Violinist Layale Chaker has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser, and composer in concerts, recitals, and projects in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, and Argentina, as well as at international festivals, notably Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Beethoven Festival Bonn, and Avignon Festival. She received her training at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in Lebanon, Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree at École des Hautes Études in Paris.
As a specialist in pantam (handpan), cello, and percussion from around the world, Adam Maalouf's music is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles. Maalouf is a disciple of masters of percussion Anindo Chatterjee, Glen Velez, River Guerguerian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Michael Burritt, and Rohan Krishnamurthy . In 2013, he received his BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Jake Charkey is an acclaimed cellist with a strong background in both Western classical music and Hindustani music. He is also an eclectic improviser, drawing from both eastern and western musical traditions. He is a sought-after studio recording artist in the film, television, and music industries in the US and India, with numerous credits for both film and commercials, as well as live television appearances.
A disciple of the renowned violinist Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam in the rare Gayaki Ang style, Charkey is one of the few cellists in the world performing Indian music on the cello.
Nick Dunston is a bassist, composer, scholar, and cross-disciplinary collaborator. His performances span a variety of venues across North America and Europe, including Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Canada, and Italy. He's performed with artists such as Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Amirtha Kidambi, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and others. As a composer, Dunston has written for and collaborated with a wide range of artists, from solo instrumentalists to performance artists. As a writer, he contribute s monthly to Hot House jazz magazine since 2016. Nick currently studies at The New School and is on track to graduate with a BA degree in Contemporary Music and a BFA degree in Jazz Performance.
Phillip Golub is a composer and pianist from Los Angeles, CA. His music straddles the boundary between the improvised and the notated. A wide array of influences—Charles Ives, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Michael Finnissy, Anthony Braxton, Salvatore Sciarrino . jazz, Maqam, the New York School, Spectralism, 20th- century American poetry—inform his practice. Golub’s music has been performed by groups and individuals such as the Plus-Minus Ensemble and the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, at venues such as Merkin Hall (NYC), Berlin’s Neue Synagoge, and The Broad Stage (Santa Monica, CA), and at festivals such as Tribeca New Music (NYC), and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. He has performed at Milton Court Concert Hall (London) and the Brighton Fringe Festival, as well as venues such as Spectrum (Brooklyn, NY), and The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA). His teachers include Michael Finnissy, Julian Anderson, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Bruce Brubaker. Phillip holds degrees from Harvard University (B.A. English), The Guildhall School of Music & Drama (M. Mus ic Composition), and The New England Conservatory (M.M. Jazz Performance).