Malcolm Dalglish attended The American Boychoir School at age ten and graduated from The National Outdoor Leadership School at fifteen. He’s a choral composer, director, and raconteur who plays hammer dulcimer, spoons, bones, and his face. A founding member of the popular folk trio Metamora, Malcolm has made over twelve recordings, including solo offerings on the Windham Hill Label. He strives to create songs that are “playgrounds for singers”. Audiences are engaged by the storytelling, poetry and theater of these works. Choirs throughout the world have commissioned his music, and he performs with them everywhere from schools and festivals to Carnegie Hall. His folk choir, The Ooolites, is known for its earthy, ethereal sound. He’s been called a pied piper of youth choirs (and his flair for pie making hasn’t hurt his reputation either!).
Joshua Stephen Kartes
Joshua Stephen Kartes, a New York City–based freelance composer, pianist, and vocalist, has been working and performing around the globe with Malcolm and the rest of the Dalglish family since meeting Malcolm in 1998 at his high school in Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2004 with a degree in Music Composition and Piano Performance, and worked as a freelance musician and director for four years in Chicago before relocating to the East Coast. Joshua is a seasoned composer, arranger, performer and clinician, and has had many opportunities to work with a variety of ensembles. Joshua was awarded a Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Direction for his work on a previous Chicago production of “Cabaret”. During his time in Chicago, he was also on staff at Columbia College Chicago, the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and Northwestern University. More recently, in New York, Joshua has enjoyed a successful and ongoing venture with co-producer Corey Mach with their hit concert series, “Broadway Sings.” He is the musical director for “Broadway Sessions,” a theatre industry weekly variety show produced by Ben Cameron. Though very much an urban soul and a “city guy” at heart, there has been an indelible Sierra Mountain stamp on that heart ever since his first involvement with Ooolation! over a decade ago, and Joshua is thrilled and excited to return to camp after a year’s hiatus to make some magical mountain Malcolm music happen again.
Naomi Dalglish can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. She grew up playing musical games, singing in choirs and concertizing with the Ooolites and the quartet Ooodoo. Now she is teaching those same games and singing lullabies to her own daughters in North Carolina, where she is a full-time potter and member of Bandana Klezmer. To all things “Ooo” she brings her playful moves, heartfelt and raucus tunes, and love of the Eastern Sierra to share with you.
Charlie Jesseph has been a part of the Ooolation camps since they began in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana in 1999. He grew up on music. Being the son of two university trained musicians and the youngest of four children, all of whom are singers and instrumentalists, he picked up some tricks along the way. While studying biology at Indiana University Charlie sang in IU Soul Revue and performed in Brazilian Samba and Afro-Cuban percussion ensembles. He spent one semester busking around the major cities of Western Europe. Currently he teaches guitar, piano, voice, and percussion lessons and performs acoustic soul and jazz in a duo, and is an instructor at the Jacobs School of Music Guitar Academy. He has been hooked by the spirit of improvisation and is excited to share it with all of the Ooofolk on this 11-day musical adventure!
Jun Kuribayashi has been a mover all his life. He began as a competitive swimmer, breakdancer, and martial artist. He took his first dance class at age 22 at the University of Kansas where he earned his BFA in Dance. The year he graduated, he premiered professionally with Momix. In 2004 he joined Pilobolus Dance Theater and toured as a dancer, Dance Captain and eventually an Artistic Associate until 2015. Kuribayashi’s projects span a wide variety of mediums. Among others, he has collaborated with illusionists Penn + Teller, illustrator Art Spiegelman, juggler Michael Moschen, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, movie director Trish Sie and Grammy award recipient OK Go. When it comes down to it, whether it be in the streets or in the mountains, creative play is the name of the game!
Previous Ooolation teachers & staff have included:
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry
N. Scott Robinson
Georgia Rose Armstrong Park