Savor Artists

Since 2009, we’ve created scores of unique experiences by combining the power of musical performance with the joy of wine, food, and other sensory arts. Savor events offer unique access to and engagement with dozens of artists of all types:

  • Music of all types (vocal, instrumental, bands, etc.)
  • Music of all genres (classical, hip hop, rock, jazz, folk, etc.)
  • Dancers of all types (modern, tap, jazz, aerial, ballet, etc.)
  • Other sensory arts (painters, sculptors, culinary artists, etc.)

In a world where quality is often overlooked for mass appeal and mass distribution, we believe in highlighting excellence through creative pairings of unique talents and a variety of viewpoints.

Elaine Kwon


Elaine is a prize-winning concert pianist, Lecturer in Music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Co-founder/President/Artistic Director of the immersive music pairing series, Savor Your Senses®. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts globally and has been broadcast on TV/radio in the US, Canada, China and Bulgaria. She received standing ovations at her sold-out Carnegie Hall benefit concerts for Best Buddies NY (2008-2016), and as soloist with numerous orchestras including the National Music Festival Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Union Symphony, and Slovak Sinfonietta. She has recorded on the Artist’s Choice Recording and Naxos labels. Elaine holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and has been a Lecturer/Affiliated Artist in the music department at MIT since 1999.

As an avid martial artist, Elaine is a second-degree black belt, five-time U.S. National Tae Kwon Do Forms Champion and currently studies Shaolin Kung Fu. She is in the fitness division of Wilhelmina Models and has appeared in dozens of documentaries, videos, ad campaigns (Nike, GNC, numerous sports brands), magazines and books. Elaine has been a featured guest on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Oprah Winfrey Show, was honored as a Power Woman of New York, and was the subject of a documentary on Korean Global TV, which was broadcast to 89 million households internationally. She was profiled on the Better TV Show segment, “Women Who Inspire”, showcased in ALIST Magazine’s Female Leaders Issue, and highlighted in Road Trip Nation’s 2015 book, Road Map. Dr. Kwon lives in New York, where she continues to find ways to combine and communicate her passion for music, martial arts, and optimal living.

David Bryan


David Bryan (Music, Co-Lyrics) won Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Memphis, as well as Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Orchestrations. Memphis also received 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. David is the Grammy Award-winning keyboard player and founding member of Bon Jovi. Over the past 26 years the band has sold more than 130 million records and toured the world playing to millions of people. David and Joe DiPietro have also co-written the award-winning musical The Toxic Avenger. Among his work for other charities, David is a national spokesperson for VH1’s Save the Music Program. Much love to Lexi, Colton, Gabby, Lily and my family.

Alyson Cambridge


American soprano Alyson Cambridge, hailed by critics as “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (Washington Post), noted for her “powerful, clear voice” (New York Times) and “revelatory, sensual, smoky readings” (Opera News) is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today.

Her rich, warm soprano, combined with her strikingly beautiful stage presence and affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, have brought her over a decade of successes on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, among others, as well as recent debuts in Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and other musical capitals throughout Europe and Asia. Her repertoire includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira, Violetta, and Micaëla among them) as well as successful forays into the crossover, Broadway and jazz repertoire, most notably with award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances of Julie in SHOW BOAT and Vi in Gershwin’s rarely performed jazz-opera BLUE MONDAY.

Alyson’s debut album, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings,” a songcycle by acclaimed American composer William Bolcom, premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to rave reviews, and her newest album, “Until Now”, a mix of jazz, pop, and musical theater standards was released in January 2016 on the Naxos imprint Suite 28 Records, and is available on iTunes and Amazon. For more about Alyson, please visit

Angelica de la Riva


2014 winner of the Carlos Gomes Cultural Merit Award for the highest honorable distinction and person-al merits for her work and activities for the Brazilian Classical Music around the world and praised for having “a gorgeous presence, a warm, agile and powerful voice, refinement and posture of a great singer.” Brazilian/Cuban Soprano has recently had her debut in China performing with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in the Melodie for Dialogue production. She has also recorded and performed the leading role in Horas Vacias, an Opera by Spanish composer Ricardo Llorca at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, conducted by E. Plasson as well as her Carnegie Hall Debut in 2010 interpreting Brazilian Classical composers where she has performed five more concerts since then and is scheduled to return twice more this season. Highlights of Ms. de la Riva’s performances include Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algieri with the Pra-gue Philharmonic Orchestra under Mo. R. Boudharam in Paris with Melodie Dialogue – Melody for Peace as well as the same production with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on her Lincoln Center debut being the first Brazilian Soprano to perform at Avery Fisher Hall. Passion in Venice at the Museum of Biblical Art. Also in NY, Ms. de la Riva premiered the lead role of Filomena in The Rise and Fall of the First World, Chamber Opera by Michael Kowalski; Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea; The Countess in Marriage of Figaro; Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera; La Chatte/L’Ecureuil in L’Enfant et les Sortileges; Desirée in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; off Broadway Titania in Fools in Love Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ceres in The Tempest – The Tempest Fools; Brahm’s Liebes Lieder and Neues Liebes Lieder. Disney theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast in SÃo Paulo, Brazil.

Upcoming engagements include concerts in homage to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Gomes, Opera Underground and concerts celebrating the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro in different venues in South America, Europe and the U.S. Angelica de la Riva, a former Brazilian rowing champion has been recently recruited by the Brazilian National coach, her former coach, to return to her team and fight for a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. For more information:

Kiana Léde


Born and raised in the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, Kiana invested her teenage years into re- fining her craft as a songwriter. Alone in her room with nothing but a keyboard, her voice, and a mixture of records, both old and new, Ledé harnessed her time to tap into the rich musical histo- ry of her diverse family heritage. A true mix of cultures, African, Latino and Native American, Kiana spent years creating her own unique vocal sound into a natural blend of these global, ex- pressive influences. On her own at the age of 16 with no money and no one to fall back on Kiana moved to LA where she found a new sense of self in its creative scene performing at po- etry slams, honing her performance skills and her personal style. After her supreme re-imagin- ing of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” went supernova on YouTube with over 40 million views, Kiana’s success and talent have only continued to snowball, evident in her growing list of achievements, as she was signed by Monte Lipmon to music industry powerhouse Republic Records, recently cast in MTV’s second season of “Scream”, the television adaptation of the movie franchise and had her first #1 song, on the Global Viral Spotify chart. As we wait for Kiana’s highly anticipated original music, and tune into this season of “Scream”, you can head to and join in on the #SoulFoodSessions.

Tony DeSare

Jazz singer, pianist

Named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine’s 2009 Critics Poll, DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles, Tony has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, the Today Show and his music was even recently posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, Tony is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in this year’s USA Songwriting Contest, but Tony has also written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, along with several broadcast commercials. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny and soulful tunes that can be found on his top-selling recordings as well as on his YouTube page, which is frequently updated with recordings not available on his current releases.


Drummer, DJ, producer

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Ahmir has also released two books including the New York Times Bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of this latest endeavors includes scoring Chris Rock’s new film, Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor.

Recently making his way into the culinary world with his signature “Love’s Drumstick,” ?uestlove began his own culinary quest with off-premise catering, featuring Creole and Korean inspired soul food with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and “on-a-stick” decadence, for hi-profile exclusive events. Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11, his food has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and the cover of New York Magazine and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for The Food Bank NYC, is on the City Harvest Food Council, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Cente



Folk Trio

Moondrunk is a New York-based folk trio that jumps from heartbreak to humor before you can finish your whiskey. Andrew Bancroft’s original lyrics and guitar are complemented by Ashley Perez Flanagan’s powerful vocals. The talented multi-instrumentalist Yair Evnine rounds out the group’s sound with professional cello, guitar, looping sounds, and more. If the mood strikes, you may get wrapped up an audience-inspired freestyle rap. Either way, you will hear something new and from the heart. Andrew Bancroft has been has been featured on MTV’s TRL and in Rolling Stone and TIME. He has performed alongside Broadway star and band-mate Lin-Manuel Miranda with the popular hip hop group Freestyle Love Supreme.

“Even better, Ashley Perez Flanagan…delivers a sweetly touching ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall.'” -The New York Times (review of Evita)


Gjilberta Lucaj


A native of Albania, Gjilberta Lucaj came to USA on a full scholarship and studied classical cello at the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase College, Mannes College of Music, Juilliard School of Music and received a Masters in Music Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. Her classical solo career has taken her to Mexico, China, South Korea, Europe and Afghanistan. She has been featured in the New York Times, TimeOut NY, and Couture Fashion Magazines. She’s been nominated as one of the 100 most notable Albanian-American people. Gjilberta pioneered the concept of pairing her dynamic cello solo performances with couture fashion shows starting in 2005. She has performed for Fashion Week in NYC, the Tri-State area, PA, Boston and Miami. Gjilberta has recorded and performed for Sony, Avatar Studios, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Ricky Martin and Coldplay to name a few. She is currently composing the score for two feature films, acted in a major role in the short movie The Kind Ones which premiered in Cannes Film Festival and won two choice awards in film festivals in NYC. Gjilberta enjoys performing worldwide and teaching in NYC.
Special performances include: Albanian President for Albanian Women of Excellence 2016 | Crowdsourcing Week Brussels, Belgium | Vatican for Pope John Paul II, Rome | Joe Biden Private Fundraising Event, NYC | China Cultural Exchange, Beijing | Royal Albert Hall, London | Government Gala, Seoul | Mauricio Amuy Foundation, Mexico | Sagrada Familia-Gaudi Museum, Barcelona | Young Artist Showcase, Prague | Pop Classical Festival, Barbados | Carnegie Hall, NYC | Lincoln Center, NYC | Kennedy Center, NYC

Christopher Jackson

Singer, Composer

Christopher Jackson is an actor and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/composer. He originated the role of George Washington in “Hamilton,” and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Jackson’s additional Broadway credits include originating the role of Benny in “In the Heights,” “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” “After Midnight,” “The Bronx Bombers,” “Memphis” and “The Lion King.” On television, Jackson currently stars as Chunk Palmer in the CBS drama “Bull,” and has also appeared in the HBO series “Oz” “Person of Interest” “The Good Wife” “Fringe,” “Gossip Girl,” “Tracers” and “Afterlife.” Jackson served as a composer and songwriter for “Sesame Street,” and won a 2010 Emmy Award for his song for the show with artist Will.I.Am, “What I Am.” He was also the co-music supervisor and writer for “The Electric Company.”In 2010, Jackson released his first solo album, In The Name Of Love, on Yellow Sound Lab Records. Following his son C.J.’s autism diagnosis in 2007, Jackson became an advocate for Autism Speaks, the autism awareness organization.

Christopher Erk


Christopher Erk
Christopher Erk has been traveling the world as a professional tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer for the past 20 years. Credits include the lead and Dance Captain of the global sensation, Tap Dogs, Tap Dancer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and Guest Artist in Spiegelworld’s Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Tap Factor, whose original live performances Tap in the Night, Feet Speak, Tap into a Dream and Tap on Top have recently been seen touring internationally on board Hapag Lloyd’s luxury cruise ships the MS Europa and the MS Europa 2. Some of his all-inclusive tap dance facilitations include collaborations with Best Buddies, The Boys and Girls Club of America and the New School for Public Engagement. Find out more at and


Mark Rapp

Jazz Trumpeter

Mark Rapp earned his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans continuing to live and play there for 5 years studying with piano Master, Ellis Marsalis. Now based in NYC for 9 years, he’s performed on and released 4 diverse recordings, which include leading and playing the closing track of Disney’s Everybody Wants to be a Cat CD. Also featured on that CD are: Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release, Token Tales, earned him a spot as a Top Emerging Trumpeter in Downbeat Magazine. Rapp has quickly established himself as one of the most promising, cross over, contemporary artists in modern jazz.

Syndee Winters


Syndee Winters is a Grammy-nominated Broadway veteran currently starring as Nala in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. She’s been in hit productions, Motown the Musical, Pippin, and showing audiences how to ” WORK!” as all of The Schuyler Sisters in Hamilton. She made her TV debut as “Ms. Smiley” in NBC’s Law & Order SVU Season 19 Episode 1, where she interrogated Lieutenant Olivia Benson on her parenting methods. She was last seen on the small screen in NBC Live Jesus Christ Superstar with EGOT recipient John Legend. Her latest solo album project, “Lessons: From A Lady” inspired by American icon Lena Horne is available now on all digital platforms.

Anat Malkin Almani


A versatile artist, violinist and violist Anat Malkin Almani has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across four continents. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen under the baton of Alexander Schneider. She has been featured on American, Israeli, Latin American and Russian radio and television. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Almani is presently a member of the Piazzolla Trio, an artist with The Hudson Chamber Series in New York and the United Nations Chamber Music Series, and is a founding member of the prizewinning Malkin Duo. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Almani is passionately committed to education and teaching. She is a sought-after pedagogue, giving master classes regularly around the globe. She serves on the Violin and Viola faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and the artist faculty of the Academy of Music Festival in New York, as well as various international summer festivals.

Dan Weiner


Dan Weiner has performed in the Off-Broadway show “STOMP” as a performer and rehearsal director and played drums for Broadway shows like “Wicked” and “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” He has also acted as the house drummer for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” since 2012. He has performed with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Rza (Wu Tang Clan) and Bobby Mcferrin among many others. Recently, Dan produced an album featuring Neil Sedaka for LML Records and produced a track for Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. More info is available at :


Singer, Composer

DALAL, is an Austrianborn recording artist, songwriter, composer and actress.

In 2011 where she began her musical career in the United States, she topped the Billboard Charts in the US and the UK Charts in the same year.

From 2014-16 she performed at the HOUSE OF BLUES (LA), the WHISKY A GO GO (LA) various radio and live TV shows  (Daftstar Live (LA), Red Bull/Servus TV (Austria), the BMI Acoustic sessions and more.

Dalal plays violin and piano and despite her mainstream pop career, her songs are heavily threaded with orchestral elements. Equally strong as a composer, Dalal was nominated for her work for the documentary HAIR (HULU) together with Producer Nate “Impact” Jolley. She is preparing for her release of her first contemporary Classics Album as well as a Debut Pop Album. Dalal has been featured on various magazine covers throughout the world, being a testimonial for high-end quality clothing, eyewear and sound equipment brands.

Chris ``Shockwave`` Sullivan

Vocal percussionist, actor

Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan appears on PBS/HBO Family’s The Electric Company, and on SeeSo with Freestyle Love Supreme. He’s appeared on ESPN’s SportsNation, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, MTV, College Humor and stages all over New York City. Shockwave has a podcast called “Shock and Awesome” on iTunes, check it out!


Singer, songwriter

Touly Bidalack 
Touly Bidalack is a Lao pop artist from Luang Prabang. She was the recipient of the Best New Artist of the Year from the Lao Music Awards in 2008 and won the best female pop song of the year from the Lao Music Awards in 2013

Nate Jolley


Nate “Impact” Jolley is an American Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and Record Producer.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins with a degree in jazz studies, Nate made a name for himself working with some of the greatest in the business, Producing/Touring/& Opening for such artists as John Legend, Ron Carter, James Moody and McCoy Tyner, Cynda Williams from Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues,” and Malcolm Jamal Warner from the “Cosby Show” and many more. Nathan and his twin brother Noble’s latest CD ,”Memoirs Between Brothers”, has gained positive reception and award recognition.

Anna Palmerola


Born and raised in Miami, Anna Palmerola is an artist of Cuban descent with a passion and talent that are undeniable. A graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music majoring in Jazz Voice and Music Business, Anna has performed in different music festivals, clubs, and other venues around South Florida such as Blue Martini, Bardot, The Stage, Carnival on the Mile, Florida Grammy Showcase, South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Sony Ericsson tennis games, Miami Heat Games and many more. Anna Palmerola’s EP is now available on iTunes and other outlets. With performances scheduled in popular Miami venues such as Bardot and a music video for her single “How Does it Feel” on Vevo (directed by LA based director, Miguel Ferrer), she is working on scheduling more live shows and appearances around South Florida and beyond to promote the beginning of this chapter.

Eric Biondo


Eric is trumpet player, singer and songwriter based in New York City. In 2000 Eric moved to Brooklyn where he began his career as the band leader for producer Teo Macero’s (Columbia Record) Millenium Orchestra. In 2001 Eric began touring with 60’s TV legends The Monkee’s (Ft. Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork). Between the years of 2001-2011 he recorded with T.V on the Radio, Antibalas, Charlie Hunter, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Spoon, Passion Pit and many more. From 2010-2011 Eric was performing on the broadway show FELA. Eric recently performed with Bright Eyes lead singer Conor Oberst, As Tall as Lions and A Tribute to David Byrne at Carnegie Hall featuring Ceelo, Billy Gibbons, Steve Earle and more. Eric is currently a member of the experimental pop dance band Superhuman Happiness. In 2012 Superhuman Happiness performed the score for Sundance film winner How To Survive a Plague and recently release a new record called Escape Velocity.

Ryland Angel


Grammy-nominated countertenor Ryland Angel has performed in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Gavin Bryars’s Doctor Ox’s Experiment (English National Opera), Fairy Queen (Barcelona), Gluck’s Orfeo (Koblenz), Amadigi (Karlsruhe), Venus and Adonis (Flanders Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Opera Comique), The Play of Daniel (Spoleto), and Ballet Comique de La Royne (Geneva). Angel has sung on over 50 recordings including music of Buxtehude, Charpentier, Scarlatti, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, and film soundtracks of Le Petit Prince, La Peau, Henry 4th, Machete, The Mystery of Dante and the PBS TV special Heavenly Voices. Recent engagements include Doux Mensonges (Opera National de Paris), Agrippina(NYCO), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Florentine Opera,Kansas Opera), Julius Caesar (Utah Opera, Boston Baroque, Opera Colorado), Sant Alessio (Paris, London, New York), Carmina Burana (Lincoln Center), St. John Passion (Saint Thomas and Houston Bach), Classics and Rock (Seoul Philharmonic), Tesla (Dartmouth), Acis and Galatea (Houston) and Messiah (Handel and Haydn Society, Masterworks Chorus, Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall).

Dustin Peterson


Dustin Peterson is quickly becoming one of the most popular emerging lyric tenors. Being hailed as “vocally strong” with “wonderful diction” by KDHX St Louis, and “engaging” with a “silvery”, “expressive” voice by the Wichita Eagle, lends credibility to Metropulse Knoxville’s assertion that he will “find himself in demand…”

Operatic appearances of recent seasons include Opera Colorado’s productions of Il Trovatore, as Ruiz, and Le Nozze di Figaro, as Basilio.

Also excelling in symphonic and concert literature, he sang the tenor solo in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and in Verdi’s Requiem with the National Music Festival. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah with the Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction, Colorado, and with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. He is a regular guest of the Muses Creative Artistry Project of Hot Springs, Arkansas, for which he has sung the abridged roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, as well as numerous Broadway-style revues and opera galas.

Demetrius Spaneas


Multi-wind instrumentalist/composer/conductor/recording artist, Demetrius Spaneas leads a varied international career and has worked with such diverse artists as John Cage, Ray Charles, and Kyrgyz traditional musicians. He has been featured soloist and composer at major concert venues and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Through his work with the US Embassy system, he has presented concerts and lectures on American music and culture throughout the former Soviet Union. Interested in connecting cultures and creating international artistic dialogue through cultural diplomacy, his current initiatives focus on Central Asia, the Balkans, China, and Russia. He has won grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and other organizations, including a special certificate from the Russian Duma (senate) for enriching the cultural life of St. Petersburg. Mr. Spaneas, a New York City-based artist, is a native of Lowell, MA and holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied classical and jazz performance, composition, and world music. Recordings on Capstone and DSM (as soloist), and Cantaloupe, Mode, Centaur, and BMOP Sound (as ensemble member).

Diego Garcia


Born in Cali Colombia, cellist, Diego A. Garcia enjoys a multifaceted career as performer, conductor, and composer. At the age of fifteen, Diego won a cello position with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle where he performed for six seasons. A cello prizewinner in the 1996 Carolina Oramas Competition, Diego received his Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky. During this time, he toured extensively in Europe and Central America as a chamber musician, recording artist, orchestral player, and soloist. From 2002 to 2012, Diego co-directed Gibbs & Main, a string quintet that promoted new music receiving several rave reviews nationally. Diego has been a frequent guest on WXXI NPR and recently has being a guest for Music for Montauk, a chamber music series in Montauk, NY. Currently, Diego is Conductor and Resident Composer at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. Bowstruck, a violin/cello duo he formed with his wife, Annaliesa Place, creates a unique voice with original compositions and arrangements of the

Analiesa Place


Annaliesa Place – Violin, performs across the United States and abroad with ECCO, Classnotes, Alarm Will Sound, ACJW, Absolute Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble. She has recorded albums with Absolute Ensemble for Sony Classical and ECCO for EOne Records. Ms. Place was featured in the Cleveland Orchestra’s first video conference with Alan Gilbert and was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “the epitome of poise and intelligence.” Ms. Place received a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers have included Vasile Beluska, David Russell, David Updegraff, Victor Danchencko, and Robert Mann. Annaliesa has performed and recorded with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Michael Bublé and Paul McCartney, among others. She enjoys performing on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and David Letterman. She is the Director of Strings at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. Along with her husband, cellist Diego Garcia, they formed Bowstruck and made their debut on top of Aspen Mountain in June

AnnMaria Mazzini


Annmaria Mazzini is a New York City dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Mazzini Dance Collective. From Allentown, PA, she studied with Frances Evers before earning a BFA from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. As a longtime member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2, Annmaria performed leading roles to critical acclaim throughout the world in a wide variety of beloved Taylor classics. She is featured on the cover of Jordan Matter’s bestselling photography book: Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday and in John Walter’s short film The Pink Pony, a 2013 Dance on Camera selection.

Enrique Pina


Enrique Pina began his career in his native Dominican Republic at the Teatro Nacional of Santo Domingo, where he sang a number of roles before he moved to Italy for vocal and musical studies, including six years under the tutelage of the legendary Franco Corelli. He subsequently appeared in Italy as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore in Rome at the Teatro Argentina and the Fondazione Aletti.

An avid recital artist, Mr. Pina has performed worldwide at venues including the Spanish Palace, the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, the British Embassy of Rome, the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Basilica, and was invited to sing at the Coliseum in Rome during United Nations Day. Mr. Pina was also invited by the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Doctor Cyril Svoboda, to give a benefit concert for Butterfly, the Asylum for Handicapped Children in the city of Prague.

Blessing Offer

Singer, Composer

After losing his eyesight at around nine years old, Blessing Offor ran to music as a refuge. He learned to play piano and began writing music. Even at a young age, Offor already has several accomplishments that would make even the most veteran of musicians jealous, having opened for the Temptations and Tower of Power. Never letting his disability affect him, Offor has risen to every challenge in life. He now focuses on Soul, Rythm & Blues and Pop, finding great inspiritation in jazz and Motown. Offor has just recently performed at the Kennedy Center.

The Song Project

Jazz Duo

TSP is redefining jazz for a new generation by expanding jazz improvisations to songs ranging from Radiohead, Paul McCartney, AC/DC to Cole Porter, Miles Davis and more. Each artist embraces multiple genres displaying virtuosity on their instruments and creating a signature sound by weaving the rhythmic and textural elements of didgeridoo, guitar, trumpet and rhythm section, enhanced with raw, emotional vocals.

The Song Project with Mark Rapp (trumpet) and Derek Lee Bronston (guitar, vocals)

Antoine Bleck

Singer, Pianist

Antoine Bleck was born in the North east of France, in the Vosges mountains where all his life was about ski, ski, and more ski… He moved to the US in 1981. He learned to play the piano at a very young age, but didn’t start writing music until the purchase of his first keyboard at the age of 30. After 15 years writing songs in his basement, he decided to try his tunes in public with some Brazilian musicians at Opia (New York city) on Monday nights. The first concert in April 2003 launched his first CD “Principe Favorable”. Antoine’s music is inspired by such artists as Steely Dan, Michael Franks or closer to his origins Michel Jonaz, Gainsbourg or Jacques Dutronc. His style has been described as a “Bluesy funky with a ‘je ne sais quoi’ French style”. Lyrics go from hilarious to sentimental; describing moods, situations and fantasies from his adolesence.