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Musician Biographies


Wendy Clark, flutist, is a free-lance flutist and music educator in the Metro-west area of Massachusetts.  Currently she performs with the Willow Flute Ensemble, Bravo (flute and guitar duo), Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Harvard Summer Orchestra and the Apple Tree Arts Flute Ensemble.  She is a K-6 music teacher for the Westborough Public Schools.  Ms. Clark graduated from Ithaca College with her degree in music education and has a masters degree in flute performance from the Boston Conservatory studying with Doriot Anthony Dwyer.  She is Kodaly and Orff certified and holds a certificate for Arts Administration from Fitchburg State College.

 


Peter Hughes, violinist, received training in violin performance at New England Conservatory of Music (1975-1977) and The Longy School (1998-1999).   Mr. Hughes, at age 15, was the youngest professional in the Worcester Orchestra and played there for ten seasons. He has freelanced in the Boston area since 1982. He is currently in the first violin section of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and has played in several Boston area theaters.   In addition to his Classical side, he is also a talented Jazz and improvisational player.  He teaches private lessons to approximately fifty students of all ages in four schools in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area.


Steve Kirby, guitarist, is a Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was the recipient of multiple merit scholarships.  In addition, he has studied with Gary Burton,  John Scofield, Adam Rogers, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Bret Willmott and Charles Banacos. He has a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusettes (Amherst) where he won two Downbeat awards for best arrangment and best song composition.  He has built a reputation for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz.  He has performed and/or recorded with Chris Potter, George Garzone, Scott Colley, Bruce Barth, Harvie Swartz, Joe Hunt, Steve Hunt, Bevan Manson, George Schuller, Sae Ghose,  Laszlo Gardony, Wolfgang Muthspiel,  Mark Shilansky, Phil Grenadier, Bruce Gertz ,  Matt Malley (of the rock band Counting Crows) ,  and many others.  During the course of his 20 year professional playing career Mr. Kirby has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe including  appearances at Boston Globe Jazz Festival and  festivals in Europe.  In 1998 his jazz CD “Point Of Balance” was released internationally on the European based Challenge/ A-Records label to much critical praise. His  CD “North Light” was released in Feb of 2003 also on Challenge.  Kirby’s music has been featured nationwide on over 100 jazz radio stations in the US, Canada and Europe. His composition, "Line Game" won second prize in the 2004 International Songwriting Contest-Jazz Category.   He is an Assistant Professor in the Harmony Dept. at Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music and has taught at Brandeis, UMass (Dartmouth) and UMass (Amherst). He also  teaches guitar performance, ear training and theory at his home studio.


Larry Kukers, double bassist/electric bass guitarist, performs in Jazz, R&B and Rock.  Educated at Berklee College of Music, Mr. Kukers has studied privately with iconic jazz educator Charlie Banacos and Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist James Orleans.  He has performed with music legends Bo Diddly, Ronnie Spector, Freddy Cannon, Wolfman Jack, the Silhouettes, and Herb Reed & the Platters.   Currently active full-time on the Boston music scene.


Steve Langone, drummer, won multiple High School musicianship awards as a teenager and started playing professional jazz gigs before graduating. He went on to get a BA on scholarship from the Berkelee College of Music.  He also studied privately with local giants Alan Dawson, Bob Gulotti and Fred Buda.  In 2001 he released his first album as a leader, "Finders Keepers", featuring Jerry Bergonzi, and his second album in 2009, the eponymous "Steve Langone Group". He is now at the top of the call list for New England jazz gigs and recording sessions and has performed at clubs and festivals in the United States, South America and Europe. Steve is a Guest Artist/Teacher at the University of Rhode Island and teaches percussion at Wellesley College.
Mr. Langone has worked with many of the area’s and the world’s top performers, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, Bruce Gertz, Antonio Sanchez, Victor Mendoza, Luciana Sousa, Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, Bruce Bartlett, Steve Hunt, Oscar Stagnaro, Rebecca Paris, Mark Murphy, Garrison Fewell, Tiger Okoshi, John Lockwood, Bobby Santos, Miguel Zenon, Baron Browne, Claudio Ragazzi, Joe Delaney, Dan Moretti and many others.
Mr. Langone has performed at jazz festivals on the East coast and around the world, including the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Upstate New York Jazz Festival, the Brazilian/Argentinean Music Festival in New York, the Bethlehem Jazz Fest in Pennsylvania, the Savannah Jazz Festival in Georgia, the Huntington Jazz Festival in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico and the Tirana Jazz Festival in Albania. He performs regularly in clubs in Boston and New York such as the Regatta Bar, Scullers, The Blue Note and The Knitting Factory.  He has recorded for both major and independent recording artists, TV, radio and movies.


Kelley Lennon, vocalist, began singing in her church choir at age 8 and began formal training while in high school.  In 2001, she graduated magna cum laude from Rhode Island College as a performance major.  During college, Kelley served as the opening act for local performers before beginning to do shows of her own. Performing to sold-out crowds and attracting considerable attention in the New England area, Kelley’s wit and banter, along with a warm and genuine personality, made her a crowd favorite. With an extensive repertoire consisting of popular music, Broadway’s best, classic Jazz tunes, and unforgettable Standards, Kelley charms audiences of all ages.  Ms. Lennon has opened for National Acts such as the legendary Herb Reed and the Platters, The Rascals, and Kings Row. In addition she has performed the National Anthem at the Fleet Center for the Boston Celtics and at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. Kelley’s most celebrated accomplishment was her success on Ed McMahon’s online Star Search competition called, NextBigStar.com in which she won first place in this nationwide contest in the Pop/Female Vocalist category in 2000. As a result of her winnings, Kelley recorded her first original song, Anymore Goodbyes, at Sony Studios in New York City. This song was then used on the soundtrack for an independent film called, “Serial Intentions.” Shortly after that, Kelley was asked by the Farrelly Brothers to appear as an extra in their movie, “Shallow Hal.”  In 2003, Kelley was chosen to be a featured singer at the New York International Music Festival, where she performed at Madison Square Garden and Le Bar Bat in New York City. In 2003, Kelley was selected to be in the contestant pool for CBS’ Star Search in Hollywood, CA. That same year, Kelley was a featured vocalist for a showcase sponsored by Talent in Motion Magazine.  In 2004, Kelley made her theatrical concert debut at the prestigious Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Backed by a talented 6-piece jazz band, Kelley wowed the audience with her jazzy interpretations of classic Standards. A newspaper review of that career defining concert published the following, “I have always loved those magical moments you just don’t hear anymore—you know when the beautiful girl stands in the spotlight and sings the perfect song. And you know it’s perfect because you can hear a pin drop as the entire audience hangs on her every lovely note and just melts…that is what an evening with Kelley Lennon is like…”   Currently, Kelley performs regularly at area clubs, lounges, and restaurants, as well continuing to do her own concerts, and benefits/fundraisers.


Jeffrey Nottonson, multi-instrumentalist, began his musical studies on piano at age six and is self-taught on most other instruments.  "For me, learning instruments is like catching a cold that you can't shake.  I never know when I am going to catch the next one, but I don't complain because learning and playing different instruments is so much fun.  They are my toys."  In terms of learning each instrument, Mr. Nottonson has observed that piano sits in the middle of the musical spectrum, where all the notes are laid out in front of the performer.  Guitar sits at one extreme, where there are multiple ways of playing the same pitch and the connection from string to string is difficult to grasp.  Trumpet sits at the other end, where one's embouchure (mouth position) and three valves control every note, forcing the brain to hear each pitch before actually playing it.  "Music is music.  I try to keep up with the best of them!"

Mr. Nottonson received professional musical training at Berklee College of Music where he studied Performance and Songwriting and received several merit scholarships. He has composed in many styles ranging from Classical to Jazz to Pop and Country and composes his own lyrics.  He performs in Classical, Jazz, R&B and Pop.  He manages a private teaching practice, coaching child and adult students in performance, theory, and improvisation on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass guitar and piano.  He also works with young singers in preparation for theatre tryouts.


Tony Sarno, vocalist/guitarist, is a recording artist, guitarist, singer, bandleader, and composer whose heart, soul, and passion is apparent from the first note. As a recording artist Mr. Sarno has toured the United States, Europe, Australia, and Argentina. As a songwriter he has over 20 published songs and has co-written with Keith Christopher ("Over the top"-Ray Charles), Eddy Shaver ("Live forever" -Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson) and Fred Koller ( "Angel eyes"-Jeff Healy). As a guitarist he has played with David Clayton Thomas' Blood Sweat and Tears, and Peter Tork. As a record producer, Mr. Sarno produced international releases Thunderhawks, his Tony Sarno and Silent night records, and co-produced Dee Archer Band's "Sooner or later" and Tony Sarno & the screamin' blue demons "It's a blues thing". He has shared numerous concert bills with B.B. King, as well as bills with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hall & Oates, Johnny Winter, and Little Feat.  He has recorded for CBS/Holland, Icehouse/Priority, Marconi, and Bandwidth Records. His music appeared in Craig Brewer’s (Hustle & Flow) movie Poor & Hungry and on the Masters of Blues cd compilation with Albert King, Buddy Guy, and the Allman Brothers Band.


Helen-Sherrah Davies, violinist.  After many years as a classical performer and educator in her native Britain, Cambridge educated five-string violinist and composer Helen relocated to Boston, graduated from Berklee College of Music, (Summa Cum Laude) with the “most valuable player” award, winning praise for being “one of Berklee’s most original voices”.  She gained a Masters (with Academic Honours) in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory. 

International credits include recording with Herbie Flowers (Sky/T Rex) in the UK, performing with Jon Lord (Deep Purple) in Switzerland, at the wedding of “Posh Spice” to David Beckham in Ireland, Montepulciano Opera Festival Orchestra in Italy, and recently at an International Music Festival in the West Bank, Palestine, also teaching at Al Kamandjati in Ramallah. Stateside credits include performing with Simon Shaheen, with the Arabic Fusion ensemble, ZilZala, Mimi Rabson’s Power Trio Project, singer song-writer Alan Williams’, “Birdsong at Morning” and the J Way Jazz String Quartet. Summer 2012 saw her explore microtonal notes between “the notes” with monster guitarist Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski’s unique “Planet Microjam Institute” at the Jazz Festival in Genoa, Italy.

Trans-stylistic and jazz infected, “StarStuff”, her debut recording as a leader, is the fruit of her remarkable transatlantic quest, the fulfillment of a vibrant and seasoned artistic vision. Helen follows a path of “eclectic inspiration, disparate sonic influences and the realm of the Imagination.” Darol Anger, acclaimed fiddler, has described Helen’s music as “so strong, it approaches the status of a new sentient being.... Even in the most thorny, complex episodes, we are moved to care, laugh and rejoice, washed by waves of melodic love.”

Helen's musical inspirations are wide ranging: from Bach to Messiaen (a fellow synaesthete), Fats Waller to Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, from Wayne Shorter to Astronomy, Shakti to Archaeology, and Nick Drake to total Native American respect - but most importantly of all - finding time to watch the flowers grow…

Helen is an Assistant Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music


Johann Soults, cellist, studied cello performance and biology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He studied with Andor Toth, Jr. at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has done further studies with George Neikrug and Terry King. Side tracked for a while, he received a MS in Biology from the University of Rochester and did a brief career in biotechnology.  Mr. Soults is at present an active free lancer in the New England area having performed with various orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as recording with local artists. Mr. Soults has performed live on WGBH public Radio with El Ensemble Porteño. He is principal cellist for The Claflin Hill Symphony, and, during a brief stay in Upstate N.Y., was the principal cellist of the Utica Symphony Orchestra.  He has played with the Plymouth Philharmonic, the New Bedford Symphony, the Nashua Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra as well as other Boston area orchestras and choirs.  Mr. Soults was a founding member of the Longfellow String Trio, The New Horizon Piano Trio, El Ensemble Porteño and is a member of the Claflin Hill Symphony String Quartet. He teaches privately in Boston and the surrounding areas.

 


Steve Skop, Bassist, is a native of Troy, NY, but has made his home in the Boston Area since 1988. He earned a B.M. in Music Education from The Crane School Of Music, SUNY Potsdam and a M.M. in Music Performance from The University of Massachusetts,  Lowell.  His professional career is comprised of performing in jazz, classical, theater, world music and contemporary music settings; teaching private lessons, ensembles and jazz clinics. Steve has had the pleasure of performing with notable local and international artists, including: Al Martino, Steven Tyler, Danny Kalb, John C. Reilly, Ernestine Jackson, Montego Glover, Dick Johnson, Krisanthi Pappas, Michael Musillami, James Dower, Joe Parillo, Brendan Byrnes, Kevin Grudecki, Elena Suchánková, Walter Flores, Johnny Souza, Steve Hunt, Gray Sargent, Ptah Brown, Shirley Lewis, Umi Garrett, Maria Tecce, Derek Moloney, Deirdre Shannon and Cora Smyth. He has opened for international jazz artists Gary Burton, The Yellowjackets and Branford Marsalis. Steve has appeared in live television and radio performances, and on multiple cd’s as a sideman. Through his recordings with singer/songwriter Krisanthi Pappas, Steve’s bass playing has been heard on NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Passions”, ABC’s “One Life To Live”, Here TV’s “The Lair” and in the film “Green River”.  He studied jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos; jazz and classical bass with Mark Henry; jazz studies and electric bass with Bruce Gertz; and classical bass with Paul Erhard and Richard Stephan. Steve teaches privately out of his home studio in Millis, MA, and is on staff at Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Worcester State University, Thayer Academy, and Foxborough High School.