2018 Performance - JEFF HAYNES

Annual Performance - united by nature

with Jeff haynes & Friends

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 4pm

Manitoga's central Quarry Pool, moss-covered alcoves and rock terraces come alive with music and song.

Celebrate the stunning natural setting and the natural bonds that unite us all - under one sun.

Enjoy live music set in the surrounds of nature and you.

Let multi-genre music, rhythm and voice sing around the Quarry and through the woodlands.

Let it organically lift you.

Let it remind you of all that unites us.  

Jeff Haynes, producer / percussionist

Jacob Lee Bernzpoet / musician / balladeer            

Casey Erdmannsinger / song writer                         

Sean Harknessguitar artist                                      

Joan Henry, poet-lyricistvocalist / percussionist

Timothy Hillsinger / composer         

Gina Lenee', pianist


With Julie HarrisNative American flute playerLisa Jensen and Becky Nielsendrummers

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$45  General Public
$35  Manitoga Members
$20  Youth 18 and under
$125 Patron Ticket

Manitoga’s Artist Residency Program and Annual Performance were launched in 2014 to invoke designer Russel Wright's legacy of experimentation and celebration of place at Manitoga – his home, landscape and creative muse.

The 2018 Annual Performance honors the 50th anniversary of Wright’s Summer in the Parks – a program he launched with the National Park Service to invite the Washington D.C. community into the city’s parks and green spaces through multi genre music and dance, play, poetry, and recreation. The year was 1968. Across the country, people demonstrated against war and threats to civil liberties. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. Olympic medalists raised gloved fists during the national anthem protesting racial discrimination. Hey Jude was released in the US, and Hair opened on Broadway. Yale University voted to admit women after 267 years. Richard Nixon won the presidency.

Russel Wright believed then in the power of nature to unite and to heal. With a designer’s vision and naturalist’s heart, he created Manitoga – a place of great spirit, inspiration, and beauty. Join us through music at Manitoga in celebration of peace and unity.

WAMC's The Roundtable
Interview with Sarah LaDuke and Jeff Haynes

About Jeff Haynes:

Jeff Haynes is a world-renowned percussionist who has recorded on nearly two hundred CDs and toured extensively with Jazz, World Beat and Pop artists. He is a multi-genre percussionist, teaching artist and producer and a multi-faceted talent and resource in the Hudson Valley. 

Haynes produces both live performances and recorded productions that feature his vast network of talented and prominent musicians, representing a cross-road of cultures and genres.  He is a Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Album for Children for Pete Seeger’s Tomorrow’s Children. His creative direction as a producer of the Grammy nominated audio book Pete Seeger Storm King—spoken word set to multi-genre music from over 50 musicians—has been recognized with acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon, AudioFile Magazine and School Library Journal

Through his D.R.U.M. (Discipline, Respect, Unity and Music) Program residencies in schools in Beacon and Newburgh and private, Jeff is enriching the mind, body and spirit of people of all ages.    


Jacob Lee Bernz was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley surrounded by the musical friends and colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz.  Pete Seeger was a family friend and frequent presence in Jacob's life.  His grandfather, Harold Bernz, helped start People's Songs, the precursor to Sing Out magazine.  His great grandfather was Walter Lowenfels, the poet who co-wrote Wasn't That a Time with Lee Hays. Songwriting literally runs through Jacob's veins. www.jacobbernz.com

Casey Erdmann was born and raised into a family of musicians and has been playing music in the Hudson Valley for 12 years. Casey recorded her debut album at the Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with producer/world renowned guitarist Earl Slick.

Sean Harkness is an international guitar artist in high demand as a performer/composer on solo guitar, and accompanies an astonishing array of world class vocalists, musicians, and ensembles. Sean’s multiple awards include the coveted MAC, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld.com awards. Harkness represents Washburn guitars and DR Strings, and has eight commercial releases as an artist, many on Windham Hill Records [BMG/RCA/Sony]. Sean has an active international touring schedule – most recently including Africa, the Caribbean, and Japan – of concerts, clubs, festivals, corporate events, and intimate private home salons or fundraisers. A musician’s musician of exceptional versatility, Sean is often requested to teach Guitar Master Classes and music workshops. www.seanharkness.com

Joan Henry is both dekanogisgi (traditional song-carrier) and hahesh’kah (lead drummer), and a Native Women’s Traditional dancer. Encouraged by her elders, she founded acclaimed traditional drum group Mothers of Nations Singers & Dancers – the first women’s drum ever invited to the National Native American Veterans Powwow in Washington DC and the first to preside at Indigenous Peoples’ Day Opening Ceremonies for the United Nations – where she has since presented on healing & spirituality among First Nations women and offered opening prayers & song for the International Day of Peace and the World Indigenous Forum. As a performer, her talents were honed and set free by the hands and works of Gerald Freedman & Graciela Daniele, Jerome Robbins & Allan Johnson, Talley Beatty, Danny Sloan, Lynn Simonson, Ray Evans Harrell and John Mace of the Julliard School. As a writer, she has received two national Golden Poets awards and been honored as one of the Hudson Valley 100 Notable Artists. https://earthsinger.net

Singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description. He has performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Iva Bittova, Madan Gopal Singh, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, and his musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. Mr. Hill has released three recordings of original songs, and appears on recordings by artists such as alt-rock chanteuse Katell Keineg, klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman, composer/cellist Robert Een, Irish traditional singer and flautist Cathal McConnell, and interspecies improviser/author David Rothenberg. Hill performed on eight recordings by David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, including their seminal work, Hearing Solar Winds.  An active teacher, Hill has been a visiting lecturer at the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program under artistic director Dawn Upshaw since its inception in 2006. www.timothyhillmusic.com

Gina Lenee' is an award-winning composer and pianist with a gift for weaving emotional stories into her music. Born and raised in California, she began playing the piano by ear at the age of four. Desiring to reach her listeners in a unique and powerful way, she has produced multi-sensory concerts to directly benefit causes and organizations that serve others. Her seventh album "RED DIAMONDS", was produced by legendary guitarist, Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records and co-produced by renowned engineer, Tom Eaton featuring many notable guest artists including Jeff Haynes, Premik Russell Tubbs, Jeff Oster, Charlie Bisharat, Jill Haley, Noah Wilding, Marc Schulman and Eugene Friesen. Gina is honored to perform for the first time at Manitoga as a welcome stop on her way to perform at the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany on Oct. 3 as a finalist for the 2018 Enlightened Piano Radio awards.  www.ginalenee.com

Premik is a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres. Premik has performed and/or recorded with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Sting, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga and James Taylor, just to name a few. He composed the score for the award-winning documentary Living River,directed by Vinit Parmar, about the Ganges River in India and the environmental issues threatening its existence. Since 1994, Premik has been a member of Carman Moore’s Sky Music Ensemble. www.premik.com


Julie Harris is an award-winning Native American flute player who won first place in the prestigious Musical Echoes Flute Competition in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and was featured playing Native American flute on a track she wrote Talking Leaveson the Pete Seeger/Jeff Haynes audiobook, The Storm King. She has studied drumming with Jeff Hayes since 2008. She is graduate of the Music for People leadership program founded by David Darling, Grammy Award-winning cellist, and she is a fellow band member in the world fusion ensemble, Heartwood.

Lisa Jensen, a transplant from Canada, has lived in the Hudson Valley for 20 years.  She began a musical journey four years ago taking up the Appalachian Dulcimer.  Two and a half years ago she was introduced to Jeff Haynes and added the Tubanos and more recently the RAV Vast to the mix. "Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she will have music where ever she goes". 

Becky Nielsen has lived and worked in the Hudson Valley for fifty years. Following retirement from the medical world she has broadened her interests to pursue painting, and in the last year and a half to study drumming with Jeff Haynes. And what an enriching and demanding adventure that is!



Lead Sponsors
David & Nanci McAlpin, Marilyn & Jim Simons

Tom Krizmanic, Gary & Laura Maurer

Joe Chapman, Sidney Babcock & José Romeu, Allison Cross & Henry Nye,
David Diamond & Karen Zukowski, Lyn & John Fischbach, Melissa Meyers & Wilbur Foster, Dick & Cathy Polich, Frederic C. Rich, Bill Roos & Scott Olsen, Katy Moss Warner. 

Artist Residency Program support also provided by Donald Albrecht, William Burback & Peter Hofmann, Jack & Cheryl Lenhart, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, the PCLB Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature