SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD | Artistic Director
Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born Multimedia Environmental Artist. She has dedicated her life’s work to creating art informed by her spiritual consciousness of our connection to life, the land, and the world by raising awareness of our environmental unsound practices. Redford’s inspirations stem from nature, ancient cultures such as the Hopi, the Moroccan, or as in her most recent work the monsoon rains in the New Mexican High Desert.
She has exhibited her work throughout England, Germany, Italy, Monaco, France, Peru, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, and often collaborates with various musicians and choreographers. Her large oil painting series “Shape of Color” was her first collaboration with the world-renowned cellist Nina Kotova which was presented during the International Classical Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and later in Singapore of 2008.
In the summer of 2010, Szaggars-Redford began creating her “Rainfall” series, inviting rain showers to become a major instigator and her collaborator with Nature. In this series Redford provides the paper with her abstract watercolor pigment compositions – she then waits for the monsoon rain in the New Mexican High Desert and places her work in these showers. To highlight her fascination about this process, she created her Rain Painting art film and invited Icelandic Musician/Composer David Thor Jonsson to score music to her film.
In 2013, Redford and Jonsson designed the concept for a staged art performance piece, “The Way of the Rain.” An Homage to planet Earth and its Universal Elements. This performance would incorporate different art forms like music, dance, spoken word, film, and light. Wherein Szaggars Redford designed her first stage backdrop of multiple large Rain Painting Silks that would symbolize falling water from the heavens. The Way of the Rain was first performed in 2013 at the Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 2014, Szaggars-Redford formed a new collaboration with American musicians/composers Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, and Chuck Palmer. They brought together an all star team with choreographer Desmond Richardson, lighting designer Steve Cohen, video artist Floyd Thomas McBee, sound designer Ron Saint Germain and spoken word performed by Szaggars-Redford’s husband, Robert Redford. This collaboration created a site-specific version of The Way of the Rain that was performed at the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida.
The Sundance Film Festival of 2015 invited The Way of the Rain as an “Official Selection” which was performed in Salt Lake City at the Complex Performing Arts Center. It included all of the Miami collaborators and special guest performances by Sussan Deyhim, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marc Roberge and Richard On of O.A.R., and Robert Redford.
In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded the Way of the Rain, Inc, a New Mexico Nonprofit Organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and/or 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 protection of the Environment. Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art constantly. For more information: www.sibylleszaggars.com
WILL CALHOUN | 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 | Composer | YoungArts Alumnus
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 | Composer | Percussionist, Song Writer, Producer
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
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.
GREGORY LEON BAIRD | Design and production Assistant | Art advisor to Sibylle Szaggars Redford
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.