THE CAST & CREW
SETH GOLDMAN & ELLEN KAYE – HOSTS
ETHAN FEIN – MUSICAL DIRECTOR/ARRANGER/GUITAR/BANJO
BILL MOSS – ENGINEER
EDDIE GONZALEZ- PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
TOSH SHERIDAN- GUITARIST
VOICE OF ASIA- OPERA COMPANY
CHERYL BENTON & KAREN NASON – THE THREE TOMATOES
REBECCA FEYNBERG – VOCALIST
YURI FEYNBERG- AUTHOR OF THE CHILD OF GULAG
CLEVE DOUGLASS – IMPROVISATIONAL JAZZ VOCALIST
HELENE GRESSER – COMEDIEN/ACTOR
KATYA – VOCALIST
ETHAN FEIN & THE M57 BAND
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BROWN – BASS
DAG MARKUS- DRUMS
Tosh Sheridan is a guitarist and composer working and living in New York since 1998. Tosh earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 1998. In 2004, hewent on to earn his Masters in Jazz Performance from City College of New York. While at City College, Tosh studied with the world-renowned solo jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Tosh has been performing throughout the tri-state area since the age of 16 when he first started playing guitar. Tosh has had a great deal of experience teaching private lessons, classes and ensembles. (National Guitar Workshop, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College and Trevor Day School.) Tosh has composed music for dance productions and short movies. His latest score is featured in Coleman Hough’s (writer of Stephen Soderbergh’s feature film Full Frontal and Bubble) short movie The Tale of Two. Tosh has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many great artists including Gene Bertoncini, John Stowell, Paul Meyers, Robin McKelle, and Norah Jones.
VOICE OF ASIA
The Astana Opera debuted in New York City on Monday October 27 at 8 PM in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The program entitled “Voice of Asia” includes a special selec tion of Kazakh folk songs, solos from operas by Kazakh composers Zhubanov-Khamidi, Rakhmadiev and Mukhamejanov, arias from operas by Rossini, Verdi, Bernstein, Offenbach, and Borodin, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto featuring brilliant young violinist Erzhan Kulibaev. This program was created to celebrate the uniqueness of the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Abzal Mukhitdinov. Comprised of virtuoso musicians, the orchestra’s repertoire includes not only opera music, but also difficult orchestral works. Cultural staples of the program include the orchestral scherzo «Qudasha Duman», Aidar’s aria from the opera Abai by Zhubanov-Khamidi, and music from contemporary Kazakh composers such as as Tolegen Mukhamejanov. Covering a wide range of genres, these pieces illustrate the life and culture of the Kazakh people.
Cheryl Benton is the founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes (www.thethreetomatoes.com) a lifestyle guide newsletter and web site that celebrates “women who aren’t kids.” Cheryl is passionate about the rights of women and girls around the world, and is on the board of the US National Committee for UN Women, an organization that is improving the lives of women and girls everywhere.
Karen Nason is the owner and founder of a cool Cafe and music venue called”Hoboken Hothouse” in Hoboken NJ. www.hobokenhothouse.com It is a space in Hoboken with a Garage, Cafe, and outside Garden that hosts events and live music. Karen Nason has been a singer all of her life, and been in many shows throughout her career. She also owned and operated a great Jazz Bar and plant and flower shop in Chelsea for over a decade. Karen has also worked with Bill Kerby the writer of “The Rose” with Bette Midler to develop for Broadway as a “Rock n Roll musical. The work is still in stages of development.
In 1970 Yuri graduated from the Leningrad Pedagogical Institute (currently St. Petersburg Pedagogical University) with an MA in Special Education and Speech Pathology. After arriving to the United States, Yuri studied healthcare administration and received his PhD from NYU. In 1991 Yuri started Life Adjustment Center, a non-profit agency for the developmentally disabled. This year he opened the LAC Comprehensive Preschool, an integrated, extended-day education program for children ages 2-5. Yuri currently lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Improvisational jazz vocalist Cleve Douglass began his vocal training in classical (operatic) vocal technique, then studied and worked in musical theater, which eventually led him to his passion: jazz and scat improvisations. His multi-cultural recordings embrace the styles of Bossa Nova, swing, Afro-Cuban, electronic, and standards from The Great American Songbook. After extensively touring and performing in Japan, Cleve brings an air of sophistication and retro-nouveau sensibility to a number of bands in New York City, appearing on dates at the Blue Note and NBC’s “The Today Show.