About Us

Moving Star is a vocal ensemble that creates original music for a cappella voices infused with a wide variety of improvisational techniques. Improvisation is lifeblood that runs throughout Moving Star’s experimental rehearsal process as well as in their compositions and on the spot improvisations. The ensemble is currently in residence at Carnegie Hall and includes singers and musicians from diverse traditions and backgrounds. Singers include practitioners of the vocal improvisation techniques of Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, members of The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation, as well composers, singer-songwriters and classical, jazz and world music trained singers.

Members

Eleni Arapoglou is a singer from Athens, Greece, now based in New York City after completing studies at Tufts University and Berklee College of Music. Eleni is currently exploring the combination of movement, music and visuals in improvised performance.

Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and educator. He is a co-founder of World In One, Loom Ensemble and Vital Vox. Sasha has performed worldwide and throughout the NY area in venues such as: Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, BAM, and Roulette. www.sashabmusic.com

Thomas Cabaniss is a composer and educator; he teaches at Juilliard and leads educational projects for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. www.thomascabaniss.com

Amy Carrigan is a multi genre singer, puppeteer, theater maker and arts administrator. She fronts the band Ducarriganigan and puppeteers with Brooklyn based puppet theater company, Drama of Works. www.aarondugan.com/Ducarriganigan

Henry Chapin is an educator, musician and arts administrator. He is currently teaching privately, doing dance/music residencies in schools and square dance calling. He also dances with Bouwerie Boys Morris and practices the art of watching the world go round and round.

Malena Dayen sings opera, oratorio and concert music and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and opera roles at the Teatro Municipal of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. As a tango singer she performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic, and is the lead singer of New Aires Tango. www.malenadayen.com

Nick Demeris and his musical mission have him weaving together traditions, like blending Hip Hop & Shakespeare or mashing up Minimalism with Nepali folk music from the Brooklyn subway platforms to the wings of Carnegie Hall, so that all humans can connect to our vibrational commonality as beings of sound!

Mark Ettinger is a composer, conductor, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. He’s played with Bo Diddley, sung with The Bobs, conducted the Cincinnati Orchestra and taught at Mannes College of Music. He toured the world juggling with the Flying Karamazov Brothers for 14 years and as their music director wrote music for half a dozen shows.  www.markettinger.org

Emily Eagen is a singer, songwriter, vocal coach a DMA candidate in vocal performance at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, a teaching artist through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and a two-time world champion whistler. Emily is a singer of early, contemporary, and folk music, most recently seen on tour with The Bang on a Can All-Stars in Julia Wolfe’s ‘Steel Hammer.’ www.emilyeagen.com

Jascha Hoffman is a singer, songwriter, improviser and teacher in Brooklyn. He believes that the voice holds a powerful connection to the body, heart and spirit. www.jaschamusic.com

Tim Kiah is a Brooklyn based composer, vocalist and bassist. He has been commissioned by Chamber Music America, Lincoln Center and the Northern Sinfonia chamber Orchestra. Tim is a member and composer with The Chelsea Symphony and has written ten symphonic works. www.timkiah.com

Malia Kulp is a singer in many contexts, exposure from early on in the Met Children’s Chorus to the Dub Kirtan All Stars, Srikala, gospel, rock and sound healing.

Saskia Lane is a Julliard trained bassist, composer, performer and educator whose work spans many genres. She regularly tours with kids’ favorite Dan Zanes and Friends along with her jazz pop trio, The Lascivious Biddies. www.saskialane.com

Bonita Oliver is an actress (SAG/AFTRA), singer/songwriter from Massachusetts. Bonita is a current member of Lush Tongue and past collaborators have included Karl Rausch, Mason Lucas, Todd Amodeo, Cactuz, and Skyscraper DJ.

Onome is the artistic director of Lush Tongue, a women’s vocal a cappella ensemble that fuses improvisation with a repertoire of eclectic, globally multicultural, classic and contemporary music from female composers. www.lushtongue.com

Sofia Ribeiro is originally from Lisbon, Portugal. She has a diploma in jazz performance from ESMAE and a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She has been performing and teaching all over the world, most frequently in Europe and South America. www.sofiaribeiro.com