Claire Molek

Claire Molek is a Chicago-based curator who specializes in working with emerging contemporary artists as well as producing small and large-scale art events. She began her career working for Tony Fitzpatrick, and then opened a quickly celebrated store-front apartment gallery in 2009 with now filmmaker Erin Babbin and food artist Nick Jirasek, called This Is…

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Roman Charming

Born and raised in Chicago, Chef Roman first fell in love with cooking as an art form. Inspired by his work in Michelin star and Bib Gourmand restaurants alongside noted Chicago chefs Jared Wentworth of Duseks and Longman and Eagle, and Kevin Hickey and Eric Lopez of Bottlefork, Roman has followed his passion in the…

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Sung Shim Sheen

Sung Shim Sheen is a fine artist who is currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea. Her art practice started as middle school student as she pursued attendance at Kaewon Art High School and later achieved her BFA through Seoul National University, studying Environmental Sculpture on a scholarship. Shin’s professional experience continued as she…

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Chang Han Kim

Largely, Chang Han Kim depicts natural scenes in his paintings through an abstract lens. Kim’s paintings reach beyond the mere aesthetic beauty of the world and bring forth the symbolic meanings found within nature. For instance, it is easy to imagine a tree and its beautiful flowers as symbolic of life’s struggles and perpetual onslaught.…

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Anya Yermakova & Ilya Vidrin

With professional training in various dance and musical styles, Ilya and Anya have performed solo works in Tunisia, London, Zurich, Istanbul, and Seville, as well as Chicago and New York City. With mutual deep-seated interests in improvisation, subtlety, and aesthetic expression, Anya and Ilya explore the integration of sound and movement. Both are currently pursuing…

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Roy McGrath

Roy has just been awarded the 2015 Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events of Chicago Professional Development Grant! This grant will fund a month long tour of Mexico October 2015 as well as a international press campaign for his recent release, “Martha”. Roy McGrath is a tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman living in…

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Ai-Ying Chiu

Pianist Ai-Ying Chiu has appeared as both soloist and chamber pianist at many important concert halls such as The Town Hall in New York City (U.S.A.), Le Petit Trianon in San Jose (U.S.A.) Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya in Seattle (U.S.A.) Seully Hall and Steinert Hall in Boston(U.S.A.) Walter Hall in Toronto (Canada),…

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Oana Lauric

In constant pursuit of the sun while embracing its inherent shadows, this daughter of two Europes reflects today on canvas, from the other side of the ocean, her journey so far. Oana Lauric was born in Romania, lived and studied in Paris, France for a decade and is currently working in her studio in Boston…

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Sonia Deng

Sonia Deng, a native of Shenyang China, is a Boston educated versatile musician. After having studied in the Boston Conservatory under the guidance of Lynn Chang for her Bachelor of Music Diploma, Sonia attended Boston University for her Master of Music Diploma, studying under Lucia Lin from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating in 2010,…

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Amaia Gabantxo

Amaia Gabantxo is a writer, a flamenco singer and literary translator specialized in Basque literature. She currently teaches Basque language and literature and creative writing at the University of Chicago, and performs regularly in venues all over Chicago, most recently in hybrid performances that bring together flamenco and classical music. She is the most prolific…

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Robert Wolf

Raised in Houston, Texas and now based in New York City, guitarist Robert Wolf is in pursuit of etching his way into the improvised music scene, quickly establishing himself as equally comfortable in the jazz, bluegrass and rock idioms.  As a result of having toured in a ska band, recorded with country bands, sung extended…

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Mi-yeon Kwon

Executive Director/ Founder/ President, Mi-yeon Kwon’s art practice has been primarily focused with communicating with audiences. In staging art shows through Prak-Sis Contemporary Art Association, Kwon has shown collaborative art projects with artists, local businesses, and not for profit organizations to bring life to emptiness. Kwon has have motivation to create art and sustain her…

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William Severac

Chef William Severac, a native of the city of Carcassonne, France, has worked in the food industry for over twenty years. The acclaimed owner and executive chef of Chez Gerard in Pittsburgh, PA, he moved to Boston in 2009 to take over the position of executive chef at Pierrot Bistrot in Beacon Hill.  His own…

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Luis Rafael Vivanco

Luis Rafael Vivanco began his classical guitar studies at the age of 11, in Peru. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in music from the University of British Columbia and Roosevelt University in Chicago. His playing is influenced by the rhythmic and melodic wealth of Peruvian folk music, Argentinean tango and Spanish flamenco –…

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Sylvain Carpentier

Sylvain Carpentier was born in Lille, France. He is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics at MIT. He started his musical studies in Lille, and continued in Paris at the Ecole Cortot. In 2013, Sylvain played the Liszt concerto no. 2 with the Republican guard in Paris, and has since performed in Reims, Milan, Washington,…

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David Wells Roth

David Wells Roth was born in Florida, grew up outside of Boston and studied painting in Boston University under a Ford Foundation Educational Scholarship. In 1980, after his studies he moved to New York City to paint city scenes and urban life and then to Paris between 1982 and 1997 and bartered his paintings for…

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Alejandro Sie

Alejandro Sie started performing at the age of six. His childhood was spent between Spain and the US, following his parents’ careers as touring flamenco dancers. An extremely musically gifted child, he discovered the cajón (the flamencopercussive box) at 16, while living in Spain, quickly becoming a virtuoso player after being taken under the wing of…

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BANREI

Jake Harper was born in Washington DC in 1988. Based in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Formerly of New York and Berlin-based Soundwalk Collective, where he has performed and exhibited work at venues around the world including NewMuseum, the Centre Pompidou, Lille Fantastice, MuCEM, and the National Gallery of China. Since 2013, he has been creating…

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Daniel Jepson

Daniel Jepson holds a Masters degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Max Levinson. He received the school’s Community Service Award in 2009. Daniel has performed at Harvard Paine Hall and numerous other venues in the Boston area, and has participated in several international competitions. As a scholarship recipient at the…

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Lucien Werner

Lucien Werner, originally from Bozeman, Montana, enjoys a budding career as a cellist, pianist, and conductor. He has performed widely throughout America and Europe, including a recent debut at Carnegie Hall with his three sisters, all cellists and pianists as well. Lucien recently completed studies at Northwestern University where he pursued graduate degrees in cello…

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Nick Dinnerstein

Nick Dinnerstein is a cellist based in the Boston area. He has performed as a recitalist at diverse venues, including the New York Performing Arts Library, the Art Complex Museum in Massachusetts, and the Thailand Composition Festival. Nick is the founder of the Composer Focus concert series, a monthly chamber music series in Cambridge, performing…

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Andrew Gillispie

Andrew is a piano technician based in Boston, and has beautifully tuned the piano for Top Floor Art Nights‘ inaugural event.  If your piano needs tuning too, Andrew can be reached at (360) 489-4023, or at gilliac3@gmail.com.

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Nicholas Nes Knowlton

Three Figures, Oil on canvas, 34×26 Born in 1989, Nicholas Nes Knowlton began painting in 2005 after studying the Matisses in the Cone collection of his native Baltimore. After classes at The Maryland Institute College of Art he moved to Chicago for a contemporary art education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,…

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Ilya Vidrin

With a background in Classical Rhetorical Theory, Clinical Neuroscience, and various dance forms including Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, and Latin Ballroom, Ilya has spent most of his time synthesizing his academic and artistic interests to investigate holistic organization of the mind and body. A graduate of Harvard University, Ilya’s doctoral research focuses on improvisation, somatics, and…

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Kay Kron

Kay Kron is a poet/actor with a sweet tooth for crochet. She played Wendy in Lookingglass Theater’s production of Peter Pan (2012), has worked extensively as a writer and performer with Redmoon, and will be making her third appearance later this year as July of the Seven Foxes in The House Theatre’s trilogy, The Crownless King. Her…

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