Tara Dancing (1:23) features photography by Michael Daks of dancer and yoga specialist Tara Stiles with original music “The Requim” by The Dokteurs. The series features Tara juxtaposed with images of weapons of mass destruction and urban society. Multimedia version directed & edited by Indira Cesarine for XXXX Magazine, “The Untitled Magazine”.-
Michael Daks is an English photographer recently returned to London after 15 years in NYC. His book of nudes JUST GOOD FRIENDS (photographs of his friends naked) is being published in November 2009. He has worked for the past 25 years as a fashion, portrait and Fine Art photographer in London, Milan, Paris and New York, with clients including The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times magazine, The Observer, Tatler, Cosmopolitan, VIBE, The Source, Blender, SONY/BMG, and The GAP. He is currently working on ‘INHINDSIGHT – A personal landscape’: A retrospective of his landscape photography. His portraits of Dennis Potter and Kenneth Branagh are in the National Portrait Gallery permanent collection.
The Sunday Times magazine just selected one of his nudes for their best of World photography feature, January 18th issue.
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga. She’s also a model and yoga activist. She became popular through her weekly YouTube segment “Yoga for…” with Tara Stiles. Her videos have received millions of views and are linked across thousands of websites and blogs. Tara also works as a model (mostly yoga-related assignments these days). She has been featured in magazines including W, Marie Claire, Glamour, CITY, Paper, Self, Shape, Women’s Health, and Men’s Health, as well as ads for Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Target, and Chrysler, and has appeared on MTV’s FEAR and Saturday Night LIVE. Tara writes a popular weekly column for the Huffington Post.
Brett Hammond is a songwriter/guitarist who had been ‘Almost Famous’ several times, found himself in ruins after the singer in his last band self-destructed on tour in London. At the same time a friend of his (Derek P. Brown) was also being royally screwed by his bosses at Lehmann Brothers on Wall St. The suit met the rocker in a bar and in a time honored tradition they started a new band. Shotgun weddings can be better than shotguns in banks. The two of them labored in the bowels of Brooklyn for some months before the collapse of the Finance Industry acted as their midwife and they finally gave birth to The Dokteurs.
Brett loves rock and guitars but has a snap, crackle and pop ear for melodies that melt the hardest hearts. Derek has a ‘Golden Voice’ – one of those rare and fortunate people who are blessed with a set of pipes that Pan would be happy to dance with. Some say he sounds like Jeff Buckley, others say Thom Yorke. Brett thinks he sounds like Derek. Between the two of them, they sound like The Dokteurs. Listen to them. Make up your own mind and find your own comparisons.
The Dokteurs track ‘Requiem’ taken from their EP ‘Howling Lightly’ and featured on the soundtrack of Carlo Mirabella Davis’s film ‘Knife Point’ which was a Sundance 2009 official selection at this year’s festival and the soundtrack to which will be available in the coming months.
They are currently in the studio working on finishing their feature length album to be released later this year.