Every summer our campers have the unique opportunity to interview guest artists and speakers from the music industry during our popular lunch dates!
2017 SUMMER CAMP LUNCH DATE GUESTS:
Ellis Ludwig-Leone is a composer and songwriter active in New York City.
He is the songwriter and bandleader for Brooklyn-based San Fermin, which has received critical praise from the likes of NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Le Monde, Washington Post, and more. The band’s third album Belong was released on Downtown/Interscope Records on April 7, 2017.
In addition to his work with San Fermin, Ludwig-Leone has written for a wide variety of ensembles and soloists, including ACME, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Decoda, Fifth House Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Metropolis Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, wild Up, and harpist Lavinia Meijer. He was named the 2015 Composer-In-Residence for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and is a recipient of residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Við Djúpið music festival in Iceland.
Dream Machines are based around the songwriting duo of Harry May Kline (vocals, guitar) and Luke Burba (synthesizers, bass, vocals). Inspired in part by their love of dance and soul music from the seventies and eighties, their sound focuses on powerful grooves and multi-layered instrumentation driven by May Kline's unique vocal prowess. Along with the rest of Dream Machines — Travis Bunn (drums), Matt Brown (saxophone) and Molly WK (vocals, percussion) — they deliver hooks and melodies descendant from the blue-eyed soul of Hall and Oates, glittering synths worthy of Brian Eno, sax solos that yearn for a yacht rock revival, and scorching guitar-vocal interplay that knocks on the door of Prince's Revolution. Dream Machines boast a sound that harkens back to the rose-colored past while keeping one foot securely in the present.
Shelbi Bennett has been singing and writing songs for 10 years. 5 years ago she started The Midnight Pine and since then has put out 3 full length albums with them. She is currently working on 3 additional projects one of which is a solo project, one is a garage rock band and the other is a psychedelic prog rock band. She has experience in musical theater and often does studio work for commercial jingles and backup vocals for personal albums. She is a vocal instructor and loves her job.
Jesus’ music holds an unshakable cosmic yet earthly balance which plucks at your heartstrings with a range of musical instrumentation: guitar, flute, percussion, synthesizer, and smooth vocals. Through live looping and vocal overtones, we are welcomed into a profound and visionary journey into the heart of hearts. Jesus’ live performances offer elements of improvised psychedelic folk, funk, meditation, world sounds, healing harmonies, and lyrics pertaining to consciousness. Jesus’ music can inspire the sort of humility that allows us to experience ourselves dancing as all things.