posted at 2:13 pm Mon Jul 12th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The John M. Bissell Foundation is pleased to announce that it is providing funding for an exciting Vermont video project.
The project brings together the KOSA International Percussion Workshop and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vermont. The Bissell Foundation is supporting this creative partnership in developing an insightful and inspiring look at the world of percussionists.
The KOSA Percussion Workshop, is an international event founded by Aldo Mazza, a noted percussionist from Montreal who has spent his life performing. For 15 years, he has brought many of the greatest percussion players within the genres of jazz, rock, and world music to Vermont to share their techniques and experience with workshop participants and audiences. KOSA is being held this year at Castleton State College, from July 27 through August 1. The setting provides a place where the distractions of daily life fall away and a focus on music is supported completely.
Caro Thompson is a Vermont filmmaker who has been deeply involved in projects that explore the people of Vermont and New England through history and current community traditions. As a vocalist herself, she is delighted to have this opportunity to bring the artists and artistry of rhythm to light. "There is a tremendous subtlety and depth in percussion that is often overlooked by audiences. They are likely to focus more on the melody and harmony of the music they hear," she reflects. After capturing the essence of master classes and engaging in personal interviews with these world-class musicians, she'll weave a vibrant tapestry of sound and ideas into an entertaining and enlightening video. Caro's documentaries have been nominated three times for regional Emmy awards. In 2009, her latest film, "Champlain: The Lake Between," brought home the Boston/New England Emmy for historical program and was made available to PBS stations nation-wide.
"We are very pleased to be an integral part of a project that will acknowledge and promote the cultural recognition of Vermont as a place where creativity and community meet in an environment that enhances the meaning of both", said Katie Gruca, the Creative Director of the John M. Bissell Foundation.
The John M. Bissell Foundation is a 501(c )(3) private foundation that accepts donations. Its past projects have included the exhibition of the traveling exhibit of Roma Artist Ceija Stojka, funding to Vermont Historical Society for digitalizing films, and funding toward The Vermont Movie which is a collaborative film involving over 20 Vermont filmmakers.
For more information about the Bissell Foundation and its ongoing projects, we urge you to contact its Executive Director, Edward French, Jr. or its Creative Director, Katie Gruca at c/o Stackpole & French Law Offices, P.O. Box 819, Stowe, Vermont 05672. (802) 253-7339.
Stowe, VT 05672 (Set as Local)