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Transcendence

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WORLD PREMIERE

Renowned violinist, Daisy Jopling, and Olympic Ceremony creator, Daniel Flannery launch world premiere of Transcendence, the first live performance in over a year at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on June 18 & 20, 2021 - 7:30 PM.

Executive produced by Gene Fisch, Jr. this hybrid music/theater experience traces the influences of African American music over the last one hundred years, and is set to a poignant, intimate theater experience of Sarah Bracey White’s memoir “Primary Lessons”.

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ABOUT

Named “sublimely gifted musician” by Time Out Magazine, classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling teams up with award-winning director and visual maestro Daniel Flannery, iconic creator of legendary Olympic Ceremonies, World Stages, TV, Film, Expo & Theme Parks, visionary producer / philanthropist Gene Fisch, Jr., and acclaimed writer and storyteller Sarah Bracey White in the production of Transcendence.

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DJMMF Team Sarah Bracey White, Writer & Storyteller

“There are so many facets that will be coming together culminating in a magical evening aimed at providing musical mentorship to the children of New York and Peekskill…Daisy Jopling’s foundation of mentoring children will continue to change lives through this performance!” — Executive Producer, Gene Fisch, Jr.

The music embraces traditional African songs, spirituals, blues, bebop, jazz, funk and hip hop. Set to an original stage adaptation by Daniel Flannery of Sarah Bracey White’s “Primary Lessons”, we meet Sarah as a precocious five-year-old girl as she is pulled from her middle class life in Philadelphia and planted in Jim Crow, South Carolina. We bear witness to Sarah’s struggle to survive and are uplifted by the depth and clarity of her fiery spirit which sustains her and ultimately illuminates the trajectory of her adult life. The visuals, lighting, sound, and stage design are created by the team behind Illuminance, a musical salute to the magic of Bannerman Castle, which airs on WMHT / PBS May 28th (10pm) and May 30th (4:30 pm EST).

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The performance features original music composed by the Daisy Jopling Band and Dean Fransen, as well as arrangements of Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Billie Holliday, Papa John Creek, Hugh Masekela and George Walker. Transcendence premieres live Friday, June 18th and Sunday, June 20th at 7:30 PM for an audience of 250 people per evening, with COVID safety measures in place.

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DJMMF Transcendence, Composer, Angelo Chery

Throughout the production, young people are mentored by internationally renowned artists in the fields of production management, composition, songwriting, beatbox/body percussion, dance/choreography, lighting, set design and sound engineering.

This experience is often described as life changing—unleashing young people’s creativity and instilling them with focus, confidence, and collaboration skills that serve them on stage, in school, and in their chosen careers.

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DAISY JOPLING BAND
Daisy Jopling — Violin
Jeff Miller — Piano
Matthew Watanabe — Keyboard
Lavondo Thomas — Bass
Simon Fishburn — Drums
Michael Feigenbaum — Percussion
Featuring
Nina Blue — Voice
Sal Lagonia — Trumpet

SPECIAL GUESTS
Peekskill High School City Singers — Directed by Kevin Larsen
Judah Praise — Directed by Tuesday McDonald
Eliana Romero — Flute
Adam Machado — Drums
Anton & Joseph Klettner Violin & Accordion

CREATIVE TEAM
Daisy Jopling — Artistic Director, Performer
Daniel Flannery — Director
Michael Feigenbaum — Associate Director
Sarah Bracey White — Author: "Primary Lessons", Performer
Garvin Eddy — Set Design
Ro-z Edelston — Lighting Design
Jane Wilson-Marquis — Costume Design
Belle Torres — Choreographer
Todd Giudice — Sound Design
Lorraine Altamura — Hair & Make-up
Chereese Jervis-Hill — Guest Experience Director
Francine Torres — Stage Manager
Lauren Brady — Student Performance Booking Director

Transcendence Art - Pasquale Monaco - Paramount Upstairs Gallery, June 18 & 20

VIP ARTIST MEET & GREET RECEPTION

Sponsors, Symphony of World Citizen Members, and Patrons purchasing Tier I tickets (or higher) are invited to our VIP Artist Meet & Greet Reception at 6:30 PM prior to each performance. The reception will take place in the Paramount Upstairs Gallery.

During intermission and after the performance, all patrons are invited to view the Art Show in the Gallery, featuring the stunning original oil paintings of Italian Artist, Pasquale Monaco. 50% of all purchases are generously donated to our foundation by Mr. Monaco.

DINE IN PEEKSKILL & JOIN THE CELEBRATION!

Dining in Peekskill before the show? We highly recommend Ruben's Mexican Café. The performers will also be gathering there after the concert starting at 9:30 PM and all are welcome to join the celebration!

BECOME A SPONSOR

The Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation is a living, breathing force in the lives of young artists.

When you become a sponsor, you bring the power of world class music-making into community performances that transform people’s lives. Together, we engage many times throughout the year to bring inspiration, education, and monetary support to youth of every age and skill level. This is accomplished through three core initiatives: 1) Mentorship for youth to study and perform with world-class musicians on major stages; 2) Removing barriers such as cost for youth to attend world-class concerts; and 3) Supporting low cost and tuition free high quality music programs for children by donating funds.

Over the last 10 years, we have served nearly 10,000 students and their communities through our mentorship programs, workshops and performances. To date the foundation has produced 9 concerts at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 2 concerts at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 3 concerts at Dramatic Hall in Peekskill, NY, 5 concerts on Bannerman Castle Island, NY, and an unforgettable performance at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2017. We invite you to become a sponsor of Transcendence and our spectacular season of live-streamed and in-person events around the globe—from the beautiful Hudson Valley to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and India's majestic Taj Mahal! Your impact allows us to engage more young people in life changing experiences. Choose your sponsorship level below.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please contact Transcendence Executive Producer, Gene Fisch, Jr. at (917) 526-0267 or genefisch@yahoo.com.

Sponsorships via check can be made out to the "Daisy Jopling Foundation" and mailed to: PO Box 72, Peekskill, NY, 10566. Sponsorships can also be made by credit card online via PayPal (no account required).

The Daisy Jopling Foundation is a nonprofit under IRS regulation 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

SUPERSTAR

$15,000 +

1 hr private performance with the Daisy Jopling Band!

Ten VIP Reserved seats for the performance.

Logo & name displayed on projection screen on Paramount Hudson Valley main stage before performance, and during intermission.

Logo and name featured in all event articles, publications, literature, websites and social media.

Premium logo and name on all banners/posters, including our event photo booth backdrop.

Full page ad in the event program (please supply PDF or JPEG file)

Mention from the Stage at the Concert.

ROCKSTAR

$10,000 +

1 hr private performance with Daisy Jopling!

Six VIP Reserved seats for the performance.

Logo and name featured in all event articles, publications, literature, websites and social media.

Premium logo and name on all banners/posters, including our event photo booth backdrop.

Full page ad in the event program (please supply PDF, JPEG or EPS file)

Mention from the Stage at the Concert.

VIRTUOSO

$2,500+

Dinner with Daisy Jopling and Sarah Bracey White.

Four VIP Reserved seats for the performance.

Logo and name featured in all event articles, publications, literature, websites and social media.

Premium logo and name on all banners/posters, including our event photo booth backdrop.

Quarter page ad in the event program (please supply PDF, JPEG or EPS file)

Mention from the Stage at the Concert.

MEET THE TEAM

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Daniel Flannery

Director

Daniel Flannery is an American artist and storyteller, conceptualist, producer, director, scenographer, director of photography and lighting designer. He has conceived, designed and directed award-winning theatrical, film, television and transmedia entertainment around the world for clients such as Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative.

As a creator of original intellectual properties and content, he draws upon his experiences and visionary talent to translate words and music into compelling, iconic visual images through an immersive and emotional experience. Regarded as a Visual Maestro, Daniel is recognized for being a visionary and pioneer of emerging entertainment experiences and technology.

A Daniel Flannery Production exemplifies an authentic, cohesive vision deeply integrated into concept, design and direction, creating an immersive, emotional and transformational experience for the audience. His signature creations are Symphantasy, grand stage spectaculars in Asia, World Expo attractions and 3D stereoscopic dome experiences.

As an active member of numerous guilds, unions and trade organizations, Daniel maintains membership with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, International Cinematographers Guild and United States Institute of Theatre Technology.
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Daisy Jopling

Creative Producer, Classical/Rock Violinist

Creating the Transcendence show is a calling for classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling. She is inspired every single day by Sarah Bracey White's extraordinary ability to rise above the limitations of her upbringing. Sarah's story is uplifting beyond words, from being told as a child that she should not stand tall because she will be hit by lightning, to now at age 75 she has created everything she has wanted in her life. Every day Daisy is letting go, and rising above her own perceived limitations. Working with Director Daniel Flannery has been life-changing for Daisy, his vast experience, knowledge, intuition, commitment, passion, love and genius creativity are taking this show to heights Daisy could never have imagined. Being involved in the creation of this show, working with every single one of our world-class artists and absolutely incredible people on the Transcendence team, is a magnificent blessing.

Daisy has spent her life touring, initially with the creative string trio Triology, and for the last 11 years with her own band. She started her solo career at age 14 playing a Bach concerto in the Royal Albert Hall in London, and subsequently played solo twice at the Vienna festival in front of 30,000 people. She has performed and collaborated with artists such as Hans Zimmer, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan, Omara Portuonda, Joe Zawinul, Boris Grebenshikov, Janine Jansen, Oliver Mtukutsi and Shubha Mudgal, and is thrilled to be recreating the artistic possibilities of a classical violinist.

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Sarah Bracey White

Writer & Storyteller, Teacher, Arts Administrator

Sarah Bracey White grew up in Sumter, SC. She is a writer, storyteller, teacher, arts administrator and frequent motivational speaker. Her academic degrees were earned at Morgan State University and the University of Maryland. She was an Inaugural Fellow at the Purchase College Writers Center.

Her published works include Primary Lessons: A Memoir, The Wanderlust: A South Carolina Folk Tale, and Feelings Brought to Surface, a poetry collection. Her essays have been anthologized in Children of the Dream, Dreaming in Color, Living in Black and White, Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother, Gardening on a Deeper Level, and Heartscapes: True Stories of Remembered Loves. The New York Times, The Afro-American Newspapers, the Journal News and the Scarsdale Inquirer have published her essays. Sarah is a frequent contributor to Read650, a literary performance group. She and her husband live in Ossining, NY. Her essays and poetry are archived on www.onmymind.org.

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Gene Fisch, Jr.

Executive Producer

Gene has spent a lifetime dedicated to bettering the lives of children. For years he was a proud volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House as part of the amazing Thursday team; philanthropy for a number of children organizations, creating the New York New Works Theatre Festival as a utopia for artists, and working with the Achilles club (athletes were both blind and suffering from brain trauma) represents some of the best parts of life. Gene loves his work with kids and was recently awarded the “Best Instructor” award as an adjunct professor in the Engineering Department at Steven’s Institute of Technology. Supporting this mentoring program for Peekskill students is a highlight of the year!

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Lorraine Altamura

Hair & Make-up Artist

Lorraine Altamura is a professional Make Up Artist, enjoying a career filled with adventure, exciting people and new places. Her ‘notables’ short list includes: Sandra Bullock, 50 Cent, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Depp, Al Gore, Gayle King, Patti LaBelle, Robert DeNiro, Natalie Portman, Donald Trump, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Renée Zellweger & Daisy Jopling.

Having worked mostly on Commercials and Photo Shoots, Lorraine had the freedom to work, raise her 4 children and participate in her community! Serving as PTA Council President, advocating for 37,000 Yonkers children, leading the charge to create YonkersArts.org and serving on many community boards filled those wonderful years. In L.A. after the Northridge earthquake, Pres. Clinton recognized her work in Disaster Preparedness: for helping so many people by organizing neighborhoods. Lorraine is the quintessential ‘helper’. She has been working with Daisy for 15 years, as her Make Up Artist & friend. Most recently, Lorraine has had the pleasure of helping Daisy’s Music Mentorship Foundation thrive.

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NiNA BLUE

Pop-Soul Singer

NiNA BLUE is a pop-soul singer and native New Yorker, captivating audiences of all ages! She’s known for her raw vocals, unique tone and vulnerable storytelling performances. More than anything, Nina loves connecting with her audience & giving back in that way. NiNA was on Season 12 of American Idol, and has sold out solo shows all over New York City including The Metropolitan Room & The Bitter End! NiNA BLUE has been featured at Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center as part of Daisy Jopling’s “Awakening" Concert! Nina is a huge fan and friend of Daisy who continues to inspire her on a regular basis! NiNA BLUE is currently working on an original studio album she is very excited to share! Follow her journey @NinaBlueMusic.

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Barbara Bodnar

Associate Broker & Board Trustee

Barbara Bodnar is an award-winning realtor for Coldwell Banker Realty in Yorktown Heights covering Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties. Barbara is committed to exceeding the expectations of her clients. With this goal in mind, she takes every opportunity to attend programs that may enhance her knowledge, add technical skills and therefore create a more meaningful and dynamic real estate experience for her buyers and sellers. Barbara has spent over 20 years assisting families, individuals and children in both the public and private sectors as a licensed Social Worker. Her background in Social Work allows her to bring a much more sensitive and understanding approach to her business as well. Outside of her professional life Barbara is passionate about sailing, music, dancing, art, travel and horseback riding. She loves to socialize, make new friends and contribute to the community through volunteer work, board memberships and contributions.

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Deborah Brown

Grant Writer

Deborah Brown is the owner of Deborah Brown Consulting LLC, which provides grant writing, organizational management and board support services to non-profit, for profit and hybrid organizations working for social good.

Deborah holds a B.A. in journalism, with a minor in international relations from New York University.  She studied aesthetic education with Maxine Green at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, fundraising at NYU, and grant writing at the Foundation Center. She serves as treasurer of Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing fundraising and philanthropy in the lower Hudson Valley through the advancement of grantsmanship. Deborah is also founder of the Newburgh Clean Water Project and a member of the Grant Professionals Association. Deborah is a life-long lover of learning, music, people, art, discovery, languages, nature, philosophy and design, and is happy to be part of the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation adventure.

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Angelo Chery

Violinist, Composer, Music Producer

Angelo Chery, 20, is a violinist, composer, and music producer who currently resides in New York. He has performed at the Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize Ceremony in honor of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, the 2019 Social justice Award ceremony in honor of Oscar Robertson, and composed a fiddle solo which he performed at Princeton University, Dudamel residency.

He graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School where he served as Concert Master of the Chamber Orchestra and both the Assistant Director and Concert Master of the Pyt Orchestra. His only professional violin recording “Lazarus (Space Masala)" with the Jolly Band can be found on youtube and other streaming platforms.

His most outstanding awards and achievements include performing at The Grammy Salute to Classical Music in 2018 (hosted by world-famous pianist Lang Lang and celebrated the legacy of Leonard Bernstein) and Bartok Duos with New York Phil Violinist Hannah Choi. Angelo received both a Guarneri and Paganini copy violin and a John Blaire violin from Christophe Landon, violin maker. He was also unanimously awarded the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin at the O'Connor Method Camp in 2015.

Angelo's exposure to a wide range of music during his 7 years as a musician has introduced him to new techniques, perspectives, and possibilities.

Angelo is a servant artist, an advocate for both genre and frequency-fluid music invitation, permanently inspired.

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Diane Cricchio

CEO & Creative Director, Timeline Video

Diane's mantra is: I want what is Beautiful ,Useful and Amusing", and working with the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation delivers that experience every time.

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Garvin Eddy

Set Designer

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre, Garvin Eddy has been an Emmy award winning designer for over 4 decades in Hollywood. His scores of television and film credits include The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and That 70’s Show. He has been a design instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia. He is a member of The Art Directors Guild, ATAS and United Scenic Artists in New York. He was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Distinguished Theatrical Design. In 2010 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted him into the Archive of American Television.

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Ro-z Edelston

Lighting Designer

Ro-z is excited to be involved in another dynamic production of Daisy's at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater. This is where Ro-z is the proud Lighting Director since 2013 and has worked on hundreds of live concerts over the years. Additional Lighting Director credits include Almost Queen (2016-ongoing); Jessica Lynn: Live at Dramatic Hall (PBS special, 2019); and The Unwritten Law (Dixon Place, 2017, 2018). Thanks for supporting live theatre!

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Michael Feigenbaum

Associate Director, Performer, Rhythm Specialist & Percussionist

Michael performs, creates and teaches around the globe as a dancer and musician for stage and live television. His genius lies in conceptualizing and designing original performance pieces where rhythm meets music, movement and theater. A citizen of the world, Michael believes in freedom of thought, loves nature and human-nature.

Michael specializes in instrumental percussion, body-percussion and beatbox. Also a dancer, actor and clown, he has created with Franco Dragone (Cirque de Soleil), Giuliano Peparini (Le Rêve, Las Vegas) and the Mayumana company in award winning shows. In the last 15 years he has performed in theaters, arenas and on TV around the world in front of millions of spectators. His performance highlights include: "The Han Show" by Franco Dragone (Wuhan, China), "The Voca People" (Off-Broadway, Lucile Lortel Award), "1789 – Les Amants de la Bastille" by Giuliano Peparini (Paris, France, Crystal Globe Award), "Momentum" by Mayumana (Broadway, Israel's Theater Award), "The House Of Dancing Waters" by Franco Dragone (Macau, China). Today Michael is based in New York.

As a professional beatboxer, Michael has lent his musical and rhythmical beats to various projects with other world class musicians and dancers. His unique experience in theatre, as a musician and as a dancer allows him to weave vocal rhythm seamlessly into various contexts. He has worked the New York scene opening for a Sting concert and collaborating with vocalist Michael Winslow (Police Academy) as part of an award winning off-broadway A-Capella show, as well as performing the live Red Bull New Year Gala in Biejing, China. His beatboxing skills are featured on studio albums and live dance performances. Always using his wide knowledge of instrumental percussion, Michael is a true vocal drummer.

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Don Feldman

Board Vice President, Music Education Advisor & Podiatrist

Being a part of the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation Board as Vice President, has allowed me to foster my love of music and to advocate for the importance of music education. I grew up with music playing an important part of my life. I was a part of a Rock Band, Bullet, recorded a hit song, "White Lies, Blue Eyes”. I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and performance (trombone) and a Master of Science degree in Music Education. I began teaching band in the NYC School System.

I changed careers and studied to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. I became President of the NYSPMA and later served on the State Board of Podiatry. I joined the Peekskill Rotary Club in 1987, became President twice and never missed a meeting! I was the programming chair of the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, on the Board of First Hebrew Congregation, and was a board member of the Lincoln Society.

Being on the DJMMF board, has brought together my experiences in music and sitting on boards, to help accomplish the goals and meet the mission of the foundation.

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Simon Fishburn

Drummer, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Simon "SiFi" Fishburn has played with renowned Australian artists such as Andy Firth and Craig Calhoun and the Brothers of Oz, and American artists such as Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), Lee Hogans (Prince, Jay-Z, The Jonas Brothers) and Billy Lewis Jr. and Samantha Marie Ware (from the TV show ‘Glee’). Simon continues to be an in-demand musician, who also has his own electro-pop/funk band SiFi, who had their debut single ‘Calling Out Your Name’ appear in the Original Netflix TV Series ‘Tales of the City’. Simon is also a children’s entertainer/enrichment performer by day, singing and playing guitar for New York City preschool children as the charismatic Mr. Simon.

Find out more about Simon and his endeavors here: simonfishburn.com | sifiband.com | mrsimonmusic.com

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Dean Fransen

Producer, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Music Director, Pianist, Keyboard Artist, Vocalist, and Educator 

It was meeting Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein in Los Angeles while studying music at California State University at Northridge that motivated Dean Fransen to dedicate his life to music. As a young multi-instrumentalist, Fransen first focused on the trumpet but was later drawn toward the piano where he began songwriting, arranging and composing. He began passionately teaching music part time at Agoura High School (his own alma mater) while still attending college classes. Meeting producer David Foster (Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli) film composer Bill Conti (Rocky) and TV composer Patrick Williams (Mary Tyler Moore Show) led Mr. Fransen to study film scoring with Bob Drasnin (CBS FOX). In 1986 he became the music librarian for composer Lee Holdridge (Neil Diamond, John Denver, and Barbra Streisand). As an apprentice to Stan Sheldon, Fransen helped prepare music notation for the ABC Television show Moonlighting (Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd) and Elton John’s concert “Live in Australia”. He studied record production at UCLA with John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt, Boston, Little River Band).

Mr. Fransen has performed and directed music for over 30 years with a wide array of notable artists and groups such as, Harry Connick, Sr, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Fifth Dimension, Regis Filbin, Nell Carter, Jennifer Holliday and Rosemary Clooney. Fransen is the Co-Founder and Music Director for the New York based national touring ensemble called Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution. He is currently the Co-Founder and Music Director of a music mentorship program in New York called the Global Music Academy Orchestra which is powered by the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation. Fransen currently teaches workshops and mentors musicians of all ages and all levels.

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Laura Giarratano

Board President, Marketing Director

Laura is corporate by design, entrepreneurial at heart and determined to succeed. Her extensive brand building, rebranding, marketing and sales expertise has been built over 35+ years. She's helped launch the careers of many of today’s most famous artists and entertainment companies. Her innovative and creative skills translate into tremendous success in building rock stars, be they persons or products. Laura was the associate producer for DJMMF's Illuminance show on Bannerman Castle Island in 2020 and as Board President, has helped lay the foundation for DJMMF's next decade of impact.

Relying on her years of consumer and corporate marketing expertise, Laura brought a new level of visibility to Planet Data. Hailing from the music and entertainment space, she had the honor to work with and for many of music’s biggest artists including Whitney Houston, Duran Duran, MC Hammer, Rich Springfield, The Offspring, Train, Los Lonely Boys and so many more. Both as new artists and established.

On the corporate side, Laura has spent 15 years successfully building a power-house marketing arm, contributing towards the development and success of award-winning SONY/RED Distribution into the largest and most successful “independent” music distribution company in the business. Laura is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Forza Forni.

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Todd Giudice

Live Sound Engineer, Producer & Musician

Todd Giudice serves as Tech Director and House Engineer at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY. He has overseen more than 200 productions at the Paramount including evenings with Chris Isaak, Marc Cohn, Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin and Al DiMeola. Todd mixed Daisy’s 2019 "Who’s Who" show at the Paramount and her Bannerman Island "Illuminance" shows last summer. Todd has worked in live music production mixing sound at The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY for artists that include CJ Chenier, Richard Shindell, Ritchie Havens and Leon Redbone. He recently was sound designer for two productions at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT, Nonsense and The HMS Pinafore.

Todd studied production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. He is an independent music producer and musician who operates Roots Cellar Recording Studio in Cold Spring, New York. Todd is also a guitarist, drummer and singer-songwriter who is active in the Hudson Valley music scene. He likes dogs.

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Gabriela Suárez Gutiérrez

Graphic Designer

Based in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Gabriela is a Mexican designer and guitarist, specializing in editorial design and illustration. She has collaborated with Daisy since 2019 and is very happy to join the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation once more in the creation of Transcendence.

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Anton & Joseph Klettner

Instrumental Duo

Anton and Joseph Klettner are an instrumental duo who play classic rock and other popular music on a variety of instruments. The brothers reside in South Salem, NY. Their duet combinations include violin, piano, guitar and accordion. Their musical studies began with the piano over 12 years ago, and shortly thereafter, they began training in the other instruments. They have performed in several venues in the area, including The Heights at Brother Vic’s in South Salem, NY; the Note Kitchen in Bethel, CT; The Spotted Horse in Shelton, CT; Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield, CT; and as featured artists at the Horseshoe Café in Southport, CT. In addition, they were winners of the 2018 Darien’s Got Talent and Connecticut’s Got Talent competitions. Anton and Joseph are also members of the rock band Platinum Moon, which performs in the area, including as a headliner at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk CT, at The Bitter End in NYC, at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY, and as an opening act at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. The band also was the first place winner of the 2019 Connecticut’s Got Talent competition.

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Salvatore (Sal) Lagonia

Board Trustee, Trumpeter, Attorney

Sal Lagonia is a versatile trumpet player who studied under famed Professor Peter Crino. He loves to play everything from classical to rock to jazz. Sal is an attorney with his own office in Yorktown, NY. In addition to music his passions include piloting his own aircraft on Angel Flights and Animal Rescue missions, as well as introducing young people to aviation. He is the trumpeter in the duets with Daisy Jopling at the Bannerman Castle concert, Illuminance, and says that performing there with Daisy was a magic moment in time. Sal now sits on the Foundation Board to help others realize this magic.

A critic commented, “He has such a nice easy going jazz tone and yet can play the rock riffs from Chicago on the same night.”

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Kevin Larsen

Music Teacher

Kevin Larsen is a third-year music teacher at Peekskill High School. He is the director for the Peekskill City Singers, an audition-based vocal jazz ensemble.

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Andréa E. Mahee

Nonprofit Consultant

Andréa E. Mahee is a nonprofit consultant bringing fresh ideas and new initiatives to the DJMMF. Her expertise is vital in helping the Foundation grow.

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Jeffrey Miller

Pianist

Jeff is a Grammy Award winning keyboard player and a member of the Daisy Jopling Band. He has played keyboards for many worldwide superstars such as Bo Diddley, Jeffrey Osborne, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Williams, Shakira, Lyfe Jennings, and others. He has also toured the world and shared bills with Pete Townsend, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, NRBG, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, and Taylor Swift. Some other highlights of Jeff's career are playing with Lionel Hampton in Carnegie Hall, Dreams Come True (Japanese pop megastars who have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide), legendary avant-garde jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock, Universal recording artist Rachid, Marc Von Em, Eric Redd, and KJ Denhert.

Some of Jeff's favorite venues that he has played at include: Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, The Fillmore West, Mandalay Bay-Las Vegas, CBGB's, Town Hall NYC, The Channel-Boston, and Irving Plaza NYC.

Jeff studied jazz at University of Miami and William Paterson University. Jeff does all this to support his biking and motorcycling habits. You can hear his music on ReverbNation.

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Errol Rappaport

Board Trustee & Good Will Ambassador

Errol Rappaport is long time champion and advocate for the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation, connecting the organization to wonderful stewards and resources that further its mission of transforming people's lives through world class music mentorship programs and performances.

A Vietnam Veteran, (Medic Unites States Air Force), Errol now serves as a Good Will Ambassador for Operation Warrior Shield. This national organization helps to heal veterans' and service members' hidden wounds and build resilience to the stresses of life through comprehensive support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, employment, prevention of homelessness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

 

 

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Robert Signom III

Production Manager

Robert Signom III has been working in production for over nineteen years. As Production Manager, he has worked for Opera Naples, The American Opera Project, Tri-Cities Opera, Signature Theatre, Gotham Chamber Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, and NJPAC, and many others.

As Stage Manager, he has called over fifty productions in New York, many regional operas and Off-Broadway tours. Rob is the Curator of The Citizens Motorcar Company, America’s Packard Museum. He is an Eagle Scout, and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Andrew Stein

Videographer

Andrew Stein, owner of Andrew Stein Videography brings over 30 years of experience working high profile video production positions in New York such as in the Stadium scoreboard crew for the NY Yankees,and news production for CNN, and NBC. His production company produced unique projects including "The Great American Jukebox" documentary and video series which combine the magic and beauty of the machines, and the music of these classic vintage jukeboxes from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.

Still a young musician at heart, Andrew finds inspiration working with students to create promotional videos for Daisy’s Student Mentorship program. Andrew inspires the students to be creative and shares in their glory as they get to perform onstage and learn the ropes of being a performer.

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Salvatore Tavano III

CPA, CITP, CGMA, CMA, MBA, Board Treasurer

Sal is a Certified Public Accountant and holds various other finance and accounting certifications. He is currently the Examination Development Manager for the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) exams at Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA). Prior to joining ICMA Sal held several finance director positions in the U.S. and Europe at Philip Morris Capital Corp., an operating company of Altria Group, Inc. Included in those roles is his appointment as Geschäftsführer (Managing Director) of PMCC Europe, based in Munich, Germany, where Sal led the business development of the successful startup and the negotiation of over $150 million of structured finance investments.

Prior to joining Philip Morris, he worked in managerial finance and accounting positions at various Fortune 500 companies. Sal began his professional career in public accounting at BDO, an international accounting firm. He also serves on the Village of Buchanan 2021 committee, providing economic and financial insight to the mayor and trustees regarding the closure and decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power facilities. Sal has a BBA in public accounting from Pace University and an MBA in financial management from Iona College.

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Lavondo Thomas

Bassist/Multi-Instrumentalist, Musical Director

As a NYC based multi-instrumentalist, Lavondo has solidly rooted himself as a new breed of in demand performer. Having studied privately with Felix Pastorius, Dr. Mark Morton (Principle Bassist of Columbus Symphony), Douglas Richeson (Tony Bennett unplugged, Phil Collins), and Janek Gwizdala, he feels just as comfortable on acoustic bass as he does on his electric. He has performed for audiences around the world; 30 plus countries from Europe, Asia, and all throughout North America with such artists as world renowned recording artist, Daisy Jopling, fresh offa six week / 23 city tour of China, and performing in Europe at the world famous Musikverein Hall in Vienna. He has also toured with award-winning guitarist Ana Popovic, Broadway and TV's "Survivor" stars Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly, Mitch Jarvis, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), violinist Christian Howes, Umar Bin Hassan and The Last Poets, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Shine and the Moonbeams, along with other artists across a wide genre busting palette. Lavondo is signed to Ropeadope Records with his band The Flowdown. He also served as Assistant Musical Director for Echoes of Etta (2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year), Asst. Music Director for vocalist William Blake (New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist), and is a member of Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution (2011 independent music award best live performance) and bassist for 50 Shades! The Musical.

Lavondo is a Dunlop Artist and plays MXR bass pedals, Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Brights nickel wound strings, doesn't leave the house without his Will Lee Sadowsky, and makes a mean peanut butter & jelly sandwich.

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Francine Torres

Stage Manager

Francine Torres has been apart of the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation for the past 6 years, most recently Stage Managing for the Illuminance show on Bannerman Castle Island in 2020. She has a BFA from Florida Atlantic University in Theatre Performance. She enjoys drawing, dancing and spending time with family.

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Anna Maria Volpacchio

Stewardship Manager

As Stewardship Manager, Anna Maria Volpacchio created the Tri-Mission Art Gallery at the United States Embassy, in Rome, Italy, and has joined The Daisy Jopling Mentorship Music Foundation to help raise funds for the children’s arts program.

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Matthew Watanabe

Pianist, Keyboardist

Matthew is a Brooklyn-based, California-born, and Tokyo-raised pianist who has extended his fingers across genres from pop to jazz. He graduated from The New School in 2012, where he studied with Reggie Workman, Danny Grissett, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, and Sam Yahel amongst others.

After graduating, Matthew contributed lessons to IROCKU, an online piano school founded by Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell to teach students of all ages and experience the principles of rock piano.

In 2015 he joined five-time MAC Award winner Stacy Sullivan for a monthly residency at the Metropolitan Room, which was described by The New York Times as "an audacious, often thrilling new show" with "an excellent folk-pop trio." They took the show to London later that year for a week-long stint at the Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel.

The Barnstorm scooped him up in 2016 in their quest to become "America's Party Band," though they find themselves entertaining audiences overseas more and more. The band recently started a monthly residency at Hill Country after ten years of honing their craft at a residency at Brother Jimmy's. Together over the past two years they've played sporting events like The Kentucky Derby and Super Bowl Tailgate parties as well as celebrity weddings covered by People Magazine.

Matthew continues to play everything in between at local venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM, and Soho House. He's recorded music with fellow artists including Hillary Capps, Cameron Mitchell, and Paul Sanwald.

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Mark Westin

Producer, Videographer, Musician, Composer

Mark Westin has created and contributed to thousands of hours of award-winning visual content in many genres. But rather than share a list of credits, he’d prefer that you understand what drives him to create.

Mark was fortunate to begin his career apprenticed to some of the finest producers, writers, and editors in the industry. They shared their technical expertise, but the most valuable lesson they taught him was: First, be human. Then look for the elements that humanize your subject matter.

Mark believes those subtle details make the difference in whether a story comes alive on screen. Do audiences always notice? Nope. But he lives by one of his mentors’ principles, "When it's right, you feel it, and they feel it."

In addition to video, Mark is an Emmy-nominated film composer. He also has a fairly serious penguin fetish.

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Jane Wilson-Marquis

Creator of Elegant Concert Apparel

Jane Wilson-Marquis, originally from the UK came from the world of modern dance and mixed media theater. Based for many years in New York City and Putnam Valley, Jane now designs clothing for women who want a distinctive and original look. Her clothes have been featured in film, theater, television; as well as the red carpet at the Emmy awards and exhibited in London, New York City and Singapore. Recently the company has created a “Concert Apparel Line” as Jane has become more involved in designing clothing for performers.

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