A York County Library Presentation   

Performers: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Featured artists include:

Antonio Rocha, Eth-Noh-Tec, Bil Lepp, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Roger Day

Antonio Rocha
Antonio Rocha is an internationally known Storyteller. A former student of Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau, Antonio’s style is very unique as he blends movement with verbal narrative. His work is entertaining, educational, and poetic. He can turn himself into a jaguar, a turtle, a macaw, a gorilla and even a rattle snake right before your eyes. His ability to transform is so eloquent that people forget he is on stage.

Antonio’s career started in Brazil in 1985. He has lived in Maine since 1988, toured 5 continents and performed for thousands in festivals, performing art centers, schools and libraries. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Aruba International Dance Festival, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Mr. Rocha is a member of the Maine Arts Commission, The New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Storytelling Association.

Together since 1982, Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, also known as the duet Eth-Noh-Tec, have performed stories for adults and children alike nationally and internationally. Nancy and Robert weave music, dance, rhythmic dialogue, lively facial expressions and the spoken word to inspire the imagination and to bring their stories alive. By layering ancient Asian mythologies, folktales and Asian urban legends with Asian American sensibilities, Eth-Noh-Tec has created an exciting new blend of storytelling and kinetic theater Their highly stylized and lyrical movement is often accompanied by musical instruments such as Japanese taiko drums, voice and the ditze and shakuhachi bamboo flutes of Asia.

Eth-Noh-Tec's unique style of storytelling theater has brought them to numerous noteworthy stages. Presenting over 350 shows a year in numerous festivals, educational institutions, theaters and conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad, they have also appeared on television and radio shows such as NPR's "All Things Considered," Cable TV and PBS. Various notable national arts organizations such as the National Chapters of Young Audiences and The Music Center of Los Angeles County promote Eth-Noh-Tec's innovative work.

Bil Lepp
Bil Lepp, five time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest, tells original, hilarious, tall-tales along with stories of his life experiences that are often true. Bil’s stories are entertaining, intelligent, and unique. For his Appalachian flavored tales, he uses irony and observation to find the humor in topics ranging from growing up, to hunting, to politics, to religion, and to death and dying.

Bil has been a featured Storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival, and at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Bil is the author of three books of tales, four audio collections, and he has had stories published in several national magazines. He has told stories, keynoted functions, spoken at colleges, and presented workshops in nearly 30 states in the last three years. Duke Divinity Magazine called Bil’s stories, "Awe inspiring cathedrals of flapdoodle and bull."

The Steep Canyon Rangers
The Steep Canyon Rangers have carved out a unique spot in the world of bluegrass music. Consisting of Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey (bass), Woody Platt (guitar), Nicky Sanders (fiddle), and Graham Sharp (banjo), the group formed while four were attending the University of North Carolina. In 2004 they acquired Nicky from Berklee College of Music in Boston. The band quickly established a style all its own, drawing on early bluegrass sounds and infusing their performances with a driving energy and a willingness to take chances. While firmly rooted in the bluegrass tradition, their ability to bring in elements drawn from honky-tonk, classic country and the blues sets them apart from the rest. With a wealth of original songs to their credit, Steep Canyon Rangers has become a favorite at bluegrass festivals across the country. Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls their latest Rebel Records release, One Dime at a Time, “enormously satisfying…pushing bluegrass into a new century…”.

Roger Day
Roger Day, Parenting Magazine's "parenting pick", is a name synonymous with zany, infectious fun for children of all ages. Roger's original, completely interactive, high-energy live family performances have earned him a large following wherever he performs, inspiring enthusiastic audience participation, even from a few unsuspecting adults!

Roger's children's CDs have earned him awards from Parents' Choice, The National Association of Parenting Publications and Parenting Magazine's "Parenting Pick," and a top spot on children's radio throughout the country. Roger has earned six Family and Children's Program of the Year nominations from the National Association of Campus Activities. He has performed for a wide range of venues from Parker Dam, California to Blue Hill, Maine. Roger's commitment to children has carried him to homeless shelters and orphanages in other countries. For those performances, Roger was awarded the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity.

A magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University and student of Oxford University and the University of Bayreuth, Roger has a keen interest in promoting children's literacy through quality songwriting and student and teacher workshops.

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