Violin/Vox/Freestyle Composition artist Mazz Swift is critically acclaimed as one of America's most talented and versatile performers today and engages audiences worldwide with her signature weaving of composition and improvisation called MazzMuse. Aside from her work as a performing artist, Ms. Swift is a composer. Her works include commissions by The University of Delaware, Neues Kabarett (through a Meet-the-Composer grant), The New Harmony Music School & Festival, and the Blaffer Foundation. Several of her pieces for atypical chamber ensemble have been performed live and also replayed on National Public Radio. Mazz is also a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall's Musical connections program, conducts workshops on free improvisation in the States and abroad, and has traveled to Suriname, Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Albania and Siberia as cultural ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State.
Mazz sits on the executive and artistic boards for the Jersey City-based chamber music collective, Con Vivo, and is also a proud performing member of that organization. Two of her compositions are featured on Con Vivo's full length CD, Modern Dances, one of which is a piece dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and his family entitled "Invisible". She released her first CD as bandleader (MazzMuse: The Band) in 2014 and is currently working on a solo CD: Solo MazzMuse.
Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as the rich American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin. Alisa Rose has performed with a wide range of artists including the Real Vocal String Quartet, 2008 Rockygrass winners 49 Special, and Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Alisa performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe as an Ambassador of the State Department, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR'sWeekend Edition, the historic Carter Family Fold festival, TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, Song of the Mountains on PBS, as well as numerous international tours. In 2015 Alisa premiered Richard Marriott's "Metropolis Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra" with the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and in 2016 premiered her own "Piano Trio for Luisa" as part of the Trinity Arts Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet she appeared on the Feist album Metals, and in 2015 released an album of her cross-genre virtuoso works for solo violin entitled Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. Alisa teaches privately as well as in the pre-college division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her B.M. and M.M. in Chamber Music studying with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.