Dance Baltimore Repertory Ensemble was founded in 2019 and has since offered performances in many of the metro area's most prestigious venues--Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Center Stage, Murphy Fine Arts Center, to name a few. Artistic Directors Torens Johnson and Ivy Fox lead the ensemble with poignant modern and jazz choreography. Ensemble dancers include Rachel Byers, Ivy Fox, Ashley Holland, Kutia Jawara, Zori Patrick, and Jonae Rollins. For information and donations, dancebaltimore.org. See a past performance HERE. For donations, Dance Baltimore
Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Nicole A. Martinell, Deep Vision Dance Company, Inc. (DVDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing high quality choreographic work in the Baltimore/DC area while creating a home for dancers, collaborating with local artists, and educating the community in the creative process. Martinell's choreography immerses audiences into a unique world that highlights the flux of human emotions, arouses curiosity, and challenges one's view of reality. DVDC choreography has been featured at such Baltimore/DC venues as Theatre Project, Baltimore Museum of Art, Towson University, Goucher College, Creative Alliance, Dance Place, and Joe's Movement Emporium as well as up the east coast. Also highly active in the community, DVDC organizes workshops, classes, improvisation jams, and mentorship programs that focus on creation and collaboration. For information and donations, deepvisiondancecompany.org
J Pope and the HearNow hope that their music will do two things for you: 1. Improve your day, and 2. Refresh your perspective about the lives we all live and the spaces we share. The HearNow’s sound is a musical exploration into the deepest pockets of soul and hip-hop, lined with the dirty sonic lint of funk, as well as the sudden, sometimes unexpected twists of bebop and funk fusion. The music is topped with the lyrics of front woman, J Pope, who ziggs and zaggs between clever lyrical melodies and rapid-fire rhymes with a free-feeling flow and a sophisticated swagger. For information and donations, jpopeandthehearnow.com
Joe Keyes is equal parts front man, poet and band conductor. The Freehold, NJ, native found his orchestra in late 2009 in The Late Bloomer Band, a rotating cast of Baltimore/DC-based musicians. The band takes audiences back to the days of Miles Davis and early P-Funk, when big bands were lead by strong forces of individuals. The band’s brand of live improvisation and musical sophistication presents a different experience at every show. While Keyes draws inspiration from musical mentors Gil Scott-Heron and Sun Ra, The Late Bloomer Band brings a modern interpretation to funk, jazz, rock and a variety of other genres. The Late Bloomer Band’s members, in their mid-20s, help keep 60-year-old Keyes young. For info, to hear music and more, latebloomerband.com
Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound. His work thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from piledriver funk to piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist has toured extensively with David Murray, and his compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme. Hear music from The Wire HERE
Rachel Winder, a native of Baltimore, is an up and coming saxophonist, flautist and vocalist in multiple genres of music. She studied saxophone at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She regularly performs with the New world Outreach Jazz Orchestra as lead alto and is dedicated to the education of young people and musicians.