STEPHEN DYDOGuitar/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 band leader 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

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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.

NELSON  RIVEROS  Guitar M.M.Mannes College of Music, B.F.A. City College



Inclined towards music since his teens, guitarist Nelson Riveros has become well-versed in many styles of music, specializing in jazz, Latin, and contemporary music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jazz guitar from City College, where he studied with Gene Berntoncini. He went on to earn his professional diploma from the Mannes College of Music.

Mr. Riveros has performed with Latin artists such as vocalist Adela Dalto, violinist Alfredo de La Fey and bassist John Benitez. His trio has performed at many venues throughout New York City, including the Kavehaz, the Blue Water Grill, the Bryant Park Grill, Park Avalon, and the Cupping Room. His trio has also given concerts and workshops in Colombia and Peru.

In addition to the Crestwood Music Education Center, Mr. Riveros is currently on the faculty at the Dalton School on the Upper East Side and the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York City. He also works with the 92nd Street Y’s outreach program, teaching guitar classes to middle school students in Harlem. He is currently recording a contemporary Latin-Jazz CD of original compositions.

KEITA FUKUSHIMA  Suzuki Violin/Viola M.M. The Juilliard School, B.M. The Juilliard School

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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

TOMAS JANZON – Guitarist and Instructor

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TOPU LYO    Cello


Topu Lyo is a New York City based cellist who has performed in every setting possible. He tours through Europe, North America and Asia regularly and can be seen performing in NYC weekly at Apotheke in Chinatown.

His writing credits are Van Cleef, Rag and Bone, an 8 part UNICEF series,  VICE,   It Gets Better, HBO’s Dead Mother’s Club and has performed in Milan’s fashion week for ICEBERG men’s as well as many others. 

Topu was first introduced to the cello at the age of 8 by award-winning luthier and teacher Anne Cole.  He has also studied with a variety of acclaimed teachers such as Nancy Green, Gordon Epperson, Einar Holm, Ed Friedland and Thara Memory.  He has participated in master classes with Yo Yo Ma, the Tokyo String Quartet, The Guarneri Quartet.

DENISE ROOD – Violinist, Violist

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A violinist and violist, was for 25 years a member of the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and is currently a member of The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Santa Fe Concert Association. She has participated in numerous concert tours of Japan and North America, and has played on dozens of recordings with EOS, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and The American Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Rood was formerly a member of the Goldovsky Opera Company, performing in over 70 American cities. Her recording of Copland and Barber with the Atlantic Symphonietta was nominated for a Grammy Award.
An experienced and passionate teacher, Mrs. Rood has had many of her students win places in All-State and All-County orchestras, as well as receive the highest scores in NYSSMA auditions.
Mrs. Rood emphasizes the importance of good form, freedom of movement and expression, tone production, and rhythm accuracy. At the same time, she strives to instill the joy of music in each and every student.

Kay Lyra – Guitarist, Song Writer, Professional Singer

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Kay Lyra has captured audiences with her precise, pure voice and impeccable phrasing. Now, she is bringing her Brazilian sounds to New York City.

Music critic Nelson Motta labeled her, “The daughter of bossa with a crystal voice,” in an inevitable reference to her musician/composer father, bossa nova veteran/founder Carlos Lyra.

She has performed on stage with bossa nova icons Roberto Menescal, Durval Ferreira, Mauricio Einhorn, Wanda Sá, Bebeto Castilho (Tamba Trio) Sergio Ricardo, Joyce, Leila Pinheiro, João Donato, and musicians such as Léo Gandelman, Márcio Montarroyos, Marcos Suzano, Chiquito Braga, Nivaldo Ornelas, Jean Pierre Zannella, Mauricio Maestro (Boca Livre), Jessé Sadock, among others and recorded with Naná Vasconscelos, Pery Ribeiro, Gilson Peranzzetta, and Eric Rigler.

In Brazil, Lyra recorded her first solo album Influência do Jazz, which was subsequently released in Japan. Lyra then produced her indie album, Kandagawa.  All with arrangements that reflect her bossa nova roots. The other half of the CD emphasizes her own innovative material which ranges from original songs in Portuguese, as well as a bossa folk, a composition based on  an Indian chant in Tupi-guaraní, and  a song she wrote for the Dorothy Parker poem, “Interior.”

Kay also participated in the film/documentary “Coisa Mais Linda” from Paulo Thiago, about the history of  Bossa Nova, filmed in Rio de Janeiro, featuring all the great names of that movement such as João Donato, Johnny Alf, Leny Andrade, Roberto Menescal, Alaíde Costa, Carlos Lyra, Billy Blanco,  Sergio Ricardo and so on.

MICHAEL ROOD – Guitarist, Composer

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Mike Rood is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in New York. Mike grew up in Westchester in a family of professional musicians, always immersed in music, performing in dozens of recitals, concerts and competitions. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from NYU. Soon after, Mike released his debut album of original music, The Desert and the City, to international acclaim, hailed as “one of the best and brightest of the new generation” and “a current master” with “a wonderfully fresh approach to the guitar” and “an ambitious and unique musical vision” (All About Jazz, HiFi Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar).

Mike has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as John Patitucci, Drew Gress, Rogerio Boccato, Ben van Gelder, Colin Stranahan, Rick Rosato, Glenn Zaleski, Kenny Grohowski, Jerad Lippi, Sam Minaie, Arthur Hnatek, and Camila Meza. Mike had his national television debut at the age of 15, and has performed his music throughout the United States at venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Steinway Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Bar Next Door at La Lanterna, Smalls Jazz Club, and Fat Cat. Mike also performed with his group at the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland and toured Costa Rica with his guitar/cello duo with cellist Danielle Cho. In 2015, Mike performed with film composer Danny Elfman and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York in Lincoln Center Festival’s “Music of Danny Elfman in the Films of Tim Burton” at Avery Fisher Hall and Live at Lincoln Center Broadcast on PBS.

As a music educator, Mike taught at NYU for two years as an Adjunct Professor, and has also taught at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Hoff Barthelson Music School (Scarsdale, NY), and The Convent of the Sacred Heart (Greenwich, CT). Mike continues to perform and teach throughout the United States and around the world.


MACI BIANCO – Violist, Suzuki Method (Assistant To Professor Keita Fukushima)

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Maci Bianco has been studying violin at Crestwood Music with Keita Fukushima for the past ten years.  While in White Plains High School, she was one of the youngest members of Symphony Orchestra.  She was an active participant of the Honors String Ensemble and Pit Orchestra.  Maci attended multiple clinics with orchestras in Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., playing a wide range of repertoire with world renowned conductors.  Maci participated in NYSSMA Majors and NYSSMA Area All-State, where she earned top scores and received Gold with Distinction in Ensemble Playing.  While attending Sarah Lawrence College, she took extensive classes in music theory and music history.  As a member of the Sarah Lawrence Orchestra, she studied Classical, Baroque and Improvisatory styles.  Maci participated in musical workshops and studied piano with her professor Martin Goldray.  She did extensive research and wrote numerous papers in transcendental orchestral music, as well as music in relation to the Italian language and how music relates to children with learning and cognition.  As a current graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College, Maci is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, planning to blend her love of music and learning with young children.