Saturday, September 23
LEGENDARY TAP DANCER BRENDA BUFALINO. presents
THE MOUNTAIN SUITE: ODE to THE SHAWANGUNKS
with JOE FONDA - CONTRA BASS
and KENNY WESSEL - JAZZ GUITAR
TAP DANCE - POETRY - ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITIONS
Known to local audiences for her collaborative productions with tap dancer Drika Overton, Brenda Bufalino created the memorable ‘Auntie Groove’ in ‘Clara’s Dream A Jazz Nutcracker,’ a production that toured the Northeast for 7 years. In her storied career spanning decades, Ms. Bufalino has performed in most major concert halls throughout America, Europe, Australia and Japan. She has been awarded several NEA fellowships and received Lifetime Achievement awards from Dance Magazine, The Flobert, The Tapestry, Tap City, and most recently the prestigious Bessie Award received at BAM this year. She has recorded three CD’s, a book of poems, “Circular Migrations,” and her memoir “Tapping the Source,” now in its third printing.
"Ms. Bufalino's musicality is everywhere in evidence. A tap star if ever there was one."
Jennifer Dunning, the New York Times.
"This was Performance Art in the best sense..." Martha Ullman West, the Oregonian
A pioneer in the renaissance of tap dance, Brenda Bufalino is a recognized master teacher, author, actress, producer, director and performance artist. She has written music/lyrics and text for her many one-woman shows, including Cantata & The Blues, Journal of a Woodpecker, Unaccompanied, and Primordial Memories. Accompanied by piano and bass, these performances have delighted audiences in New York City, and on tour throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Israel, and Japan.
Ms. Bufalino has also appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious arenas as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center, and for Tony Waag’s Tap City, at the Doris Duke and Joyce Theater in NYC. Instrumental in the creation of Tap Festivals world wide, she continues to introduce new audiences to America’s own indigenous art form.
She teaches and is the Artistic Mentor for The American Tap Dance Foundation, in New York City.