Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from The Eastman School of Music in 2014, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time there, he recorded, performed, and wrote music for his own band, a cappella groups, orchestras, choirs, and various chamber ensembles. He is an Artist at Residence at Strathmore Music Center for the 2016-2017 Season. He has had interviews and live performances broadcast on ABC News and Univision. In August 2013, he was invited to play at The White House for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration, which was hosted and organized by President Obama and the First Lady. He has been commissioned by the Congressional Chorus, in Washington DC, to compose 3 original works; in 2012 for their 25th Anniversary Concert, in 2013 for a concert entitled “Shakespeare Sings”, and in 2016 for a concert entitled “Young, Hip, and Global”. In 2011, he was commissioned by world-renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop, to compose two original compositions in Portuguese. He was also commissioned by the Prince George’s Philharmonic in 2013 to compose a piece as their featured season world premiere. In 2008, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
Vocalist and songwriter Ranjani attracts new audiences by weaving innovation with soothing introspection and the tradition of blues. With a background in South Indian music, Ranjaniis continually searching for the nexus between world genres to discover unique sounds and surpass cultural boundaries. She also sings with DC-based soul band Lookout Gang. Ranjani is excited to be working on her debut album.
Ranjani has performed at Rock & Roll Hotel, The Bowery Electric (NYC), Silvana (NYC), The Mansion at Strathmore, The Lincoln Theater, Twins Jazz Club, BloomBars, 7 Drum City, The Phillips Collection, and Busboys & Poets.
Audrey Q is a cellist and singer-songwriter. She first performed her own music at Rochester Fringe Festival (Rochester, NY) in 2013 with the help of 5 other cellists and a drummer crammed into Java's Cafe on Gibbs Street. She later released a selection of her own songs on Melodie EP in June 2015, and a second EP, Restless Lady, in November 2017. Audrey Q's songs include elements of pop, rock, alternative, jazz(ish), and contemporary classical music.
Adela's is a folk group that draws from 60s acoustic. classical, and pop influences. Led by front woman Adela Skowronski, the group's constant theme of cello in a shifting instrument dynamic is sure gives unexpected twists and turns in familiar soundscapes. Whether its a duo, trio, quartet or solo, Adela's is sure to engage their audience and draw them into the stories that are weaved.