Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Ambroise Aubrun began his musical studies at age four at the Nice Conservatory. He was admitted at the Paris National Superior Conservatory at age 15, where he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud and graduated with a First Prize four years later. He earned his Doctorate from UCLA with Guillaume Sutre, as well as his Artist Diploma from the Colburn School with Martin Beaver. Since his recital debut at age 14, Ambroise has been invited to numerous festivals such as “Le Cercle musical”, the “Loudun Festival”, “Incontri in terra di Sienna”, "Le Salon de Musiques"… He has performed in concert halls such as Salzburg Haus Fuer Mozart, Yerevan Khachaturian Grand Hall, Los Angeles Zipper Hall, and has played with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Guillaume Sutre, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith and Carrie Dennis. Highlights of Ambroise’s 2016-17 season include solo appearances with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Culver City Symphony and Les Déconcertants ensemble (Paris), recitals in Paris and Los Angeles and returns to the Dilijan concert series and Pacific Serenades. He currently teaches violin at UCLA as a Lecturer for the 2016-17 academic year. The recipient of numerous awards, Ambroise has appeared as a soloist in the Sibelius, Bruch, Joachim and Weinberg Concertos, the Bartok Rhapsody No.1 and Carlos Gardel’s Por una Cabeza. In 2017, he will release his first album for the Hortus Label with pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. Ambroise plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart Foundation. Learn more about Ambroise: www.ambroiseaubrun.com.
Dan Bailey, Piano
Dan Bailey has been touring the United States, Europe, Japan, and China for the past 15 years as conductor and pianist for many national touring Broadway productions. Most recently, he was on tour with the show If/Then starring Idina Menzel. Other credits as conductor and pianist for Mr. Bailey include first national tours of: Newsies, Sister Act The Musical, West Side Story, Shrek The Musical, Legally Blonde, Elton John's Aida, Disney's High School Musical, Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy, and Grease starring Frankie Avalon.
Dan has served as sideman for Charro, Chubby Checker, The Four Aces, The Platters and collaborated on music that was recorded and used on a Los Angeles morning TV talk show. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and completed his graduate studies at Kent State University in theory and composition.
Kate Bass, Jazz/classical Singer
Kate Bass, originally from Alaska, is a recent transplant from NYC to LA. Recent career highlights include Princess Ida in Princess Ida, NY Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; Solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center; Off-Broadway principal debut as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at NY City Center; Featured Musical Guest, 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, Atlantic Theater Company; the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel, televised on PBS’s “Live at Lincoln Center.” Concert: Carnegie Hall (Der Vampyr, Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Elijah), Alice Tully Hall (La Farsa Amarosa). Recital: 92nd Street Y, The Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Cabaret: the Metropolitan Room and (le) poisson rouge.
As a composer and singer-songwriter, Kate released her debut album in 2012, and her first single aired on British radio in September 2013. She released a new EP in February 2016 at Hotel Café in LA. Learn more about Kate: www.katebassmusic.com.
Victoria Bietz, Violin
Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Violin Performance. She then attended The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music and studied with longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra member Joseph McGauley. Victoria has worked in San Diego as a freelance violinist since 1998. She has played with many groups including San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Classics for Kids, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Broadway San Diego, Luscious Noise, California Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Orchestra Nova, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and Starlight Theatre. Her wedding and special event group Avonlea Strings plays across San Diego and Orange County.
As a freelance violinist, Victoria enjoys playing in many venues and groups all across San Diego and Orange Counties. You can find her playing a San Diego Symphony Orchestra concert one evening, teaching private violin lessons the next morning, and perhaps see her that afternoon playing a wedding on the beach. Learn more: www.victoriabietz.com.
Lois Blaisch, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Lois Blaisch is a singer, guitarist, songwriter & producer best known for writing the #1 Pop & AC hit "Could've Been" by Tiffany which was also performed by Carrie Underwood on American Idol as her US debut. Lois’ songs have been nominated for 3 Grammys in the categories Pop, Jazz & Children’s music and for a golden reel award. Lois’ vocals & songs are featured on a wide variety of TV shows, movies, jingles & albums such as Friends, Splash, Touched by an Angel, Stingray, Hunter, Sailor Moon, Street Sharks, Neil Young’s “Living w/War,” Oasis 4 and on 3 platinum Walt Disney albums.
Lois began performing at the age of eight as a singing tap dancer with a group of 20s style flapper girls appearing at local events. She later studied music at SMC and UCLA, beginning her long career in music with a tour of the Orient with Bob Hope’s USO shows at 18. Lois has since performed at the LA Convention Center (Peace & Unity Concert), The Palomino Club, At My Place, The Bluebird Café (in Nashville)McCabe’s, and has toured up & down the coast of California doing night clubs, house concerts and colleges.
Recently Lois sang at The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) with a 120-piece choir and orchestra conducted by John Debney, at Plaza Del Sol for a NARAS fundraising concert (with Albert Lee, Carney Wilson, Rosemarie Butler and the Tribe), at the E-Spot (Vittello’s), The Musician’s Institute, The Troubadour, at the Screen Actors Guild (a salute to Alan Sylvestry), and at the yearly Xmas shows at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the National In Choir.
Lois has worked with David Foster, Neil Young, Steven Stills, Tom Hanks, Mike Post, Andrew Gold, Steve Tyrel, Oasis, Jim Messina, Alan Thick and Eric Kaz. Lois has sung lead on jingles for Levi’s, Coke, Kaiser-Permanente, Oregon Lotto, Pepsi, Budweiser, Round Table Pizza, Van Camps Baked Beans, and Sunny D.
David S. Childs, Baritone and Accordionist
Baritone David Samuel Childs is a singer and actor specializing in opera, musical theater, and Jewish music. He recently graduated from UCLA with his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. In school, David won First Prize in the Walter Jurmann Song Competion in addition to winning Third Place in UCLA’s inaugural Vocal Vision Awards.
Opera credits include The Leader in Down in the Valley (Opera UCLA), the Husband in Handel’s L’Allegro (dir. James Darrah/Opera UCLA), and Johann in Werther (Independent Opera Co.) Musical theater credits include Ensemble in Lost in the Stars (dir. Anne Bogart/LA Chamber Orchestra), The Baker in Into The Woods (Hawaii Performing Arts Fest) and a singer in Lainie’s Cabaret (dir. Lainie Kazan/UCLA TFT).
David is a Walter Fox Singer with the Verdi Chorus of Santa Monica and bass section leader at Lutheran Church of the Master. He also plays accordion around Los Angeles with his award-winning band We The Folk. Learn more about David: www.davidsamuelchilds.com.
Aaron Copenhaguen, Guitar
Aaron is an Acoustic guitarist from Los Angeles, California. His music is a mix of songs from around the world including by artists such as The Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Libert, Buena Vista Social Club, Santana, Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Jobim, and João Gilberto... to name just a few.
Originally from Argentina, Aaron graduated from the LA Music Academy and the S.A.E. LA Institute of Technology. With over 15 years of experience playing, recording and producing music for different artists and in many different styles, he enjoys every chance he has to grab the guitar, or a percussion instrument, and play music. Some of his favorite styles are flamenco, rumba, boleros, Latin jazz, bossa nova, and classic rock (with a Spanish flavor, of course!). During his extensive career, Aaron has had the opportunity to play with some of the best and continues to believe in the importance of delivering his message through music. Learn more: www.aaroncopenhaguen.com.
Lisa Eden, Soprano
Soprano Lisa Eden has been described by Plaácido Domingo as “. . . a well rounded artist: she has a lovely voice, is an excellent actress, and a dedicated colleague,” noting the “unusual timbre” of her voice and her “unbelievably beautiful pianissimos.” Her distinguished career is gaining momentum with her Milan debut in the role of Violetta, and her main-stage debut with the Los Angeles Opera in The Ghosts of Versailles. She has appeared nationally and internationally as soloist and in recital at such illustrious venues as the Kennedy Center, the Cosmos Club, the National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Embassies of France, the Netherlands, and Monaco, Liederkranz in New York, the Dean Lesher Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Harvard Club in Boston, and the Stefaniensaal and Helmut-List-Halle in Graz, Austria. Opera credits include Violetta (La Traviata), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Cio-Cio-San, Anna (Le Villi), Rosalinde, Mélisande, Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Pamina, Erste Dame, Roggiero (Tancredi), and Euridice (Gluck). Learn more about Lisa: www.lisaeden.com.
Dr. Cheryl Lin Fielding, Piano
Praised for her “warm, grand and rich” pianism, Dr. Fielding performs throughout the world including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Juilliard Theater. She has been honored with the Grace B. Jackson Prize in Excellence by the Tanglewood Music Festival, recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and three times received the distinguished Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award in Keyboard Collaborative Arts.
As music director, vocal coach and pianist, Dr. Fielding enjoys working with distinguished artists and organizations such as Dolora Zajick's Institute of Young Dramatic Voices, Opera San José, Opera Santa Barbara, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Operafestival di Roma, Pacific Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Group, Juilliard School, USC Thornton Opera, Opera Chapman, California State University at Northridge and OperaWorks. Dr. Fielding is currently an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from University of Southern California and two Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in Piano Performance and Collaborative piano.
Trevor Jarvis, Cello
An accomplished, classically trained cellist with expertise in songwriting and production, Trevor Jarvis is a musician based in Los Angeles. With extensive experience in both classical and pop/rock settings, he brings passion, creativity, and versatility to his musical endeavors. Trevor has worked with such prominent artists as Wyclef Jean, Imogen Heap, and The Click Five, and his cello can be heard throughout an especially broad variety of projects ranging from string quartets and orchestras to major label recordings and Hollywood film scores.
Trevor received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Berklee College of Music, studying privately with Grammy award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and graduating summa cum laude in three years. During his time at Berklee, he collaborated on a number of high-profile projects, writing the string arrangement and recording cello for a song produced by John Mayer, and performing with international artists such as Rosa Passos, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Leo Blanco.
Trevor maintains an active schedule as a performing and recording cellist throughout the United States. He also works remotely from his home studio, making his cello available to a wide variety of musical clients. Additionally, Trevor is a founding member of the folk/pop band Peridot, for which he has co-written many songs and produced numerous commercial recordings. Learn more about Trevor: www.trevorjarvis.com.
Judy Kang, Cello
Taiwanese-American cellist, Judy Kang, launched her career with a performance for world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, when he visited her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan as a part of his Worldwide Master Tour. Kang’s reputation earned her a full scholarship at the USC Thornton School of Music where she became the first musician in USC history to earn a double degree in both cello and piano performance.
Kang is now the resident cellist for Celine Dion. She has become an active performer throughout the U.S. and Asia. Kang’s musical collaborations range from classical, orchestral, chamber music, pop music, as well as TV commercials, video game music and movie recordings.
Kang has performed under the baton of John Williams and has shared the stage with the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Demi Lovato, David Foster, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Florence and the Machine, Richard Marx, Eric Benet, Kenny Loggins, Rachel Platten, Carly Rae Jepsen, Andrea Bocelli and Earth Wind & Fire. Judy has also performed with world-renowned cellists Mischa Maisky, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Lynn Harrell.
Kang often appears on camera as a featured cellist for the American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Access Hollywood, ABC's "Good Morning America," the Latin Grammy Awards, and Fox Television’s hit shows “GLEE” and “The GLEE Project.” Learn more about Judy: www.judy-kang-cello.weebly.com
Mary Keating, Violin
Mary Keating is a professional violinist in the Los Angeles area. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from California State University, Northridge. Mary has collaborated with many well known artists, such as Kendrick Lamar, Yoshiki, Gloria Trevi, HAPA, JMSN, When in Rome UK, Whitton, and Monique Benabou. Her most known work is on Kendrick Lamar’s album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Mary has had the opportunity to perform with Shirley Jones, Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan, the Broadway-bound musical, Jekyll and Hyde (featuring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and Grammy nominated vocalist Deborah Cox), and has also had the opportunity to perform for former president, Jimmy Carter. Composers Mary has worked with include David Newman, John Williams, Mark Watters, Garry Schyman, as well as other famous film composers. Mary’s orchestral experience includes Debut Orchestra, GSPO, San Fernando Valley Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Central Philharmonic, and L’Orchestra Italiana del Cinema. Mary has studied mostly under Michael Ferril and Arnold Belnick, but has also participated in masterclasses with Martin Chalifour, Rebekka Hartmann, Michelle Kim, and Armen Anassian. Mary has played in several venues, including but not limited to, the House of Blues, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Thayer Hall, Palacio de los Deportes, Grammy Museum, Warner Grand Theater, California Theater, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Plummer Auditorium. Learn more about Mary: www.mary-keating.com.
Kala Maxym, Soprano
Kala has been singing for as long as she can remember. She has spent most of her professional singing life in opera (and as a mezzo!) but also adores singing French and Spanish art song (with a particular love for zarzuela) and German Lieder as well as Jazz. Over the years, life has taken her from Europe to South America to the U.S. and back again several times. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, as a gemologist, in the technology sector, and now as an entrepreneur with Five Senses Tastings. She grew up speaking both German and English (but she left Germany at age 13 so please forgive her if she can really only talk about horses and ballet!) and is also fluent in Spanish. Kala earned a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. She is also a certified Spanish-English translator and Grant Writer. Kala moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and is thrilled to be living her true artistic passion with Five Senses Tastings. Learn more about Kala: www.kalamaxym.com.
Molly Miller, Guitar
A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller grew up performing in a rock band with her four siblings. In May she graduated with her doctorate in guitar performance at the University of Southern California. She received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music.
Molly has performed and recorded with artists such as Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Hall of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Ashley Clark, and Morgan Karr of Spring Awakening. She is excited to be here today performing at DVF for this special Five Senses Tastings event! Learn more about Molly and find out where you can hear her next: www.mollymillermusic.com.
Jeff Pekarek, Guitar
Jeff Pekarek (Jeff Basile, Jeff Basile Pekarek) is a 58-year old native of San Diego. He began studying trumpet at age ten and classical guitar at age twelve. Jeff was the youngest contracted member of the San Diego Symphony when he joined the contrabass section at age 17. He performed with the orchestra from 1975-79, and during the summer pops concerts backed up such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, and Sergio Mendez. After releasing his first album of originals in 1981, he became a bandleader in his own right, fronting several successful period music and folk music ensembles, including the Jackstraws and the Electrocarpathians. In addition he is the principal arranger for filmmaker and composer Yale Strom. This collaboration has included many audio recordings, several documentary films, two ballets, a string quartet, and the orchestral work 'Aliyot', first performed by the St. Louis Symphony. Jeff performed on bluegrass legend Richard Greene's most recent album, 'Shufflin.' Since June 2004, he has also worked as an arranger for Canum Entertainment. His lengthy discography includes albums by The Peter Pupping Quartet (Peter Pupping Band), The Electrocarpathians, Keltik Kharma, and Kick Up The Dust. In 2006, he was the bassist for the theatrical documentary 'Primal Twang,' backing up Dan Crary, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Mason Williams and other major artists. Today Jeff continues to work as an arranger, bassist, guitarist, and audio editor.
Lacy Rostyak, Violin
Violinist Lacy Rostyak is a professional violinist in the Los Angeles area, ranging from studio session work to live work. She was born and raised in New Hebron, Mississippi (pop. 447), and began playing the violin at age three. She went on to play dozens of performances and concertos and win many awards, competitions and scholarships. An accomplished classical, pop, country/folk and contemporary violinist, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She has performed for Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice’s Inaugural Festivities at the Mansion; at REDCAT (The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in downtown Los Angeles); on several television shows (The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Mississippi Morning, PBS), as well as many opera and theater productions (Platée, L’Orfeo, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Fiddler On The Roof, Ragtime, West Side Story) and Shania Twain’s music video “Don’t Be Stupid.” She has also had the honor of performing for former President George W. Bush.
Not only is Lacy a classically trained violinist, but she is also an improviser, electric violinist, and specializes in country fiddle. She has performed all over Las Vegas, Mexico City, New Mexico, Nashville, and Oman. Recent performances include performing with DJ sensation Erick Morillo at Club Avalon, Rock The Bells hip-hop festival with Deltron3030, and with Persian pop star Andy Madadian at the Greek Theatre. She tours regularly with SAGA Strings, Bella Electric Strings, Gloria Trevi and many more.
Laurel Sanders, Pianist/Organist/Mezzo-soprano
Laurel Sanders is a pianist, organist, and mezzo-soprano who has been performing and teaching music for over fifteen years. In addition to her position as organist at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, she performs with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others. Laurel earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Jacquelyn Schreiber, Jazz pianist/vocalist
Jacquelyn Schreiber has been performing since the age of 5, and has a broad range of musical experience. Although a classically trained pianist, she began performing jazz piano professionally at the age of 15 with the Tommy Morimoto Quintet, (opening for such groups as The Yellowjackets and Stanley Turrentine), and playing on Denver-based Radio Station Jazz 89.3 KUVO. Since then, she has performed as a singer/songwriter, pianist, vocalist, musical director and composer in a variety of settings. Most recently, Jacquelyn wrote and performed three original songs on her new EP, “Beautiful Love,” which was produced and recorded by Grammy winner Helik Hadar. It features her vocals, piano and organ playing, in addition to beautiful and catchy melodies in a pop-meets-jazz style. She is joined by world-class musicians Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, Sting) Mark Punch (Olivia Newton-John, CMAA 2011 Musician of the Year) David Piltch (Allen Toussaint, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt) and Brian Macleod (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Madonna.) The music truly bridges the world of jazz-based harmonies with an endearing pop undercurrent. According to acclaimed jazz violinist Christian Howes, "Jacquelyn Schreiber is the full package -- she truly delivers as both a pianist AND vocalist. Her new EP, 'Beautiful Love,’ brings together top-notch production, songwriting and performance in a jazz-pop meets blue-eyed soul package.” "Beautiful Love” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all streaming platforms. Additionally, Jacquelyn has started a social media movement that encourages people to share beauty with the world using the hashtag phrase #ShareBeautifulLove. Learn more about Jacquelyn at: www.jstunes.com and www.sharebeautifullove.com.
Howard Simon, Guitar
Howard Simon is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter in the tradition of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s -- Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and others. His songs, which range from folk and jazz to rock and R&B, share common themes of love, fate and family and are characterized by thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics, memorable melodies and great harmonies. "The View from this Horizon," Howard's 2014 debut album recorded with a number of the Bay Area's leading acoustic musicians, spent several weeks at No. 1 on San Francisco's Reverbnation folk music charts. His second album, "Visitors" (released June 14, 2016), features many of the same musicians, as well as a special guest appearance by folk and blues legend Happy Traum. Listen to Howard's music: www.howardsimonmusic.com.
LinDsay Solonycze, Singer
Cerulean blue eyes and a smile as big as the New York skyline, it’s no surprise that Lindsay Solonycze lights up any room. With her stunning looks and exquisite voice, her music and style are magnified by world-class music training in opera and vocal performance.
Raised in Arkansas, Lindsay was drawn to all things music. At 9 years old, she began singing in her church choir and continued to hone her talent by performing in school talent shows, state competitions, and sporting events. She studied vocal performance and opera at the University of Colorado, where she was awarded the Julia Holbeck scholarship. She broadened her musical perspective by completing a study abroad program in Novafeltria, Italy. This foundation of classical and international training is blended with an artistic style that is Solonycze’s alone.
In addition to performing with the professional A cappella group “Motive,” Lindsay has sung the National Anthem for numerous sporting events including the televised 2015 World Ski Cup Championships, featuring Lindsey Vonn. She has performed as a solo artist at the Ritz Carlton and Park Hyatt Resorts, and for global corporate companies such as Nikon and Optos Inc.
Lindsay supports local non-profit organizations and has appeared as a guest artist with “The Calling Nonprofit, (T.A.P.S) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and the Memorial Day “Celebrity Classic” event. She is currently working with songwriters in L.A. and hopes to continue inspiring listeners and giving back through her music. Learn more about Lindsay: www.lindsaysolonycze.com.
Tali Tadmor, Piano
Tali Tadmor is a Los Angeles-based pianist, music director and vocal coach. She has collaborated with prominent musicians such as choral composer Eric Whitacre, Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Meade, and Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, and has performed extensively at venues around the globe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Great Hall at the heart of China’s Forbidden City. Recent projects include LA Opera’s premiere production of Dulce Rosa, in which she served as Assistant Conductor to the company's General Director, Plácido Domingo, as well as performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Though classically trained, Tali is active in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from world music, pop and Jewish worship, and her own compositions. Tali received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts. She is currently on faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Learn more about Tali: www.talitadmor.com.
Andrés Vadin, Guitar
Cuban native, Andrés Vadín, is a guitarist, composer, arranger, session musician, and guitar teacher. At 12, he won the first prize in the Amadeo Roldán guitar competition. A graduate of the Guillermo Tomás and Amadeo Roldán Conservatory of Music in Havana, he has taken classes by the masters of classical and flamenco guitar including Joaquín Clerch, Leo Brouwer, José Luís Rodríguez, Gerardo Nuñez, Paco Jarana, Alfredo Lagos, José Antonio Rodríguez and others. He has also collaborated on projects of different musical styles, such as Aceituna sin Hueso (nominated for a Latin Grammy) Asere and Billy Cobhan, El Chato, José Mendez, Sabrina Romero, Jorge Pardo, Saul Quiros, Pele (Navajita Platea), Antonio Carmona, Marcus Nand, Michel Labaki, Chuck Wright, Adrian Martin, Natalia Jimenez, and many others. He has toured throughout Europe numerous times including in Wales, England, Holland, Belgium, and Scotland as well as in Lebanon and Jordan and has appeared at many well-known music festivals such as Womad, Glastonbury, and Musicport World Music Festival. His work as a session musician on recordings include collaborations with artists such as Falete, Maricela, Asere and Billy Cobham, Golden Glow, José Fernandez and Wadih El Safi. He recently received an endorsement from Godín and Bartolex guitars. Most recently, he performed with his trio at The Namm Show held in Anaheim California.
Orson van Gay II, Tenor
Tenor Orson Van Gay II’s vocal talents have brought him consistent recognition throughout Los Angeles. In November 2014, Orson was honored to star as the title role in LA Opera's educational outreach touring production of “Orpehus.” In addition, he made his main stage debut in 2015 as Bernard Curson (Cherubino) in LA Opera’s adaptation of
“Figaro 90210!” He performed the lead role of Ben in Todd Goodman’s Opera “Night of the Living Dead” in Midland, PA and upon his return to LA he sang the haunting role of Orlando in The Industry’s new production of “Hopscotch.” Most recently he finished performing the lead role of Jack Johnson with LA Opera’s touring production of “The Prospector,” and is scheduled to return in Spring of 2017.
Orson is also involved in community projects to showcase opera at the community level, including at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), Jimmy Kimmel’s annual Italian Festival in Hollywood, and the Voices of Hope Benefit Concert.
Orson holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Old Dominion University. He has performed in several opera productions, including Elixir of Love, La traviata, Rigoletto, Fidelio, Carmen, The Tales of Hoffman, The Pirates of Penzance, and Lucia di Lamermoor, and also performed the role of Prince in the world premier of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star.” Orson was honored as a state and regional winner in the Mid-Atlantic NATS competition for two consecutive years.
Orson is originally from Southern California where he began acting in several nationally recognized television series. He has been featured in major television commercials for CBN, ABC, WVEC and starred on the Discovery Channel in a variety of episodes, as well as Investigation Discovery's (I.D.) “Wicked Attraction,” the opera singer on McDonald’s “Sip of Glee” commercials and played Lionel Richie on “Candidly Nicole.” He has been working on his own album, which is set to be released later this year. Please learn more about Orson by visiting www.orsonvangay.com.
We The Folk, Folk-Fusion Band
We The Folk: fiery folk-fusion coming to your ears from a collection of voices and instruments," mixing up their sometimes Spanish, sometimes English, Latin-Klezmer-Folk hybrid of music in a stunning swirl of rhythm"(YouMakeMyWorldRock.com). With acoustic guitar, violin, accordion, bass, percussion, and plenty of voice, this Los Angeles-based band sings the songs of Cali-folk, young and old, and gives everyone a reason to dance.
We The Folk began as a trio performing impromptu shows in public spaces around the UCLA campus. Student demand rapidly transformed these “pop up” performances into dance parties and official campus events. We The Folk grew into a recognizable campus presence after headlining the World Music and Movement Festival and opening for David Grisman as part of the Center of the Art of Performance in Royce Hall.
As a quintet, We The Folk has played shows in major Los Angeles venues such as The Troubadour, The Teragram Ballroom, Hotel Cafe, and The Mint. The band holds several residencies around the greater Los Angeles area. After experimenting with different labels for a few years, We The Folk has assumed the genre of “LA Folk”, happily representing the voice of the Angeleno and enveloping its audiences in a dynamic and energetic experience.
In 2014 We The Folk took the Las Doñas Award for Best Band Entry with "Won't You Come Back" at UCLA's Spring Sing. Additionally, We The Folk was featured on NPR's Alt.Latino as a favorite submission of the 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
In April of 2016 We The Folk released its debut album, WTF—available for streaming and purchase now. Learn more about We The Folk: www.wethefolk.com.
Amy Zanrosso, Piano
Amy decided she wanted to be a pianist at age 15 after realizing she just couldn’t live without the constant presence of Beethoven and Brahms in her life. With an undergraduate degree tucked under her arm, Amy moved to Italy for a few years then returned to Canada to complete a Master’s Degree at McGill University. She has happily collaborated with a wide range of fantastic musicians running the gamut from German cabaret to Tango Nuevo and back, always under the watchful eyes of Ludwig and Johannes. Since arriving in the Bay Area in 2014, Amy has been busy freelancing and is part of three new local ensembles: The iO Piano Quartet, the RossoRose Duo with violinst Alisa Rose and Tangonero, a tango quartet. She is steadily realizing her plan of learning and performing all the piano trio/quartet/quintet literature in existence. When not practicing Brahms or Beethoven, Amy can be found coaching chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music or riding her bike to rehearsals. Learn more about Amy and view her upcoming performances at www.amyzanrosso.com.
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