The Complete Assaf Warm-Up – Music CD
Together with Composer/Music Producers Philip Hamilton and Roderick Jackson, Michèle Assaf has put together a passionate, percussive and fluid music CD for her Jazz Warm-Up.
Philip Hamilton is recognized as the leading contemporary composer of music for dance. The recipient of 2004 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his Body of Work in the field of Composition for Dance, Hamilton creates music that makes the spirit, the soul and the body move. He has composed for the world’s leading choreographers and dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron Brown, Mia Michaels, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle and Ann Reinking, the Tony award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse. Ezekiel’s Wheel, Hamilton’s critically acclaimed work with Danny Buraczeski/Jazzdance is hailed as “a modern masterwork” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Roderick Jackson is currently music director for Batoto Yetu Children’s African Dance Company. He is also collaborating with several dance companies, including “Fosse” choreographer Chet Walker’s Eight And Ah 1 Dance Ensemble, Omar Edwards’ (best known for his work in Broadway’s “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk”) Jeremiah Funk Ensemble, David Pleasnat’s Riddim Athon Percussion Ensemble (which deals with Black American music and the Gullah Culture), and Young Soon Kim’s White Wave Rising Dance Company. Roderick is percussionist on staff at the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance and Broadway Dance Center. He has recorded works for The Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Street, Rabbit Ears Productions and The Smithsonian Institute. He also assisted film director Jonathan Demme in developing scene music for the motion picture “Beloved”, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Roderick was the understudy for the lead percussionist role of “Chaka”, in the Broadway musical Marie Christine, starring Audra McDonald.
Each Audio CD contains the exact music you will hear on the videos.