Morganne Aaberg aims to create transformative experiences for her audiences. Trained as a violinist and pedagogue at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Mannes College the New School for Music, Ms. Aaberg’s education in the classical tradition stretches from the early Baroque to the present. Spanning 400 years and the entire Western World, classical music provides a tremendous opportunity for both artists and audiences to step into another era, geographical location, and cultural identity, connecting us empathetically with what would otherwise be inaccessible emotions and ideas. Ms. Aaberg strives to create performances that encourage audiences to recognize themselves in the unfamiliar.
Because all genres of music have the power to act upon our emotions, Ms. Aaberg has not confined her artistic work strictly to the classical repertoire by engaging in diverse and eclectic performance settings, from Irish bands, to Bluegrass jam sessions with Cinder Blue and the Quincy Street Band. As an improviser Ms. Aaberg has appeared by candlelight at a yoga studio in Cleveland, and in collaboration with a poet and storyteller in the mountains of Oregon.
Ms. Aaberg has performed in a more traditional capacity in solo recitals, chamber collaborations, and various orchestral settings. As a member of the orchestras of the Mannes College of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Aaberg has had the pleasure of playing in renowned halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Severance Hall. Her recitals, both in the United States and France, demonstrate a special fondness for violin sonatas
A passionate educator, Ms. Aaberg currently teaches private violin lessons, group classes, and musicianship classes at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. She also teaches privately at her home on the Upper West Side, and acted as teaching assistant to Dr. Ann Setzer at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music in the summer of 2014. She holds certification in the Suzuki Method from the School for Strings and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
When she is not teaching or making music, Ms. Aaberg practices yoga, reads voraciously, and writes.
Mara Driscoll, dance
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Mara Driscoll trained at the Boulder Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She currently dances for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and past engagements include FJK Dance, Armitage Gone! Dance, Ian Spencer Bell Dance, Dardo Galletto Dance and the Richmond Ballet.
Her choreographic works have been presented by the New Chamber Ballet, Warp Trio, Dance at Socrates, The Higher Ground Residency and the United Palace for Cultural Arts. Mara holds a B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study, where she studied relationships between art, religion and society.
Traci Finch, dance, choreography
Traci Finch lives in New York City and currently dances with New Chamber Ballet and CelloPointe. This fall she performed in the The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Forever Balanchine: Farewell performances at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, and on tour. Recent projects have included guesting with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens; dancing Merce Cunningham's Cross Currents, Inventions, Locale, and Fractions; and in Constantine Baecher's works at Lake Tahoe Dance Festival and The Shillim Foundation. Originally from Utah, Traci graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Dance.
This spring Traci presented her choreography at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn, NY and at LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens with Artists by Any Other Name. Titled Interorbit, and set to Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte played live by a string quartet, four women are set in in motion, but are continually forced to alter their paths and movements by outside binding energies.
In June 2017, Traci received her first choreographic residency at Marie Chouinard in Montréal, Quebec. Moving in Circles was a collaboration between Traci Finch and turntablist, Mark Onderwater. This exploration fused contemporary ballet with contemporary turntablism, working with choreographed phrases along with improvisational movement structures for the movement vocabulary, using parallels between the turntables as a medium for manipulating sounds and creating music, and dance. Following this, she has presented work at The Corridor Festival in Seattle, with artist, City, working more with the themes of electronic music, paired with dance. She has also presented Becherovka, choreography in collaboration with Pat Butler in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Traci teaches at The School at Steps, and has guest taught around the United States in Utah, California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Montana.
Whitney Janis, dance
Whitney Janis is a dancer based in New York City. She is a member of VashtiDance Theater; appeared as a guest artist with Buggé Ballet, Peabody Dance, and Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance; and has performed at Lincoln Center, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Cedar Lake Theater, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater, and in Piobbico, Italy.
She received her professional training at The Ailey School, where she graduated from the Independent Study Program in 2018. She is on faculty at The Dance Source in Rego Park, NY, and was previously an assistant ballet instructor in Ailey’s Junior Division Program. Whitney has an undergraduate degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and is a founding member of the Hopkins contemporary dance group, Jaywalk.
Harmonnia Junus, Violin
Australian born violinist Harmonnia Junus has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Most recently, she appeared with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival Centre. She was also a soloist with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra on their Australian Debut Tour “The Sound of Taiwan” performing at the Sydney Opera House and Brisbane City Hall. Under the baton of maestro Gernot Schmalfuss, Ms. Junus performed with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and has appeared with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra in the JaoZi Concert Hall in Chengdu, China with conductor Xu Dong Yang. Ms. Junus has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the National Opera Center, Symphony Space, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
Ms. Junus is the co-founder and Artistic Director of New York based performance collective Artists By Any Other Name - an interdisciplinary ensemble centred around classical music and contemporary dance. The group has been an incubator for a variety of projects that experiment and expand on traditional conventions of the form. As an active chamber musician, Ms. Junus performs regularly with various groups. When touring in Taiwan with pianist Eduard Laurel, the duo performed at the Taichung Seaport Arts Center, Kaohsiung Cultural Center and the National Recital Hall in Taipei. As a member of Ensemble NYC, Ms. Junus performed in New York City, South Korea and Australia.
Ms. Junus is the Artistic Director of Young Artist Exchange, a festival where students and teachers from Australia, China and the United States connect through music and the arts. She was also a chamber music coach for Zhang Summer School.
Harmonnia Junus earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from New York's Mannes College the New School for Music under the tutelage of Sally Thomas. Other notable teachers include Dr. Goetz Richter, Daniel Phillips, Stephanie Chase and Professor Shi-Xiang Zhang. Ms. Junus performs on a Giovanni Grancino violin made in Milan, 1719.
Timothy Leonard, Cello
Timothy Leonard wound up playing cello at the age of 10 and hasn't looked back since. A New Jersey native, Tim performs throughout the US; recent appearances include performances at Barclays Center, NJPAC, and Merkin Hall. He has shared the stage with a variety of musicians ranging from Peter Serkin to Jay-Z and has collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the American Modern Ensemble. Tim is a founding member of the Red Oak Contemporary Ensemble. He performs with Con Vivo Music, Artists by Any Other Name, and The Secret Opera. Timothy is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Queens College in the studio of Marcy Rosen.
Abby Marchesseault, Dance/Choreography
Abby Marchesseault hails from Herndon, VA, where she first studied classical dance at The Fairfax Ballet. She spent summers studying with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, LINES Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance, and was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” in 2015. Abby has performed works by Danny Buraczeski, Adam Hougland, Joshua L. Peugh, Tina Croll, Lila York, and Paul Taylor, among others. She currently resides in New York City, teaching and performing with the Connecticut Ballet and freelancing with modern dance companies such as AbunDANCE Co., MachineH Dance, and Avoir Motion Dance Project, based in Dallas, TX. Abby’s choreography has been featured on the Manhattan News Network; in music videos by Emmeline; and by Nimbus Dance Works, Inaside Chicago Dance, Dallas Catholic Youth Conference, and Inwood Art Works. She joined Artists By Any Other Name in 2018, and is thrilled to continue creating collaborative performance art.
Aimée Niemann, Violin
Aimée Niemann is a performer, improviser, and educator.
A fervent advocate of contemporary music, she is the founding member of Du.0 a two-violin folk-noise duo with Charlotte Munn-Wood. She is also the violinist in Echo Chamber, a sextet committed to playing commissioned works for its distinctive instrumentation.
As an improviser with a background in dance, Niemann investigates sound through its direct correlation to movement. She is a collaborator and curator with The How theatre company, a cross medium, improvisation focused group of actors and musicians, and is a new member of the dance collective Artists By Any Other Name. Niemann also composes zany graphic scores that are used as structures for interdisciplinary invention and the unearthing of new noises.
Niemann has collaborated with distinguished artists and composers such as, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Jennifer Koh, and Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet). She has toured internationally through Europe and in Thailand as a guest artist at Mahidol University. Niemann has performed at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette.
A passionate teaching artist, she teaches music and dance in Manhattan, and is currently an outreach partner at Third Street Music School Settlement. Niemann received a B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.M. in Violin Performance from New York University. Originally from the prairies of Colorado, she currently lives in Brooklyn New York, where she maintains a private studio.
Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos, Viola
Mr. Vizzarro Vallejos is an Argentine-American violist. Besides working with Artists By Any Other Name, he regularly performs in a variety of styles: standard orchestral repertoire with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, new compositions with the Curiosity Cabinet, authentic tangos with Binelli’s Astoria Tango Orchestra, and Dominican folk music with La Camerata Washington Heights. He has appeared twice as soloist with La Camerata at Aaron Davis Hall in City College.
He is a founding member of the Washington Heights Community Conservatory, where he teaches violin and viola. The Conservatory offers full scholarships and instruments to students in need. He has degrees from Hunter and Brooklyn College, where he studied privately with Ji-Hyun Son and chamber music with Fred Zlotkin.
Kyle Walker, Piano
Pianist Kyle P. Walker strongly believes that music speaks for social justice issues with greater impact than verbal language. He brings this conviction to both traditional Western repertoire and the contemporary music of the living composers with whom he collaborates.
Recently, WQXR radio, NPR and UNC-TV featured Mr. Walker’s performances. Mr. Walker performed his debut solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and he has also performed at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera Guild, The House of the Redeemer, The National Opera Center, Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York University’s Tishman Auditorium, and the innovative music and multimedia venue Spectrum NYC.
In 2014 Mr. Walker launched a solo performance project entitled Black Notes, which aims to explore the divides and connections between White American and Black American Art Music. This project received generous support from the Peter M. Gross Foundation. Currently in it's first season, Mr. Walker will tour areas of Upstate New York with the project including New City NY, Valley Cottage NY, Nyack NY, and public schools in Rockland and Westchester Counties.
Mr. Walker completed high school at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied under Clifton Matthews. He earned a Bachelor of Music under Benjamin Hochman and Keiko Sekino at East Carolina University, and his Masters of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer at Mannes College The New School for Music.