In his other career, Bill is a Freelance Voice Talent. Bill can be heard around the U.S. on commercials and has done dozens of character voices that are being used in CD-ROM educational and game pieces in national distribution. Bill loves to fly airplanes and fly fish and figures he'll be able to do more of both when the kids leave the nest, sometime in the year 2075 A.D.
Wayne Bennett is conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oregon School of Music. He has also held the post of Music Director of the Cascade Festival of Music since 1984. Wayne has been a guest conductor in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Mexico and was appointed conductor of the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra in 1991, through the auspices of Arts in America.
He has performed with a broad spectrum of nationally and internationally renown artists, including Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Dick Hyman, Anthony Braxton, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Moore, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Shew, Oliver Lake, Vinnie Golia, Dumisani Maraire, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, The Fifth Dimension, The Inkspots, and The Temptations.
Tom is principal saxophonist with the Oregon Festival of American Music and the Eugene Symphony, and leads the Oregon Saxophone Quartet and Whirled Jazz. He teaches woodwinds and jazz at Western Oregon State College. "Saxophone Alone", released in 1996, is his first solo CD. Tom's work as a performer and composer can be heard on the Black Saint, Folkways, Helicon Nine, and Panting Hyena record labels.
Byron Berline is a three time National Fiddle Champion who turned to a musical career after earning a B.A. in Physical Education. Originally from Oklahoma, where he began playing the fiddle at age 5, Byron lived and worked in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to his home state.
Hal Blaine was the busiest recording session drummer in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, playing the drums on by his count tens of thousands of recordings, from the Wall of Sound productions of Phil Spector to Brian Wilson's productions of the Beach Boys, and including most of the pop/rock performers in Los Angeles in the '60s, as well as such notables as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Blaine published a book of his memories, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, in 1990. William Ruhlmann
In addition to his classical music pursuits, Dale has appeared both live and on recordings with numerous local folk and gospel artists, including Mike & Carleen McCornack, and Frank Castanette,to name a few. He has also composed and arranged a number of works that have been performed in Oregon Mozart Players chamber concerts and Springfield schools, including a medley of American music that was performed in Disneyland by the Springfield High School orchestra in 1992. Dale's teaching activities includes Eugene's Strings Celebration music camps, and a private studio where he teaches cello, bass, and guitar. He resides in Springfield with his wife, Leslie, and their five children.
Dennis Caffey has been performing and teaching in the Northwest for the last 25 years. In addition to working with Mason Williams since 1988, he has performed with Herb Ellis, Mal Waldron, Eddie Weed, Jerry Van Dyke, Mose Allison, Dan Siegal, Ed Ragazinno, Carl Woideck, Barbara Dzuro, Emmett Williams, Dance Theater of Oregon, Joe Borland, Dana Lutes, Bill Sabol, Steve Owns, "Caliente", "Hot House", & "Caracas".
Mr. Cunha's solo recording career began in 1974 with an album for the GRC label, that included his song "Yo-Yo-Man" which has since been immortalized on television and in concert by Tom Smothers. Other solo albums include: "Cunha Tunes" and "Moving Pictures".
In addition to playing with Mason Williams in his symphony concerts, Mr. Cunha also produces Mr. Williams' recordings, including his latest for the Real Music label, "A Gift of Song", which features many of the songs featured in Williams' holiday concert.
Doug Haywood has recently finished his first solo album, "Nevada," which includes Craig Deorge.
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Ken Kesey, best-selling author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes A Great Notion", is a featured performer and narrator in "Of Time and Rivers Flowing". His role in the concert demonstrated Ken's recent interest in combining the spoken word with appropriate musical arrangements. In 1986, to celebrate the publication of "Demon Box", he created and performed in the touring show "Still Kesey." Subsequently, Art Maddox composed an orchestral setting of one of the stories from the show, "Little Ticker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear". It was premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in April 1988, and by the full Kansas City Symphony in January 1989.
Regarding "Of Time and Rivers Flowing", Ken said, "This show speaks not to where we disagree, but to where we agree. That's where our strength lies. It's what we love that counts. Sometimes it's as simple as a river."
Latarski's background includes years of playing blues; since 1973 he has focused on incorporating jazz elements into his music. He's written a guitar series put out by Warner Bros. Publications.
Composer/pianist Art Maddox is noted for the warmth and range of his musical gift, encompassing the avant-garde, classical, traditional, symphonic, choral, theatrical and pop genres. Classically trained, he holds master's and doctoral degrees in musical composition. He was the pianist for the U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team from 1971 to 1976, including performances at the Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal and other competitions and exhibitions throughout the world.
Since 1981 he has worked with Emmy Award-winning composer/guitarist Mason Williams ("Classical Gas", "The Smothers Brothers Show") on many projects, including music for television, theater, and live concerts. He is arranger-keyboardist and music director for Mr. Williams' concert of music about rivers and water, " Of Time & Rivers Flowing", which has received over 40 performances throughout the United States. Most recently, the acoustic instrumental Christmas album "A Gift Of Song: Mason Williams & Friends" (Real Music, Fall 1992) showcases several of his orchestral compositions and arrangements.
Art's wide-ranging musical persona made him a natural collaborator for Oregon novelist Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion"). In 1986, Art created the musical setting for Kesey's retelling of an Ozark folk tale,"Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear". The orchestral version of this work, commissioned and premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, has since been performed by the Oregon and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and on conductor Bill McGlaughlin's syndicated radio program St. Paul Sunday Morning.
Since November 1995 Art has been performing "Simply Grand", a solo piano concert including ragtime, Celtic ballads and dances, swing, country, Latin music, lullabies, jazz, classical, boogie-woogie, and "anything else that catches his fancy". Some are well-known piano favorites. Many were composed for friends and family. An album of selections from this concert is now available in compact disc and cassette formats.
Bass player Forrest Moyer is an enthusiastic and talented musician from the Eugene area with experience as a teacher, jazz player, and bassist for several orchestras. Mr. Moyer has played with the Eugene Symphony since 1977 and with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra for many years. He has performed with Eddie Harris, Oliver Lake, The Smothers Brothers, Mason Williams, and Clark Terry, among others. He has recorded with Anthony Braxton and Mason Williams. Presently, Mr. Moyer is teaching middle school orchestra for Eugene School District 4J, is the Jazz Bass Instructor for the University of Oregon and teaches the string academy for the Eugene Youth Symphony.
Hollis Taylor began her career in classical music, including a summer as concertmaster and soloist at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Webster College in St. Louis.
In 1982 she won the Oregon State Old Time Fiddle Championship. Since then, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in various ensembles exploring a variety of styles, including Texas fiddling, bluegrass, western swing, and jazz.
In 1986 the Oregon Arts Commission funded her composition Symphony for String Band with her trio as soloists. She has performed music for two Gus Van Sant films, "My Own Private Idaho" and "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"(on-screen performance).
Her 1991 recording "Twisted Fiddle" received international critical acclaim for its jazz-influence arrangements of country classics and was nominated "1991 Folk Album of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. She has also published four fiddle books with accompanying recordings. She is a regular correspondent to "Strings" and "Fiddler" magazines.
The American Center sponsored her two-year residency during 1993-95 at the Cite internationale des Arts in Paris, during which time she concertized and recorded composed violin duos based on European folk dance music, soon to be released on CD as "Unsquare Dances".
In 1975, George put together a sound company, now called George Relles Sound, Inc. and provides sound engineering for concerts all over the Northwest. He was the producer of the Blitz Bluegrass Festivals from 1975-1979.
In addition to being a member of the local group, "Good and Country", George has been performing traditional and bluegrass music with Mason Williams since 1975.
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