Klezmephonic artist bios
KLEZMEPHONIC//ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Dr. Henrik Karapetyan-Violin
Native of Yerevan, Armenia, Henrik Karapetyan studied violin in the State Conservatory under the tutelage of the distinguished professor Suren Hakhnazaryan before relocating to US in 2001. Two years after his move, Henrik won a contracted position with the Michigan Opera Orchestra, while still completing his Master's degree. During his career, Henrik has led many orchestras as concertmaster, participated in numerous festivals worldwide, won competitions and shared the stage with many celebrated musicians in venues such as Chamber Music Hall of Armenia, Hill Auditorium, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. A violinist with extensive Classical training (Doctorate in Violin Performance from University of Michigan, 2010), Henrik has always been interested in folk music, both as a performer and as a scholar. He has been a member of a number of folk bands, specializing in Eastern European and Near Eastern music. Active in Classical scene in US and Europe, Henrik is also a member of the folk groups Duo Mosaic,
Klezmephonic, and Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet.
“Demonstrating a complete command of the sound and keys of her tenor … seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship.” - Jazz Improv Magazine. Clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman has performed as a featured soloist all over the world with renowned ensembles such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Janelle attended the Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship, quickly after which she embarked upon an exciting and diverse musical career in New York City, where she remained for a decade. Her musical work in NYC ran the gamut from the New Orleans sounds of The Redhook Ramblers to the soulful grooves of the R&B band ON THE SUN to the Broadway jazz musical After Midnight – and everything in between. Janelle’s debut solo album, Middleground, has received rave reviews. In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman, and in early 2018 she was welcomed back to Lincoln Center to perform as a guest clarinet soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for the show Benny Goodman: The King of Swing, alongside respected clarinetists Anat Cohen and Ken Peplowski. Janelle Reichman +4 for which she regularly composes new music and with which she frequently performs around Ann Arbor to sold-out audiences. When she’s not playing her clarinet or saxophone, Janelle is most likely designing and building websites for other musicians in the Midwest and NYC. Learn more at anellereichman.com.
Dave Sharp-Double Bass
Bassist Dave Sharp’s warm tone and driving rhythms have made him one of the most exciting jazz talents on the Detroit scene today. Dave Sharp was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he was inspired by the city’s rich music heritage. While earning a degree from the University of Michigan, Sharp became deeply devoted to the study of jazz and world music, including traditional music from Eastern Europe and India. This devotion culminated in a move to San Francisco where Dave studied jazz and composition with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann) at the New College of California. While living in San Francisco, Sharp served as bassist and composer for the modern jazz ensemble the Spheres of Influence and Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven. After touring the West Coast with rock legends THE
MELVINS, and playing a run of jazz venues in Tokyo, JAPAN, Sharp returned home to the metropolitan Detroit area in 2001, where he continues to compose, record, teach and perform live in front of appreciative audiences.
Elden Kelly is an improviser, bandleader, guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter. He is known for a type of classically influenced jazz and world music. Of a live performance, reviewer Lawrence Cosentino wrote, “He meandered from the Ganges to Delta blues, bluegrass, flamenco and a folk idiom so heartfelt it bordered on the devotional.” After graduating from Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of
Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation in 2008, Elden accepted a full scholarship and teaching assistantship at Michigan State with Rodney Whitaker, earning a graduate degree in 2011 in Ethnomusicology. Kelly is an active educator. He serves as adjunct professor of music at Jackson College, faculty at Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, private instructor to over 30 students, and also regularly teaches workshops at Elderly music. He has served as a guest lecturer in guitar at Western Michigan University and as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University Jazz Studies program and joins the Kalamazoo College Music department as guitar instructor this academic year.
Mike List is a globalized percussionist based out of Metro Detroit playing both western and non-western instruments from around the globe. His performances have ranged from world music fusion in bars, contemporary music in art spaces, tabla in church services, and classical music in punk anarchist communes. Some projects he has worked with include 'Rela’ (percussion quartet), 'Nessa' (Celtic fusion) and ‘Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet’ (world music fusion). Mike holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from Central Michigan University and has also studied tabla, mbira, and Arabic percussion. Along with performing, Mike teaches privately, accompanies modern dance, and teaches courses on the ‘History of Rock and Roll’ and ‘World Music.’