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Clip Payne

Producer, Actor, Singer

Episode #23 – Motor City Review

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Episode #23 – Motor City Review

ABOUT

Michael Payne, more commonly known as Clip Payne or The Man In The Box, has been a member of the Funkadelic/Parliament collective since around 1977. In the late 80’s he founded WEFUNK International as a vehicle for his solo projects which became WEFUNK AD2k Records and Filmworks in 1999.

Jambase.com has the following to say about Clip: What began as a side trip for Parliament-Funkadelic’s Michael “Clip” Payne has evolved into one of the most versatile jam bands around, a Family Stone-meets-The-Dead vehicle that frees your mind — so that your ass, of course, can follow. Some of the finest original funk this side of Sly Stone, Larry Graham, and the Godfather of Soul. The 420 Funk Mob/rx melds that sound with some Sixties psychedelia, a bit of Sun Ra “arkestration,” and even a little soft rock, performed by a revolving cast of former P-Funk members and masterful musician friends. Jam after jam, style after style, they sync up. One Collective under a frequently hypnotic groove.”Jambase.comWhat began as a side trip for Parliament-Funkadelic’s Michael “Clip” Payne has evolved into one of the most versatile jam bands around, a Family Stone-meets-The-Dead vehicle that frees your mind — so that your ass, of course, can follow. Some of the finest original funk this side of Sly Stone, Larry Graham, and the Godfather of Soul. The 420 Funk Mob/rx melds that sound with some Sixties psychedelia, a bit of Sun Ra arkestration, and even a little soft rock, performed by a revolving cast of former P-Funk members and masterful musician friends. Jam after jam, style after style, they sync up. One Collective under a frequently hypnotic groove.”

When Clip is not touring with George Clinton he works on his shows with 420 FUNK MOB, playing venues around the Hudson Valley and produces for artists who contribute to the future of FUNK…

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Karen Gersch

Painter, Founding Member of Big Apple Circus

Episode #32 – I Control the Balance

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Episode #32 – I Control the Balance

ABOUT

Karen’s earliest memories are of drawing. Throughout her childhood, she sketched constantly from life. At the age of 13, she had her first formal painting lessons and three years later won a scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. There, in addition to painting, she studied graphics, illustration and theatre, earning a BFA with Honors in 1973.

Karen’s lifelong love of circus, the inspiration of so much of her artwork, led her to study ballet and acrobatics after graduating Pratt. She supported herself by painting murals and backdrops for restaurants, dance and theatre companies. Warner Bros. Records and Henson Associates were two of her longtime corporate clients, for whom she created sets, graphics and illustrations.

A founding member of both the Big Apple Circus and Vermont’s Circus Smirkus, she has toured with various three-ring circuses in the U.S. and Canada. On tour, Karen keeps copious sketch journals of the acts, the artists and of life on the road. The spontaneous drawings for which she is known, capture a maximum of movement and expression with a minimum of line. Her own physical training and performing expertise helps her define the skills she captures so succinctly on paper and canvas.

Karen makes “portraits of the moment” wherever she travels. But back in her New York City loft, oil paintings are the preferred medium. The Bowery studio she’s lived in for the past 30 years holds hundreds of sketchbooks, paintings and framed drawings, (as well as a trapeze).

Always experimenting and ever prolific, Karen uses a multitude of materials and styles to create ongoing studies, from abstract oil paintings on paper to intricate collages; from an “Endangered Animal Series” to watercolor seascapes and mixed media constructions.

She has exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and Cape Cod.

Ant Hatcher

Musician & Storyteller

Episode #56 – Raise the Rent and the Cool People Split

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Episode #56 – Raise the Rent and the Cool People Split

ABOUT

The Lead Vocalist/ Multi instrumentalist of the OAI. Ant Hatcher born Raymond Anthony Hatcher Johnson was born on April 28th, 1970 to Margaret Johnson and Albert Anderson in Harlem New York.. The Grandson of Harlem most Notorious and loved Gangster ‘Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson’. Ant grew up amongst a myriad of Jazz musicians, Actors and Artisans from even before his era from Louis Armstrong to Cab Calloway and more.

The story of Ant Hatcher started way before he was born in the Roots of Amerikkka Both African and Indigenous. His mother and Grandparents practiced Native indigenous Spirituality from Africa and Turtle Island as well as the more modern forms of Christian/ Islamic Religions . His mother Margaret also called Lady M, found that she was a month and a half pregnant at the original Woodstock festival in 69′ . Which very well could be a primordial reason that he and the OAI are a festival driven band playing such festivals like Glastonbury, Womad and many of others.

As a youth Ant was passionate about acting, Music and wildlife (both animal and human) and the Spiritual life in all things. Imitating people and sounds he heard in the ghetto and in North and South Carolina where he was partly raised by his Uncle Champ and his Aunt until he was 7 1/2 he began the arduous journey to being a Bard. There were instruments laid about from an old organ in the living room, reed flutes, hand drums and of course the pots and pans which took the barrage of the young superstar with as much as he could deliver.

Later in life, a 3 year stint in the US Marines took him around the world, especially Okinawa Japan; but its austerity had also dampened his spirit. After all, Hatcher was practically Harlem nobility – the grandson of the legendary gangster and culture hero Bumpy Johnson, Hatcher’s extended Harlem family included Cab Calloway and a plethora of African/Native American Characters with Character.

“I noticed in these public jam sessions that when I’d stepped out to take a flute solo or sing – well, it really connected with everything and everyone… I liked the feel of those sessions – they were from the heart, and as that was where it was for me. I wondered if i couldn’t put that feeling into some tight songs, and so I started assembling a band. ”

Within a year, Hatcher had assembled the first incarnation of the OAI – the Original African Indianz in Holland- a nomadic extended] family of musicians that began to bring the roof down at raves that were starting to be held in in Germany and the Netherlands.