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TIFFANY DU MOUCHELLE, SOPRANO
Soprano, Tiffany Du Mouchelle is well known for her musical versatility, an electric stage presence and exceptional dramatic sensibilities, gifted with an instrument that spans close to four octaves in range, she is most recognized for her fearlessness in exploring new and challenging repertoire that encourages the voice into new realms of expressivity. Ms. Du Mouchelle is praised for her eclectic repertoire encompassing a vast array of musical styles and languages featuring over 30 different languages, and exploring the genres of classical, world, contemporary, cabaret, and theatrical works. Her performances span the globe from Lincoln Center in NYC to Disney Hall, in California, Egypt, Iceland, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea. A specialist in new music, Ms. Du Mouchelle frequently commissions, premieres, and collaborates on new works with composers from all over the world. Since 2005 she has premiered over 40 new works by composers from: France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the USA. Ms. Du Mouchelle is a cultural ambassador for Cultures in Harmony, an NGO that focuses on cultural diplomacy through music. She has a strong interest in preserving the indigenous music of the world, and has contributed in numerous research and outreach projects in the Pacific Islands.
STEPHEN SOLOOK, PERCUSSION
Critically acclaimed percussionist Stephen Solook is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of California at San Diego. As a vivacious interpreter of contemporary music Steve has worked with such composers as Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec and Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Bruce Adolphe, and David Loeb. With co-founder, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, of the Aurora Borealis duo (for soprano and percussion) they have performed together more then any other duo of its kind. Venturously they encourage the development of and explore equally composed works for this primal combination. Mr. Solook has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Egypt, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and is a sought after concerto soloist for many ensembles and composers. As an orchestral musician, Steve has served as principal percussionist/timpanist with multiple New York City ensembles, and is currently a member of the La Jolla Symphony in San Diego, California. As a member of the non-profit organization Cultures in Harmony, Mr. Solook has traveled to perform, teach, and lead workshops in Egypt, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea. Current research, beginning in 2010, has brought Steve to Fiji in a search to locate and document pre-colonial music, as a conservation project with Pacific Blue Foundation. Steve has performed with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Black Bird, red fish blue fish, Joseph Alessi, Bob Becker, David Krakauer, Steven Schick, Lucy Shelton, Socalled, Gordon Stout, Glen Velez, and the Jose Limon Dance Company. He has had the privilege to work under such conductors as John Rutter, JoAnn Falletta, Paul Nadler, and Edwin Outwater, and in venues ranging from Los Angeles's Disney Hall and New York City's Lincoln Center to the legendary nightclub CBGB’s. Steve can be seen on QPTV and heard on Bridge and Vortex labels, as well as a forthcoming production with Mode records.