Tom Artin, trombone, has played throughout the U.S. and Europe with a number of world renowned jazz groups, including the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble and the Louis Armstrong Alumni All-Stars. He played lead trombone in Mel Tormé's big band and was also the house trombonist at Eddie Condon’s jazz club in New York for nearly a decade. He currently leads his own sixteen-piece swing band, a traditional jazz band, and Standard Brass, an adventurous seven-piece jazz ensemble.
Composer John Harbison, pianist and artistic co-director of the Token Creek Festival, is one of the nation’s most distinguished artistic figures. He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer, MacArthur, and Heinz awards. His opera The Great Gatsby premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999. Recent works include Milosz Songs (for the New York Philharmonic with soprano Dawn Upshaw), But Mary Stood (for the Cantata Singers, Boston), and Concerto for Bass Viol (for a consortium of orchestras, with premieres by the Toronto and Houston symphonies last spring). Mr. Harbison is Institute Professor at MIT and President of the Copland Fund.
Rose Mary Harbison, violin, is artistic co-director of the Token Creek Festival. She has recorded for DGG, CRI, Koch, Northeastern, and New World. She has worked directly with many composers, including Copland and Sessions, and has been guest artist with the Santa Fe, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Berlin Festivals. With Rudolph Kolisch she founded the Kolisch Ensemble, and she is a founding member of Emmanuel Music Boston. Ms. Harbison taught at Brandeis and MIT, and was a Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute and winner of an Ingram-Merrill Award.
Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, the U.S. and Canada. He teaches at the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and is on the piano faculty of Maestro, a non-profit organization in Israel that provides a home base for accomplished Israeli musicians living abroad. He has recorded music of Erwin Junger, and, with Rose Mary Harbison, Schumann’s violin sonatas. Dr. Kalman joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh last fall.
After a college teaching career of 46 years, pianist Howard Karp became an Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. A native Chicagoan, he is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. Mr. Karp has won acclaim in many cultural centers in Europe, performing concertos and recitals, and many of his former students are now on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and in Asia. A two-CD set, The Art of Howard Karp, features solo concert performances spanning his entire career.
Parry Karp, “cello” is Professor of Music, Artist-in-Residence, and director of the string chamber music program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a member of the Pro Arte Quartet in 1976, and with them has concertized throughout the world and recorded prolifically, most recently works of Sessions, Rhodes, Mays, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. As a solo artist he has recorded works of Bloch, Bridge, Britten, Clarke, Chausson, Fauré, Ireland, Magnard, Martinu, Pierné, Rachmaninoff, and Strauss, and several new albums are anticipated this year.
Adam Kuenzel, flute, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has served as principal flutist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1990. He has also appeared as a guest artist with numerous other groups including the Bakken Trio, Ensemble Capriccio, and The Rose Ensemble. This October he will premiere Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s flute concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Karl Lavine is principal cellist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Present Music. He is also a founding member of the Kepler Quartet, which has just released the first volume of the complete string quartets of American composer Ben Johnston. Mr. Lavine holds degrees from UW-Madison and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches at Edgewood College.
Soprano Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie is a diverse artist, with a repertoire that spans baroque to contemporary, opera to recital. She recently won second place in the Manhattan School of Music Vocal Concerto Competition and was co-winner of Wisconsin Public Radio's Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition. As a performer of contemporary music, Ms. Mackenzie has worked with composers Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, and Richard Danielpour, who is currently writing two new song cycles for her.
Avedis Manoogian, piano, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently works as both pianist and music director in Minneapolis. He has collaborated with, among others, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Xperimental, TCTC, Nautilus, Crisis Point, Bedlam, and Flaneur Productions, for whom he wrote and produced music for "Derive," a collaboration of six performance groups' separate interpretations of the same text. Most recently, he wrote and produced for Bedlam Theater's "10-Minute Play Festival."
Jennifer Clare Paulson, viola, recently earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in jazz studies. She is currently on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, teaching studio viola and violin, and she is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In addition to regional work in chamber music and orchestral settings, Ms. Paulson is also a member of several new music ensembles based in Chicago, including PPK, Kyle Bruckman’s WRACK, and Guillermo Gregorio’s Madi Ensemble.
Vocalist Annette Sanders has had a long and distinguished career in New York night clubs and as a much sought-after studio singer. In 1966 Benny Goodman chose her as featured vocalist for his prestigious Rainbow Grill engagement, and since then she has been heard on literally thousands of jingles, movie soundtracks and CDs. During the late ‘80s Annette co-founded the jazz-tinged vocal quintet, Group Five. She also has four solo albums to her credit.
John Schaffer, jazz bass, is Director of the School of Music at UW-Madison. For the last ten years he has been freelancing actively in the Madison area, and can be heard regularly with the Jim Erickson Trio, the Michael B.B. Quintet, and the Bill Evans Repertory Trio. He also makes frequent guest appearances with artists such as Jan Wheaton, Michelle DuVall, Doug Brown, Dave Stoler, Brad Pregeant, and Michael Hanson.
Todd Steward, drums, performs regularly in the Madison area with such groups as the Michael B.B. Quintet, the Madison Jazz Orchestra, CTM Theater Orchestra, Doc DeHaven’s Jazz Band, Kelly DeHaven’s Misbehavin’ Band, Brad Pregeant’s New Orleans Low-Down, the Ed Anders Quartet, Five-by-Design, The Dry Martinis, and folk singer Ken Lonnquist. He has also toured the world performing in ten cruise ship orchestras.
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