By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
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About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has bro... (More)
About this blog: John Barry is the creator of trAction Painting, a process/performance genre in which he applies paint to large surfaces with bicycles, roller skates, and other wheeled conveyances. With Bill Carmel and other associates, he has brought trAction Painting events to local schools and summer camps. He also creates visual puns. His works are included in several private collections. John has authored/coauthored a dozen books, including Technobabble and Sunburst: The Ascent of Sun Microsystems. John can be contacted at [email protected]
Bill Carmel has 35 years' experience as a professional artist. His fine art paintings, sculptures, and designs are included in private, corporate, and public art collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After teaching at Humboldt State University and Southern Illinois University, he returned to the Bay Area, where he remains active in the arts by serving as a co-curator for the Lamorinda Arts Council's Orinda Gallery and by exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. Bill reviews exhibits at SFMOMA, the De Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums, and other Bay Area exhibition venues. Bill can be contacted at [email protected]
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I was fortunate to be a part of the Jazz at Peace concert on February 9 and got a shout-out from the stage by Marcus Shelby, leader of the quartet that played. Shelby acknowledged my 21 x 12-foot trAction Painting that hangs in the sanctuary through this month. It was a multidisciplinary evening as Shelby prefaced the group's sets with readings from Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Steve Harms read rain-themed ruminations from Trappist monk Thomas Merton.
In addition to Shelby on bass, the quartet includes Tiffany Austin, vocals; Ila Cantor, guitar; and Joe Warner, piano. It's a young group. Warner, for example, is only 21 yet handles the keyboard like an old pro. Cantor's deadpan demeanor belies an animated style on the Fender Telecaster. The only knock on Austin's vocals concerned not her singing, which a musician in the audience categorized as "great," but the mic volume, which was not quite loud enough.
San Francisco-based Shelby composes, teaches, and fronts his own big band (http://www.marcusshelby.com
). He is tentatively schedule to return to Peace next month.
Jazz at Peace is a regular feature of the church. For a calendar of concerts: http://peacejourney.org/free-jazzmusic-2/jazz-calendar/