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August 16, 2015

3:00 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Tavche Gravche

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet

Dan Nadel, guitar

Daniel Ori, bass

With guest artist Satoshi Takeishi, percussion.


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Photo of Vasko DukovskiVasko Dukovski,

Classically-trained Juilliard graduate Vasko Dukovski "sees no boundaries in music and musical styles, but embraces all of it." Those who have heard him in Stamford can attest to his versatility, having experienced his performances with our very first classical group of Juilliard School students, and later with the Grneta Ensemble whose program included both classical and contemporary pieces.


An avid performer and advocate of Avant-garde Free Style and Contemporary classical music, Dukovski has collaborated with some of New York’s most respected ensembles including Argento New Music Ensemble, Bang on A Can All Stars, Either/OR Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, ECCE-East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Lost Dog Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble LPR and others. A front man of world music group Tavche Gravche, he is also a member and a co-founder of the Grneta Ensemble.

Vasko Dukovski has recorded for Naxos American Classics, Deutche Grammophon, Evolver Records, Albany Records, Sono Luminus - Dorian, Tzadik, Chicken Madness, In a Circle Records, Furious Artisans and Parma Recordings. Read more about him and listen to more examples of his work at his Web site



Photo of Dan NadelDan Nadel, guitar

Searching for his own sound has led guitarist and composer Dan Nadel on a journey across the globe, from Israel to NY, to Brazil, and finally to Spain.

With a style that combines jazz, flamenco, and other influences, he is a busy performer in New York's music scene both as a bandleader and as accompanist to some of its finest talent.


Released in 2005, Dan’s debut album Brooklyn Prayer is a rich, introspective recording that explores the subtler cultures of New York’s most diverse borough. It received critical acclaim worldwide, and features some of the city’s brightest musical voices. Read more about Mr. Nadel and listen to more examples of his work at his Web site


Photo of Daniel OriDaniel Ori, bass

Israeli-born bassist and composer Daniel Ori is "a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary Jazz and World music scene." Daniel’s music has been described as fresh, communicative, lyrical and rhythmic, a mix of modern jazz with deep Middle Eastern, Latin and African grooves.


Ori is a scholarship recipient and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a winner of the 2009 ASCAP Jazz Composers Award and 2012 ASCAP Plus award. He has performed internationally in venues including Blue Note, Smalls, Merkin Hall, Highline Ballroom, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music festival and the Alexandria Jazz Festival.

In late 2009, Daniel Ori released his debut album So It Goes through the Art of Life Record label. His second album, Emuna, featured Mark Turner (sax), Oz Noy (guitar), Sam Barsh (piano) and Ziv Ravitz (drums) and was released in 2012 by Blujazz Records. Read more about him and hear more of his work at his Web site



Photo of Satoshi TakeishiSatoshi Takeishi, percussion

Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percussion, is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger, and his interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east.


Mr. Takeishi has been living in New York since 1991 and has performed and recorded in vast variety of genres, from world music, jazz, contemporary classical music to experimental electronic music with musicians including Ray Barretto, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Erik Friedlander, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias, Shoko Nagai, Paul Giger, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Ying String Quartet, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Dhafer Youssef, Lalo Schifrin, and Pablo Ziegler. Satoshi Takeishi continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

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