JESSICA NINA BARLOW is a dance artist/choreographer working within the fields of theatre, performance art and education, to create and promote dance works through a multidisciplinary and collaborative practice. Barlow began her vocational training at the Arts Educational School London, before pursuing a BA Honours Degree at London Studio Centre, specializing in contemporary dance, where she was awarded the Peter Brinson Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance. As a performer, she has worked with Tangled Feet Company, Meredith Bruno Company and was a member of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s International Programme in Israel. In 2018, she performed as both an actor and dancer in operas with the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne Opera. Barlow’s choreographic works have been presented at Dance Umbrella Festival, Nitzoutzout, Kaleidoscopic, Linger/Beyond and Resolution Festival at The Place, as well as receiving funding support from The Arts Council England. Currently, she is developing a multidisciplinary collective with visual artists and musicians in London. jessicaninabarlow.com
KRISTINA HAY is a Norwegian contemporary dance artist who performs, collaborates and creates across Europe and North America. Hay was trained at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, where she later performed professionally in productions of The Nutcracker, The Bat and Cinderella. She continued her training at London Studio Centre in the UK, where she graduated with a double distinction and was a member of INTOTO DANCE, under the direction of Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips. During this time she toured works by Henri Oguike, Jose Agudo and John Ross. In recent years, Hay has had the privilege of working with Luke Birch, Diana Scarborough, Meredith Bruno Company, Robert Kenny, Feeling Blue Collective, Jessica Nina Barlow, Human Dance (Wellington, NZ) and Same As Sister (New York, US). With S.A.S., she has presented cross-disciplinary works/commissions at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (AUNTS @ La MaMa Moves!), Danspace Project (Platform 2018), Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (2017 Artist Program Residents) and Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church. S.A.S. were also the recipients of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2017 Emergency Grant. As an independent choreographer, Hay has shown work; You Are Someone Else, Fix and Filter, and collaborated with artists in both London and New York City. In 2018 she obtained her US O1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability, and will use this status to broaden her focus on collaboration and the different creative processes that emerge from it.
MAGDA KACZMARSKA is a New York City based dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. She was born in Poland, but grew up in the southwestern United States, where she received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Arizona. While at UA, Kaczmarska studied ballet with Melissa Lowe (Pacific Northwest Ballet), Edward Villella, Helene Alexopoulos (Balanchine and Jerome Robbins Trusts), Bonnie Mathis (Antony Tudor), James Clouser (American Ballet Theater), as well as modern with Doug Nielsen, Batsheva Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Colin Connor (Limón Dance Company), among others. In addition to this education, she has also continued to participate in workshops/intensives with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Movement Research’s MELT Series (Jennifer Monson, luciana achugar, Antonio Ramos & Donna Uchizono) and the Barbara Mettler Creative Dance Method. As a performer, Kaczmarska was as a soloist with the Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble, under the direction of Joanna Schmit, and Evolve Dance~West, where she also held the position of co-founder/choreographer. She was recently commissioned by visual artists, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy to appear as a dance soloist in their upcoming film, CLEANER, as part of the Work Stations Series. In Fall 2018, she will be performing in a site-specific version of the film at the Independent Filmmaker Project Week in Dumbo, New York. Drawing on her extensive ballet, modern and folk training, Kaczmarska’s choreographic work explores infrastructures of language and identity. Her interdisciplinary work has been presented at the Tucson Museum of Art, Fred Fox School of Music, ZUZI and Stevie Eller Theatres in Tucson, Arizona, at Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, New York, LEGS Performance Festival in Giswil, Switzerland and Scenofest, as part of World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently, she is a lead teaching artist/performer with Dances for a Variable Population. Recent work included a collaboration with visual artist, Laura Nova and the senior population of the Lower East Side, featuring dance performances, as part of the River to River Festival presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. magdakaczmarska.com
LAMY ISTREFI JR. is a New York City based drummer/percussionist, composer and conductor, originally from the Republic of Kosovo. Istrefi Jr. attended the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) in Austria, before moving to the United States. He is currently a member of Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer, Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet, for which he has toured internationally to perform at such prestigious venues and festivals as Coltrane Day, Jazz Forum, Jazz Standard, Monterey Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, Bimhuis Amsterdam and Bergamo Jazz Festival, among others. Istrefi Jr. also collaborates with a notable and diverse group of musicians for his personal artistic projects which include the Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio and Quartet featuring the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Master, Dave Liebman and the Musical Minds Orchestra, a large experimental ensemble that he founded in 2010. The MMO recently collaborated with HB² PROJECTS to develop and present their interdisciplinary performance, NEW YORK SKETCHES during the Exploring the Metropolis’ 2017-18 Choreographer + Composer Residencies, in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. smallslive.com/artists/1284-lamy-istrefi-jr/
Composer/vocalist, JUDI SILVANO has written forty works for voice, piano, woodwinds, harp, string quartet, scores for dance, A Capella vocal groups, jazz ensembles and Big Bands. She has been awarded three grants from Meet the Composer and New York State Council of the Arts, and has twelve recordings including her compositions. Silvano attended Temple University College of Music, sang premieres of Penderecki’s UTRENJA SUITE and Barber’s THE LOVERS (poetry of Pablo Neruda) with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has worked with conductors Robert Shaw, Gunther Schuller, Robert Page and Many Albam. She has also toured Europe as a modern dancer working with inflatable sculpture and electronic music (Akademie der Kunste, Berlin) which informs her own work with dance. Silvano’s compositions span thirty years in Chamber Music and Jazz idioms, with premieres of her works for New York Women Composers at Symphony Space, The Spoken Word Festival, and many other original Poetry, Chamber Music and Big Band arrangements on stages in the United States and Europe. She has recorded and toured internationally with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Kenny Werner and Gunther Schuller, among others, has released fourteen albums of original songs, and has been voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat International Polls four times. judisilvano.com
RIE YAMAGUCHI-BORDEN born in Ehime, Japan, has been a part of New York City’s vibrant Jazz and free-spirited music scene since 1999. Regardless of the medium she is working in, she has the desire to express most honestly and soulfully all that life has to offer. Yamaguchi-Borden is currently a member of the Musical Minds Orchestra led by Lamy Istrefi Jr., where she collaborates with a variety of artists who are engaged in opening their personal and global awareness to delve into something much deeper creatively. She continues to cook up schemes as a Jazz vocalist and drummer in NYC.