Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Presents a Bioneers Network Event
November 1-3, 2013 * Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

What is Bioneers?
"... The leading edge of the world we want to create".  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

Listen to keynote David Orr's November 1, 2013 interview with Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.


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Radio Interviews
Listen to Mike Nowak's recent interviews with Sandra Steingraber and Albert Bates.

Sandra Steingraber and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois

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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Presents …
Part of the excitement associated with Bioneers is the multi-cultural performances that intersperse the learning and the work that goes on during the weekend. We hope you’ll make time to be present to participate with each of these incredible artists. They will rock your soul and energize you for the journey ahead!

LftBillOnstage Playing from Spirit
Opening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Some years ago, Bill Buchholtz got a call from a Lakota Sioux elder in his hometown of Chicago. She invited him to come over, saying she had something to give him. When he got there, she gave him a buckskin bag. Bill opened it and took out a Native flute.”I don’t know how to play this,” he told her.She grew very serious and said to him, “It’s in your blood.”

For a few months Bill forgot about the flute. One day he picked it up and spontaneously began to play. The flute and its music spoke to him in a way no other instrument ever had.Bill began to play for friends and acquaintances. Over the next year he was gifted 6 more flutes. The music Bill found in these flutes strengthened his spiritual connection to his indigenous roots. And at the end of that year, Bill looked up and said, “I hear you, Creator.”

cropped-dsc2706 Rhapsody Snyder
Friday Evening Reception

Rhapsody Snyder currently plays in numerous bands and ensembles, ranging from classical to rock to musical theater in such venues as House of Blues Chicago, The Metro and Lincoln Hall, and has played on WBEZ’s Vocalo 90.7 Live from Studio 10 with The Lifeline.She’s been the featured pianist in Chicago theater productions such as It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play at American Theater Company, and the Musical Director of Attend the Tale of Danny Tanner: A Full House Musical. 

As a pianist and harpist, Rhapsody especially enjoys working with people in all genres and has made it her artistic mission to bridge the gap between seemingly differing mediums through improvisational collaboration between dancers, visual artists and writers. Rhapsody is currently the pianist/harpist for the Chicago-based band The Lifeline.

546072_10152088138910066_614535953_n Alex Yoffe
Saturday Morning, 9:15 am

Alex Yoffe is a Chicago based composer and multi-instrumentalist. Composing both acoustic and electroacoustic music, Yoffe has written for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Yoffe is also the sole member of Bode Radio, an electroacoustic mess of gamelan induced clarinets interwoven with melodious guitars and fresh beats.Also having experience in the study and performance of Javanese Gamelan, Yoffe has composed several pieces for large Gamelan ensemble.

He has also collaborated with several video artists and has composed music for independent films.

music-ministry Sing for the Climate, Wellington Ave. UCC
Saturday Evening, 5:30 pm

Sing for the Climate will be filmed and then posted on the international website of the same name. We need YOUR voices!Wellington’s Choral Group is led by Led by Rhaposdy Snyder and Chris Inserra, who use various musical styles and genres including classical, Latin, gospel, global, traditional and contemporary songs and hymns, to create a thoughtful and inclusive, musically-eclectic experience which builds community among all ages and inspires people to live their faith in action.

Whether you read music or learn by ear, all are welcome!

sheboom2 Sheboom
Saturday Evening, 5:45 pm

Sheboom is an all-female drum ensemble playing an energetic mix of music inspired by tradiitonal West African grooves.

Sharing their passion for percussion, the “Sheboomers” are:  Aimee Bass, Kim DeVore, Donna Donahue, Laila Lee, Corkie Neuhaus and Beth Pestka

6205651994_45ed571f66 International Capoeira Angola Foundation
Sunday morning, 9:15 am

Capoeira Angola is an African-Brazilian art form with its roots in Bantu traditons, which were carried to Brazil by enslaved africans. The development of Capoeira into a “dance-fight” burgeoned in Brazil, out of the struggle for liberation by Africans, indigenous Brazilians and other marginalized peoples during the Portuguese colonization.

Today, Capoeira Angola continues to be a social tool for resistance and empowerment, through the teaching of community building, social equality, and diaspora studies. The fundamental African traditions and philosophies contained within the teachings of Capoeira Angola, and even more specifically, within the roda, or circle, where Capoeira is played, can build self-esteem and self-awareness of both the mind and body.

Bossa Tres Bossa Tres
Sunday afternoon, 5:30 pm 

Bossa Tres is a Chicago based Brazilian group that can play a wide repertory ranging from traditional Brazilian music styles like samba, frevo, samba-reggae and baião, and Brazilian “Popular music”(MPB), to sounds of jazz and bossa nova.

Bossa Tres member Dill Costa also is an amazing dancer. They are looking forward to bring upbeat Brazilian grooves and high energy for the conclusion of the second Great Lakes Chicago Bioneers gathering!”

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