The 17-piece New York Jazzharmonic orchestra was formed by bassist/composer Ron Wasserman and composer Miho Hazama in 2015. In it’s short life, it has commissioned and world-premiered almost 20 works by 14 composers. It has also featured guest soloists from the classical, jazz, and world music spheres, including bandoneonist JP Jofre, bagpiper Christina Pato, violinist Lara St. John, and pianists Jim McNeely and Andrew Litton.
The NY Jazzharmonic also has a subset, the Trad-Jazz sextet, and in 2017 recorded their first album of works by early American Masters such as Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, and James Reese Europe Also included were a few originals by artistic director Ron Wasserman.
Also in 2017, the New York Jazzharmonic co-produced a collaboration with the Ashley Bouder Project, realizing a full evening of contemporary ballet with the accompaniment of a jazz orchestra playing several vastly different styles of music. The highlight of which were two world-premieres by women choreographers and women composers.
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American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New YorkTimes) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing”(New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate's philosophy as a performer. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello's traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical for all who are involved. Bathgate is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the chamber music group HOWL and is also a founding member of TwoSense, a duo with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.
In 2014 Bathgate premiered a new Cello Concerto by Australian composer Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. Subsequently she recorded an album of Moore's works for solo cello, entitled Stories For Ocean Shells, which was released as her debut solo album on Cantaloupe Music. In 2015 she also gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, NC. Most recently, Bathgate commissioned the composer collective Sleeping Giant to write her a six-movement suite for solo cello entitled “ASH”, which was premiered in 2016. Both ASH and her latest album, 8 Track, featuring new multitrack works by Alex Weiser and Emily Cooley as well as a new version of Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint, will be commercially released this coming season. Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on BBC Radio 3, WKCR, WMHT, WQXR’s Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota, NPR’s Performance Today, WYNC’s New Sounds Live, SiriusXM, Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, Nonesuch, Starkland and Uffda Records.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D). Bathgate resides in New York City.
Praised by the New York Times for his “vibrant playing, full of texture and nuance”, Israeli Cellist Elad Kabilio is an active soloist, chamber musician and a teaching artist. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of MusicTalks which brings classical music to an intimate and informal settings. His recent performances include Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Morgan Library and the Joyce Theater in New York City, Aspen Music Festival, Young Artist Festival in Bayreuth – Germany and a feature on WQXR Radio. Mr. Kabilio collaborates frequently with world renowned dancers such as Misty Copeland, Ashley Bouder, Amar Ramasar, Michele Wiles and he has served as Music Director of Ballet Next and The Ashley Bouder Project. Mr. Kabilio currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division and summer program. He plays on a French cello on generous loan by the America- Israel Cultural Foundation.
With Alex Forttes (violin), Ravenna Lipchick (violin), and Jocelin Pan (viola).
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