Avalare Strings

img_0064Philadelphia’s got a string quartet that rocks!

With style and energy, Avalare performs timeless Classical works, Latin and Celtic folk, as well as electrifying rock hits of yesterday and today.

Diana Vuolo, Violin
Diana was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. At PCPA she studied with the famed teacher, Dorothy DeLay. She was also a regular performer for the DeLay master classes at the Aspen Music School. She has had a variety of performing experiences, including a concert tour of Germany with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops Orchestra, and was Assistant Concertmaster for the International Lyric Festival Opera Orchestra in Italy. She also served as a substitute for the Saint Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin.

Valerie Vuolo, Violin
Valerie began her studies at the age of five under the tutelage of her mother, Diana Vuolo. After high school she continued her studies at the Hartt School of Music with violinist Emlyn Ngai. She has performed in master classes by Pamela Frank, the Miami String Quartet, Anton Miller, and Felicia Muy. During her studies at the Hartt School, Valerie was the recipient of several generous awards including the Louis T. Carabillo Scholarship for Violinists. She graduated with honors from the Hartt School in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. Valerie has performed extensively in solo recitals, and has collaborated with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Boy’s Choir, the Savoy Opera Company, and recording artist Ashton Allen (Livewire).

Greg Lipscomb, Viola and Baritone
Greg holds a Masters degree from The Peabody Institute of Music where he was a recipient of the George Castelle Award. His latest album, “Living My Life,” which features him as a violist, singer, songwriter and arranger, has been played on radio stations throughout Costa Rica and on XPN in the Philadelphia area. As an orchestral violist he has performed with such artists as Patti La Belle and Smokey Robinson. As a vocal soloist he has performed in France and Switzerland under the baton of Mislav Rostropovich, in Japan under Yutaka Sado. Greg currently plays viola in the Greater Trenton Symphony and is Instrumental Music Director at the Solebury School in New Hope, PA. Additionally, he writes many of the musical arrangements Avalare performs.

Brooke Beazley-Cyzewski, Cello
Brooke received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating , she joined the North Carolina Symphony. Upon meeting her future husband, she relocated to Philadelphia where she is currently a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Philly Pops. She performs throughout the Delaware Valley with a number of ensembles including Orchestra 2001, the Delaware Symphony, Ocean City Pops, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Brooke frequently plays in Atlantic City for Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, and other top name performers.

Bob Beach Trio

 

bob_beach_trioA unique teaming of musicians has created a singular sound. The music of The Bob Beach Trio is rooted in the double bass and assorted percussion instruments of Dave and Angie Nelson. To complete this sound Bob Beach adds vocals, harmonica and flute. The sound created by this trio highlights the essentials of each song. Teaming two classically trained musicians with a self taught “folk” musician has accomplished an excellent combination of rhythm and feel. The Bob Beach Trio is:

Dave Nelson
A native of the Philadelphia area, David Nelson was born in Bucks County Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended Temple University for his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance and now resides outside of Philadelphia. David has made a career of free-lance percussion and timpani work both in the Philadelphia area and around the world.

Angie Nelson
Angela Zator Nelson was appointed as Section Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist to the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. A native of the Chicago area, she graduated from the Northwestern University School of Music. She then continued her education in Philadelphia at Temple University where her principal instructor was Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whom she later replaced. Angela graduated in 2001 with her Masters degree in Music Performance.

Bob Beach
Bob Beach has been singing and playing harmonica and flute professionally for more than 30 years. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Bob relocated to Western PA after high school. From 1976 to 1997 Bob worked in bands and other musical projects based in the city of Pittsburgh. While there Bob was a mainstay of the blues, rock and country scenes. In 1997 Bob came back to Philadelphia and has continued performing and recording. He has supported a number of local and touring musicians, both live and in the studio.

Charles Abramovic, pianist

Charles AbramovicCharles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has performed a vast repertoire not only on the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Since then he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver.

Abramovic has performed often with such stellar artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman and Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR recordings has been widely praised. He has recorded for EMI Classics with violinist Sarah Chang, and Avie Recordings with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner.  Actively involved with contemporary music, he has also recorded works of Milton Babbitt, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller and others for Albany Records, CRI, Bridge, and Naxos.

Abramovic has taught at Temple since 1988. He is an active part of the musical life of Philadelphia, performing with numerous organizations in the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997 he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003 received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University.  His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Eleanor Sokoloff, Leon Fleisher, and Harvey Wedeen.

Cynthia Folio, composer

Cynthia FolioCynthia Folio is Professor of Theory and Composition at Temple University, where she was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Cynthia’s compositions have been described by reviewers as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance,” “intriguing and enjoyable,” and “imaginatively scored.”

Cynthia has received commissions from such organizations as Network for New Music, the Relâche Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the National Flute Association, and she earned 22 consecutive ASCAP Awards for composition. She has had residencies at The American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In the summer of 2011, the National Flute Association featured an entire concert of her music on its annual convention, and in 2015 it featured her new double flute concerto, Winds for Change, performed by the flute duo ZAWA! and the Serafin String Quartet. Cynthia’s pieces are recorded on many CD’s, including a 2014 release, Inverno Azul, featuring nine of her compositions, on the BCM+D label; a 2007 release by the Relâche Ensemble, Press Play, by Meyer Music; and a 2006 release of Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute by Centaur Records, featuring eight of her compositions. She also recorded a jazz CD, Portfolio (Centaur Records), which includes four original compositions; please visit:

www.cynthiafolio.com

Heidi Jacob, Associate Conductor

Heidi JacobComposer, cellist, and conductor, Heidi Jacob is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College. A graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, she received her D.M.A. in composition from Temple University. Ms. Jacob has studied composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Richard Brodhead and Maurice Wright, cello with Lynn Harrell and Orlando Cole and conducting with Harold Farberman. She has performed as a cellist throughout the United States and Europe including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Bedford Springs Festival, “Mozart on the Square” in Philadelphia, the Dubrovnik Festival and on National Public Radio. She has recorded for Capstone Records, Albany Records and Navona records including a recording for Capstone Records where she conducts the Ensemble Solarium in Curt Cacioppo’s Concerto for Oboe and String Chamber Orchestra with Harpsichord, featuring Philadelphia Orchestra oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld. In 1999 Ms. Jacob was featured on WRTI’s “Notes from Philadelphia,” highlighting performances of her CD of the Chamber Orchestra of Bryn Mawr in works by Curt Cacioppo and Ferruccio Busoni. Curt Cacioppo’s orchestral piece “Invocation and Dance of the Mountain Gods,” from the album LAWS OF THE PIPE and conducted by Ms. Jacob, was recently selected by Parma Recordings for inclusion on the label’s online digital release FINE MUSIC, Vol. 4.

Ms. Jacob’s solo and chamber music works have been performed at Tania León’s 2014 Composers Now Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Rutgers University’s Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art installation, Amphibian; New Music and Video HIArt Gallery, New York City and by The Argento Ensemble, the Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir and the Hildegard Chamber Players. As part of Network for New Music’s Poetry Project her song Rosetta Stone for Soprano, Cello and Piano was premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in 2008. Her String Quartet, “…on enameled tablets,” was premiered at The Stone in New York City by the Momenta String Quartet. Her work for piano; Regard a Schubert: a Fantasy Impromptu was a prizewinner in the International Alliance for Women in Music Competition. Her cycle of songs Beginning Again, can be heard on L’Ensemble’s CD Poetry into Song. Her works have been performed by violinists Miranda Cuckson and Barbara Govatos, cellists Jeffrey Solow, Michal Schmidt and cellist Thalia Moore of Earplay, flutists Mimi Stillman, Adeline Tomasone, Jeffrey Khaner, pianist Charles Abramovic, bassoonist Pascal Gallois and by Temple University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. A recording of her compositions, “Beneath Winter Light,” produced by Parma Records, was released in January, 2015. (http://parmarecordings.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-releases-out-now-on-navona-and.html)