The T-Sisters performing for the Sept.18th art hike, Donner Summit, CA
Sunday, Sept. 18 Art Hike will feature the sister folk band, The T Sisters. They embody sibling harmony and enchant audiences with creative, sophisticated songwriting, with a fun and unique classic sound. The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.
The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as upright bass (Steve Height), mandolin/guitar (Andrew Allen Fahlander), and drums (Marlon Aldana). Their sound represents a continuum of music, from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana.
World Music by Todo Mundo- Sept. 10th Art Hike & World Concert, Sept. 10th, 2016
The San Diego, six member band, Todo Mundo, (All the World) blends music from Rumba, Reggae, Samba, and Gypsy, that tantalizes your spirit while enticing your body to move to the beat.
Founded by Santiago Orozco, a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Colombia, Todo Mundo live to spread their message of equality and diversity in performances packed with an explosive energy.
Todo Mundo was voted Best World Music band in 2014 & 2015 San Diego Music Awards, and winners of a 2014 City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission Award in recognition of their work in celebrating diversity with music throughout their hometown of San Diego, California.
Jessica Fichot Quartet: Sept 10 Art Hike and World Concert performance
Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the land of 1940's Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination.
Following the acclaimed releases of her albums “Le Chemin” and "Le Secret", Fichot has performed around the world - backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass and guitar) and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals. With her latest musical adventure, “Dear Shanghai”, Fichot celebrates the swing-era sounds of her mother’s hometown with intoxicating 1940s Shanghai jazz gems and other vintage hits sung in Mandarin - turning listeners on to the musical terrain of a bygone era half a world away.
Harpist Motoshi Kosako: Art Hikes & World Concert
Back by popular demand, with three standing "O's" at the World Concert, Motoshi Kosako will share his dazzling and innovative Jazz harp compositions for both art hikes on Sept. 10th & 18th, and the World Concert at Sand Harbor Amphitheater, Lake Tahoe.
Born in Matsuyama City, Japan, Motoshi Kosako started his musical training on the piano and the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.”
In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He was the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra in California between 2005-2010 and the featuring soloist for 2009-2010 season.
His latest music innovation is improvisation and composition for the harp. Since 2008 he started touring Japan to give performances and he is considered as the most influential Jazz harpist in Japan. Mr. Kosako joined NPO holistic health research group in Japan (Total Health Research Group) and began conducting research projects involving sound healing and practical application of music to occupational fields for the promotion of health.
Executive Director/Founder Nancy Tieken Lopez
Nancy Tieken Lopez created the art hikes for her thesis project in 1994 while receiving her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University. Nancy's studies included an emphasis in bronze sculpture and installation art and lead to more ephemeral materials of earth installations and earth paintings.
"My art is about connection – to a place, to the earth, to people's lives...Celebrating Art, Earth and Sky with guided art hikes through the majestic natural scenery of the Sierra."
Nancy moved to Truckee in 1998 and founded Trails and Vistas art hike in 2004 collaborating with Elizabeth Archer, and with local arts and environmental non-profits. Nancy Tieken Lopez is the Artistic/Executive Director of the nonprofit of Trails & Vistas, and collaborates with over 30 talented performers and artists each year to present an unforgettable experience of celebrating the environment through the arts. From locally renowned Lake Tahoe artists to nationally recognized artists, the Art Hike fuses a unique collaboration between person and place.
“At every stop along the hike, participants will get an unexpected experience through art, culture, and the environment. We hope that your memories of the art hike will stay with you long after the walk has ended, with your own thoughtful reflections on the arts and the importance of environmental stewardship imprinted in your mind and heart.” — Founder, Nancy Lopez
Susie Alexander: Performance Painting at the World Concert,
Susie will be creating several performance paintings inspired by the music on the stage on September 10th, Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe. The performance paintings will be auctioned off during intermission to raise funding for the nonprofits of Trails & Vistas and Arts in Wellness.
While working in France in 2009, a profound, personal relationship inspired Susie with the dream of sharing art-making and creativity as a personal expression of our intimate human experiences . The vision has become a reality with the manifestation of the Arts in Wellness non-profit in Truckee and workshop facilitator with community partner of North Tahoe Arts. Born in Europe, Susie Alexander lives in the Sierras and sells artwork internationally.
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Angelika Healing Music: Art Hike
Angelika is an internationally renowned composer and recording artist. Her inspiring compositions, soothing, heart-opening angelic voice and music bring us gently into the stillness and peace deep within. Angelika sings ancient chants/prayers, Mantras for healing, Bhajans for singing along and her original songs accompanied by a 50 string Tamboura/Monochord and 12-string guitar. Several contemporary mystics and masters gave special darshan for Angelika’s music ministry to conduct powerful blessings. She has published 14 CDs and shares her music worldwide at spiritual gatherings, ceremonies and conferences. http://www.angelikahealingmusic.com
Nathaniel Lesser, Art Hikes Visual Artist
Mixed media artist with surrealist tendencies. Drawing inspiration from poets such as Lorca and Rimbaud, countless books, directors such as Cocteau and Almodovar filtering and playing off of the scenery in which I find myself. I recognize a sacredness in nature that will always make it's way into my work- it is the base from which I construct my sense of self.
Like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy, looking back over our landscape, without getting lost in the drawl of time, can we feel the negative space of our imprint?
Artist Lorna Denton- visual art
Lorna Denton is an artist living and working in Reno, Nevada and is on the Trails & Vistas Board of Directors. She was born in 1967 in London, UK and moved to Reno in 2001. Her B.A in Textile Design was received from West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, UK. Subsequently she completed a PostGraduate degree in Art and Design Education at Middlesex University, London, UK. Currently she is employed as a Teaching Artist for VSA of Nevada working within schools in Reno and Carson City. Her approach is to encourage all students to explore materials and to use visual arts as a learning opportunity.
Her work covers a spectrum of different media, including collage, printmaking, photography but predominantly fibre arts. Her work has been exhibited in several group shows in Reno, Truckee, Toronto, Canada and London, UK.
Lorna creates memory drawing books with each child for the Dreaming Tree Field Trips held in September at Sand Harbor, Nevada State Park, Lake Tahoe.
Elizabeth Archer of InnerRhythms Dance Centre
Elizabeth is the Artistic Director of InnerRhythms Dance Centre and the Performance Director for Trails and Vistas art hike. Elizabeth believes that the opportunity to work with young people and share the rewards of participating in the performing arts is a positive way to give something back to our planet. www.innerrhythms.org
Jean Louise Fournier
Inspired by Martha Graham who wrote "Dance is the hidden language of the soul", Jean Fournier spent some of her happiest life moments dancing at Temple of the Wings outdoor dance studio. Jean recently earned certifications in Nia Dance and Ageless Grace to spread the joy of dance with others. She believes the natural beauty of Donner Summit provides a beautiful stage and is thrilled to perform a poem about the birth of creativity (collaborating with dancer Jennie Pitts-Knipe and poet Barbara Teiken).
Tahoe Flow Arts - Art Hike
The Dreaming Tree Field Trip Artists, Co-Sponsored by Nevada State Parks
Jean Louise Fournier is a poet and dancer whose art is inspired by our natural world. Her work reflects a close affinity for her natural surroundings. She is passionate about furthering the mission of Trails and Vistas as a performer, founding board member, and poet for Trails & Vistas. For the Dreaming Tree Field trips, Jean works with hundreds of children to write poetry along the trail and create a sense of place poem to remember the day at Lake Tahoe.
Storyteller Cathee van Rossem St. Clair
Cathee van Rossem-St.Clair, artist, poet, and storyteller.
“Since I lifted my first crayon, storytelling and language -- the language of birds, the language of the earth, and the silent language we humans use to interact with our inner and outer landscapes, have fed my art. Images from dreams, observations, and quirky musings push their way into my sketchbooks to this day.” - Cathee
Team building with Maria Jones
We all have to work together to help the environment and keep our lake healthy.
Maria has been a facilitator for team building for corporate and school outings for the last twelve years. “Children have the ability to come up with great imaginative ways to play and make simple tasks fun. Team building games utilizes each child's talents and ideas to solve different challenges. These games develop communication, creativity, and camaraderie within the group. They learn how each of them are important to complete the task, without their individual help in challenging, communicating, and committing themselves to the group and themselves these task cannot be completed.” -Maria Jones.
Tahoe Bagpiper: Sean Cummings
"My first gig as a piper was in 1976 and came as a result of my dad sending me out of the house to practice. As a result, I was asked to play at the graduation party of a neighbor - three blocks away.
Since then I have performed at a wide variety of events including: the 2005 World Pipeband championships in Glasgow, Scotland, numerous St. Patrick's Day melees, Celtic Faires, and many weddings." - Sean Cummings
Sean currently plays with the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and has performed as a member of the Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band, in Buffalo, New York (established in 1837), and the Monterey Scottish Pipe Band.
Deb Kelly sharing her Life Ingredients
Deb Kelly welcomes hundreds of children to Sand Harbor State Park with her stories of The Dreaming Tree. Deb speaks about each child's contribution to a world based in happiness, respect and love.
We would like to thank one of our valued sponsors, Kelly Brothers Painting Company for sharing their marketing director with us for Trails & Vistas. http://www.kellybrotherspainting.com
Angelika Healing Music
Angelika is an internationally renowned composer and recording artist. Her inspiring compositions, soothing, heart-opening angelic voice and music bring us gently into the stillness and peace deep within. Angelika sings songs accompanied by a 50 string Tamboura/Monochord and 12-string guitar.
The Artists of Trails & Vistas
Each year Lake Tahoe installation artist and Trails and Vistas founder, Nancy Tieken Lopez, works closely with choreographer and Executive Director of InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, Elizabeth Archer, to create an interactive art walk where the participants become involved as part of the experience.