Collaboration of Brandstatter and Heckler at the River Garden
Percussionist and Gong Specialist Stephan Brandstatter collaborating with Millie Heckler will be performing this Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The River Garden as part of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Brandstatter and Heckler, an extraordinarily talented dancer/choreographer who is attending the various workshops, performing Friday evening at the Latchis Theatre and later Saturday evening at Naulakha, will perform improvised soundscapes and choreography. Brandstatter's musical journey has been one filled with years of varied drumming and percussive performances. He has worked with singer songwriters, blues guitarists, new music ensembles, rock bands, jazz ensembles, mimes, modern and classical dancers and in theatre. He has recorded with Tom Namaya, Bill Shontz, Leslee Rios, Don Bikoff and collaborated with Anitra Shore from the London School of Ballet to name just a few. Added to his conventional performances and having attended Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux's workshop, he has for the past 20 years pursued his passion of Sound Healing exploring the benefits and therapeutic qualities of vibrational resonating instruments such as gongs, chimes, bells, bowls, cymbals, hand drums and more. He has offered healing sessions to the sick and elderly and created soundscapes for dancers. His most recent collaboration is with Emily Wiadro, a Certified Yoga practitioner, offering restorative yoga coupled with sound healing. In 2015 he co-founded Vibrant Ensemble with ethnomusicologist Dr. Dennis Waring and is currently working on his recording project "Spirit, Energy & Power of the Gong" for release in 2017. Later this year he hopes to have a location where he will offer Therapeutic Healing Sonic Massages. It's his understanding, belief & firm commitment that the Power of the Gong can help heal people and our planet. He is honored to be collaborating in this festival with Ms. Heckler.
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