Mike Vargas & Vickie Dodd | Love Songs to the Shadow

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Love Songs to the Shadow

by Mike Vargas & Vickie Dodd

This music, improvised with no structures, reveals a rare pairing of two sound worlds, the combination of a voice with 30 years' experience sounding human bodies therapeutically and a classically trained pianist's sensitivity rooted in 40 years of playing
Genre: Avant Garde: Structured Improvisation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Song No. 1
11:26 $0.99
2. Love Song No. 2
4:01 $0.99
3. Love Song No. 3
10:01 $0.99
4. Love Song No. 4
5:33 $0.99
5. Love Song No. 5
3:20 $0.99
6. Love Song No. 6
6:57 $0.99
7. Love Song No. 7
3:10 $0.99
8. Love Song No. 8
6:58 $0.99
9. Love Song No. 9
2:21 $0.99
10. Love Song No. 10
7:19 $0.99
11. Love Song No. 11
3:57 $0.99
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Vickie Dodd OVERVIEW

"Sounds literally shape our realities. Everything that occured in our lives is recorded in our bodies. These events are recorded in our tissue as memories that actually exude a sound, and respond and change shape when engaged by our voice. Sound touches us where hands and words cannot reach." -VD

"Sound has been my teacher, inspiration, mentor, path of discovery and awakening my entire life. I would love to share with you some of the experiences gained from this relationship." -VD

about Vickie Dodd:

Vickie Dodd, director of SoundBody Productions and the School for Sound and Sacred Arts, is an internationally known pioneer in the field of Sound as a Bodywork. She is an Aston-Patterning Teacher, author, poet, nutritionist, herbalist, workshop leader and musician. She started using sound as a healing modality in her work with her clients over 30 years ago. She has trained with many master teachers in the art of body therapies and spiritual purification tools.
The essence of Vickie's work is a multi-dimensional approach to using Sound as an evolutionary tool, emphasizing maturation of the emotional body. A few of her teachers that have been crucial to her evolving this work are: Dr. Joseph Liss, Dr. Ramurtri Mishra, William David (Elias De Mohan) and Judith Aston.
Vickie has the rare ability to "sense" the subtle rhythm, vibrations, and tones that all matter produces. She uses her remarkable gift of "sounding" to match the unique soundprint of a person. To this sensitivity Ms. Dodd has added serious study and exploration into the curative aspects of sound, color and movement. She has designed a system, which integrates emotional memories within the physical body and facilitates the release of long held emotional distress. She has consulted with organizations and professional groups, assisting them to address specific issues they encounter in their work and life responsibilities.
Vickie teaches others how to listen to themselves and to use their voices to recapitulate the memories and history that resides in their bodies. These teachings empower and educate the serious sound student to direct and evolve their emotional and physical maturation. She is the author of "Tuning The Blues To Gold: Soundprints" and has several recordings available. As director of Soundbody Productions she lives in Port Angeles, Washington, and teaches in Europe and many locations around the USA.

Mike Vargas works internationally as a freelance composer performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. Primarily a solo artist and a pianist, Vargas also specializes in percussion and electronic music. He regularly presents concerts of his work, sometimes collaborating with other musicians and artists, often in relatively small ensembles.
Vargas has released 9 CDs of his music and in 2003 published an article in Contact Quarterly entitled, “Looking at Composition is like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge: 86 Aspects of Composition.” He is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College.
He began playing music in 1959. His love of adventure and collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York's Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center, from New Music America to Playback Theater.
A lifetime of improvising landed Vargas in the dance world, where he collaborates almost daily with moving bodies in space. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. For the past 9 years, he has been teaching and performing around the world with dancer Nancy Stark Smith.
With a voracious curiosity and a constant hunger for variety, Vargas gobbles up styles of music, learning, listening, imitating, inventing. He trained as a classical pianist in the 60’s, moved through rock and jazz-rock in the 70’s, free jazz and world music, electronic and found sound in the 80’s, then studied late-20th century dissonance and came back to the piano in the 90’s. More recently exploring samples, loops and iPods during the last decade, a broad palette of sonic options has always been a hallmark of Vargas’ music.



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