LAMY ISTREFI JR. is a New York City based Jazz 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 US. 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 festivals and venues as the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, Bimhuis Amsterdam and the Bergamo Jazz Festival. Istrefi Jr. also collaborates with a notable and diverse group of musicians for his own artistic projects which include the Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio and Quartet featuring NEA Jazz Master, Dave Liebman and the Musical Minds Orchestra (MMO), a large experimental ensemble that he founded in 2010. MMO recently collaborated with HB² PROJECTS to develop and present their interdisciplinary performance, New York Sketches during the 2017-18 Exploring the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer Residency Program, in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. To read more about Lamy visit: smallslive.com/artists/1284-lamy-istrefi-jr/
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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. Drawing on her classical folk, ballet and modern training, Kaczmarska’s performance work explores infrastructures of language and identity. She served as co-founder, choreographer and performer with Evolve Dance~West. 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. To read more about Magda visit: magdakaczmarska.com
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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.