Eugene Carr has been a resident cellist at BJ since 2001. He originally studied at the Juilliard School, and then earned undergraduate degrees at both the Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College. Eugene’s first CD released on the Manifest Spirit is Alba — Meditations on Sunrise which celebrates improvisation, intention, and most of all spontaneity. It began as a set of “new-age” jam sessions and grew into an album that balances the new age genre with the complexity of classical music and themes from world music traditions. Gene participates regularly in workshops and concerts of improvised music. In addition, he is a graduate of Columbia Business School and the CEO/founder of the New York City-based Patron Technology, which offers PatronManager CRM and PatronMail, technology systems for ticketing, fundraising and e-marketing to more than 1,800 arts and non-profit institutions in all fifty states across the country and in eight countries overseas.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Saskia Lane (double bass, voice, and composition) performs throughout the tri-state area with a variety of jazz, world, pop, and classical artists. Currently, Saskia tours internationally with Dan Zanes & Friends and nationally with her critically-acclaimed cocktail pop quartet The Lascivious Biddies. She can also be seen sharing the stage with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Natalie Merchant. In addition, Saskia is active in education and outreach performing in the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Saskia’s television credits include a national commercial for Chili’s Restaurants and appearances on The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, Fuse TV, and CBS Evening News, and she can be seen in the movie Mona Lisa Smiles, featuring Julia Roberts.
Her discography includes recordings with Nicole Paiement, featuring the works of Lou Harrison (New Albion Records), The Gotham Ensemble (Albany Records), along with three albums and a concert DVD (Eastway Records) with The Biddies.
Playing guitar has led Amanda Monaco to perform at the Blue Note, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Tonic, Joeâ€™s Pub, and the JVC Jazz Festival, as well as other venues in the United States and Europe. Amanda has recorded several CDs as both a leader and a sideman, and has shared the stage with musicians such as Milt Hinton, Norah Jones, Steve Wilson, Ada Rovatti, Michael Blake, Michael Sarin, Ed Schuller, Harvie S, Michael Jefry Stevens, and Matt Wilson. As an educator, Amanda has served on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, New School University, and the National Guitar Workshop; has recorded fifty jazz guitar instructional videos for the innovative web site WorkshopLive; and is the author of Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing). Amanda received a B.M. degree from William Paterson University in 1996, and will graduate with a M.A. from The City College of New York in May 2008.
BabySue calls Amanda “a musicaholic… she may also be one of the truly unique jazz voices of the 21st century.” Her second CD as a leader, Intention (Innova Recordings, 2007) has been described as “chock full of thoughtful, provocative compositions rendered with strong conviction” (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes). Projects as a leader/co-leader include her group am4; her quintet, Playdate, which includes saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and pianist Noah Baerman; and her new quartet with saxophonist MichaÃ«l Attias, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. As a sideman, Amanda works with the composer/arranger Joe Phillips and the bandleader JC Hopkins, among others.
Originally from Givataim, Israel, recorder and woodwind player Daphna Mor started her music studies when she was seven years old. She has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States, and has won many competitions as a classical recorder player.
Daphna received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory with highest honors and was valedictorian of the class of 2000. She was awarded the prestigious title “Privileged Musician” for her service in the Israel Defense Forces.
Since moving to New York, she has been teaching at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Collegium, the American Recorder Society, and other private institutes; she teaches everyone from toddlers through adults. Daphna plays early, popular, world, and film music, and is a member of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter.
As resident cellist in the genre jumping/fusion group DBR & THE MISSION and the string quartet Equation, Jessie Reagen enjoys working both acoustically and amplified. Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include Light in the Piazza, American Girl Review, Little Women, Orlando in Love and a cellist/inmate in Misterioso. Collaborations include performing with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Savion Glover (Classical Savion), DANCE This…, Divahn, New York Continuo Collective, East Village Opera Company, Frantic Turtle, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Philip Glass.
Creator of the Hustla Symphony Orchestra, Jessie performed with Jay-Z (and special guests) celebrating the 10th anniversary release of â€œReasonable Doubtâ€ at Radio City Music Hall. Jessie has also performed on TV and in concert with Kanye West, Adam Levine, Il Divo, Enya and Jewel. Bach & Beats, Jessieâ€™s solo show was premiered at NYCâ€™s 92nd St. Y in 2006. She has also performed with various other groups in France, Luxembourg, Japan and throughout the United States.
Jessie has a B.M. and a P.S.D. from Mannes College of Music where she was a scholarship student of Timothy Eddy (Orion String Quartet) and Carter Brey (New York Philharmonic). In her early days, Jessie attended Solomon Schechter Day School in Skokie, IL where she learned to sing in d minor. Jessie is currently on faculty at the United Nations International School in Manhattan.
Since his arrival to New York in 1999 composer, accordionist and pianist, Uri Sharlin has become an established “world “musician. His knowledge of both Western and Middle Eastern music feeds his unique composition style, expressed in various projects. Among them: Anistar, Pharaoh’s daughter, Ayyub, Kaiku, The Metropolitan Kleizmer Orchestra, Antony and the Johnson, Roberto Rodriguez Quintet, and many others. His band the cardamon quartet released their first album in 2005, which was warmly received by the critics. Recently, Uri spent an extended period in Brazil learning Choro and Forro musical styles among others on accordion and percussion.
Web site: www.urisharlin.com
Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as hard-rocking bandleader and acoustic folk troubadour. A soulful vocalist who first picked up the guitar in grade school, Turk also plays mandolin and adeptly combines various musical styles.
Matt graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from New York University with a major in history and a minor in religious studies. As a member of The Hour he learned his craft in the fertile NYC jam-rock scene of the early nineties. He teamed up with Pete Seeger as part of The Street Singers, a group that taught folk music to schoolchildren in and around New York City. Turk was greatly inspired to write songs of social justice by Seeger and by his three-year stint working for God’s Love-We Deliver.
As a solo artist Matt has released three albums, including 2002’s highly-acclaimed What Gives, and 2006’s, Washington Arms. He released the free digital single, “The Fog of War,” which featured musical contributions from Seeger and Rob Morsberger. A video of “The Fog of War”, directed by W.L. Jackson was released on the internet in February 2008. Turk’s performance of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” with Matter Music and Gaby Moreno was produced by David Dobkin and appeared in the 2007 Warner Brothers film “Fred Claus” starring Vince Vaughn and Rachel Weisz. Turk co-founded the world music group Mandolin Caravan with drummer Kevin Hupp; their first album, Desert Soul, was released in 2003.
Matt Turk is a musician-in-residence for Manhattan’s Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. He is an Arts Westchester roster artist and teaches folk music to homeless children in his community at Westhab’s Coachmen homeless shelter in White Plains NY. He is a member of the duo Gillen & Turk which released their first recording Backs to the Wall in May 2008.
Music Director for Shabbat and holiday mornings, Bo-i Kallah and Shishi Israeli
Dan Nadel is an Israeli born, New York-based guitarist and composer, whose personal style combines flamenco, jazz, and Middle Eastern influences. He is a bandleader, a solo performing artist, and a collaborator with Tavche Gravche – a multinational neo-Balkan group.
A busy musician on New York’s scene, Nadel has also worked with many world-renowned artists, including jazz artists Chico Freeman and Dave Liebman, Israeli-French pop star Yael Naim, jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, and opera singer Audrey Majzlin.
In addition to his concert schedule, Nadel is the creative and musical director for IAC’s Shishi Israeli, hosted monthly at B’nai Jeshurun, featuring piyutim and modern-day Israeli music. He also partners with Rabbi Roly Matalon of BJ to lead Bo-i Kallah, a monthly Sefarad-Yerushalayim- inspired Kabbalat Shabbat. Nadel is curator and musical director for Songs of Sacred Time, an ongoing series of Jewish liturgical music concerts at the Manhattan JCC.
Nadel is a graduate of the BFA jazz program at The New School. Prior to moving to New York in 1997, Nadel completed a three-year army duty in Israel, where he served as the guitarist for the IDF’s Air Force Band.
Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. While at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was “Macumbia” with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987 he produced “Morning Ride” for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.
The extraordinary clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski is a musical force of passion and dynamic virtuosity. Already of international distinction, Lumanovki has launched a major career as a soloist, chamber musician in both classical and cross-over repertoire. His synergistic blend of natural talent and training combines the spirit of folk music with the discipline of classical music.
Lumanovski’s performances throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Brazil, Korea and China have received critical acclaim. Lumanovski has mesmerized audiences across the globe. He is proud to have been the soloist of his New York début of the Carter Clarinet Concerto with musicians from New Juilliard Ensemble and the Lucerne Festival Academy with Maestro Boulez.
His performances have been widely reviewed. The New York Times wrote of his work under Pierre Boulez, “the soloist — the brilliant, fearless young clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski — aligned himself with various instrumental contingents of the large ensemble”.
Professionally, Lumanovski has had the privilege to perform with innumerable extraordinary musicians and orchestras including: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, The Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Marcel Khalife, Al Di Meola, Husnu Senlendirici, Zulfu Livaneli etc.
Lumanovski is also a master improviser and performer of Macedonian, Turkish and Gypsy music and is presently touring with the renowned New York Gypsy All-Stars, playing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. This jazz influenced fusion and folk music group exemplifies Lumannovski’s fantastic originality. His sound blends Balkan folk music and western classical music with breathtaking dexterity, musicality and tenacity, lending his style a gratifying complexity. Of his performance with the All-Stars, Lumanovski plays a “blistering series of haunting dance numbers” (Lucid Culture Blog).
Lumanovski’s playing may be heard on his recordings with the New York Gypsy All-Stars, Secret Trio, Fall of the Moon, Liquid Clarinets and Love is the Way.