to support the protection of our Earth.

In addition to presenting “The Way of the Rain” performances and developing new staged versions of “The Way of the Rain” Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art. 

For more information:   www.sibylleszaggarsredford.com

 
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GREGORY LEON BAIRD | DESIGN | PRODUCTION COORDINATOR | ART ADVISOR TO SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD | MANAGING DIRECTOR

Associate Director and Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford
since the inception of The Way of the Rain,  
The Way of the Rain - Albuquerque, The Way of the Rain - Miami and The Way of the Rain - Sundance. As Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford, Mr Baird has collaborated and managed Szaggars Exhibitions for the past 6 years. Mr Baird graduated with a BA of Architecture and is a Residential and Interior Designer and an
18th Century Style French Ecole des Beaux-Arts Architectural Watercolorist who is in the Permanent Collection: Architecture & Design-New York M.O.M.A., The Royal Collection of H.R.H. Prince Charles of Wales and S.A.S. Prince Albert ll of Monaco to name a few. Further work and Private Collections may be viewed on the website.

www.watercolorarchitecture.com

 
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FLOYD THOMAS  MCBEE | FILM  RESEARCH |EDITING AND ART PROJECTIONS

Floyd Thomas McBee is a film and projections artist who has been a contributor and collaborator for “The Way of the Rain” since the summer of 2010. Through his lifelong love of nature and under the guidance of Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s holistic artistic vision, he has helped to provide and shape aspects of the ever-evolving visual narrative; from camera work and digital storytelling to atmospheric projections, Mr. McBee has endeavored to be a seamless and harmonious part of the greater collaborative spirit of “The Way of the Rain.” 

 
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KARSTEN STAIGER | PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHER | ART PROJECTIONS | DOCUMANTARIAN AND WEBMASTER

Karsten Staiger's introduction to "The Way of the Rain" all began with a simple invitation from two friends to photograph a recording session in NYC. The only information he had: Montana Studios, performance piece, music, dance and a fellow German lady who creates paintings with help from the rain. Staiger knew he needed to captured it on video and since February 2014, he has been producing "The Way of the Rain" in video, photos and online. He could feel something special happening: a new family was forming. That was the beginning of his amazing adventure and now he is delighted and honored to be a part of an inspiring group of creatives. As an artist and commercial photographer in New York City, for over a decade, Staiger has built his career shooting advertising campaigns for luxury brands and corporations, including Hugo Boss, DeBeers and Nextel from his Chelsea studio. Always a passionate and committed artist, when not shooting "The Way of the Rain," Karsten Staiger can be found on the rooftops of NYC creating a photographic ode to NYC called New York Love Story. Evolving out of Staiger’s desire to approach New York from new perspectives and spectacular heights he continues on a journey to create a beautifully photographed, expansive collection of exceptionally high-resolution large format photographs come rain or shine.

www.karstenstaiger.com       www.newyorklovestory.com

THE WAY OF THE RAIN COMPOSERS

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TIM JANIS THE WAY OF THE RAIN | VOICES OF HOPE | VERSION # III  COMPOSER FOR FILM | CHOIR  | SYMPHONY AND SOLO PERFORMERS

With millions of albums sold, five national public television specials, and two No. 1 Billboard-charting CDs, composer, producer, and performer Tim Janis has worked with some of the top artists in the music and entertain-ment business—from Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Dick Van Dyke, Andre Previn, and Sarah McLachlan to George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Jane Seymour, Maya Angelou, Emanuel Ax, and James Earl Jones. Mr. Janis is committed to creat-ing music that can heal and promote peace on a global level. His music has traveled across the world, from presti-gious venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to Africa, China, and Eastern Europe, and he has conducted Symphonie Fantastique with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra as guest of the U.S Ambassador Craig R. Stapleton. His music has also been per-formed and played by the the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Snell; The London Symphony Orchestra; The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Mazur; The Hartford Symphony Orchestra; The Kansas City Orchestra; The Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic in Durban, Africa; and many others. Mr.

WILL CALHOUN THE WAY OF THE RAIN  VERSION # II |COMPOSER 

Will Calhoun, Two time­ Grammy­ winning Drummer/Composer/Producer from the legendary Rock Band Living Colour, has composed, produced, and toured with Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, The Rolling Stones, Yasinn Bey ­aka ­MOS DEF, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Herb Alpert, Mike Stern, Public Enemy, Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, Oumou Sangare, Jaron Lanier­(virtual reality inventor) and many more. His unique approach to both acoustic and electronic drumming are simply unmatched by any other Percussionist on the scene today. He has recently broadened his artistic expression to film scores, photography, and a collection of Art work crafted from rhythm titled "AZA". You can visit his on line gallery at: www.willcalhounart.com  stay tuned for his new Jazz project "Celebrating Elvin Jones" on Motema Music this summer.

Living Colour is presently in the studio recording their latest CD titled 'SHADE" for MEGAFORCE records. the release date is planned for the Fall of 2015. Will spends most of his limited down town time in West and North Africa researching ancient rhythms and musical styles. He is presently working on a recording with Indigenous sacred musicians. Will is a new breed of Ethnomusicologist, combining his ancestral research with many years of commercial success in Jazz, Rock, Urban, Alternative, Ambient, and other musics of the World into a beautiful swirling expression of life.    

 

Dave Eggar

DAVE EGGAR THE WAY OF THE RAIN VERSION # II | COMPOSER 

Three-time Grammy nominee Dave Eggar has performed throughout the world as a solo cellist and pianist as well as a composer including featured solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and Chamber Music Society, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London's Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Paris’ Palais Garnier and many others. 

A virtuoso in many styles, Eggar has performed, recorded and arranged for such artists as Coldplay, Norah Jones, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Who, Harry Belafonte, Robert Redford, Evanescence, Phillip Phillips, Talib Kweli, Frank Ocean, David Sanborn, Joshua Bell and many others. 

A graduate of Harvard University Summa Cum Laude in Biophysical Engineering and Music Composition, Eggar went on to get his MM and D.M.A. degrees at The Juilliard School.  He has received grants and awards from the NEA, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, The MacDowell Colony, ASCAP and TIME Magazine.  Eggar was the youngest winner in the history of Artists International Competition making his Carnegie Hall solo recital at the age of 13.  A founding member of the famous FLUX Quartet, Dave has premiered over 100 works of contemporary music by composers as diverse as John Zorn, Frank Zappa, John Patitucci, Somei Satoh, Harry Partch, Morton Feldman, Conlon Nancarrow, Giacinto Scelsi, Charles Ives and Stewart Copeland.  

Additionally, Eggar has worked extensively on the use of music in conflict resolution in war zones, including a project taking place over the last 9 years in the war-torn region of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.  Eggar lived and studied with the Talaandig tribe on many trips to the region studying their use of music and dance in negotiation and conflict.  Eggar is an avid martial artist with black belts in Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū karate.    www.facebook.com/daveeggar

 

 

 

CHUCK PALMER | CHUCK PALMER / THE WAY OF THE RAIN VERSION # II | COMPOSER

Percussionist, songwriter, producer, composer Chuck Palmer has performed and recorded with a myriad of artists including Gil Goldstein, RJD2, Frank Ocean, Zayn Malik, Luciano, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Norah Jones, John Patitucci, The City And Horses, Phillip Phillips, Cromeo, Waway Saway and the Talaandig Tribe, and Amy Lee of Evanescence.

Chuck was a core collaborator and producer on Amy Lee's first solo record Aftermath (2014). “Dark Water”, from that release, won an Independent Music Award for best World Beat Song (2015). Palmer co-produced Dave Eggar's Grammy-nominated release Kingston Morning and is a founding member of their group Deoro. "Jonan", a track from Dave Eggar's 2011 release Deoro: XX (produced by Chuck), won the Independent Music Award fan vote for best World Beat Song. Chuck is a composer on films including War Story (Sundance 2014), Destiny, Same Difference (Best Documentary at AFME 2015) and Indigo Grey.

Chuck's solo album Waiting On The Rain is available on iTunes.  He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of Capital University, where he majored in percussion under Robert Breithaupt and Eric Paton.   chuckpalmermusic.com

 
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David Thor Jonsson | THE WAY OF THE RAIN VERSION # I | COMPOSER


Original Composer and Collaborator with Sibylle Szaggars Redford for the first The Way of the Rain Performance in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pianist, composer, improviser,performing artist and a multitasking musician in life.
Currently living and working in Mosfellssveit, Iceland.
Davíð has been playing the piano and keyboards since age of 9 and ever since been making a career for himself as a musician.
He has collaborated with a whole spectrum of artist, from obscure troubadours in the countryside to stadium bands, covering all fields of music, both in Iceland and abroad.
Davíð has composed and arranged a great deal of music for Theater, Film,Art installations, performances and videos of all kinds.
His main goal in music is to never stop the childlike enthusiasm and constant creativity.
Released his first album Rask in 2002.
Davíð is currently composing and working on a series of records with solo piano music.

PAST PERFORMANCES

THE WAY OF THE RAIN  | VOICES OF HOPE

FOR BRUSHWOOD CENTER AT RYERSON WOODS | 2018 JUNE 1

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford | Artistic Director

Tim Janis | Composer | Music Director & Producer 

Floyd Thomas McBee | “Mother Earth” Film Research & Editing

Gregory Leon Baird | Design | Production Coordinator

Elizabeth Demmer | Producer

Karsten Staiger | Documentarian 

Mairead Nesbitt | Violin

Laura Dias | Vocalist | Moon

Lynn Hillary | Vocalist | Air & Mother Earth 

Joseph Schumann | Irish Bagpipes | Tinwhistle & Flute

SPECIAL GUESTS 

Robert Redford  | Narration of " Earth - our Planet  " Text written by Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford 

Robert Mirabal | Vocalist | Flute | Drum  

Aspen Dawn Mirabal  | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Kona Sunrise Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Masa Rain Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Evan Trujillo | Voice of Hope | Dance | Dance of Hope

Mikayla deGuzman | Voice of Hope | Dance | Dance of Hope

Evan Marcus Trujillo | Voice of Hope | Dance | Dance of Hope

 

Better Makers: Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford Honored at Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit

By Haley Yamada | PRINT Aug 1, 2018

THE WAY OF THE RAIN  | VOICES OF HOPE

CARNEGIE HALL BENEFIT CONCERT 

STERN AUDITORIUM - PERELMAN STAGE | 2017 December 1

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford | Artistic Director

Tim Janis | Composer | Music Director & Producer 

Floyd Thomas McBee | “Mother Earth” Film Research & Editing 

The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra Julien Benichou | Conductor 

The Way of the Rain – Voices of Hope Youth Choir Matt Vanzini | Choir Master | Conductor 

The Broadway Youth Ensemble Joseph Baker | Artistic Director 

Alex Boye | Vocalist | Water

Laura Dias | Vocalist | Moon

Lynn Hillary | Vocalist | Air

Loreena McKennitt | Vocalist | Piano | Mother Earth 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

Vice – President  Al Gore | Hope Speech

Robert Redford  | Earth Narration

N. Scott Momaday | Earth Narration | Written By

Robert Mirabal | Vocalist | Flute | Drum  

Aspen Dawn Mirabal  | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Kona Sunrise Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Masa Rain Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Evan Trujillo | Voice of Hope | Dance | Dance of Hope

Mairead Nesbitt | Violin

Joseph Schumann | Irish Bagpipes | Tinwhistle & Flute 

 

For additional credits  CLICK HERE

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | VOICES OF HOPE

SALK INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL STUDIES  | 2017 NOVEMBER 17

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford | Artistic Director

Tim Janis | Composer | Music Director & Producer 

Floyd Thomas McBee | “Mother Earth” Film Research & Editing

Gregory Leon Baird | Design | Production Coordinator

Elizabeth Demmer | Producer

Karsten Staiger | Documentarian 

Laura Dias | Vocalist | Moon

Lynn Hillary | Vocalist | Air & Mother Earth 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS 

Robert Redford  | Earth Narration

N. Scott Momaday | Earth Narration | Written By

Robert Mirabal | Vocalist | Flute | Drum  

Aspen Dawn Mirabal  | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Kona Sunrise Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Masa Rain Mirabal | Voice of Hope | Vocalist | Dance

Evan Trujillo | Voice of Hope | Dance | Dance of Hope

 

Mairead Nesbitt | Violin

Joseph Schumann | Irish Bagpipes | Tinwhistle & Flute 

Celka Ojakangas | Second Violin

Xi Yang | Cello 

Instrumental Nature Music: "Sacred Rain Call" The Way of the Rain - Voices of Hope The Way of the Rain - Voices of Hope A Sibylle Szaggars Redford and Tim Janis Film Performed by Robert Mirabal Cinematography by Tim Janis Music by Tim Janis and Robert Mirabal Environmental Artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford & Composer Tim Janis collaborate for the world premiere of The Way of the Rain - Voices of Hope, a benefit concert for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) & The Way of the Rain (nonprofit organizations).

PRESS 

Saving the Environment Through Art

By Barrett Wissman | Forbes  Nov 26, 2017

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | ABU DHABI

www.culturesummitabudhabi.com

 

2017 April 13

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Chris Bamonte - Associate Director

Gregory Leon Baird - Associate Producer |Stage Design | Art Consultant

Cecile Lipworth - Producer

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar , Chuck Palmer - Composers | Music Directors 

Natalie Fisher - Choreography and Dance

Kiori Sherwood-Kawai - Dance

David Nelson - Dance

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian | Projections

Special Guests - Carla Dirlikov Canales - David Rothkopf - Falu Shah

 

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | kimball ART CENTER

2016 August 4

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director

Gregory Leon Baird - Producer| Art Consultant

Julie Dalley - Associate Producer 

Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer - Composers | Music Directors 

Andrew Nemr - Dance 

Kim Holmes - Dance

James Luk - Dance

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian

Special Guest - Robert Redford

PRESS

Kimball Art Center gala honors Earth with Szaggars Redford’s ‘Way of the Rain’

Because It Rains Words by Sarah Betts. Big Life Magazine

Passport Park City | Summer - Fall 2016

 

 

The Way of the Rain | Sundance | Special Event for the Americans for the Arts Round Table 

2015 September 17

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Gregory Leon Baird - Producer 

Julie Dalley - Associate Produce

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar . Chuck Palmer - Composers | Music Directors 

Andrew Nemr - Choreography and Dance 

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian

Special Guest - Robert Redford 

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN   | SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2015

2015 January, 26-27

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Sara Shives - Producer

Gregory Leon Baird - Associate Producer |Stage Design | Art Consultant

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar ,Chuck Palmer - Composers / Music Directors 

Desmond Richardson - Choreography and Dance 

Ron Saint Germain - Sound Design 

Steve Cohen - Director of Lighting and Projection Design 

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera 

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian 

Special Guests - Sussan Deyhim , Marc Roberge , Richard On , Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Robert Redford 

PRESS

SUNDANCE INSTITUDE www.sundance.org

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s ‘Rain’ unleashes a flood of creativity at Sundance |

By SEAN P. MEANS | The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 25 2015

 

Sundance scene: Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s love letter to the Earth

By KATHY STEPHENSON | The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 27 2015

 

FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE  Way of the Rain (Sun)Dance

By Michael Rogers   March 30, 2015

 

SALT LAKE MAGAZINE  Sundance Review: The Way of the Rain

By   Jaime Winston  Jan 28th 2015

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | MIAMI | NATIONAL YOUNG ARTS FOUNDATION

2014 February 12

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director

Esther Park - Producer

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar , Chuck Palmer - Composers / Music Director

Desmond Richardson - Choreography  

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera 

Gregory Leon Baird - Associate Director | Art Consultant

Steve Cohen - Director of  Lighting and Projection Design

Ron Saint Germain - Sound Design

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian 

Special Guest - Robert Redford  

Sibylle Szaggars Redford Debuts 'The Way of the Rain Miami'

March 14, 2014

 

2013   THE WAY OF THE RAIN  | ALBUQUERQUE | AFME FESTIVAL

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Ivan Wiener - Producer

Gregory Leon Baird - Stage Design

David Thor Jonsson - Composer / Music Director 

Catherine Oppenheimer - Choreographer and National Dance Institute NM founding Artistic Director 

Ian Rosenkranz - Lighting Design 

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera and Projections 

Specials Guests :

Dance Company of the National Dance Institute New Mexico 

61 Children of the National Dance Institute New Mexico 

and Robert Redford 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN  A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

 

EMAIL  info@thewayoftherain.org

 

GREGORY LEON BAIRD | Art advisor to Sibylle Szaggars Redford | Managing Director 

PHONE |505-795-5959 | gregoryleonbaird@gmail.com

 

KARSTEN STAIGER |WEBMASTER | karstenstaiger@gmail.com