The Porazone Love Project: Music for, about in the interest of personal social responsibility: is the exciting collaboration of Raz Kennedy and Pollyanna Bush. They will present a dynamic live performance featuring original song and storytelling. These songs and stories are from a larger multi media theater piece that they are developing entitled “Talk to me:transcending the communication breakdown. This piece includes theatre, video and dance in addition to the original songs and storytelling. This compelling narrative attempts to illustrate the underlying causes of mis-communication which can give rise to disharmony in relationships. Raz and Pollyanna draw upon their personal stories and experiences and those of others, which reveal the need for deeper listening in the intrapersonal, one on one relationships and relationships within families, between communities, races, ethnicities, genders, classes, societies, cultures and nations. The full theater piece is expected to launch in September.
Pollyanna Bush has been performing as a singer, pianist and dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 26 years. Her performance credits include 12 years with the avant-garde and eclectic group, Obiba, followed by 20 years of producing shows featuring her own songs, dance/choreography and theatrical presentations. She has performed in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London and Hawaii. She has shared the stage with luminaries such as Richie Havens, Shana Morrison, Vonda Shepard, Gary Malkin and Raz Kennedy. Her dance credits include principle dancer of the Ruth Langridge Dance Company, The Elisa King Dancers, Pearl Lang Dance Company, and apprentice in the Martha Graham Dance Company. Pollyanna’s recording credits include two full length albums with her band Obiba and two full length albums, “Colors” and “Dying to Be Born”, featuring her original songs. She is a featured vocalist on the compilation CD entitled “Women of the Bay”, produced by Joey Muller, and on Michael Stillwater’s CD entitled “Arc in Time”. She has sung lead and backing vocals on numerous songwriter demos and is a featured vocalist on the “American Idol: Karaoke Revolution” video game. Her songwriting awards include Best Song of the Year for her song “Strange” in the West Coast Songwriters regional contest and Best Pop Song, “Innocent Heart”, in the West Coast Songwriters International Songwriting contest. “Innocent Heart” is a featured song on the compilation CD, “Heart of Innocence”, produced by Lloyd Barde of Backroads Music. As a music educator for 26 years, Pollyanna has taught improvisational singing workshops in Paris and all around the Bay Area. She has co-taught with Mokale creator, Tony Elman, at Double Bear in the Santa Cruz Mountains and with Raz Kennedy at the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop. Pollyanna has her own music studio, Alley Cats Music School in Fairfax, CA, where she coaches singers, teaches piano, songwriting and directs group singing ensembles. She has been Music Director and faculty member of The Chaplaincy Institute for Creative and Healing Ministries in Berkeley, CA for 11 years where she teaches circle singing and spontaneous sung prayer. In September 2011, she joined the teaching faculty at Musically Minded Academy.
She also teaches her own developed fusion of Pilates, yoga and dance at the Women’s Fitness Center in Fairfax. She has been a participant in the Diamond Heart Approach, which is a self inquiry practice, for 17 years and incorporates her practice in all areas of her creative activities. She currently sings in the, Mirabai Ensemble, an a cappella vocal group under the direction of Michael Smolens in addition to composing, recording and performing with The Porazone Love Project.
Raz Kennedy has been performing and recording as a vocalist, vocal coach and producer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. His performance credits include six years as a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, as well as projects with June Watanabe Performance Ensemble, Toni Childs, Rebeca Mauleon, Bob Ostertag, Bonnie Hayes, Linda Tillery, George Coates Performance Works, and Oberlin Dance Collective/San Francisco. His recording live credits include backup, ensemble or lead vocals for/or with hit song producer Narada Michael Walden, (Whitney, Mariah, Aretha), Al Jarreau, Todd Rundgren, Whitney Houston, Bobby McFerrin, The Bobs, Jason Becker, Wael Kabbani of the Iambic Dream Project, Joel Harrison, Mickey Hart, Kenny Loggins, Rhiannon, Sting, Claytoven Richardson, Molly Holm, Gerald Alston, Marilyn McCoo /Billy Davis Jr, Earl Klugh and Lynn Asher as well as for film, video, television and radio. As a vocal coach and vocal producer, Raz has multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. Clients include: Adam Duritz and members of Counting Crows, Grammy Award winning artists Los Tigres Del Norte, Universal Recording artists Stroke 9, Rancid, Dreamworks recording artist Davey Havoc of AFI, Aaron Carter, Chantelle Paige of Flipsyde, Caroline Vreeland, A-Teens, Lavay Smith, Hilary Duff, Nicole Riw, members of Metallica, Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder Band), Brett Anderson of The Donnas, Joe Bagale, Jasmine Guy, Sakai, Spencer Day, Karina Lombard, James Nash of The Waybacks, Jolie Holland, Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Sakis Rouvas, Bamboo Shoots, Will Evankovich of American Drag, Forest Sun, Shana Morrison, Noelle Hampton, Pollyanna Bush and Jerry Harrison (founding member of Talking Heads). Raz presently produces, writes and arranges vocals for live and studio projects. Raz is on the faculty at three of the Bay Area’s top music study institutions; Blue Bear School of American Music in San Francisco, The Jazzschool in Berkeley and The East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond. He has studied Latin Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music in Cuba and New York, has toured the U.S. and internationally in Europe, Asia and South America. Raz’ latest effort, “The Porazone Love Project” is a performance art collaboration with Pollyanna Bush.