OEN KENNEDY was weaned on West African and South Indian music, having spent his early years overseas. He has been writing songs since 1969 covering manifold subjects, especially love. Besides birds, which are a long- standing, chronic source of joy, his obsessions include tunnels (especially underwater tunnels), Bach fugues, vortices, Sequoias, Blue-black spider wasps, Vincent Van Gogh, Sea Otters, tsunamis, Mandelbrot Images, Armadillos, and perpetual motion, Oen believes that the greatest truth is compassion, but that the universe is older than truth.
"More than any other artist I know, Oen''s music is his vocation in the truest sense of the word. With his miraculous spirit and joyously beautiful music, he gives voice to the subjects of his song, whether it is a young injured bird, a wolf in the wilderness, a friend in need, or the earth itself. And when he opens his mouth to sing it is as if there was something beyond him that is singing through him. He is the most efficient instrument for transmitting joy that I have ever witnessed." JOHN BOEHMER
For twenty five years DEAN STEVENS has delighted audiences of all ages throughout the Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive style and wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught guitar style with a versatile and expressive singing voice. He has established himself as a formidable creator and interpreter of a wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish. His own material explores a variety of personal and social topics, paints sketches of people and places, celebrates the Earth, and annoys the narrow minded.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Dean Stevens is a lifelong student of Latin America. He learned Spanish at an early age, and readily absorbed the musical and topical influences of the region. He travels frequently to Central America, and has become known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to their homes in El Salvador and Guatemala.
"Seeing and hearing Dean Stevens live on stage is proof that sanity, literacy, love, hope, and the forces of good are still alive and well and at work in the universe. Losing your faith? Go to a Dean Stevens concert!"
~ Geoff Bartley, February 12, 2004
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Somerville, MA 02143