ABD artists directory

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.

BY CATEGORY

DANCERS

WRITERS

MUSICIANS

     MUSIC GROUPS

     FLUTE

    GUITAR

     PIANO

     VOICE

VISUAL ARTISTS

     THREE-DIMENSIONAL (sculpture/pottery)

     GRAPHIC DESIGN

     JEWELRY

     MIXED MEDIA/MULTI MEDIA

     PAINTING

     PHOTOGRAPHY

     TEXTILES

     FILM & VIDEO

 

 

DANCERS

Ken Pierce, early dance specialist

Description: Ken Pierce has specialized in early dance (especially late-Renaissance and Baroque) for over twenty years as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher.

tel: 617-258-7656
email: kpierce@mit.edu
web: http://web.mit.edu/kpierce/www

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WRITERS

Kevin McLellan, poetry

tel: 617-258-0472
email: poet@mit.edu

 

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

tel: 617-253-3197
email: ascarpa@mit.edu

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MUSICIANS

MUSIC GROUPS

Thousand Days

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.

email: info@thousanddays.com
web: www.thousanddays.com

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FLUTE

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.

tel: 617-253-4722
email: cwoolley@mit.edu
web: www.silverwoodtrio.org

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GUITAR

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.

tel: 617-253-6371
email: rpc@mit.edu

 

Robert Vincent, bass guitar

Description: Bass player, jazz, funk, rock, blues

email: rvincent@mit.edu
tel: 617-252-1741 

 

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.

email: kwinikka@yahoo.com
web: kurt.winikka.com

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PIANO

Patrick Battstone, pianist

Description: Currently working as a duo with piano and vibes in a very creative setting. Also skilled at providing traditional music for a variety of settings, functions and parties.

tel: 617-258-2423
email: pbattstone@gmail.com
web: www.bats-tones.com

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VOICE

Chelsea Ashton, soprano and pianist

Description: 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.

tel: 617-324-2584
email: cashton@broad.mit.edu

 

Christina English, mezzo-soprano

Description: 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.

tel: 617-253-7707
email: cenglish@mit.edu
web: www.christinaenglish.com

 

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!

tel: 617-715-5279
email: stf@mit.edu
web: www.samanthafarrell.com

 

Barbara Allen Hill, soprano

Description: 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.

tel: 617-324-4847
email: bhill@broad.mit.edu
web: http://www.myspace.com/bobbiehill

 

Heather Jones, pianist, singer-songwriter

tel: 617-324-1349
email: hjones@mit.edu

 

Kerry Kelley, singer-songwriter

Description: 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.

tel. 413-230-9831
email: : kjkelley@mit.edu
web: http://www.kerrykelleymusic.com

 

Nan Lin, alto

Description: Nan Lin fosters understanding between Chinese and western societies through her music.

tel: 617-253-2590
email: nlin1@mit.edu

 

Kathryn McKellar, soprano

Description: 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).

tel: 617-324-2377
email: kmckella@mit.edu
web: http://www.bostonoperacollaborative.org/member/KathrynMcKellar

 

Randyn Miller, tenor
A classically trained tenor, Randyn is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music's Masters of Music program in both vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. He is comfortable in a variety of mediums ranging from opera and oratorio to recital and chamber work.

tel:617-253-3452
email: randyn@mit.edu

 

Shiba Nemat-Nasser, mezzo-soprano/contralto
Description: Shiba Nemat-Nasser has numerous opera and recital appearances in San Diego and Boston to her credit. Her main areas in performance focus on Baroque music, bel canto repertoire, contemporary works, and experimental theatre. Roles include Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Carmen, Saraghinna (Nine), and most recently the dual role of Mother/Grandmother in Barab's Little Red Riding Hood with Opera by the Bay. She created the role of Barbara in  the new rock opera The Fire of Life, and premiered New Hampshire composer William Pfaff's song cycle "Last Light" with the Concordia String Trio. Future projects include Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro) with the Cape Cod Opera, and the premiere performance of a work written for Nemat-Nasser by San Diego composer Erik Ulman. She has a Master's in voice from the New England Conservatory, as well as a B.A. in music (with honors) and in literature from UC-San Diego.

email: shiba@mit.edu

 

Molly Ruggles, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer

tel: 617-324-9185
email: ruggles@mit.edu

 

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.

email: kwinikka@yahoo.com
web: kurt.winikka.com

 

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.

tel: 617-253-4722
email: cwoolley@mit.edu
web: www.silverwoodtrio.org

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VISUAL ARTISTS

THREE DIMENSIONAL

Madeleine Hall-Arber, porcelain and stoneware clay

Description: Porcelain and stoneware wheel-thrown, functional work with additions of whimsical sculptures or figures. Also brooches and earrings, pet portraits.

tel: 617-253-9308
email: arber@mit.edu
web: http://journal.rcn.net/madmud

 

Margaret MacLellan, scupture

Description: An emerging sculptor, MacLellan works large! Animals are favorite subjects. Lighthearted and spontaneous, her pieces bring a smile.

tel: 781-447-1226
email: maclellansculpture@yahoo.com
web: Coming Soon!

GRAPHIC DESIGN

 

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.
tel:617-863-7611

email: briarl@gmail.com
web: http://www.briarlowe.com

Jennifer Chapman , illustration and digital graphic design

Description: Experience in graphite illustration, including portraits; logo and business card design, creating letterhead, and transferring photos and home movies to DVD.

tel: 617-253-6577
email: chap@med.mit.edu
web: http://www.chapmandesigns.net

 

Timothy Poisson, Sequential art (comics, graphic novels)

Description: 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.

tel: 617-253-8281
email: tpoisson@mit.edu
web: http://www.timfishworks.com

 

Gracie White , graphic design

Description: Artists Beyond the Desk PR Director / Graphic Designer - Print
/ Electronic media design and illustration as well as basic web design and
maintenance. Other interests include animation, creative writing, and
photography.

tel: 617-253-4568
email: graciew@mit.edu

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JEWELRY

Marianna Helin, Semi-precious stone jewelry, knitted textiles

tel: 617-253-4295
email: mhelin@comcast.net

MIXED MEDIA/MULTI MEDIA

Alvaro Arrosamena, multi media artist

Description: 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.

tel: 463-114-4776
email: info@proyectoarte.org
web: http://7dreamstudio.net

 

Marcia Cohen, mixed media artist

tel: 617-253-4471
email: mecohen@mit.edu
web: www.noca-arts.org

 

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.

email: ayar@mit.edu
web: www.AyaRothwell.com

 

Laurie Scheffler, mixed media artist

Laurie Scheffler is a mixed media artist specializing in handmade greeting cards.

tel: 617-253-3121
email: lauries@mit.edu
web: http://www.schefflerarts.com

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PAINTING

John C. Doyle, painting

Description: 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.

tel: 617-253-8953
email: jcdoyle@mit.edu
web: http://www.jcdgallery.com

 

Roberto Perez-Franco, Watermedia, drawing and photography
Description: Roberto paints in watercolor and other watermedia, and sketches in charcoal, ink and graphite, which he signs as 'Zirie'. His recent work is displayed in his website: zirie.com.

tel: 617-993-3175
email: roberto@mit.edu
web: http://zirie.com

 

Marie Seamon, painting
Description: Paintings of womans faces, Indian Chief and an incomplete pair of clown faces. Also painting of a cat from chest up. Not been able to paint since 1983 due to busy schedule, but will retire next year and intend on getting back to painting and taking up sculpturing.

tel: 617 253-2600
email: mseamon@mit.edu

 

Carol A. Schweigert, painting

Description: 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.

email: CarolSchweigert@gmail.com
web: http://carolsartblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Myron "Fletch" Freeman, photography

email: fletch1@eecs.mit.edu
 

Ron Hoffmann, phototgraphy

Description: Architectural/scenic photography. Project documentation, informal portraiture.tel: 617-253-0160

email: photos@rmhoffmann.com
web: www.rmhoffmann.com

 

Jessica Hosman, photography

email: info@jessicahosman.com
web: http://www.jessicahosman.com/

 

Donna Mulholland, printmaking, photography

Description: 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.

tel: 617-258-5275
email: donnamul@mit.edu

 

Mariann Murray, photography

tel: 617-253-1712
email: mariann@mit.edu

 

Tony Pulsone, photography

Description: 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.

tel: 617-258-8479
email: pulsone@mit.edu
web: www.antoniopulsone.com

 

C. Tanguay, photographer

Fine arts photography with a focus on urban decay.

tel: 617-715-4466
email:ctanguay@mit.edu

 

Jacqui Taylor, photography

Description: 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.

tel: 617-253-2127
email: jacquitaylorphotography@yahoo.com
web: jacquitaylorphoto.com

 

Cheryl Vossmer, photography

Description: Cheryl's specialty is nature photography. She says, "Photos of nature capture the beauty that surrounds us and saves it in print."

tel: 617-253-9755
email: crimbite@mit.edu

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TEXTILES

Marianna Helin, Semi-precious stone jewelry, knitted textiles

tel: 617-253-4295
email: mhelin@comcast.net

 

Valarie Poitier (Mz. Poitier), textiles

Description: Poitier is a textile artist, painter, weaver, quilter (mixed-media Art quilts), and a performing artist.

tel: 617-252-1388
email: vpoitier@mit.edu

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FILM & VIDEO

Tracy Heather Strain,  film and video maker

Description: 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.

tel: 617-324-1431
email: thstrain@mit.edu
web: http://tracyheatherstrain.com

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