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

Erich Bergen

Actor / Singer / Presenter

Erich Bergen is best known as Blake Moran on the hit television drama, Madam Secretary, and for his critically acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio in the film Jersey Boys, a role he previously played on stage in the National Tour and Las Vegas casts of the Tony Award-winning musical. On Broadway, Erich starred in the hit musical Waitress, and the legendary Chicago. Recently, Erich has been seen recurring on the television shows BULL and The Good Fight, and in concert at his residency at the legendary Café Carlyle in New York City. 

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.

Ginevra Petrucci


Hailed by the press as “one of the most interesting talents of her generation”, Ginevra Petrucci has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Villa Medici (Rome), Ohji Hall (Tokyo), as well as throughout China, South America and the Middle East. 

As a soloist, she has appeared in concert with I Pomeriggi Musicali, I Virtuosi Italiani and the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has released the first recordings of Edouard Dupuy and Ferdinand Buchner’s Concertos. Her chamber music experience has brought her to appear alongside pianists Bruno Canino and Boris Berman, and to a long-standing collaboration with the Kodály Quartet, with whom she has released the highly acclaimed recording of the complete Flute Quintets by Friedrich Kuhlau. Her recording of Robert Muczynski’s Sonata has been praised as “oozing with lifeblood and zest … enthralling and rousing”. In 2017 she has rediscovered and recorded Wilhelm Kempff’s Quartet for flute, strings and piano and toured Italy with its premiere performances.

She has been heard on RAI3 Italian National Radio, and her recital with Jory Vinikour at Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago has been broadcast on WFMT. Her feature interviews on the conditions of the migrating artist have been published on the Huffington Post and La Voce di New York.

In 2018, she has promoted the 200th anniversary of flute virtuoso Giulio Briccialdi through the release of the first recording of his four Concertos, where she was described as having “a beautiful phrasing, brilliant virtuosity and a legato worthy of a great singer”.  In the same occasion, she has founded the Giulio Briccialdi Online Catalogue, the only existing online platform with full downloadable catalogue dedicated to a flutist composer. Her lectures on Briccialdi and the Romantic Virtuoso Flute Concerto have been hosted by Columbia University, Eastman School, Stony Brook University, the Royal Academy in Dublin, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Paderewsky Academy in Poznan, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the Hangzhou University in China.

Ginevra devotes much of her artistic endeavors to contemporary music. At Yale University she has collaborated with George Crumb, Steve Reich, Betsy Jolas and Kaija Saariaho, performing the American premiere of Terrestre. She commissioned Jean-Michel Damase’s last composition, 15 Rubayat d’Omar Khayyam for voice, flute and harp, and she has appeared at the Venice Biennale Contemporary Music Festival with a commissioning project dedicated to Witold Lutosławski. In 2018 she has founded the Flauto d’Amore Project, a large-spanning commission endeavor aimed to the creation of a new music repertoire for the modern flauto d’amore. After the premiere concert in New York City in May 2019, over twenty composers have written, or are in the process of writing new works for the instrument. The next premiere concerts, as well as one-off performances exploring the instrument in different musical styles, are planned for the next three years, as well as residencies, lecture-recitals, recordings, editions and outreach programs.

She has curated the edition of over twenty musical editions, including Briccialdi Concertos for Ricordi/Hal Leonard and first editions of works by Mercadante, Jommelli, Morlacchi, Busoni, De Lorenzo and Brescianello for Keiser/ Southern Music Company and other editors. Her book on the history and repertoire of the flute is adopted in several Italian Conservatories as reference text for the Masters programs. Her scholarly articles appear in the Flutist Quarterly,  as well as in the leading flute magazines in Italy and France.

She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, and a Master of Music at Yale University. Her education include a Master at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in her native Rome under the guidance of her father, and a Diplome Superieur at the École Normale in Paris. 

She serves as Principal Flute and as Operations Manager at Chamber Orchestra of New York.

Everett Bradley

Multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter / actor / playwright

Perhaps the story of Everett Bradley’s unique career can be summed up in three words—“Look no further!” That’s what Shawn Pelton, the long-time Saturday Night Live drummer, always tells people whenever he recommends his old bandmate Everett for a gig as a percussionist. Shawn and Everett had been students together back at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and while Shawn knows Everett as a kick-ass percussionist with few peers, he also knows that conga drums are but one talent up the sleeve of this singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. The cliché “jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none” simply does not apply to Everett Bradley because he happens to be a master of them all. Among those who’ve heeded Pelton’s advice and have come to treasure Everett are Carly Simon, Daryl Hall and Jon Bon Jovi. On top of everything else, he has an infectious personality—a quality always on display in Holidelic, the outlandishly entertaining Christmas funk extravaganza he created and performs in. These are only some of the gifts that have brought Everett to Broadway, television, and into Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band—and what makes his prospects so exciting.

Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, Everett grew up in Muncie, Indiana, the son of a high school principal and football coach who insisted he play football (his brother Luther played on the Detroit Lions) and tried to discourage his musical interests, and a mother who taught first grade and encouraged them behind his father’s back. This central conflict in his upbringing would teach him important lessons—“about love, compassion, generosity, not being too quick to judge people, and how not to take no for an answer if you felt very strongly about something,” as Everett explains it. He played the lead role of Jesus in a high school production of Godspell, a watershed event made even more remarkable by the fact that the Bradleys were one of three black families in the overwhelmingly white neighborhood of Halteman Village. The die was cast for a career in music when he received a scholarship to study voice at Indiana University. After graduating, Everett cut his teeth playing in a funk band called Kilo with fellow student Shawn Pelton. Weaned on Stax, Motown, Sly and the Family Stone, and the funk of Earth Wind & Fire and Parliament Funkadelic, Everett played multiple instruments including saxophone, but conga drums became his mainstay. By the time he landed in New York and got a call about a show called Stomp that had originated in the UK and was looking for “percussionists that move well,” he’d become a consummate player, and boy, had they called the right guy–the show was tailor-made for him. “It was one of those situations where the more personality you inject, the better the show becomes. I just took it and ran with it!”

Stomp became an off-Broadway phenomenon, and when the UK cast went on tour, Everett was made its musical director, after which he found himself auditioning for a Broadway show about jitterbugging called Swing! He made his Broadway debut with a song he’d written himself for the show, “Throw That Girl Around,” and contributed a hip-hop arrangement of “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” that turned the production on its ear. Then came a stint with Hall & Oats, and then came 9/11. “I felt like we all needed to heal, and the way I was going to do that was by writing Christmas songs”—which led to the album Toy. “Then I got the idea to combine two of my favorite things—Christmas and funk!” The result was an audaciously entertaining P-Funk inspired version of Toy called Holidelic. From the moment Everett arrived onstage in his big furry white coat and George Clintonesque sunglasses and unwraps the big gift with the bow, opens the box, takes out the 6-inch platform shoes and puts them on, the audience went wild. Everett has been performing the show ever since, making it as beloved a holiday tradition as the Rockettes at Radio City for those who know about it. “It’s joyful but nasty–bump and grind with a warm fuzzy heart!”

With the new millennium, Everett was busier than ever, playing with Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, and performing in Bobby McFerrin’s completely improvised show Voicestra as one of the twelve singers, which blew his mind—”It was amazing to see someone create magic out of nothing every night.” In 2011 he got a mysterious call to do a gig down the Jersey shore at the Stone Pony and arrived to discover that it was a fund-raiser that Bruce Springsteen was doing. “I’d never been so nervous in my life,” Everett admits. Bruce had never played with a percussionist before, but he liked what he saw—in no time at all they were vamping, doing steps with their arms around each other. Everett was just getting ready to tour Japan with Daryl Hall when he got the invitation to join the E Street Band. “It would be fun for Bruce to have somebody up there to mess with,” he was told by Bruce’s management, but as much as Everett wanted to be messed with, he had a commitment to Daryl that he felt he couldn’t break and turned the invitation down. As it turned out, Bruce was so impressed by Everett’s loyalty to Daryl that he decided to wait for him. The result was two of the most extraordinary years of Everett’s life as he toured the world with Bruce and played on his album High Hopes.

The years since have been equally as eventful. Everett became the musical director for Meredith Viera’s television show. He continued to work with Daryl Hall and played an integral role in the evolution of Live From Daryl’s House. In the wake of Richie Sambora’s departure, Jon Bon Jovi invited him to play in his band, which turned into a four year stint—“my longest gig by far.” But as interesting as Everett’s career has been, it’s what he’s doing now and his vision of the road ahead that gets him stoked. He’s re-imagining the music of the classic musical 42nd Street, turning it into an urban R&B/jazz score. He’s flipping the Great American Songbook into another kind of repertoire: Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” as Marvin Gaye would have done it in the 70s. He’s become passionately interested in film scoring—“I want to learn how to write for oboe and I’m actually thinking about going back to school.” And with the holidays approaching his thoughts naturally turn to Holidelic. “I can’t wait to wear a cape again! There are so many ways to go with this, so many other holidays…Halloween? St. Valentine’s Day? Independence Day??”

Whatever Everett Bradley may turn his attention to, if you’re looking for something fun, interesting, heartfelt, and unpredictable, look no further…

Derrek Stark


Hailed by Opera News for his “handsome sound,” and described as a “standout” by the Wall Street Journal, tenor Derrek Stark, is quickly establishing a reputation as an elegant performer with nuanced and stylish singing. Despite many COVID-19 cancellations, Mr. Stark returned to the stage for the 2020-2021 season with a house premiere at Opera Tampa singing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Following these successful performances, Mr. Stark remounted the production with Eugene Opera later that summer. In 2022, Mr. Stark returned to Eugene Opera singing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, made a house debut with Gulfshore Opera singing Alfredo in Die Fledermaus, and reprised the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Tampa.

This summer, Mr. Stark will sing as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and will been heard as Roldofo in La bohème at the Bar Harbor Music Festival.

Previous season highlights include: Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier with Opernhaus Zürich, Alfredo in La traviata with Palm Beach Opera, and Arturo in La strainera with Teatro Nuovo at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also been heard as Giasone in Medea in Corinto, Rodolfo in La bohème, The Governor in Candide, Harry in La fanciulla del West with Santa Fe Opera, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Fenton in Falstaff.

Equally at home in concert repertoire, Mr. Stark has performed with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, to Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle.

Mr. Stark won 2nd place in the Giulio Gari International Voice Competition, 3rd place in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Competition, 3rd place in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and is a 2018 Sullivan Foundation Grant Winner. He has also received an encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, a Campbell/Wacther Scholarship from Santa Fe Opera, and a Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation award.

Stark is an alumnus of many prestigious training programs including; Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto at Caramoor, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He holds a B.M. from Mansfield University, PA, and a M.M. from The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

Denée Benton


Denée Benton is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her performance as Natasha Rostova in the 2016 musical Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Benton assumed the role of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton, beginning performances on October 30, 2018. She recently completed filming Season 2 as Peggy Scott in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Gilded Age. She has been nominated for a Tony Award, Drama League Award, TheatreWorld Award, and Lilly Award for her role as Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. She also starred in The Book of Mormon (West End & National Tour).

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 :

Nicholas Ryan Gant


Nicholas Ryan Gant is a New York based artist and educator, from Phoenix, Arizona. NRG studied classical vocal performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and holds a master’s of art in Music Education from Hunter College, as a participant in The Lincoln Center Scholars program. NRG has been a worship leader at his local church in Brooklyn for more that 12 years. At his church, NRG discovered a gift for connecting with youth. This passion for youth development has led him to build a career as a music educator with the New York City public school system for the past 6 years. NRG is a recipient of the 2020 Paul Simon Music Fellowship. In addition to the classroom NRG is also an accomplished vocal coach for several artists and record labels as well as a sought -after workshop and masterclass facilitator. NRG is the vice-president of the board of directors for Decolonizing the Music Room. As a vocal composer NRG has collaborated with choreographers Malik Washington, Francine E. Ott and Kyle Abraham. He’s been a featured vocalist on several projects internationally and has recorded 7 independent projects of his own. NRG has also had the opportunity to sing support vocals for artists such as Michael McDonald, Mariah Carey, Jon Batiste, Miri Ben-Ari, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith, Run the Jewels, and Childish Gambino.

Robert McPherson

Tenor / Drunken Tenor

Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” Robert McPherson made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and stepped in as Idreno for Semiramide. Additionally, McPherson’s performance as Andres in Houston Symphony’s live recording of Alan Berg’s Wozzeck, culminated with a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in the Classical category. In 2021, Mr. McPherson made his Off-Broadway debut in the premiere of Trump L’oeil at Florence Gould Hall, where he was nominated for Best Solo Performance by Broadway World. Most recently, he sang the Defense Attorney in Scott Davenport Richards’ Blind Injustice with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Mendocino Music Festival. This spring he sings the title character in Tales of Hoffmann with Tacoma Opera.
In other repertoire, McPherson made his San Francisco Opera debut as Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, where he “brought the first act to a stunned stop with his strikingly beautiful account of the Italian Tenor’s aria;’ his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing Duca in Act Ill of Rigoletto at Millennium Park; and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with English National Opera.
McPherson has performed his self-written comic show, The Drunken Tenor, throughout the Pacific Northwest. He brings The Drunken Tenor’s Halloween Spooktacular to the Vashon Center for the Arts this October, The Drunken Tenor’s Gobble, Gobble Jamboree to the Royal Room, and this December, his adaptation of the Dickens classic, A Very Drunken Christmas Carol to Center Theater at Seattle Center.

Sophie Manoloff


Sophie Manoloff is a New York-based freelance trumpet player. She recently graduated from New York University in May of 2021 with undergraduate degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Business.
Sophie held the Principal Trumpet position at NYU for all four years and was the Student Assistant for Brass Studies, under Wayne DuMaine. She has studied trumpet with Pete Bond, Kevin Cobb, Joe Burgstaller, Ladislav Kozderka, Tom Hoyt, Judith Saxton, and Ryan Resky. Versatile in Broadway, Legit, Big Band, Latin, R&B, Funk, Dixieland, Ragtime and Pop styles, and a doubler on Flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet, Sophie also sings and is proficient in piano, guitar, and drum set, with producing skills in Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro.
From August-October 2022, Sophie can be seen performing Trumpet 2 & 3 in the Music Man on Broadway, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, at the Winter Garden Theatre. In the fall of 2022, she will return to the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof as the Lead Trumpet (see Gigs page for tour dates/tickets). In addition to Broadway touring and subbing, Sophie most notably plays in the New Heights Brass Band, and at Smalls jazz club playing trumpet and singing.​

Anat Malkin


A versatile artist, violinist and violist Anat Malkin has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US. Embarking on her first international tour at the age of 10, she made her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Alexander Schneider at age sixteen. A few of the orchestras with whom she has soloed include the Camerata Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Drammen Byorkester (Norway), Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Stage Orchestra, New York String Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá (Colombia), and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Salta (Argentina), inter alia. Performance broadcasts, interviews and articles about her have appeared in international press, radio and television. An avid chamber musician and frequent guest artist, Ms. Malkin is presently a member of the New York based Piazzolla Trio. She is also a founding member of the prizewinning Malkin Duo, appearing in several sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, and giving critically acclaimed recital tours throughout Israel, Europe and Latin America. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Maastricht Conservatorium, cum laude, Ms. Malkin serves on the violin and viola faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, the violin and viola faculties of Eugene ON Classics – an international online music academy based in Seoul, Korea, as well as artist faculty for several music festivals. 

Chris ``Shockwave`` Sullivan

Vocal percussionist / actor

CHRIS SULLIVAN (Shockwave) is a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme and has appeared on Tick Tick BOOM, Worlds Best, The Electric Company, The Daily Show, SportsNation, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Hamilton Mixtape, and various programs for MTV and College Humor. Shockwave has trained and performed with The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, The People’s Improv Theater, Annoyance Theatre and Beatboxer Entertainment.

Janine DiVita

Singer / Actress / Producer

Celebrated Broadway and screen actress, Janine DiVita, enjoys a diverse career that embodies work as an artist, producer, and activist. She made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in Grease, and has gone on to appear in other Broadway originals and revivals such as Jagged Little Pill, Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as in the First National Tours of If/Then (Anne), Finding Neverland (Mary), and Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth). DiVita’s concert work spans the globe having been a headlining singer with the Edmonton Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Omaha Symphony, among others. TV and Film credits include: The Deuce, The Americans, Elementary, This is the Moment opposite Irish Tenor, Paul Byrom, and feature film Hear My Song opposite Josh Lucas and Dustin Hoffman. DiVita is the co-founder of “Empowered Voices,” a prevention education company that provides sensitivity training focused on sexual assault and harassment prevention through use of arts based and interactive educational platforms to the US Military, Veterans, and beyond. She also works to bring live and packaged entertainment to our Military and their families by serving as a producer on the Global Entertainment Team at the USO (United Service Organizations). Janine resides in NYC with her husband, Richard Del Bello, and their newborn son, RJ.  For more information:

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).


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 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. You may laugh, you may cry, you may get wrapped up an audience-inspired freestyle rap.  No matter what happens, you will hear something unique 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.

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).

Trio Fadolín

Chamber music

Trio Fadolín is a new ensemble with a unique sonority — featuring Sabina Torosjan on violin, Valeriya Sholokhova on cello, and Ljova, performing on the fadolín – a new instrument that encompasses the range of the violin, viola, and most of the cello, finding its footing in an acoustic chamber music setting for the first time.    In their inaugural season, Trio Fadolín has been presented by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Trio’s repertoire includes works by Ukrainian composers Vasyl Barvinsky, Mykola Kolessa, and Miroslav Skoryk, Spanish-American composer Andrea Casarrubios, Estonian-American composer Lembit Beecher, music from Jewish composers Moshe Weinberg and Alexander Zhurbin, folk music from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, in addition to original works and arrangements by their fadolínist, Ljova. Trio Fadolín are recipients of the Ensemble Forward grant from Chamber Music America and the New York Community Trust for their work with composer-clarinettist Kinan Azmeh. They were the inaugural ensemble-in-residence at Interlochen Public Radio, in Michigan, where they recorded some of their upcoming debut album.


Violist / Composer

LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, performing with and composing for TRIO FADOLÍN, as well as a busy career as a violist, fadolínist & musical arranger. Among recent projects are commissions from the City of London Sinfonia, The Louisville Orchestra, a new work for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a clarinet quintet for Art of Élan, and works for The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tenor Javier Camarena, conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alondra de la Parra, songwriters Ricky Martin, Natalia Lafourcade and Carlos Vives, composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla and Osvaldo Golijov. Ljova frequently collaborates with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance). In 2018 he taught a course on collaboration at Princeton University with puppeteer Basil Twist.Ljova is the author of more than 120 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to numerous feature, documentary, and short subject films. He has released eleven albums on his label, Kapustnik Records, and his compositions have been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Bridge Records, Naxos and In A Circle labels.  He is an alum of the Sundance Institute’s Film Composers Lab. His music has been licensed by HBO, PBS, BBC, CNBC, and NHK networks, among many other independent projects.

Valeriya Sholokhova


Ukrainian-American Cellist VALERIYA SHOLOKHOVA is an in-demand soloist and chamber musician based in New York City. Valeriya has made recent appearances on notable stages such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, David Geffen Hall, The Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum, and Saturday Night Live. In 2022, she performed the US Premiere of Peteris Vasks’ Cello Concerto No. 2 in Boston, Massachusetts. The same year, Valeriya co-founded Trio Fadolin, which received Chamber Music America’s Ensemble Forward Grant and has recorded an album of newly commissioned works for the ensemble. Valeriya currently holds the position of principal cellist of a number of chamber orchestras, including Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, and The Refugee Orchestra Project.

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.

Wayne du Maine


A native of St. Louis, Wayne J. du Maine currently performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with contemporary music ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, Sospeso, and ST-X Xenakis. Mr. du Maine is a member of the Manhattan Brass and with Mercury and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintets, he is dedicated to performing and introducing live music to thousands of school children in the NYC area, NJ and PA. Wayne has worked with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Leonard Slatkin to Hank Jones, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Patti Lupone and Audra MacDonald. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He can be heard on recordings with the New York Philharmonic, Met Opera Orchestra, numerous commercials, motion pictures and with Prince on his New Power Soul recording.

Mr. du Maine is on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton Universities as well as Bar Harbor Brass Week. At the Juilliard School, Wayne teaches trumpet in the Music Advancement Program and serves as a teaching assistant in the Instrumental Music Program. He is also on the conducting faculty of the Elisabeth Morrow Summer Strings and now is Music Director of the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble at the Elisabeth Morrow School. Recently, Wayne made his Brooklyn Philharmonic conducting debut to critical acclaim and will make his Westchester Philharmonic debut in Spring, 2011.

Mr. du Maine has performed at music festivals in Aspen, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Vermont Mozart, Bowdoin, Marlboro, Berkshire Choral, and the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. Wayne just completed a two year run of Fiddler on the Roof where he was associate conductor. He is currently a member of the show How The Grinch Stole Christmas and has served as associate conductor at the hit revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Highlights of recent performances include the Boys Choir of Harlem, Take 6, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Absolute Ensemble, soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Peter, Paul and Mary, and the rock band Jesus H. Christ, where he plays keyboards.

Dalal Bruchmann

Recording artist / songwriter / composer

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

In 2011 when 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 to release her first contemporary Classics Album and a Debut Pop Album.

Dalal is the solo artist on the project EINAUDI, playing compositions by renowned Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi for Warner Classics.

She has been featured on various magazine covers worldwide, being a testimonial for high-end quality clothing, eyewear, and sound equipment brands.

Anthony Veneziale

Freestyle Rapper

Anthony Veneziale (A.K.A TwoTouch is conceiver and co-creator of Freestyle Love Supreme and the FLS Academy. He has used improv techniques to create endeavors with Thomas Kail & Lin-Manuel Miranda, numerous networks/companies and co-founded, an improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate and amplify their authentic voice. He is a past main stage speaker at TED where he did an entirely improvised TED talk based off an audience suggestion of  “Stumbling Towards Intimacy.”

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.

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.

Stephanie Rae

Freestyle Rapper

Stephanie Rae  ( A.K.A MosSteph ) Stephanie Rae is an applied improv practitioner with more than twelve years of experience. She’s directed a Boyz II Men themed show for UCB’s Del Close Marathon, guest played with everyone from the Groundlings to ComedySportz, and taught improvisers from Louisiana to Liverpool. These days, she directs the Black Improv Alliance and explores the science of play as a curriculum designer and facilitator for FLS+. She also has a law degree from Georgetown – but mostly uses it to win arguments online

Nate ``IMMPAAC`` Jolley

Multi-instrumentalist / producer

Nate “IM”MPAAC” 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.

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 in 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.



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

Antoine Bleck

Jazz Singer / French crooner

Antoine Bleck was born in the Vosges mountains of northeast France and was introduced to the piano at a young age. By his early thirties Antoine had moved to New York City and was composing his own music. Emerging from his basement studio after 15 years of perfecting his art, Bleck, accompanied by a group of Brazillian musicians, chose to start his performing career at Opia – the Manhatten restaurant and lounge he owned.  In April of 2003 Bleck released his first CD Principe Favorable.  A second album, Mes Illusions produced and written in conjunction with Charlelie Couture, soon followed. In 2010 Bleck completed his third disc En Confidence and in 2013 , his fourth album ” Un temps pour tout”, produced by Russ Titelman, which led him to sing privately for Eric Clapton’s birthday, (a surprise from his wife.. just because he loved the album so much!)

Antoine’s music is inspired by artists such as Steely Dan, Michael Franks and closer to his origins, Michel Jonasz, Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc. His music has been described as “bluesy, jazzy, funk” with a “je ne sais quoi” romantic French style. Antoine has a voice suggestive of Yves Montand and Serge Gainsbourg.

​His songs are written mainly in French, with sensitivity and humor. Bleck recently released his fourth album with renowned music producer Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Steve Winwood).