Ars Nova Singers

music beyond words

Boulder, Colorado USA

(303) 499-3165

Specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, Ars Nova Singers of Boulder, Colorado is presenting its 33rd concert season in 2018-2019. The professional-core vocal ensemble conducted by founding Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan is composed of 36 selectively auditioned choral musicians from the Denver/Boulder metropolitan region.

Guest Artists - Will Todd's Mass in Blue

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Kathryn Radakovich, soprano

Noted as a “very expressive soprano” (Opus Colorado), Kathryn Radakovich enjoys a varied career performing works from the modern, classical, baroque, and jazz idioms. Since arriving in Denver in 2013, Kathryn has become a mainstay in Colorado’s diverse arts scene.  She is a familiar soloist with area ensembles, including the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Denver Early Music Consort,  St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and the Cathedral Choir of Saint John in the Wilderness.  Kathryn is also heard frequently in Denver’s top jazz venues: Nocturne, Dazzle, and La Cour. Nationally, this past season, Kathryn appeared at the Montana Early Music Festival for arias in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 35th Season Winter Festival. Kathryn is on faculty at Metropolitan State University in Denver where she maintains a jazz voice studio, directs vocal jazz ensembles, and is the newly appointed director of the Early Music Ensemble.  www.kathrynradakovich.com

 

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Scott Martin, piano

Scott Martin has performed professionally in a wide variety of musical styles and roles. He began his career as a studio musician in New York City working with artists including Carly Simon, Mariah Carey, Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and Robert Lamm of Chicago..  He co-wrote and produced the title track to the album Magnetic, by Steps Ahead, featuring Dianne Reeves and Michael Brecker.  As a jazz pianist, he has played with Mike Stern, Bill Watrous, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Hart, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, Javon Jackson, Harry Allen, Ron Miles, Carl Fontana, Pete Condoli, Red Holloway, Hiram Bullock, Tia Fuller, and many others. He currently leads the jazz band, Devoted to the Standard and produces  music for Songdrops, a kids songs site with over 300 million youtube views.  He has performed in two national tours of of the broadway hit musical Jersey Boys.  www.scottmartinmusic.com

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Mark Diamond, bass

Mark’s hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. His professional career started in New Jersey in the early 1970s at Family & Friends with Jeff Kohnberg and Lisa Cerasia.  In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a sought after sideman on over 100 albums, including Grammy award  winner Tim O’Brien, Mollie O’Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie Cole, Keith Oxman, Mary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. He has played for President Bill Clinton and other luminaries over the years.  Mark has toured Europe, and regularly appears at festivals and clubs across the country. He has performed with such legendary performers as Earl Klugh, Nnenna Freelon, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Kenny Loggins, New Orleans piano sensation Henry Butler, Fred Wesley (of the James Brown funky horn section), Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band),  Bruno Carr ( the drummer for Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, and many jazz greats), blues men Eddie Kirkland and Mark Hummel, and a couple of great New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis. Mark has opened shows for B.B. King, Kenny Rogers, Wilson Pickett, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, to name a few. www.markdiamondmusic.com

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Russ Meissner, drums

New York drummer/composer Russ Meissner is currently involved with several projects including, Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers, the Sean Smith Quartet, the Matt Renzi Trio, the Kenny Wessel Group, the JC Sanford Quartet, the Pre-War Ponies, the Jack Grace Band and the Silos.  He also co-leads a group with bassist David Ambrosio and their new album Moments in Time is out on SteepleChase Records. Russ grew up in Toronto Canada and attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where he studied with John Riley and Rufus Ried, graduating with a BA in jazz performance.  As a vital part of the New York music scene, Russ has performed with diverse artists including John Abercrombie, Bill Charlap, Norah Jones, Lucy Wainwright Roche and many others.  He can be heard on more than thirty albums and has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Japan. www.russmeissner.com

 

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