ALLYSON CLARK – Artistic Director Ms. Clark is an accomplished violinist whose playing has been described by the New York Times as “finely polished” and “warm-toned.” Ms. Clark maintains an active performing schedule as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician performing in venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, the Library of Congress, Constitution Hall, the National Gallery, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, and New World Center in Miami Beach.
An advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Clark has premiered several new works for both solo violin and chamber ensemble. Collaborations include a string quartet residency with Alight Dance Theatre at the Kennedy Center and a trio residency premiering the works of new composers at the University of Miami. She has performed with new music ensembles including North-South Consonance, New Music New York, Audio Inversions, Ensemble Pamplemousse and TACTUS and has also participated in festivals Ash Lawn Opera, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival where she performed alongside members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Clark has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Dicapo Opera, and has toured Mexico with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas promoting the release of “Mi Alma Mexicana.”She currently freelances with several orchestras in New York City and has played under the baton of conductors including Pierre Boulez, Heinz Fricke, Joseph Silverstein, John Williams, Julius Rudel and Sir Colin Davis. She serves as concertmaster of the Chelsea Symphony with whom she performed the Beethoven violin concerto as soloist. She can also be seen performing with the Chelsea Symphony in the Amazon original series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Neil Weintrob and Curtis Macomber. She completed her Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland under the tutelage of James Stern, Elisabeth Adkins, Arnold Steinhardt, and John Dalley. She has also studied chamber music with members of the American String Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, and Lyric Piano Quartet.
LILY MAASE – Fresh from the Brooklyn underground, guitarist/composer Lily Maase is at the forefront of the arts movement sweeping through the recently-reclaimed industrial neighborhood known as Bushwick, where she has built fully-equipped stages onto warehouse rooftops, recorded music in cavernous basements and abandoned churches, and built a multimedia experience around her new music ensemble, the Suite Unraveling, with her own two hands.
Though she holds a degree in jazz guitar performance from the esteemed University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, Lily’s forays into the world of music are as extensive as her ferociously curly hair: she has released three albums under her own name; toured nationally with the the Suite Unraveling, country artists JP & the Gilberts, and female folk trio the Lascivious Biddies; performed in New York with Walter Thompson and Elliott Sharp; presented composition and improvisation workshops at numerous universities across the country; and was recently crowned champion of the nationally-reviewed Shred for Your Life guitar competition at New York City’s famed Webster Hall. In spring 2010 Lily was invited to be in residency at the University of New Mexico Composers’ Symposium, where she presented music and masterclasses alongside Martin Bresnick and Bill Frisell. In past years, her compositions have been commissioned by California State University at East Bay, teaching faculty at the University of El Paso, and playwright Maggie Surovell. Fall 2011 will see Lily and the Suite Unraveling as resident artists at Texas A&M University, where they will present the fruits of a long-distance collaboration with the program’s composition and electroacoustic students.
Lily’s playing has been featured in All About Jazz, Teen Vogue, Nylon Magazine, the Weekly Alibi, and the New York Times, and she is proudly endorsed by Godin Guitars.