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IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present: Nice Work If You Can Get It

IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present: Nice Work If You Can Get It

March 10, 2024 @ 3PM

Miami Theater Center

IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present their sixth annual collaboration, a musical performance inspired by Amidst Twin Suns, a new exhibition by Oolite Arts resident artist Alberto Checa. Checa moved from Cuba to Miami with his mother in 2008 where they lived for years in efficiency apartments as his mother performed back-breaking factory work to make ends meet.


“Amidst Twin Suns” is both a labor of love and an exploration of labor, where Checa empathizes with his mother and critiques the American economic system and working class Latinos’ relationship to it through art and performance. This musical performance, titled "Nice Work If You Can Get It," will take audiences on a deep dive into the themes of love and labor that Checa’s art explores. Acclaimed bass-baritone Jamal Moore, who, in addition to his work in the operatic and choral worlds, is a frequent collaborator with artists like Beyoncé, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will take center stage to perform a collection of deeply moving spirituals set by Harry T. Burleigh alongside lush and captivating works of Margaret Bonds, George Gershwin and more. , who, in addition to his work in the operatic and choral worlds, is a frequent collaborator with artists like Beyoncé, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will take center stage to perform a collection of deeply moving spirituals set by Harry T. Burleigh alongside lush and captivating works of Margaret Bonds, George Gershwin and more. In addition, IlluminArts will present music from Frederic Rzewski and the world-premiere of a stunning new piece for String Quartet and Electronics from GRAMMY Award-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart.


Pictures of Checa’s artwork will be projected throughout this performance. There will also be a conversation between the artist and Chad Goodman, IlluminArts’ Artistic Director at the beginning of the performance.

Artists

Alberto Checa

Alberto Checa

Multi-disciplinary Artist

Alberto Checa is a multidisciplinary artist who immigrated to Miami, FL from Cuba in 2008. Seeking to recontextualize the labor of the Latino working class within the American landscape through empathy, obsession and process, Checa utilizes abstract world building and DIY systems that reveal the exploitative and futile nature of the Brown body. Drawing directly from the Cuban legacies of object improvisations, and influenced by the writing in Con Nuestros Propios Esfuerzos, Checa engages with utilitarian materials – such as PVC pipes, water vacuums and plaster – as foundation to his practice, building structural and instrumental sculptures that later, when combined with designated garments and curated sounds, activates as performance. In these processes, Checa complicates the birthing of a “final product” while fulfilling a “function”, often an arduous task, bringing to light the hidden labor and futile loop that exists in the process of Capitalist modes of production.


Checa received a BFA from Tufts University and a BA from University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. Checa has exhibited and performed both locally and internationally, including at Satellite Art Show Performance is Alive (Miami, FL), Central Saint Martins (London, UK), and Anderson Gallery (Boston, MA). Additionally, Checa was awarded Oolite Arts’ “Ellies” Creator Award as well as the Dean’s Research Award from Tufts University.

Jamal Moore

Jamal Moore

Vocalist

Jamal Moore is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Known for his smooth, rich tone and his cross-style versatility, Jamal brings a captivating artistry to everything he touches, be it pop, classical, gospel, or jazz. 


A regular collaborator with Beyoncé, Jamal has performed at Coachella Festival, the Kobe & Gianna Bryant Memorial service, on Disney’s new The Lion King soundtrack, and on Beyoncé’s Grammy nominated single, “Break My Soul.” He has also toured globally with Kanye West as a member of gospel sensations, Sunday Service Collective.


On screen, Jamal has performed on The Academy Awards (with Rihanna), BET Awards (with Kirk Franklin), Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Netflix documentaries, Beyoncé Homecoming and Black is King. Jamal was also a finalist on NBC’s The Sing-Off and can be heard as the singing voice of “Synth” on Dreamworks/Hulu series, Trolls.


With a degree in Opera from New York’s Eastman School of Music, Jamal remains active in the classical music space, having recently been featured as the soloist for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops Holiday Candlelight Concert.

Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet

String Quartet

Misha Vitenson, violin

Avi Nagin, violin

Michael Klotz, viola

Jason Calloway, cello


The Amernet's performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. They have collaborated with many of today's most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Joseph Kalichstein, Sherrill Milnes, and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance, and homogeneity of ensemble.” (Nürnberger Nachrichten). The Amernet's U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, Ensemble Music Society, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine - Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts. The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony under Alan Gilbert and at West Virginia University and Gettysburg College. Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

Anna Fateeva

Anna Fateeva

Piano

Collaborative pianist Anna Fateeva has worked and performed with distinguished artists such as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Vivica Genaux, Nadine Sierra, Karim Sulayman, and Wendy Bryn Harmer among others. Ms. Fateeva has appeared in numerous performances with Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire, and was a pianist for their recorded album Reincarnations. She has been a frequent guest artist in IlluminArts programs. Anna Fateeva was engaged in the production of Eugene Onegin with the Florida Grand Opera, worked as a coach and a rehearsal pianist with Palm Beach Opera, and served as a music director for the production of Hansel and Gretel with the Magic City Opera. She has been engaged as a pianist for the Naples Vocal Academy at Opera Naples, Gulfshore Opera, Vero Beach Opera, and has been repeatedly invited to be an official pianist for the YPO Voice Competition, Vero Beach Opera Voice Competition, as well as a coach and a pianist for the FGO Studio Artists. Ms. Fateeva has been a faculty member for the Miami Music Festival since 2017. Anna Fateeva holds a Doctor of Musical Arts diploma from the University of Miami, Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music (studio of Warren Jones), Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as diplomas from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and Rimsky-Korsakov Music College (Russia). Anna is an active member of the Young Patronesses of the Opera, and currently serves as a Treasurer.

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