As a powerful genre-bending ensemble, Emergence features some of the finest young virtuosi in the New York scene. Imagine the sounds that come from this ensemble:

Patrick Zimmerli, Composer & Soprano Saxophone
Timothy Fain, Violin
Yoon Kwon, Violin
Beth Guterman, Viola
Julia Bruskin, Cello
Scott Colley, Bass
Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
John Hadfield, Percussion

Composer & Soprano Saxophone

Patrick Zimmerli

The creative force behind Emergence, Patrick Zimmerli is in continual demand as a chamber and jazz performer and composer. A prolific composer, Zimmerli has been commissioned by orchestras, performing ensembles, and soloists throughout the US, and he has 6 CDs to his credit. His work with Emergence reflects his own accomplishments in classical, jazz and electronic music communities, with collaborations as far flung as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Brad Mehldau, and Duncan Sheik. Zimmerli’s music has been recorded on the Blue Note, Songlines, Antilles, Jazz City, and Naive labels, and he has written extensively for radio, TV, and film. He teaches at Columbia University, from which he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees.

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Timothy Fain

With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. Fain is highly credentialed and widely acknowledged for his work, a status expressed to our liking by the Boston Globe as the "charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops." Fain electrified audiences at his New York concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony, and at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. A sought-after chamber musician, Fain appears at the most prominent events throughout the US and Europe. As a dynamic and compelling performer in traditional works, he is also a fervent champion of 20th and 21st century composers. He continues to pursue his passion for jazz in Emergence, and will record The Light Guitar, a solo piece written for him by Patrick Zimmerli, in fall 2009 for the Naxos label.

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Yoon Kwon

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Yoon Kwon is currently the youngest member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. At age 13 she was the youngest winner in the New Jersey Symphony Young Artists Audition, and at age 17 she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition, through which she made her New York debut at Avery Fisher Hall. She has performed at festivals throughout Europe and the US, and has appeared with major orchestras on both continents. An enthusiast of contemporary music, Yoon is a founding member of Emergence, and released her debut CD on the BMG/RCA Red Seal label in Korea in 1997, becoming the first Korean artist to record for the label. Yoon holds her bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as the prestigious artist diploma, from Juilliard.

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Beth Guterman

Violist Beth Guterman performs across North America, Europe, and Asia. In the US, Guterman has appeared at Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, and Aspen's Harris Hall and Benedict Music Tent. As a member of the International Sejong Soloists, she has toured extensively in the United States and Asia. She has collaborated with Lynn Harrell, Masao Kawasaki, and Alexander Kerr, and has performed concertos with the Spoleto USA Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, and Aspen's Sinfonia Orchestra and as principle violist with IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony and Orchestra, Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Spoleto USA Orchestra. Guterman holds degrees from the Juilliard School, and has been a stalwart member of Emergence since she joined in 2005, having premiered Zimmerli's viola tour-de-force The Call, written expressly for her, in 2006.

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Julia Bruskin

Julia Bruskin made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra when she was 17 after winning their Young Artist Competition. She recently made her New York concerto debut in Avery Fisher Hall performing Barber's Cello Concerto with Jahja Ling and the Juilliard Symphony. Additional concerto appearances include playing the Walton Cello Concerto with Benjamin Zander and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Jordan Hall, Boston. In the summers, she has performed at La Jolla Summerfest, the Taos School of Music, and at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Bard, Ravinia, Norfolk, Great Lakes, and Moab music festivals. She first encountered Patrick Zimmerli over ten years ago, when, as an undergraduate, she took his course in Ear Training at Columbia University.

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Scott Colley

Scott Colley is the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Jim Hall, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock. In 1984 he attended California Institute for the Arts, where he focused on composition and jazz studies while also studying privately with Charlie Haden and classical bassist Fred Tinsley. In 1986, he began touring and recording with jazz vocal legend Carmen McRae. After graduating from Cal Arts, Colley moved to New York City, where he met and worked with Patrick Zimmerli in acoustic ensembles. His improvisational daring have led him to collaborations with an extraordinarily diverse array of dozens of top jazz artists. With Herbie Hancock's trio Colley has also performed in concert engagements with symphonic orchestras throughout the United States. As a composer and bandleader, Colley has released five albums as a leader, and also has appeared in more than 100 albums. He has been recognized by Down Beat magazine as the top "Rising Star" bassist for 2002-2004.

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Satoshi Takeishi

Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger, is a native of Mito, Japan. While studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he developed an interest in the music of South America. He spent four years in Colombia, and forged many musical and personal relationships there. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was "Macumbia" with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque, in which traditional, jazz, and classical music were combined. He has collaborated regularly with Patrick Zimmerli since they met in 1990, and has performed on four of Zimmerli's CDs. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music in Emergence and his own duo with pianist Shoko Nagai in New York, and has recorded with such musicians as Ray Barretto, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler.

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Yoon Kwon

Photo by Barbara Rigon

Percussionist John Hadfield's dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world. This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles including Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road ensemble, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, the rock bands Capital M and Amandla, the Israeli Folk group Anistar, the Bassam Saba Ensemble, Ethos Percussion Group and the NYC gamelan group Darma Swara. While performing with jazz groups John has worked alongside Kenney Werner, Lenny Pickett, Bobby Watson, Dominique Eade, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond, Eric Friedlander and Ben Monder. The newest member of Emergence, John lives in NYC and is on Jazz faculty of New York University.

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