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Performing Artists of New York's Dîner en Blanc 2013

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Electric Violins: Sephira
The international musical phenomenon, Sephira, combine exhilarating string-driven performances with captivating sibling harmonies. Vocalists, violinists and record producers, Ruth and Joyce deliver their distinct musical brand of powerful melodies that leave you with an exhilarating sense of empowerment and strength.
Sephira are undeniably one of the world's most exhilarating musical talents to have emerged in recent years. Sephira's spectacular track record includes TV appearances with Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, Michael Buble and Enya. They have mesmerized audiences across the globe with their original compositions, creative covers and charismatic personalities including luminaries Donald Trump, Prince Albert of Monaco and none other than their biggest fan, the late Larry Hagman. Sephira dazzled with an awe-inspiring performance at the pre-premiere of the Bond movie, "Skyfall" in New York City and also a performance at the Bond movies' 50th Anniversary in Toronto.
Sephira's long-term mission is to create music that transcends all religious and ethnic boundaries and has the power to touch the hearts of millions through the global language of
music.  http://sephira.ie/
 
Opera Singer: Erika Hennings
Buoyant and fresh lyric mezzo Erika Hennings has been singing in New York City since 2005. After receiving degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance, Erika has been called upon for many concert and opera appearances. She’s currently making a name for herself by performing in many contemporary operas and American premieres.  The NY Times recently described her as a “creamy mezzo” for her role as Camillo in the North American premiere of Donizetti’s Olivo e Pasquale. She was also admired as “ideally stylish and playful” for her role as Ellen in Rorem’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters. She has performed in many traditional operas as well with the roles of Komponist, Cherubino, both 1st and 2nd Lady, Mercedes, and Hansel. She’s always willing to sing opera in non-traditional spaces and loves keeping the art form alive in fun and creative ways. www.erikahennings.com
 

DJ: Edward Netter
Originally from Paris, France, Edward Netter began DJing at the young age of fifteen with DMC Champion DJ Momo, teaching him the art of mixing. After years of practice and parties, he put his DJ activities aside to focus on the business part of music, holding positions in A&R and Marketing departments at major labels (Universal, Warner, Sony). A few years later, new business duties led him to move to New York, thus, he decided to use this great opportunity to come back to DJing. His diverse experiences and his strong music knowledge helped him to create his atypical style, always in the search for groove and melodies, navigating between Electronic Music, Classics and more...
www.edwardnetter.com



Saxophone: Johan Khiski
Johan Khiski was born 1970 in Georgia and grew up in Moscow. He started his musical career in 1985 by playing jazz on saxophone. He focused on Jazz music until 1999. Since then, he started playing with DJ's and this changed his life as a musician! Not often does a saxophonist make his way into the late night-life, but Johan expanded his venue horizon to Moscow’s most famous night clubs, including Galerea, Tsepelin, Circus and First.
Since moving in New York back in 2005, Johan has been seen in various clubs, such as Pink Elephant, GuestHouse, GreenHouse, Juliette and Lavo. His schedule is well occupied since Johan also travels extensively for private parties!


Sidney OolongoSidney Oolongo
Sidney is a property manager, freelance programmer, and hobbyist event- and art producer. Having lived in and around the New York area since 1990 he is makes a habit of exploring and enhancing the cultural milieu of New York. 
He had heard about the first Dîner en Blanc - New York in 2011 via the social media buzz, looked into it, and instantly knew this was an event worth pursing. As a frequent participant and organizer of guerrilla-style events, a sartorial extravagance enthusiast, and founder of the New Amsterdam Exterior Portable Dining Society, this was a pretty snug fit. He attended the first as a regular Member, for the second volunteered as a Table Leader, and by the third was a Group Leader and assisting with the organization's social media presence. 
"Dîner en Blanc seems to have a winning formula. Not only does it have the solid legacy of its quarter-century history in Paris and other cities, but its simple, universal concept self-realizing systematics, and intrinsic potential make it almost certain that it will continue and grow in perpetuity. I'd like to be one who helps make that happen."





 

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