“If you knew absolutely nothing about Noah Baerman except for the music you heard on his nine triumphant recordings, you’d never suspect for a minute that the brilliant pianist/composer from Middletown has struggled for years with the debilitating pain caused by a rare and incurable connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
Despite the perpetually uphill struggle caused by EDS, with Sisyphean-like determination Baerman has never quit pushing to create his life-affirming music. He’s waged a full-scale, heavy-lifting career as an acclaimed bandleader, recording artist, educator, and idealist creating socially conscious “message music” that supports an array of humanitarian and philosophical causes to help bring about positive change in the world . . . The pianist/composer is the artistic director of Resonant Motion, a non-profit that deals with the intersection of creative music and the commitment to bring about positive change.
Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor
“(Ripples) was released this spring in conjunction with a not-for-profit organization Baerman has founded, Resonant Motion, Inc., which aims to provide purposely created “healing art” while also pointing to humanitarian efforts that, in turn, reflexively stimulate the muse.”
Tom Staudter, Downbeat
“Indeed, for Baerman, music has always been deeply intertwined in a reciprocal relationship with broader issues both in society and in personal development. As the Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, Inc., Baerman has committed his artistic and creative energies towards leading this unique not-for-profit group.”
Seton Hawkins, Hot House
Baerman walks his message. His works are vast, geared toward education, understanding, and outreach: A teacher at Wesleyan University, a director of its Jazz Ensemble, an author of instructional books, a blogger of the painfully honest “NB Pontificates,” the artistic director of Resonant Motion Inc., a founder of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance, and jazz musician. And, he’s not done with his ripple effect, yet.
Carol Banks Weber, AXS
Ripples is really a manifestation of the mission set out by RMI, to advance the belief that music has a profound capacity to inspire people towards personal growth, strength and transformation and to and educate people about issues important to their world.
Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
We were indeed fortunate to work with Resonant Motion to have Noah Baerman and his wonderful colleagues perform at our annual conference this past August in Providence, RI. The EDNF Learning Conference is the world’s largest yearly gathering of people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, their caregivers, and medical professionals who are familiar with the disorder. Noah not only shared with us his truly remarkable music, but also spoke of his journey in achieving his life goals while dealing with all of the problematic issues EDS brings. The theme of his presentation, “We Shall Overcome” was so apt – our audience was inspired and moved by his both his words and his performance. So much so that it was requested that they play that particular piece again at the end, so that the audience could sing along. So meaningful and powerful – not many dry eyes in the house. Thank you, Noah, for all you do.
– Sandra A. Chack, President, Board of Directors, Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
Noah Baerman and his organization, Resonant Motion, Inc, (RMI) provided a remarkable workshop for the 2013 Annual Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Summer Institute. The Institute is a week long intensive attended by teachers, parents, administrators and teaching artists.
The Institute is an immersion in the Higher Order Thinking approach to teaching and learning. The program’s core components are Strong Arts, Arts Integration and Democratic Practice and the emphasis of the program is on cultivating each child’s unique voice in, about and through the arts.
The work Noah did provided a new and clear lens for educators seeking to infuse empathy and social consciousness into creating and presenting art. “Not Just Kumbayah anymore” provided our participants with a deeper understanding of the impact of the arts in becoming engaged in both the community and world outside of schools in order to work toward making positive change. This aligns perfectly with the HOT Schools component of Democratic Practice, which believes in cultivating voice, choice, participation and responsibility.
It was well received and gave Institute participants new strategies for bringing concepts of engagement and empathy to their students. In addition to the content of the workshop being in sync with our approach, working with Noah and RMI was effortless. From the initial planning to the final design of the workshop, it was a pleasure to work with them. I can recommend them without reservation.
– Amy Goldbas, Associate Director for Programming, Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools
During the Spring 2013 semester I had the pleasure of working with RMI to present an in-residence lecture presented by Noah Berman. The lecture centered around using art as a creative and effective method for activism. As I sat through this session I was really impressed with how art has played such a pivotal role in activism and how so many use both spoken word and visual art to take a stand or support a cause. I was not the only person whose consciousness was stimulated, as there were numerous students present also. After talking with them they expressed how valuable it was to see that so many people were using art as a way to be activists. I think a series like this would be a great addition to the Wesleyan residential curriculum because it gives some out of the classroom experiences to those persons who have often thought about activism but were not able to garner more information about effectively using their talents to go about effecting change.”
– Krystal-Gayle O’Neil, Residential Life Area Coordinator, Wesleyan University