ENKYKLIOS (en-KEE-klee-ohs) premieres at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College on January 17 at 7 p.m. Valdaniel Martins hosts the event described as "a variety show of some educational value." In January, Martins will be joined by featured guests Gawain and the Green Knight, Colin Broderick, Katie Martins, Sabine Krantz, Mike O'Malley, and Alexia Antoniou.
Valdaniel Martins says the literature and music series captures the spirit of the great old radio variety shows. Each month's show will feature a classical piece performed by Katie Martins with various musical colleagues, a segment titled First Ladies of Literature highlighting debut novels by female authors with readings and interviews, and a set of new music by an up-and-coming folk/rock group. Martins will MC the monthly show.
Gawain and the Green Knight is a Brooklyn-based lit-folk duo touring in support of their new EP record Ghosties. Gawain's music is characterized by heady lyrics, evocative storytelling, and complex melodies. Every song on the album is an earworm.
Colin Broderick, Irish immigrant and author of That's That, which chronicles his coming of age in war-torn Northern Ireland. The eponymous Orangutan, and the newly released book of essays by and about Irish authors in the Big Apple, The Writing Irish of New York, which just received a two-page layout in the Sunday edition of the New York Daily News.
Katie Martins is a lifelong piano player and oboist, holding a master's degree in oboe performance from the Conservatory-College of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has performed with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Opera Co., Bare Opera Co. in NYC, and many other regional orchestras throughout the Midwest and New York. Katie was an invited participant in the Global Musician's Workshop hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble. In addition to appearing on numerous records as an instrumentalist and background singer, Katie is an accomplished singer/songwriter herself on piano, ukulele and guitar. Her albums Home and That's Where You'd Go With Me are available online at all media outlets.
As a musician, Valdaniel spent years honing his craft singing and playing in the subway tunnels of New York. He has taken his multi-instrumental, live-looping show into Colombia and Brazil, as well as many of New York City's esteemed music venues like The Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi and Rockwood Music Hall. As a theatrical performer, Valdaniel served as composer and actor in the rollicking New York Stories at the Triad Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side and composer for a new iteration of Ianesco's absurdist play Rhinoceros. His first original theater piece titled The PennyPan Cabaret opened to great acclaim at the venerable Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village and his short play Escape From Paradise, a favorite of the 2018 New York New Works Theatre Festival, premiered at Theatre Row's off-Broadway venue on 42nd Street.