STEPHEN DYDO Guitar/Violin/Banjo/Mandolin D.M.A. Columbia University, M.A. Columbia University, B.A. Columbia University
J. Stephen Dydo is a graduate of Columbia University. A composer of more than fifty pieces, his music has been performed by both chamber groups and orchestras in the United States and abroad. Amongst the most notable performers of his compositions are the Gregg Smith Singers, Stitching Combinatie van Utrechtse Muziekbelangen, New Calliope Singers, Group for Contemporary Music, and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.
Dr. Dydo continues to work as a freelance guitarist and conductor, performing in various national venues with the Gregg Smith Singers, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. A founding member of the Composers’ Ensemble, he has lectured nationally regarding his participation in the group. Dr. Dydo is the recipient of such prestigious grants and awards as the Fulbright Research Grant, the American Music Center grant, the National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Johnson Composers’ Conference grant, the Joseph Bearns Prize, and the BMI Young Composers’ Award.
ETHAN MANN Guitar M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Manhattan School of Music
After graduating from Manhattan School of Music in 1995, Ethan Mann quickly established his reputation as a bandleader on the New York scene. His group has appeared at Birdland, Iridium, Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, and Detour.
Mr. Mann’s debut CD, Central Park North, was reviewed for Jazz Improv Magazine by Ernie Pugliese who wrote. “Central Park North is a refreshing offering from a standout young guitarist and composer. “Mann has also appeared as a sideman on a number of recordings, most recently Leave It To Luther of Luther Thomas.
Mr. Mann maintains a busy performance schedule. In January 2005 he toured Japan with singer Mari Watanabe. In May 2005, he was a guest artist at Muniak Jazz Club in Krakow. Mann has been teaching guitar at the Crestwood Music Education Center for a number of years and has developed a patient yet motivational approach.
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DANIEL ORI Bass M.M. Berklee School of Music, B.M. Rimon School of Music
Bassist and composer Daniel Ori’s interest in jazz music brought him to the Rimon School of Music, where he majored in jazz performance. Daniel has since collaborated with some of Israel’s foremost jazz prospects and founded the quartet, Fourword.
In December 2005, the Fourword Quartet released its debut album, Money. The group has been performing throughout Israel’s top jazz venues and festivals since the summer of 2004, including the recent Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat. Money features four of Mr. Ori’s original compositions, demonstrating deep groove with soulful melodies.
In 2006, Mr. Ori received a scholarship to continue his studies at the Berklee School of Music where he worked with world-class musicians Matthew Garrison, Dave Samuels, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood, and others. Upon completing his degree in contemporary composition and production, Mr. Ori is busy playing, composing, producing, and teaching in the New York City area.
A 2009 ASCAP Jazz Composers’ Award Winner, Mr. Ori has recently finished recording his debut solo album, So It Goes, soon to be released.
KEITA FUKUSHIMA Suzuki Violin/Viola M.M. The Juilliard School, B.M. The Juilliard School
Keita Fukushima began studying violin using the Suzuki Method, meeting Dr. Suzuki himself every spring and summer at the Grand Children’s Concert. At the age of twelve, he won first prize at the 40th All-Japan Music Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony.
Mr. Fukushima has participated an performed in various music festivals, including the International Academy in Nice, the Music Session in Holland, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Bowdoin Festival in Maine. He was invited to play in the master classes of Ruggero Ricci, Zakhar Bron, Dorothy DeLay, Herman Krebbers, Eduard Schmeider, and many others. Mr. Fukushima received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.
In 2000, Mr. Fukushima won the 28th Artists International Audition in New York City, receiving the Young Artists’ Award for violin. The following year, he gave his New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He played in the Erie Philharmonic and the Eric Chamber Orchestra from 2003 through 2008 and served on the faculty at the Edinboro University Community Music School in Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2009. He has played recitals and concerts in Japan, Europe, and the United States, and has been a violin faculty member at Campus Orchestrale dell’Associazione il Palcoscenico in Italy since 2008. His former violin teachers include Chikashi Tanaka, Kazuki Sawa, Muneko Otani, and Lewis Kaplan