Dan Cooper - 8-string bass guitar
Bill Schimmel - accordion
Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet
John Ferrari - drum set
From the term for residents of the Yorkville neighborhood on the UES of Manhattan - The Yorkvillians are a new instrumental combo led by composer-bassist Dan Cooper and composer-accordionist William Schimmel. http://www.yorkvillians.nyc
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, from CBGB's to Town Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Royal Albert Hall. http://www.dan-cooper.com
WILLIAM SCHIMMEL, one of the principal architects in the resurgence of the accordion, holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Science, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. Schimmel's music has been featured in a number of television shows and films, perhaps most notably 'Scent of a Woman' starring Al Pacino, where Schimmel appears in the famous Tango scene. Schimmel performs music in many genres, has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works, has written a number of books and articles and has made numerous recordings and videos.
A native of Japan, MICHIYO SUZUKI began her musical studies with piano at age three, violin at age six and clarinet at age thirteen. She studied with Charles Neidich at Purchase College Conservatory where she received her MFA degree and at SUNY Stony Brook in the DMA Program. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed internationally, particularly in contemporary repertoire. Ms. Suzuki is a member of Absolute Ensemble and NY Licorice Ensemble, has recorded and toured extensively with those groups.
JOHN FERRARI has appeared and/or recorded with Bang On A Can All Stars, Da Capo Chamber Players, Manhattan Symphonietta, Perspectives Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus Chamber Players, Riverside Symphony, Locrian, Cygnus, Pittsburg Collective, and many others. He holds DMA and MM degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BM from William Paterson University where he serves on the performing arts faculty. With the Meridian Arts Ensemble in residence, in fall of 2007 he joined the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s graduate Contemporary Performance program.
Expected Run Time is 120 minutes