MUSIC: DARREN ZILLER
dzill // is a producer, dj and multi-instrumentalist based out of New York, NY.
As a versatile DJ, he has performed at underground parties in Brooklyn, NY to some of NYC's hottest bars and rooftops including: Hotel Rivington, Bleecker Hall, Leave Rochelle Out Of It, Shay & Ivy, Solas Bar NYC and various private parties. A graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, dzill was also a recipient of the Michael Iovenko Scholarship to study orchestral conducting and techniques of music in Paris, France through the European American Music Alliance.
MUSIC: BETTINA SHEPPARD
Bettina is honored to be part of LLMoves’ latest work, Plastic Ocean. Her works reflect her varied background as singer, pianist, and composer, after many years spent in dramatic and musical theatre. As a Welsh/American, her writing is multi-ethnic and demonstrates a fusion of styles and cultures. Some of her vocal works and commissions include song cycle settings of the poets Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Misuzu Kaneko. Stage productions include the opera, Stillwaters, TraumNovela, 365 Days/365 Plays by Pulitzer prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and ballets Dream Story, and Gaia. Her works have been performed in New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre, Carnegie Hall, City Center, and Symphony Space, as well as venues in Dallas, Boston, and Barcelona and commissioned work for the American Cathedral in Paris. Upcoming works include a more extensive setting of the poetry and life of Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko, with translator Misa Ogasawara, and the Welsh fairy tales of The Mabinogion.
Bettina holds graduate degrees summa cum laude from both University of Virginia and CUNY and studied at The Juilliard School. She is the author of The Everything Singing Book, and is on faculty at City College CUNY. She serves as the in-house composer for New York’s Open Center. Some of her works are published by See-a-dot Music Publishing, and her CD Solus, Brythonwen is available on CD Baby.
MUSIC: ATONAL HITS
Since aTonalHits’ formation in 2011, the group has been dedicated to bringing contemporary and lesser known works of music to light. Its founding members are Illya Filshtinskiy (piano) and Katha Zinn (violin), although aTonalHits has swollen its ranks with many collaborators in music, film, design, composition etc.
Beyond the standard violin and piano repertoire, Illya and Katha first found a taste for newer music in the work of Alfred Schnittke. They have released an album of Schnittke Sonatas, as well as an album entitled “1910-1920”, which focuses on a variety of different violin and piano music within that decade. The latter was funded through an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, in which the group raised 233% of their original goal. Their newest recording, ‘ORIGINS: aTonalHit plays New Music’ is a compilation of premiers by young composers from around the globe.
aTonalHits has performed in numerous styles of venues, from outreach to the concert hall, to conducting masterclasses and a TEDx event. They play regularly around the globe, including a tour of both Holland and Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico- and closer to home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Liederkranz Hall, Symphony Space, and Spectrum among others. aTonalHits has also worked closely with the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, presenting a recital with three of Québec’s foremost composers, including a premiere of Jean Lesage’s “Portrait of a Sentimental Musician in a Distorting Mirror”. Largely dedicated to new music, they have premiered over 100 works.
The group has also recently designed two books for beginning violin and piano students- ‘Toogo’s Piano/Violin Adventures on Earth’, and ‘Toogo Goes Home’. The books take beginners through Toogo’s adventures with the help of creative illustrations and by introducing interesting techniques. Their teaching studio has expanded tremendously, as Katha and Illya devote more of their time to passing their knowledge of music onto the next generation.
They have been featured artists on the websites of the Juilliard School, Mannes the New School for Music, MySpace, and Avaloch Farm Residencies. Aside from performing, the group regularly focuses on video and music work, producing many classical and new music films, as well as a documentary focusing on John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” and Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Dancer on a Tightrope.
aTonalHits also reaches beyond live performance to the halls of the internet. Videos of their work are posted regularly on their YouTube and Vimeo sites, with footage not only of them playing, but of their animation, artwork, and video art.
MUSIC: ANTHONY CARRERA
Anthony Carrera is a New Jersey based world music multi instrumentalist that has fully devoted his life to his music. Anthony is a student of classical/flamenco guitar, handpan, & sitar but also consistently aims to absorb and learn as much about the different styles of music the world has to offer. While Anthony believes all styles of music should be learned in their most traditional manners to preserve to beauty of the style & pay respect to the culture from which it came, he also believes all styles of music can be blended together to create something truly beautiful and unique. While Anthony plays many different kinds of events throughout the NJ/NYC area he can most regularly be seen within the NYC subway system as an active & new member of MTA’s Arts & Designs Music Under New York Program. A few regular locations where Anthony performs include Penn Station, Grand Central, Times Square, & the World Trade Center.
MUSIC: CRAIG SCHLATTER
Craig Schlatter grew up on a farm outside the small town of Chatsworth, Illinois. He toured with the Sound of America Honors Chorus as a teenager and spent four years as a jazz pianist with the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band in Twentynine Palms, California. In 2005, Mr. Schlatter completed Spirit of the Prairie, a compilation of piano compositions and arrangements written “to convey the lonely, sometimes stark, beauty of the Prairie and the rural communities I still call home.” Music from the CD was featured on WGLT-FM’s Accousticity and the Illinois State University dance production “Now, in this Moment.”