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Valentine Quintet
Thursday, August 4, 2016 9:30 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 2 Bev Min
 
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  • Ticket Price: $18.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type: Jazz
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min
Valentine Quintet ~ Roundabouts and Lullabies





VALENTINE
Valentine is an adventurous composer and vocalist from Ukraine and Israel. 
 
After becoming inspired by her mother’s passion and love for Bach, she began her piano studies at age 3. As a child, she also participated in numerous choirs, including the prestigious Liron Choir, with which she won a gold medal at the Graz Choir Olympics and performed at the Israeli Knesset in front of French President Nicolas Sarcozy.
 
After becoming more seriously involved with the classical vocal scene in Israel, Valentine won multiple merit based scholarships to study Voice, Music Theory and Solfege at the Netanya Conservatory. Along with her classical focus, she also became increasingly interested in American Jazz and Soul music.
 
By age 17 she had attended 3 Berklee summer programs on a full scholarship, studied with former Motown background vocalist Elisheva Bat Israel, and had her arrangement performed by an a cappella group led by the Siwngle Singers’ Kevin Fox. She also became an integral part of Israel’s jazz scene, playing with luminaries such as Leonid Ptashka, Robert Anchipolovski, Roman Arye and her mentor Elisheva Bat Israel at the historic Latrun Monastery, White Night, Mike’s Place, and other venues and events around Israel. 
 
After receiving multiple scholarships, including the Sylvia M. Zunz Endowed Scholarship, Valentine began her studies at Berklee College of Music in the Jazz Composition and Vocal Performance departments. There, she has been guided by mentors Peter Eldridge, Lisa Thorson, Tiger Okoshi, Terence Blanchard, and Ed Saindon.
 
Now, she tours the American Northeast with the Valentine Quintet: a modern jazz quintet which consists of some of the most promising and diverse young talent today. The quintet includes Valentine as the primary composer and vocalist, Ryan Fedak on Vibraphone, Lior Tzemah on Guitar, James Heazlewood Dale on Electric and Acoustic Bass, and Juan Mejia on Drums and Percussion.

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RYAN FEDAK-VIBRAPHONE
Ryan is from Fairfield, CT. He is dual-majoring in Performance and Jazz Composition, studying under vibraphone extraordinaire Ed Saindon. He has also worked with Tia Fuller, Oscar Stagnaro, Tiger Okoshi, and George Garzone. His school connections have earned him two performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, a guest appearance on an EP by Berklee alum Shubh Saran, and several other performances and recording sessions with up and coming Berklee artists. Ryan continues to be active as a vibraphonist, percussionist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He strives to push the envelope of the vibraphone, and reach the perfect balance of all of his musical loves.
 
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LIOR TZEMAH-GUITAR
Born in 1994, in Ramat gan, Israel. Lior started to play the guitar at age of 11, at the local conservatory, at age 14 started his studying at the prestigious "Thelma yellin high school of arts" at the jazz department. During that time, He took part in various groups that performed in Jazz festivals such as "Jazz at the Red Sea", "Tel aviv jazz festival", "Yellow submarine","Shablul Jazz","White Night" and more... in summer of 2011 got accepted to "Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop" directed by Terry Lynn Carrington and Rick Dimuzio, there, auditioned and got a scholarship to study at Berklee. In 2012, as a part of the military service, Lior Joined the army bands, as a Singer\Guitarist\ Arranger, and toured all over the country. at that time, Lior started his studying at "Rimon School of jazz and contemporary music" for 2 years, studying with top notch artists and musicians such as Gilad Dobrecky, Avishai Cohen, and took part in a 5 days workshop with legendary alto-sax player Phil Woods, Playing in many local productions and performing with original music in most of the clubs in tel aviv, doing recordings and being involved in the music industry in israel. In the Fall of 2014, Lior continued his academic path and became a student in Berklee college of music, in the "Music production and engineering" major.

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JAMES HEAZLEWOOD DALE-BASS
James Heazlewood Dale is from Sydney, Australia. He began to focus on playing jazz double bass when he was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium with a full scholarship. After receiving a first class honors he relocated to Boston to study at Berklee School of music with a further full scholarship.
 
Playing with some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Ernie Watts and Will Vincent, he continues to be extensively active in the Boston music scene. 

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JUAN MEJIA-DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
Juan Mejia hails from Bogota, colombia. In NYC he was given a diploma in drum set performance at the Collective School of Music, where he studied with amazing musicians such as Peter Retzlaff, Vince Cherico, Ian Froman, Pat Petrillo, Jason Gianni, Bob Quaranta, Marko Djordjevic, Kim Plainfield, Sean Conly, Maciek Schejbal, Sean Conly and Adriano Santos. Also, while studying he played in many NYC renowned jazz clubs, such as Cafe Wah (where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played historical concerts) and Lic Bar. 
 
On scholarship at Berklee, Juan is studying, besides music theory and ear training, Performance, Contemporary Writing and Production and he is doing a minor in Performance studies in latin music. His mentors have been Ian Froman, Casey Scheuerell, Kim Plainfield, Mark Walker, Henrique De Almeida, Neal Smith and Dave Dicenso. He has played a vast amount of concerts from his very first semester, playing everything from pop music to jazz, funk to latin and playing both percussion and drum set. He has also recorded in all of the Berklee recording studios, film scoring studios and outside Berklee studios such us at the record company, Studio one and Perfection.
 
Photo Credit: Gaia Wilmer Photography