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Andrea Loretz-Frey
Soprano
Andrea Loretz-Frey“ Our voices are the medium through which we extend our hearts. It is my greatest desire and intent, that I bring to this world a bit more Joy, Happiness, Comfort, and Laughter. One creative impulse has the power to invite and extend inspiration. We are all one, united in spirit, each of us seeking the healing and beauty of unconditional love. Music has an undeniable power to heal, through divine expression, in its totality.”
-- Andrea Loretz-Frey

Andrea Loretz-Frey is Founder, Co-Director, and Performance Artist with Improvelocity. Andrea has performed for over 20 years, including performance throughout the East Coast, US and Europe, and currently performs throughout Boston, Greater Boston and New York. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance, The Boston Conservatory, May 1996, and has had the great privilege of studying with Robert Honeysucker and Elizabeth Vrenios.

Andrea is also a vocal instructor, teaching at all vocal levels, for over 15 years, in the Boston area and New York and is a member of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM).
www.AndreaLoretz-Frey.com


Joel Cohen
Cello

Joel CohenJoel Cohen received his B.M. from the University of Western Ontario and has been teaching for over 20 years. He has performed as Principal Cellist in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and as Co-Principal Cellist in the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

His teachers have included Irene Sharp, Margaret Rowell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Janos Starker. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and Asia, and regularly tours with the Johann Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna. Prof. Cohen was a member of the faculty at Municipal Music School in Tulln, Austria for several years and is currently on the faculty of the Holy Cross as well as the Performing Arts School of Worcester.


Todd Brunel
Clarinets

Todd BrunelTodd Brunel is an innovative, critically acclaimed clarinetist who leads a dual life as a cross-over classical and jazz musician. "Tremendous virtuosity and heart," said The Boston Globe. He has played principal clarinet with the Opera Ebony of Harlem, the American Opera Musical Theater Company, ALEA III, the Andover Chamber Players, and many New York and Boston area orchestras. As a sought after advocate of contemporary musical styles, his premieres include works by composers George and Skip Brunner, Ara Sarkissian, The Alta Voz Composers Alliance, Vuk Kulenovic, Pamela Watson, Vache Sharyfyan and Lawrence 'Butch' Morris. Brunel's numerous guest appearances include: Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, the Boston and New England Conservatories, The Manhattan School, CBGb's Gallery, The SEAMUS Festival, the National Black Arts Festival (with Lilli Lewis) and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Brunel produced the critically acclaimed 'Vortex Series' for improvisational music, which was the jazz "pick of the week" in the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. In addition to premieres of his own compositions, his powerful, polyrhythmic improvisations, (Somerville Arts Council) earned him a true cat, heavy pro accolade from godsofmusic.com. Brunel received a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied with Atilio Poto and Pasquale Cardillo. He has pursued graduate studies at the Longy School of Music, the University of North Texas and Brooklyn College Conservatory. He was a scholarship participant at the Aspen Music Festival and has studied with clarinetists Thomas Martin, Jonathan Cohler, Paul Shelden, composition with Sam Headrick, and jazz with Bob Mover and Peter Cassino. More about Todd at www.clarinetconspiracy.com


"I hope to share the music that I have cultivated over many years with as many audiences as possible. Working with Improvelocity is helping me to see the limitless nature of music and collaboration. Our partnership should help to promote the best in human nature and to help people unleash their inner potential though performance workshops utilizing improvisation as a primary resource." -- Todd Brunel


Timothy Alexandre Wallace
Pianist

Timothy Alexandre WallaceTimothy Alexandre Wallace, noted pianist, organist and composer, began his study of the piano at age nine while living in Texas, and gave his first solo recital as a high school student. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. While there, he studied with Alfred Mouledous, pianist with the Dallas Symphony and protege of Walter Geiseking. He also studied with Pierette Mouledous, a student of Al- fred Cartot at the Paris Conservatory of Music. Mr. Wallace's numerous performance credits include concerts with the Brookhollow Chamber Orchestra in Dallas, as well as concerts sponsored by the City of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, the Greater Dallas Music Foundation, the Musical Wonder House in Maine and the Torrington Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. He has served as Principal Accompanist for the Dallas Ballet Conservatory and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and staff accompanist for the Joffrey Ballet Workshop. Mr. Wallace has composed works for voice, solo instruments, small ensembles and full orchestra.

In 2007, Mr. Wallace founded Studio 59, a performance gallery. He has transformed an historic church into a setting reminiscent of an Eighteenth Century European drawing room, where several series of classical music concerts are offered during the year, along with exhibits of the artwork of contemporary artists. Most recently he has expanded his private teaching into the Alexandre School of Piano, which is one of only two known schools of piano in the United States dedicated to excellence in the teaching and performance of piano, and only piano. Patience and individual guidance for each student and sharing his great love of music are the hallmarks of his teaching career, spanning over 25 years.

"The art of improvisation is a well-spring which truly knows no end. It is here in this vast well-spring that one taps into the deepest parts of the inner self to begin a fascinating journey through a garden of other-than-earthly delights. This is such a great joy that I cannot help but to share it with others." -- Timothy Alexandre Wallace

 

Guest Artists

  • Deb Lempke, Drums (Cello Chix)
  • Ukumbwa Sauti, Percussion
  • Seth Maislin, Baritone (Open Hearth Theatre)
  • Paul Rodriguez, Guitar and Vocals
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