Naropa Arts / The Early Years: Playing in the Now

Naropa Arts, the Early Years

An Improvisational Performance with Barbara Bash, Steve Clorfeine, Steve Gorn, Jerry Granelli, Lanny Harrison, Arawana Hayashi, Lee Worley

Naropa Arts, The Early YearsWednesday, October 15 // 7pm
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
$10 suggested donation

This special evening reunites some of Naropa's founding artists, pioneers who explored the convergence of creative process and contemplative practice. Weaving music, theater, dance and visual art, the evening evokes the unique, creative potential of moment-to-moment wakefulness.





Performer Bios

Barbara BashBarbara Bash is a calligrapher, author, illustrator and teacher of Big Brush and illustrated journaling workshops. She co-directed the Book Arts program with Susan Edwards at Naropa and collaborated with musicians, storytellers, and dancers developing calligraphic performance art that joined Eastern brush sensibility with Western alphabetic forms. This creative exploration has been her springboard for mixing word and image in deeper ways. Barbara's most recent book is an expanded edition of True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude.
Steve ClorfeineSteve Clorfeine has been writing and performing since 1974. He is one of the original faculty at Naropa University and directed an arts affiliate - Naropa East - in NYC. He began performing with Barbara Dilley, Meredith Monk, and Ping Chong and continued to make his own work and to tour for 10 years in a duet with Lanny Harrison. Steve currently teaches in Europe, Asia as well as N. America & is the recipient of Cultural Envoy grants in India and Nepal. His Nepal Journal and poetry collections have been published by Station Hill and by Codhill Press.
Steve GornSteve Gorn (, whose flute is said to 're-align the cells,' is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, "Miho – Journey to the Mountain," with the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. During the early Naropa years, he taught world music, and performed with Arawana Hayashi, and Colin Walcott. His music reflects a meeting of the traditional music of India with the freshness of contemplative practice.
Jerry GranelliJerry Granelli (, drummer / composer / professor / sound painter, was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a renowned Jazz percussionist and former member of the Vince Guaraldi Band. A pioneer of 1960's psychedelic sounds, a sideman on a Top 5 pop it, and a session musician for Sly Stone, Granelli has recorded over 20 albums. Jerry started the Creative Music Program at Naropa Institute in the mid-1970's with percussionist Colin Walcott, and the Arts in Education project with Lee Worley and Arawana Hayashi. His newest work is Warrior Songs, a five-movement choral concerto created in collaboration with composer Peter-Anthony Togni, to be premiered at Naropa October 11 & 12, 2014.
Lanny HarrisonLanny Harrison, character actress, dancer and cabaret artist, has played Off-Broadway since 1967 and, for the past 35 years, has written and performed one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. She has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk's theater company, since 1969, and has been part of various theatrical duets, with her late husband, musician Collin Walcott, Meredith Monk, Steve Clorfeine, and Lily Pink. A student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Lanny's teaching integrates Eastern contemplative disciplines and improvisational theater and movement techniques - at NYU & NY Shambhala Center.
Arawana HayashiArawana Hayashi was an early Co-Director of the Dance Program of Naropa University and has been involved in interdisciplinary, ensemble improvisation throughout her career. Artistic Director for 19 years of the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group in Cambridge, MA, she presented both contemporary dance and bugaku, Japanese court dance. She is an acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala. Currently with the Presencing Institute, she brings meditation and Social Presencing Theater to leadership training and to organizational and social change projects in both North and South America and in Europe.