The World is Still Beautiful
a livestream concert
REFLECTIONS IN MUSIC PRESENTS
The World is Still Beautiful will be livestreamed on Sunday, December 12th at 8 pm and will be available online until January 2nd. Admission is free.
When times are dark, the artists in a society remind us of the beauty of this world, and in so doing, give us hope for renewal.
This program features cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, works by artist April Gornik, saxophonist-composer Hayes Greenfield, "New Song" by choreographer Andrea Miller with dancers from the New York City Ballet, and composer-pianist Bruce Wolosoff.
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April Gornik, “The Other Side” 2020
Grammy Award winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio has performed all over the world with everyone from Sting to Rudolph Serkin and in every imaginable venue from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall. Her passionate playing has thrilled and intrigued audiences from Austin to Amsterdam and from Beijing to Boston in intimate clubs and for audiences as big as 15,000.
Sara has recorded six albums, garnering multiple Grammy nominations, on EMI as the cellist of The Eroica Trio and has recorded five solo albums on Sebastian Records., the last recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the music of Elgar, Wolosoff and Piazzolla debuted on Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten list where it stayed for many weeks. Sara has had recordings featured on numerous sound tracks, most recently as the opening track for the HBO Film “A Matter of Taste.” Sara has appeared on CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN as well as Vanity Fair, Strad, Glamour, Fanfare, Elle, Strings, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Bon Apetit and Travel and Leisure. Sara’s recording with pianist Robert Koenig, The Chopin Collection, was included in “The Washington Post” list of Notable Recordings for that year.
Gramophone Magazine describes Sara’s performances as “Technically formidable and intensely communicative, these performances grab you by the ears and refuse to let you go!”
– Innovative Electro-Acoustic Looping Artist in Live Surround Sound
Always a restless creator, Hayes has sought to push his musical boundaries several times over. Whether in the late 80s with his embrace of the Synclavier, the first, state of the art digital audio workstation and technology available for music and sound production, or by pushing today’s live performance boundaries as he performs, improvises and creates musical journeys in real time that twist and turn 360 degrees in immersive, spatial, surround sound listening bliss.
– Jazz Player
Since the late 1970s, Hayes has been working, living and performing jazz as a sideman or with his own bands in New York City. He has earned awards in all of his endeavors, has released 10 critically acclaimed CD's under his own name, and traveled throughout the US, Canada, and Europe performing at international festivals, concerts, and clubs, leading his own bands. Notable jazz artists Hayes has worked with as leader and / or sideman include: Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, Paul Bley, Billy Byers, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Ray Drummond, Hiram Bullock, Bob Stewart, Barry Altschul, Tony Scott, Richie Havens, Joe Lee Wilson, Frank Lacey, Jorge Sylvester, Dean Johnson, David Berkman, Bill Ware, Frank Kimbrough, Uri Caine, Victor Jones, Leonard Gaskin, Denis Charles, Roger Rosenberg, and many more.
As film composer, Hayes has scored more than 70 films, documentaries, commercials, and TV specials, many of which have received awards, including the prestigious Emmy (George Marshall and the American Century) and two Tellys, (The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams; and William Krisel, Architect). Other notable films Hayes has scored include The American Nurse (2014), the PBS films America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (2002); Return to Ground Zero (2006); Building Alaska (2010); and Alaska, the World, and Wally Hickel (2013); luminary artists Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Grace Hartigan, James Rosenquist, Jan Groover, and Milton Glaser; architects Philip Johnson, Donald Wexler; and United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins; The Paris Review; The Berlin Airlift, and Russia’s future for the new millennium.
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April Gornik shows in New York City, where she had been a resident since 1978, and now lives in Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953, she received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1976. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Cincinnati Museum, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Modern Art Museum of Art of Fort Worth, the Orlando Museum of Art, and other major public and private collections. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad.
Andrea Miller is the founder and artistic director of GALLIM a movement-based production company out of New York, creating work for stage, film, sites and the visual arts.
A sought-after creator and collaborator, Miller's works have been described as both ancient and ultra-modern with few creative boundaries in site. Her works, which explore essential elements of human behavior and motivation, have been widely presented and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Art Basel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow, Sadler’s Wells, London Royal Opera House, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Grec of Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Canal Madrid, Suzanne Dellal Tel Aviv, Teatro Nacional de Panamá, and DanceHouse Vancouver, among others.
Film credits include The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, dir. by Xavier Dolan; Another Dance Film, dir. by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; New Song, dir. Ezra Hurwitz; In This Life, starring Robbie Fairchild; Shaping Absence, ORILLA, Notes on Gathering shared by The Guggenheim Museum and BOAT, presented by Northrop, all co-directed by Andrea Miller and longtime collaborator Ben Stamper.
Guggenheim Fellow and the first woman to be named Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller has consistently challenged and invited dialogue of where dance can exist and for whom it is created. She has received fellowships from Sadler's Wells, New York City Center, and the Princess Grace Foundation and has been featured in Forbes as an entrepreneur and leader in the dance world. Over a decade, Miller has codified a creative methodology that is at the center of her creative praxis and exchange with students, dancers, collaborators, and presenters. She has been a guest teacher and lecturer at Harvard, The Juilliard School, NYU, Barnard, Sara Lawrence, Wesleyan, Marymount Manhattan, Univeristy of the Arts, among others. Throughout the pandemic Miller has zeroed in on the creative and professional development needs within the dance community through GALLIM programs such as Build Your Creative Practice Workshop: Meeting Creatives Around the World, Dancing with The Camera: Fundamentals of Dance Filmmaking, Dancing with the Camera: From Concept to Delivery, SITE: Fundamentals in Site Specific Work, MovingWomen Residencies at GALLIM Studio, Jam and Toast: Free Morning Class on InstagramLIVE, HAPPY HOUR: Conversations with Thought Leaders over Drinks as well as free streaming of repertory works and films.
Recent commissions include New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Hispánico, Pennsylvania Ballet, Abraham.in.Motion, Atlanta Ballet, Bern Ballet, The Juilliard School, Ailey 2, Rambert2, and NDT 2. Collaborations in fashion include Hermès, Vogue, SportsMax, KSwiss, Lacoste, Target, and Calvin Klein.
Miller is a graduate of The Juilliard School, currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the mother of two.
Bruce Wolosoff is a pianist and internationally performed composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Lauded as “an authentic American voice” by critic Thomas Bohlert for his integration of classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary influences, Wolosoff often composes in response to visual art and through collaborations with leading artists across a variety of disciplines.
Recent projects include a recording of two cello sonatas for Avie Records with cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio; a double concerto for violinist Michael Guttman and cellist Jing Zhao; and a commission for cellist Inbal Segev’s “20 for 2020” project. The 2019 release of his “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” performed by Sant’Ambrogio and Grzegorz Nowak with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, reached the Billboard Top 10 classical chart. Additional commissioners have included ETHEL, the Eroica Trio, the Montage Music Society, the Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program, and more. Additionally, Wolosoff collaborated with choreographer Ann Reinking on three ballets: The White City, A Light in the Dark, and Darkling, I Listen.
You can read his full biography and learn more at brucewolosoff.com.
Photo by Katya Wolosoff