Chase The Moon Musical Series

Sponsored by The Advisory Labs, LLC

Session III: Live, July, 9th, 8pm EST

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We stand by You.
Love.
Action.
No Limits.
Unite(d).
Now.
Chase the Moon will continue to use music as a way to connect and inspire. Now, more than ever, it’s needed. We’ve listed several different ways to get involved while supporting the 2.6 million black-owned businesses as well as nonprofits.We can all be the difference. 

My prayer is that this pause in our lives helps us as a world to slow down a bit, help re-build a better and more just world, and to keep making music a very important part of that equation!

- Susan D

I’m happy to be a part of Chase the Moon as way to give music to people who are in need of solace in times that are otherwise chaotic and unpredictable. My hopes are to bring smiles to people’s faces and to convey the joy that music can bring to everyone’s lives.

- Patrick Firth

The current climate of a more isolated world greatly influences the state of Art and Music as we know it. Now, it is more important than ever to create in order to inspire, uplift and express the complex range of emotions that accompany such a challenging and diverse experience. This "Chase The Moon" series has provided an incredible outlet for me to collaborate with others and continue to experience the healing joys of music for myself, and I sincerely hope that joy is evident and helps to comfort and inspire all who listen and watch these exciting collaborations.

- Sammy Wags

Right now is then perfect time for this project. Music heals and lifts the spirit. When Chris asked me to be a part of this I didn't hesitate. I'm happy to share my talent to try to offer some transcendence in these turbulent times.

- Mike V

I’m excited for the opportunity to help lift people out of their stress for a few minutes with music at a time when so little is settled or comfortable in our lives. And of course I’m overjoyed to sing for someone during quarantine. Other than myself. And the pigeons on my fire escape.

- Maggie Roberts

Performers

Audrey Martells

Audrey Martells was thrilled to have made her theater debut as the
understudy for the role “The Lady” under the direction of Susan Stroman. Television and film credits include Chicago (Miramax Motion Picture), Blue Bloods and GodFather Of Harlem. Audrey has also built a successful career as a songwriter for such gifted legends like George Benson and Randy Crawford. She is also accomplished vocalist and has sang background with Whitney Houston, Jewel, Britney Spears, Joan Osborne, Michael Mconald among many others.

Patrick Firth

Pianist

Patrick Firth was raised in Upstate New York in a musical family.
He began playing piano at the age of 5, and by age 12 was studying classically with Christine Breitenfeld at SUNY Adirondack with further studies under the tutelage of jazz pianist Lee Shaw. He continued his education at William Paterson University, receiving his BM in Jazz Performance studying with James Williams, Rufus Reid, and Harold Mabern. Since arriving in New York City, Firth has performed and/or recorded with Carsie Blanton, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers Band), A Great Big World, John Forte (The Fugees), Bernhoft, Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), Bibi Bourelly, Josh Dion (paris_monster), Zach Jones and the Tricky Bits, Human Natural, and hundreds of other artists - additionally working as a record producer and studio engineer.

He has performed at many internationally acclaimed venues such as Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Spaso House (US Embassy) in Moscow, Russia, and the Operhuset in Oslo, Norway, as well as making television appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Wendy Williams Show, and Good Day New York. Firth has released one solo album entitled Your Fairlight and co-produced a self-titled album with his band Brooklyn
Sugar Company. He currently resides in Rockaway Park, Queens, NY.

“I’m happy to be a part of Chase the Moon as way to give music to people who are in need of solace in times that are otherwise chaotic and unpredictable. My hopes are to bring smiles to people’s faces and to convey the joy that music can bring to everyone’s lives."

Sammy Wags

Drummer

Sammy Wags is an active performing and composing multi-instrumentalist in and around NYC. He is the Composer/Producer/Drummer of the critically acclaimed Afrobeat/Jazz group; The Brighton Beat and the Composer/Producer/Keyboardist for the modern Soul/Funk quartet; Mr. Clifford Also an accomplished educator and music clinician, he feels strongly about bringing music to those in need, and giving back to the communities that have given him so many opportunities. Sam’s playing is featured on the records of many established artists, and his recording/production work has been featured on commercial and independent radio, network television, and large market video game releases.

About the project:

The current climate of a more isolated world greatly influences the state of Art and Music as we know it. Now, it is more important than ever to create in order to inspire, uplift and express the complex range of emotions that accompany such a challenging and diverse experience. This "Chase The Moon" series has provided an incredible outlet for me to collaborate with others and continue to experience the healing joys of music for myself, and I sincerely hope that joy is evident and helps to comfort and inspire all who listen and watch these exciting collaborations.

Mike Visceglia

Bassist Mike Visceglia has toured and/or recorded with some of music's biggest names including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Suzanne Vega, Bette Midler, and Phoebe Snow. He also leads three of his own bands and and has authored a critically acclaimed book, "A View From The Side,' on the lives of musicians. "Right now is then perfect time for this project. Music heals and lifts the spirit. When Chris asked me to be a part of this I didn't hesitate. I'm happy to share my talent to try to offer some transcendence in these turbulent times."

Maggie Roberts

Musician

Vocalist Maggie Day Roberts has been singing with One Louder since 2013. She performs with the a cappella group Manhattan Holiday Carolers during the festive season, and writes and produces her own music videos, including the YouTube comedy series “Li’l Red’s Fangirl Raps”. Maggie also studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio and has appeared in plays, musicals, TV, and films. “I’m excited for the opportunity to help lift people out of their stress for a few minutes with music at a time when so little is settled or comfortable in our lives. And of course I’m overjoyed to sing for someone during quarantine. Other than myself. And the pigeons on my fire escape."

Susan D

Musician

Susan D (Didrichsen) is a professional singer, performer, songwriter and teacher in NYC. She has performed or toured with Wilson Pickett, Spy-ro Gyra, Al Kooper, Ronnie Spector, J. Geils, Jennifer Hudson, John
Cale, David Byrne, and many others. She has toured Denmark, Italy, Japan and China performing and teaching her NYC Vocal Performance
Workshop. Comfortable in different musical genres, Susan was performing monthly before the pandemic lockdown in 4 different jazz venues: The Rum
House, the Flatiron Room, Bonafide, and The Zinc Bar. She performed
with a jazz trio, a duo and also with Lou Caputo’s Not So Big Band. She was also performing regularly with Los Tostones, a fun cover band; Jerry Lawrence and the Chelsea Angels, a vocal-centric original project; Strangeland, a Leon Russell and Dr. John Tribute band; and Crispin Cioe’s soul band, Cracked Ice. Her latest artist project is with Seth Glassman, with whom she will soon release their EP, “I’ve Got A Line On You”, and for which she made this first video of her version of the classic cover, “Goin Outta My Head” - https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=ZU5BU41LILY.

In Susan’s words:

I am honored to be a part of the Chase the Moon project with Chris Paradysz and this band of amazing players and singers. It has been an intense learning and creative experience to sing and record from home, and I hope these performances bring joy to those who watch and listen! My prayer is that this pause in our lives helps us as a world to slow down a bit, help re-build a better and more just world, and to keep making music a very important part of that equation

Rob Stagno

Rob Stagno is a versatile guitarist, having played everything from gypsy jazz to the Beatles for over 20 years. He’s a founding member of “One Louder”, having joined the band in 2008. He has played in rock bands in both New York and Seattle. Rob plays electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin and adds both lead and background vocals.

Dillon S

For me, music was never merely an outlet, but an intro to life and all its possibilities. I come from a family with an ear and a heart for music. They all found comfort in it and their confidence through it. When I was 12 years old, I wanted the same and asked my grandfather for a drum set. Moments like those, where I took part of the musicality of the family enabled me to open my own business, Strouse Entertainment; an upbeat company where I’m a regular small-town guy with a large presence providing people with pure inspirational fun while enabling them to create lasting memories

Kyle McCarthy

Kyle McCarthy is a filmmaker based out of Long Beach, New York. He has
a deep passion for making short films, documentaries, music videos, and thoughtful
advertisements. His short film “The Love” won the jury award for "Best Comedy" at the Long
Beach International Film Festival in 2018 and was an official selection at the Sonoma
International Film Festival in 2019. He also makes music and scores short films under the name
“Sleeping Loops.”
His song “Blunders” was featured on the Urban Outfitter’s Holiday
Mixtape 13 and received a very warm review by the Scottish music blog
Gold Flake Paint who described the track as “alarmingly pretty.”

Michael Weisberger

Saxophonist

Saxophonist Michael Weisberger is an active and versatile performer on the New York scene, playing with many groups across a wide variety of musical genres. In the Blues and R&B field he has appeared with The Cleftones, Joe Williams, Lavern Baker, Bo Didley, and recorded a live DVD wtih Milo Z. In Latin music, he has toured Europe and South America with Jose Alberto "El Canario" and Celia Cruz, and performed with Tito Puente and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez among others. In World Music he has recorded CD's with Martin Atangana, Azouhouni Adou,Julian Avalos, and toured the US with Fred Ho. In Danceable Jazz, he is a regular member and featured soloist with the group “Swingadelic” , and he has appeared with the full big band and small combo backing the Swedish multi instrumentalist Gunhild Carling. In Jewish Music, hehas performed in the ensembles of Eli Gerstner and Shai Bachar. Mr. Weisberger has lead Jazz groups under his own name at nightclubs in Spain, Greece, and Brazil, and at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival. Originally from Setauket ,Long Island, his Jazz studies included lessons with Budd Johnson, Chris Woods, Arnie Lawrence, and Hal Galper. Starting as an Alto saxophonist, he is often featured now as a Tenor player, and his arsenal has grown to include the entire saxophone family, various other woodwinds, and the Electronic Wind Instrument.Recently, he has been performing at many private events with the Clara Jordan Band, and at New York area Casinos with the Karlus Trapp Trio. Michael is know for fire and soul in his sound, as well as his willingness to interact directly with the audience. During many shows he loves to leave the stage, soloing and dancing as he wander among the listeners, who generally respond with delight. During this trying time when large gatherings are not permitted, The “Chase The Moon” project gives him a chance to capture some of that spirit the best he can through remote recording, in collaboration with other veteran New York City professionals.

Chris Paradysz

Acoustic & Electric Guitars: By Day, Managing Partner of The Advisory Labs and startup/early stage investor. By Night,
Chris disappears into his studio for composition work, new project developments and his own sound for different settings. Lover of all musical genres, with jazz and contemporary pieces as his lifetime
passion. The music this group of artists creates is stunning. Every project we do, on the bandstand or in a session, catches me breathless with what they create. Sometimes, it’s a tone, or a note
that gets touched with new emotion, or a solo that hushes a room instantly. Creating this series for others, especially those that are alone and suffering or in care facilities, families and business owners, veterans, first-responders and everyday workers. This
music is for everyone.

Cole Bullock

Cole Bullock is 16 years old and a dynamic triple threat. He has trained in jazz, hiphop and tap dance for 7 years at Broadway Dance Center. Cole made his Broadway debut in the Original Broadway cast of Kinky Boots as the Understudy for Young Lola. He then went on to take the lead role on Broadway as Young Simba in Lion King

Candace Matthews

A Bronx native, and lifelong New Yorker, Candace is thrilled to have any opportunity to give back to the community that has always inspired her and developed her as an artist. From humble beginnings on the theater stage, to a formidable burgeoning Soprano career, it is an honor to be able to share her vast knowledge and passion for the classic and modern Soprano repertoire. Candace received her Bachelor's Degree from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase College and her Masters from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She made her professional debut in 2015 as Maria in Opera North's production of West Side Story. Other credits include, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Queens Symphony Orchestra) Soprano soloist (Carnegie Hall) Susana cover & Ensemble in ¡Figaro! (90210) (Off-Broadway, The Duke On 42nd St) Featured Ensemble in the World Premier of Stonewall (New York City Opera) and was featured singing in an episode of the hit drama, Orange is the New Black.

Karen Beluso

As a professional who has chosen to use her talents in the corporate sector, Dr. Karen Beluso is a true citizen artist. As Institutional Sales Manager (NY, NJ and CT) for Steinway, she is responsible for assisting educational institutions enhance their music departments with Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos, all while using her talents as a pianist to inspire students to discover their own gifts.

Dr. Beluso made her orchestral debut at age twelve with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C. This led to an appearance with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra that was followed by a Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, debut with the New York Youth Symphony, in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 while still a teenager. The performance earmarked her as an artist whose “technique and innate skill proved every bit as good as her ability to understand the language of Chopin. The work came alive with a seldom-heard freshness.”

After her Carnegie Hall debut, she received invitation to perform in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Taiwan, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. – all of which led to even more accolades from critics and audiences alike.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, she expanded her career to include work in both Music Education and Arts Administration. Over a span of several years she became Department Head of Performing Arts at Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY; a faculty member at the CW Post Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Long Island Philharmonic. Dr. Beluso serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the FilAm Music Foundation and serves on the board of Premieres NYC and Choral Chameleon.

TEAM

Zac DelVecchio

With a deep background within music and technology, Zac has blended the world of entrepreneurialism and art to develop his own style of design and creation. As a co-founder of several businesses, Zac has a deep knowledge of development, creation, marketing and technical solutions. Zac has worked with acts and groups such as Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Pink!, Miss California Organization, iHeart Radio and many more.

A.J Molaee

A.J. Molaee started early in his career in the entertainment industry with a recording studio in Midtown, New York City. For several years he worked with clients such as National Geographic, MTV/Viacom, Bravo Media, iHeart Radio, Broadway shows, Grammy winning artists, iconic influencers, and on ads for Target, Kohl’s, Old Navy and many more. AJ’s extensive network, reputation and experience within the arts/entertainment/multi- media industry, along with his knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, keen eye, ear and creative thinking are a valuable asset to any project and/or company.

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