The Yellow Room Gang

Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm

 

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John Riesen
John Riesen

In December of 2005, 8 Michigan songwriters gathered in the brilliantly yellow living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home for the first time. They've been meeting monthly ever since, to share dinner, conversation and the newest song they have in the process for critique. Each an accomplished songwriter and performer in their own right, they create a unique atmosphere of respect and support, friendship and generosity finding new and unexpected ways to explore beyond their previous personal boundaries.

It wasn't long before they began performing together and presenting workshops in various configurations.

What began as a casual excuse to get together with friends has evolved into one of the most exciting 'super groups' to ever join forces on one stage.

 

Jim Bizer loves to make music - his masterful performances and award-winning songs bear this out. Combining a vast musical knowledge with thoughtful and humorous lyrics, he concocts songs that are both beautiful and startling. You never quite know what will come out of his mouth, or his guitar, next.

"Knocked me out. Very impressive!" Rod Kennedy, Kerrville Folk Festival

"...one of the best concerts we ever hosted." Songbird Sanctuary

"Holy moly!" Urban Campfires

 

Kitty Donohoe is an award-winning songwriter with three critically acclaimed albums to her credit, who successfully merges her Celtic and American roots in her music. (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Michigan Chapter, Presented Kitty with an Emmy in June 2002 for her 9-11 song "There Are No Words").

“...rich, soaring, haunting...one of those rare voices.”
Victory Music Review

Her songwriting clearly reflects both her Irish and her American roots. Her natural sense as a storyteller merges with a love of language and an ear for melodies to create songs about the aspects of life that move most of us, from everyday “to the rarer moments we encounter.

Jan Krist is a Detroit-area songwriter who has garnered lots of national attention. In 1991 Jan made a splash at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In addition to being a four-time Detroit Music Award winner, Entertainment Weekly praised her "breathtaking vocal leaps” and said that she "makes soul-searching more enjoyable than it has any right to be."  Billboard Magazine called her “Unreservedly recommended”   (She) “Writes songs of failure and grace as seen from the perspective of a mid-western soul; ...songs with “ lyrical intelligence...” The Phantom Tollbooth

 

Matt Watroba  sings and writes songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and every day living. He sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to. “Watroba turns to vintage country on his latest album, and he has produced one of the best under-the-radar musical gems to come along in quite some time...highly recommended."---Dirty Linen 

Galvin Cello Quartet
October 28, 7:30 pm 
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Composed of members from China, Brazil, South Korea, and the United States, Galvin Cello Quartet burst onto the scene after capturing the silver medal at the 2021 Fischoff Competition, followed shortly by winning the 2022 Victor Elmaleh Competition and joining the Concert Artists Guild roster. Cellists Sihao He, Sydney Lee, Haddon Kay, and Luiz Fernando Venturelli met as students at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music in the studio of acclaimed pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen, and the quartet takes its name from the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall at Bienen. The Galvin Quartet incorporates virtuosity and uniqueness through every individual bringing their own artistic nuance to the ensemble. Sihao was the Grand Prize winner at the 3rd Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan and claimed 3rd priz e in Munich’s ARD International Music Competition. He was a Laureate of the 1st Queen Elizabeth International Cello Competition and Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and has appeared in concerts with leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. Sydney captured 1st prize at the 2022 Washington International Competition and 2nd prize at the Classic Strings International Competition in Dubai, as well as 1st prize at the 10th Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition. She has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Symphony’s Heinz Hall, and Verizon Hall. Haddon first debuted with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a finalist for the Chicago Symphony Young Artist Competition. Most recently, he won the 2021 Northwestern University Concerto/Aria Competition, after which he performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. Luiz made his solo debut at the São Paulo Hall at the age of 9, and has since been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the São Paulo State Symphony, the Goiás Philharmonic and the Bahia Symphony. He has recently been a prize winner in the Sphinx Competition, the Samuel and Elinor Thaviu competition and the New York International Artists Association.  

Each member is also an accomplished chamber musician, with Sihao recently named a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). As a member of the Simply Quartet, he won first prize at the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, and the group was also awarded “The Most Promising Young String Quartet” at the 4th Beijing International Chamber Music Competition. In addition to regular appearances at top festivals around the county, Sydney has performed on multiple national and international tours through Curtis On Tour, with visits to China, Hong Kong, United States, Germany, and Poland. Haddon is a 1st prize winner at the Rembrandt and Discover Chamber Music Competitions and has appeared four times as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Competition. He has performed on National Public Radio’s From the Top and on Chicago radio’s WFMT Introductions. When he isn't performing chamber music across the US, Brazil, and Canada Luiz can be found performing and recording with pop, rock, folk and metal bands and artists throughout Brazil, as well as composing and recording his own music. With their untamable desire to create, change, and ultimately bring joy through music, He, Lee, Kay, and Venturelli are more excited than ever to explore and expand the possibilities of the cello quartet. Using the limitless range of a cello ensemble, the group's mission is to bring together new works from diverse cultural backgrounds while seeking to establish the cello quartet as a core part of the classical music world.