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The Dead (2008): marimba / speaking chorus

Hornaningo (2008): horn / marimba / percussion

Twin Compasses (2009): soprano / vibraphone

Rhapsodic Aprismatism (2009): marimba

FED is like TED talks, but you also get fed.

It provides a platform for Jewish creativity, including through art and culture, where those from a variety of backgrounds feel welcome and included. Creativity with the tradition and how it can inspire reflection, help us find and realize a sense of purpose, and be our best selves is what Judaism (and FED) is all about.

FED is an incredible platform for artists, thinkers, and doers (Jewish and non-Jewish alike) to come together around phenomenal food and share their ideas on how to change the world. The space, in particular, is perfect for musicians as a practice room, studio, performance space, lecture hall!

Recent Collaboration: "Recipe for Chamber Music" FEDByte, featuring Bryan Hayslett, Katya Barmotina, and Felix Jarrar. Listen to the podcast here.

Mr. Hollie’s repertoire spans a diverse range of comedic and dramatic roles including Don Basilio/Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Beppe (I Pagliacci), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), Judge (Trial By Jury), Don José (Carmen), B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca), and the Pilot (The Little Prince).  His concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Liszt’s Missa Choralis, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Salve Regina, and Handel’s Messiah. A passionate performer of contemporary music, Mr. Hollie sang the Orderly in the American premiere of Nancy van de Vate’s All Quiet on the Western Front with Metro Chamber Orchestra. He was the soloist for composer Kevin Joest’s Waking Became Dreaming, a cantata for tenor, chorus, and orchestra. He also premiered Joest’s Sonnet 17 (to the text of Neruda), and Adria Stolk’s Vapor, a song cycle for tenor and piano. In 2014, he joined the roster of the Composers Choir, a New Haven-based professional ensemble that performs and records new choral music and art songs.

Recent Collaboration: Performance of "On the Deaths of Cathedrals: II. Live Blindly" with pianist Shanae Kim at the Sparks and Wiry Cries 2020 SongSLAM in New York City.

Cellist Bryan Hayslett is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Performance at NYU Steinhardt where he also teaches as adjunct artist faculty. He is the cellist of contemporary performance group Juxtatonal. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition and returned the following year as a repeat top prize laureate. Hayslett has given four solo concert tours with new music as a central focus, including performances in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Hartford, Albany, Milwaukee, Tampa FL, Comfort TX, Holland MI, Appleton WI, and Jackson MS, and a residency at the University of South Florida. Hayslett holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music and The Boston Conservatory, and his principle teachers include Marion Feldman, Rhonda Rider, Terry King, and Yuri Anshelevich. He can be heard on an Innova recording, "A Special Light," featuring music of David Macbride. His attendance at the Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop in 2015 has inspired nonclassical projects ranging to live improvised music for yoga classes. As a scholar, Hayslett's research focuses on temporality in the music of Lee Hyla, and his dissertation is developing an analytical framework based on linguistics to analyze structure in Hyla's music. He has presented his research at conferences across the United States and in Austria, Norway, and Portugal. Beyond music, Hayslett competes in triathlons and enjoys practicing yoga. He currently resides in New York City.

Violinist Nicole Parks is passionate about collaborating with a diverse group of performers and composers to bring new music to a wide range of audiences. She is a co-founder of the  Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet that focuses on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Previously, she created and led The Lirica Chamber Ensemble to play rarely heard and new works for chamber orchestra.

In addition, Nicole is also in demand as an orchestral musician. She currently holds concertmaster positions with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and the East Coast Scoring Orchestra, where she led the recent production of Madame White Snake co-presented by Arts Emerson and Beth Morrison Projects. She appears regularly with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra ProjectOdyssey OperaThe Equilibrium EnsembleGuerilla OperaNew Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

Nicole serves as the president-elect for the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teacher's Association. Since 2010, she has been a faculty member of The Community Music Center of Boston, where she teaches violin, viola, and cello. Additionally, she directs CMCB’s Junior String Ensemble and leads the Beginning Strings program, which offers small group classes to children ages 4 through 6. She has taught at performance and education workshops including BIMA at Brandeis University, Minnesota All-State Festival, the chamber music festival, Stringwood, and the North Carolina Governor's School, where she led workshops on improvisation and collaborated with instructors across many disciplines.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied violin performance and pedagogy with Sharan Leventhal. A native of Minnesota, Nicole is currently based in Boston.

A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a prominent young trumpet player balancing a multifaceted career from developing new repertoire and curating concerts to freelancing with many different groups in the New York City area. Recent performances include a tour of Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and a run of the new opera “Crossing” at BAM with A Far Cry. She is extremely dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate also recently administered a call for scores through Vox Novus’ Fifteen Minutes of Fame. She performed 15 one minute works for unaccompanied trumpet – selected from over 90 submissions. Hear these pieces on Kate’s Youtube channel here.

Her album, "This Is My Letter to the World," which includes Joest's work "Thoughts and Prayers" can be purchased here.

Daniel P. Ryan is an active conductor and singer in the Boston area. He is currently the conductor of The Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, music director of In Good Company Theatre Co, and Conductor the Boston City Singers advanced men's choral group "The Fellas". He has recently music directed and conducted productions of the opera Utopia Limited at MIT for MITG&SP and the musicals The Wild Party (Lippa) and The Last Five Years at The Boston Conservatory. He currently holds professional singing posts at First Church Boston and Trinity Parish of Newton Center.

This past summer he served as assistant conductor for Julian Wachner in Maytooth, Ireland for Haydn's Creation with Berkshire Choral International and served on the faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy as music driector.

A great cellist plays as a singer, dancer, storyteller, architect, painter, sculpturer, thinker, poet, missionary, and sportsman. (paraphrased from an exquisite Paul Tortlier masterclass)

I've played the cello since age 4, training at many institutions including The Aspen Music Festival and the Boston Conservatory. Some influential mentors have been Sato Knudsen of Boston Symphony, the Tacaks String Quartet, and though we will never meet until I cross to the other side, the recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich.

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