Kate Chaston • Jazz
Montréal-born, NYC based singer/songwriter, Kate Chaston, deftly engages audiences with lush tapestries, earth-toned story-songs interwoven with shades of jazz, pop, folk, and r&b, and a silky thread of funny patter. With an expressive musicality and vocal dexterity, Kate moves from warm lows to clear highs and back again, honoring her strongest influences - Rickie, Joni, Aretha, Ella - while staying true to her own soulful, lyrical, and open sound.
Juancho Herrera • World/Latin/Jazz
Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela, Herrera graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1997. In 2000 he established himself on the New York music scene over the next few years. Herrera has been an essential collaborator with some of the era’s definitive voices in jazz and world music, including Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña, Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez, Oaxacan-American vocalist Lila Downs, and Argentine singer Sofia Rei. He’s performed and recorded with international heavyweights such as Mercedes Sosa, The Chieftains, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alejandro Sanz, and Idan Raichel, among others. With Gaviero, his fourth album, Herrera has once again set out for new territory, bringing together players, images, and music to create something evocative of realms glanced at but not seen, whispered about but not heard.
Nikolett Pankovits • World/Latin/Jazz
Nikolett was born in Budapest, Hungary. When she was 6 years old, she started to play the piano and took classical piano lessons for eight years. She played the flute as well and was a member of several drama societies. She went to the Ferenc Erkel music school in Budapest (major in jazz vocal), and with two fellow guitar players she formed a band called Jazzstand. They played in small clubs in Budapest and performed at a well-known local Hungarian festival called Valley of Arts. Later on, she accepted an invitation from a drummer in 2008 to form a jazz quartet called Under Pressure. Since 1999, she played the lead role in a Hungarian musical for five years at the Margit Foldessy Drama Studio. Being in that Hungarian musical called Képzelt Riport Egy Amerikai Popfesztiválról (An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival), gave her the opportunity in 2007 to perform at the Sziget festival, one of the largest annual music festivals in Europe, with one of the most famous Hungarian singer-songwriters, Gabor Presser. In 2010, she joined the group Soulfood. Soon after that she moved to New York. She studied for a year at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and transferred to City College in 2011. Nikolett has formed an acoustic band in New York. They perform under her name and play Jazz and Hungarian tunes. The beauty and uniqueness of Hungarian rhythms and melodies make them easy to be merged with jazz and folkloric music.
Michael Inge • Motown
With a mature vocal sound that is a solid throwback to better musical days such as the era of Motown soul, Inge can capture a crowd and never let go. A Virginia native, Michael found his way to Nashville, where he honed his writing and performance skills at Belmont University.
Bill Block • Classic Rock
Bill Block’s musicians have played for the likes of Steely Dan and Suzanne Vega. Besides being a singer-songwriter, Bill is also a filmmaker, living between Los Angeles and New York.
Charlotte Mundy • Vocal/Contemporary
Soprano Charlotte Mundy inhabits repertoire ranging from renaissance lute songs to the newest experiments in music, theatre and dance with a precise, kaleidoscopic command of pitch and timbre, and a direct, unaffected stage presence. Her performances have been described as "mesmerizing," "preternaturally focused" (NYTimes), "unaffected and richly expressive" (Sequenza21) , with "sustained pitches that changed color as gorgeously as deciduous autumn leaves in a time-lapse video" (SF Classical Voice). Upcoming engagements include Iannis Xenakis' Akanthos and Jonathan Harvey's Song Offering with Ensemble Échappé, Henning Christiansen's opera Dejligt vejr i dag... in NYC and Copenhagen, a European tour with Glassfarm Ensemble and performances at the Library of Congress, Stanford, Boston, Minneapolis and Winnipeg with TAK Ensemble.