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Synopsis of Performers showcased by SGI Gulf

NESTOR TORRES

Nestor Torres is a jazz flautist who was born in Mayagues,Puerto Rico in 1957. He took flute lessons at age 12 and began formal studies at the EscuelaLibre de Música, eventually attending Puerto Rico’s Inter-American University. At 18, he moved to New York with his family. Torres went on to study both jazz and classical music at the Mannes College of Music in New York and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, among other places.

He moved to Miami in 1981, and signed with  PolyGram, where he Morning Ride in 1989. His major label debut climbed quickly to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and soon brought him widespread acclaim.

                                                                                               

KAMAL MUSALLAM

Kamal Musallam, the founder of Arabic Jazz groups Kamal Musallam Trio and Kamal Musalam Group, has been expressing himself through music since the age of 3.Born in Kuwait, and encouraged by his parents for art and music, he started out playing the piano and accordion and then picked up the guitar when he was 9. Despite exploring his other talent for architecture by studying in France and Jordan, Musallam soon realised his true passion lay in music. It was spurred on by four years in France attending festivals and concerts.
Kamal played along a big list on renowned artists, among which are Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Stanely Jordan, Anne Ducros, David Reinhardt, Jorge Pardo (Paco De Lucia Septet), Francisco Molina, and others.In the last year or so he set up the Dubai-based Kamal Musallam Trio with Rony Afif on drums and Elie Afif on bass. The band members are top-level musicians who have supported a long list of international artists that performed in the Middle-East during the last 5 years.

 


 

SHELLY  FROST

Shelley Frost is one of the world's best harpists.
Harpist Shelley Frost has been working in Dubai for the last decade.
Exclusive to The Fridge, Shelley Frost is Dubai's premiere electric harpist - playing over a mixture of chill-out & lounge tracks
Since She has done numerous TV shows and featured at high profile events, and is a globally-acclaimed harpist.

 


 

MICHELLE TODD

 Award winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd was born and raised in the mining town of Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, England. She began singing in the church choir and school productions and started taking voice lessons at the age of 10 with Pamela Cook. Her early performing years were as a member of the multi award winning ensemble Cantamus with whom she sang in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary and Bulgaria. She continued her voice studies with Margaret Field at Sheffield University, where she completed a B.Mus. (Hons) degree and continued with a two year postgraduate course of voice and opera studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Her  voice teacher there was Noelle Barker with whom she continues to work today.
In 2001-2006 she moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Whilst there she performed the recently discovered "Gloria" by Handel , "Messiah" , Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro" (Abu Dhabi Chamber Choir at Abu Dhabi National Theatre ) sang recitals at the American University of Sharjah and at the worlds only 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab. Film goers may recognise her singing voice from various commercial sound tracks. A special firework display was choreographed to her singing live for the opening ceremony of the Ibn Battuta Mall.

 

 Ms ANNE-GAELLE RAVETTO

Ms. Anne-Gaëlle Ravetto, a native of France, is a busy freelance violinist and teacher. She is teaching in the department on a part time basis and serves as a collaborative artist.
Gaelle was born in Marseilles in 1978 and at the age of six she had already begun to play music at the National Institute. She finished her music studies at the age of 14 and was awarded the Golden Prize on two occasions. She then attended the National Music Institute in Paris and was awarded First Prize in Harp.
Prior to her arrival in Mississippi, she was on the violin faculty at the Hochstein School of Music, maintained a private teaching studio in Rochester, NY, and performed throughout western NY. Ms. Ravetto formerly held the position of assistant concertmaster of the Utica Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Erie Philharmonic. She performed regularly with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Air de Cour, the Kunde Chorale and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. Ms. Ravetto was a Resident Artist of the Banff (Alberta) Centre of the Arts, and received her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.

 

 CLASSICAL STRING TRIO

Bond Tribute String Trio is a Czech trio of likable female instrumentalists who have connected art of classical string instruments with modern sound and prepared own energetic music. The band has combined interpretation of favorite classical melodies like Vivaldi/Summer, Monti/Czardas and Offenbach/Cancan with new created string versions of contemporary hits. This band has performed with Prague Philharmonia, National Theatre orchestra and other prominent Czech and foreign ensembles.