Andrew Nemr is a Tap Dancer. Andrew is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, is the founder and Artistic Director of the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, now in their 11th season, and the co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. “A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr uses the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love. A unique speaker, often tap dancing while giving his talks, Andrew has been featured at International Arts Movement’s INHABIT, the Palliative Care Symposium, the Creative Church Conference, the Culture Care Leadership Summit, among others.Andrew is an honorary member of the Copasetics, Inc., an organization established to promote the legacy of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Max ZT is a Percussion artist. Max ZT was six years old when he heard the hammered dulcimer at an American folk festival near Chicago. Twenty-one years later he is one of the youngest musicians playing this string instrument. Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR, and a "Force of nature" by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
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