Paul McCandless, composer and multi-wind player (oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, et. al.) inherited his artistic passion from his parents who were both music teachers. With a distinguished career spanning more than three decades, McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. He has received multiple Grammy awards and nominations as part of a multi-decade career which includes solo work as well as being credited on more than 200 albums. He has made notable associations with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.
In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called “Oregon In Moscow” featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra.“Round Robin,” the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.
Aaron is a gifted singer-songwriter from Naples, NY who has been a professional musician since age 16.
Anya Wilkening has studied violin since she was 5 years of age and continues her musical engagement as a performer, scholar and teacher of music.
ATLYS is a four-woman, classically trained, unique crossover string quartet.
Canadian violinist Christina Bouey is hailed by The New York Times for playing “beautifully,” described by the New York Post reviewer as having “spun out…[a] shimmering tune.”
From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Mr. Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet.
Praised as “master of the strong lines,” concert violist Colin Brookes is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of 17