The NY Times calls Joel Fan an “impressive pianist”, who possesses a “probing intellect and vivid imagination”. Critics and audiences acclaim the exuberant virtuosity and sheer enthusiasm of his playing, and his bold repertoire that embraces classical traditions and contemporary music of cultures all around the world. Most importantly, Joel Fan delights in taking listeners on a wide ranging musical journey that crosses boundaries and illuminates the rare and unexpected, “using music as a way of connecting humanity… one note at a time.”(NPR)
As a recitalist, Joel Fan has performed on four continents, from the Kennedy Center to tours of China, South America and Cuba. He’s practically reinvented the piano recital with his unique approach to programming, and he’s found an enthusiastic following on stages from the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Joel Fan’s discography illustrates his highly creative musical persona. World Keys contains the works of ten composers from as many countries - including five world premieres. West of the Sun offers nine stunning renditions drawn from diverse styles and sources of both North and South America. Critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times acclaimed the CD Leon Kirchner-Revelations for it’s important works, and Dances for Piano and Orchestra focuses on the intersection of music and dance with rarely heard compositions from Chopin, Saint-Saens, Pierne and Castro, and a premiere of Charles Cadman’s Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras.
Joel Fan is also recognized for his work with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, appearing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fan has also collaborated with numerous leading ensembles, including the Shanghai Quartet, Orion Quartet, Imani Winds, and A Far Cry chamber orchestra.
As a concerto soloist, Fan has performed over 40 different concertos with orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Odessa Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and London Sinfonietta.
Joel Fan studied with the composer Leon Kirchner at Harvard and and the pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He’s recorded for Reference Recordings, Sony Classical, Verdant World Records, and Albany Records.
Joel Fan is a Steinway Artist.
TIGUE is a group of the three percussionists Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody. With a fluid musical identity, they make their own kinetic, hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism, while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances at festivals, concert halls, galleries, black box theaters and universities throughout the country, the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.
Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new works. Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)
One of the most versatile cellists performing today, Jeffrey Ziegler has commissioned dozens of works, and is both a potent collaborator and unique improvisor. Over a celebrated career, he has released dozens of recordings and given many notable premieres. He has appeared as a soloist with
Orchestras here and abroad, and was the cellist of the renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. He is an honored recipient of numerous awards, and is currently on the faculty at Mannes College The New School For Music.
Teengirl Fantasy is the American electronic music duo Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss. They met during orientation at Oberlin College, and began making music together almost immediately. They gained an audience and awards crafting of atmospheric, driving sounds using samples, remixes, and radically reworked versions of other artists materials. Now based in New York, they continue creating albums and digital releases featuring guest vocalists and a more kinetic, instrumentals focused approach.
The Cellar and Post is an adventurous, NYC based “garage-chamber” septet. Their musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the improvised sensibilities of downtown jazz and the emotional directness of alt-rock. The ensemble features an impressive cross-section of young talent from NYC’s classical. Jazz, and new music scenes, and their debut recording received widespread critical acclaim. The ensemble has appeared in live performances at NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
New York based, ADR , or Aaron David Ross - is a classically trained musician who is inspired equally by pop, contemporary art and technology practices. He composes music for film, TV, advertising and his own solo releases. His newest is created entirely from vocal sounds, borrowing vocal fragments from everywhere to create an open-source, equal opportunity, electronic pop music.
For over 30 years, guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists - Jack McDuff, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Maria Schneider, and contributed to David Bowie’s last album. He conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and The New School. A recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award and Shifting Foundation Grant, he as appeared on over 200 CDs as a sideman and 6 as a leader. He performs original music internationally in solo and trio settings.http://www.benmonder.com
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone, is dedicated to the creation and presentation of new music as composer, performer and improviser. He has performed with a broad range of collaborators, from the Rolling Stones and indie rock group Clogs to new music groups Alarm Will Sound, ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, Red Light New Music, Roomful of Teeth, SEM Ensemble, Signal, Talea Ensemble, Le Train Bleu, and Wet Ink Ensemble. His own mixed ensemble loadbang has premiered more than 250 new works since 2008, writing their own music, improvising, and working closely with composers to create a repertoire for their unique instrumentation. In 2010 he founded the Ekmeles vocal ensemble, which is dedicated to performing new works for a cappella voices and classics of the avant garde.