A New York City native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis Stewart has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, holding his audiences “spellbound” with his “warm, clear sound…sparkling rhythmic energy” and “prodigious technique,” (New Amsterdam Times, SoundWordSight) An avid teacher, he currently teaches at the Laguardia Highschool for Music & Art and Performing Arts. Curtis’ eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band. His ensembles “PUBLIQuartet,” and “The Mighty Third Rail” perform frequently at many of New York’s illustrious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, the Cornelia Street Cafe, BAM Cafe, Lincoln Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and the Stone. Curtis has worked with today’s prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, Dick Oatts, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, Linda Oh, Chris Dingman, Dave Liebman, Matt Wilson, among many others. A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis is excited to continue expanding and blending all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York’s boundless music scene.
Jannina Norpoth made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist with a passion for contemporary music from classical to rock and roll. Ms. Norpoth has performed internationally, including appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Detroit Art X Festival, Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, VH1’s Save the Music, Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, and IFC's Dinner with the Band, alongside such acclaimed musicians as Jay - Z, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Regina Carter, James Carter, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Marcus Belgrave, Dave Young, Mike Garson, A. Spencer Barefield, Stevie Wonder, Foxy Brown, Sheila E., Boys II Men, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, My Brightest Diamond, Alexi Murdoch, and many others. As a soloist she has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, Ensemble 212, and Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra. As an arranger she has written and arranged strings for Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, Black Dahlia Murder, John Legend and Akron Family. Her classical arrangements have been praised by Strad Magazine and most recently her arrangement of Dvorak’s American Suite for String Orchestra was commissioned and premiered at The Twelfth Night Festival at Trinity Church in New York City.
Her own band HOLLANDS, praised for their multi-faceted sound - have released three albums to critical acclaim, described as "provocative poetry sung over instrumentals laid out with such compositional intent" by Relix Magazine, "a is cherry mix of folk punk and free noise ... breezy melodies and whimsical cuteness" by Christopher Weingarten of the Village Voice and "pulsing indie pop that really puts a spring in your step ... mixing fun, folk, rock and elements of classical." by BBC.
Ms. Norpoth has served as a 10 year member of the violin faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy, currently in residence at Oberlin College and Roosevelt University. She has also taught and performed internationally as a Sphinx Global Scholar through residencies at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Projeto Guri in Brazil.
Ms. Norpoth lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with her husband John-Paul and their puggle Vegas. Upcoming projects include the The Scheherazade Project, a collaboration between HOLLANDS, PUBLIQuartet and artist Amy Khoshbin that will create multimedia song cycle inspired by the stories of One Thousands and One Nights, and Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade, as well as a duo recording of Prokofiev's Sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Maria Meirelles.
Nick Revel received his Bachelor’s of Music in viola performance from the Eastman School of music in 2008 where he studied with John Graham. Since then he has built up his career in NYC by performing as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and orchestral violist, as well as composing, and teaching. Nick Revel has made appearances performing on stages in Berlin Germany, Tokyo Japan, in the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and in concerts all over NYC.
As the violist and founding member of PUBLIQuartet, Nick Revel strives to inject fresh perspective into the classical music scene through creative and interactive programming. PUBLIQuartet showcases works by NYC based composers such as Klezmer master Don Byron and award winning jazz composer Erica Seguine in venues ranging from the Cornelia Street Café in the bustling West Village to WMP concert hall in the Flatiron district. This past season PUBLIQuartet attended the Robert Mann Institute and the Juilliard Quartet Seminar as well as the Deer Valley Contemporary Music Festival in Utah. Nick Revel has given solo recitals in the Mid-day Music Series in Norwalk, CT and the Afternoon Music Series in Williamstown, MA. In September 2012, Nick teamed up with fellow violist Nora Krohn to create Folie a Deux, which made its NY debut performing all original viola duet music.
Cellist Amanda Gookin, praised for her "deep, rich tone and a lovely rubato" (SoundWordSite) and "exceptionally evocative form" (The Glass) is a chamber musician, soloist, educator, and improviser. She is the co-founder of the string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, named the New Music/New Places Ensemble and winners of the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. In 2015 they were awarded the CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. She has performed with PQ in such diverse range of venues as Carnegie Hall, SubCulture, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Lincoln Center and has been presented by The Chautauqua Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, The American Composers Orchestra (ACO), Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, American Modern Ensemble, and the Music of Now Marathon. She has recorded albums on Universal Motown Records, New Amsterdam Records, Brooklyn Jazz Underground, Sunnyside Records and has collaborated with such diverse musicians as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Sigur Rós, Miike Snow, Olivia Newton John, William Britelle, Atomic Tom, Blake Whyte, Bob Stewart, and Satoshi Takeishi.
Amanda has been sought after as a speaker on career development by the Mannes School for Music and Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She has given master classes throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Her latest initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello by today's most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls, to be premieree this Spring 2016 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
Amanda composes music for theater and film. She wrote the score for Dryspell Productions’ art film, THRU|LINES, based on the daily lives of New Yorkers and her music was featured in the 2013 and 2014 behind the scenes documentaries about costume design for the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala in Lincoln Center as well as in short films for the American Cancer Society and HSBC Bank. Amanda received her Bachelor of Music from the Mannes College of Music and her Master's of Music from Purchase College. She spent two years teaching and performing in Barcelona, Spain and currently lives in Brooklyn.