DanceAction Artists & Collaborators
Composers | Musicians
Eran was born in Petach Tiqwa, Israel. He started his musical education at the age of 10, taking drum lessons at his hometown's conservatory. Shortly after, at age 14 he was accepted to Israel's most renowned jazz program at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. In his senior year, Fink was selected to be the drummer of the school's Big Band to perform at the International Association for Jazz Education Convention, held in New York City. He continued his studies at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music as part of a joint program with Berklee College of Music. In the summer of 2008, Fink was selected to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, representing the Rimon-Berklee joint program. In 2009, while in Rimon, he won first place in the school's Jazz Musician of the Year contest and represented the school in the International Association for Schools of Jazz Convention, led by saxophonist Dave Liebman, in Luczern, Switzerland. In 2009 he was awarded with a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. At Berklee, he had the honor of studying with such greats as Ralph Peterson Jr., Yoron Israel, Terry Lyne Carrington, and Hal Crook. His jazz composition, “Blues for Gil”, was featured in a compilation album of the student run Jazz Revelation records. He completed his BFA in music performance in 2011, graduating with the highest honor. Upon graduation he moved to New York City to continue pursuing his musical career. In New York he has been active in the local music scene, performing in clubs such as Smalls Jazz Club, Brooklyn Bowl, and Cornelia Street Café. Fink is currently involved in multiple professional musical projects that are scheduled to perform both in New York and abroad.
I dedicated my career to expand and push the limits, between disciplines, between genres, between languages, inducing to the cross-pollination of experiences and techniques, people and concepts. I was part of the “mestizaje” movement that started in Barcelona in the 1990’s, a local reflection of a global movement towards the blending of traditional art forms (or music genres, in our case), with the new tendencies coming from a global emerging language, led in the music realm by the expansion of the so called “electronic music”. At that point people from all over the world came to the city, releasing a powerful stream of creativity that expanded beyond the boundaries of Europe, and granted me the opportunity to create for, or along with, highly renowned personalities, such as David Byrne or Oscar winner director Gabriele Salvatores. I’ve also ventured into more experimental territories, while creating music and sound for contemporary dance companies, composing and producing music for film, and also creating electronic art pieces. www.martinfuks.com
Lauren Hlubny | Dramaturgical Consultant
Lauren is the NYC Artistic Director of Danse Theatre Surreality. Hlubny's work is highly imagistic, physical, and interdisciplinary, and her research focuses on the intersection of movement and storytelling. Hlubny has been invited to create works in Seattle (On The Boards, the Pocket, and Seattle Demo Project), Birmingham (the Neuroscience Department at UAB), New Orleans (Marigny Opera House), Portland (Maine - Deering Neighborhood), and in museums nationwide, including the Dali Museum. Hlubny’s dance-theatre narratives have toured to France, Belgium, and Italy. Hlubny works in New York as a director and acting coach, including originating evening-length works at venues such as Triskelion, The Kraine, and Shetler Studios. She dramaturgs by aiding choreographers to build accessible narratives. In August, Hlubny made her opera debut as a choreographer and stage director at La MaMa. In September, Hlubny’s dance-theatre-concerto “Thoughts & Prayers” premiered at TADA Theatre in Manhattan.
Larry Discenza | Singer
Larry has been working in the health and fitness industry for 12 years. After a long break from music, he decided to explore the arts again. He enlisted the help of our other musician/singing coach Sofia Juan. They have been working together in DanceAction and collaborating separately for over three years now. Larry performed in “Game Night” in Brooklyn, NY, and in Mexico City during Mexico’s first ever International Contemporary Dance Festival (FIDCDMX). Larry has thoroughly enjoyed working back into the performing arts. He is the founder of Inspired Training, a private and group training business in Manhattan. Inspired Training has been a crucial sponsor of DanceAction over the last few years, and is beginning to integrate dance movement and training principles into the core of its business.
Sofia Juan | Singer
Sofia Juan (Singer) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sofia is a singer, songwriter, actress, and performer. With an eclectic background in Latin music, Jazz,
Tango, and Musical Theater, Sofia has been singing all her life. She has recorded, performed, and collaborated on a number of projects with different groups and renowned musicians. Her unique and versatile voice afforded her the opportunity of touring through Europe and the Americas. In 2009 she founded Amapola Dry, an electro-tango down-tempo project, with multi-awarded producer Martin Fuks. As teaching artist, Sofia has worked for different organizations in New York City such as Casita Maria. She is currently running her own Arts Education organization called A Capella Music School, as well as Broadway Bees, a Summer Performing Arts Program for children. Sofia studied music as a voice major at EMBA – Escuela de Música de Buenos Aires. She also graduated from AMDA NY conservatory program with a degree in Musical Theater. For more information about A capella Music School visit:
DanceAction Past Collaborators
Composers | Musicians
Juan Sebastian Vassallo was born in Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He studied music at the Conservatory of Music "Felix T. Garzón" (Córdoba, Argentina), where he graduated in 2007 with the title of Professor of Piano at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina), graduating in 2008 with the title of Professor in Music Composition, and in 2009 made a Graduate Program in Cultural Management at the Faculty of Economics at the National University of Cordoba.
Founder and director of the company JSV MUSIC (www.jsvmusic.com), specializing in the production of music using virtual instruments, and contemporary resources from computer science, applied to musical creation.
He works as a pianist actively participating in solo concerts and chamber groups. He has performed as a soloist or chamber musician in halls in United States, Spain, Chile and Argentina.
He has also received many grants and awards for his works. "Evolutions", his work for symphony orchestra, received the Special Prix du Jury Conseil du Pas de Calais, in the 1st Franco-Argentine Musical Composition Contest, organized by Opal Sinfonietta Orchestra, City of Boulogne Sur Mer (France). He has been granted by the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Featured Artists worldwide, and by the Foundation IBERMÚSICAS, to make artistic residences in USA.
He is currently Assistant Professor at Teacher Training Institute in the city of Villa Mercedes, San Luis, and works as a composer, producer and keyboardist for popular bands of various genres and styles, including Orbes (Lyric Pop), Los Inmortales (Tango Quartet), and TRIVIUM (jazz trio).
Juan Pablo Rosado was born in the city of Salta, Argentina, where he currently lives. He works as a composer and music teacher. He is interested in artistic integration, participating in many opportunities in projects of collective creation. His music proposal rounds the idea of the active participation of the performer within the creative process, thus determining the sonorous and aesthetic outcome. He has premiered pieces for solo instrument, string quartet, chamber groups, vocal ensembles, symphony orchestra, acousmatic music, music for contemporary dance, music for theater and other artistic interventions.