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– Dan Cooper & Friends –


Golden Williams Duo

Diana Golden - cello

Gregory K. Williams - viola

Dan Cooper Quartet

Kaoru Watanabe - flute

Alon Nechushtan - keys

Dan Cooper - bass guitar

John Ferrari - drums

DAN COOPER, a Manhattan-native composer & multi-instrumentalist, was educated at Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. He has composed for Absolute Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Shakespeare & Company, and Imani Winds, among others. A director of Composers Concordance and a SUNY professor, he has performed at numerous venues internationally, including Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall Tokyo, Casino de Paris, CBGB's, Chicago Theater, Davies Hall, Dom Omladine Beograda, Hong Kong City Hall, Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, Konserthuset Stockholm, Koseinenkin Hall Osaka, LPR, Massey Hall, NYPL - Lincoln Center, 92Y, Palau de la Música Catalana, Rockefeller Center, Royal Albert Hall, Staatsoper Berlin, Sydney Opera House, Symphony Space, Teatro Albeniz Madrid, Teatro Cultura Artística São Paulo, Teatro Grand Rex Buenos Aires, The American Airlines (Selwyn) Theatre, The Blue Note, The Stone, and Town Hall, among others, plus broadcasts on NBC, BBC, Radio France, Bravo, and RAI.

KAORU WATANABE has collaborated with Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, Adam Rudolph, Kenny Endo, Stefon Harris, Kiyohiko Semba, Alicia Hall Moran, Tamango, calligrapher Kakinuma Koji, visual artist Simone Leigh, and director Martin Scorsese, and was a featured guest on Yo-Yo Ma's Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music with a BA in jazz flute and saxophone, Watanabe moved to Japan and joined the world-renowned taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo, the first non-Japanese to do so. Watanabe has performed his compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Kabukiza and in Minamiza, has performed in all 47 prefectures in Japan as well as across the North, Central and South Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

ALON NECHUSHTAN’s music adventures have brought him to the Yokohama Rejoicing Sounds Festival, the Belo Horizonte Jazz Festival, the Manila Cultural Center of the Arts, The Sao-Paolo Jewish Music Festival, Tel Aviv New Music Biannale, Central Park SummerStage, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, and the Kennedy Center, among others. In 2017, the Smithsonian commissioned from Alon a new program of Thelonious Monk’s less known compositions. All About Jazz magazine calls him “A fantastic pianist-composer with abundant chemistry and boundless eclectisism,” while DownBeat Magazine recognizes “A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold, two-fisted sense of Architecture.”

JOHN FERRARI is active in classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, film/television/dance music, and multi-media. Performing nationally and abroad, he appears on dozens of recordings as a player and conductor. Besides core memberships in New Millennium Ensemble (1995 Naumburg Award winners), Meridian Arts Ensemble, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and Patrick Grant Group, collaborations have included Bang On A Can All-stars, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Capo Chamber Players, Group for Contemporary Music, New Jersey Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, Pittsburgh Collective, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and many others. He holds DMA and MM degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BM from William Paterson University where he currently serves on the performing arts faculty. Other teaching posts include Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance graduate program, Princeton University and Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey.

The GOLDEN WILLIAMS DUO first performed together in 2017 at the Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold, NY, as members of the Red Door Chamber Players. The Golden Williams Duo has also performed at the Mountain Springs Music Festival in Draper, Utah, and at the Bi-Annual Conference of the American Viola Society, held at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California. In New York, the duo has performed at Metropolitan Playhouse, Castle Village, the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College, and the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Upcoming duo performances will be held at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall and Spectrum. The Golden Williams Duo especially enjoys collaborating with living composers, including on works written for the Golden Williams Duo to premiere, such as David Wolfson’s 'Mood Swings' and Michael Kosch’s 'Sassetta.'


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