Elevate the Arts is a member of the Clawson Cultural Foundation and is a Michigan-based initiative hosting a gamut of artistic endeavors under the umbrella of its annual Arts & Authors Festival. The focus is on enriching neighborhood life through supporting Michigan's local creative community.
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Lisa Ball Bio
Since becoming a new mother, Lisa has found the importance in becoming active in one's community, because community, along with family and school are major influences in children's lives. She believes in the importance of playing a hands on role in all of these influential aspects, especially between the ages of 0 - 4 when the parents are the primary teachers in their child's life.
Lisa Ball is a Clawson City mom! She is an author, promoter, and community organizer. Lisa is the co-founder of Clawson's Annual Arts & Authors Festival held this year on September 8th in City Park, heads her own publishing company with six titles currently in print, including two children's books, sold worldwide at Amazon.com, and is a leading member of the Clawson Cultural Foundation. She has been a guest on CMN TV's Sketches of Michigan, has presented at the Kerrytown Book Festival and The Baldwin Public Library notably, as well as several area elementary schools. Married to Clawson's boogie-woogie man Matthew Ball, whose music is played in rotation on the Clawson City access channel. This March Lisa, coowner of Nature's Playhouse www.naturesplayhouse.com brings the fun of music and movement to Nature's Playhouse of Clawson with a new class designed to stimulate your child's appetite for learning through the power of music!
Matthew Ball Bio
Described as "the Gen-X arrival to this uniquely American art-form" by The Ann Arbor News, Matthew Ball is a graduate of Oakland University and The University of Detroit School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in both Music and History, as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law. He trained classically at University with the internationally renowned classical pianist Flavio Varani, a graduate of The Paris Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music.
Matthew's first public performances include a back to back appearance with the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony in '92 and '93 as winner of their annual young artist competition, followed by a distinguished '94 appearance as OU's representative artist in a concert tour hosted by The Steinway Society, as well as a chamber performance abroad at The International Chamber Music Academy in Germany. He is a winner of the 'outstanding student in piano performance 'Matilda' award,' a Stanley Hollingsworth Scholarship recipient, and an alumnus of the Interlochen summer piano programs.
Licensed as an attorney of Michigan in '98, Matthew practiced law only a short time when in the fall of '01 he attended a Motor City Boogie Woogie Festival that would re-shape his life. Awestruck by the performances he saw that evening and discouraged with law, Matthew left his career as an attorney to become a blues and boogie-woogie performing artist. To get there, Matthew would seek out the help of an 80-something Detroit fixture and boogie-woogie hall of famer named Bob Seeley. A living link to the genre's pioneer artists, Seeley initially refused to teach Matthew. But after a year of prodding and with the recommendation of a long-time Seeley colleague-in-boogie named Michael Przybylski, Seeley eventually accepted Matthew as a pupil.
By '05 a watershed occurred when Matthew was welcomed to perform at the 11th annual Cincinnati Blues Festival, where he headlined alongside some of the same performers he had first been inspired by. Since then, Matthew has maintained an active performing career as 'The Boogie Woogie Kid,' with notable appearances throughout the mid-west and Canada including The Sky Hempy Keyboard Performance Series, The Jazz'n on Jefferson Festival, The Woodward Dream Cruise, Border Books & Music Showcase, and The Milliken Auditorium of Northwestern University. He has performed two televised concerts for Oak Park Public Television and Clawson TV, has been featured on FOX 2 News, WDRQ Detroit Underground, and WFYI The Blues House Party. In addition, he has presented educational clinics to the area's leading piano pedagogy institutions including The Oakland Piano Teachers Forum, The Metropolitan Detroit Musician's League, and The Adult Learning Center of Oakland Community College.
Matthew's published works to date include three self-produced CD's titled 'Classic Boogie-Woogie' (2005), 'Boogie Woogie Kid' (2008), and 'Rainmaker' (2011) as well as two books on the subject called 'The Art of Boogie-Woogie' (2007), and 'Blues Preludes.' (2008) The first book is a scored compendium of 41 boogie-woogie base-lines, and the latter a collection of seven blues inspired piano vignettes designed for the early learner.
Also, Matthew has maintained a private studio for piano instruction since '94, and today even teaches online. Some of his proudest accomplishments have been through the role he has played in helping at least two of his students receive university music scholarships to study music formally at a university of their choice. Recently, he was pleased to learn of a former pupil being named as a 2010 winner of The Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Young Artist Competition. Additionally this year, Matthew had a Colorado boogie-woogie pupil win 1st place in a regional "Stars of Tomorrow" contest awarding him with both a financial award and a spot on local radio and television.
Finally, and in addition to his music endeavors, Matthew is a published poet and children's book author. His published works include selections in 'Episodes of the Norm' (2008) which contains his poem 'Boogie-Woogie Man' written as a dedication to Bob Seeley on the occasion of his 80th birthday, 'Minnie & Melvira,' (2009) a children's story about discovering true friendship that features his father Larry as illustrator, and lastly a collaboration with his brother Joshua called 'The Worm & The Caterpillar,' (2009), which contains a message about transformation through self-belief.
You can find all of Matthew's published materials on the web @ Amazon, CDbaby, Itunes, Boogiewoogiekid, or Williamjkpub.com.