Yes, it’s that time of year. Seattle Theatre Group and The Moore Theatre have been bringing together nationally acclaimed professional musicians and up & coming young local performers for many years with their “More Music @ The Moore” annual event, a “training and performance program for selected young artists representing diverse music genres”. Past mentors for the program have included: STG Artist-in-Residence, New York based violinist, conductor and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain;Ernestine Anderson, jazz singer; Dave Dederer from The Presidents of the United States of America; R&B singer Bernadette Bascomb; local rock bandSchool Yard Heroes; Jovino Santos Neto, professor/composer/musician;Michael Shrieve, original drummer of Santana; and Alan White, drummer for Yes.
For the 2012 program, happening this Friday, March 23, 2012 at The Moore, STG has lined up Tony Award winning actor/musician/playwright Stew and his collaborator, Heidi Rodewald from the band Stew and The Negro Problem and the Tony Award-winning production Passing Strange, Stew’s semi-autobiographical rock musical from 2008. Stew and Ms Rodewald have been in Seattle for the past week mentoring the young performers and this year’s line-up includes a wide diversity of genres:
Indie Roots Band – The Cellar Door
Youth Speaks Poets
Chinese Erhu – Dylan Mines
Rock – In All Honesty, Martin Creed, El Mago
Hip-Hop Artist – Baluga Poasa Tuitoelau
Gospel Vocalist – Malik Meullion
Global Voices – Opera Vocalist – Denna Good-Mojab, Indian Classical Vocalist – Krithi Basu, Tibetan Classical Vocalist – Sonam Tshedzom Tingkhye, Folk Harp – Rachel Rigsby
Collaborative finale with all musicians
Check out the video and grab your tickets for this once a year treat over at the STG website. For fans of international music and young talent, this is a must see event.