Embark on a musical journey with Strathmore’s Artist-in-Residence program’s Class of 2024. This diverse group of talented individuals promises a year filled with vibrant melodies, innovative compositions, and soul-stirring performances that span genres and traditions. Each artist brings a unique perspective, carving their own niche in the world of music.
Discover the realm of jazz through the skillful fingers of Alfred Yun. A pianist, composer, and multi-faceted artist, Yun’s compositions are a reflection of his transient life and diverse identity. Hailing from Philadelphia and drawing inspiration from his time in Korea, he seamlessly blends cultural influences and philosophical insights into his work. His music speaks a universal language that transcends borders.
Zoë Jorgenson takes the bass to new heights, transcending boundaries between jazz, classical, indie, and folk genres. As a bassist, composer, and educator, she leads the Zoë Jorgenson Trio and captivates audiences with introspective melodies and dynamic performances. With a global footprint in her touring and orchestral endeavors, Jorgenson’s mastery of strings brings a melodic tapestry to life.
The rhythmic world comes alive with Marty Risemberg’s captivating drumming. An experimental percussionist, composer, and educator, Risemberg’s beats resonate with introspection and playfulness. His collaborations with diverse projects and award-winning ensembles showcase his versatility. As both a performer and educator, he bridges the gap between rhythm and learning.
Parker Speirs paints the musical canvas with a versatile brush, combining jazz, rock, and classical influences into a harmonious symphony. A guitarist, composer, and educator, Speirs stands at the intersection of creativity and adventure. His mastery of guitar and composition is evident in his crossover projects and collaborations, inviting listeners on an eclectic journey of sound.
Snehesh Nag’s music resonates with soulfulness, funk, and an intriguing touch of chaos. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and explorer of genres, Nag’s primary instrument, the sitar, takes center stage. His fusion of Hindustani classical music with Western classical and electronic genres creates a sonic experience that pushes boundaries and challenges conventions.
Kaiyla Gross’s voice is a vessel of healing, soulfulness, and high-spirited energy. A singer-songwriter with a fusion of gospel, R&B, and musical theater influences, Gross captivates audiences with her dynamic performances. Having graced both national and regional theater stages, she embodies the essence of emotion through her powerful vocal expressions.
Join Strathmore in celebrating the Class of 2024’s Artist-in-Residence program, a journey through sound, culture, and creativity. From the delicate piano keys to the vibrant rhythms, from the intricate strings to the resonant vocals, these artists offer a glimpse into the magic that happens when passion meets talent.
*Photos by Margot Schulman