Four Seasons in Music – Meet the Artists

Meet the extraordinary musicians who will perform in the Four Seasons in Music 2020 series:

Kathryn Lockwood 2Kathryn Lockwood, Viola and Artistic Director

Kathryn has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, “…Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character.” Kathryn is the violist of the internationally renowned Lark Quartet and the unique viola and percussion duo, duoJalal.  She is the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons in Music concert series at the Sands Point Preserve, Long Island, NY, now in its second year.

She moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 and captured some of the most sought-after awards in the country, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. As a member of Lark, she recently released two CDs on Bridge records: an All Higdon CD and Composing America. With duoJalal, she released A Different World on Innova Records of which the Toronto Star wrote: “Lockwood is all slow, sensuous allure with her bowing arm one moment, a tempest of notes the next.”

As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Kathryn has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki / Greece, and has been heard live on NPR’s Performance Today. She collaborated with violist Michael Tree on an all Dvorak CD and composer Easley Blackwood on recordings released by Cedille Records. In 2005, Kathryn released a solo recital CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, Fireoptics, about which Strad declared “Lockwood is absolutely inside the music’s idiom finding appropriate tonal shadings.”

Kathryn is currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst and the John Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, previously serving on the faculty at Rutgers University in NJ, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Music Institute of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia. She earned her Master’s Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan. www.kathrynlockwood.com

YYousif Sheronickousif Sheronick, Percussion 

Hailed by the New York Times for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums” Yousif Sheronick enjoys an active career as percussionist, composer, producer and educator.  Having studied classical percussion through a Masters degree at Yale, Yousif went on to study music from Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle East which he seamlessly incorporates into his playing.  Yousif’s unique skills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with a diverse range of ensembles and musicians including Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Ethos Percussion Group, Lark Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune,  Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.  A feature article in Drum! Magazine highlighted Yousif’s versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.

Always wanting to build bridges through music, Yousif has become a major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music.  He has had the luxury of in-depth work with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Ljova and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.  As a composer himself, Yousif’s compositions have been premiered and performed around the world at both the collegiate and professional level.

In demand as an educator, Yousif has conducted residencies and master classes at top universitiesincluding Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.  In 2018 Yousif established his online frame drum school www.framedrumschool.org.

Yousif has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.  Prestigious venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London). Yousif holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Iowa.  www.yousifsheronick.com

duoJalalduoJalal, Ensemble in Residence

Racing along with our new global society, duoJalal surprises the music world with their diverse and stunning artistry. duoJalal “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” raves the Toronto Star.  Like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, their music represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Audiences are enthralled as a classically trained violist from Australia ignites her instrument with passion – one minute embodying a medieval rebec, the next a Shakuhachi (Japanese flute). Yousif, of Lebanese descent, dazzles as he manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon. From their chamber music foundation, duoJalal moves from Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz, with a skillful confluence that is natural, exploratory and passionate. Inspired by their namesake, 13th century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures and races, duoJalal opens their doors to all communities for a diverse and stimulating inter-cultural experience.

For the past eleven years duoJalal has performed throughout the United States, Australia and Brazil regularly performing world premiers of works composed or arranged for the group by Philip Glass, Andrew Waggoner, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Evan Ziporyn and Giovanni Sollima.

Their project The Rumi Experience was premiered at the Williams Center in Easton PA and continues to intrigue audiences with the coupling of poetry, multi media and music.  duoJalal released their first CD on Innova Recordings titled A Different World. Critics hail the CD as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience” (Jordon Times). And their second CD on Bridge Records titled Shadow & Light.  The Toronto Star exclaimed, “If this is what the world music’s future holds, bring on the party.”

Always eager to collaborate, the duo embarks on a new venture as the ensemble in residence for the Four Seasons in Music concert series in Long Island in 2019 and 2020.  The duo collaborate with the string quartet, voice, clarinet, and dancers.

Also known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were held at Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention.

WINTER GUEST ARTISTS:

Abigail Fischer - SopranoAbigail Fischer, Soprano & Poetry Reader

Abigail is a versatile soprano, sound meditation practitioner, and consciousness expansion activist. Abigail has starred in contemporary operas such as Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar and Du Yun’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone, as well as in more classic operas such as the title roles in Carmen and Cenerentola, with the Los Angeles Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Colorado Music Festival. As a soloist with orchestra, Abigail has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Rhode Island Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. As an early music and chamber music performer, she has worked with the American Bach Soloists, Rebel Baroque, Early Music New York, Boston Baroque, Mercury Houston, Chamber Music Northwest, and at music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Marlboro. Abigail has appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and internationally in Paris, Milan, Australia, and Hong Kong. She is dedicated to awakening conscious awareness through practice with regular Mindful Sounding Circles, and artform, through all her musical work and multi-media collaborations with her husband Jason Slayden in their duo belhaven.

Rebecca FischerRebecca Fischer, Violin 

Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing (Boston Musical Intelligencer),” violinist Rebecca Fischer was the first-violinist of the Chiara String Quartet for 18 years until the group’s final season in 2018. With the quartet she held residencies at Harvard University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performed world-wide, and recorded the complete string quartets of Brahms and Bartók and a Grammy-nominated album of Jefferson Friedman’s Quartets. One half of the multidisciplinary duo The Afield (voice, violin, video and other media), Rebecca has premiered works for solo violin and singing violinist by Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, Augusta Read Thomas, Byron Au Yong and others. A graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School, she is a devoted violin teacher, chamber music coach and arts advocate, and currently teaches at the Mannes School of Music. Follow her writing on creativity in Strings Magazine and on her website: www.rebeccafischerviolin.com

MIchael Katz, CellistMichael Katz, Cellist 

Hailed by the press for his “bold, rich sound” (Strad Magazine) and “nuanced musicianship,” (The New York Times), Israeli cellist Michael Katz has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe, and Asia. His musicianship has been recognized with many awards, among them all three prizes at the 2011 Aviv Competition, and first prizes at the Juilliard School’s 2010 Concerto Competition and the 2005 Turjeman Competition.  As the cellist of the Lysander Piano Trio, Mr. Katz was a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and was awarded first prizes at the 2011 Coleman competition and 2011 J.C. Arriaga competition. He has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, Roger Tapping and Charles Neidich. His festival appearances include Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Mostly Mozart, Malaga Classica, Luzern, and Yellow Barn.  Mr. Katz received degrees from the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, and was a student of Laurence Lesser, Joel Krosnick, and Colin Carr. www.michaelkatzcello.com

FALL GUEST ARTISTS

Renee Jaworski and Matt Kent of Pilobolus Dance CompanyPilobolus Dance Company 

Pilobolus is a rebellious dance company. Since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. We continue to bring this tradition to global audiences through our post-disciplinary collaborations with some of the greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators in the world. Now, in our digitally driven and increasingly mediated landscape, we also reach beyond performance to teach people how to connect through designed live experiences. We bring our decades of expertise telling stories with the human form to show diverse communities, brands, and organizations how to maximize group creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. 

Renée Jaworski of Pilobolus

Renée received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduating, she began work with MOMIX, performing and teaching throughout the world as well as creating her own work in Philadelphia. She began performing with Pilobolus in 2000. Renée has served as choreographer and creator for such exciting projects and collaborations as the 79th Annual Academy Awards, the Grammy® nominated video for OKGo’s All is Not Lost, Radiolab Live: In the Dark, and she has worked with myriad outside artists through the International Collaborator’s Project. In 2010, her alma mater honored her with the University’s Silver Star Alumni Award for her work as an artist in the field of dance. Renée lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Matt Kent of Pilobolus

Matt has worked with Pilobolus since 1996 as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, and choreographer. Past Pilobolus projects include Head Choreographer for Andre Heller’s Magnifico, a large-scale circus production; choreographer for Sports Emmy-nominated teaser created in collaboration with the NFL network; and choreographer for a television appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; his work on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, co-directed by Teller and Aaron Posner, was nominated for Best Choreography by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle. Outside of Pilobolus, he has worked as zombie choreographer for AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead and as movement consultant on the Duncan Sheik musical, Whisper House, and created family and children’s performances with Rob Kapilow. Matt lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

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