-Location: ‘The Muse’ 350 Moffat St. Brooklyn, NY 11237
-Date: Friday, February 1st
-Time: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
-Alcohol is served on premises. You must be over 21 to purchase alcohol
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ravenna began studying the violin at age four. She made her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto. She pursued her love of chamber music at such festivals as the Castleman Quartet Program, Meadowmount School of Music, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
Ravenna’s performance schedule has taken around the world to such places as New Zealand, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and China. This past March, she performed as a part of the inaugural Festival de St. Georges in Guadalupe.
Ravenna recieved her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with Axel Strauss, and The Juilliard School, with Ronald Copes and Laurie Smukler, with focuses on modern and baroque violin performance.
Founder of Felt in Four Productions (@feltinfour), NYC based violinist Brendan Speltz (aka DJ Tall Glass of Milk) regularly performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera House. Brendan has toured the globe with groundbreaking ensemble Shuffle Concert, with chamber music collective The Manhattan Chamber Players, and also with Boston based ensemble A Far Cry. Locally, Brendan has performed as guest with the Harlem String Quartet, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and as founding member of conductorless string orchestra Shattered Glass. As DJ he has performed extensively in New York, Los Angeles, Ottowa (Canada), and most recently Guadalajara (Mexico). He received his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the University of Southern California and his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
Caleb van der Swaagh is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now know as Ensemble Connect) - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, The Knights, A Far Cry, Metropolis Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, Shattered Glass, Exponential Ensemble, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has appeared at the Chelsea Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, 23Arts Summer Music Festival, and Birdfoot Festival. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb is a member of Ensemble Échappé and has performed with Argento New Music Project, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and the Callithumpian Consort. He has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Sebastian Currier, Philippe Manoury, and David Lang as well as premiering many works by composers of his own generation. He also performs his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions that range from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.
A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012. For more information, visit www.calebvanderswaagh.com.
Drew Ricciardi has participated in various festivals, including the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Contemporary Composition and Performance Workshop of Aldeburgh, England, directed by Oliver Knussen, the Emerging Quartets Program, taught and founded by the Muir Quartet, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, as principal viola under the Berliner Symphoniker's chief conductor, Lior Shambadal. His world premiers include a gala performance of Marcel Tyberg’s Sextet for Strings, hosted by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, honoring Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, and Pressure, a work by Leah Reid for solo viola and electro-acoustics, performed at McGill University's Pollack Hall for their 2008 conference in electro-acoustic composition. As a chamber musician, Drew Ricciardi was violist of the Winsor Music Quartet with oboist, Peggy Pearson, and has collaborated with artists including the artistic director of Boston Chamber Music Society, Marcus Thompson, and the Portland String Quartet. As an educator, he has held the position of violin/viola faculty for New England Conservatory's Festival Youth Orchestra and the Common Time Chamber Music Workshop of Lexington, Massachusetts. Currently, he resides in Boston and studies regularly with Mela Tenenbaum in New York City.
Emily Gandolfo also known as Mystic Flow Fairy on Social Media, has been Hula Hoop for 8 years! She started her journey to rehabilitate herself and strengthen her core. It was from there that her love to dance combined with the hoop Fitness and she began to grow. She learned to incorporate dance and tricks to her flow. She now performs throughout the east coast at clubs, venues, private events and music festivals.
Emily has been teaching Hoop Fitness, and beginner Hula Hoop Classes for 5 years. She has taught at Flow Art Festivals such as the JAMboree, and Disc Jam Festival. As well as in studios in New York. She has taught all ages from 9 years to 65!
Canadian violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” Her recent prizes include 1st Prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in the chamber division, Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, 1st place in the American Prize, and 2nd prize at the Osaka International Chamber Competition. Among her other top awards include the Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition.
Christina has performed as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Salina Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Banff Orchestra, Shattered Glass and the Hemenway Strings. Her solo and chamber credits include Carnegie Hall, Esterházy Palace, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Harbin Grand Theatre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Schneider Series, Rockefeller Tri Noon Series, Dame Myra Hess series, La Jolla Summer Fest, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Harvard Club of New York, Montreal Chamber Festival, Debut Atlantic, Kansas International Music Festival, L'Archet Concert Group and the Indian River Festival. She has also been featured on WQXR New York. Christina has collaborated with artists such as David Chan, Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, Robert DeMaine, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Toby Hoffman, Chee-Yun Kim, Yura Lee, Cho- Liang Lin, and Bright Sheng.
Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magnum cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student.
In June 2014, as part of the 150 year celebrations on PEI, professional dancers from Ballet Jazz de Montreal performed a modern dance to her first compositional commission for solo violin, with Christina playing it on the violin. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet, and plays in a duo with pianist Tatiana Tessman. She plays an 1820 Pressenda on generous loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank. To keep up to date with Christina, you can follow her website www.christinabouey.com.
New York City, with it’s continuous mosaic of eccentric characters and absurd happenstances, may at times make one feel as though they’ve joined the greatest show on earth. Ringleader and originator of Muse, Brooklyn’s premier circus school and event facility, New York native Angela Buccinni and her partner from Israel, Yoni Kallai, have pursued this sensation into profession. Muse is one of several 21st century Brooklyn staples of creative conductivity that was expelled from Domino Sugar Factory’s parking garage, former home of Glasslands, 285 Kent, and Death by Audio to name a few, as a result of sabotage by Vice Magazine. What began as a humble at home production quickly launched into a whirlwind adventure showcasing the enthusiastic demand for this kind of artistic community. Together they take us on their theatrical journey through the daunting landscape of uncertainty guided by an unassailable faith that serves as a testimony to the prevailing power of will finding it’s way.
Versatile and virtuosic violist Colin Brookes is a founding member of the Ulysses Quartet and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brookes has performed as a soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In June 2013 he gave a solo recital with pianist Euntaek Kim in Cornish, New Hampshire, for the St. Gaudens Concert Series. Colin is a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, Symphony North Competition, Tuesday Musical Club and Music For Mount Lebanon Competition.
As a freelance musician, Colin works and performs with The Knights, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Shattered Glass, Le Train Bleu, Cantata Profana, and on Broadway. He also performs regularly at the Geneva Music Festival, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, and has made appearances at Tanglewood Music Festival with The Knights.
Mr. Brookes has taught chamber music at Yale University, undergraduate viola studies at Stony Brook University, along with viola and violin at Fairfield School of Music and Mahanaim School.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School along with a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University. Former teachers include Ettore Causa, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, Jeffrey Irvine, Marylene Gingras-Roy, Roger Chase, and Carolyn Hills. He currently plays on an Italian 19th century viola and bow generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.
Halcyon Chamber Series co-founder and director Luke Krafka (BM and MM in Cello Performance at the Boston Conservatory on full scholarship), regularly performs both chamber and solo recitals in Boston, New York City, Canada and Western Europe. Mr. Krafka has attended numerous music festivals around the world including the Heifetz International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Salem New Music Festival and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.
Major competitions won include 3rd Prize at the ICMEC International Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio, the Lumiere Trio and 2nd prize at the Alexander & Buono International Chamber Music Festival with his string duo, Bermont & Krafka. While Mr. Krafka attended school, he took masterclasses with Colin Carr, Dennis Hopper, Norman Fischer, Aldo Parisot, Ron Leonard, Tim Eddy, Allison Eldridge, and members of the Lions Gate Trio, Triple Helix Trio, and the Lydian Quartet.
Mr. Krafka has performed at some of the biggest music halls in the world including Symphony Hall, Paul Hall at the Juilliard School, Jordan Hall, Monticelli Hall in Italy and the Hatch Shell in Boston. Along with a very active orchestral, chamber and teaching career, Mr. Krafka donates his time to organizations such as Project Step (a program that helps get inner city children into classical music) and Winsor Music (a program that sets up chamber concerts for nursing homes and homeless shelters). Mr. Krafka recently finished up a tour of Germany playing assistant-principal with the JSB Ensemble and performing works by Bach in Stuttgart and Eisennach.
Alisa Mae has performed around the world for cruise ships, theme parks, and international tours. In addition to ABCirque, Alisa has performed with companies including Royal Caribbean, Cirque Dreams, Busch Gardens, ImaginAerial Productions, Aerial Acrobat Entertainment, Phoenix Entertainment, and Grounded Aerial as well as numerous modern/contemporary dance companies. She performs regularly at House of Yes, The Slipper Room, and The Muse in NY. Alisa has been doing ballet her whole life and earned her degree in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Alisa flies on dance trapeze, lyra, silks, harness/bungees, aerial hammock, straps, and chains, and teaches at The Muse Brooklyn. Check out www.aerialalisa.com to learn more!
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So, what the hell is this fundraiser all about? Halcyon Chamber Series is a classical chamber music series that has been running in Brooklyn for three seasons now. The co-founders, Ann and Luke, decided that it was time to bring the concerts to you! We’re building a live streaming app for iOS, Android and computer that will bring top quality, live performances to all of your devices every week! Help us build this platform by dancing your face off at these parties or giving to our KickStarter which will be launching in the new year. Thanks!