Tamara Brooks was a conductor who has had an international conducting career spanning more than 35 years. The Boston Globe has said about her performances, “Everything was drawn out of the music and the situation it depicts and embodies; nothing was superimposed. And this made every moment of it profoundly original ... an unusually searching, indeed sublime, spiritual experience.” The New York Times has described her work as “persuasive...charged with energy and a commanding central vision” and the Philadelphia Bulletin said” [This] performance of three major 20th century choral works with orchestra, under the vibrant leadership of Tamara Brooks, was a stunning, beautiful experience second to no other musical event of any kind in the city.”
She was a graduate of Juilliard with degrees in piano and conducting. Brooks has conducted ensembles around the world. She gave concerts in Spain, Israel, Russia, Bosnia, Holland, Taiwan, Japan, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Germany, England, Wales, Greece and Italy and was principal guest conductor of the Istanbul Symphony in Turkey, conductor of the Cyprus Broadcast Orchestra and guest conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg). She was also Music Director and Conductor of two bi-national music festivals on the island of Cyprus (bringing Greek and Turkish musicians together), where she held a Fulbright Professional Grant and designed the music curriculum for Cyprus’ first school of the arts. She had returned often to conduct and teach master classes for conductors.
Michele Noble (Director/Producer)
Michele Noble is a graduate of USC film school and is a screenwriter, film director and producer. She grew up in Los Angeles and early on dreamed of making films to both educate and entertain.
Journey 4 Artists is her third creative collaboration with Theo Bikel, executive producer/partner, Paul G. Alberghetti and director of photography, Geza Sinkovics who filmed her debut feature film, Runaway Dreams written by her mentor, John Hopkins. It is Noble's second film project with
multi-talented editor, Travis Rust. Michele Noble enjoys working with many of
the same artists project to project; she is grateful and celebrates
their productive shorthand, profound shared understanding and
continued innovation as a team.
Currently, Michele Noble is working on her documentary, Theo Bikel: A Self Portrait.
Michele Noble is also a political activist raising her voice in protest against injustice, inequality, poverty, racism, and War. She believes Journey 4 Artists demonstrates, illuminates and proclaims the ideals of political, social and religious activism, in this case, through world music. By making this film, Noble was able to preserve folk songs sung in so many languages of so many cultures rarely heard or professionally performed or filmed in this way. She feels to capture and honor such incredible world music performances was a once in a lifetime privilege.
In a recent interview about the film, Michele Noble stated, "Theo, Shura, Merima, and Tamara’s deep understanding of our shared world and their mission to present a better way in which we can live together in it was truly informative and inspiring for me. When they played all of these songs of different cultures and in different languages, I was struck by how familiar the songs seemed. They were speaking to me and surprisingly also connecting with my young film crew on an intense level as if they were songs from a distant home, a common place, living somehow secretly deep inside our souls. I had never experienced that before."
Travis Rust has been editing feature films, documentaries and network programming for the past 20 years. His editing helped secure a 2012 theatrical release for the feature film Footprints, and garner the Audience Award for Best Short at the Pan African Film Festival for the 2003 film The Sacrifice.
As a musician himself, he was able to incorporate his passion for storytelling and music into his craft when editing, Journey 4 Artists. This is the second film collaboration with writer/director/producer Michele Noble. In 2004, Rust edited Noble's experimental film, New York Summer Project (aka the Revolution) with Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order Criminal Intent) James Roday (Psych), and Adam Rothenberg (Ripper Street).
Travis has honed his keen sense of storytelling on such network and reality shows as Last Comic Standing and The Real Housewives of New York City, in addition to a variety of programming for networks like NBC, FOX, The WB, Bravo, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, TLC, Discovery and Women’s Entertainment. He has also designed and edited several dynamic video presentations for large exhibits of Audrey Hepburn in Berlin, Tokyo, Rome and Los Angeles benefitting the nonprofit, The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.
Travis Rust attended Scottsdale Community College, where he directed and edited his own award winning film, What Seemed As Love, which went on to take the Best Dramatic Short honor at the Southwest Film and Video Festival.