Music from the Sole
Jacob’s Pillow (358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223)
Music from the Sole performs I Didn’t Come to Stay, originally developed in a Pillow Lab residency, on the outdoor stage at Jacob’s Pillow.
Music From The Sole, co-founded by Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson, is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like samba, house dance and passinho (Brazilian street funk).
As part of its mission to bring tap dance — America’s original vernacular dance form — to new audiences, the company appears at both music and dance venues. Sandoval, an alum of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, is well known to Pillow audiences as a performer in Dorrance Dance, where Richardson also serves as Musical Director.
I Didn’t Come to Stay was commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim and grown through a 2020 bubble residency facilitated by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. and the company’s recent credits include appearances at Lincoln Center, Harlem Stage, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Teatro Ipanema in Rio, and The Yard.