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Upcoming shows!

  • Feb 4 Red Canna and Decho Ensemble at Caffe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Mar 3 Troy Kitchen ,
  • Mar 10 The Buttonwood Tree Middletown, CT
  • Mar 11 TBA Catskill, NY
  • Apr 7 Heard at Caffe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY

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Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius - composer-pianist

HEARD New World Jazz

Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun...Heard's sound aims to waken up your ears, enliven your heart, and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond...AND we recently hit #15 on the JazzWeek WorldJazz charts with our new release KARIBU!

The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles --jazz, classical and world music-- into her captivating soundscape.

Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides.

Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.

In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she is a Dance Musician at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs where she plays for modern and improv dance. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor for 12 years in the Dance Department at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she worked as a dance musician and composer. Her collaborations and accompanying with dancers have also led her to work with the Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, and with Saratoga Springs' TangoFusion.

Her work with the Capital-District based Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company has led to numerous Arts-in-Education Residencies in regional elementary schools.

Elizabeth's love of Brazilian music led her to be instrumental in the creation of the community Brazilian drumming group "Troy Samba!", as well as being a lead performer in Troy Samba!, The Berkshire Bateria and Bossa Triba.

She also plays keyboard and serves as musical director for  vocalist/songwriter Joy Adler's group "The Souls of Evolution".

Her music has been featured on the NPR programs "Theme & Variations", "All Things Considered", and "Performance Place". A release with writer/monologue artist David Greenberger's Duplex Planet project called "Never Give Up Study" came out in 2010. 

Heard's 2010 world jazz release "Karibu" reached #15 on the national world jazz charts. 

Jonathan Greene - woodwinds

Woodwinds player Jonathan Greene is an active freelance musician in the New York Capital Region's jazz, world and classical scenes. A member of Heard for over 10 years, he also plays with the Hot Club of Saratoga and with Vintage Euro-pop group Golfstrom. He has performed with the Albany and Glens Falls Symphonies, Albany Pro Musica and was recently a guest performer on the recital of world-renowned chamber pianist, Andre-Michel Shub. Jonathan attended Skidmore College, where he was the recipient of the Filene Music Scholarship. Originally from Seattle, Jon attended Garfield High where he was part of their internationally known jazz program and Big Band, whom he toured Europe and Japan with his senior year. While in Seattle, he also became an accomplished mbira player, through the vibrant world music scene happening out of University of Washington.

Jonathan Greene

Bobby Kendall - Bass

Bobby Kendall, bass, brings his great experience as a jazz, rock, and post-rock stand-up and electric bass player to Heard. A Skidmore College graduate with a masters in bass performance from SUNY Purchase, Bobby resides in Troy, NY. Bobby has toured nationally with Americana alt group Goodnight Texas, and fronts his own post-rock group, Last Day Shining. He is also a filmmaker.

Brian Melick - drums/percussion

Brian Melick is a percussive treasure who is known for his unique "hybrid" sound, built from his astonishing collection of world music instruments and his mastery of their techniques. His sensitivity, musicality, and adaptability lend an eclecticism to Heard, and his playfulness is irresistible to watch and be a part of! He tours regularly with a diverse range of groups spanning musical territory from Flamenco to jazz and Celtic, including Cathie Ryan, Kevin McCrell, Maria Zemantauski, The Bernstein Bard Quartet and Joy Adler & The Souls of Evolution. He has been featured on more than 375 recordings and is endorsed by LP, Remo, and Udu Drum Inc., amongst others. Brian recently built the world's first Lego Drum Kit, soon to be on permanent display at the Percussive Arts Society Museum in Ohio. http://www.uduboy.com

Zorkie Nelson - drums/percussion/vocal

West African drummer Zorkie Nelson comes from a long line of Ghanaian master drummers and brings an exciting and deep richness to the music of Heard. In addition to his percussive role in the band, he also lends his talents on flute and vocals. Zorkie was a founding member of the Pan African Orchestra (PAO), with the group from 1988-97. With PAO he toured the U.S., Canada, France and the U.K. and recorded Opus 1, and also toured Denmark with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. Now based in upstate NY, Zorkie also leads his own group, Gballoi,and was a member of drum master Yacub Addy's Ghanaian ensemble Odadaa! for 11 years, during which time the group toured multiple times with Wynton Marsalis. He is a master percussion teacher, and was a dance musician at Russell Sage College in Troy for 10 years. http://www.myspace.com/gballoi

Special Guests

Rebecca Kleinmann-flutes

John Ehlis-guitar

George Kuubetesuri-percussion

Eddie Ade Knowles-percussion