January 26, 2014
Erin Bomboy is a dance writer, choreographer, and arts administrator living in New York City. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Erin received her training as a scholarship student at Virginia School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Her professional career has encompassed performing as a professional classical ballet dancer and placing as a United States finalist in competitive ballroom dancing. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Erin held her first solo show, The Public Decides, in conjunction with Composer’s Voice in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys wine, cats, bacon, and books. Visit her blog Dance Musings to learn more about Erin.
Choreographer Callie Hatchett grew up in Alabama, studying classical ballet under the direction of Meryane Martin Murphy. Callie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University of Alabama and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Callie has had the pleasure of performing in the works of Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Sydney Skybetter, Thaddeus Davis, Charles Weidman, and Terri Weksler. She has taught for Andalusia Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, LBW College, The Harlem Dance Leadership Program, Future Dancers and Dancemakers, The Legacy School, Hunter College, and Success Academy. Callie has presented her choreography at Dancenow’s RAW Festival, NYC10, Music and Motion, the Bessie Schonberg Choreography Intensive, and for Andalusia Ballet.
Stanton Jacinto began his training at the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts under the guidance of Paul Maley and Sylvia Yamada-Brown. Stanton recently graduated from New York University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Sociology. He has attended the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Summer Camp, the American Dance Festival, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Stanton studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg, Austria. As a student of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Stanton has performed in the faculty works of Pamela Pietro and Renee Redding-Jones, and in the guest choreography works of Alex Ketley and Mark Morris. Outside of Tisch, Stanton has had the pleasure of performing and working with Ensemble Dance and MADboots Dance Co.
Jessica Mego received a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in American Sign Language from Kent State University. In New York, Jessica dances with several modern companies and pursues a career with SoulCycle. To fuel her creative artistic side, she enjoys collaborating with DOTA Dance Theatre and Ruah, Inc. Ruah, Inc: Movement as communication, expression, and inspiration breathed life into the vision for Ruah. This performance group reunites arts and humanity by collaboratively creating kinesthetic work designed to engage the senses and encourage connectedness.
Artistic director, Andrea Skurr, honors Ruah’s etymology of spirit or breath as it reminds us that breath is common to all life and the arts reflect the beauty of the human spirit. Skurr nurtures individuality while promoting community throughout the creative process, on the stage and in the world. “It is the collective of individual voices that creates a beautiful song.” Andrea Skurr discovered her movement voice while earning a BA in Dance and Music at UWStevens Point. For the past decade, she has performed locally and nationally with several modern companies including Ruah, Inc which she serves as Artistic Director. Bringing new ideas to life through collaboration feeds her soul.
Allison Schieler’s professional dance training began at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she studied ballet, pointe, the Horton and Graham techniques, tap, and jazz. Continuing her education as a dance major at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, she trained with and performed works by David Dorfman, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Ron K. Brown, Ellis Wood, Gina Gibney, Nicholas Leichter, Pamela Pietro, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Deborah Jowitt, Kate Weare, and Séan Curran. She was also a selected performer in “The Face of Tisch Gala” honoring alum Billy Crystal, allowing her the opportunity to work with current Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse, and perform alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and Billy Crystal. Allison currently freelances as a professional dancer and choreographer.
andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. This New York City based duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012, and can be seen performing this season at Caffe Vivaldi, 109 Gallery, and the Concerts on the Slope series. Maya and Hannah met while studying at Oberlin Conservatory, and continued their educations at New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, respectively. Despite living on opposite sides of the city, the members of andPlay enjoy taking the subway to meet for rehearsals and delicious baked goods.
Maya Bennardo is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Music at New York University. Maya has taught group strings lessons since high school and recently assisted in teaching young children through the Toledo Symphony Music School. She has played the violin for over 16 years, and the viola for 6, performing in a variety of ensembles.
Violist Hannah Levinson is committed to performing music written today and in the past 50 years. She has worked with composers such as Christian Wolff, Jason Eckardt, John Heiss, and Mohammed Fairouz, and performs regularly with Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Mimesis Ensemble and the TACTUS ensemble. Based in New York City, Hannah has played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham Studios, the DiMenna Center, and The Stone, as well as in Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has performed works by a wide variety of composers, including Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Gerard Grisey, and Iannis Xenakis. In the past year, she commissioned two works for solo viola and is dedicated to continuing to collaborate with composers.
Conway Kuo, violist and violinist, is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School. He is currently the Associate Principal Second Violin of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and a Section First Violinist with the New York City Opera Orchestra. Mr. Kuo performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and participated in theAspen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Pacific Music Festivals. Mr. Kuo was the violist for the Four Seasons String Quartet, which gave performances in Merkin Concert Hall and the John Harms Center. His major teachers include Jascha Brodsky, Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow, and Arnold Steinhardt. Conway has proven his enthusiasm for new music by being the first solo violinist as well as the first violist to perform a Fifteen-Minutes- of- Fame. Conway has premiered Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with the Bateira Trio. Born in Hong Kong, Vivian Li began on the piano at a young age. After more than a decade of playing classical repertoire, her desire to write her own music outgrew her desire to become a classical pianist. She studied composition at Cornell University with Steven Stucky, and just recently finished her master’s degree in composition at Mannes College of Music, where she was a student of Paul Moravec. Her music shows influences of classical, jazz, and bluegrass, and she incorporates improvisation in some of her music. When she’s not composing, she plays mandolin with her bluegrass band, Tenafly Rye.
Flutist Pamela Sklar's performance highlights include international appearances with French crossover artist Claude Bolling, concerts with late legendary Dave Brubeck, Alan Hovhaness, orchestras for The Grammy Awards, JVC Jazz Festival Orchestra, Annual Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards, televised appearances with tenor Andrea Bocelli and soloist for the National Flute Association. A composer of mixed chamber music, Pam's duo for violin/bongos & cello, In a Minute!, was co-featured in Composers Concordance's Festival II: Evolution, electronic music/multimedia at Spectrum in November 2012. She also premiered her trio for flute, clarinet, and cello, Eventually, in 2011 at Old Westbury Garden's Concert Series with Suzanne Mueller and Joseph Rutkowski, Jr. Pam recently released her first original cd, A Native American-Jazz Tribute and is currently recording her 2nd original cd, Silver Pharaoh.
Denise Stillwell, violin and viola, has performed throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has held positions in the Santa Fe and Palm Beach Opera Orchestras, as well as other orchestras and ensembles. She has appeared in MTV videos and on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "The View", and has recorded and toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, and Don Henley, among others. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, has recorded for Sony, Epic Records, and Yellow Sound Label, and can be heard in numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials. Ms. Stillwell performs regularly in Broadway shows and at Radio City Music Hall.
The music of award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew is frequently performed across the United States and in Canada, Australia and Europe. NPR classical music reviewer Tom Manoff called him “a fine composer not afraid of accessibility.” Five commercial recordings of his works are available, with upcoming releases scheduled by the Freudig Singers of Western New York and trumpeter James Ackley. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Washington. His music is published by Art of Sound Music, Ars Nova Press, Imagine Music, Orpheus Music and Burke & Bagley. Visit: www.gregbartholomew.com Julius Bucsis was awarded the Excellent Achievement Prize by the Musicacoustica Beijing 2012 composition competition. His electro-acoustic compositions have been presented at Iceland's RAFLOST 2011, Electronic Music Midwest 2011, SEAMUS 2012, Ireland's Hilltown New Music Festival 2012, Soundcrawl 2012, Electroacoustic Barn Dance 2012, KC Soundwalk 2012, by the Soundproof Ensemble for their autumn 2012 tour, Tutti New Music Festival 2013, the CSUF New Music Festival 2013, the 60x60 East Coast Mix 2013, and SEAMUS 2013. His acoustic compositions have been performed by the Relache Ensemble in 2010, by Richard Palacio for the My Dad's Violin film project in 2012, and in 2013 by Anne Goldberg and by the De Padua – Zelesky duo. He frequently performs a set of original compositions for electric guitar and computer.
Douglas DaSilva, is a composer, guitarist, educator, curator, film-maker and clarinetist in New York City. As Artistic Director for the Composer’s Voice concert series “DaSilva knows just how to tempt you with a delicious array of musical desserts that titillate your ear.” NM421 Much of his composing is influenced by Brazilian music and selfinflicted stress. His compositions have been described as “very individual, and to us has a very clear personality” in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA. His documentary “My Dad’s Violin” is scheduled for release in 2014.
A self-taught composer, Alex Kruchoski has been writing music since he was ten. His works have been commissioned and performed at school recitals, public concerts, and music festivals. Following their premiers, a number of his pieces have been requested to be played by professional ensembles. String trio, his compositional debut, will enjoy its second European performance later this season. Now 21, Alex is completing a degree in viola performance at Temple University.
American composer, musicologist and native Manhattanite Douglas Townsend (1921- 2012) began his study of music at age 15 at NYC's High School of Music and Art. While in attendance there, he won a nationwide student composition contest sponsored by CBS. Thereafter, he privately studied composition with Aaron Copland, Stefan Wolpe, Otto Luening, Tibor Serly and Felix Greissle. He composed well over 100 works, among them two string symphonies, two chamber symphonies, several chamber concertos, and many other symphonic and chamber works (including his well-known works for piano four-hands). He has written ballet music, film scores and incidental music for theatrical productions; and his vocal works include operas, operettas and choral music. He has also written extensively for wind ensembles and symphonic/concert bands.
“The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.