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MARTY ISENBERG
Guitar/Piano/Double Bass/Bass Guitar

Multi-instrumentalist Marty Isenberg has enjoyed Jazz from an early age and is well versed in a variety of musical styles. He has performed with Tony-Award winner Liz Callaway at Merkin Hall, in “Fun Home” and “The Lion King” on Broadway, recorded with jazz pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs, performed at the 2014 international BANFF Jazz Festival, 2017 Mittenwald International Master Classes, and toured Central America with the Dave Juarez Trio. He can be seen performing regularly at Father Knows Best, and The Bar Next Door.

 

Marty received his undergraduate degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he majored in Jazz Performance and minored in Jazz Composition and received his Master of Music degree from New York University.

 

Marty has held adjunct faculty positions at New York University, Sacred Heart University, and Quinnipiac University. He was a teaching artist for Kids Orbit and currently teaches a private studio with students ranging from toddlers to adults. Marty’s favorite animal is the manatee and he thoroughly enjoys artisanal coffee.

ALI JONES
Cello/Piano

Cellist Alexandra Jones enjoys the complexity of a modern performance career; her performing, recording, and teaching opportunities are always developing and diversifying. She plays with Ensemble Mise-en, the Metro Chamber Orchestra, Washington Heights Camerata, Ensemble Du Monde, the Chelsea Symphony, and Dig North Music, as well as a handful of smaller, independent collaborations.

 

Ali’s teachers include Joshua Koestenbaum of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Marion Feldman, Maxine Neuman, and Julia Lichten. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree at New York University and is currently a graduate student at SUNY Purchase.

 

Ali has completed four books of Suzuki Pedagogy taught by Pamela Devenport at School for Strings in New York City. She maintains an active private studio and has been on the faculty of Rubato Music School. Ali loves dogs and reading works by Roald Dahl.

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ZACH LAPIDUS
Piano

A native of Vancouver, Washington, Zach Lapidus is a pianist, composer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. He was named as one of five finalists for the American Pianists Association’s 2015 and 2011 Jazz Fellowship Awards. Zach’s playing has been featured on broadcasts of NPR’s Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Morning Edition, as well as on Voice of America and WBGO.

 

A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Zach studied jazz under pianist Luke Gillespie and David Baker. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in 2008 and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, the highest undergraduate honor. Zach was also awarded a fellowship at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, where he studied with Rufus Reid and James Moody.

 

As an educator, Zach has served as a guest lecturer and clinician at many colleges and universities, including Butler University, Utah State University, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Mary. He has taught privately for many years in addition to working as an instructor in community music schools. Outside of the piano, Zach enjoys reading books, playing chess, and cooking. Inside of the piano, it’s too dark to do any of those things.

SABINA TOROSJAN
Violin

Originally from Tartu, Estonia, violinist Sabina Torosjan is both an active performer and teacher in New York City. A winner of various national competitions in Estonia, Sabina has since performed in prestigious concert halls such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bohemian National Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge.  She has performed in music festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Green Mountain Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and became a member of the new music group, Ensemble Mise-en in 2012. Sabina has recorded with iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, guitarist Terry Champlin, and songs by American Idol finalist and actress Jennifer Hudson.

 

Sabina studied with Kai Rebane, Valeriy Schevchenko, and Ann Setzer before receiving her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas and Lewis Kaplan.

 

Sabina has taught at the Hoboken and Encore Schools of Music. Aside from English, she is also fluent in Russian and Bulgarian. Sabina loves to play violin with her adorable two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sheyna, and enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

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BRYAN VARGAS
Guitar

Guitarist Bryan Vargas has recorded and performed on stages around the world with music legends as well as underground indie phenoms. He was the original guitarist for both the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra & Tato Torres’ Yerbabuena. Currently Bryan is the musical director/guitarist for Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia, lead guitarist for Chop & Quench (The Fela Band), as well as numerous other groups. Other performance highlights include Patti Labelle, Bruno Mars, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Yomo Toro, Arturo O’Farrill, William Cepeda, Pistolera, Fredericks Brown and many more.

 

Bryan’s debut CD “Afro Latino Soul,” was produced by Latin Jazz great Arturo O’Farrill. It was called one of the Ten Best World Music CDs of 2004 by WFMU (New York), WBEZ (Chicago) & WNYU (New York). He has led his own band on international tours and performed at some the largest music festivals in the United States. Bryan was also the “tenor” guitar player for the Broadway musical “Fela!” and was the assistant music director for the American Touring Production of the show.

 

Bryan received his Bachelors of Music from New York University in 1997, and his Masters of Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in 2010. He has taught music for over twenty years, both privately and with schools including St. Joseph’s College, the Third Street Music School, the Highbridge Voices, and is fluent in Spanish. When not playing guitar, you can catch Bryan biking all over the five boroughs.