Dance | Music | Improvisation
Encounters is an improvisation in which two musicians and one dancer meet to perform without a predetermined score. The trio is formed by the trumpeter Arthur Brooks, the double bass player Anthony Santor, and the dancer Paula Higa
Musician, composer, trumpeter/flugelhornist has been practicing and performing music for over fifty years. He was raised in a musical family pursued the study with his teachers and mentors, entranced by the transformative powers of its presence and practice. He has studied and/or performed and recorded with Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Alan Silva, William Parker, Stan Strickland, Sydney Smart, Ted Daniel, and many others. He was a member of the Bennington College faculty for over twenty-three years. He has been Artist in Residence at Middlebury College, School of New Dance Development (Amsterdam), Rotterdam Improvisors Pool, among other institutions. Brooks has collaborated and/or performed with Judith Dunn, Pauline de Groot, Christine Svane, Susan Sgorbati, Peter Schmitz, and most notably, Penny Campbell. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Vermont Council on the Arts grant, a number of commissions, and recognitions.
Anthony has played bass for the last 40 years. Growing up in New Jersey 20 minutes from New York City he was able to experience many of the top Jazz musicians performing in N.Y. He started lessons at age 19 and studied with Nick Baycak for 2 years. In that time he learned how to prepare to play Jazz. He also learned how play with the bow.
In 1988 Anthony moved to Vermont and has been performing with some of Vermont's finest Jazz musicians. Santor has performed all through New England. He is currently a member of Ensemble V led by Arthur Brooks. Ensemble V is an improvising ensemble.
Anthony play's music from straight ahead Jazz to the free.