Date: January 26 | Time: 7:30pm | Facebook Event
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Improvisation on Timothée Lambert’s “Jeux d’eau”
Tom Gurin & Owen Moran
Timothée Lambert & Jonathan Mutel
Timothée Lambert & Jonathan Mutel
Gonna Be Alright
Marlaina Owens, David Saul Lee, Khalid McGhee
Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
Marlaina Owens, David Saul Lee, Khalid McGhee
Meet the Artists
Born in 1997, Timothée Lambert began his artistic studies in the preparatory class of ENSBA Lyon before joining the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Having studied photography and stage design, he went back to his childhood obsession: drawings, stories, and lettering. His current works are inspired by diaries and impulsive ideas, with which he seeks to become comfortable to create intimacy with the reader. Timothée recently took part in the group exhibition Would Do Again and a film evening showcasing resident filmmakers.
Jonathan Mutel is a prominent violinist on the international stage, and open to many musical repertoires. His passion for chamber music and the symphonic repertoire has led him to perform in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau) but also in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and China. At the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music he perfected his playing and expanded his repertoire with his teacher Peter Brunt. Within this context he has been explored new musical horizons, including the baroque repertoire on periodic instruments as well as the modern repertoire and musical improvisation. Jonathan Mutel studies jazz violin at the conservatory and teache violin at the Fontenay-le-Fleury music school.
Owen Moran is trained as an art historian and film maker who now works as an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Moran’s art practice and educational practice coexist in the creation of alternative spaces to collect and engage with one another through audio visual installation and performance. Through these means, the work examines machines and technology placed in ecological and biological contexts. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he currently studies Transdisciplinary New Media at the Paris College of Art.
Composer Tom Gurin is a Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award recipient. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a degree with honors in music composition and received the Paul H. and Brigitte P. Fry Award for excellence in the arts. His music has been featured at highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia (Italy); at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Mannes School of Music in New York City; at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp; and more. The National Youth Orchestra of China, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles have premiered his works. He is a former United States Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and holds an artist diploma from the Belgian Royal Carillon School. Recent honors include premieres through the Sonus Foundation in Budapest; Campanae Lovanienses in Leuven; and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, who awarded him a 2021 Johan Franco Composition Award. He currently studies composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.
Anson Jones is a singer, composer, and songwriter from New York City whose work pulls in turns from modern jazz, modern classical music, and popular music. She graduated from Princeton University in the class of 2022, where she won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Isodore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize in Music. She is 2022-2023 Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley scholar and FEU resident, composing a suite of music inspired by Parisian examples of glass architecture. In between academic projects, she enjoys making more commercial music – she loves indie, rock, and folk music, and in June 2022 she released an EP of jazz-rock fusion on Modern Icon Recordings. For both her commercial and academic music, she’s played with her own groups around New York City, joined in writer’s showcases like the New York Songwriters’ Circle and the 5PM Concert Series, and performed at the 2020 Litchfield Jazz Festival. Anson is passionate about many other fields as well – she has passions for music cognition, computer science, art, and architecture. She has even worked at a series of architecture firms and as a data science intern at a neuroscience lab. Her range of interests all inform her approach towards music-making as an interdisciplinary process.
As a keyboardist and improviser, Samuel Gaskin is interested in exploring music of all kinds. Collaborating with the Aruna Quartet for a premiere recording of William Albright’s Valley of Fire for saxophone quartet and organ, he has also played harpsichord with the San Antonio Symphony and piano in several jazz and folk bands. Winner of the 2016 University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition, Samuel explores the sometimes-contradictory relationship between improvisation and composition. As a composer, recent premieres include Domenican Nights, for flute and piano, and In memoriam: Chick Corea, written for the Unheard-of Ensemble. He holds a Master’s degree in organ performance from the University of North Texas. As a recipient of a 2022-23 Fulbright grant, Samuel is pursuing an Artist’s Diploma in organ at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles as well as independent lessons with improviser/composer Thierry Escaich.
The American soprano, Marlaina Owens, a native of Los Angeles, has concertized throughout Austria, France, Germany, and the United States. Her operatic credits include Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Lover in Il Tabarro, and the title role in Suor Angelica. Equally home in both theater and music, Owens’ performance artistry is shaped by her captivating stage presence, stylistic versatility and keen sense of dramatic timing. Her engagements in the 2021-22 season include playing Anastasio in Long Beach Opera’s production of Handel’s Giustino, and a young artist position with Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Program. She will also join Chicago Lyric in their productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. She spent summer 2021 in Germany and France, training with various professionals, like operatic sopranos, Annick Masis, Roberta Alexander, and Janet Williams. In the 2020-2021 season, her focus was the role of Denise in Long Beach Opera’s imposing new work, Creative in Me. Most impressively, this operatic work has been adapted to be performed virtually, and in its entirety, via Zoom. Marlaina also collaborated on a virtual film exhibit with Long Beach Opera and the Museum of Latin American Art. For the 2019-2020, Marlaina enjoyed soloist opportunities with the LA Opera League and the Shivers Concert Series in Colorado Springs. She was a finalist in the historical NAMN Marian Anderson Voice Competition in Chicago, and an emerging artist with the Berlin Opera Academy. She holds a Master’s degree in Voice from University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Loyola Marymount University.
David Saul Lee started his professional career in Sacramento, California as a sophomore in high school. With the help of his mentors and teachers, this self taught pianist became a well-known performer and teacher playing for the Sacramento Opera Company and Sacramento Children’s Chorus. Enticed by the freedom of versatility, David has performed solo/chamber music on voice, piano, trumpet, flute, saxophone, euphonium, cello, and percussion. He has performed in national competitions in classical and contemporary music both as a pianist and vocalist. As a singer, David identifies largely as a gospel, jazz and r&b artist. He has shared the stage with Holly Stell, Jacob Snyder, LaShun Pace, Avalon, Anthony Evans, Crystal Lewis, Arcade Fire, Ms. Kathleen Battle and, most recently, Cece Winans at The Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Khalid McGhee enjoys a versatile career as a pianist and pedagogue. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, McGhee furthered his musical studies in Germany where he also recently completed a Fulbright grant. He currently resides in Hamburg and works as a freelance pianist and vocal coach.