Here are links to some of our favorite organizations and people:
Jennifer Burd – Poet and co-creator of Receiving the Shore, a chapbook/CD in which she wrote the poems that Laz set to music. Jennifer is a teaching artist whose other creative works include two books of poetry, Body and Echo and Days’ Late Blue; a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan; stories for children; and a children’s play co-written with Laz that was produced by Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater.
Peter Alsop – A wonderful musician and storyteller.
Barefoot Boy – Ray Schairer, longtime bones maker, and San's mentor in crafting bones, has written a wonderful memoir of growing up on a farm near Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 1930's.
cellocelli – Our friend and fabulous cellist, Derek Snyder, arranges and publishes some fascinating new music for cellos.
Ushai – This site contains information about Master Iachack Don Alverto Taxo of Ecuador, and includes a 5-min video about him made by the Global Oneness Project. Don Alverto Taxo is a carrier of the ancient indigenous wisdom of the Andes region of Ecuador - a wisdom that brings heart and connection with nature into the simple acts of daily life. Don Alverto's book, Friendship with the Elements, which was compiled and edited by Laz' wife, Helen, is also available on this site.
Songs For Teaching – A fantastic resource, especially for teachers.
Flying Aces – Flying Aces Pro Frisbee Team - an amazing show!
Phoenix Ensemble – A young and exciting new chamber orchestra established in 1998, has garnered high praise for its adventurous collaborations with noted musicians and dancers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist William Bolcom and choreographer/dancer Peter Sparling. Conductor, Annunziata Tomara; Musical Director, Gabe Bolkoski. In March of 2000, the Phoenix Ensemble was chosen to premiere several new works at the national conference for the Society of Composers and ASCAP. You can hear our collaboration with this wonderful group on our CD, The Orchestra is Here to Play.
Peter Madcat Ruth – We've been friends with Peter Madcat Ruth since 1974. He has played on all of our recordings. He is the best blues harmonica player we've ever heard.
Monty Harper – A children's musician who plays in the Oklahoma area; also webmaster of a wonderful children's music resource, www.childrensmusic.org.
Wild Swan Theater – Simply the best children's theater we know!
Equilibrium – Wonderful music label representing modern, classical, and eclectic ensembles.
Wanda Degen – A wonderful folk musician who plays dulcimers and autoharp.
Twinstuff – A great resource for twins, mothers of twins, and their friends. Lots of information!
The Ark Coffeehouse – Our favorite place to perform. One of the best spaces anywhere for acoustic music.
Rhythmbones.com – This is a site with much fascinating information about the bones (the instrument that San plays) and bones players.
Laura Pershin Raynor – Laura Pershin Raynor, our long time friend and terrific storyteller, has two CDs of tales of her childhood and family. The stories, aimed at older children and adults, are by turns delightful, funny, nostalgic and heartwarming. The short musical interludes between the stories from San's CD, "Music of My Family, Music for My People". In Ann Arbor, you can find the CDs at Nicola's Bookstore (in the Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave) or you can order them by contacting Laura at LPR53@aol.com.
ZeemoShows.com – Master of the Yo-Yo, juggling and magic. Great fun!