Classical, Instrumental and Gospel Medley
Empower The Children of Haiti
Haitian Americans in Action (HAIA) presents “A Medley of Classical Instrumental and Gospel Music at Carnegie Hall”. We were inspired to organize this extraordinary event to increase public awareness about the humanitarian activities that our organization, and other non-profit sister organizations are undergoing in Haiti to change the lives of the restavek children. We also thought that it would be a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our renowned Haitian artists living in the New York City area. Our dream expanded beyond imagination when a variety of non- Haitian descent artists have decided to join hands with us in this great endeavor. Hence, This event is not only a medley of music but it is also a medley of performers and guests from all over the world united by their great philanthropy for a noble cause.
The Haitian-Americans in Action Organization was formed in 2010 with Haitian-Americans whose sole purpose was to change the lives of Haitians living in the New York City communities and in Haiti. We are a non-profit, self-funded organization that has been in existence for 9 years. We have managed to accomplish great deeds with our limited funding, and have witnessed the difference that it makes in the lives of people. Our organization provides community based programs such as Health Fair, Forums and Seminars on Immigration, Free Referral to government agencies and other community-based organizations. We provide school materials and funding to schools and charity organizations in Haiti. We have organized Food and Clothing Distribution in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic. We have worked with the French Embassy to offer French Heritage Language classes to francophone students for 2 years. A program that we plan to bring back in the year 2020. We also would like to be able to open free ESL classes to adults living in the Brooklyn area.
The proceeds of the concert will benefit Haitian-Americans in Action Inc. (HAIA), Making the Impossible Possible (MIPO), and Beyond Borders in their efforts to end child slavery. The MIPO organization makes the impossible possible by providing school supplies, food and clothes to children in Haiti, whose parents cannot afford the costs of tuition, school supplies and other necessities. Beyond Borders is a US-based non-profit registered in Haiti that supports a range of community-driven, movement building development programs. Among the programs we point out their work to build the movement to end child slavery in Haiti. Beyond Borders’ movement to end child slavery works in Haitian communities to protect children and help families keep their kids at home instead of sending them away. Every year, parents who cannot afford school tuition or don’t see a hopeful future for their children, make the difficult decision to send their child away to live with another family, often in another city or town where there are more opportunities for their children. Parents believe these families will take care of their children, provide food and shelter and enroll their children in school. Instead, these children are often enslaved, forced to work, abused and never sent to school.
Unfortunately, about 250,000 children in Haiti are trapped in this form of modern-day slavery called restavèk. Beyond Borders staff, partners and volunteer activists have prevented thousands of children from being sent away into slavery and they are actively working to reunite children who have been sent away and enroll them into quality local schools. Beyond Borders’ also works to reduce the risk factors that cause parents to send their children away by supporting parents through an 18-month food security-livelihoods program that provides them with the resources families need to build a new home with clean water and sanitation, create a sustainable livelihood, and ensure their children are enrolled in school.
Indeed, Haitian-Americans in Action, Make The Impossible Possible and Beyond Borders invite you to be a part of the Ending Social Injustice Movement in Haiti. We count on you and your support to continue empowering the children of Haiti with resources that they need to get themselves out of poverty and to live life to the fullest. Besides being part of a great humanitarian effort, you will enjoy an amazing concert at a world class venue. Our performers will take your breath away with their stunning performances. You will appreciate the incredible talents of The Altino Brothers, Asher Laub, Susan Aquila, Sheimyrah Mighty, Michael Gayle, Deer Park Dream Dancers, Voice of Worship, Oliva Nicole Soprano, Noreen Greenwood, E- Uneek Kebreau and the Eben Ezer SDA Youth Gospel Group. Purchase your ticket on the Carnegie Hall website. For more info, click on the following link:
Thanks for your support!
Haitian-Americans in Action Inc., President
Performers Biographical Materials
THE ALTINO BROTHERS
Virtuoso pianists, Nerva and Robenson Altino are incredibly talented, they perform at the piano with a dazzling technique, a unique sound, and have a compelling life story. Their Father, Jean Lecome Altino was seeking a better life for his family, and left Haiti in a banana boat for the United States. After being at sea for over over 60 days, he finally landed ashore and settled in the Bahamas. After two years of residence there, he eventually made it to the US where he later sent for his wife and two sons.
The Altino Brothers' love for music was fostered both inside and outside of their home. Jean Lecome Altino, who is an amateur pianist, purchased a piano and began teaching his sons his beloved craft. Each morning the Brothers woke up to the sound of their father playing the great masters of classical music, including Mozart.
At a young age Nerva and Robenson watched piano greats Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubenstein, and Andre Watts on public television which affirmed their decision to become concert pianists. The music scene in New York provided the Altino Brothers with exposure to a variety of music genres including classical, jazz, and R&B. While attending Church, Nerva and Robenson were also inspired by hymns and spirituals.
At 18 years of age, Nerva continued his quest for excellence in music by attending Atlantic Union College, and studied piano with, Dr. Kaestner Robertson, and Roy Imperio. After completing his studies at AUC, he was accepted in the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he majored in piano performance.
Robenson soon followed in the footsteps of his older brother, and went directly to The Manhattan School of Music for his undergraduate studies where he studied piano with world renown piano pedagogues Solomon Mokowsky and Sheryl Canellakis. In addition to his piano studies, Robenson also pursued training in choral conducting. In May of 2001, both Brothers received their Masters Degrees in piano performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. This accomplishment was the culmination of discipline and dedication they attained early during their formative years, as they each practiced an average 5-7 hours daily, this eventually developed into an innovative style and virtuosic technique at the piano.
The Altino Brothers dynamic concerts have earned them rave reviews for their interpretations of the classical masters such as Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff, and for their own creative and innovative renditions of well-known traditional favorites. Their performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall were embraced by exemplary reviews. Their multi-genre repertoire combines jazz idioms, classical motifs, with Gospel and Caribbean rhythms, which make their performances memorable, inspirational, and very entertaining.
The Altino Brothers have appeared on numerous television shows/programs, including: CBS NY Sunday Morning Show, NBC's Today Show Positively Black, TBN Hour of Power, and others. They have also performed in Concert Halls, Colleges/Universities, and Churches throughout the US, Puerto-Rico, and China, which include Lincoln Center, Yale University's Woolsey Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Mechanics Hall, Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center, The Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast, The Library of Congress, Christian Cultural Center, and most recently, a Month long performance tour in China, including performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chong Xing.
Nerva is also a gifted composer and arranger, in 2008, he wrote an original sacred cantata, "The Second Coming" based on the Biblical books of Daniel, Mathew, and Revelation, which debuted to a capacity crowd at The Riverside Church in New York City, and received enthusiastic reviews from New York music critics. In 2015, Nerva gave the world premiere of his newly composed double piano concerto at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium, featuring both Altino Brothers as piano soloists, in front of a capacity crowd. The piece is based on the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", which is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
The Altino Brothers LLC
Duo Concert Pianists
Sheimyrah Mighty’s powerful vocal abilities have already helped her achieve some amazing career feast. Born and raised in Brooklyn, this young Jamaican Haitian American performed during President Obama’s 2008 campaign at Eisenhower Park when she was 10-years-old, sharing the stage with Grammy-winners David Crosby and Graham Nash. This recognition has brought Sheimyrah invitation to perform across the country and internationally. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. She has received the Chancellor’s Endorsed Diploma for the Arts NYC Department of Education, Advanced designation through the Arts: Music. She was a participant at the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa Florida for acting and singing. She was also a merit winner in The YoungArts Foundation. She also performed in various events with her mentor Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen.
Sheimyrah sang the National Anthem at the Nets home playoff game at Barclays Center April 27, 2014. At Power of Dreams Awards, she shared the stage with Danny Glover. On March 26, 2015, she performed at Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, INC, Honor 2015 Women History Makers, and received a Proclamation from Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of the State of new York for her achievement and Contributions in the Community at Borough Hall. Sheimyrah performed at various events at The United Nations, and for Mr. Zazumi Matsui the Mayor of Hiroshima at the International Jazz in Harlem. Sheimyrah performed at Black & Puerto Rican Caucus, and One Hundred Black Men, INC Of New York Annual benefit Gala 2015 and 2016. Sheimyrah Mighty performed at Madison Square Garden in 2017 for “Peace Starts With Me” with Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and performed alongside with Yolanda Adams and Hezekiah Walker. Her dream is to become a speech pathologist and major in vocal performance. She wants to bring hope to the world through music.
Asher’s notable musical career began with classical violin training at the tender age of 2—leading to his first formal concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic at 13. Since then, Asher’s improvisation expertise across multiple genres has inspired an innovative career as a cutting-edge electric violinist. Asher’s engaging soloist performances have taken him to iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Jacob Javits Center. His diverse multicultural repertoire has garnered acclaim across four continents. Asher’s highenergy shows have been featured live on PBS and have made headlines on major media outlets such as CNN, WABC, NBC, and the New York Post. In 2014, Asher lived a musician’s nightmare when he confronted health challenges that impacted his mobility. Refusing to accept defeat, he rebuilt his musical prowess to a new level. This harrowing experience inspired him to reinvent himself as a dancing violinist. In only a few months, Asher learned to merge hip hop, pop, EDM, rock, and other genres with breakdancing and acrobatic choreography. His live performances now reflect his unstoppable spirit and joy! With a growing fan base, Asher is working to influence societal norms and conventional thinking about musical performance, helping to break down social and physical barriers. His latest single, Neon Dreams, released by Kobalt Music Group has been described as a “high-octane hit” and can be streamed via iTunes and all other major platforms. Asher is currently in the studio working on releasing his next original album. Follow Asher: www.asherlaub.com, https://www.facebook.com/asherlaubmusic
"Susan Aquila is a formidable and multi-talented performer" - Dan Einbender, Grammy Award-winning producer and entertainer Electric violin virtuoso, classical violinist, raw, hard rock performer, Broadway star, and inspirational teacher, Susan Aquila has developed a style all her own, performing with the most influential musicians in the classical, pop and rock genres, and is sharing her music with fans and students in the U.S. and beyond. An internationally acclaimed, five time Grammy-nominated artist in 2014 and 2016, she has appeared in concert and on recordings with artists such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, K.D. Lang, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, Deep Purple, The Left Banke, Johnny Mathis and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Her music blends metal, rock and punk, and her incendiary electric violin solos are being heralded as “... the hottest thing to hit rock since Van Halen recorded Eruption! She’s like the Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin, and her vocal style is vibrant and dripping with soul. She combines the artistry of Blondie with the raw power of Janis!!” A respected classical violinist, Susan studied at Rice University and the Juilliard School of Music. She has given recitals at the White House for President George Bush, President Clinton and President George W. Bush. She performs regularly with prestigious symphony orchestras including The American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Manhattan Chamber Ensemble. She has performed in the original Broadway productions of many shows, including The Lion King, Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun. Now, Susan has stepped out on her own with her first three CDs, Planet Z, Broken Angel and Miss Conduct, which have created a stir in jazz fusion, pop and classical circles. At home in many styles, this provocative artist has proven herself to be a seminal figure on her Viper six string electric violin. Susan is a double Grammy nominee for "Best New Artist" and "Best Rock Album" of the year for her previous release, Broken Angel, which propelled her into the top five in Reverb Nation’s "Artists Trending in the New York City Area," a position she held for six months. Currently, Susan is working on material for her next record, scheduled for release later this year. She is also working on a solo act that will find her playing with a myriad of loops and effects that will astound audiences with her virtuosity and musicianship.
V.O.W. Gospel Group
Faith, friendship, and their love for music united three voices across state lines to share God's love for man. For nearly a decade, this unique harmony has touched the hearts of many through song and encouraged the body of Christ to seek a closer relationship with their Heavenly Father. Having witnessed the positive impact of their ministry and after much prayer, the three would now become one in 2011– Voice of Worship.
Edzer Elie, John LaRose, and Pierre Gardy Fontaine have ministered as a group at the Strand Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts; the Brooklyn College Whitman Theater in concert featuring Mary Mary; and several church functions in the tri-state and New England areas.
Edzer Elie is a recording artist performing in the Haitian and American community for about 30 years. He is well known for his powerful and beautiful baritone voice. Edzer made his music debut as a soloist and choir Director in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. He was a member of the famous choir: “Scola Cantorum” of the Holy Trinity Conservatory School of Music in Haiti. In 1982 he founded and directed the Petion-ville Interdenominational choir; a 60 voice community choir well known at that time. Edzer toured the United States in 1984 with the Holy Trinity Chamber Choir along with “les Petit Chanteurs” of the Holy Trinity. He later founded the “Beraca Interdenominational choir presently known as “Beraca Choir” that has performed in many churches and music halls throughout the United States. As a writer, Edzer has written many Christian songs, plays and musicals. His sole purpose as a singer and in ministry is to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus-Christ. Throughout his musical career, he has directed many vocal groups which have dubbed him the pseudonym of “Maestro Edzer”. Edzer is currently serving at Beraca Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York as the Director of Music and Arts, a Worship Pastor and Choir Director. His ultimate goal is to give God his very best!
John LaRose is a gospel/inspirational vocalist of unparalleled talent. Possessing a beautifully rich baritone, LaRose is blessed with the ability to move listeners with very passionate and soulful deliveries in various styles. His prolific, profound, and personal renditions in English, French, and Creole have set him apart as a special talent. Born in Freeport, Bahamas, LaRose is very proud of his Haitian roots. Blessed with many talents, he vows to give back to his community especially by helping the very poor children of Haiti who were orphaned by the devastating earthquake of 2010. His accomplishments are well documented; however, what LaRose enjoys the most is singing his way into the hearts of people near and far as he continues to encourage and empower everyone with the richness of God's infinite love. He now resides in Allentown, PA.
Haitian singer song-writer Pierre Gardy Fontaine has performed in various productions of opera, oratorio, and gospel concerts throughout the United States, Canada and Haiti. His impressive repertoire includes songs and interpretations in various languages, ranging from European classics, to Negro Spirituals, and contemporary gospels. Fontaine has used his talent to help support various Christian organizations; and to raise money for charitable causes that are helping poor children in Haiti. As a music evangelist his greatest desire is to tell, through music, a story that brings hope to his audience. Fontaine holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera from Longy Conservatory. He now resides in Boston, MA.
Edler Elie is a distinguished and talented Musician in the Haitian and American community. At the age of three he has remarkably demonstrated his skills playing the drum and the keyboard. His debut on stage began one Sunday night at the age of four at Beraca Baptist Church when for the first time he played the drum for the night service. Since then he has been using his gifts on the drum and the keyboard to minister to the people of God. Edler has played with many well known artists and groups in the Haitian and American community. He is an exceptional and a dedicated musician using his talents and skills to advance God’s kingdom. Edler is currently serving at Beraca Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York as a Youth Leader, a Keyboardist and a Drummer. His ultimate goal is to pursue a career in music so that he can be better equipped to serve God effectively in his calling.
Michael S. Gayle
Some of the world’s most intriguing, gifted and famous musicians hail from Germany, such as Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Michael S. Gayle. Michael, a native of Stuttgart, Germany raised in the United States, is a multi-talented musician and Composer with a background in Caribbean/Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, and Classical music. He is a proficient Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestral Arranger and Film Composer, with excellent skills in various instruments including the saxophone & piano. At the tender age of four, Michael started playing the Melodica without formal training. By age eleven he learned the saxophone and played extensively at school and community functions. Michael was so committed to broadening his musical knowledge, that he attended Adelphi University College of Arts and Sciences, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Music, with a concentration in Music Composition. Not stopping there, he attended New York University, Steinhardt School of Music, where he obtained his Masters in Music Theory and Composition, with a concentration in Film Scoring and Multimedia. Michael is now attending Columbia University Teachers College where he will pursue his Interdisciplinary Ed.D. in Music and Neuroscience.
Michael’s enthusiasm for music didn’t just stop at learning; he has grown into a proficient Artist and Composer. He has composed and arranged his own music as well as collaborated with aspiring writers and musicians. Michael’s orchestral compositions have been featured by some of the worlds premiere chamber ensembles such as The Akropolis Reed Quintet, Chiara String Quartet, Trio Solisti and Axium brass. Michael’s orchestral scores for film have traveled across the waters to Prague to be recorded by some of the finest musicians in the world. Michael’s profound love for music is evident in each note he plays. His dedication to sharing this love with one and all will ensure his musical longevity in an otherwise short-lived industry. You can find Michael playing the saxophone, organ or keyboard on the weekends at Ebenezer S.D.A. Church and The Greater Allen Cathedral. Michael is looking forward to the launch of his Chamber Orchestra in 2019, in the greater New York area. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University. Mike as he is known to most, is also a devoted husband and father of four. Musical performance, Musical Director • Accompanied on saxophone Gospel singer BeBe Winans – 2017 • Accompanied on saxophone Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson – 2017 • Accompanied various Artist at BMI Hip Hop and R&B awards, the tribute to Patti Labelle – 2017 • Musical Director and Saxophonist for the Black Gospel Angels, touring in Germany – December 2015 to February 2016 • Accompanied The Altino Brothers on Saxophone at Carnegie Hall – 2015 • Composed and arranged music, (Musical Director) for an off-Broadway Musical, The Anthem – 2014 Discography Writer/Producer • Pastor David Wright presents, The Legacy Continues, “Use me Lord” – 2011 • Maurice Lauchner, Hymns & Songs from the Heart, “All I Need” – 2010 • Corey Henry, A Christmas with Cory Henry, “Misty Christmas” – 2010 • Bishop Albert L. Jamison, Show Yourself Mighty album, “Not My Will” – 2007 Discography Saxophone, keyboard & Orchestrations • Shirley Caesar, Fill This House – 2017 • The Meditations, Jah Always Find A Way – 2016 • Don One- The Sound of Brooklyn – 2014 • Bobby Ray Falcon- Lamplight– 2012 • Michael Gayle, The Michael Gayle Experience – 2012 • Michael Gayle, Michael Gayle The Encounter Live in NY – 201
Ernest “E-Uneek” Kebreau, Haitian American Brooklyn born and raised, is one of the most anticipated multitalented Haitian American artists. Ernest Kebreau (aka) E-Uneek is the first Haitian American to be elected in the city of New York as a State Committeeman, District Leader of the 86th Assembly in the Bronx, and has been a District leader for over 15 years. As a CEO, performer, songwriter, poet, music producer, politician, community leader, and humanitarian, E-Uneek recognizes the need and void to be filled in our world and plan to help change that. He has dedicated his career to community service and is well known and respected in his community.
Nicole Oliva, Soprano
Nicole is honored to be making her Carnegie Hall debut as part of tonight's performance roster.
Nicole has hundreds of solo and theatrical performances to her accreditation in the realms of operas, musicals, and concerts. Since graduating with her BFA in Theatre Arts she has worked with several Opera and Theatrical companies such as The Amadeus Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan (Yiddish) Light Opera Company, and Broadhollow Theater Co. Currently Nicole has been touring the east coast doing customized concerts for special events such as these.
Her repertoire includes Bastien und Bastienne(Bastienne), Pirates of Penzance(Mabel), Mikado(Yum-Yum), Absinthe Heros(Chastity Sterling), Il Re Pastore, Trial by Jury, and West Side Story.
Country of Origin: Jamaica
I began singing publicly at the tender age of six (6) years accompanying my Dad and Mom around the island of Jamaica singing with my Dad’s band at many Gospel concerts and local churches. Since then, I continue to use this God-given gift at every opportunity I am called to share this beautiful instrument with others in service for my Lord. In September 1993, I pursued a one-year Voice program at the Jamaica School of Music under the tutelage of Mrs. Pauline Forrest-Watson, a noted soprano vocalist, and this training helped me to use the gift more efficiently. I have been blessed with many amazing opportunities to spread the Good News in song across the island of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Barbados, the United Kingdom, the USVI, and the USA. Singing is my life string that pulls me closer to my Creator, where I am able to bask in His glory and feel His love and compassion, and experience His ever-present presence in my life. Singing for God is my consuming fire. I am daily refined through the gift of song and I thank God each day for loaning me this “big” and amazing gift that I may share Him with others in whatever small or great way. I am humbled and honored to be one of the many vessels He has chosen upon whom to bestow this beautiful gift. I Love the Lord, I Love to Sing, but most of all, I Love to SING for the LORD. It is my soul’s desire and ultimate purpose to behold Him when He returns, and to dwell with Him for eternity when He shall come to take His children to the New Jerusalem, my new home, where I will sing with the angelic chorus lifting our voices in praise to the Most High. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to do His will, until that day.
Dream Dancers Academy
Our vision here at Dream Dancers Academy is to bring out the best of each student’s
ability. We are not looking to be a money factory. Yes, it's a business, but first and
foremost we want our students to love the art of dance and to learn. We've made sure
to hire what we feel are the very best instructors to accomplish learning at the level they
should be. Yes it's fun, but it is also work. In anything your child does, they know it takes
work to excel. Anyone who dances aspires to grow and be the best they can be.
Anyone who has put in time and effort for 5 years should be capable of more than a 2
year level. Dance is a release. It's an outlet. It should be fun yet challenging.
This studio is for people who want to earn and be challenged… From the ages of 3 and
up, the students will have a firm foundation and grow. With our extraordinary instructors,
you can be confident that your children will have fun, work hard, earn, excel, and love to
Lisa Rummo and Ana-Maria Cortizo have been best friends with a shared love of dance
for over 30 years. Dance has always brought us joy and it has been a dream to share
this passion with children and adults of all ages. We are excited to have a
highly professional staff of instructors that are of exceptional quality. It is our mission for
all our students to be trained by the best staff to learn and love the art of dance.
Michael Buoni is our Ballet instructor. Michael has had incredible results with students
of all ages. He has had extensive training and danced with the Ohio Ballet, North
Carolina Dance Theater, Dayton Ballet, as well as guested with several other well
known dance companies. We are excited to have Michael to teach our students!