Blue in a Red State
Poet, performance artist and musician Barry Barnes, aka B. BOB.B., creates pieces that make people think and question as well as have a good time. He plays hand percussion, harmonica, keyboards, washboards and guitar. Many of his works are political in nature but not judgemental. He strives to help people understand what is going on in the world around them. His quick wit and sense of humor make him a favorite with kids of all ages. His analysis of the world media always draws a crowd during live performances on the street and in the concert hall. Barry performs solo as well as with several ensembles including The Bopaphonics, Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band, Uncle Dirty Toes, Ernest James Zydeco, and interdisciplinary artist, Stacey Fox. Composer, film maker, master percussionist, writer and arts educator, Stacey Fox breaks the boundaries between performing and visual arts. Combining traditional musical styles and instruments from around the world through contemporary technology, her compositional palette often includes film, sculpture, painting, spoken word, and movement. Her new solo CD Maria's Pond incorporates Tuvan and Inuit throat singing techniques with the sounds of nature, frame drums and Native American and Tibetan chanting. Her world music sound score with film, Chuang Tzu's Pow wow Drum premiered at the Tang Museum. Fox was commissioned through the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Project in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, to compose a new work for the Omaha Indian Nation's Band in commemoration of the Omaha Nation's Pow wow Tradition and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. She was awarded an Artist Exploration Grant from Arts International with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to travel to Peru for study of indigenous Andean folk music and art. An international artist, she has performed and lectured in Japan, South America, North America and Europe. Recently, Fox was named a candidate for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program in international teaching.