Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali’s work strives to preserve the heritage and culture of his homeland through the use of its ancient melodies. Recent premieres include “The Silent Ocean” commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony, and “Phoenix In Exile” by the South Dakota Symphony.
Ellisor’s contributions to orchestral repertoire include such uniquely American works as Blackberry Winter for mountain dulcimer and strings, Whiskey Before Breakfast – Partita for Bluegrass Band and Strings, and Nuages de la Nuit for jazz quartet and strings. Recent premieres include the Nashville Symphony’s performances of Diaspora, and performances of her second concerto for mountain dulcimer and orchestra, Broad Band of Light, by the Tucson Symphony. Her concerto for electric bass, written with and for 5x Grammy-winner Victor L. Wooten, will be premiered by the Nashville Symphony and the Colorado Symphony during the 2014-15 season.
Renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer, photographer, and producer John Mock presents his unique “From The Shoreline” multimedia concert throughout the country. His performances on guitar, mandolin, concertina, and tin whistle are combined with his exquisite photography of the coastal locations that inspire his music.
Robin Fountain is Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he has led the orchestra on two acclaimed tours of China. His conducting travels have also taken him to Russia, France, Poland, and Spain, and throughout the United States.
Pedrosaxo has revolutionized the saxophone, as demonstrated on his 2014 debut album, produced by 3x Grammy-winner Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band.
Grammy-nominated recording artist and singer-songwriter Sylvia was the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Her hits include “Nobody,” “Tumbleweed,” and “Drifter,” along with several other top tens, and her new album It’s All In The Family has her back on the road, touring throughout the US.
Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” and by the Juilliard School as one of 100 distinguished alumni, Tracy Silverman has premiered works written for him by John Adams, Terry Riley, and Kenji Bunch. In addition to appearances with major orchestras throughout the world, his unique solo show, “Concerto for One”, engages audiences everywhere while building a bridge between Heifetz and Hendrix!
Trio Globo has crafted a totally original voice in contemporary acoustic jazz. With roots in jazz, classical and sacred music, rhythmic influences derived from travels in six continents, and a combustible spontaneity, cellist Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), pianist and master harmonica player Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Kenny Loggins, Paquito d’Rivera), and percussionist Glen Velez (Paul Winter Consort, Steve Reich) epitomize the quintessential group for the 21st century.
Roy “Futureman” Wooten