“Live At The Library” is the premier album of Rey Burns’ Crossroad. This eclectic blend of music and musicians is proof that jazz, latin, classical and contemporary styles are undeniably linked. What better way to show this link than with strings.
The stellar performances by the members of this group will swing you through a concert hall and leave you with a sense off freedom and gratification. All of the tunes on “Live At The Library” are original compositions of Reynard Burns.
Reynard Burns bass Reynard is an educator, composer, conductor, and clinician. Working closely with such notables as the Turtle Island String Quartet and John Blake, Rey started and directed the first student jazz string ensemble on Long Island. Since retiring from his position as orchestra director at Bay Shore Schools, he has published a wide variety of compositions. His award winning compositions have been performed across the U.S. and abroad. He currently presents clinics and workshops across the Island and at National Conferences for teachers and students. He is also the director of the Dowling College Orchestra.
John Blake Jr. violin John Blake has, “over the last thirty years, attained a unique position as the premier mainstream jazz violinist in the world.” As well as performing with his quartet and as a solo, he has appeared with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the McCoy Tyner Trio, Turtle Island String Quartet, Quartet Indigo, the Steve Turre Sextet, and the Billy Taylor Trio. He recorded and toured with Grover Washington Jr.. He has recorded under the Gramavision label and Sunny records. As a teacher he has coached such players as Regina Carter. His original composition “A Celebration of Fiddle Music from Africa to America.” Not only is this work extremely entertaining, but it contains a significant historical aspect. The work been performed in Philadelphia, in NYC, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Curtis Stewart violin Curtis is a New York City based freelance violinist. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis has performed with the national Repertory Orchestra and with Akua Dixon in her Hip-Hop Blues project at Aaron Davis Hall. He has appeared in the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Beethoven Institute at the Mannes College of Music. His performance history covers many msucial styles including MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, the Jazz Gallery with Jason Lidner, and Carnegie Hall with the new England Symphonic Ensemble.
Matthew Pierce viola composer-violinist. His work has been performed around the country and around the world at City Center in New York, Covent Garden in London and the Palais Garnier in Paris. He has written scores for the Joffrey Balet, the American Ballet Theater and the Atlanta Ballet. As a violinist Pierce has performed on recordings by pop artists Jewel, Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega and on Philip Glass' score, Kundun. He is the conductor of the Matthew Pierce Ensemble. Matthew is also professor of violin and orchestra director at Five Towns College.
Regan Burns cello – Regan is an educator, composer, arranger, and performer. While at Temple University, Regan performed under Louis Biava of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied with cellist Glenn Fischbach of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Currently an orchestra director for Riverhead Public Schools, Regan performs around Long Islandwith her String Quartet. She has also performed with Haverford Orchestra, the Island Symphony, Dowling College Symphony Orchestra, the West Islip Chamber orchestra, the BAFA orchestra and the Island Chamber Orchstra.
Elinor Zayas piano Elinor is a piano soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist and music educator. Ellie studied at the Julliard Pre-College Division and went on to do her undergraduate and graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers and mentors include such notable as Constance Keene, Abby Whiteside, Gary Grafman and, Barry Harris. She founded the chamber ensemble Nepenthe, which she directed for over 20 years. Elinor has been the pianist for New York's Most Dangerous Big Band, the Long Island masterworks Chorus, the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus and has been musical director at the Gareway Playhouse.. She curently performs throughout Long Island with the Cross Island Ensemble.
Jesus Figueroa percussion Jesus is a percussionist, world drums, performer. Jesus is one of the founding members of the percussion group Hip Pickles which performs and provides workshops worldwide. Jesus has made guest performances at Long Island Schools and has provided skilled enhancement to student performances
Chris Scherer percussion Chris is a Drummer, Percussionist, Instructor, Writer.
He has been a performer and instructor of note on Long Island and is one of the founding members of Hip Pickles. He has appeared on television and radio and performed for the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention, Modern Drummer Festival, Rhythm Sticks festival in England and Drum Fest in Montreal. In the years leading up to these events, we (Hip Pickles) carried the title of Drum Corps Associates Ensemble Champions during which I competed as an individual soloist. Chris also held the drum set chair for the highly regarded FTC big band, performing at Carnegie Hall.