For nearly 25 years, multipercussionist Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a bandleader, composer, recording artist, producer, and educator, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released four records - Along the Route, Dangerous Ground, Ionospheres and Night Harvest. He has also recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Shafqat Ali Khan, Richie Cole and Ancient Future, to name a few. Ian received a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991 and over the last 14 years, he has presented educational programs to more than 20,000 students with bassist/flutist Bill Douglass, and as part of Young Audiences of the Bay Area and the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program.
My experiences as a faculty member at The Sierra Jazz Society Jazz Camp have been truly inspiring and uplifting. The opportunity to work closely with students of varying proficiency levels and musical backgrounds presents an extraordinary challenge and the results the past two years have been magical. It's amazing to watch a student who arrives at the camp in a state of trepidation, gradualy open up to the limitless possibilities of their instrument and emerge at the final concert performing on a much higher level and brimming with new-found confidence. I have left both years with a big smile on my face.
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