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(Elliott Burke)

Member Since: Thursday, December 06 2007 @ 07:57 AM CST
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Homepage: http://www.ishahel.org
Location: Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts United States
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I am the founder and artistic director of Ishah 'El theatre arts collaborative, a non profit cultural performing arts/ theatre company, focused on development, education, support and promotion of traditional arts of other cultures and developing new original works for public performance in our community. Our vision is to develop new & original works of theatre with an emphasis on spiritual & social themes and to share entertaining & uplifting stories of other cultures through live drama, music, dance, art & prophetic improvisation.
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Music Background Mostly self-taught. Grew up with a love for contemporary music. Studied guitar while in the midst of my teenage angst ridden raging hormone years. Formed an eclectic experimental post-punk/ New Wave band fresh out of high school, toured locally in Southern Cal., got bored with the run of the mill music being churned out & proliferating through that period, quit playing in a band & playing guitar all together. Began listening to other forms, styles & genres of music, especially from other cultures, After twenty years decided it was time to reprise the love of music which has remained with me through out my life, bought a computer, some compositional programs & a GEM PK5 Oriental keyboard and began re-exploring the world(s) of ethnic & traditional music of other cultures and countries. * * I write what might best be described as "Incidental" music - it is meant to be used as a dramatic vehicle for live theatre, whether to set a mood, carry an emotion or draw people more fully into a moment. I believe in allowing spontaineous inspiration to arise through improvisation and creativity, so I try to leave it as bare bones as possible so that it can change direction at a moment's leading.
Music Skills Composer, arranger, orchestrator
Music Hardware my brain in coordination with ten rather ambidextrous fingers.
Music Software easy beat 1.5, Cakewalk Metro 5, Steinberg Cubase SE, SoundForge 7.0, VST plugins.
Keywords Experimental, Alternative, Theatre, Film Scores, Jazz, Third Stream, Funk, World, Orchestral, Symphonic