Dr Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist whose studies in human perception have taken him well beyond the scientific domain and into the fields of education, the arts and business. Beau is one of the few speakers to have given two TED talks, which have amassed over 5 million views combined. Public engagement, in the broadest sense, is at the core of what Beau does – whether he’s creating scientific experiments, giving talks or making TV programmes.
Beau is the founder of Lab of Misfits, a neuro-design research studio, that has recently relocated to NYC. LoM is made up of leading scientists, artists, designers and producers whose mission is to break down the walls of the laboratory by inviting audiences to become part of the scientific process of discovery.
By enabling people to experience what it is to be a scientist, Beau’s aim is to encourage them to see science not as an academic investigation but as a way of being that is relevant to every aspect of their lives: this discovery can be powerful enough to make people think differently about both themselves and the world around them.
“Putting lightning in a bottle is what Oded Lev-Ari specializes in,” said “DownBeat” magazine in a feature article on Lev-Ari as a producer. Born in Tel Aviv but a longtime resident of New York City, he released his debut album as a leader, “Threading,” in April 2015 via Anzic Records, the label he has owned and directed for the past decade alongside iconic clarinetist Anat Cohen. Showcasing his talents as a composer-arranger, “Threading” hints at diverse sonic worlds, from jazz sound painters Gil Evans and Maria Schneider to tango nuevo king Astor Piazzolla and contemporary classical composers.
Ultimately, though, Lev-Ari has his own, individual soundprint, one of cinematic richness and open-hearted lyricism. His numerous record producing credits include Anat Cohen’s “Luminosa,” vocal trio Duchess’ self-titled debut and woodwind sage Marty Ehrlich’s A “Trumpet in the Morning.”
He served as musical director for a Billie Holiday tribute concert starring Madeleine Peyroux, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ron Carter and others at Brazil’s Tudo e Jazz festival. At the piano, Lev-Ari has performed at such New York jazz clubs as Cornelia Street Café and the Stone, as well as at Boston’s Jordan Hall, Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium and venues in Canada, Mexico, Russia, France and the Netherlands.
Philip Fisher, piano
Philip Edward Fisher is recognized widely as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. He has appeared across his native United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. His extensive recording credits include a 2-disc set of Handel Keyboard Suites on the Naxos label, while his recent release for Chandos – Piano Works by “The Mighty Handful” – was featured on Classic FM as John Suchet’s “Album of the Week”, as “CD of the Week” in the London Telegraph, and was shortlisted in the Best Solo Instrumental Album category of the International Classical Music Awards.
He has performed concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Tampere Philharmonic, and the Symphonies of San Antonio, Toledo and the Juilliard School, working with conductors Hannu Lintu, John Axelrod, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Larry Rachleff, James Lowe and Giordano Bellincampi.
Philip holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2001, he was granted the Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music as part of their honours list for 2016.
Ani Kalayjian, cello
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a “superb cellist with a large, expressive, singing tone, passionate musicianship, and magnificent playing” by the Journal Tribune, Armenian cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and musical ambassador that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, and throughout Europe and the United States.
Ani’s recent engagements have included tours with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra around the U.S., and in Rome, Bologna, Siena, Berlin and Vienna. She has served as principal cellist of the Lebanese Philharmonic at the American University of Beirut where she performed a World premiere, ‘Yesterday is No More’ written for her and violinist Rebecca Jackson by award-winning composer Polina Nazakinskaya. During her time in Lebanon, Ani gave outreach performances to underserved communities at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Insan School for Iraqi & Syrian refugee children, and in the Syrian refugee camps.
Newly appointed Chair of Music at the Woman’s Club of Englewood, Ani’s chamber music series starts in 2018 in Englewood, NJ. Upcoming concert dates and news at www.anikalayjian.com and @anicellist on Instagram.