Earthsinger: Joan Henry
Vocalist, actress, dancer, composer, poet-lyricist, percussionist and choreographer, it’s hard to think of a style Joan Henry doesn’t cover. Her credits span the National Tour of Camelot with Richard Harris, the West Side Story 30th Anniversary Company, TV-movie Everyday Heroes, Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, appearances with guitarist Kenny Burrell, Pete Seeger, Paul Winter and R. Carlos Nakai, and a slew of recordings including solo works and two albums with stellar jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette – Earthwalk & Music for the Fifth World, alongside John Scofield and Living Colour’s Will Calhoun and Vernon Reid.
Ms. Henry is a hahesh’kah (lead drummer), Native Women’s Traditional dancer, and dekanogisgi (traditional song-carrier). Founder of acclaimed traditional drum group Mothers of Nations Singers & Dancers, Ms. Henry speaks on healing & spirituality among First Nations women and has offered opening prayers & song for the International Day of Peace and the United Nations World Indigenous Forum.
When not traveling to perform solo or with family & friends bringing life to Noyeh-Ongeh, Mother Earth, a Native/jazz/fusion band, Ms. Henry teaches, presents and consults at schools, universities and museums from Wellesley & Vassar Colleges to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York City, works with youth and women in indigenous communities in the US & Canada, and directs empowerment and arts-in-healing programs in upstate New York.
Ms. Henry’s work also includes teaching dance, Zumba Fitness with a martial arts twist and the up-and-coming DXF – Dance Xross Fitness. She nurtures the vocal & movement expansion of youth and adults at the Center for Creative Education (NY) and finds herself constantly exploring some new musical edge, surrounded by youth of all ages, especially her beloved fellow POOKitos of the Percussion Orchestra Of Kingston.
About the Earthsinger Site:
Webworks has done all the design and layout of the Earthsinger site through several incarnations from HTML to WordPress that Ms. Henry is able to update herself. Webworks is also responsible for most of the creation and content of the Earthsinger Kanogisgi YouTube Channel. This website acts as an umbrella to encompass the range of Ms. Henry’s evolving multifaceted career — a delicate balance.
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