FOUR SINGERS

tumblr_mjco89cUVY1rkz363o1_1280.jpg

Mellissa hughes, soprano

See bio below
Photo by James Matthew Daniel 

 

tumblr_mlsetsKySj1rkz363o4_1280.jpg

samia Mounts,
alto

See bio below
Photo by James Matthew Daniel

 

 

 

ISAIAH ROBINSON,
TENOR

See bio below
Photo by Paula Cort

tumblr_mqvsd7ij1c1rkz363o1_1280.jpg

SEVEN INSTRUMENTALISTS

NATHAN KOCI, Music Director  

NATHAN KOCI, Music Director
 

jonathan woody, baritone

See bio below
Photo by Paula Cort

 

Taylor Levine, electric guitar

Greg Chudzik, electric bass

MUSICIAN BIOS

NATHAN KOCI (Music Director, Conductor, Keyboard) is a Brooklyn-based musician originally from Charleston, South Carolina. He enjoys a diverse career as a multi-instrumentalist both on and off the stage, performing on horn, accordion, and other keyboard, brass, and stringed instruments.  Called a "new-music maven" by TimeOut NY, he has long been an advocate for music by living composers, premiering pieces by Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, and Yotam Haber, and working with ensembles Signal, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Modern, Bang on a Can, Wordless Music and the New Music Collective. As a composer, Koci has composed for theater, dance, and film, as well as for his own instrumental trio The Opposite of a Train. Onstage roles have included War Horse (Songman, Nat'l Theatre of Great Britain), Mother Courage and Her Children (Bandleader, Arena Stage), and Much Ado About Nothing (Music Director/Accordionist, Shakespeare in the Park, NYC). He is immensely glad to be collaborating on the Source with some of his favorite musicians in the world.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a versatile, charismatic soprano endowed with brilliant technique and superlative stage instincts…indispensable to New York’s new-music ecosystem,” MELLISSA HUGHES enjoys a busy international career in both contemporary and early music. A dedicated interpreter of living composers, Hughes has worked closely with Steve Reich, Neil Rolnick, and premiered works by David T. Little, Ted Hearne, Caleb Burhans, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, and Frederic Rzewski, among others. In the classical concert hall she has performed Mozart’s Vespers and Requiem under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Bach cantatas with Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Sir David Willcocks, and the role of Dido under the direction of Andrew Lawrence King. Equally at home in front of a rock band, Hughes has received widespread acclaim in her role as lead vocalist of Newspeak, an amplified alt-classical band, and for her work with Missy Mazzoli’s Victoire. Recent and upcoming highlights include a solo recital for American Songbook at Lincoln Center; an acclaimed recording of Jacob Cooper’s Silver Threads, a song cycle written for and premiered by Hughes, from Nonesuch Records; international tours with John Zorn, singing his Madrigals and Earthspirit in Jerusalem, Montreal, Paris, London, New York, et al; Jonathan Berger’s double bill opera, Visitations, in a Beth Morrison Production/HERE production for Protoype 2014 at Roulette; and performances with The Roots, Alarm Will Sound, Signal, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and many others.  

SAMIA MOUNTS is thrilled to be making her operatic debut in The Source. An accomplished vocalist and performer, Samia fronts and writes songs for her rock band, which performs all over NYC and the tri-state area. She also performs Great Gig In The Sky with several Pink Floyd tribute bands, including Us & Floyd and Time: A Pink Floyd Experience, and she provides voice-overs for commercials, animations, and video games. Past credits include: Featured Vocalist for Brother Josephus & the Love Revolution (2008-2013), Atlanta TOTS nat'l tour of Les MiserablesLes Miserables & The Pajama Game at the St. Louis MUNY, and Rent & Grease at Surflight Theatre. Download Samia's original music for free and find out about upcoming shows at www.samiamusic.com.

ISAIAH ROBINSON is a multi-talented musician who was born in Chicago into a musical family of singing parents. As an actor he was featured in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook, playing the role of Pockets. He has also appeared in several radio and television commercials as a child; most notably, “That’s My Baby” for Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Polaroid commercial featuring the comedian Sinbad as well as advertisements for Kraft, McDonald's, Wendy's, JC Penny, Sears and for Eagle Foods. As a vocalist he was primarily trained singing in church by his parents and his siblings which lead to his performing on several jingles and voice overs for various products and companies. He has performed with The Barrett sisters, Darius Brooks, Aretha Franklin, R-Kelly, Pattie Labelle, Rascal Flatts, Joan Collaso, Rene Marie, Kim Stratton, Jonita Lattimore, The Brown Sisters, Twinkie Clark Terrell, Kelvin Lenox, Mavis Staples, Janis Siegel, Chaka Khan, Yo-Yo Ma and Dennis DeYoung. He was a featured performer in Ted Hearne's Katrina Ballads, and recently performed in David Lang's opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, with a production at Roulette and forthcoming cast recording. Isaiah is currently a teaching artist for the Lookingglass Theater, City of Chicago After School Matters Program, Urban Gateways, and private students in the Chicago area. He also performs with the Stu Hirsh Orchestra, Silent Theater, as well as various other aggregations. He was the featured vocalist at the inauguration of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago. He performs with and facilitates workshops for the Chicago Children’s Choir, and is on staff as a Musician/Organist and Choir Master at the Life Center C.O.G.I.C in Chicago where he has served for more than 14 years.

JONATHAN WOODY is a sought-after performer of early and new music in New York and nationwide. Equally comfortable as soloist and ensemble member, Jonathan is a member of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, where he has been featured in performances of works by G.F. Handel and J.S. Bach, earning praise as "charismatic" and "riveting" from the New York Times. He performs regularly across the United States; recent engagements include a premiere of Luna Pearl Woolf's The Pillar with the National Opera America Center, the Oregon Bach Festival Vocal Fellowship, the Carmel Bach Festival Virginia Best Adams Fellowship, performances with the Green Mountain Project, the Clarion Music Society, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, TENET, Signal Ensemble, the Prototype Festival, Brooklyn Baroque and Gotham Chamber Opera. Jonathan has recorded with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the Musica Omnia label, most recently being featured on the premiere recording of Ralf Yusuf Gawlick's Missa Gentis Humanae for 8 voices. Upcoming engagements include performances with Bach Collegium San Diego, Handel & Haydn Society and Nashville Symphony, and touring with Apollo's Fire and Pegasus Early Music.