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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

 

ROBERT REDFORD/ Collaborator / Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and environmental activist.

Robert Redford is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts.Believing that it is the unexpected and uncommon, which ultimately enlivens the cultural ecology of a society, Redford has nurtured several generations of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and internationally recognized Film Festival. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression.

Redford was the recipient of the 1997 National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton.  In 2001 he was honored with the Freedom in Film Award presented by the First Amendment Center and in 2002 received the Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts: Lifetime Achievement Award.   In December 2005, Redford accepted the Kennedy Center Honors for his “distinguished achievement in the performing arts and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the life of our country.

Redford received the LEGION D’HONNEUR medal, France’s highest recognition, from President Nicolas Sarkozy on October 14, 2010.  In presenting the medal, Pres. Sarkozy said, …”you are the incarnation of the United States and all that that country represents.” In reference to Redford’s environmental work, Pres. Sarkozy noted, “We need friends like you who have the courage to try to wake up people’s consciousness.”

 

 
 

WILL CALHOUN / Composer

Will Calhoun received his BA in Recording and Engineering
from the Berklee School of Music. The two time Grammy winner
is a co-founding member of genre busting rock band Living Colour.
Will has produced and toured with artists from around the world including Mick Jagger, Harry Belafonte, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, 
Paul Simon, Madonna, Lou Reed, and Public Enemy. Will's latest Jazz release is titled Life in this World, featuring Ron Carter, Wallace Roney and other Jazz giants. Will's creativity doesn't begin and
end in music: he is also a photographer/visual artist.

www.willcalhoun.com

 
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DAVE EGGAR / Composer / YoungArts Alumnus  

Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and at 15 was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School's Doctoral Program. A virtuoso of many styles, Dave is a two time Grammy nominee who has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including Evanescence, The Who, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ray LaMontagne, Phil Ramone, Bon Jovi and many more.

www.facebook.com/daveeggar

 
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CHUCK PALMER / Composer / Percussionist, Song Writer, Producer 

Chuck Palmer has performed and recorded with artists including Gil Goldstein, Sly Dunbar, Frank Ocean, Lucia Micarelli, Luciano, Alex Skolnick, The City and Horses, Waway Saway and the Talaandig Tribe, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Mr. Palmer co-produced Dave Eggar's Grammy nominated release Kingston Morning and is a founding member of their group Deoro. "Itsbynne Reel," from Kingston Morning, was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Instrumental Arrangement (Gil Goldstein). "Jonan", a track from their latest effort, Deoro: XX (produced by Chuck Palmer), was nominated for an IMA for Best World Beat Song.

chuckpalmermusic.com

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KARSTEN STAIGER / Photographer / Videographer / Documentarian

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.newyorklovestory.com