Music and performances by:
Kenji Haba, Sylwia Kloc, Joe Gianono,
Eva Ingolf, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira,
Gene Pritsker, Kathleen Supové, Kurt Toriello,
Kai Watanabe, and New York Guitar Trio
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira
Kenji Haba, guitar
Sylwia Kloc, guitar
Kurt Toriello, guitar
Kai Watanabe, guitar
In the Silence of the Sound
Joe Gianono, guitar
Eva Ingolf, violin
Umas coisas do Coração
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira
Kenji Haba, guitar
Tsuyoshi Furutsu, guitar
The Key to My Nausea
(Movements 1 & 2)
Gene Pritsker, electric guitar
Kathleen Supové, piano
Guitarist / singer-songwriter Tsuyoshi Furutsu arrived in New
York after winning the Mazda Urban Jazz Contest, and
performing at The Parthenon Tama Jazz Festival in Tokyo. Mr.
Furutsu earned his master’s degree at The City College of New
York, studying with Peter Bernstein, Gene Bertoncini, Ron Carter
and John Patitucci. He has performed at top notch venues such
as The Four Seasons, The Museum of Natural History, Rubin
Museum of Art and 55 Bar. Currently he is performing regularly
at Alouette French Bistro and Jerry’s Café in Manhattan with
vocalist Alexandra Frederick. Mr. Furutsu has also been
teaching guitar for more than 10 years for young children and
Kenji Haba is a guitarist who is exclusively sensitive to timbres in
appreciating and expressing the beauty of guitar. Haba believes
that the guitar is the perfect instrument to express his musical
ideas because of its beautiful tones and its countless timbres.
Recently, he has been focusing on impressionistic music,
especially that of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Toru
In 2006 Haba began studying classical guitar under renowned
guitarist, Kevin R. Gallagher and Oren Fader. With his passion
driving his learning ability, after one year of studying, he was
accepted into the Manhattan School of Music in Master of Music,
and there worked with Mark Delpriora.
Eva Ingolf comes from a leading musical family in Iceland. She
began violin studies at a very young age, gaining early
recognition for outstanding musical talent, including the beautiful
tone and artistic interpretation of her playing. After studying at the
Conservatory of Reykjavík for 6 years, Eva left Iceland to study
with some of Europe’s finest violin pedagogues. Her playing has
been greatly influenced by the spirit of the Russian and East-
European violin schools. Eva has given numerous solo recitals in
concert halls in Iceland, Japan, United States, Russia and
Europe, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the
Trinity Church in New York City, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art
in Washington D.C. receiving high acclaim from music critics as
well as the general public.
Sylwia Kloc is a classical guitarist from Poland. She is an active
soloist, chamber player, and teacher. Ms. Kloc received her
Bachelor and Master Degrees from Mannes College, where she
studied with Frederic Hand, and was awarded a merit scholarship
for excellence in performance. Ms. Kloc plays Renaissance lute
and Baroque guitar, having worked with the renowned early
music player and scholar Dennis Cinelli. In 2007 Ms. Kloc
premiered and recorded “Ancient Visions” a concerto for
Renaissance lute and guitar ensemble by Terry Champlin. She
was a scholar recipient for the 2006 "Music in Compostela
Festival" in Spain where she studied with Jose Luiz Rodrigo. Ms.
Kloc is a faculty member of Montclair State University, New
Jersey, and the Music Education Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and
versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually
redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in
today's world. Ms. Supové annually presents a series of solo
concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO. She is involved in
commissioning a repertoire of pieces for piano, electronics, and
video. A recent project is DIGITAL DEBUSSY, working with a
variety of composers including Joan La Barbara, Annie Gosfield,
Matt Marks, Gene Pritsker, and many others. Her latest solo CD
is THE EXPLODING PIANO, on the Major Who label. She also
curates the Music With A View series at The Flea Theater. For
more info, visit www.supove.com or follow
After hearing friends playing in 1990, Kurt Toriello picked up his
father’s guitar and has been playing ever since. Largely selftaught,
he began formal training in 2002 with Franco Platino and
was accepted into the 7th annual Manuel Barrueco Masterclass at
Peabody and the 2nd Annual New York Guitar Seminar at
Mannes that summer. Mr. Toriello completed the BM degree from
Mannes under Michael Newman and Fred Hand and MM degree
from Manhattan School of Music under David Leisner.
Mr. Toriello has performed at such venues as the Queen Sofia
Spanish Institute, St. Peter’s Church, The Monkey, The American
Jewish Historical Society and Carnegie Hall. He was featured in
the September 2009 Classical Guitar Magazine’s Letters from
Guitarist Kai Watanabe started playing guitar when he was 10
years old. He is recently graduated from Manhattan School of
Music where he studied classical guitar.
In 2005, Kai had visited Cambodia as a reporter for “Medicins
Sans Frontiers”. Having spent time with children orphaned by
that country’s civil war, teaching them Japanese, English and
guitar he wanted to expand his experience and “I started to think
how I could share with the children I met there. I have been
seeking the way within the sounds!”
Kai is currently developing his Mandala Improvisation series of
classical guitar improvisation “where every sound is unearthed by
me as a Human Diver” Visit:
Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator Joe Gianono’s music can be
heard on THE SOUP, and CHELSEA LATELY. Joe has
composed incidental music for the Off Broadway productions of
“Little Eyolf” by Henrik Ibsen, “Savannah Black & Blue”, Leslie
Lee’s “The Book Of Lambert” and Tennessee Williams’ "Small
Craft Warnings", "In the Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel", ”The Rose
Tatoo”, “Clothes For A Summer Hotel” and is currently writing the
score for “Suddenly Last Summer”. He is the resident composer
of the White Horse Theater Company and adjunct professor of
orchestration at the Aaron Copland School, Queens College and
play jazz guitar with his trio. Recently his pieces, "Small Craft
Warnings" and "A Very Slippery Slope", were featured on
"EXPLORING MUSIC" hosted by Bill McGlaughlin on WQXR
(105.9 FM). www.joegianono.com
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira
Composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and educated at the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (Uni-Rio), studying with Dawid Korenchendler. He also studied with composers Guerra-Peixe, Vânia Dantas Leite, and Tato Taborda. He has been working with classical and popular music as a composer, arranger, producer and pianist. Sergio Oliveira has received commissions from many important performers, including Mélomanie, Tom Moore, Tracy Richardson, Laura Rónai, Lisa Brooke, Stephen Preston, and John Turner, among others.
Sergio is also a member and one of the creators of the group of composers Prelúdio 21. The group is one of the most important groups in Brazil featuring contemporary music. In 2008, in which the group celebrated its 10th anniversary, it presented 21 concerts. Oliveira’s works have been performed at concerts by Prelúdio 21, and also at important events featuring contemporary music, such as the Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual, the Bienal de Música Brasileira Contemporânea and the Composers' Ensemble at Princeton, where his music was played for 3 consecutive years. His music has also been performed by many foreign musicians and groups like Mélomanie, Stephen Preston and Amara Guitry. His "Suite for strings" received an award at the II Rio de Janeiro National Composition Contest, and has been performed in the U.S. His work, "Fantasia for solo flute," was premiered by Laura Rónai at Princeton University in 1999, where he lectured in February 2000.
Sergio has worked in the field of popular music as a composer, arranger, producer, and pianist; he has been awarded many prizes in this area. This knowledge of popular music is fundamental in shaping his musical personality, since his compositions tap into both popular sources and refined, traditional compositional skills, thus reflecting an insider's vision of the popular culture of his country.
More information: www.sergiodeoliveira.com
Composer/guitarist Gene Pritsker has written over 400
compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber
works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock
ensembles, etc. All of his compositions employ an eclectic
spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various
musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound
Liberation; an eclectic hiphop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble.
He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated
major Hollywood movies. The New York Times described him as
"...audacious...multitalented." The Music Connoisseur, described
Pritsker as "dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high
brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea
that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or
Remarkable Theater Brigade
Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan
Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and
musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk
children free of charge.
Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including
operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and
co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts.
Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer,
Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.
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