Building Bridges – Expressions 2014, Session 2

Building Bridges of Understanding Series 2014 Presents:

Expressions: Faith Traditions and Social Justice, Lyrics and Melodies, Hymn and Songs

Celebrating the fundamental roles that traditions’ lyrics, melodies, hymns and songs have played in social justice movements, and have inspired civil rights and cultural expressions for freedom.

Session Two: Gospel, Jazz, Jewish Tradition

Saturday, November 8, 2014; 10am-3, Creekside Room, Dominican Univ., San Rafael


Featuring performances by:

MarkMark Culbertson has a Bachelor of Arts in Theory-Composition from Chapman University, and Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He has studied with Michael Manring, Bertam Turetzky, Joelle Leandre, David Young, John Clayton, Jim Campilongo, Kenneth Gaburo, Victor Savant, and Herbert Brun.  He has performed on bass with Berkeley Opera, Symphony of the Redwoods, and other orchestras, as well as numerous clubs and venues with jazz, rock, and improvized music with ensembles and musicians such as the Studio Five Jazz Band, Roy Loney, and Patti Austin.  He is currently the director of the Dominican University Jazz Band, and a music instructor at San Domenico, Marin Waldrof School, and Dominican University, while offering private coaching at San Rafael High School and the College of Marin Orchestra.  Mark recorded on the most recent Iggy and the Stooges album, Ready to Die, released in 2013, and will also be on the upcoming Iggy and the Stooges release, Re-Licked.

Dedan (Mantis Shirt)Dedan Gills, educator, poet, activist and pioneer of Green Recovery, a movement to address the healing of human communities and the planet through environmental stewardship, conversation, mediation efforts, and the cultivation of inner wisdom.  He is co-founder with Belvie Rooks of the organization and movement, Growing a Global Heart, and has spent the last decade facilitating workshops and inter-generational dialogues locally and internationally, spreading a message of unity, dignity, and respect for all beings.  He serves as a mentor to young people growing up in these challenging times, and as a producer on numerous film and media projects featuring stories of transformation and restoration expressed in music, image and conversation.


Julie NicholasJulie Nicholas, Director of Music at Star Academy.  Julie holds a B.A. Music and a M.A. in Music Literature.  Her teaching experience accrues over 20 twenty years (1999-2014 at Star Academy) and includes experience with many types of schools and student populations.  Additionally, Julie is an Assistant Professor at Dominican University of California where she has designed and regularly instructs 5 courses, among which is “Bringing Music into the Classroom” a course for credential candidates.  Julie has recently co-authored and published Sweet Betsy and Ike: Two Miners from Pike, a songbook with integrated curriculum for grades 2-6.  As a professional singer in the award-winning harmony trio Nicholas, Glover and Wray, her performing career is on-going since 1978. Julie was honored in 2011 by Star Academy as Outstanding Teacher. She served as faculty representative to Star Board of Directors in 2011-12, and was elected to the Star Board of Directors 2012.

Achi Ben ShalomAchi Ben Shalom, a musician born in Israel and who studied music at Tel Aviv Univeristy.  Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1983, he has become known in the community as a band leader and chorus conductor specializing in Jewish music. Achi teaches at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, directs the Nigunim Community Chorus at the JCC East Bay, performs as a solo singer and guitar accompanist and with his band ADAMA, and is choir director at four retirement homes.



A portion of all proceeds will support the annual Building Bridges/DUC Humanities Educational Scholarship, recognizing a student whose scholarship and/or community service reflects the spirit of the Building Bridges Series.


The Building Bridges of Understanding Series is a cooperative program of the International Association of Sufism and the Dominican University of California Humanities and Cultural Studies Department.  Sponsored by and in cooperation with Marin faith communities.  Partial funding by Marin Community Foundation.


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