M57 Straight From Delancey
THE CAST & CREW
Cecil Hooker – Violinist
dwayne. with John Casey – Vocalist/Pianist R & B Duo
Constantin & Laurene Boym– Visual Artists
Cleve Douglass – Improvisational Jazz Vocalist
Richard Stein – Comedian
Helene Gresser – Comedian/Actor
Katya Lapaeva – Vocalist
ELLEN KAYE with ETHAN FEIN & THE M57 BAND –
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BROWN – BASS, KORY GROSSMAN – Drums
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SETH GOLDMAN & ELLEN KAYE – HOSTS
ETHAN FEIN – MUSICAL DIRECTOR/ARRANGER/ GUITAR/ BANJO
BILL MOSS – ENGINEER
EDDIE GONZALEZ – PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ELLE BRIGIDA – PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
MICHAEL SUSKO – SHOW DIRECTOR
Born in Japan, Cecil Hooker began studying the violin at the age of six and continued his practice upon arriving in the United States. Cecil, at 16, was the youngest member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. He later became a recording artist for Warner-Curb Records and Elektra-Curb Records, touring much of the United States for 11 years. Cecil currently resides in New York City where he frequently performs an eclectic sampling of music genres, from Cajun and Irish to New Age to Jazz. Cecil has also performed in Hokkaido, Japan, Florence, Italy and recently played a concert in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. His music has been featured in films, television programs and national commercials. Cecil is grateful for the opportunity to perform with Sachiyo Ito & Company on the 50th Anniversary Concert of Rare Japanese Classical and Okinawan
dwayne. with John Casey
dwayne. is an independent recording artist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. His music is his own brand of soul, pulling from life experiences and blending it with various styles and genres. On October 20, 2009, he released his debut EP, “Looking Glass”, to overwhelming support from New York’s independent music scene. His music has appeared on various blogs, music compilations and well as an independent film. Currently, dwayne. is working on a live EP as well as two conceptual projects entitled, “Free” and “Conquer Evil the Demon,” all slated for 2014/2015 releases.
Creating music from the heart that moves the body and touches the soul, John Casey strives to be a innovative and prolific musician and producer. Aiming to be as musically diverse as possible, John constantly challenges himself to be limitless. Born in Dillon, SC, John began piano lessons at the age of 7. From the start John had an exceptional ear and a love for creating melodies. Playing the piano in church throughout his childhood, he was able to further develop his ear and continue to hone his skills. Throughout his years in college studying music John gained a deeper understanding of music and was able to add to his existing knowledge of it. Today, John draws inspiration from many genres including; gospel, jazz, classical, electro, neo soul and hip hop just to name a few. He is able to compose not only from a theoretical standpoint but an emotional one as well.
Constantin & Laurene Boym
Improvisational jazz vocalist Cleve Douglass began his vocal training in classical (operatic) vocal technique, then studied and worked in musical theatre, 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.”
Richard Stein has built his remarkable career on a single tenet: that hair should be free to go its own way. Free to swing straight or curl close, free from curlers and clips, sprays and gels. Free to be as nature intended. It is a credo learned at the hand of his mentor, Sixties icon Vidal Sassoon, and it has garnered for Richard Stein a clientele of the world’s most powerful people.
Helene is a comedian, actress, and writer. Sometimes she writes funny songs. She may also serve you a drink tonight, and possibly some food. She co-created the webisode series “Hey Rude” and has been featured on the Tyra Banks show discussing rude behavior, even though she was so heavily made-up she could barely open her falsie-laden eyelids. Currently she is working on her one-woman, autobiographical comedy show, tentatively titled “SHEEZUS! (Comin’ To Get Ya!)” in which she reads from her very DRAMATIC childhood journals and occasionally breaks out into songs from Jesus Christ Superstar. Helene is also opening her delightfully cozy thrift store, Artistic Thrift, in her Ridgewood, Queens neighborhood, and hopes you come by to listen to ole-timey vinyl records and peruse her vast collection of tchotchkes, thingamajigs, and doo-dads. Originally from Shorewood, Wisconsin, she credits below-zero temperatures and consumption of vast quantities of sausage, cheese, and beer for her family’s bizarre sense of humor. Her brother John is far funnier, but he lives in Milwaukee, so he cannot steal her limelight now, thank Sheezus.
Katya Lapaeva was born in Russia and is a vocalist who’s completely self-taught. She moved to the United States about 3½ years ago and now resides in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn. Katya only started singing recently while working at M57. One night she joined Ellen on stage to sing the Russian version of a familiar tune. Since that moment, Ellen has had faith in Katya’s abilities as a vocalist and hopes she’ll begin her musical career by performing at Moscow 57.