Joel Kabakov has maintained a multidisciplinary role in the arts, as composer, pianist, guitarist, educator, author and music industry executive. Retreating to the Northwest after over a decade of directing Yamaha Foundation’s advanced music curricula, he now serves as Chair of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Gorge College. “Europatopia” is the performing arts ensemble Kabakov recently formed in Oregon which explores historically and ethnically diverse repertoire.
As Graduate Prize Fellow and doctoral recipient in composition at Harvard, Joel taught chamber music, counterpoint, music history and independent piano studies. Collaborations with the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, Harvard Dance Center and Young Audiences Inc. ensued as did chairmanship of composition at the Boston Conservatory. His present pianistic passion is the ever unfolding “Melodian and Keyboard Explorations” which combines technique, theory, and a “foretaste for composition”. Buy lessons with Joel!
Robbi Hall Kumalo is an artist, musician, performer, and writer. Singing and playing piano since a child, Robbi has performed with a host of legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Dave Matthews, Edie Brickell, John Hiatt, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte among others. In her solo career as a vocal artist, Robbi has brought her larger-than-life stage presence and enticingly beautiful voice to many diverse settings for several decades.
Robbi is also passionate about arts education. She has spent nearly 40 years working with educators all over the globe as a Teaching Artist of Aesthetic Education and as a Teaching Artist with New Jersey State Council for the Arts, NJPAC, and The Tilles Center. Using the arts as a tool to connect to curriculum in history as well as culture and ethics, Robbi has produced joyous and exhilarating programs for school-age children, for venues including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). Buy lessons with Robbi!