The previous posts have explained that “Organica” is an exhibiton of my most recent works in oil, hosted by The House of Creative Soul in Saratoga Springs, Ny on July 14th. In addition to the “real life” opening reception, I am also opening the exhibit simultaneously in the virtual world Second Life.
I celebration of my new exhibit, my sl life friends (and very talented poets and musician) are working with me to make the virtual event a magical 2 hours of art, poetry and music. Karima Hoisan and Emile Sands have choreographed a presentation of their poetry that will combine their reading with beautiful selections of music intended to enhance the experience. Yesterday I shared Karima’s bio with you, today I share Emile’s. Enjoy.
“Emile Sands-Stratten Bio
Emile Sands-Stratten is the Second Life virtual avatar for Kenneth Rounds, an accomplished real-life musician, artist, and poet. His works have been performed across the United States and abroad. Most notably, his musical compositions were performed in Paris, where he studied French culture, literature, and history at the Sorbonne and was graduated with honors in 1990, by the Choeur sans Frontieres at the Cathedrale de St. Marie and on French National Television, by the Orchestre de Brest, in Brittany France, and by select chamber artists in Corsica, London, Vienna, and St. Petersburg.
Mr. Rounds’ literary works have been published in numerous university publications, journals, and newspapers, including the SUNY Fredonia newspaper and the 19th Century Journal of French Studies. Fluent in French, Mr. Rounds is a former French teacher and film score composer, having been awarded the Mozart Scholarship for excellence in musical performance and composition in 1986.
In addition to his passion for writing music and poetry, Mr. Rounds is an accomplished chef with an honorary Cordon d’Or from the culinary institute of southern France in Orange, where he lived and studied. His most recent work is in the field of creative services, graphic design, and advertising where he worked in New York City as a creative director for one of the world’s largest professional services and accounting firms.
Presently Mr. Rounds lives in Western New York and is working on a series of poetry and musical compositions to be published in book and CD formats.
Mr. Rounds is also a philanthropist and started the now national Virtual Healing Initiative, which is aimed at encouraging people to work with patients in nursing homes, hospitals, and most recently, U.S. soldiers returning from over-seas duties, to introduce them to the advantages of virtual worlds, like Second Life, as a part of their rehabilitation efforts.