2014 Summit & Awards Gala

2014 SUMMIT & AWARDS GALA

The 2014 World Technology Awards gala will take place on the evening of November 14th, at the culmination of the two-day World Technology Summit. The Winners will be announced at this black-tie event from the ceremony stage by James P. Clark, Founder/Chairman of the World Technology Network.

The Winners and Finalists will be, in the process, inducted into the membership of the WTN - which now comprises over 1,000 members from over 60 countries around the world.

GALA PERFORMERS

PHADROID

PhadroidAs dance and ground-breaking proprietary technology merge in real time an innovative act emerges that reaches out to each member of the audience.

Since 2009 Android and Phaedrana Jones have been pioneering the emergence of a new type of interactive live expression that has pushed interpersonal, artistic, and technological boundaries.

PHADROID as a spectacle is a synthesis of the visible and the invisible expressed through a seamless fusion of cutting edge visual and dance vocabularies. The stylus pen of the digital artist intuitively follows, initiates or elaborates the dancer’s movements on stage. This invisible interaction is seen projected in real time onto the dancing body as well as the screen behind/in front.

The performance unfolds in real time to music created live on stage. PHADROID appears as projected visuals generated live – and not through any motion-tracking device – accentuate and intuitively blend in with the fluidity of motion created on stage.


Website: http://phadroidcollective.com/

ANDREW JONES

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones, Electro-Mineral visual Artist, Visual director of Phadroid

Android draws on a rich background of academic and classical drawing and painting knowledge, and applies the techniques of the old masters through the lens of the shamanic experience. He amplifies this synergy through new digital technologies to express the voice of our modern creative spirit. By combining the ancient and the emerging, he strives to express an aspect of the eternal.

PHAEDRANA JONES

Phaedrana
Phaedrana Jones, dance, creative writing

Growing up based in both Budapest and London, moving through a wide range of cultures and fields of creativity from an early age, Phaedrana Jones’ initial studies were in new circus/dance and creative writing. ‘Though it aids the creative process immensely to have a number of different toolboxes to juggle, it is only ever possible to give ourselves fully to one arena at a time - or to the integration of them all, which is then its own arena.’
At age 16 she took an unexpected turn to India and prominent south-Indian classical dance Bharata Natyam, forever inspired by legends Rukmini Devi and Chandralekha. This led her to never ending fieldtrips throughout India and South-East Asia and an MA in cultural anthropology. 
Simultaneously from age 19 onwards she worked for film and theater as a celebrated young playwright and literary translator and was over time invited to tutor young talent and produce new writing in the UK, Hungary and Australia (the Royal Court Theatre, the British Council, World Interplay).

For years she divided her base between Europe and India, until her art and life out of the blue moved to the West Coast of the United States in 2008; that in due course led to the birthing of PHADROID as an art form to itself in 2009.

RUBIN KODHELI

 
Composer and cellist Rubin Kodheli is a celebrated young creative rebel.

The inspirational tapestry of his work is woven from blended threads of rock, jazz and classical influences, a stylistic trademark that has afforded Kodheli a highly diverse and eclectic career. From his compositions appearing in mainstream feature films such as Precious (2009), to his genre-transcending original symphonic rock compositions, to his collaborations as a performer with premier composers of our time, including Dave Douglas, Henry Threadgill, Meredith Monk, and Tom Harrell. His collaborations also include performances with Roberta Flack, Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dog. This year Kodheli was commissioned to compose for Parsons Dance.

Kodheli’s work is an intriguing sonic collage that enraptures and captivates its listeners.

Creating instrumental alchemy in his compositions and performances, Kodheli deftly molds the cello to emulate the timbre of a guitar, a drum, or a human voice. His compositions teem with nuance, providing the opportunity to listen repeatedly, each time ripe with the possibility of hearing something that previously went unnoticed. Immersing audiences in honest musical explorations, Kodheli pushes listeners to engage, question and contemplate.

Kodheli began his musical journey as a composer and cellist in Albania, where, as a child, he would stay up all night, fascinated by the celebratory performances of traditional Albanian folk music as well as attending many rehearsals of his mother singer/actress Justina Aliaj. He later moved to Beligum to pursue formal studies at l'Académie d'Uccle and later in Germany at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium. Mr. Kodheli graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City, in where he was a pupil of Fred Sherry. All of these unique musical experiences, from childhood to the present, have continually influenced and molded his work with dancers, choreographers, fellow composers, filmmakers and various other creative professionals in New York City, and around the world.

Website: http://www.rubinkodheli.com/

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