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THE WAY OF THE RAIN was inspired by the annual monsoon rains that sustain life on the fragile landscape of the high - desert plateaus of the Southwest .This live multidisciplinary performance invites the audience to remember their physical and spiritual connection to our planets beauty and plight through paintings , music , dance ,film , light and spoken word .Conceived by environmental -artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford to explore the issue of climate change resulting in rapidly changing weather patterns , Sibylle Redford collaborates with world renowned artists to create a piece that illustrates crucial environmental dilemmas through performance art .

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN ,INC. A NEW MEXICO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION 

In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded The Way of the Rain Non Profit Organization , which is organized exclusively for charitable , cultural and educational purposes , including the specific purpose of developing , producing and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for the protection of our Earth

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Gregory Leon Baird - Christopher Bamonte - Ian Calderon - Will Calhoun - Dave Eggar - Amy Karpati - Karen Karpowich - Paul Lehr - Chuck Palmer - Charles Robert Redford - Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Marc Roberge - Robert Singer - Karsten Staiger

CORE CREATIVE TEAM

SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD | Artistic Director

Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born Multimedia Environmental Artist. She has dedicated her life’s work to creating art informed by her spiritual consciousness of our connection to life, the land, and the world by raising awareness of our environmental unsound practices. Redford’s inspirations stem from nature, ancient cultures such as the Hopi, the Moroccan, or as in her most recent work the monsoon rains in the New Mexican High Desert. 

She has exhibited her work throughout England, Germany, Italy, Monaco, France, Peru, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, and often collaborates with various musicians and choreographers. Her large oil painting series “Shape of Color” was her first collaboration with the world-renowned cellist Nina Kotova which was presented during the International Classical Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and later in Singapore of 2008. 

In the summer of 2010, Szaggars-Redford began creating her “Rainfall” series, inviting rain showers to become a major instigator and her collaborator with Nature. In this series Redford provides the paper with her abstract watercolor pigment compositions – she then waits for the monsoon rain in the New Mexican High Desert and places her work in these showers. To highlight her fascination about this process, she created her Rain Painting art film and invited Icelandic Musician/Composer David Thor Jonsson to score music to her film.

In 2013, Redford and Jonsson designed the concept for a staged art performance piece, “The Way of the Rain.” An Homage to planet Earth and its Universal Elements. This performance would incorporate different art forms like music, dance, spoken word, film, and light. Wherein Szaggars Redford designed her first stage backdrop of multiple large Rain Painting Silks that would symbolize falling water from the heavens. The Way of the Rain was first performed in 2013 at the Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

In 2014, Szaggars-Redford formed a new collaboration with American musicians/composers Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, and Chuck Palmer. They brought together an all star team with choreographer Desmond Richardson, lighting designer Steve Cohen, video artist Floyd Thomas McBee, sound designer Ron Saint Germain and spoken word performed by Szaggars-Redford’s husband, Robert Redford. This collaboration created a site-specific version of The Way of the Rain that was performed at the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida.

The Sundance Film Festival of 2015 invited The Way of the Rain as an “Official Selection” which was performed in Salt Lake City at the Complex Performing Arts Center. It included all of the Miami collaborators and special guest performances by Sussan Deyhim, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marc Roberge and Richard On of O.A.R., and Robert Redford. 

In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded the Way of the Rain, Inc, a New Mexico Nonprofit Organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and/or educational purposes, including the specific purpose of developing, producing, and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for protection of the Environment. Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art constantly. For more information:   www.sibylleszaggars.com       www.ernestomayandsgallery.com      www.namingha.com

Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s art is currently presented by Ernesto Mayans Gallery and Niman Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

WILL CALHOUN | Composer

Will Calhoun, Two time­Grammy­winning Drummer/Composer/Producer from the legendary Rock Band Living Colour, has composed, produced, and toured with Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, The Rolling Stones, Yasinn Bey ­aka ­MOS DEF, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Herb Alpert, Mike Stern, Public Enemy, Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, Oumou Sangare, Jaron Lanier­(virtual reality inventor) and many more. His unique approach to both acoustic and electronic drumming are simply unmatched by any other Percussionist on the scene today. He has recently broadened his artistic expression to film scores, photography, and a collection of Art work crafted from rhythm titled "AZA". You can visit his on line gallery at: www.willcalhounart.com  stay tuned for his new Jazz project "Celebrating Elvin Jones" on Motema Music this summer.

Living Colour is presently in the studio recording their latest CD titled 'SHADE" for MEGAFORCE records. the release date is planned for the Fall of 2015. Will spends most of his limited down town time in West and North Africa researching ancient rhythms and musical styles. He is presently working on a recording with Indigenous sacred musicians. Will is a new breed of Ethnomusicologist, combining his ancestral research with many years of commercial success in Jazz, Rock, Urban, Alternative, Ambient, and other musics of the World into a beautiful swirling expression of life.    

 

Dave Eggar

DAVE EGGAR | Composer | YoungArts Alumnus  

Three-time Grammy nominee Dave Eggar has performed throughout the world as a solo cellist and pianist as well as a composer including featured solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and Chamber Music Society, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London's Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Paris’ Palais Garnier and many others. 

A virtuoso in many styles, Eggar has performed, recorded and arranged for such artists as Coldplay, Norah Jones, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Who, Harry Belafonte, Robert Redford, Evanescence, Phillip Phillips, Talib Kweli, Frank Ocean, David Sanborn, Joshua Bell and many others. 

A graduate of Harvard University Summa Cum Laude in Biophysical Engineering and Music Composition, Eggar went on to get his MM and D.M.A. degrees at The Juilliard School.  He has received grants and awards from the NEA, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, The MacDowell Colony, ASCAP and TIME Magazine.  Eggar was the youngest winner in the history of Artists International Competition making his Carnegie Hall solo recital at the age of 13.  A founding member of the famous FLUX Quartet, Dave has premiered over 100 works of contemporary music by composers as diverse as John Zorn, Frank Zappa, John Patitucci, Somei Satoh, Harry Partch, Morton Feldman, Conlon Nancarrow, Giacinto Scelsi, Charles Ives and Stewart Copeland.  

Additionally, Eggar has worked extensively on the use of music in conflict resolution in war zones, including a project taking place over the last 9 years in the war-torn region of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.  Eggar lived and studied with the Talaandig tribe on many trips to the region studying their use of music and dance in negotiation and conflict.  Eggar is an avid martial artist with black belts in Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū karate.    www.facebook.com/daveeggar

 

 

 

CHUCK PALMER | Composer | Percussionist, Song Writer, Producer

Percussionist, songwriter, producer, composer Chuck Palmer has performed and recorded with a myriad of artists including Gil Goldstein, RJD2, Frank Ocean, Zayn Malik, Luciano, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Norah Jones, John Patitucci, The City And Horses, Phillip Phillips, Cromeo, Waway Saway and the Talaandig Tribe, and Amy Lee of Evanescence.

Chuck was a core collaborator and producer on Amy Lee's first solo record Aftermath (2014). “Dark Water”, from that release, won an Independent Music Award for best World Beat Song (2015). Palmer co-produced Dave Eggar's Grammy-nominated release Kingston Morning and is a founding member of their group Deoro. "Jonan", a track from Dave Eggar's 2011 release Deoro: XX (produced by Chuck), won the Independent Music Award fan vote for best World Beat Song. Chuck is a composer on films including War Story (Sundance 2014), Destiny, Same Difference (Best Documentary at AFME 2015) and Indigo Grey.

Chuck's solo album Waiting On The Rain is available on iTunes.  He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of Capital University, where he majored in percussion under Robert Breithaupt and Eric Paton.   chuckpalmermusic.com

KARSTEN STAIGER | Photographer | Videographer | Documentarian

Karsten Staiger's introduction to "The Way of the Rain" all began with a simple invitation from two friends to photograph a recording session in NYC. The only information he had: Montana Studios, performance piece, music, dance and a fellow German lady who creates paintings with help from the rain. Staiger knew he needed to captured it on video and since February 2014, he has been producing "The Way of the Rain" in video, photos and online. He could feel something special happening: a new family was forming. That was the beginning of his amazing adventure and now he is delighted and honored to be a part of an inspiring group of creatives. As an artist and commercial photographer in New York City, for over a decade, Staiger has built his career shooting advertising campaigns for luxury brands and corporations, including Hugo Boss, DeBeers and Nextel from his Chelsea studio. Always a passionate and committed artist, when not shooting "The Way of the Rain," Karsten Staiger can be found on the rooftops of NYC creating a photographic ode to NYC called New York Love Story. Evolving out of Staiger’s desire to approach New York from new perspectives and spectacular heights he continues on a journey to create a beautifully photographed, expansive collection of exceptionally high-resolution large format photographs come rain or shine.
www.newyorklovestory.com

 

Gregory Leon Baird  | Design and production Assistant | Art advisor to Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Associate Director and Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford
since the inception of The Way of the Rain,  
The Way of the Rain - Albuquerque, The Way of the Rain - Miami and The Way of the Rain - Sundance. As Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford, Mr Baird has collaborated and managed Szaggars Exhibitions for the past 6 years. Mr Baird graduated with a BA of Architecture and is a Residential and Interior Designer and an
18th Century Style French Ecole des Beaux-Arts Architectural Watercolorist who is in the Permanent Collection: Architecture & Design-New York M.O.M.A., The Royal Collection of H.R.H. Prince Charles of Wales and S.A.S. Prince Albert ll of Monaco to name a few. Further work and Private Collections may be viewed on the website.

www.watercolorarchitecture.com

PAST PERFORMANCES

 

The Way of the Rain | Sundance | Special Event for the Americans for the Arts Round Table 

2015 September 17

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar . Chuck Palmer - Composers / Music Directors 

Andrew Nemr - Choreography and Dance 

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian

Special Guest - Robert Redford 

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN   | SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2015

2015 January, 26-27

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar ,Chuck Palmer - Composers / Music Directors 

Desmond Richardson - Choreography and Dance 

Ron Saint Germain - Sound Design 

Steve Cohen - Director of Lighting and Projection Design 

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera 

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian 

Special Guests - Sussan Deyhim , Marc Roberge , Richard On , Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Robert Redford 

PRESS

SUNDANCE INSTITUDE www.sundance.org

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s ‘Rain’ unleashes a flood of creativity at Sundance |

By SEAN P. MEANS | The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 25 2015

 

Sundance scene: Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s love letter to the Earth

By KATHY STEPHENSON | The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 27 2015

 

FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE  Way of the Rain (Sun)Dance

By Michael Rogers   March 30, 2015

 

SALT LAKE MAGAZINE  Sundance Review: The Way of the Rain

By   Jaime Winston  Jan 28th 2015

 

 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | MIAMI | NATIONAL YOUNG ARTS FOUNDATION

2014 February 12

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director

Special Guest - Robert Redford  

Will Calhoun , Dave Eggar , Chuck Palmer - Composers / Music Director

Desmond Richardson - Choreography  

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera 

Gregory Leon Baird - Associate Director | Art Consultant

Steve Cohen - Director of  Lighting and Projection Design

Ron Saint Germain - Sound Design

Karsten Staiger - Documentarian 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford Debuts 'The Way of the Rain Miami'

March 14, 2014

 

2013   THE WAY OF THE RAIN  | ALBUQUERQUE | AFME FESTIVAL

Sibylle Szaggars Redford - Artistic Director 

David Thor Jonsson - Composer / Music Director 

Catherine Oppenheimer - Choreographer and National Dance Institute NM founding Artistic Director 

Ian Rosenkranz - Lighting Design 

Thomas McBee III - Art Film Camera and Projections 

Specials Guests :

Dance Company of the National Dance Institute New Mexico 

61 Children of the National Dance Institute New Mexico 

and Robert Redford 

THE WAY OF THE RAIN | PARK CITY | KIMBALL ART CENTER

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Annual Kimball Art Center Gala precedes and honors the 47th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival. The Gala, held on August 4th, will take place under a tent at our new location with seating for up to 300 people, including a performance of The Way of the Rain. It will include a cocktail party to launch Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s new exhibit, featuring world renown musicians Will Calhoun, Dave Edgar, Chuck Palmer, and special guest artist Robert Redford. The exhibit Summer Rainfall - Original Rain Art by Sibylle Szaggars Redford will run in the Kimball’s Main Gallery from August 4 - September 25, 2016.

www.kimballartcenter.org/2016-gala

THE WAY OF THE RAIN  A NEW MEXICO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

 

JULIE DALLEY |Personal Assistant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford

PHONE |801-362-1727 | julie.dalley117@gmail.com

 

Gregory Leon Baird | Art advisor to Sibylle Szaggars Redford

PHONE |505-795-5959 | gregoryleonbaird@gmail.com

 

KARSTEN STAIGER |WEBMASTER | karstenstaiger@gmail.com