ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE – Connections
TRIPLE PLAY – A Double-Reed Trio
“Exploring The Edges”
Using a sports metaphor – Triple Play is a trio comprised of combinations of Oboes and English/Angled Horns – performing everything from Beethoven to the edges of musical times.
Matt Sullivan, Director – oboist/composer/improvisor
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Matt Short – Multi-Instrumentalist and Associate Director of 2B&2C
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IVA VERBA – Oboe/English Horn / Intern at 2B&2C
Iva Verba (2003- ) is a Ukrainian born oboist/ English horn player as well as a cultural activist for Ukraine. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY and attending Brooklyn College, Iva’s musical journey began just as she was learning to walk. At the age of four Iva attended The Shostakovich Music School to study recorder. Eventually, Iva graduated from The Stolyarsky Music School in Odesa. While living in her home in Odessa, Iva performed as a soloist with the Odesa Regional Philharmonic. She was also a member of various chamber groups and performed with several regional orchestras. Oboist, Iva Verba, is a prizewinner of various national competitions. Iva attends Brooklyn College where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. Following the historic Russian invasion of Ukraine, Iva has been dedicated to increasing awareness of Ukraine’s wonderful and historic musical culture. Iva Verba is an Intern at 2B&2C: The Ken Cro-Ken Memorial Foundation. “Iva’s extraordinary life journey has been with her oboe hand.” — Matt Sullivan, Director of the 2B&2C Foundation
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS
Promoting Woodwind Quintet Music of the Western hemisphere for 40 years!
Matt Sullivan has been a core-member of Quintet of the Americas from the beginning. They share a mission with 2B&2C and perform often in this unique and historic space.
The Quintet’s mission is to broaden knowledge and appreciation of music from the Western Hemisphere, and particularly new music, through the performance, commissioning, and recording of woodwind quintets and related chamber music. We encourage inter-cultural appreciation and understanding by performing contemporary, classical and folk-derived music from the diverse cultural traditions of the Americas. We search out collaborations with composers, guest artists, other ensembles, other art forms and other organizations to enrich our own growth and to enrich the musical products we bring to the community. We seek to enhance understanding and appreciation of this music through exploitation of multiple media and innovative technologies. Through community partnerships the Quintet serves recent immigrants, seniors and lower income audiences in Queens with its unique programs that bring new concert music and living composers to the people.
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THE PHANTASTIC THEATER
– New Music And Art For People Of All Ages All at Once –
Springing from the traditions of the fine arts, ‘The Phantastic Theater’ presentations introduce young people to the transformative power of imagination though engaging and educational interdisciplinary works and remind adults of the time when they first experienced the arts.
MISSION: This unique presentation system combines fine arts education with live performance, workshops and individual presentation. We provide the opportunities for fine arts educators and performers to share with young people and their families the impact the arts have had on their lives, individuals and society. Teaching elements are firmly embedded in our presentations, both specifically and intrinsically. We are reach out to diverse audiences and under-served communities.
The Phantastic Theater will be launching new family-audience based programming in the near future at 2B&2C.
INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Christopher Kaufman, resident composer and consultant
Christopher Kaufman is a composer, author, teacher, performer and is the artistic director of CHIRON Performing Arts and The Phantastic Theater. He composes music for the classical concert stage and film. He creates multi-media books which combine story, illustrative art, fully realized audio albums bursting with symphonic music, narration, voice acting, sound design,video and live performances. He creates Environmental Works which include compositions featuring hundreds of natural sounds and have a powerful ecological message. He maintains a private studio of music students of all ages. Christopher lives in Brooklyn with his wife Maryclare, his daughter Sofia Rose, who performs with him on stage often in a lead role, and their dog, Angel, and cat, Pluto, who protect them from all manner of monsters. Resumé , BROCHURE
Jason Trucco, experimental artist
Jason Trucco is an experimental artist and director based in New York. He’s directed spare modernist plays in Barcelona and Rome, exhibited his digital and visual art at gallery shows in New York and Los Angeles, and directed music videos for Billy Idol, Devo, and Queens Of The Stone Age. In all his projects, Trucco combines whimsy, artistic panache, and a deep love and curiosity to the most intractable and muddy problems that confront individuals in relationships.
William Delp, resident composer
WILLIAM PAUL DELP grew up singing in church choirs, studying piano, and playing percussion. He studied music composition with Larry Lipkis at Moravian College. He did graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley on the Alfred Hertz Memorial Fellowship where his teachers included Olly Wilson and Ton De Leeuw. He studied with Joan Tower, Elie Yarden, and Benjamin Boretz at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College where he got his MFA. In New York City, his works have been performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, Columbia University, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Merce Cunningham Studio, Grace Church, The Knitting Factory, The Vineyard Theater, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. Prominent champions of his music include Margaret Leng Tan, Joan Tower, Jeanne Kopperrud, members of the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Da Capo Chamber Players, Relâche, Eastern Winds, and Chanticleer. His commissions include works for choreographers, filmmakers, choirs, soloists, and instrumental ensembles. Delp lives in Manhattan.
Rocky Duval – mezzo-soprano/producer/writer
New York based singer, performance poet, and writer Rocky Duval (she/her) has been performing professionally since the age of 11 and has appeared in opera, television, stage, concert, o-Broadway, and the TEDx stage. Ms. Duval specializes in singing baroque and contemporary classical music, and has performed with many companies, including: The Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Glimmerglass Festival, Festival Bach Montreal, among many others. She won 1st prize in Japan’s Ise-Shima singing competition (2022).
A true multi-hyphenate, Rocky is also a public speaking and presentation skills coach, and is a guest professor of communications at Cooper Union School of Engineering, and a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and Riverdale Country School. She owns her own production company, Aigonz Productions, and produces plays, concerts, and bespoke events for corporations, arts organizations and schools. The children’s opera series she produced from 2019-2023 was nominated for Opera America’s prestigious Opera Innovation awards. She holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Washington, and a diploma in coaching from NYU. ::MORE::
NEIL ROLNICK: Composer, Performer
A pioneer in the use of computers in performance since the late 1970s, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world, including recent performances in Cuba, China, Mexico and across the US and Europe, and appears on 22 commercial recordings.
His string quartet Oceans Eat Cities was performed at the UN Global Climate Summit in Paris in 2015. Since 2016 he has received support from CEC ArtsLink, the Bogliasco Foundation, New Music USA, the Marion Foundation, Millay Arts, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and NYSCA.
Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s he developed the first integrated electronic arts graduate and undergraduate programs in the US, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Though much of his work connects music and technology, and is therefore considered “experimental”, Rolnick’s music has always been highly melodic and accessible, and has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”
Iver Cardas: Guitar/Composer/Arts in Education
In 2021, Norwegian guitarist/composer/educator Iver Cardas moved to New York City to undertake a Masters in Jazz Arts at the Manhattan School of Music and learn jazz. New York’s vibrant jazz scene has helped him develop as a musician and performer. Iver enjoys using his creative insight to encourage younger players to explore the meanings and traditions at the core of music and, in addition to playing gigs in and around New York City, Iver is a passionate teacher and educator in both music and language.
In the summer of 2023 Iver was selected to participate in the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, which provided an opportunity to study with greats like Jason Moran, Linda May Han Oh, Benny Green, Ingrid Jensen and Melissa Aldana. FOR More on Iver Cardas – go ::HERE::
Ursel Schlicht – pianist/composer
Pianist Ursel Schlicht is in New York for some rare performances. Part of the avant-improvising community for many years, she now lives in Germany. On her last night in New York, she reunites with close friends and long-term colleagues for an evening of improvisations, offering a wide range of musical expression. :MORE::
Robert Dick – flutist/composer
World renowned as the leader in contemporary music for flute, Robert Dick embodies the ideal of the Renaissance artist. With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, he has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but redefined the instrument. ::MORE::
Anthony Coleman – pianist/composer
Lesya Verb – visual artist/bandura/vocalist
Carlin Lee – former NYU music major/pianist(classical and jazz)/conductor
YOUNG ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Nico Bald – Music
Nico Bald is a high school senior at Fort Hamilton High School in New York City. He is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and cello, and has performed with the ISO Symphony Orchestra, BYMP, Summer Arts Institute, and Nxt Generation Theatrics. He is passionate about how music conveys thought-provoking perspectives as an artistic medium. For fun, Nico enjoys playing guitar, cycling, skateboarding, and reading short stories.
Nory Aronfeld – composer/pianist
William Ainslie – composer/performer
Kashjmeir Kelly – painter