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Join us on July 9th from 5-8pm in Dupont Circle for the Dupont Circle BID's 2022 See You at the Circle Concert Series. This week, we'll have a DJ for the first hour, followed by an opening performance by the Washington Bach Consort. For the headline show, Michael Bowie will present "DC Jazz All Stars." So what're you waiting for? Pack a picnic or order a picnic to-go from one of Dupont's many restaurants; and, grab a blanket and head to the park for a free musical performance that will be sure to impress!
About Michael Bowie:
Michael Bowie is an internationally recognized musician, performing on both the electric and contrabass. With roots in the Washington D.C. jazz and gospel community, he was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Jazz Studies and trained with Betty Carter and Keter Betts. Soon after, Michael signed with Verve Records as an original member of "The Harper Brothers". He went on to perform, record and tour with Abdulla Ibrahim, Michel Pettruciani, including the Grammy Award winning "Look What I Got" with Betty Carter. Michael expanded his musical interests and performance to include a wide variety of musical forms from jazz to symphony to rock. As musical director he has worked with many artists worldwide including Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Jeff Majors, Abbey Lincoln, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Gil Scott-Heron. He has shared his talents in the recording studio and on the stage with Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Manhattan Transfer, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Della Reece, and Michel Camilo and Ricky Skaggs. He has appeared on countless television shows such as BET on Jazz, Austin City Limits, Charlie Rose, Radio One, and has performed at major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreux, and most other major festivals world-wide. His company, FamForte Productions is a family affair that provides a variety of multi-media services including music production, composition, and consulting. Their works can be heard in television, radio and the industrial markets as well. In addition to his personal musical career, Michael is deeply involved in developing children's music enrichment. He is a former teacher in Washington D.C.'s Public School system where he served as the music instructor at Fillmore Arts Center, Deal Middle School, and Oyster Adams Bilingual Campus. As a lecturer and associate professor he has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Michigan University, University of Missouri, and Bowie State amongst others. In addition, he has worked with the Wolftrap Institute for Early Childhood Learning program in Virginia, and the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington DC. In addition to serving .as the Musical Director for the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, he recently assumed the Bass Tech teacher position at the Duke Ellington School Feor The Arts in Washington DC.
About Washington Bach Consort:
Founded in 1977 by Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, now led by Artistic Director, Dr. Dana Marsh, the Washington Bach Consort shares the transformative power of music, with the works of J.S. Bach and other Baroque composers at the core. Tenor Patrick Kilbride, cellist Amy Domingues, and violinists Leslie Nero and Risa Browder present Baroque works inspired by the setting sun and the sounds of the sea. Our professional artists inspire audiences with the highest levels of artistic excellence, enrich the cultural life through historically-informed performances, and provide educational programs in the Washington, DC community and beyond. For more information about the artists, click here.