Sun, June 25th

Dances through the Keyboard and Tap with Aysegul Durakoglu & Michela Marino Lerman

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Doors 6:30 PM
Show 7:15
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15

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Dances through the Keyboard and Tap with Aysegul Durakoglu & Michela Marino Lerman
Music by Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Satie

Aysegul Kus Durakoglu

Pianist Aysegul Kus Durakoglu has concertized widely as soloist and chamber musician throughout Turkey, Russia, Europe, and the United States. She was featured as soloist in the International Istanbul Music Festival with James Galway; International Ankara Jazz Festival; Contemporary Music Festivals in Russia, Musical Intersections and Niagara Chamber Music Festival in Canada; Hancock and UCLA Auditoriums in LA; Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY, as well as radio and television programs. Ms. Durakoglu began her musical life in Istanbul and received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Istanbul Conservatory.

She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Ph.D. degree with notable distinction at New York University where she also served on the piano faculty. As a member of the NYU Chamber Music Society she won the NYU’s Chamber Music Special Award. In 1998, she established a Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana, and continues to perform with her ensemble throughout Canada, Turkey, and the United States.

An active performer and researcher, Dr. Durakoglu has presented lecture-recitals on the music of Turkish composers and the piano music of Claude Debussy. Most recently, she released an album, titled Dances through the Keyboard recorded at the Jazz at Lincoln Center studios. Ms. Durakoglu has been on the fulltime faculty of the Music and Technology Department at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Michela Marino Lerman

Michela Marino Lerman is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator and all-around creative spirit.  The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance”.  She is very proudly a student of Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers and Marion Coles. 

Lerman has performed, choreographed, produced, and directed many projects throughout her career but she is most proud of the shows she has led as a bandleader at many of New York’s great jazz establishments such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Ginny’s Supper Club, and many more. Michela is a very proud member of the exciting, innovative, and eclectic band Michael Mwenso and and the Shakes.  Recently Michela had her West End debut conceiving and choreographing "This Joint is Jumpin' ", a celebration of the music of Fats Waller. She has had the esteemed honor of touring, performing and/or collaborating with many musical masters such as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batisite and Stay Human, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Marcus Roberts and many more.