I enjoy experimenting with styles ranging from waltz, bluegrass, ragtime & stride, French musette, klezmer, to name a few. The selections at right were used in collaboration with the modern dance group, Ariane Anthony & Company, as well as filmmaker Alister Sanderson. Click for personnel
Certain projects call for a more minimalist approach. Erik Satie was a pioneer in such atmospheres, calling them (with a touch of self-deprecation) “furniture music.” These selected excerpts were originally created for dances by Brian Brooks Moving Company and the choreographer Elizabeth Higgins.
(Choreographed and performed by Brian Brooks. Filmed and edited by Sarah Browder Venkatesh)
“Mountain Goose Rag,” “A La Satie,” “April Melodies,” and “Seeing I” performed by John Stone, piano. “A Touch of Bluegrass” performed by members of The Queen’s Chamber Band: Robert Zubrycki (violin), Peter Seidenberg (cello), Elaine Comparone (harpsichord). “Chair” performed by John Stone (piano and slide whistle), Dan Swenberg (theorbo), Motomi Igarashi (viol da gamba), and Mark Gallay (kazoo).