Whether you are booking entertainment for an on- or off- campus event, ABD has access to a network of many talented, professional artists available to perform at weddings, anniversary parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, company picnics, and many other events. ABD does not serve as a go-between or agent. Please contact the artists directly.
Ken Pierce, early dance specialist
Ken Pierce has specialized in early dance (especially late-Renaissance and Baroque) for over twenty years as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher.
Kevin McLellan, poetry
Angelique Scarpa, poet
Description: Inspired by the writing of Syliva Plath and Louise Gluck, Angelique has enjoyed writing poetry for ten years. She equally enjoys reading and listening to other literary artists and frequents the local poetry slams and open mics
Description: If Coldplay, Tool, and Mazzy Star had a love child, it might sound something like Thousand Days. This Boston-based alternative rock band has written over 40 songs together, and they just finished their latest five-song EP, Headlight Waves, produced by Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo, David Gray, Velvet Goldmine) at Rear Windows Studio, mastered by Joe Gastwirt (Pearl Jam, 311). They have played numerous venues in the New England area.
Cindy Woolley, flute/soprano (voice)
Description: Flutist/soprano (voice) with Classical music concert group, The Silverwood Trio (flute/soprano, cello & piano). Woolley also performs receptions with a quartet (flute, violin, viola & cello); she sings at church services (mostly Catholic), weddings, and funeral services.
Bob Cunkelman, guitar
Description: Guitarist for "Carry the One," a nine-piece band with three-piece horn section, specializing in classics with a driving beat.
Robert Vincent, bass guitar
Description: Bass player, jazz, funk, rock, blues
Kurt Winikka, singer-songwriter
Description: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Winikka performs locally at coffeehouses, cafes and open mikes, as well as the occasional regional (”The Perch” in Brooklyn) or far flung (”The Bottleneck” in Lawrence, Kansas) venue. Based in Cambridge, the cosmic center of the folk universe, he writes songs and plays whenever and wherever he can. His first CD, Lost in Love, was released in 2009.
Patrick Battstone, pianist (improvisation, jazz)
Pat Battstone has been playing and recording internationally for the past 50 yrs.
Chelsea Ashton, soprano and pianist
Classically Trained, Belt-Trained, and a wide musical theater resume- Chelsea enjoys the wide range of Opera to Broadway that she can perform. She has performed roles such as the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and Rizzo in "Grease." Chelsea has her BA in Vocal Performance, and performed in several musicals in college, was selected to solo in "The Messiah," and has toured the parts of the U.S. a number of times with BYU-Idaho's Collegiate Singers- her college choir. She currently accompanies the MIT Women's League Chorale. She enjoys performing a wide range of music: classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.
Elise Brown, guitar, harmonica, and vocals
Elise Brown has been playing jazz, blues, folk, and rock music for over a decade on guitar, harmonica, and vocals. She was a prominent soloist in small jazz combos and the big band at Wellesley College, where she received the Billings Award in Music Performance. Elise is always looking for opportunities to perform with local musicians who need an adaptable side-person, whether for a low-key cocktail hour set of jazz standards or a rollicking blues jam.
Christina English, mezzo-soprano
Classically trained, with an extensive background in musical theater and dance, mezzo-soprano Christina English performs regularly thoughout the Boston area and beyond in both opera and concert. She also sings with the professional choir at the First Church in Boston, and is a member of Boston Opera Collaborative. She holds a Master of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she continues her studies with Carole Haber, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She is a native of San Jose, CA.
Samantha Farrell, singer-songwriter
Description: I'm a jazzy/pop/folk-rock singer-songwriter. I've played all over the country and had an album that charted nationally last year. Never met a minor chord or a good beat I didn't like!
Barbara Allen Hill, soprano
A native of New England, Barbara has been singing for nearly as long as she's been able to speak. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned her BA in Vocal Performance, studying with Sharon Baker and David Ripley. She moved to Boston in 2006 and has quickly immersed herself, musically; now performing with groups such as Boston Cecilia, Convivium Musicum and taking the position of Choral Scholar at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Greater Lynn, under the direction of Francis Fitch. While she has trained in the Bel Canto style she is also comfortable with and enjoys performing jazz and folk music. A resume is available upon request for more information.
Heather Jones, pianist, singer-songwriter
Kerry Kelley, singer-songwriter
Smooth, catchy, vocally driven music with underpinnings of rock, jazz and r&b. A vocal individual driven by the ideal of constant self-renovation and a passion for expression.
Nan Lin, alto
Nan Lin fosters understanding between Chinese and western societies through her music.
Kathryn McKellar, soprano
Lyric Soprano, Kathryn McKellar, received her Master s Degree this May from The Boston Conservatory and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Boston Opera Collaborative. Roles include Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Adina (L elisir d amore), Antonia (Les Contes d Hoffmann).
Randyn Miller, tenor
Shiba Nemat-Nasser, mezzo-soprano/contralto
Molly Ruggles, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer
Kurt Winikka, singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Winikka performs locally at coffeehouses, cafes and open mikes, as well as the occasional regional (”The Perch” in Brooklyn) or far flung (”The Bottleneck” in Lawrence, Kansas) venue. Based in Cambridge, the cosmic center of the folk universe, he writes songs and plays whenever and wherever he can. His first CD, Lost in Love, was released in 2009.
Cindy Woolley, flute/soprano (voice)
Flutist/soprano (voice) with Classical music concert group, The Silverwood Trio (flute/soprano, cello & piano). Woolley also performs receptions with a quartet (flute, violin, viola & cello); she sings at church services (mostly Catholic), weddings, and funeral services.
Madeleine Hall-Arber, porcelain and stoneware clay
Porcelain and stoneware wheel-thrown, functional work with additions of whimsical sculptures or figures. Also brooches and earrings, pet portraits.
Margaret MacLellan, scupture
An emerging sculptor, MacLellan works large! Animals are favorite subjects. Lighthearted and spontaneous, her pieces bring a smile.
Briar Lowe Biddle, graphic designer
Web design: experience with HTML5 and CSS3 to build web experiences that are forward thinking and modern. Wordpress is my Content Management System of choice. I am also available for identity design (logos, business cards), and everything from baby announcements to wedding invitations—I even have a letterpress available.
Jennifer Chapman , illustration and digital graphic design
Experience in graphite illustration, including portraits; logo and business card design, creating letterhead, and transferring photos and home movies to DVD.
Timothy Poisson, Sequential art (comics, graphic novels)
Timothy Poisson, aka Tim Fish, is the author and artist of several published graphic novels and short stories. His clients include Boston's BAY WINDOWS newspaper, H&O ditions, Coniglio, and Marvel Comics.
Gracie White , graphic design
Artists Beyond the Desk PR Director / Graphic Designer - Print
Marianna Helin, Semi-precious stone jewelry, knitted textiles
Alvaro Arrosamena, multi media artist
The works presented at the Studio are the result of the last year's experiments in different areas, including large scale paintings, installations, performance interactive projects and other multimedia. The process of Arrosamena's work combines spiritual and sociopolitical subjects integrated to analyze the problem of identity, social integration, acception, and assimilation in multiracial western society. He has presented his art in Sweden, Thailand, Laos, and Uruguay.
Marcia Cohen, mixed media artist
Aya Rothwell, multi media artist
Aya Rothwell does comics, science illustrations, film, photography, puppetry and other visual arts. Her stories and comics have appeared in anthologies such as "Inbound", and she has been part of exhibits at MassArt and local cafes.
Laurie Scheffler, mixed media artist
Laurie Scheffler is a mixed media artist specializing in handmade greeting cards.
John C. Doyle, painting
John C. Doyle was born and raised in Limerick City, Ireland, and emigrated to Boston, MA in 1993. John studied engineering in college, and earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree at the University of Limerick. He became a software engineer after graduation and pursued an engineering career in Boston. John began drawing and painting in 1995, and enrolled in the Massachusetts College of Art as a continuing education student in the late 1990s. He left the field of engineering in 2003 to pursue art studies in the Mahfuz Atelier in Arlington, MA, and is now a full time artist. John works in oil, soft pastel and charcoal. In his studio work he explores themes of family, and contermporary life. In his Plein Air work he explores composition and light. John shares studio space at the Arlington Center for the Arts, and lives in Arlington with his wife and two sons.
Roberto Perez-Franco, Watermedia, drawing and photography
Marie Seamon, painting
tel: 617 253-2600
Carol A. Schweigert, painting
Carol paints from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out, sometimes in the rain, never in the ice. The appeal of plein air painting lies in its vitality and physicality. It hints of extreme sport with police encounters, slippery slopes and lightening storms. Summer of 2007, after time in the similar but oh so different world of illustration followed by a detour in the world of child rearing, Carol returned to oil painting. The abstract expressionism of her education seemed so last century. She leapt further back with a wooden French easel and headed out into the fresh air. Intrigued by contradictions, Carol carries a 19th century art kit into the 21st century wondering what makes a piece of the moment.
Myron "Fletch" Freeman, photography
Ellen Ryder Griffin, photography
Ellen Ryder Griffin is an award-winning New Hampshire Seacoast photographer specializing in portrait and fine art photography. She is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association, New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists, Seacoast Artists Association and Cambridge Art Association.
Ron Hoffmann, phototgraphy
Architectural/scenic photography. Project documentation, informal portraiture.tel: 617-253-0160
Jessica Hosman, photography
Donna Mulholland, printmaking, photography
Mulholland's work consists of urban abstract images and more organic images that may be found in nature but are somehow abstracted by size or shape. She studied photography and printmaking at Mass College of Art, Boston Museum School, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Zea Mays printmaking studio and the MIT Student Art Association.
Mariann Murray, photography
Tony Pulsone, photography
Tony Pulsone has been a photographer his entire life. Primarily a photojournalist, he has studied with the 2005 Pulitzer prize-winner David Leeson. He has also taken workshops at the Maine Photographic Workshops, NESOP, and the MIT SAA. Pulsone's fine art work is in black and white. In addition to his digital SLRs, Pulsone works with 4x5 and 6x6 film cameras, and is available for a variety of work.
C. Tanguay, photographer
Fine arts photography with a focus on urban decay.
Jacqui Taylor, photography
Taylor is a photographer, author, and publisher. The Traveler's Guide to Photographic New England series MA & NH is now available. The best places the state has to visit and photograph provided, photo tips, directions.
Cheryl Vossmer, photography
Cheryl's specialty is nature photography. She says, "Photos of nature capture the beauty that surrounds us and saves it in print."
Marianna Helin, Semi-precious stone jewelry, knitted textiles
Valarie Poitier (Mz. Poitier), textiles
Poitier is a textile artist, painter, weaver, quilter (mixed-media Art quilts), and a performing artist.
Tracy Heather Strain, film and video maker
Strain is director, producer, writer and researcher who uses film and video to explore, craft, and present little-known stories about art and artists, American society past and present, popular culture, and technology.
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