Orchestra Personnel

Evan Mazunik—Piano, Accordion, Asscoiate Soundpainter

Evan Mazunik’s broad experience as a pianist, composer, and improviser includes work with such distinguished musicians as Carla Bley, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, and Steve Swallow, as well as scoring the documentary Checker King, which will air on Cinemax in 2003. In 2002, Evan served as musical director and arranger for In Sarajevo, the premier musical of the Iowa New Play Festival. Most recently, he recorded an album of original compositions for jazz sextet. Evan conducts Gamut, his Soundpainting ensemble, and has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 2002.

 

Gil Selinger— Cello, Associate Soundpainter

Gil Selinger is an active teacher and performer, equally at home in classical and improvisational settings. He has been featured as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Modern Chamber Orchestra, the group heard on his upcoming CD of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, performed both as written and as a Soundpainting by Walter Thompson. Gil has toured throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States, and has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 2000.

Michael Attias—Saxophone

Michael Attias is an active saxophonist and composer, performing concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has performed with notable musicians including Anthony Coleman, Butch Morris, Bob Stewart, and Herb Robertson. He regularly plays such New York City venues as The Knitting Factory, Tonic, and The Cornelia Street Cafe, and is a 2000 recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Michael has been a member of the Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1995.

 

Alan Brady—Clarinet, Saxophone

Alan Brady has performed with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Ray Charles Orchestra, the Tommy Tune Orchestra, The Irondale Ensemble Project, and many others. Alan has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since1994.

 

Michael-David Gordon—Actor

Michael-David Gordon has been a member of The Irondale Ensemble Project, a theater company based in New York City, since 1991. He is presently involved in writing and developing an original opera entitled, The Murals of Rockefeller Center, with other members of Irondale. The opera is set to premier in New York City in April 2002. Michael-David is an ensemble actor for the jazz radio series Jazzplay, broadcast worldwide throughout 2001-2002, and has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since1998.

 

Rob Henke—Trumpet

Rob Henke records, works, and tours with many New York City bands including Dr. Nerve, Gary Lucas’ Fast and Bulbous, Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, and The Henke/Sturm Duo. Additionally, he works as an actor with, and co-director of, the educational theater company Good Clean Fun, has performed with The Likeable War Criminals, and has worked as playwright with the Strike Anywhere theater company. He recently wrote and recorded a one-act radio play called Listening. Rob has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1989.

 

Nicole Poole—Actor

Nicole Poole recently returned from an extensive international tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company in John Barton’s TANTALUS, directed by Sir Peter Hall. She is glad to be back in New York, and is currently planning her wedding and working on several projects, including her solo project, BECOMING HUMAN. Nicole has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1998.

 

Andrea Pryor—Percussion

Andrea Pryor performs both classical and Latin percussion, working in a variety of settings including teaching and theater productions. She is a dance accompanist with Arts Connection and has had articles on Cuban and other Latin American percussion published in Percussive Notes and CBMR Digest (Center for Black Music Research). Andrea has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1997.

 

Steve Rust—Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass

Steve Rust loves books, basketball, and Beethoven, and when not on the nearest golf course, has found time to perform and record with the likes of Paul Simon, Dave Douglas, James Galway, Natalie Merchant, Jorma Kaukonnen, Nick Brignola, The Band, and Hubert Laws. His relationship with Walter Thompson goes back 20 years, to when they would challenge each other with duets to see who could play the most notes.

 

Rolf Sturm—Guitar

Rolf Sturm has performed and toured throughout North America and Europe with the likes of Giora Feidman, Eddy Arnold, the New York-Buenos Aires Connection, Tony Trischka, Billy Martin, Strike Anywhere, and Illuminati. He leads the band Feed The Meter, and has three CDs in release, including a solo CD entitled, Solo Acoustic, on the Water Street label. Rolf has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1986.

 

Leese Walker—Actor/Dancer, Associate Soundpainter

Leese Walker’s versatility takes her from classical theatre to movement work to improvised performance to playing the Lakota flute. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, which weaves together improvised music, modern dance, mask-work, and theatre to create original performance pieces. Leese has been improvising as a core member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1997.

 

Chris Washburne—Tuba

Chris Washburne has performed on almost every continent, breaking through style and cultural boundaries. The extensive list of people with whom he has performed on trombone and tuba includes Tito Puente, Mark Anthony, the Dicapo Opera Company, and the American Microtonal Festival Chamber Orchestra, and he is leader of S.Y.O.T.O.S., a Latin jazz group that features his original compositions. His doctoral dissertation, New York Salsa, was published by Temple University Press in 2002. Chris has been a member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1992.

 

Hollis Headrick – Percussion

 

Dennis Shafer – Woodwinds

 

Vincent Le Quang – Woodwinds

 

Jennifer Rahfeldt – Multidisciplinary Artist