Saturday Night Salon: Architecture of Music
March 26, 2022
March 26, 2022 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Spend your Saturday nights like the Wright’s! Saturday Night Salons offer guests an opportunity to celebrate the history of performance and lively conversation at Taliesin West. Each evening combines a series of different presenters and performances, to explore a central aspect of life at Taliesin West. Join us in the Pavilion to learn about the cultural history of Taliesin West, hear stories from unique voices, watch live performances, and more.
This Saturday we will present the Architecture of Music. Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a beautiful piece of music? Along with architecture, music has an important history at Taliesin West! Come and enjoy a performance and discussion on the construction of music, and see unique items from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Collections on view.
Indira Berndtson’s parents were apprentice architects in the 1930’s and 40s and she spent her youth at Taliesin West. In 1962, she too became part of the Fellowship and stayed on as a staff member of the Foundation, eventually becoming Administrator of Historic Studies, a role she still holds today. A longtime member of the Southwest Oral History Association, which honored her with their prestigious Mink Award, Indira specializes in conducting oral histories. She also writes, leads talks, works with researchers, and catalogs the Foundation’s extensive collections and archives.
Along with her parents and sister Indira, Anna Coor lived at Taliesin for the first six years of her life. Her mother, Cornelia Brierly, had a wonderful alto voice and played both piano and cello. In school, Anna studied violin and sang in multiple choirs. After graduating from college, she became an elementary school teacher, however, in 1972 Anna joined the Taliesin Fellowship and remained on the staff until March 1986. While living at Taliesin and Taliesin West she played violin in the string ensemble and sang in the chorus. Music has remained a lifetime interest of Anna’s and she continues to sing in her local choir while also learning to play the viola!
Amy Symonds is a recent ASU graduate and has enjoyed performances with local arts organizations Convergence Ballet Company, Scorpius Dance Theatre, Rogue Dance Theater, Instinct Dancecorps, and ELEVATE DanceWorks. Currently, she is developing her own choreographic voice in addition to performing and teaching around the valley.
Faith Markovetz is a dancer originally from Aurora, Colorado. She is in her fourth year of study at Arizona State University, where she will graduate in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. At ASU she has worked under the choreographic direction of guest artists Liliana Gomez and Adam McKinney.
Spencer Dennis is a dancer and movement practitioner from Phoenix, Arizona. Spencer has danced for several companies in the United States including Groundworks Dance Theater, Hawkins Dance, The Difference Between, and Soulescape. He has performed the works of Brian Brooks, Eric Handman, Amy Miller, Robyn Mineko Williams, Kathryn Altar, Peter Chu, and more. He has been twice awarded as an Arizona Artist of Promise for both his choreography and performance.
Lauren Jimenez is originally from Brentwood, California and is currently a senior at Arizona State University working to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Minor in Film and Media Studies, and Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship. Lauren has been part of the choreographic process with artists: Taimy Miranda, Joan Rodriguez, Michael Sakamoto, Nicole Klaymoon, Mark Dendy, Adam McKinney, and Nicole Bradley-Browning.
The Mike Kocour Trio featuring…
Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, a Hammond B3 organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University. An active performer for more than three decades, Kocour has appeared at venues around the world and has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s internationally syndicated NPR program “Piano Jazz.”
As a double bassist, Ben Hedquist is known for his versatility and is in high demand as both a classical and jazz bassist. Dr. Hedquist was a finalist in the 2016 European Double Bass Congress jazz bass competition held in Prague, Czech Republic. He performs regularly with Phoenix-based musicians such as Michael Kocour, Jeff Libman, Eric Rasmussen, and Dom Moio, and also with the adventurous jazz sextet Running from Bears. He has performed with a growing number of jazz notables, including Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, George Garzone, Miguel Zenon, Glenn Zaleski, John Hollenbeck, Chris Cheek, and Lewis Nash.
Dom Moio, now in his 32nd year at Arizona State University’s jazz faculty, as well as Mesa Community College, he keeps a very busy teaching and gigging schedule. Also, he’s recorded more than 65 jazz CDs, which include artists like Carl Fontana, Conte Condoli, Shorty Rogers, Greg Hopkins,and Buddy Childers. After studying with Cuban Master Walfredo Reyes Sr. in the 1980’s in Reno, Moio has become active in the Latin percussion world also. His book Latin Percussion for Gringo’s as well as his band Cinco De Moio have had much success. In 2008, Moio hooked up with long time hero Steve Gadd and did two book projects, Deep Grooves II and Just Duet which also includes jazz great Joe LaBarbera.