“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
Dave Allen is a guitarist and composer, who has been
praised by critics as "an exciting and unique player in the mold of Pat
Metheny, Ben Monder and Adam Rogers. “Fantastic technique, a strong melodic
sense, great compositions".
At the age of 16 years old, Allen was
recognized by Guitar Player Magazine as a talent to watch. Born in
Philadelphia, Allen moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music.
He has released two critically acclaimed CDs ("Untold Stories" and
"Real and Imagined" on the Fresh Sound Label) and is often written
about in the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times Magazine and All
About Jazz. He has performed and toured with his own projects throughout the
U.S., Europe and Asia and worked with many of the most respected musicians in
jazz today, including David Liebman, Mark Turner, Joey Baron, Miguel Zenon,
Ravi Coltrane, Dave Binney, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Drew Gress, Nasheet
Waits, Marcus Gilmore, Jaleel Shaw, Clarence Penn, Seamus Blake and many
Allen has performed as a leader at New
York's Blue Note, Birdland and Smalls, among many other venues. He has also
performed at Carnegie Hall.
All About Jazz says "Allen has a fully
developed and mature approach to composition, technical command of his
instrument, and the inspirational fortitude to pull wonderful music from the
ensemble. Each piece is like an aural painting or film in the way it slides
across the psyche." Downbeat Critic David Adler writes: "Drawing inspiration
from the deep trough of jazz tradition, the wider world of art and the shape of
jazz to come, Dave Allen is one of New York's most promising talents".
Allen is also in demand as a teacher of
master classes and workshops internationally. His compositions have become a
standard bearer for many musicians, demanding an advanced rhythmic and harmonic
vocabulary, while still being strongly melodic and accessible. He has been a
faculty member of the New York Jazz Academy and spent two years teaching at the
Master's Program of Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. He has given master
classes and workshops throughout his travels in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In
July of 2016 he moved back to Philadelphia with his family.
Roman Sheremet, born in Lviv, Ukraine, began studying accordion at the age of nine. Upon graduating from the Lviv Musical College, where he studied accordion and conducting, he entered the Lviv Music Academy and began professional career as an accompanist to Galychina, a well-known Ukrainian dance company, and participated at the Ukrainian folk bard festival named Vyshivanka. During his teaching at a Lviv Music School, Roman created an orchestra and an ensemble of folk instruments, which has won numerous regional and international competitions. In 2017, his ensemble participated in the talk show Ukraine Got Talent and recorded a CD. Students of Roman Sheremet have been winning top prizes at European competitions in Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. Besides accordion, Roman is proficient in guitar and drums.
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