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About the Musicians | James Martin Music/Dance

James Martin Dance/Music

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: The Dance Department of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts will perform Under the Whale by choreographer James Martin on April 27 and 28 at the Tony Bennett Theater in the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria Queens, NY. Admission is free. Directions and further information are available at franksinatraschoolofthearts.org or by phone at (718) 361-9920.

About the Musicians

Eliza Garth
Lucille Goeres
William Catanzaro
Jerome Morris
Fredi Meli

Pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction as a performer of the music of our time and the standard repertoire, through her recordings and through her concert appearances in major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  Widely regarded as an artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire.  As described by critic Bernard Holland in the New York Times, “Ms. Garth … has an exquisite ear for piano sound.  One can think of no one better qualified to play this intricate, shining music.” 

Ms. Garth’s recordings of the complete piano works of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino have attracted national critical acclaim.  The first of these, her debut solo CD, was the first-ever recording devoted entirely to Martino’s solo piano music, including his monumental works Pianississimo and Fantasies and Impromptus.  In a New York Times survey of its own music critics’ favorite recordings of music written since 1945, Anthony Tommasini included this CD.

After completing her studies at The Juilliard School, she made her New York recital debut the following year. Since then Ms. Garth has performed nearly 200 new works, more than 50 of them premieres, including numerous works written for her.  Recent among these is Gradualia, a piano concerto by the American composer Scott Wheeler.  In collaboration with conductor Jeffrey Silberschlag, she performed the world premiere of Gradualia at the 2006 Alba Music Festival, and the American premiere at the 2006 River Concert Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  In the spring of 2007 Ms. Garth returned to the Alba Festival to perform John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes.  A founding member of the Chamber Players of the International Society for Contemporary Music in New York City, Ms. Garth also is in frequent demand as a guest artist.  Ms. Garth’s recordings are available on the Centaur, CRI, Opus One, and Arabesque labels. Her performances have been heard on the BBC Radio 3, WQXR and WNYC in New York, Radio de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, and WGUC in Cincinnati. She has won the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award twice, most recently in 2010.

Lucille Goeres (flutes) is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she studied with Julius Baker. She is a member of the Long Island Philharmonic, the Queens Symphony and New York Grand Opera. An active freelance player, she also performs with the New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Lake George Opera and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. Ms. Goeres gave the world premiere performance of In Freundschaft for solo flute by Karlheinz Stockhausen and recently premiered Lightscapes by David Froom, with performances at the University of Maryland, St. Mary’s, and in Toronto, Canada. Her involvement with the study of ethnic flute music and techniques has led her to be a frequent substitute as solo flute for The Lion King. She has recorded with the New Jersey Symphony, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the New York Flute Club.

William Catanzaro (musician) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. Since arriving from his native Buenos Aires Mr. Catanzaro has composed musical scores for renowned choreographers such as Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, Sara Rudner and Milton Myers. His work has been presented nationally and internationally . He has received recognition and funding from the NEA, The Samuel S. Feld Fund, New York State Council on The Arts, Harkness Foundation, NYU Humanities Council, NYU Service/ Learning Fund. He is thrilled to be working with James Martin for the first time.

Jerome Morris (percussion) is a professional musician who lives and works in and around the New York area. A graduate of SUNY Purchase, he has been playing drums professionally for 10 years and playing for dance for 8. Along the way he has had the opportunity to work with and perform live original music for several talents in the dance world including Kevin Wynn, Sara Rudner, Milton Myers and Chet Walker. He is currently on staff as an accompanist at Sara Lawrence College and the Tisch School of the Arts.

Fredi Meli (bass) of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is originally from Switzerland. His band, the Blacktails, recently played a sold-out show at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan. Other international and regional projects include: the Sam Truempy Memorial Jazz Coalition, the Duke Baxter Band, Meghan Cary and various Latin jazz ensembles including the David Markowitz Quintet. www.fredimeli.com