Catherine Musinsky is a life long dance performer, director and improvisor. She founded and directs Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment, and teaches yoga at beinunion.com and private Pilates.
Catherine was featured in a short film about dancing to heal, called UNCHASTENED, directed by Brynmore Williams, that won numerous film festival awards in 2011. Catherine teaches yoga at Be.In Union|Yoga, Pilates at Weston Pilates and Yoga, and researches mammals in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
See Catherine’s art work at katemuse.com and science work at catemuse.com.
Jordan Jamil Ahmed is a dance and performance artist, writer, and educator from Marion, Ohio living in Cambridge, MA. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University under the mentorship of Marin Leggat, he performed with Tim Miller in residence at the New Museum in NYC and co-founded Equal Footing with Kathleen Dalton. More recently he has been creating new work that has been shown at the Dance Complex, the Arts at the Armory, Mobius, and Third Life Studio. Jordan also dances for Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion and Michael Figueroa/Ruckus Dance in addition to collaborating with his dance partner Claire Johannes.
Tabula Rasa partnered with SOUL SESSIONS to produce a festival called RAISE THE ROOF: Tubular Pasta happened on Friday, 9/23 in Union Sq and Soul Sessions on Saturday, 9/24 in Central Square.
On September 23, 2016, Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment presented TUBULAR PASTA, an improvisational spectacle that as always invited artists in the audience to participate in the structured improvisation of the second half. The first half featured an improvisational performance by world renowned artists including Stan Strickland, Syd Smart and Andy Blickenderfer, music ensemble; Emily Jerant Hendrickson, Jordan Jamil Ahmed, Benjamin Alexander Korta, Chien-Hwe and Catherine Musinsky, dance; Tamar Etingen and Catherine Musinsky, painting; Todd Sargent, lights; and projected, effect filtered video shot by Brynmore Williams and Werner Grundl and photos, below, by Julie O’Neil.
Yedidyah Syd Smart World Community Through the Language of Music Syd Smart’s life has been a path of using music to create community. He began studies in music appreciation as a child in Cleveland from his mother’s vast record collection. Percussion training came from his father and older brother. Other major teachers include: Chief Bey, Milford Graves, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Babatunde Olatunji, Steve Barrios, Ibrahima Camara, Jose Luis Quintana/”Changuito”, Angel Sanchez/”Cepillo” and Deraldo Ferreira. Syd majored in Music Education at Central State University and in 1973, received a Black Music Fellowship to teach and study at Bennington College in Vermont, where he completed his B. A. Degree. He was the founder of “Friends of Great Black Music”, a Boston based organization established in the early 1970’s to support local artists involved in the music in the African and African-American Diasporas. Syd is co-founder of Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, now in its thirty-fourth year and the world’s oldest living tribute to this master. Syd has extensive experience composing for dance and with Joan Green, he co-founded the “Children’s Dance Project” which eventually expanded to become the “Cambridge Performance Project”. a city wide performing arts program. Syd was awarded a “Dance Belt Award” by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge for constant and long standing support of the movement arts community. With Stan Strickland, Syd annually co-conducted “Sound and Movement in Nature”, a workshop offered by the Expressive Therapies Division of Lesley University. In 1992, Syd was a resident performing Artist at the World Exposition, “Expo 92”, in Seville, Spain. While there, he also began curriculum development of an Integrated Thematic Unit on Andalusian culture for third and fourth graders in the Cambridge Public Schools. He was part of a team of curriculum developers for a soon to be published curriculum that integrates African Drumming with mathematic concepts. Syd holds a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University and has taught instrumental music in the Cambridge Public Schools. He was the Education Manager and Learning Center Director for Mars Music, a a national retail chain and largest provider of private music instruction in America. Syd’s performance experience includes: Karamu House, Art of Black Dance and Music, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., Boston Art Ensemble, Sam Rivers, Bill Dixon, Jimmy Lyons, in Spain With Juan Oliva, Angel de Jesus, and in Africa with the “Kampala Jazz Allstars. Syd is most recently known for his work with Stan Strickland and “Express Yourself”, New Language Collaborative, Samba Viva, Ann Silverman Band, The Teffilah Band of Beth El Temple Center, and action painter, Nancy Ostrovsky.
Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment in: Sol Sandwich
June 23. 2016 at Warehouse XI
DANIEL ORLANSKY at the DIDGERIDOO,
SYD SMART at the PERCUSSION SET
STAN STRICKLAND at SAX along with
MATT SAMOLIS on FLUTE and
JASON McCOOL on TRUMPET.
JORDON JAMIL AHMED,
BENOIT AUBERTIN, and
Painter is JOAN GREEN!
Video backdrop, “feedback loop” by Werner Grundl. Live video feed shot by Werner Grundl, filtered through Isadora and projected.
In the second half we are joined by audience painter Tamar Etingen, stilt-walker David Sharpe, bassist Jon Voigt and keyboardist and percussionist Bob Toade and many others!
This surely was a
m a g i c a l s u m m e r e v e n i n g.
June 23rd, 8pm, Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court,
Thanks to The Somerville Arts Council for their tremendous support!
Now supported by the Somerville Arts Council, Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment brings together talents of all stripes, including music, dance, poetry, video and lighting. We meet in the finest Warehouse in town, Warehouse XI, equipped with a few simple instructions to structure the evening. The evening unfolds, all improvised but contained within the basket of our mutual attunement, translating between the senses, Synesthesia. Every uncharted moment suspends and expands the moment that just passed.
February, 2016, at the home of our sponsor, the great Warehouse IX
This two camera shoot of the rehearsal prior to May 27th show, Come As You Be. Dancers include Catherine Musinsky, Lani Nahele, Jared Williams, Jimena Bermejo, Joe Burgio and Katerine Gagnon. Musicians include Matt Samolis, Syd Smart, Daniel Orlansky and Jason McCool.
On September 27, 2015, Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment converged with the Blood Moon, an uncanny lunar eclipse. Here are some excerpts from that performance.
Up with the Moon
Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment
September 27. 2015
Video by Werner Grundl and Julie O’Neil, with Stan Strickland, Daniel Orlansky, Jason McCool, Syd Smart, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Jimena Bermejo Black, Karen Klein, Meghan McLyman, me, and Linda Clave. Guest appearance by Scott Bryce Getchell!