Celebrity Vocal Coaches
BORIS BURHON BURIEV (SUMMIT #3 and #4)
Boris Burhon Buriev was born in Uzbekistan , graduated special music school in Tashkent , and from the age of 4 was singing , and cast as the lead in a few Russian musical movies . He graduated from Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Moscow, Russia , then was given the opportunity to further his studies at Juilliard School of Music l in New York , obtaining his degree in Vocal, choral, Orchestra Conductor, and Symphony Opera. Boris has coached numerous celebrity singers from Sony Music, Def Jam, and Universal, having worked with Quincy Jones, on the We Are the Future with Karina Pasian (Def Jam) and Andre Boccelli to Alice Keys, Dylan Jacket Collins (One Republic Records) The actress Naturi from the TV series FAME, Samatha Jade Logan (666 Park Ave -Film) the list goes on.. He is one of the most respected coaches in the music industry…
Natascha is a native New Yorker. She has been performing professionally on both the east and west coasts in numerous musical theatre productions for over a decade. A talented vocalist and songwriter with many years experience performing popular music in a variety of bands including leading her own original pop/rock group, The Natascha Corrigan Band. Her voice can also be heard on the radio in commercial jingles. She joined the Jeannie Deva Voice Studios faculty in 2007. Natascha Corrigan, the heir apparent to the Deva method, is a Vocal Coach who was trained personally by Legendary Vocal Coach Jeannie Deva. Natascha’s personalized approach includes proper technique development of vocal strength, stamina, pitch and control of performance. Her expertise has helped numerous singers prepare their repertoire for auditions and or in preparation of their performances and tours and more..
SETH RIGGS & MARGARETA SVENSSON RIGGS
Legendary Grammy Winning And Celebrity Vocal Coaching Seth Riggs and International Award winning Singer-Songwriter, Pianist, Actor, and vocal coach Margareta Svensson Riggs will conduct one on one coaching each day. With an average of 200 performances a year, Margareta is increasingly recognized as an original pop singer, pianist, performer and songwriter. Seth Riggs is considered by many to be the best and most successful voice teacher in the world. He is certainly the busiest. No other teacher, past or present, has ever matched his phenomenal track record. His students are a veritable “Who’s Who” of singers, actors, dancers, and entertainers throughout the world. Seth Riggs’s vocal technique and the methods he uses to teach the technique were forged and tempered by the fierce demands placed on the world’s top performers, who must often perform several shows a night – night after night! A great deal of money is always at stake, so his clients’ voices must be able to function easily, without strain. It is no wonder that whenever singers come to Los Angeles from other parts of the world, producers, directors and fellow performers send them to see this master vocal technician. In the pragmatic world of show business, where time is money, Seth Riggs is the man professionals turn to for results.
SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST/ARTIST
Singer, songwriter – Turkey
Nazan Nihal started her music career as a songwriter and electric guitar player. She had been on stage in Turkey, The Netherlands, Canada and The States. In Holland Nazan performed during the festivities of 400 years relationships between Turkey and The Netherlands in 2012. She released her ﬁrst single ‘’Today’’ on iTunes in Fall 2013. As a singer/songwriter, she was honored with prestigious prizes. She was the songwriter of “Paket” – First Prize, Miller Music Factory Awards, (Istanbul 2008); was the singer of “The Girl Who Has Chocolate Eyes” – First Prize, TBD Halıcı Electronic Music Contest (Istanbul 2011), was the songwriter of ”Ruh Eşim”- Honorable Mention Award, Turkish National TV (TRT) ”Altın Anten Pop Music Songwriting Contest” (Istanbul 2014), was the singer, co-arranger, co-producer of Neotolia Rose Lace Album Bronze Medal, Global Music Awards (Dec 2014) and was the librettist of ”Hiçlik” the ﬁnalist of the 9th National Eczacıbaşı Composition Contest (May 2015).
She released her ﬁrst single ‘’Today’’ on iTunes in Fall 2013. As a singer/songwriter, she was honored with prestigious prizes.
She was the songwriter of “Paket” – First Prize, Miller Music Factory Awards, (Istanbul 2008); was the singer of “The Girl Who Has Chocolate Eyes” – First Prize, TBD Halıcı Electronic Music Contest (Istanbul 2011), was the songwriter of ”Ruh Eşim”- Honorable Mention Award, Turkish National TV (TRT) ”Altın Anten Pop Music Songwriting Contest” (Istanbul 2014), was the singer, co-arranger, co-producer of Neotolia Rose Lace Album Bronze Medal, Global Music Awards (Dec 2014) and was the librettist of ”Hiçlik” the ﬁnalist of the 9th National Eczacıbaşı Composition Contest (May 2015).
Arranger, composer – Turkey
Utar Artun is graduated from Percussion Department of Hacettepe Conservatory. After graduation, he enrolled to Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2.5 years with summa cum laude degree. He won a Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards 2014 with his album. Recently, he won the Boston Microtonal Society Award and he won the Beneﬁcent Society Scholarship Award. Artun won the 18th HALICI MIDI Composition Contest and 2nd place in the Berklee Film Scoring Contest 7 in 2011. In 2013, He won a runner-up award from TRT 2013 Children Choir Contest. In addition to that, Artun won the Highest Award of SCAMV 1st National Symphonic Composition Contest. He is one the highly awarded scholars of Foundation of Modern Education (CEV) and Ankara Jazz Society (ACD). In 2015, Artun got his M.M. degree from the historic New England Conservatory with Academic Honors. In 2016, he won the 3rd place award from 9th National Eczacıbaşı Composition contest. He has also composed and arranged over 80 pieces for symphony orchestra, as well as more than 120 pieces for brass bands and big bands. Featured on various studio albums as a piano player, arranger, and percussionist. His compositions and arrangements are performed in USA, Switzerland, Turkey, Holland and Russia. Furthermore, He’s a voting member at The Recording Academy for upcoming Grammy Awards. Currently, Artun is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.
He won a Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards 2014 with his album. Recently, he won the Boston Microtonal Society Award and he won the Beneﬁcent Society Scholarship Award.
Artun won the 18th HALICI MIDI Composition Contest and 2nd place in the Berklee Film Scoring Contest 7 in 2011. In 2013, He won a runner-up award from TRT 2013 Children Choir Contest. In addition to that, Artun won the Highest Award of SCAMV 1st National Symphonic Composition Contest.
He is one the highly awarded scholars of Foundation of Modern Education (CEV) and Ankara Jazz Society (ACD). In 2015, Artun got his M.M. degree from the historic New England Conservatory with Academic Honors. In 2016, he won the 3rd place award from 9th National Eczacıbaşı Composition contest.
He has also composed and arranged over 80 pieces for symphony orchestra, as well as more than 120 pieces for brass bands and big bands. Featured on various studio albums as a piano player, arranger, and percussionist. His compositions and arrangements are performed in USA, Switzerland, Turkey, Holland and Russia.
Furthermore, He’s a voting member at The Recording Academy for upcoming Grammy Awards. Currently, Artun is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.
RIFFAT SULTANA (#4)
Ethnic Vocal Styling – Leading Vocalist from South Asia
Riffat Sultana (daughter of legendary Pakistani classical singer, the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) channels the musical wisdom of 500 years and eleven generations of master musicians in her family in India and Pakistan.
DAWN ELDER (Summit #1, #2 & #3 #4)
Dawn has developed, managed, recorded, toured and produced special projects with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Don Was, Beach Boys, Fela Kuti, Santana, Woody Harrelson, Wynton Marsalis, Cheb Khaled, and countless icons including Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.
Dawn Elder is a composer, pianist and multi Grammy nominated songwriter/producer who has received numerous honors and awards for her music, film productions and global television broadcast specials. Dawn has been recognized for her work in multicultural arts and music by former President Clinton among others and was named a ʻmost influential International music producerʼ by ABC News Now and the Los Angeles Times.
Dawn has a BA degree in music composition, a BS in Bio- Chemistry from University of California. She has also crossed international borders working with renowned artists in Africa, British Isles, Middle East, Europe, East and South Asia including Sunny Ade, Cheng Lin, AR Rahman, Riffat Sultana, and Arab world masters Sabah, Wadi Al Safi, Sabbah Fahkri, Wardi, Fairouz, Assala Kadim Al Sahir, Assala, Souad Massi and Cheb Mami to name a few.
Her recent Arabic adaptation of the iconic song ʻWhite Rabbitʼ by Jefferson Airplane, on the American Hustle compilation was nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards.
Dawnʼs knowledge, dedication and love for multicultural arts and world music have led her to become one of the leading broadcast authorities and music producers for this growing genre in the film and entertainment industry. She has been instrumental in bringing numerous collaborations between international and western artists to fruition and numerous cultures and music to the forefront of American audiences. https://dawnelderworldentertainment.com
Composer, Pianist, Singer-Songwriter, Musical Director
BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011.
Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theatres, and arenas, Bob’s sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own. Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in New York City, New Orleans and Boston, and is currently based in Los Angeles. As a solo artist, Bob plays around 100 shows a year in the US, UK, Europe and Australia – including sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). He has been featured twice at WWOZ Piano Night in New Orleans, and has opened for Boz Scaggs, Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, BoDeans, Dr. John, Marcia Ball and many others. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, he has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Toussaint. Malone’s 2015 album, Mojo Deluxe, went to #1 on the Independent British Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) radio chart, was one of the top 100 most played CDs in 2015 on the Roots Music Report radio charts, was top 15 on the Relix/jambands.com charts, and appeared on the Living Blues and Americana Music Association (AMA) radio charts. Videos from Bob’s Mojo Live DVD have recently been premiered by Relix Magazine and Alternative Root Magazine. Bob’s music has been heard on NCSI New Orleans, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, and The Rachel Ray Show, and he has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View with John Fogerty. Kurzweil Music Systems chose Bob to make the demo videos for their new Forte digital piano, and he is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ and Fishman Acoustic Transducers.
MICHAEL JAY (Summit #1, #2 #3 & #4)
Michael Jay’s 30 years of experience include songwriting, radio, promotion, marketing and A&R. His songs have sold more than 75 million copies.
Starting as A&R executive at Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records he also showed his own creative talent with hit records as a songwriter, record producer and musician.
He’s been awarded many gold & platinum records worldwide including, Ampex Golden Reel Awards, a BMI Pop Writers Award, and a NARAS Grammy Award certificate for his song “Declaration Of Love” on the Grammy winning Album Of The Year by Celine Dion, “Falling Into You.”
As a signed songwriter to Famous Music, the music division of Paramount Pictures, his songs were recorded by stars including Stephanie Mills, Sheena Easton and Chaka Khan. His song “Hot Summer Nights” was recorded by Gloria Estefan for the Top Gun movie soundtrack which sold 10 million copies.
Michael discovered, developed and shopped a record deal for Martika from The Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated show. Her entire million-selling debut album including the worldwide #1 hit “Toy Soldiers” was produced and co-written by Michael. Recently, rap superstar Eminem recorded Michael’s song “Toy Soldiers” and it was a hit again.
MICHAEL FISH HERRING (Summit #1,#2)
Guitarist ‘Fish’ has recorded and toured with Prince, Celine Dion, Stanley Clark, and Christina Aguilera.
Michael Fish Herring is an award-winning guitarist, composer and session guitarist. He studied at two prestigious music schools in Philadelphia and performed master classes with jazz legends Grover Washington Jr. and Stanley Clarke. After several years of teaching, performing and recording with jazz, rock and funk bands, Fish began touring the world with iconic artists such as Justin Timberlake, New Kids on the Block, Teena Marie, Dru Hill, Johnny Gill and others. Along with touring, he has also recorded and produced songs on records for artists such as Mariah Carey, Tupac, Nas, LeAnn Rimes, and Siedah Garrett. He has performed at the Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Winner Is, American Idol, the Voice, American Music Awards, Tonight show, and MTV Music Awards.
RANDY WALDMAN (Summit #2 & #4)
Randy started playing the piano at the old age of 5 years old, and began playing professionally at the age of 12. By the age of 21, Randy was hired to go on tour as the pianist for Frank Sinatra. Shortly after that Randy began touring with the group The Letterman and that brought him from his home of Chicago out to the west coast.
Once arriving in Los Angeles, Randy began touring with various artists, starting with Minnie Ripperton, Lou Rawls, Paul Anka, OC Smith, and then George Benson. Randy continued to work with Benson for seven years as his pianist, conductor and arranger. What then followed were twenty five years of non stop recording work…performing on records, movies, TV shows, jingles, song writing and arranging.
Randy’s talents can be heard on such recordings as: Celine Dionne, Beyonce’, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, etc. and movie soundtracks such as: Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, Hoffa, Back to the Future, Bodyguard, Father of the Bride, Beetlejuice, and more.
Randy feels equally comfortable wearing the producer hat, having produced Olivia Newton John, John Travolta, Bobby Caldwell, Patti LaBelle, Kenny G, The Stylistics and others.
RAMI JAFFEE (Summit #2 & #4)
Multi-Grammy winning pianist, composer, producer Rami is co-founder of the multi- platinum selling band the Wallflowers along with Jakob Dylan. For 10 years, Rami has been recording and touring with the Foo Fighters.
Rami has recorded and produced records with over 10 million sales. His HBO television special with partner David Grohl, Sonic Highways, is currently airing in the US. Rami’s unique style and creativity helped forge a new sound for rock in America.
KENNY ARONOFF (Summit #2,#3 #4)
Five-times consecutive Drummer of the Year, Kenny has recorded on over 40 Grammy-winning albums and toured with John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr…
Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, to name a few. He has performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammys Beatles Tribute and on over 100 national TV shows as well as on dozens of film scores.
KC PORTER (Guest Speaker Summit #2 & #4)
When it comes to fluently translating the universal language of music, KC Porter is the master of the medium. In addition to his chart-topping work with superstars including Carlos Santana and Ricky Martin, GRAMMY-winning music producer KC Porter has long been widely renowned for crossing over many of the biggest stars in the Latin music firmament to English-speaking audiences.
In 2001, KC’s prodigious talents were honored with the Latin GRAMMY Producer of the Year Award, saluting his overall body of work for the year preceding the win (he had also been a contender in 2000, Latin GRAMMY’s inaugural year). Six separate tracks were cited in the nomination: “Olympic Festival,” a song with the legendary Carlos Santana from the soundtrack for Sony Picture’s critically acclaimed indie film Girl fight; “Brujeria” and “El Santo” by Latin alt-rock sensation King Chango from their Luaka Bop album The Return of El Santo; “Una Noche,” a Spanish version of the smash from pop hitmakers 98 Degrees; the international hit “Un Error De Los Grandes,” from reigning Italian pop diva Laura Pausini; and “Cambia La Piel,” from superstar Ricky Martin’s Columbia Records release, Sound Loaded.
Over the years KC Porter has penned songs and produced albums & singles that have received GRAMMY awards and nominations, including the title track from Salsa diva La India’s acclaimed ’99 album Sola. That same year, Porter took home a GRAMMY for his extensive work on the legendary Carlos Santana’s RIAA Diamond-status 1999 juggernaut Supernatural, which won a record-breaking nine GRAMMYs including Album of the Year, is certified fourteen times platinum domestically, and has achieved international sales exceeding ten million.
KC produced four songs for this landmark work: “Primavera,” “El Farol” (both of which he co-wrote), “Migra,” and “Corazón Espinado,” featuring Maná, the album’s third single internationally. “El Farol” was also honored with a 2000 GRAMMY’s for Best Pop Instrumental, and KC’s production won “Corazón Espinado” Record of the Year at the first annual Latin GRAMMYs that year. Additionally, Porter has worked on Ozomatli albums including “Don’t Mess with the Dragon” and singles “Can’t Stop” and “La Gallina”, the Grammy winning Street Signs, and for Ceremony and Shaman, Carlos Santana’s multi-platinum follow-ups to Supernatural, “When You Smile”, the first collaborative effort for Carlos Santana and Patti LaBelle from Timeless Journey, and Chilean rock act La Ley’s Grammy winning, Libertad just to name a few.
Porter, who is a practitioner of the Baha’i Faith, is also deeply involved in his role as Creative Director for Oneness (www.oneness.org), the non-profit organization he co-founded in 1999 with a mission of eliminating racism and promoting racial unity through the healing power of music and the arts.
CHRIS CASWELL (Summit #2 & #4)
Versatile, gifted, generous, creative and multi-faceted, these are a few of the adjectives attributed to Chris Caswell’s musical abilities. All were on display at the 2014 Grammys as Chris took the stage as Musical Director with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk for their performance of “Get Lucky” (Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance) from Random Access Memories. The album won Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album, sweeping all categories in which they were nominated. Caswell was an integral part of Random Access Memories, co-writing two of its tracks (“Touch” and “Beyond”), and serving as an arranger, orchestrator, and keyboard player.
Kazz is also renowned as a lyricist in classic jazz, helping pen words to compositions by the likes of Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Nat Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie, all of which have been performed by Karrin Allyson, among others. His work as a lyricist and composer has been touted by songwriting legends ranging from Mike Stoller and Hal David to Alan & Marilyn Bergman, and along with Bret McKenzie, Daft Punk and Paul Williams, all have noted how easy he is to collaborate with. A master of multiple genres, his symphony and suite has debuted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and he has also served as the guest conductor for the London Philharmonic, the Tonight Show Orchestra, and the Boston Pops among others.
Born in Rochester, New York, Chris grew up playing keyboards in various jazz and funk bands, eventually playing with the likes of Sarah Vaughn and Cannonball Adderly. After attending the ‘Arrangers Holiday’ program at the Eastman School of Music, he moved to Los Angeles, where his services as a musician, orchestrator and arranger were quickly utilized in several film and television projects ranging from HBO’s Happily Ever After, TNT’s Voice of the Planet and ITV’s Bimbles Buckett to ABC’s The Love Boat and NBC’s Alvin and the Chipmunks. Chris scored numerous films to include The Snow Queen and Chinatown Connection in addition to producing the soundtracks, receiving a Grammy Nomination for the Muppet Christmas Carol. His most recent work includes arranging for Disney’s The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted.
His music underscores his varied roles: devoted father and husband, friend and musician, producer and engineer, composer and arranger, lyricist and writer, all while supporting the development of emerging and established artists alike.
ROBERT DAVI (Summit #2)
Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and what many are finding out, an extraordinary jazz vocalist, as stated by many, including Quincy Jones: “As FS would say, ‘Koo, Koo.’ Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra’s sound – and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise.”
Davi has always loved to sing and entertain. At 15, he received acclaim for his voice, having been awarded First Place in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Solo Competition. As a young adult, he studied under several top vocal teachers including the legendary Tito Gobbi, Dan Ferro of Juilliard, Samuel Margolis (who taught Robert Merrill) and most recently, renowned vocal coach Gary Catona.
In October of 2011, Davi released Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Ramone) to rave reviews. Within weeks of its highly anticipated release, the album soared onto Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Jazz Chart taking the number 6 spot for several weeks. Davi’s purpose for making the album was not necessarily about his “return” to singing. It was motivated by a much deeper purpose. Davi calls The Great American Songbook, “’The Shakespeare of America,’ the golden age of American music.” In his words, “This collection of unforgettable masterpieces helped the world fall in love with our country. During my parents’ time, while our country faced many difficulties, this music helped it glow with promise and optimism. It reminded them that our country was a place where dreams come true, and inspired people from all over the world to find for themselves the magic that was America. And Frank Sinatra’s Voice was the soundtrack for their lives.” With the many challenges the world is facing today, Davi found it imperative to voice the relevance of The Great American Songbook. The album “is a journey through different aspects of love – from the seduction and elation of falling in love to the loss and heartbreak of it and then back to its rediscovery. It is a metaphor for this great country of ours, that no matter how hard times are, the Best is Yet to Come.”
In his early acting years, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He then moved to Manhattan, New York where he studied with the legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. Davi became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where he studied with acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Always perfecting his craft, Davi studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers, and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with Michael Chekhov (actor/director highly regarded for his acting technique).
Davi was introduced to film when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, “Contract on Cherry Street.” Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie, “Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami” brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and writer Richard Maibaum, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film “Licence to Kill.” Today, Davi is one of the top Bond villains of all time ranking as high as number 2 on many lists. Davi also received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative portrayal of Bailey Malone in “Profiler.” The show struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Criminal Minds (in which Davi has guest starred), and many others. In 2004, Davi joined the cast of television’s “Stargate: Atlantis,” which earned Davi many sci-fi fans. He has also shown his comedic strength in films such as “The 4th Tenor” with Rodney Dangerfield and “The Hot Chick,” produced by Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.
Having appeared in more than 100 motion pictures, some of Davi’s most notable film credits span 30 years and include cult-classics and blockbuster hits such as “The Goonies,” “Raw Deal,” “Die Hard,” “Son of the Pink Panther,” and “Showgirls.” He has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, and Paul Verhoeven, and has worked on film projects with acting talent such as Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover, and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few.
In 2007, Davi produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in “The Dukes,” which tells the story of a once-successful Doo Wop group who fall on hard times. The film won nine awards including the coveted Coup de Coeur award. Davi was also awarded Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay in the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy by the legendary director Ettore Scola where Prince Albert presented him with the awards. Davi was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival along with Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Julie Taymor, and others.
In 2011, Davi starred with Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken in “Kill the Irishmen,” the true story of Danny Greene, the infamous Irish-American mobster. Davi’s latest major motion picture, another true story, “The Iceman,” is set to release in 2013. The film also stars Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, David Schwimmer, and Ray Liotta.
Besides working in music, film and television, and raising his five children, four dogs, and two cats, Davi keeps busy volunteering his time with such charities as The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order ‘Sons of Italy’ in America (OSIA), and UNICO National. Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K-12 in all 50 U.S. states. In December of 2011, Davi released a Christmas single, “Mistletoe and Holly” that benefited The Salvation Army.
Davi has received numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement. Among his awards, Davi has received the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). In 2000, Davi was awarded the FBI’s Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles. In 2004, Davi was named KNX radios’ “Citizen of the Week” for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. The same year, he also received the Sons of Italy’s Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award including a $20,000 donation to a foundation in which he is involved. In addition, he received the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership) (past recipients include Arnold Schwarzenegger). In 2007, Davi was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, where New York State recognized his value as an artist and community leader. In 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the “Military Order of the Purple Heart” (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America’s service members, veterans, and their families.
Davi is currently on The Steering Committee for George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and is the only entertainer among 28 members, which consists of mainly Senators and former heads of the FBI and CIA. Davi has developed Civilian Patrol 93, which is currently at Homeland Security, where a lesson plan is being written.
ANNE CECERE (Summit #1, #2, #3,#4)
In 2012, Broadcast Music Inc.’s Anne Cecere was nominated for Billboard Magazine’s “40 Power Players under 40” by BMI’s CEO Del Bryant. Her current duties as BMI’s Director of Film & TV Relations include signing new songwriters, composers and publishers while maintaining relationships with existing BMI affiliates.
Anne’s responsibilities also include routinely organizing and promoting showcases that introduce new talent to worldwide audiences in multiple markets. She regularly meets with a wide array of affiliates in diverse genres of music, to explore their needs, enforce their royalties, and insure the placement of their compositions in the marketplace. Additionally, Cecere oversees BMI’s relationships in the increasingly important video game community.
Anne’s work has secured her a prominent position in the eyes of film & TV composers, songwriters, network, studio, library and production executives. Royalties from audio-visual sources now make up more than half of all revenue that BMI generates, specifically royalties from cable TV being BMI’s largest single source of domestic revenue. “Since joining the ranks of BMI in 2004, Cecere has been a major contributor in bringing in these record royalties” sites CEO Del Bryant.
Before joining BMI in 2004, Anne had the pleasure of working with multiple award –winning composer, Mark Isham. As Managing Director of Earle Tones Music, she was involved in every aspect of the post production process with notable contributions to films including Miracle, The Cooler, Highwaymen, Twisted, Spartan and the 2006 Academy Award – winning film, Crash.
As a result of her expertise Ms. Cecere is frequently sought out to speak as an authority on craft and culture of the entertainment industry. Most recently, she has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine, Music Connection, Hot Press, The Score and the Wall Street Journal. Anne was also the first person to moderate a panel on music in film, TV & videogames at Comic –Con International in San Diego.
In June of this year, Ms. Cecere completed her term as President of the California Copyright Conference. She also sits on the board of directors for the BMI Foundation and the Society of Singers. Her professional affiliations also include: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMYs); The National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMYs); Association of Independent Music Publishers; the Society of Composers & Lyricists; the National Association of Professional Women; the Game Audio Network Guild and the Women’s Industry Network (WIN), which she co-founded.
A former opera singer, Ms. Cecere is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami School of Music with a degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries (MBEI). In 2014, Anne returned to singing as she performed on the World Premiere of Christopher Tin’s The Drop that Contained the Sea at Carnegie Hall.
FERNANDO GIACCARDI (Guest Speaker Summit #2)
Fernando Giaccardi began his career in the music industry at Televisa/Mexico in 1990 where he held several positions in their radio, concert and label divisions. Fernando was the product manager for Enrique Iglesias’ debut release in 1995 at Fonovia and ended his career there as the Senior VP of Marketing and Promotion for the label after also running their international division.
In 2000, Fernando moved into management joining The Firm to work with multi-platinum artists and be directly involved with DVD production, producing such DVDs as The Backstreet Boys’ Black and Blue Around the World and Audioslave’s Live in Cuba.
In 2009, Fernando joined The Collective Music Group and in 2013 moved to Red Light Management, where he manages long time client, Enrique Iglesias. With almost 20 years of experience, Fernando has worked with multi-platinum artists such as Kelly Clarkson, The Backstreet Boys, Molotov, Audioslave, Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg and many others.
DUNCAN WESTLEY (Guest Speaker Summit #2)
Duncan Westley is President & CEO of Social Stardom, a boutique digital/social media marketing & management company. Social Stardom will manage your digital presence. We create and manage your social media channels, and develop integrated digital strategies that resonate with your audience, drive and manage engagement, and build relationships with your social community that creates active advocates for you and your brand.
Create. Connect. Grow. Collaborate. Integrate. Innovate.
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HERMAN JACKSON (Summit #1)
Herman Jackson is a Grammy nominated producer, composer, arranger and musician. He has toured, recorded and performed on the Grammys with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and countless others.
He has arranged and conducted symphonic orchestras throughout the US and worked as a musician and arranger for The Tonight Show, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Don’t Forget The Lyrics, VH1 Divas, The American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards and many others. Herman’s piano and synths were featured on Outkast’s Grammy winning “Record of the Year.” As Music Director he has worked for Jessica Simpson, Heather Headley, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Jon Secada & Oleta Adams. Herman produced the Grammy nominated 24/7 by Gerald Albright & Norman Brown. Herman’s work as music director and a performer has brought him in front of audiences at Yankee Stadium, the White House, & the Super Bowl with Beyonce & Jennifer Hudson. He has performed on the Grammy Awards with Whitney Houston, Kid Rock, Keely Smith, Chris Brown, Cristina Aquilera, and Lionel Richie and appeared on TV with Yolanda Adams, Rod Stewart, and Andrea Bocelli.
NICK MILO (Summit #2)
Toured with Joe Cocker extensively in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and South America, 2001-2013 as keyboardist and since 2007 as musical director. Keyboards for Tower of Power, 1988 to 1999, recording seven albums, touring and writing (recorded eight songs). 1986 and 87 in the illustrious Bonnie Hayes band, opening for Huey Lewis and the News in their heyday. (Bonnie is now chair of the songwriting department, Berklee School of Music.)
Composed for various television and film gigs including series composer for “Cinema Secrets” (AMC, 2002) and film scores for Discovery Channel, including “Rites of Passage”, Gabriel Films. Worked with composer Michael Melvoin as assistant and collaborator on various shows including “CBS 50th Anniversary Special” and episodes of “Early Edition.”
Graduated in Music Composition, University of Illinois, Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude. Worked with the Martha Graham and Jose Limon Dance Companies and had an original score commissioned by the Mary Anthony Dance Company in New York.
ETHAN FARMER (Summit #1, #2, #3)
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ethan Farmer has established himself as an incredible talent amongst bass players in the industry today.
His first musical influences came from his family who had a well-known gospel group, THE AMAZING FARMER SINGERS. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Ethan’s first big break as a professional was playing with Jody Watley on BET’s Planet Groove.
NORIKO OLLING (Summit #2 & #3)
Born & raised in Japan, Noriko Olling started playing piano at the age of five (5) years-old, studying everything from classical to jazz to R&B. She attended Jinai College in Fukui, Japan majoring in music performance. In 1988, she moved to Los Angeles to sharpen her skills to be a force in America’s music scene.
In recent years, Noriko’s world has expanded to musical theater, and film scoring, lending her talents as musical director and keyboardist for many productions, as well as, composer. Some of the musical theater highlights are: Floyd Mutrux (Director, The Boy from New York City), Trini Garza (Producer, Troupe Productions) and Lori Joroslow (Writer, Baby Project). East West Players, Tim Dang (Director, Beijing Spring).
Noriko has also been working at AMDA Los Angeles (College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts) since 2012 as an accompanist & vocal coach to help students achieve their dreams.
Noriko has done numerous work as an arranger. She has done arranging / transcription work for Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, The Jacksons, Dave Coz, Candy Dulfer, Sheila E. Stewart Copeland, X-Japan, Boney James and many more. Her work ranges anywhere from making simple master rhythm chart to full orchestration. Recently she arranged medleys for Jonathan Butler for his South African Tour.
Noriko strives and lives for “Creating something new from nothing.”
She is also an artist herself and has released an album titled “Noriko’s Love Potions”. You can hear her smooth voice, keyboard playing on this album.
RICKEY MINOR (Summit #1 Keynote Speaker)
Rickey Minor is the Emmy-nominated music director of American Idol. His distinguished resume also includes the Grammys and the Super Bowl, and he has collaborated with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Beyoncé Knowles, and many more.
For four years he was also the musical director and bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In his 2009 book, There’s No Traffic on the Extra Mile, Minor spins stories from his life in the music business into inspirational gold, imparting the lessons he has learned the hard way.
As a highly successful musician and producer, Rickey has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated performers. He knows firsthand that there are reasons why some people succeed, while others fail despite their talent. As American Idol’s music director, Rickey helps contestants reach for their dreams week after week. He’s seen it all behind the scenes at the wildly popular show.
GREG PHILLINGANES (Summit #1)
Music director, session musician and keyboardist Greg toured with Lionel Richie, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Toto, Eric Clapton, and Quincy Jones, and served as musical director for Michael Jackson on the “Bad” and “Dangerous” tours.
He was featured on every Michael Jackson Epic session, and wrote songs for Paulinho Da Costa, the Brothers Johnson, and Lionel Richie. Stevie Wonder recruited him for the Wonderlove band, where he remained from 1976 to 1981. Greg played on recordings by Atlantic Starr, Debarge, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Diana Ross, and Patti Labelle, among others. He has released two solo albums.
MICHAEL BEARDEN (Summit #1)
Currently Lady Gaga’s musical director, Michael has served as musical director for many including Madonna, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson.
An accomplished musical director/keyboardist/arranger/conductor and composer, Michael has also performed and/or recorded with Sting, Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Chaka Kahn, Patti Labelle, George Benson, Youssou N’Dour, Boz Scaggs, Lenny Kravitz, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Nancy Wilson, Queen, David Crosby, Stevie Wonder, John Fogerty, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
TEDDY CAMPBELL (Summit #1)
Teddy’s drums can be heard on recordings with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, and Kelly Clarkson.
Teddy is one of the hardest-working drummers in the business and can be seen on American Idol. His resume is so impressive that even he sometimes has a hard time believing how truly blessed he’s been. The drummer grew up in the gospel music scene of Chicago, where he played in church for the first time at the age of four.
Teddy has served as musical director and drummer for pop stars 98 Degrees and Britney Spears. A few of his other musical director credits include Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Mary Mary, and Ann Nesby (formally of Sounds Of Blackness).
Teddy has toured with The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, LSG (Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill), Queen Latifah, and Bette Midler.
Teddy has also been the in-house drummer for The Image Awards, The Essence Awards, The Billboard Awards, BET Awards, BET’s Celebration Of Gospel, VH1 Disco Ball, VH1 Diva’s Concert, and the VH1 Save The Music Concert.
Despite all of that work, Campbell still finds the time to stay true to his roots, fronting his own gospel group, The Soul Seekers, who won a Stellar Award for Quartet Group of the Year, the highest achievement you can receive in Gospel music.
MICHAEL FARRELL (Summit #1)
Michael has written with indie rock legend Morrissey, Grammy winning soul artist Macy Gray (with will.i.am producing), and recently toured as keyboardist with Sarah McLachlan and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
He’s cultivated multiple and varied roles in his career, including film composer, songwriter, producer, musical director, arranger, touring instrumentalist, and session player.
In recent years, Michael has worked as an associate musical director and arranger for NBC’s America’s Got Talent and The Winner Is, American Idol and The X Factor, and ABC’s Dance War. His duties included onscreen performing, arranging, and recording and production of live tracks as well as developing and coaching contestants.
Live performance work includes touring appearances with Alanis Morissette, Vanessa Carlton, Daniel Powter, Five For Fighting, Rita Wilson, Thompson Square, V.V. Brown, and Mariah Carey. Other live and recording clients include Anastacia, Patti LaBelle, Ennio Morricone, 311, Serena Ryder, Jewel, Vanessa Hudgens, Donna Summer, David Hasselhoff, and the Radio City Rockettes.
Michael is a Fulbright Scholar (Waikato University-New Zealand). He also holds a M.S from the Syracuse University Newhouse School (Television Radio & Film) and a B.S. from John Carroll University (Economics).
JASPER RANDALL (Guest Speaker Summit #1)
Jasper has contracted, conducted and performed for choruses on over 100 films including Avatar, Frozen, Godzilla, Tangled, Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, Big Hero 6, Minions, X-Men: Days of Futures Past and Despicable Me 2.
Singer, composer and conductor Jasper Randall is one of the foremost vocal contractors in the film and television industry, having worked with such notable composers as James Horner, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson Williams, Alan Menken, Alexandre Desplat, Christophe Beck, Brian Tyler, Henry Jackman, Steve Jablonski and Heitor Pereira.
As both soloist and chorister, he’s performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Hollywood Bowl, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Growing up in a small town in Oregon, Jasper studied music from an early age, eventually coming to southern California for the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at USC, where he studied under esteemed film composers Elmer Bernstein and David Raskin.
The Los Robles Master Chorale recently honored him with the title of Composer in Residence, with world premiere commissions scheduled for their 2015-2016 season.
CELEBRITY VOCAL HEALTH GUEST SPEAKERS
DAVID AARON KATZ & JAN ALAN SCHWARTZ
Superior Vocal Health has made it a life’s mission, to be dedicated to helping voice professionals keep their voices and bodies strong, healthy, vibrant, and at peak levels naturally without the use of harmful chemicals and drugs. Superior Vocal Health is the result of more than 25 years of research and investigation by David Aaron Katz, Cantor, international singer of Opera and Broadway, voice teacher, vocal coach, author, nutritional consultant, herbalist and lecturer and Jan Alan Schwartz AKA Wizard. Jan is a Virtuoso Drummer, The Musical Artist “WIZARD”, Lead vocalist, Songwriter, Health Guru, Founder of Burlington Audio and Recordingstore.com, as well as the producer of Carib Music.
While Teaching and coaching voice professionals from around the world, Jan and David found that they were in constant need of something that would help preserve and take care of their voices, something that was non-addicting or damaging to the vocal cords, and was consistent, safe and reliable.
Welcome to Superior Vocal Health. We have been performing as professional musicians around the world for more than 25 years. We have experienced firsthand the trials of being a professional singer and musician and understand that as professionals one cannot afford a bad performance. Like it or not, we must always be”on”. Vocal Health must be the number one priority in a voice professional’s life, so it’s imperative we keep our throats and bodies in the best condition possible.
When you are flying, staying at strange hotels, overusing your voice every day, and dealing with everyday stresses, staying healthy just isn’t easy. Inevitably the body and voice break down. How many times have you been sick but said, “the show must go on”? It’s happened to all of us. After years of trying every possible remedy on the market with no success, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Superior Vocal Health is the result of years of extensive research and personal experience. Superior Vocal Health was created to give all voice professionals the best tools to care for their voices – naturally – no drugs, no chemicals. Our formulas are designed to restore, rejuvenate, invigorate, and help heal a myriad of vocal issues.
These formulas are not a replacement for proper technique, training, or correct vocal care. That takes hard work, commitment, perseverance, and along with regular checkups with your ENT, learning how to “listen” to your body. Voice professionals around the world use the Superior Vocal Health product line to maintain and keep their voice in top form. Whether we are performing, speaking, rehearsing, auditioning or teaching we always have our Superior Vocal Health products with us. They help keep your vocal cords clear, strong, and healthy.
“Through our own personal experience and the testimonials of countless voice professionals around the world who rely on Superior Vocal Health formulas, you can rest assured Superior Vocal Health products are not only totally safe and good for you, they will work for you! We guarantee it! Stay healthy, and enjoy your voice”. David and Jan
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JASON GRIFFIN(Summit #1, #3, #4)
As a stylist, Jason Griffin has worked with an assortment of celebrities in both film and television. Griffin is currently the personal stylist for actor/rapper Bryshere Y.Gray from the hit show Empire and recently costumed designed Queen Latifah’s produced film Brotherly Love starring Keke Palmer.
From 2009- 2013 Jason has styled promos for ABC Network including Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Pam Am, The Bachelorette, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.This year Jason celebrates his 20th year in the Entertainment industry working with the who’s who’s in Hollywood such as Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Tyrese, MC Lyte,Meagan Good and Taryn Manning.
JAMALLIE BRADLEY (Summit #1, #2, #3, #4)
Jamallie Bradley is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with experience in all aspects of media makeup: fashion, video and print. Having worked for many major international music artists and leading faces of film & TV, such as, Serena Williams, Jhene Aiko, Taraji P. Henson, and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, along with countless others, Jamallie has been able to fully grow and establish herself as a distinguished make-up artist.
Her work has been featured in some of the world’s leading magazines as well as film and TV, such as, “Vanity Fair”, “The Academy Awards”, and “The Grammy’s”. Over the years she has truly demonstrated a cutting edge approach to style and glamour. Whether her work takes her on location for a catalog photo shoot, or backstage of a runway for a fashion show or to a wedding, she demonstrates her talent and desire to create a flawless style to enhance the subject in a creative and professional way.
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