Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, with Aníbal Kerpel, Aaurie Buhne and Robert Brill, with which he developed an intense activity in the city of Los Angeles. In 1982 he returned to Argentina to record a solo work - with a new sound- very influenced by the American pop trends of the time, called "Santaolalla", in which participated Argentine bassist Alfredo Toth (GIT band) and keyboardist Alejandro Lerner. In the music production area, his work was emphasized in "De Ushuaia a La Quiaca" ("From Ushuaia to La Quiaca") -another Argentine mythical musician León Gieco's project- following his same national folk line. Back in Los Angeles, produced records for "Café Tacuba" and "Maldita vecindad" among others, returning once more to Argentina in the middle of the '90 with a second solo work, "GAS" (his name's initials). His works in group production from the USA have turned Santaolalla into a prominent figure in that area, what gave him, besides, the chance to participate in big musical projects for cinema movies with successful results ("Amores perros", "21 Grams", "Diarios de motocicleta" -"The Motorcycle Diaries"), crowned with the Oscar award in March, 2006, by the music of the controversial film "Brokeback Mountain" and in 2007 for his friend Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel". This makes him the third composer to win in the Best Original Score two years in a row.
Josh was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His father Gordon was born in Biggar, SK, and worked as a Bio Med Technician and his mother Judy was born and raised in Montreal and works as a secretary.
At the age of twelve Josh moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he attended High School. It was a tough change going from a Christian Elementary School to a public Junior High School. He played sports including football, basketball for his junior high school, but he soon found hockey was the sport for him.
He took acting classes with Elizabeth Ebbels, who initially took pity on him and later became his first real agent. He wasn't very popular in high school; he was overweight and not exactly the hottest guy in school. In his Senior year of high school he just decided to make a real change and started going to a local gym 2-3 hours everyday. This dramatic change later drove him to get involved with the wrong crowd on numerous occasions. After seeing quite a bit and getting sick of the life he was living, he decided to turn his life around and got focused on acting.
He entered Red Deer College and enrolled in the Motion Picture Arts Bachelor Program, graduating with a 3.67 GPA. The highlight for him was meeting his primary instructor and mentor Larry Reese, who had been in Unforgiven, Brokeback Mountain, and many other films.
A highlight for him was when Larry Reese took him as his personal reader on his auditions. One day he advised him on a move and two and half weeks later Josh moved to Vancouver and signed with Debbie Mahood at Lukas Talent, one of Canada's leading agencies. Debbie soon had him working on many of Canada's leading television shows and on more than a few American movies crossing the border. American audiences first saw him in Lifetime movies and in the CW series Aliens In America.
Josh's big break came when he was cast as Greg Saloga on I Love You, Beth Cooper directed by Chris Columbus and Jonas Konelle on Jennifer's Body with Megan Fox. With his amazing resume he plans to join the many other well-known Canadian actors in the US and has been scouting places in West Hollywood.
Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton released in summer 2010. Before becoming a motion picture director, Sanaa Hamri was an acclaimed music video director. Her recent MTV VMA award winning "Super Bass" music video for Nicki Minaj. has over 300,000 million hits on the internet worldwide. It's the most obvious example of how current she continues to work with just about every major superstar you can think of (Lil Wayne, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Sting...). In commercials, Sanaa just finished the huge upcoming Jenny Craig campaign featuring Mariah Carey. Her other commercial works have included collaborating with acclaimed talent such as Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, Alexander). Hamri emigrated from her native Morocco to study theater & psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Quickly after, she became a sought after music video and commercial editor. From editing, she transitioned into directing. Hamri grew up in Tangier, Morocco in a cross cultural household: father is a Moroccan fine artist (part of the Beat Generation)and mother is American. Hamri speaks four languages and also directs internationally.
Alex Ozerov is a Canadian actor in Toronto, Ontario. Ozerov originated from Russia and came to Canada in 2004. During his school years he began taking drama, and in 2006 started studying acting for film and TV with actor/filmmaker Walter Alza in the Alza Acting Studio, Toronto. As the youngest one attending the studio, Ozerov's passion for the craft allowed him to land numerous roles at a young age, including TV Series Transporter, the television movie Salem Falls, based on the best selling novel and featuring James Van Der Beek, and the Disney Channel show What's Up Warthogs. He also made TV appearances on shows like "Rookie Blue", "Cracked", and a History Channel show "Perfect Storms", portraying a young Russian soldier, Sergey Zahlystov.
Ozerov makes his film debut in Jason Buxton's award winning indie film, Blackbird, playing the lead antagonist, Trevor, opposite "Falling Skies" Connor Jessup. Up next, he stars in the gay coming of age drama, What We have, opposite Roberta Maxwell "Brokeback Mountain", a film by Maxime Desmons who also stars in it.
Paul was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. He spent his summers growing up at his family cottage in Northern Ontario. In high school, he was attracted to athletics of all kinds. His love of sport drew him to take up downhill ski racing, a seemingly odd choice given his hometown.
His passion for skiing saw him training and competing around North America throughout his teens. At the peak of his skiing career he was spending 120+ days a year training and competing away from home on the FIS and NorAm race circuits. All the while he was able to graduate from high school with honors distinction. At the time, he was a candidate for the Junior National Ski Team when a career ending knee injury forced him to change his course.
So, Paul switched gears and headed off to University in the fall of 1999. He studied finance and marketing at the University of Calgary. While working towards his Commerce Degree Paul lightened his serious class load in statistics, economics and accounting by filling his electives with drama and film related classes.
In his spare time, Paul went on to volunteer with local filmmaking collectives, played parts in University Theatre and volunteered on independent film sets. He also took a hiatus from business school in order to do an Internship with one of Western Canada's foremost production companies. He completed the Canadian Film and Television Production Association Production Management program under the guidance of veteran producers, Tom Cox, Doug MacLeod and Jordy Randall at Alberta Filmworks. The company is behind such notable programming as "North of 60", "Tom Stone", "Heartland" and "Brokeback Mountain".
All the while, Paul harbored a secret ambition to work in front of the camera. He got his first break when he worked as Owen Wilson's stand-in on "High Noon" starring Jackie Chan. After having the experience of working on a major motion picture, Paul's interest in the film and television industry really took hold. That same year Paul went on to work in a variety of regional and national commercials and landed his first Guest Starring role in the Canadian Series "Myth Quest". Knowing that he had more to learn about the craft of acting Paul used the money from the show to move to New York in the summer of 2001. He studied Meisner at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in Manhattan.
After a life changing experience in New York, Paul returned to Business School determined to have a career in the film industry. He graduated with Honours in the spring of 2002 and returned to his hometown of Winnipeg, after having won a $25,000 prize at the Banff International Television Festival to produce and direct his first short film titled "Eugene". Paul delivered the film to Corus Entertainment in 2003 and it went to air on the Scream Network and Movieola in Canada.
A trip to Ottawa and a visit to Parliament Hill in 2004 saw Paul participate as a speaker at the Prime Time Forum for the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. He was selected amongst his peers to represent the 'next generation' of Producers in Canada and spoke about the challenges inherent in developing a successful career as a producer. He spent the afternoon having lunch with notable Canadian Producer Ivan Reitman as well as the Chief Executives of Canada's Broadcast Networks.
While in Ottawa, Paul was presented with an opportunity to work as an Associate Producer on the then new Canadian series titled "Corner Gas" in Regina. Faced with a difficult decision, Paul instead decided to take a job with a production company in his hometown of Winnipeg called Frantic Films. He worked under the guidance of veteran producer Jamie Brown as a business affairs analyst, line producer and production manager for the company. His producing responsibilities saw him overseeing 13 episodes of a prime time series for Global Television that shot on location in the Caribbean. The series starred Entertainment Tonight personality Cheryl Hickey. While he enjoyed the challenges of producing the desire to work in front of the camera never seemed to go away. So at 26, Paul left Winnipeg and his lucrative career as a producer to move to the coast.
Paul tried to avoid the cliché of working as a waiter in order to supplement his acting income while slugging it out in Vancouver. He was able to put his business training to work under the guidance of a senior stock broker at one of Canada's foremost investment firms. He negotiated a half time position that allowed him the flexibility he needed to do his auditions. It wasn't long before the firm asked him to come on board as a full time broker and work for himself. As luck would have it, the week that he was set to decide about joining the firm full time Paul learned that he was cast in "The Wild Roses" for the CBC. It was a difficult decision to make but Paul decided to stay true to the goal that he set out for himself many years before.
Today, Paul divides his time between developing projects as a writer/producer and acting in film and television.
|Joseph Newton Cohen
With his extensive knowledge of international finance, as well as his in-depth experience in the entertainment industry, Joseph N. Cohen is highly regarded for his investment banking and media expertise. A graduate of both Yale and Oxford, Cohen has held senior positions at several of the leading investment banking firms, including N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Orion Royal Bank and Samuel Montagu. For the past thirty years he has focused his efforts on the entertainment and media industries and is active in motion picture, television and other media financing throughout the world.
Cohen's involvement in the motion picture industry began in the UK in the early 1980s, where he pioneered the use of tax based lease financing for feature films and with several partners, including Samuel Montagu and Investors in Industry, financed over GBP 400 million of UK-qualified production. Cohen also founded Canadian Entertainment Investors (C.E.I.), which was one of the leading financiers for the Canadian film and television industry and which pioneered the use of public limited partnership offerings to finance Canadian-qualified productions.
In December 1993, Cohen completed a four-year term as President and Chief Operating Officer of Largo Entertainment, the joint venture between JVC/Victor Company of Japan Ltd. and Hollywood producer Lawrence Gordon. Cohen advised JVC on the creation of Largo and under his tenure, Largo produced several major box office hits including Point Break, Unlawful Entry, and Timecop as well as the critically acclaimed film Malcolm X, which it co-financed with Warner Bros.
Cohen is also an active producer and financier of motion pictures. Producer credits include the Showtime Original Movie, Beyond Forgiveness, starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Rutger Hauer (1995), and Solo, starring Mario Van Peebles, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1996). Executive Producer credits include Iron Eagle IV, starring Lou Gossett, Jr (1995); The Assignment, starring Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1997); Wing Commander, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr, Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows, for Twentieth Century Fox (1999); Delivering Milo, starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda (2001); Jane Doe, starring Teri Hatcher and Rob Lowe (2001); Fear X, starring John Turturro (2003); and Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges (2003).
In 1996, Cohen retired as Co-Chairman of InterMedia/Film Equities to form American Entertainment Investors ("AEI"). Cohen was instrumental in the creation of Alcon Entertainment, an independent production company established by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and Founder of Federal Express Corp. AEI advises Alcon on all aspects of finance, distribution and strategic planning. Alcon's productions include the family hit My Dog Skip, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane and Frankie Muniz; Lost And Found, starring David Spade and Sophie Marceau; the hit comedy Dude, Where's My Car? starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott; Affair Of The Necklace, starring Hilary Swank, the critically acclaimed Insomnia; starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank; Love Don't Cost A Thing; Chasing Liberty; Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants; One Missed Call; Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson; the highly successful P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; Book Of Eli, starring Denzel Washington; Dolphin Tale starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr; the hit sequel Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2; and the blockbuster hit The Blindside, starring Sandra Bullock. Alcon also acquired North American distribution rights to the Bruce Willis action film Sixteen Blocks and the Nicholas Cage thriller The Wicker Man, both released in 2006. Cohen negotiated an output arrangement with Warner Bros on Alcon's behalf under which Warners distributes Alcon produced films on an exclusive basis around the world.
AEI also advises River Road Entertainment on all aspects of finance, distribution, and strategic planning. River Road's first film project was Brokeback Mountain, which won three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, and generated almost $200 million in worldwide box office, which represented 15 times its negative cost. River Road also co-financed the critically acclaimed Lust, Caution, directed by Ang Lee, and Robert Altman's Prairie Home Companion, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, and John C. Reilly. Subsequently, River Road has produced and financed FUR, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr.; the documentaries Chicago 10 and Food, INC.; the highly acclaimed Into The Wild, starring Emile Hirsch and directed by Sean Penn; The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; and the winner of the Cannes Palme d' Or Award, The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn; and Twelve Years a Slave, which has been nominated for 9 Oscars in 2014. Cohen is on the Board of Exclusive Media Group, a vertically integrated global film entertainment company, founded in 2008 with the backing of the private equity fund Cyrte Investments. Exclusive-backed films include: The Way Back; Let Me In; the critically-acclaimed The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney and starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti; The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe; and End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
AEI advises a number of other independent production and distribution companies on all aspects of finance, distribution, strategic planning and acquisitions. AEI is frequently called upon to value film and television libraries and advise on the purchase and sale of such libraries. In 2001, AEI represented InterMedia on the acquisition of the Largo library. Cohen personally has advised on economic and financial matters in a number of complex litigations in the motion picture and television industries and has frequently served as an expert witness.
In 2010, AEI advised Goldman Sachs and Assured Guaranty, the primary creditors of the Weinstein Company, on a restructuring of the company's capital base. AEI now serves as the Administrator of Portfolio Funding Company, LLC, which owns the bulk of the Weinstein Company Library. From 2006 to 2010, Cohen co-managed EF Solutions LLC, which invested in a broad range of project financings for the film and television industries, including super-gap loans, prints and advertising funding, bridge financing, monetizing soft money benefits and financing library acquisitions. Cohen has recently established a new Mezzanine fund, Ariel Film Partners I, LLC, with a group of private investors. Other prominent transactions in which Cohen has been involved include representing the Saleh family in the sale of the Angelika Theater; valuing Prism Entertainment after its bankruptcy filing; advising Pioneer Electronics with regard to Carolco Pictures' bankruptcy proceedings; raising debt financing for Showscan Entertainment and the Left Bank Group; advising on the construction of a major new international theme park; advising a major minority shareholder on the divestiture of his shares in a large regional broadcaster; advising a major public company on the sale of its television library; and advising two Hollywood studios on international co-financing transactions. At InterMedia, Cohen represented such clients as JVC/Victor Company of Japan, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Shepperton Studios, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Penta Film, Showscan Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, Alliance Entertainment, as well as several of the major Hollywood studios. Prominent transactions included the structuring and negotiating of U.S. theatrical, home video, and television distribution arrangements on behalf of Polygram International; advising an investment group headed by directors Ridley and Tony Scott on the purchase of Shepperton Studios; representing George Harrison on the sale of his film production company, Hand Made Films; and initiating and negotiating the sale of King's Road's library. Cohen also advised both Dean Witter and E.F. Hutton in the area of motion picture limited partnership investment.
Cohen began his career in 1969 as an investment analyst and portfolio manager at N.M. Rothschild & Sons in London. In 1973, he moved to Salomon Brothers in New York, where he supervised the firm's interests in the Far East primarily Japan. At Salomon Brothers, Cohen worked closely with Japanese banks, trading companies and corporations. He was intimately involved in the creation of the certificate of deposit market for US branches and subsidiaries of Japanese banks and headed the team that launched the first US private placement for a Japanese bank-Bank of Tokyo.
He was named vice president of the international division at Kuhn, Loeb & Co. (later Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb) in 1976, where he specialized in bond issues for sovereign and international agency credits (including the management of direct, guaranteed and municipal bond issues by France, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Venezuela, European Economic Community, European Coal and Steel Community, European Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank), reserve asset management for Central Banks and US debt and equity issues for foreign companies. Cohen was responsible for managing Central Bank portfolios in excess of $1.5 billion on behalf of Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia and the Philippines. His last two years with the firm were spent managing the Eurobond operation (underwriting, trading and sales) in London.
Cohen was appointed executive director in charge of US investment banking at Orion Bank in 1980. Orion at that time was the largest consortium merchant bank in the world and was one of the few non-U.S. investment banks to take an active lead management position of Eurodollar bond issues on behalf of U.S. corporations. Cohen was largely responsible for establishing Orion as a leading underwriter of U.S. corporate issues in the international capital markets and received particular recognition for a series of innovative issues on behalf of General Telephone and Electronics. From 1983 to 1985, he served as managing director of Samuel Montagu (New York). At Montagu, he was active in advising on a number of prominent leveraged buy-outs, including a high-profile management acquisition of Hills Bros. Coffee.
With a proven track record of creative and sophisticated financial strategies, Cohen is recognized as an innovative leader in the ever-changing market of entertainment and media financing. He is considered an authority on the subject and has spoken before the American Film Market, Wertheim Schroder/Variety Seminar, Paul Kagan Seminars, the L.A. County Bar Association, UCLA, Cinetex, Festival of Festivals, and other organizations in the entertainment business, and has published many articles in the field. Cohen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences and was adjunct professor in The Peter Stark Producing Program in the University of Southern California Graduate School of Cinema/Television for sixteen years. Cohen is a director of PacWest BanCorp Group, the holding company of Pacific Western Bank. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Yale Library Associates and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Sara first became interested in films with the first Harry Potter film when she was age 6. She began working in commercials when she was age 8, including a national commercial for Subway Toasters ("Snowman"). She was cast as Girl of 16 in The Assassination of Jesse James, but her scene was left on the cutting room floor. She has also done background work in Brokeback Mountain, and many other films.
Sara is finishing high school in a performing arts program, and will be pursuing theater and screen/script writing in university.
Versatile character actor with great physical and emotional presence. Can play anything from threatening heavies to comedic types to the "gentle giant" kind. Wide range of interests and abilities. Once took part in a scene in "Brokeback Mountain" that was not shown in the movie. Stood in for Abraham Benrubi in "Open Range" for production purposes.
Mark Kulka was born in Philadelphia and was raised on the rural farmlands of Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in the 80's where he studied with the legendary Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse school of the Theatre. Mark went onto intensive study at the Phil Gushee Studio. Phil was Sanford Meisner's assistant at the Neighborhood Playhouse and also taught there for many years before forming his own studio. Always looking to hone his craft, Mark also studied with Robert Lewis, founder of The Actors Studio, and actor/director Michael Harney. In 1993 Mark produced and acted in his first Off-Broadway play at the William Redfield Theatre in New York. It was directed by Elizabeth Greenberg, casting director/associated of many films including Capote and Brokeback Mountain. Mark has performed in over 30 plays in New York and Los Angeles. Mark is also founder of the Third Earth Ensemble. His first television role came in 1994 where he played the character Ralphie on One Life to Live. Mark's uncanny ability at changing his looks and immersing himself into different characters has allowed him to step from stage to television and film. He resides in Los Angeles California.
A two-time Grammy Award nominee, violinist Philippe Quint has emerged in recent years as one of the few soloists to combine a remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity. He has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his "bravura technique, and unflagging energy."
Quint's big break came with his 2001 debut album, a recording of William Schuman's Violin Concerto (Naxos), which was singled out as an Editor's Choice by Gramophone and garnered two Grammy nominations. The disc catapulted Quint into the top tier of soloists, in demand worldwide. Moreover, it thoroughly established his unique identity as a champion of American composers. Since then, he has appeared with major orchestras under the batons of such noted conductors as Kurt Masur, Carl St. Clair, Marin Alsop, Andrew Litton, Jorge Mester, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Sloane, Marco Parisotto, and Daniel Hege.
Recent and upcoming highlights of his 2010-2011 season include performances with the Berlin Komische Oper Orchestra for their New Year's concerts with Carl St. Clair, Chicago Symphony, San Diego Symphony with Bramwell Tovey, Leipzig's Gewandhaus with Steven Sloane, a tour of Germany with Nordwestdeutsche Symphoniker, and an 18-concert U.S. tour with the Cape Town Philharmonic.
In addition to his demanding musical career, Philippe Quint has recently begun exploring film and theater roles. In 2010 he completed filming of Downtown Express, a new film from multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director David Grubin, produced by Michael Hausman (Brokeback Mountain, Gangs of New York, Amadeus), and co-starring singer-songwriter Nellie McKay. Though there is a long tradition of performers appearing on the big screen as themselves or famous violinists of the past, Quint's role in Downtown Express marks the first time that a classical musician has been featured as the lead in an American independent film. To prepare for the role and further his understanding of the craft, Quint spent three years training intensely with legendary producer and acting instructor Sondra Lee.
Downtown Express chronicles the life of Russian classical violinist Sasha (Quint) who has recently come to New York to study at Juilliard, and who, defying his cellist father (played by Michael Cumpsty), becomes part of the experimental and raucous Downtown music scene of the city. Sparks fly when Sasha meets and begins performing with Ramona (McKay), a multi-talented singer-songwriter.
Philippe Quint studied at Moscow's Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov, and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine, performing Wieniawski's Concerto No. 2. After emigrating to the United States, he earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard. His distinguished pedagogues included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, and Felix Galimir. He also studied and participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Arnold Steinhardt.
The Chicago Tribune proclaimed, "Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing." Among his many honors, Quint has amassed top prizes at the Juilliard Competition ('98), Spain's Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition ('97), where he also received the Special Audience Prize, and the Salon de Virtuosi Award ('97). He has been a Career Grant recipient of the Bagby Foundation since 2002.
In addition to his recording of the Schumann Concerto, Quint's formidable discography includes a large variety of rediscovered treasures along with popular works from standard repertoire. His recording of Korngold's Violin Concerto (2009), which was ranked in the top 20 on Billboard's Classical Chart in its first week of sales, was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. Other critically acclaimed recordings include the world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Red Violin Caprices, Ned Rorem's Concerto, Miklos Rozsa's Complete Works for Violin and Piano with William Wolfram, Bernstein's Serenade, and De Beriot's Concertos. His most recent release from August 2010 is a unique compilation of works by Paganini arranged by Fritz Kreisler, which BBC Music Magazine called "truly phenomenal."
Quint's recordings have received multiple "Editor's Choice" selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. His live performances and interviews have been broadcast on CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, as well as multiple appearances on NPR, WNYC and WQXR.
Quint has been consistently re-engaged both domestically and internationally; recent performances include appearances as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Minnesota, Bournemouth, Houston, the Weimar Staatskapelle, Orchestra Cote du Basque, Orchestra de Pamplona, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo recitals and chamber music performances at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia, Aspen, Lincoln Center, and Chautauqua festivals, at Lukas Foss's Hamptons Music Festival, at the Kravis Center, UC Davis Presents, Rome Chamber Festival and at the National Gallery in Washington. In 2004, Quint was the featured soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in the world premiere of Lera Auerbach's Concerto No. 1, which was written for him and dedicated to him.
In addition to his work as a soloist, Quint is Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series at Mexico Festival in Mexico City, and collaborates with cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Navah Perlman in a trio. He recently formed the Quint Quintet - a group dedicated to exploring music of Astor Piazzolla and Argentine Tango.
Philippe Quint plays the 1708 "Ruby" Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society.
Allison (Alli) knew she had a talent for performance from a young age. As a child she enjoyed putting on plays for her family and charging her parents money to watch simple magic tricks that included turning regular milk into chocolate milk.
At the age of four she joined Miss Bittle's ballet class, where she performed as a black panther in the annual recital. When Miss Bittle appeared on stage as a circus ringmaster garnishing a whip, however, she became scared and decided not to return to the performing art of dance.
In the third grade, Alli began to thrive as a performer. In January of 1998 she performed in Churchill Elementary School's annual talent show alongside her classmates (and Mrs. Murkle's second graders) for a fun rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock" played on thick wooden sticks; along with solely her classmates she performed in a dance to the beloved song, "We Go Together," from "Grease." Later that year while appearing in a play about the month of February, Alli won the coveted "Best Actress" award in which she nailed the perfect Southern accent - one of several accents in her repertoire.
As the years flew by, Alli continued to perform as much as she could - in a fourth grade production of "Cats," and dancing to Lou Bega's catchy hit, "Mambo #5."
In the fifth grade Alli began flute lessons, and her knowledge from piano lessons that had begun four years earlier helped her greatly in this endeavor. She especially liked playing the song, "Tequila" for pep assemblies in middle school, despite being unaware of the song's subject material.
Throughout late elementary school, middle school, and high school, Alli made several independent films, including "Chief Yellow," "Talkin' with Al and Ab," "Talkin with Al and Ab: In Which Al and Ab Get Tackled in the Snow in their Bathing Suits," "Lizzie McGuire Gets a Unibrow," "The Miss Unibrow Pageant," "A Day in the Life of the Chinese," "Papier Plate," "Boy in a Box," and "Jingle and Bells: A Musical." She also produced a few documentaries, namely "Destin, Florida," and "Tucson, Arizona (The Brokeback Mountain Convention)."
The most recent notable performance included a slot as an extra in 2008's "Witless Protection," starring Larry the Cable Guy. Though she did not actually make the cut, Alli is proud of fact that Mr. the Cable Guy asked her about the weather during filming.
In her spare time, Alli enjoys impersonating her idol, Youtube's MirandaSings08. Alli's knack for crooning the off-key melodies to a number of classic songs has been met with rave reviews from devoted listeners.
Aside from hobbies such as these, Alli frequently rubs shoulders with some of Hollywood's hottest rising stars. At a Backstreet Boys concert age 12, she made eye contact with Kevin Richardson, the only member who ironically is no longer a part of the band to this day; several years later she met Brian Littrell's wife at yet another BSB concert. Not even a month after this exciting encounter Alli ran into Frank Neuschaefer, the most controversial contestant on season 6 of The Bachelorette (Ali's season). Frank revealed several "Bachelorette" secrets that Alli has vowed to remember on her continual rise to fame.
Nathan Felix continues to push the orchestral sound-scapes of The Noise Revival Orchestra into compositions for film and larger symphonic works while keeping a steady pulse in the music industry as a composer, film composer, performer, songwriter, booking agent, and manager. His journey in 2012 included the birth of his first piece for full symphony orchestra "Symphony #1/The Curse the Cross & the Lion," a 3rd release by the Noise Revival Orchestra (Songs of Forgiveness), a co-starring role in the documentary, All I know, and a successful tour of Europe which included stops in Denmark, Iceland, UK, Sweden, & the Faroe Islands. With invitations to Stateside and European festivals, including SPOT Festival (Denmark), Interspot (Denmark), SXSW (Texas) and having music featured on MTVU, and Public Service Announcements (IDEA, Seton), & Indie films (All I Know 2011), Felix has turned his attention to music composition for film. Felix began studying under LA film composer Rick Garcia (Brokeback Mountain, Collateral, Rango), Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly), and will both debut his first symphony with a recording by the SUNY Fredonia Orchestra in the fall of 2012, and his first score for a feature narrative, Teller & the Truth, by Andrew Shapter.
David Raven is a drummer, singer, composer, actor, and music producer. He has worked primarily as a studio drummer in Los Angeles since 1981, and has worked on more than 1500 records, as well as music for movies and television.
Raven made his acting debut in the commercial "2012 Buick Verano_Tour Bus. He can be seen as the drummer in the 2004 film "Return to Sin City"
Raven has recorded or performed with Keith Richards, Mike Ness, John Doe, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Greg Ginn (of Black Flag), Meat Puppets, Dave Alvin, Tonio K, Freedy Johnston, Nellie McKay, The Mutaytor, Carlene Carter, Marvin Etzione, Jim Lauderdale, Matt Redman, East Mountain South, Jay Farrar, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Crystal Lewis, Fernando Ortega, Michelle Shocked, Anne McCue, Tom McRae, Peter Case, Don Was, Steve Taylor, Gerry Beckley (of America), Mark Heard, Kim Wilson (of Fabulous Thunderbirds), The Surfaris, Vonda Shepherd, Robben Ford, Ricky Martin, Dillon O'Brian, Leah Andreone, Bobby Womack, Michael Des Barres, Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols), Dread Zeppelin, Jewel, Paula Cole, Delaney Bramlett, Hank Thompson, James Intveld, Sun 60, Sass Jordan, Nancy Sinatra, Lowen and Navarro, Jimmy Z, Amy Grant, T Bone Burnett, Barry Goldberg, Jude, Grey Delisle, Shannon McNally, Beth Hart, 29 Mules, Carole King, Lucinda Williams, Mojo Monkeys, etc.
Raven has had his songs placed in the television shows "Parks and Recreation", "One Tree Hill","Desire","Angel", "Felicity", "Alias", "Sons of Anarchy", "Chronicle", and "Senior Year". He has composed music for "The Style Channel", "Tyra", "The Ellen Degeneres Show", "Extra", and "Celebrity Justice", and co-composed a drum ensemble piece for the burning of the man ceremony at the Burning Man art festival, 2003.
He has performed on the soundtracks of the feature films: "Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl","Brokeback Mountain", "Hurly Burly","Everlasting Piece","Tryst", and "Never Been Thawed."