Alex Gordez – Durham, North Carolina

Alex “Gordez” Gorodezky, an Ukrainian Jewish Spanish influenced guitar player, composer and music teacher, specializing in Classical, Flamenco, Jazz and World Music, with over 30 years of experience in music education, theater, live performance and studio environments.

Alex started playing classical guitar at age of eleven and graduated from Glier Music College in Kiev, Ukraine, as a jazz performer (guitar), arranger and composer. In 1988 he debuted at the International Jazz Festival in Ukraine and then started touring performing jazz, and World music. At this time he started thinking about how to infuse world music with jazz vocabulary. In 1991 Alex moved to Israel, and became a part of the Gesher Theater Company where he explored the theatrical application of his original works. Four years later Alex moved to U.S., and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his family.

Thank you Alex for the interview!

www.alexgordez.com

Lazy Daze – Cary, North Carolina

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for arts and crafts, food, and music. We decided to attend the 40th Celebration of the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival.

Little did I know, I would stumble upon the coolest Pirate Band, “The Motley Tones.”

Thank you to Lazy Daze and The Motley Tones for a great afternoon in Cary, North Carolina.

 

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours – Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Captain Joe Abbate of Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours provided an in-depth tour of Masonboro Island and the intercoastal waterway.

“Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Birding
Come join the staff at Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, on a discovery birding boat cruise of Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek. Guided eco-cruises are educational boat tours designed to increase conservation awareness about local wildlife and sensitive coastline habitats in New Hanover County. Topics explained during the boat ride will include: salt marsh function, wetland plants, and strong emphasis on shorebird/water bird ecology and identification. Birding tours are best when scheduled at low tide – See our favorite tide chart for Wrightsville Beach.

Common Species are: Brown Pelican, Terns, Gulls, Willets, American Oystercatcher, Herons, and Black skimmers.”

(Source: http://www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com/wrightsville-beach-tours/eco-tours/wrightsville-beach-scenic-tours-birding-tours-near-wilmington-nc/)

Thank you Captain Joe and the entire staff at Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours!

Artsplosure – Raleigh, North Carolina

I visited the Artsplosure office to speak to Artsplosure’s Marketing Manager, Jennie Lanning. She provided a sneak preview into the 36th Annual Raleigh Arts Festival. The Festival is May 15-17 in Downtown Raleigh.

“Artsplosure is Raleigh’s nonprofit art and cultural events production studio. We are curators, collaborators and risk-takers dedicated to fulfilling our mission of bringing rich cultural experiences to the community we serve. With each of our events, we hope to inspire and entertain, inform and celebrate, create and share.” (Artsplosure.org)

“Spring 2015: May 15-17
This year, we will celebrate the 36th anniversary of Artsplosure – the Raleigh Arts Festival! Since its inception in 1980, the spring festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people, introducing them to underrepresented artists and performances. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art – and a healthy dose of the unexpected. The festival balances critically acclaimed national artists with some of North Carolina’s best performing and visual artists. The result is an eccentric mix of artistic expression, undoubtedly with something that appeals to everyone.” (Artsplosure.org)