Bios – Dance of the Spirit

Pianist George Caldwell hails from Clarksdale, Mississippi. His first job as a jazz pianist was with saxophonist Bill Easley at Bill’s Twilight Lounge in Memphis, Tn. After a brief stint with Clifford Jordan, Caldwell followed Mulgrew Miller into the piano chair of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for three years. Caldwell’s next job was with David “Panama” Francis at the legendary Rainbow Room atop the RCA building in Manhattan, followed by seven years with the world renowned Count Basie Orchestra, five years under the direction of Frank Foster, and two years under Grover Mitchell’s leadership. A partial listing of the many great legends he has shared the bandstand with includes Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Joe Williams, George Benson, Kenny Garrett, Carmen Bradford, Savion Glover, Lou Rawls, Lionel Hampton, George Coleman, Louis Smith, Joe Newman, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Faddis.. He performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival with the new Kansas City Seven, featuring Frank Wess, Benny Powell, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Buddy Catlett, and Harold Jones. A sampling of Caldwell’s discography includes five discs with the Basie organization: ‘The Count Basie Orchestra Live at El Morrocco’, ‘Basie’s Bag’, ‘Joe Williams and The Count Basie Orchestra Live at Orchestra Hall’, ‘Jazzin’ with Tito Puente, and ‘The Count Basie Orchestra live at The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild w/ the New York Voices’ (for which the band won a Grammy). His arrangements and original compositions were featured on Craig Bailey’s ‘A New Journey’, Lewis Nash’s ‘Rhythm is My Business’, Hank Crawford’s ‘South Central’, and Bill Easley’s ‘First Call’. Caldwell was awarded full scholarships to Memphis State University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he received his bachelor of music in piano and composition. He is the recipient, along with the other members of the Basie band, of a Jazz Education award from the I.A.J.E. The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN awarded Caldwell a W.C. Handy ‘Blues in Education’ award for a curriculum he designed for teaching 5th and 6th graders music theory, using the blues idiom. His latest release, ‘Accord’, was reviewed in the March 2018 issue of DownBeat magazine and is available on the Amazon website and in select cd stores. Mr. Caldwell is currently a member of the music faculty at SUNY Buffalo, where he directs the student jazz ensembles and teaches jazz improvisation and jazz piano. More info is available

Soprano, Tiffany Du Mouchelle is praised for her musical versatility, an electric stage presence and exceptional dramatic sensibilities. Most recognized for her fearlessness in exploring new and challenging repertoire, she ushers the voice into new realms of expressivity, including a vast array of musical styles and languages, featuring over 100 different languages and exploring the genres of classical, world, contemporary, cabaret, and theatrical works.

Recipient of the prestigious Richard F. Gold Career Grant for American Opera Singers, Du Mouchelle has performed with the  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Center for Contemporary Opera, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Skålholt Summer Music Series in Iceland, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and American Composers Alliance, and in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, The Consulate of the Republic of Poland, The New York Historical Society, The Ukrainian Institute, the residence of the United States Ambassador in Cairo, and the Acropolium in Carthage. Recent collaborations include the AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of Stockhausen’s Sirius with Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the MODERN PREMIERE of Karl von Seckendorff’s Proserpina (1777) combined with the WORLD PREMIERE of Paul Botelho’s electro-acoustic mono-opera Proserpina (2016), the WORLD PREMIERE of Roger Reynolds’ JUSTICE: The Songs (Clytemnestra), the WEST COAST PREMIERE of Pasqual Dusapin’s To Be Sung (Voice Two), along with residencies at Yellow Barn and Songfest.  An active chamber musician, she is the co-founder of Aurora Borealis, a voice and percussion duo with her husband, Stephen Solook.  They frequently commission and perform new works, expanding the repertoire for this unusual combination.

Cellist-composer Jonathan Golove is a dedicated performer of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and London’s Southbank Centre. He has been featured as cello soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and New York Virtuoso Singers. One of only a handful of performers on the theremin cello, Golove has appeared as soloist with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and International Contemporary Ensemble, and he is a member of the Cologne-based 1. Deutsche Stromorchester. He is also active as an electric cellist, particularly in the field of creative improvised music. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups including the Michael Vlatkovich Tryyo and Quartet, Ubudis Quartet, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (Oakland), and the International Meeting of Jazz and New Music (Monterrey, Mexico). He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, FMR, pfMENTUM, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been heard in broadcasts by numerous National Public Radio stations, as well as on Radio Nuevo León, West German Radio, CBC, and Radio France. His summer appearances include numerous festivals devoted to new works, including the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Lincoln Center Festival, June in Buffalo, and the Festival del Centro Histórico (Mexico City). Mr. Golove’s original compositions have been performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Venice Biennale, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II, and the Kitchen, and he has received awards and grants for his work from organizations including ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and Meet the Composer. He has served as department chair for UB’s Department of Music for the past six years.

Wildy Zumwalt, is an active performer, teacher and scholar of the saxophone with engagements in the US and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Southern Tier Symphony, as well as numerous university and community bands in the US. He has presented recitals and masterclasses at the Florida State University, The Hartt School of Music, Ithaca College, University of Southern Mississippi, West Texas A&M, Darmstadt Akademie für Tonkunst, Szczecin International Saxophone Institute and Utrecht Konservatorium, among others. Zumwalt plays regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and has sat in with the Knoxville Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Flagstaff Symphony, and Naples (FL) Philharmonic. He also has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts including National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Dr. Zumwalt is Professor of Saxophone at the State University of  New York in Fredonia, where he has taught for 22 years. A noted scholar on early saxophone repertoire, Zumwalt’s research has led to the re-discovery and publication of works by Hans Brehme, Edmund von Borck and Hugo Kaun. Zumwalt is currently writing the first biography on the classical saxophone pioneer, Sigurd M. Rascher, whose Archive is held in Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia.
“Zumwalt accentuated the plaintive singing qualities of the saxophone.”

 Darmstädter Echo
“Wildy Zumwalt gave a stunning performance.”

Sonneck Society for American Music
“Wildy Zumwalt’s alto saxophone was like nothing I had ever heard before. At times human voice and instrument were so interchangeable it was hard to distinguish between the two.”
Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

Daniel Haskin is the author of 7 books of poetry, featuring Rain Flowers (2020) and his newest book Scripted Life (2022), He lives in Buffalo, NY and is a member of the LitGarden Writers Group. His poems appeared in The Buffalo News, Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing, The Ekphrastic Review, and elsewhere. He has released two albums of electronic music, and his compositions have also appeared on BBC Radio. He is also a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists. In addition to his education at Daemen College he has also been a past juror of the Allentown Art Festival, and performed at the Canisius College event ‘Poetry and Music’ (2021), among other things. He is currently collaborating with soprano Tiffany Du Mouchelle on their neoclassical project Sitara.