Free lunchtime concerts in the UBS Atrium at Lincoln Harbor
Wednesday | November 16 | 12:30pm
The Quarantined Quartet is a family affair. Guitarists Elysa and Jason Hochman, and sons Joseph (12 years old) and Noah (10 years old), play Spanish, Classical, Flamenco, and Acoustic styles. They have been posting daily on Instagram since March 21, 2020, tracking their progress during the pandemic. Since then, the Quarantined Quartet has gained almost 500,000 followers worldwide on Instagram and Facebook. Their inspirational story and talents have been featured on Good Morning America, the Kelly Clarkson Show, and many more media outlets.
Elysa and Jason are also the founders of the New York Guitar Academy and have so far released two books which feature original songs and etudes for classical and flamenco guitar students.
Originally from Brooklyn, Jason is an Argentine-American and Elysa has a Mediterranean background. They have learned from renowned guitarists all over the world and hold a Graduate Degree in Music and Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Elysa Hochman – guitar
Jason Hochman – guitar
Joseph Hochman – guitar
Noah Hochman – guitar
Wednesday | December 14 | 12:30pm
Oscar Feldman is an Argentinean saxophonist and composer based in New York City. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Feldman has recorded and toured internationally with reknowned artists including Al Di Meola, Eumir Deodato, Bebo Valdes, Dave Samuels, and Paquito D'Rivera. He has performed at notable venues including the Vienna Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall in New York City, Park La Villette in Paris, the Blue Note in NYC as well as many International Jazz Festivals in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Oscar most recently performed in Greece with his own band featuring Horacio Negro Hernandez.
His debut album, El Angel, received rave reviews and features guest appearances by Gato Barbieri, Claudio Roditti, Alex Acuña and Paquito D'Rivera. For his next album, Oscar e Familia, he collaborated with a Who’s Who of players including Pablo Aslan & Cuartetango, and Argentinean pop star Luis Alberto Spinetta. His latest CD is entitled GOL. Oscar also played on the recording of Paquito D’Rivera’s Tropicana Nights which won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Dario Eskenazi has a diverse musical background in jazz, world, and orchestral music. He is well known as a pianist, arranger, and producer, and is a noted film composer.
He has recorded several award-winning albums with Paquito D’Rivera, including Live At The Blue Note, winner of the 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Best Jazz Album. Dario was a former member of the Caribbean Jazz Project with whom he recorded five albums including The Gathering, Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2003.
He has also played, toured, and recorded with such great artist as Andy Narell, Ruben Blades, Gato Barbieri, Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, Tito Puente, Rosa Passos, Leny Andrade, Dianne Schurr, Dori Caymmi, Joyce Moreno, and Herbie Mann, among others.
Dario received early classical musical training in his native Argentina. He moved to the United States in 1985 to attend Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a major in Film Scoring. Dario has helped to encourage and inspire a new generation of composers as an Assistant Professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee where he taught for over 10 years.
Bassist , composer, educator, and producer, Pablo Aslan is recognized internationally as one of the leading figures in traditional and contemporary Tango. His extensive discography includes Piazzolla in Brooklyn, a jazz-tango tribute to Astor Piazzolla, and Tango Grill. The latter earned him nominations for a Latin Grammy Award (“Best Tango Album”) and a Grammy Award (“Best Latin Jazz Album”).
His most recent album of works for bass and string quartet, ConTraBajo, presents him as a soloist and covers an eclectic repertoire ranging from Villa-Lobos and Ellington to original flamenco and tango-inspired compositions. With guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.
He performs and tours with a variety of ensembles, and has worked and recorded with many world-class artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, Denyce Graves, Osvaldo Golijov, Pablo Ziegler, the New World Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Aslan has also performed with clarinetist David Krakauer’s band Klezmer Madness! in the U.S. and Europe, and collaborated with other leading klezmer musicians such as composer-trumpeter Frank London and violinist Alicia Svigals.
Percussionist Diego Lopez originally from Milan, Italy, has been a professional musician since the age of 16. He has recorded and performed live with many blues greats including Pinetop Perkins, Sugar Blue, Otis Rush, and Melvin Taylor. Diego moved to the NYC area in 2000, and he was a steady member of the Gato Barbieri Band from 2002 until 2008. He has worked with Ray Vega, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Samuels, Diane Schurr, Steve Turre, and many others. He’s been the drummer for the Latin Jazz All-Stars since 2009. In 2018, he received a Congressional Award with M’Boom Percussion Projected created by the late great Max Roach, performing along with original members Joe Chambers, Warren Smith, and Ray Mantilla.
Oscar Feldman – alto & soprano saxophones
Dario Eskenazi – keyboard
Pablo Aslan – bass
Diego Lopez – percussion
Presented by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc., with generous support from the Township of Weehawken, the County of Hudson, and: