Building Bridges – Expressions 2014

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 One: Gospel, Blues, Jazz

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014; 10am-3, Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael

BB 2014 - Sept Event

Featuring performances by:

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACurtis Lawson, a versatile, seasoned performer who has been in the entertainment business since he was a teenager in Texas.  After a stint in the army, he fell in love with San Francisco and with the blues, and moved to the city, where he began singing the blues on Filmore Street in 1958.  Curtis has headlined and participated in blues festivals, played his own gigs, appeared as a guest artist, and performed with many musicians, including Albert King, Joe Louis Walker, Elvin Bishop, and Nancy Wilson.  In 2004 Curtis was honored by being awarded “Male Vocalist of the Year” by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 11.30.33 AMDestiny Muhammad is a Recording/Performing Artist on Harp.  Her genre, “Celtic to Coltrane,” is cool and eclectic with a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience.  Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco Jazz Ambassador, The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts Board Member, and an ASCAP Songwriter Awardee.  “Destiny Muhammad should be a Bandleader…dig!” – Keith Hines,

Lighthouse Singers.2013.Dec.Bay Comm.Dana.1The Lighthouse Singers is an interdenominational gospel choir directed by Ulis Redic, Jr., and based in Marin County, California.  The choir’s repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary gospel music.  Founded by Helen J.H. Stephens in 1979, The Lighthouse Singers choir has been acclaimed for its beautiful harmonies, rich sound, and inspiring presence.  The Lighthouse Singers are dedicated to cultural and spiritual outreach through music, singing and teaching traditional gospel music.  For over thirty years the choir has excited audiences throughout the U.S. in both multi-faith and multi-race services, community service performances, inspirational gospel workshops, and national gospel conventions.  Recent engagements include benefits in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis and in San Rafael at Unity, memorial services at Dominican College Chapel, San Rafael, and celebrations at a variety of churches.

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.

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.


Last year’s winner, Kendra Woodglass, with Dr. Nahid Angha

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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