The artistic community in Baltimore is just that, a community of like-minded individuals that know and work with each other. The Baker Awards has done a lot to foster communication between these artists and to promote the growth of the arts in Baltimore. Every year the Baker awards gives large amounts of money to individual artists that have been recognized for excellence in one way or another. This year's winners were announced this past Wednesday and are Alexander Heilner, Nathan Bell and David Knopp. Check out the great video below that aired on MPT announcing the winners.
2012 Baker Artist Awards from Baker Artist Awards on Vimeo.
So when a member of our community is in trouble, we generally take notice. Our friend Ian Hesford, a gifted musician and member of the band Telesma, has fallen ill. After collapsing on stage from a heart attack on the 20th of April during their Visionary Gathering at the Ram's Head, he is improving slowly. Updates can be found on Telesma's facebook page, and there is a fund being set up you can donate to. He is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and well liked by most everyone in Baltimore's arts scene. Below are a couple of performances with Ian from the past few years. The first is with Abhishek Basu, an amazing tabla player from India, and fellow Telesma band member Jason Sage at the Metro Gallery. I just uploaded the second video and it brings this post full circle. Shodekeh, Baltimore's premier beat-boxer and a Baker Award winner last year, can be seen here performing with Ian and Bethany Dinsick. This example of signature vocal stylings was recorded for the BMA by Rob Hatch and myself.