Susan Aquila

Electric violin virtuoso, accomplished classical violinist, raw hard rock performer, Broadway star, inspirational teacher...

Susan Aquila has developed a style all her own in performing with the most influential musicians in the classical, pop and rock genres, and is sharing her music with fans and students in the U.S. and beyond. An internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated artist, she has appeared in concert and on recordings with artists such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, TonyBennett, Andrea Bocelli, K.D. Lang, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, Deep Purple, The Left Banke, Johnny Mathis and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Susan is the first electric violinist to break through to the mainstream rock market, her music blends metal, rock, and punk. Her incendiary electric violin solos are being heralded as “... the hottest thing to hit rock since Van Halen recorded Eruption! She’s like the Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin, and her vocal style is vibrant and dripping with soul. She combines the artistry of Blondie with the raw power of Janis!!”

In addition to maintaining a demanding performance schedule, Susan is a passionate music educator committed to mentoring the next generation of influential musicians. She regularly shares her technical expertise and performance experience with private students and school groups in the New York metropolitan area and has prepared young artists for countless music recitals, auditions, concerts, and NYSSMA assessments.

Andy Farber

Andy Farber is one of the finest musicians in the world. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Jazz on his horns and with his pen. His orchestra is disciplined and swinging. He is able to create a comprehensive range of arrangements and settings for the known and possible. He is creative, engaged, and positive about the need for quality. His presence is an expression of excellence. 

 

-Wynton Marsalis

Jan 2017

 

 Andy Farber is an award-winning jazz composer, arranger, and saxophonist.  Andy has been performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1994, Farber has been part of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center stable of writers and performers. Through J@LC, Farber has toured with the J@LC Orchestra, written originals compositions, and arrangements and been a guest artistic director. Farber has created arrangements for Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Ann Hampton Calloway, Frankie Laine, Allan Harris, Cynthia Scott, Billy Stritch, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Joe Piscopo, Joe Cocker, George Benson, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Judd, Fantasia, Ernestine Anderson, Vanessa Williams, Roseanna Vitro and Catherine Russell, amongst many others.  Farber's arrangements have been performed by The Boston Pops Orchestra, the Philly Pops Orchestra, the Boca Pops Orchestra and several symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Farber has been a guest conductor of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and in 2004 made his symphonic conducting debut with the Bronx Arts Ensemble. His work as an arranger, conductor and instrumentalist can be heard on numerous recordings.  Farber has been teaching jazz composition and arranging at The Juilliard School and is the music director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.

As a leader, Andy and his 17-piece big band (Andy Farber & his Orchestra) enjoyed a 2-year residency at Birdland in NYC, and continues to perform and record. 

Outside of the jazz arena, Farber composes music for TV and film. 

Emanuel Brown

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

— VICTOR HUGO

 

 With fifteen plus years of musical expertise,  independent artist Emanuel Brown indefectibly identifies and resonates with the Hip-Hop and R&B community. As a native of Newport News, Virginia or the "757," E. Brown draws his inspiration from experiences while growing up there and from local Virginia musicians and legends such as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), Timbaland and Clipse (No Malice and Pusha T). In a career and genre where authenticity is vital to success, E. Brown's sound is an embodiment and personification of the late 80s and early 90s

entwined with new-age intensity, uniqueness and rawness. His music is available on all major music distributors such as: iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play and Amazon Music. E. Brown currently resides in Seattle, Washington where he is becoming a staple in the local Hip-Hop scene. Aside from being a musical artist and songwriter, he produces music and provides insight and advice to fellow artists in an effort to cultivate artist development. As his musical aspirations and expectations continue to grow, E. Brown rises to the occasion.

Eric Redd

The Eric Redd Movement

is a funk-driven group led by recording artist and dance music Super Star, Eric Redd. The music of his band, the Eric Redd Movement, has been described as ''a unique collage of funky electronic pop melodies that will keep everyone in a frenzy on the dance floor all night.’' The multitalented Redd is just the guy to get things shaking, having started out as an entertainer dancing on the legendary TV show ''Soul Train,'' which was produced in Redd's hometown, Los Angeles. Redd was performing in a stage show in London in the 90s when he signed a recording contract as a singer. Back in the States, he broadened his interests further, writing music for TV shows while continuing to perform with a wide array of fellow musicians, including touring as the lead vocalist with CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) , backing up Ani DiFranco, and duos with Paul McCartney, Voice winner, Tessanne Chin and house music legend Barbara Tucker.  Eric Redd was the featured entertainer opening for Stevie Wonder at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has shown a knack for hitting Billboard's dance club chart, scoring a hit in 2010 with "Breathe" and again this year with ''Right Time,’’ with Remixes by such legendary producers as, Ralphi Rosario, Eddie Amador, and Fenix. Eric’s Live show is described as a mixture of Lenny Kravitz meets Rihanna with Chic. Redd’s dance moves keep the energy high and the audience uplifted. The Movement’s mix of R&B, dance and rock grooves, a style it likes to term Nu Old Skool. So go on, get up and dance