Westport native Dave Giardina and Goza Latin Band present music from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, latin percussion and vocals. The program includes samba, rumba cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango, bolero and numbers by Jobim, Tito Puente, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista, Rollins and Dizz as well as origanals and arrangements of Beatles, Santana, Stevie Wonder and others. Performers are guitarist and director Dave Giardina, vocalist Dulce Santana, percussionist Asher Delerme, trumpeteer Brian Wallace and violinist Chris Payne. Dave will perform solo guitar guitar as well as a duo with violin.
Dave Giardina, guitar, bandleader and foot tambourine received his B.A. from St. Anselm College, He has also studied at Longy School of Music. With roots in the sixties folk- rock culture, Dave studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Philip Defremery, Jazz with Sal Salvador and Bob Kobus and Flamenco with Mario Escudero and Paco Pena (Spain). He also played in master classes for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery, Abel Carlevaro, and Oscar Ghiglia. He has been teaching for many years on the faculties of Trinity, St. Joseph and Manchester Community Colleges, as well as privately. Dave is an award recipient member of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, he has performed extensively throughout the Northeast at schools, bandshells, major festivals, First Nights, clubs and both Connecticut casinos as a soloist and with ensembles he has formed such as Fiesta del Norte, Bamboleo, Goza, and the Typsy Gypsys. His compositions are featured on two releases by the CT Classical Guitar Society of which he is a founding member and Artistic Director. His latest release, Fiesta Grande, features music of Mexico.
Dulce Santana, vocalist, was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Ever since she can remember, music was a part of her upbringing, as she comes from a very artistic family. Dulce has a creative and innovative style that ranges from Jazz, Latin Jazz, ballads, salsa, and pop. Her self-produced CD entitled "Forever", showcases the exquisite flavor of her original compositions which has received extensive radio airplay throughout the United States and South America.
Brian Wallace, trumpet, flugelhorn and percussion, has been playing trumpet since the age of nine. In high school, Brian was selected as lead trumpet for the Massachusetts Northeast District Jazz Band; he also was chosen for the MA All-State Jazz Group. Brian then went on to attend the Berklee College of Music, studying under such notable trumpet players as Wayne Naus, Lin Biviano, Tiger Okoshi and Jeff Stout. After college, Brian spent 4 years touring with original funk group, Rippopotamus. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Deana Martin, Bobby Rydell, Roger Ingram, Kayvan Vega, Don Sonero and Luisito Carrion.
Asher Delerme, persuccion, began his training in the distinguished World Music program at Wesleyan University. He toured the United States with Abraham Kobina Adzenyah during his freshman year. While a junior, he’d make his pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa to study Ghanaian drumming and dance, and upon graduation, he returned to his native New York City to study and perform Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian music. A former artist-in-residence for the New York State Commission on the Arts, Delerme is currently listed with both the CT Commission for the Arts Contours and Young Audiences of America programs. He has performed with luminaries the likes of Hilton Ruiz, Paquito De Rivera, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jay Hoggard, Foday Musa Suso, Marion Meadows, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Sabater and Miles Jaye, among many others. He has collaborated with singers and poets, as well as gospel, theater, dance, percussion and orchestral ensembles. His recording resume includes television and radio soundtracks, jingles and appearances on over 25 albums/CDs.
The Sarah Rice Trio performs classical, jazz, traditional and contemporary Celtic works from Loreena McKennitt and Secret Garden to film scores on harp, piano, vocals and Celtic Theremin. The trio is composed of Sarah Rice,vocals and Theremin, Maria Banks, harp, and Eric Sedgwick, piano.
Sarah Rice was the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway, winning a Theatre World Award and Grammy for Best Show Recording for her performance. Sarah first played the Theremin at Broadway director Tom O'Horgan's house about 10 years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. Her performances and awards include: Broadway, (SWEENEY TODD) Johanna, original, Theatre World Award, Grammy for Best Show Recording. Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG). Opera/Operetta/Music Theatre/Theatre: leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009.
Maria Banks began playing the harp at the age of 7. Within ten years, she debuted as a concerto soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has worked with several professional ensembles and played several operas. As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, Banks has toured internationally and throughout the United States. Banks has also performed at several festivals such as the International Jazz and Pop Harpfest, The American Harp Society National Conference, and the Festival del Desierto in Mexico. Her musical repertoire ranges from classical to popular, new age, and jazz and includes original arrangements and compositions. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate work in music performance at the Eastman School of Music and The University of Arizona.
Eric Sedgwick is a pianist, accompanist and vocal coach. He is a staff coach at the Manhattan School of Music, and a coach and music director at the OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. He holds positions with many local organizations and has been playing with Broadway Concerts Direct in Wurtsboro. Recently he has served as accompanist for Cutting Edge Concerts' productions at Symphony Space, for Carnegie Hall's Carmina Burana Project, and for Thomas Stacy's English Horn Seminar in Carmel, CA. He holds a Masters degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Marc Silverman, and a B.A. in English Literature from Brown University, summa cum laude.
Experience the birth of Rock & Roll with The Brass Tacks. Easton, CT native Danny Lipsitz will lead a musical journey to show how the prominence of the saxophone ultimately made way for the electric guitar in the 1950s. Hot off of a sold out show at the Public Theater in New York City, The Brass Tacks recently released their debut album from that same show, entitled "Dead (or Live at Joe's Pub)."
Danny Lipsitz & his Brass Tacks is a high-energy mishmash of traditional jazz, swing, and early rock and roll. The Brass Tacks debuted at the Thomas Edison House Museum, where they recorded directly to wax cylinder.
Featured selections may include That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby by Louis Jordan, Kansas City by Fats Domino, Drown in My Own Tears by Ray Charles and Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley.
Airborne Islands Jazz Quartet presents a musical journey exploring top jazz destinations in the Caribbean Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, USA, Mexico and more. With keyboard, trumpet, guitar, percussion and vocals, Airborne Jazz brings contemporary, smooth jazz and world music to you. Members of the quartet are Gregory Borino (guitar, vocals), Donte Hall (percussion, vocals and Afro-Latin Dance), Randy Bost (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) and Thomas Borino (keyboard, vocals).
Airborne has a trademark jazz sound of island passion and urban emotion. Their hot rhythms and inspiring melodies smoothly cruise on a cool atmosphere of music and voices. They are a multi-cultural jazz group based in New Haven, CT. Formed in the 1980s, Airborne celebrates years of recording projects, jazz festivals, jazz concerts, city and community events, corporate and private functions, educational workshops and residences, and clubs. The group has released many award-winning albums.
Duo Cantabile performs “Love Notes” with piano and violin duets in honor of Valentine's Day. The program features music, songs and stories of Frederic Chopin, Clara Schumann, Cesar Franck and George Gershwin performed by award-winning young artists Eric Siepkes and Akiko Kobayashi.
A native of Pittsburgh, Eric Siepkes is a graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music. Upon graduation in 2005 he was awarded the Joseph Lawrence Noble Scholarship at Eastman for his pianistic merits, as well as a prize in the 11th Chautauqua International Piano Competition for the best performance of a lyric work, performing Schubert. In 2006, he won the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in NYC and subsequently made his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, with another invitation to perform there in 2007. He has co-produced a Mozart festival, a ‘Meditating Bach’ series. Siepkes’ piano technique has been described as “dazzling” for his renditions of Chopin and Robert Schumann.
New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi has been performing throughout much of the Northeast, and recently performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, broadcast on the classical radio station. Awards include the IBLA Grand Prize Distinguished Musician Award in Sicily and American Protégé International Strings and Piano Competition Winner. Past recital venues include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA; Steinway Hall in New York; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; and the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, NY. Akiko’s interests include baroque performance and compositional practices, baroque violin bows, and violin and harpsichord works. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music in Classical Violin from the Manhattan School of Music.
Pizzazz Strings Ensemble presents holiday selections that include Baroque master Vivaldi, Strauss waltzes and jazzy and pop Christmas and Chanukah favorites.The quintet includes Pizzazz director and cellist Andrea Mills, violinists Andrew Smith and Jeanine Wynton, violist Sarah Smale and harpist Jane Zopf. Members of Pizzazz have made recordings and performed concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall, playing with stars like Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Bernadette Peters and Diana Krall among others. The artists will also be sharing stories from their extraordinary musical adventures.
Cellist Andrea Mills, BM Hartt School and MM Cleveland Institute, has studied with cellists Alan Harris, David Wells and Peter Stumpf, and ensembles including the Cleveland Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and the American Quartet. She currently teaches and performs each summer as artist faculty at the Stamford International Music Festival in England. Andrea has held positions as principal cellist with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, with whom she performed as soloist. As an orchestral musician she has played with numerous orchestras. Andrea has a wide variety of musical interests from contemporary music to jazz cello and is a regular recording artist for film and television. She has played with many familiar names like Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. As a dedicated teacher of both traditional and Suzuki cello she has served on the faculty of the Ethel Walker School, Choate-Rosemary Hall, the Hartt Community Division and led the cello division of the Western Springs School of Talent Education.
Violinist Andrew Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music, UK where his teachers included Erich Gruenberg and Emanuel Hurwitz. Upon graduating with honors he was awarded the Farjeon Prize and granted a position on the Advanced Solo Studies course. Leaving college in 1992, he was appointed as Concertmaster of the Orquestra da Norte, Portugal and in the same year he made his London debut at the South Bank Centre. He moved to the US in 1996 as Assistant to the Emerson String Quartet, winners of five Grammy awards, and continued his solo studies with Ida Kavafian, getting his Doctorate in Performance from the Hartt School. As a soloist Andrew has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, China and the United States. He has appeared at such venues as the British Embassy in Paris, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the Edinburgh International Festival, the British Music Information Centre, the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and his concerts have been broadcast on public television and radio in England, Italy, Portugal, and America. He has appeared in concert for the American Liszt Society, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the US Coast Guard, “World Hunger”, and “Artists Against Aids” and was named 2004 solo artist for the LaPorte Symphony. His recording of the Glazunow Concerto appears on the VUCA label and he has recorded for the Sony Classics, ASV, VUCA labels.
Violinist Jeanine Wynton has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across Europe, Russia, the United States, South America, New Zealand and Israel. At the age of five, she was a featured performer on the television shows "That's Incredible" and "Omnibus", and has since garnered numerous awards at competitions across the country. She is a frequent guest musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and recently won a position with the Florida Orchestra. She has also held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Richmond Symphony. Every summer she travels to Chicago where she performs with the Grant Park Orchestra, a position she has held since 2006.
Violinist Sarah Smale received her BA with Honors from the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK where she won the Herbert Lumby Viola Prize and was awarded a place in the City of Birmingham Symphony apprenticeship program, working with Sir Simon Rattle. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at the Hartt School, where she was an assistant to the Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet. It was at Hartt that she acquired her Suzuki training with Linda Fiore and Teri Einfeldt. She is Assistant Director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange. She has worked with many world-renowned artists and has recorded television work for the BBC and also for Radio Suisse.
Harpist Jane Zopff earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and continued harp studies during graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, and at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. She has been using the Suzuki Method for Harp successfully for more than 25 years in Ohio, Tennessee and the Utah Suzuki Harp Institute before moving to New York in 2015. Jane has an extensive performing career with numerous orchestras, choirs, chamber music groups and solo engagements throughout the midwest, south and southeast. She also loves playing musicals and shows: a few of the artists she has performed with include: Bernadette Peters, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Judy Collins, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Harris, Carol Channing, and Yul Brynner.
Quickstep TrioJohn Kirk, Trish Miller and Ed Lowman present “A Festival of American Traditional Music." They will feature folk songs, fiery fiddles, banjo, bass, guitar and mandolin along with quickstep clog dancing with songs including “Rolling Home to Old New England.” The concert includes Appalachian and Adirondack mountain music and participatory foot stomping, singing and clogging fun from one of the most noted American heritage musical groups in the country.
John’s lyric voice, good sense of humor, and versatile instrumental skills have earned him widespread recognition in folk and traditional music circles. On fiddle, mandolin, and several other instruments, he has performed on stages from Carnegie Hall to mountain campfire gatherings and international festivals. Trish Miller is known for her clogging, guitar & banjo. Both of them call square dances and have taught folk music & dance programs of over two decades together. They are joined by yodelin’ Ed Lowman on bass, fiddle & vocals. John and Trish were selected as the 2011 U.S. State Department touring music ambassadors in Eastern Europe and Turkey. The couple comes to us from upstate New York, where Trish teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and John is on the faculty at Bennington College, Vermont.
The Carlos Pavan Trio presents a musical tour of Argentina with a selection from classical guitar to tango, folklore and contemporaty compositions for guitar, cello and violin. Members are Carlos Pavan, classical guitar composer and performer, Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, viola, and Gunnar Sahlin, cello.
Carlos Pavan is part of a new wave of modern classical guitar composers with a mix of tradition and influences, both versatile and original. Mr. Pavan blends Tango/Folklore rhythms from his native country with New York jazz harmonies and classical technique/forms. The concert will feature Pavan's contemporary original pieces interspersed with traditional Argentine that demonstrate the connections. Vioist Suzanne Corey-Sahlin and cellist Gunnar Sahlin, are principals in both the Norwalk and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestras where they have also performed as soloists.
Carolos Pavan was born in Argentina and came to New York on a musical scholarship in 2000. Since then he's performed at many renowned venues. His latest CD "Suite del Interior" (original compositions for guitar and string quartet) is a blend of Argentine tango/folk dances, jazz harmonies and classical forms. It has been praised by World Music Report, as "throughout the album that Carlos Pavan shows his ingenuity as a composer who especially understands and uses color brilliantly in his writing and arrangements.” The CD offers works composed, arranged, and produced by Mr. Pavan, recorded with special guest PUBLIQuartet. He is a former student of legendary Jorge Morel, Dave Smey and Pablo Ziegler (Piazzolla's pianist). He has performed internationally in France, Canada, Argentina, Portugal and Ireland.
Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, viola, has studied with Albert Markov, Jesse Levine and Robert Glazer, two years with the Manhattan String Quartet at Music Mountain and recently with Steve Larson of Hartt School of Music. She was also a member of the Tourmaline String Quartet. Suzanne has also performed in Gershwin’s, PORGY AND BESS, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA throughout the United States, Japan and South America. She is presently violist with the Cypress Piano Quartet, and Trio Delle Corde, teaches privately in her studio in Ridgefield and free lances extensively throughout the Connecticut and New York areas.
Gunnar Sahlin, cello, joined the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975. As a member of that orchestra Sahlin participated on tours all over Europe and in the US. In 1979-80 Sahlin studied at Juilliard School of Music in New York City during a sabbatical. In 1987 Sahlin had the opportunity to perform for and learn from Yo-Yo Ma in a Master Class at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Sahlin moved to the US in 1988 and is a musician in Fairfield County and New York. In 2002 Sahlin became Principal Cellist of Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and was Assistant Principal Cellist of Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra 2009 - 2013. Favorite chamber music activities include performing with Trio Delle Corde and the Cypress Piano Quartet with his wife, Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, Principal Violist of RSO.
Led by the “versatile chanteuse” (NYT) and storyteller Joan Crowe, this muscial quartet, Jesters of Jazz, pays tribute to the writers who have not only created great tunes, but songs with a sense of humor. The show features some classics by Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough and others in new interpretations. “I’m on a mission to inject a little humor into the world through my music,” says this accomplished singer, stage and film actress with an extensive repertoire of jazz, standards, pop, rock, blues and folk. Joan Crowe’s comic ability earned her the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Award for Female Musical Comedy. She has performed internationally, in nightclubs and theaters from the Rainbow Room to the Kennedy Center. With an MFA in theater, Crowe has also appeared in films Eye for an Eye, Working Girl, Moonstruck and Presumed Innocent. Joan has two CDs, “Bird On A Wire” and “In The Key Of Comedy."
“Her act is as polished as a diamond.” New York Newsday
“A jazz artist with a humorous touch” New York Times
Celebrate May Day with the Altruistic Band performing soul, jazz, gospel, R&B and pop. Altruistic is a band comprised of musicians from many different walks of life. Their sound can be described as “Gumbo” combining the musical styles of Latin, Contemporary, Fusion, and Straight-ahead Jazz with Funk, R&B and Gospel rhythms. Led by Al Thomas, the group consists of the following members: Alfred Thomas Jr., flute/vocals; Pat Williams, guitar/vocals; David Ramsey, drums; Donnell Roberts, bass; and John Davis, keyboards. The band collectively has numerous years of experience and has played venues all over the Eastern Seaboard. Members of the band have played with and/or opened for artists such as: Najee, Marion Meadows, Branford Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Pieces of a Dream, the late Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Mary, Donny McClurkin, The Winans, Be Be & CeCe, and Tonex.