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Jonathan Butler

A Wonderful World, somerville

American cellist Jonathan Butler has been recognized as 'dynamic and committed' by the Boston Globe. Winner of several prizes in the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, he has performed on stages throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and is an active player in Boston, performing in venues such as Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. Jonathan's festival appearances include Aspen, Storioni, and Prussia Cove, and he recently joined Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra's winter residency in Schloss Elmau. Currently a doctoral student at the New England Conservatory, Jonathan's teachers include Natasha Brofsky, Michel Strauss, and Richard Aaron. In his free time, Jonathan is an avid Googler of things, and enjoys sun-dried, single-origin coffee with layered notes of fruit and milk chocolate.

 
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Chava Appiah

A Wonderful World, somerville

Originally from Michigan, Chava Appiah is currently pursuing a MM at the New England Conservatory with Natasha Brofsky. She received degrees in Cello Performance and Neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying privately with Catharina Meints. She has been principal cellist with the 2015 Pacific Music Festival, Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ 2014 Caribbean tour, and the Oberlin Orchestra. Most recently, she was an orchestra fellow with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and Spoleto Festival, as well as a Madeline Island Chamber Music fellow in summer 2016. 

 

 

Erin Gum

A wonderful world, Somerville

Visual artist, Erin Gum, moved to Somerville to pursue art, particularly photography and dance. Raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Erin has been surrounded by beautiful scenery all her life and was raised to notice and appreciate the details in all things. This played a strong role in the style of her photography, which she started to pursue professionally at the age of 14. Now 25-years-old, she has since photographed several weddings, portraiture of all kinds, stylized holiday shoots, boudoir, and personal art/photo manipulation. Erin also enjoys singing and music in her folk community, fiber arts, watercolor, and providing a comfortable and safe home environment for social gatherings.

 

Solei

Pastures of Plenty, Cambridge

Solei is a visual artist, muralist and musician living in Somerville. Her art explores the boundaries between humans, more specifically the ways that we are influence each others' identities through our perception of reality. Upcoming featured artist on BostonArtUnderground, Solei enjoys putting her art in unconventional places outside the gallery realm, such as farmers markets, cafes, schools, DIY warehouse venues, halfpipes, sandwich boards, tshirts and backdrops for her band Atlas Lab. If you would like to see more of Solei's work, follow her on Instagram at @soleiarts, or visit her website www.soleiarts.com.

 

cardamom quartet

Entering Muse, Watertown

Cardamom Quartet is an ensemble of teaching and performing artists who build personal connections between their listeners and music through interactive performances and educational programs. The quartet’s repertoire ranges from Beethoven to the present day, with an emphasis on contemporary repertoire including original works by the composers in the group.

Recent recipients of a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, Cardamom Quartet's 2017-2018 season will feature music by all women composers with two spring kick off concerts on Friday, June 16th: an afternoon performance at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and an evening performance at the Taylor House in Jamaica Plain. 

Committed to bringing music to a wide variety of audiences in the greater Boston area, Cardamom Quartet has performed in art galleries, senior centers, school programs, farmers’ markets, and living rooms. In 2014, they were the string quartet in residence at El Sistema Somerville, an immersive after-school music program for elementary school students. Together they designed and led a weekly chamber music elective, incorporating chamber music skills, improvisation, open rehearsals, and performances. They have also been featured on the courtyard concert series at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square and, in summers of 2015 and 2016, were in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, New Hampshire. 

 

ellen spencer

ENTERING MUSE, WATERTOWN

Ellen Spencer is a well known artist and longtime environmental activist. Her work reflects her passion in the celebration of life and its connection to our environment. Ellen is originally from the Boston area, but has been residing in the San Francisco bay area for the past fifteen years. She excited to announce she is back in New England! In addition to her long professional painting career, Ellen is also an author and published poet. Her work has been hailed as, “exuberant and exciting” by New York’s Art Speak magazine.

Ellen creates paintings that explore the themes of the environment, body, and spirit. In her innovative, richly textured works, she uses a combination of traditional paints and unorthodox media such as dried herbs and other natural objects. Abstract and sophisticated, these works invoke a primitive strength and sense of universal unity. At once ebullient and elegant, Ellen’s paintings describe the timeless, innate link between people (women) and the environment.

“As an artist and an activist, my work represents the strength and unity inherent in the human spirit.  My paintings celebrate what is possible when people come together as one.”

 

Gawler sisters

diverse and sundry, Maine

The Gawlers Sisters are a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing trio based in their native Maine.  On banjo, fiddle and cello, Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring beautiful songs, tunes, and stories from their roots in the heart of Maine.

Their music feels cut directly from their homeland's fields and forests, and though it is rooted in traditional "downeast" music, years of curiosity and travel into the world beyond have influenced their sense of musicianship. Their extensive collection of rollicking tunes in the Down-East, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions is complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, gutsy worksongs, folk-blues, and amusing odes to everyday life. This music is part of their heritage as the three sisters were taught to play and sing by their Mom (Ellen Gawler, fiddler and singer) and Dad (John Gawler, banjo player and songster.)

The Gawler's unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content, delivered in the stoic but friendly style of true New Englanders.  They are often joined by the rest of the family, their parents John and Ellen Gawler, and Edith's husband Bennett Konesni to bring the full fledged, rip roaring, sky soaring tunes and songs to their performances.  With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast. The folk music itself brings a sense of community and grassroots connection that is welcoming and from the heart.

 

anna french

diverse and sundry, Maine

Anna French is an artist, violin teacher, and wilderness-lover living in Mid Coast Maine. She has traveled extensively (with her violin) in Ecuador, Ireland, and Quebec. In addition to teaching and the arts, she has a deep love of gardening and exploring natural ecosystems in the Northeast. She believes in fostering individual and group expression through art and nature connection. Her visual art reflects these beliefs; the paintings, soft-sculpture, dolls, and mobiles are injected with more than a little whimsy and magic. Building creative community is one of her passions, and she feels lucky to live in a place where the arts, local farms and food, and an appreciation for wilderness are interwoven. Contact with Questions or Commissions at: anna.frenchfiddle@gmail.com

 

nitzan gal

diverse and sundry, Maine

Israeli cellist, Nitzan Gal, is an enthusiastic performer and educator. Nitzan enjoys a wide range of performing experiences from the traditional repertoire to premiering new works, including Aharon Harlap's concerto for cello. Nitzan has collaborated with different groups including, the Borromeo quartet, the Callithumpian Consort, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

A strong advocate of education and social engagement, Nitzan has taught in various settings both in Israel and in Boston. Recognized for her creativity and musical talent, Nitzan has been the recipient of various scholarships, including from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Siday Fellowship for Musical Creativity, and the Zfunot Tarbut Association. 

Nitzan holds two Bachelors degrees from the Jerusalem Academy of Music (Music Performance and Music Education). She continued her studies earning a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory where she is now a doctoral candidate under the direction of Yeesun Kim.