Flora Arbitman is a staff pianist at the School of American Ballet. She has also recorded Ballet C.D.s with David Howard and participated in Dancing without borders, a movie by Ann Bass. During summers, Flora has worked at the Bryansky Saratoga ballet, Syracuse University, American Academy of Ballet, Steps and Broadway dance center.
Robert Boston played his first recital at age 7 and has been performing classical, jazz, and contemporary music ever since. His current projects include a trio featuring his own jazz compositions and appearances with the Masa Hatsuda Group. He is also a founding member of electro-acoustic ensemble Civic, which had its debut in New York in 2002. Robert spent his formative years learning Chopin and Beethoven and then evolved his repertoire to include recent masters such as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Cage and Ligeti. While rigorously studying twentieth century and new music, he continues to find inspiration in jazz and free improvisation. He performed a a lecture recital at the Young Artists Conservatory in Plano, Texas on the Études, op. 10 of Chopin; and a performance of Prokofieff's Second Concerto with the Dallas Symphony. . He trained at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, Germany under Arie Vardi and at Sam Houston State University in Texas where he received his masters. . He has taught theory, improvisation and piano as an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. He has also participated in collective composition experiments and organized evenings of visual and performance art in New York, Houston and Berlin. He is also currently an accompanist with the Martha Graham Center and Mark Morris Dance Group.
Marlon Cherry is a multi-instrumentalist who makes noise for dance, film, theater, and for the sake of noise. He has created music for and performed with choreographers Wendy Perron, Gus Solomons Jr., Amy Marshall, Caitlin Trainor, Bombazo Dance Co., and Mark Lamb Dance and has worked with film directors Jonathan Demme, Abel Frerrara, Spike Lee, and Alison McLean. Marlon has released 2 solo cd's, "Elswhere" and "Ancient Sound Modern Dance", both on Fang Records and is a member of both Chris Rael's indo-pop consortium, Church of Betty and the world/folk group Afro-Jersey with Terre Roche (of The Roches), Sidiki Conde and Paul Brantley. Both groups released cd's in 2013 (Church of Betty Globestra's "The Lazarus Rose" and the self titled "Afro- Jersey") and all of the above mentioned solo and group releases are available on iTunes, Amazon, and cdbaby.com. Marlon also accompanies classes at the Paul Taylor School, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance.
Philip Hamilton is a renown contemporary vocalist on the international Jazz and World Music stages. He is possessed with a voice that conveys a Warrior’s strength, a Blues man’s soul, a Romantic’s heart and a Muezzin’s spirit. Hamilton is a true original, who has performed or recorded with some of the leading musical minds of our time, including the Pat Metheny Group, Spyro Gyra, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan, Gilberto Gil, Mike Stern and John Cage. His solo performances challenge audiences to redefine the voice and celebrate its limitless potential. His larger ensembles also cross musical boundaries as they take listeners on journeys inspired by the blues, rock, jazz, classical, as well as sounds from around the world. Philip Hamilton is also recognized as the leading contemporary composer of music for dance. The recipient of 2004 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his Body of Work in the field of Composition for Dance. He has composed for the world’s leading choreographers and dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron Brown, Mia Michaels, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle and Ann Reinking, the Tony award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse. Ezekiel’s Wheel, Hamilton’s critically acclaimed work with Danny Buraczeski/Jazzdance is hailed as “a modern masterwork” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Brooklyn native John Lander first began teaching himself to play by ear on his toy keyboard at the age of 3, and since has been developing himself into a proficient pianist and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a genuine 'artist' who uses innumerable methods to express himself through the creative process. Actively pursuing new directions in music, while steeped in the jazz and classical tradition, John has worked professionally as a pianist, session musician (p+b+dr+gt), accompanist, composer, arranger, producer, transcriber/editor, and teacher; outside of music, he has worked as a creative consultant, artist representative, graphic designer and writer. John is an East Coast Pianos endorsee, and a 2010 Young Arts Jazz Regional Award winner, and currently lives in SoHo.
Kelly Moran, b. 1988, is a musician and composer from Long Island, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she studied piano performance, sound engineering, and composition. In 2010, Moran received a fellowship for the MFA program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at the University of California-Irvine for her graduate studies. A deep interest in composition for dance has propelled numerous collaborations and served as the foundation for her master's thesis, "Laboring Together: An Exploration of Collaborative Processes Between Composers and Choreographers" (published by UC Irvine Libraries, July 2012.) Her composition teachers have included Bright Sheng and Billy Childs, and she most recently studied piano with acclaimed jazz pianist Kei Akagi. As a pianist, Moran has given several recitals of contemporary piano repertoire specializing in works employing extended techniques and a “prepared” piano. She is currently on staff as an accompanist at Barnard College and Ballet Hispanico, and also works as a freelance stage manager for the International Contemporary Ensemble. In her free time, she plays bass in the no-wave band Cellular Chaos with free-jazz cult figures Marc Edwards, Weasel Walter, and Admiral Grey.
Michael McFrederick graduated San Jose State Univ. Graduate studies Juilliard. Winner Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Artists International Piano Competition. Solo pianist and chamber pianist Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill), Alice Tully Hall, Stern Hall (SF), Paul Hall(London), Bridgeport Ballet. Arranger/conductor London National Philhamonic CRITERION RECORDINGS (Atlantic); composer/pianist SECOND STORY BALLET Lee Theodore American Dance Machine; arranger/pianist POP Dances Patrelle; composer/musical director/singer for critically acclaimed AROUND THE WORLD IN A BAD MOOD, SOCKS! THE MUSICAL, BOWERY FOLLIES. Recordings: PIANO MUSIC OF MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (Orion); composer/pianist for FOUR INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITIONS (Golden Age); composer/arranger/keyboards SONGS OF MCFREDERICK/DOHERTY with Linda Hopkins (CD Baby). Arranger/music director/singer/writer for JEROME KERN: ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE original revue for East Lynne Theatre Co. Michael is also a voice teacher/coach/arranger whose groups and solo acts regularly perform at Don't Tell Mama--NYC cabaret.
Arturo Martinez began playing guitar at the age of 13. He was logicicaly drawn to flamenco and has accompanied such renowned Gypsy dancers as Chuni Amaya, Joaquin Fajardo and Concha Vargas. Arturo appeared in the Public Theatre production of The Gypsy and the Yellow Canary. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, La MaMa and produced the first and second New York Flamenco Festival.
Born in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa, Mangue Sylla started playing music at the age of 7. Sangba being his first and favorite instrument, he learned from some of the best teachers and performers known in Guinea at the time. He soon became a professional musician and began working at “Jean Paul 2″ Children school for 6 years. Among other great performances, the group won first prize at a festival in Togo. In 1993 Mangue joined the well known ballet troupe: “Les Merveilles de Guinee”. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and study under the leadership of Kemoko Sano. In 1998 Mangue moved to the US with the same ballet. Since then, while still an active member of “Les Merveilles de Guineee”, he has been working with numerous groups including: Alvin AileyWula Drum and Dance NYC, Drum Cafe, Marylin’s Bamdulaye, and Nandy’s Sankofa Kuumba Cac (summer program for children). Mangue Sylla currently lives in New York City. He keeps a busy schedule performing, teaching, attending workshops and dance conferences.