One just has to see one of the performances of the Companion Star troupe to understand the highly professional and inspiring expertise that Michael Jones pours into preparing these young performers to excel. At a time when so many of our educational institutions are cutting back arts programs, Companion Star has the vision to boldly fill a need among populations which cannot afford to attend specialized arts training programs. Further, Mr. Jones creates an atmosphere wherein ca sense of community is developed among the participants. It is encouraging to see an organization dedicated to the development of the whole individual.
Michael Douglas Jones is a creative visionary and a man with deep concern for artistic integrity and for art as a communal and non-hierarchical endeavor. He has been my voice teacher for the past 7 years and over that time I have watched him pour every ounce of his energy into this project because he believes so strongly in equal participation in and equal access to musical expression and empowerment. Companion Star's productions reflect this ethos, and supporting them can only help to improve our world.
I have known Michael Jones for over 20 years, and experienced his work as a singer, collaborative performer, and as the founder of Companion Star. Performing with him has been a joy, as his passion and commitment to new music theater always shines through and never fails to inspire. Highly recommended!
Having worked as a harp player with companion star over the last 5 years i would like to share the uniqueness of the experience that performers get from it. Never have I been so involved in the creating process of a piece. Working with companion star is an life time experience : it connects you again with the core of what it means to create a work of art.Mickael Douglas Jones is so dedicated to helping this company and making each workshop and performance a life changing experience that i can only recommend it unreservedly.
Companion Star has produced some truly original and moving music through its imaginative artistic collaboration. Listening to Michael Jones sing the words of poet laureate and Nobel prize winner TomasTranstromer transports you directly into a world of intense feeling, sorrow, joy and magic. Jones has brought together musicians from around the world to produce innovative music that is still lyrical and very fresh. I salute them!
I have watched Companion Star grow over the past few years thanks to the efforts of Michael Douglas Jones and his dedicated colleagues. I have collaborated closely with Michael and have known him since 1997. He is an artist of great integrity and true talent. I’m most impressed the unique works that are produced by Companion Star, the high level of artistry and community involvement. I hope this organization can continue to grow and bring us projects that enrich our lives and challenge the limits of our imagination.
I know Ellen Lindquist for several years. She has an amazing quality of tuning into the world of music. She is also very gifted to compose different kinds of people into one palpable soul without the loss of every ones input. Walter Arnts Netherlands
I have known Michael for many years and I am so impressed with the work he has done with Companion Star. He has the vision to enrich the musical scene and broaden the horizons of those who participate.Lois Alba
I have known Michael Jones and Companion Star for almost six years now. Their special project involving the musicians and artists through improvisation is excellent. Their performances in contemporary opera/music theater is wonderful. The company also gives free improvisation classes for young people at the local Bellport Boys and Girls Club.
I have worked with Companion Star now for almost 6 years. It is something new and different in the Contemporary Opera Scene, both in its method and its productions. Process and productions this unique are rare and must be experienced. Dreamseminar is ready to debut in Sweden. Based upon the poetry of Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtrommer and music composed by Ellen Lundquist, it is a beautifully uplifting piece; . All the musicians are part of the cast and their instuments " act". Other works in progress include Under Milkwood- based upon Dylan Thomas' radio play and Odin, an opera with instuments made completely out of recycled materials. Companion Star is good for your soul, good for the earth and good for music worldwide.
I have known Michael Jones and Companion Star for almost five years now. I attended the second workshop for Dream Seminar in Bellport, NY in January 2007. I was completely enthralled: With the music, the musicians and artists and the entire concept of developing a musical work through improvisation.
Even my comments as an audience participant were considered as the unique process evolved.
While the process is complex, the results are amazing. There is nothing else like this in contemporary opera/music theater.
The company also gives back to the community with free improvisation classes for young people in the Local Boys and Girls club.