Music & dance collide: John Lee
John Lee is the composer for Sylvana Christopher's suite of dances - Harvest Moon, Simmer and Fish out of Water. This three dances will premiere all together for the first time at Voices of the Glade @ Dance Place May 7-8.
2016 marks the sixth year Glade has collaborated with John. Back in 2010, Glade used his song, "Chinese Reggae," in District. Defined?, which represents a day in the life of our D.C., and exclusively uses music from D.C.-based composers.
But John is more than just a collaborator - he's also the life partner of Glade co-founder and choreographer Sylvana Christopher. They have a 6-month baby boy, Jasper.
John reflects on working with dancers
"Most of the time there is a new creative excitement bringing together two unique art forms. I feel a new creative energy towards performing and creating with dancers and choreographers.
"But I also find it a challenge to communicate using language. The terminology in the dance and music world have different meanings for some words and terms commonly used within both. Musicians too have a very hard time directing others of different instruments. I think that musicians could learn a great deal by taking some dance classes and dancers could learn by studying music.
"I love improvising with dancers the most. I get fed with so many ideas when we are both making up in the moment. Its an easy way for me to compose."
See and hear John play
Join Gladies and other fans of John when we go to see him play! Upcoming opportunities:
- Thursday April 14 at Bossa in Adams Morgan
- Thursday April 28, with Fatoumata Diawara at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
And now you can move with his music like Glade does! John improvises at Dance Exchange during their Takoma Park MOVES series on Saturday mornings 10 - 11:30am. John is accompanying the class on April 8 and April 16.