Join us in the art gallery as The Loft at Liz's presents 2 intimate live sessions:
Judith Farmer (bassoon), Jennifer Johnson (oboe) and Susan Greenberg (flute)
Elisabetta Russo (soprano) w/ Joe Lopiccolo (guitar)
Judith Farmer - bassoon
Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist and teacher. She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. From 1984-1996 she was principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna. Ms. Farmer has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber music festivals in Prussia Cove (UK), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Salem (NY), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), San Luis Obispo (CA), Beverly Hills (CA) and Garth Newel (VA).
In 1996 Ms. Farmer moved to Los Angeles and since then has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including as guest principal in spring of 2009. She has played on the scores of over 150 major motion pictures and recorded with such artists as Daft Punk, Josh Groban, Billy Childs and Barbra Streisand. She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony.
Judith Farmer teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California. She is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had a number of works written and dedicated to her. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, Ex-House and Orfeo Records.
Jennifer Johnson – oboe
Originally from Colorado, oboist Jennifer Johnson currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She is Second Oboe/English Horn of the Los Angeles Opera, Principal Oboe of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Second Oboe of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and has played with many other orchestras across the state. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra over a span of seven seasons, acting as Second Oboe for several weeks in 2011. For a few weeks in 2007-08 she made two subsequent trips to Hong Kong, where she served as Guest Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In the Fall of 2013 she received the position of Oboe Lecturer Faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Ms. Johnson completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado with Peter Cooper. She then went to Los Angeles to earn a Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California with Dr. Allan Vogel and David Weiss. Additionally she received an Artist’s Diploma from The Colburn School Conservatory with Dr. Vogel in 2010, and briefly studied with Anne Gabriele and Carolyn Hove of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
After being awarded the second prize in the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition in 2009, Ms. Johnson was the recipient of the Oboe Fellowship in 2011-12 and the English Horn Fellowship in 2013 while studying with Elaine Douvas, Richard Woodhams, and Pedro Diaz. She has also participated in the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez.
Susan Greenberg - flute
Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as "brilliant," "elegant" and "supple," and has lauded her "panache" and "musical projection." During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo. Ms. Greenberg has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, as well as at the Casals, Ojai and Martha's Vineyard Music Festivals. Ms. Greenberg was the principal flutist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra's tour of Japan, and has received the "Most Valuable Player" award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Greenberg began her career performing throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe and the Middle East, as principal flutist with the Roger Wagner Chorale and Orchestra. She was a fellowship recipient to Tanglewood and to the Music Academy of the West. She received both her B.A., cum laude, and her M.A. from UCLA, and is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University. Ms. Greenberg has recorded over 500 motion pictures and is the flutist for The Simpsons television show.
Elisabetta Russo - soprano
Best Female Vocal - Hollywood Music Awards 2011
Elisabetta was born in Bari, Italy. In 2004, she received a Bachelor degree in Vocal Art from the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome; then the Master degree in Chamber Music, with final mark 110/110 cum Laude (1) from the same Conservatory. She attended master class with Edda Moser, Renata Scotto, Renato Bruson and Alberto Zedda. Winner of many important contests, Elisabetta has performed numerous concerts of sacred music and chamber music in Italy and abroad (particularly in Los Angeles and Hollywood) and has collaborated with conductors and composers such as: Bruno Aprea, Luigi de Filippi, Marco Boemi, Gianna Fratta, Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani; with directors such as Ugo Gregoretti, Elizabetta Courir, Loredana Martinez, Giovanni Morricone and Italo Nunziata. Among the most important roles she has played: Norina in Don Pasquale by Donizetti, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte by Mozart, Tonina in Prima la musica poi le parole by Salieri in Rome, Gilda in Rigoletto by Verdi in Milan and at the RAI Auditorium in Naples; Nannetta in Falstaff (starring Renato Bruson) by Verdi at Teatro Cilea, Reggio Calabria. On November 2011 she won as “Best Female Vocal” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She has recorded “Brise de Mér”, Leoncavallo's arias for voice and orchestra, Suoneria Mediterranea label, with the direction of Luigi de Filippi and the participation of the Da Ponte Ensemble. On June 6th 2013, she sang at the Paramount Studios for the Simin Foundation with Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and Eugene Kohn. Recently she performed successfully at the IAMLA (Italian American Museum of Los Angeles) within the Columbus Day celebrations.
Joe Lopiccolo - guitar
Joe LoPiccolo is a guitarist and composer whose work is influenced by Classical, Jazz and World Music styles. Writer Dan O'Heron of the Pasadena Weekly states his music is "Soft spoken eloquence, fascinatingly improvised." and "The music is comforting and visual, it takes you to a better place, a paradise found." Guitarist Andrew York, formerly of the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet states "Having exceptional ability in both classical and jazz genres is very rare; Joe excels in both styles." Andy Ellis, senior editor of Guitar Player magazine stated "LoPiccolo's impeccably executed, imaginative arrangements reveal his mastery of the guitar and its most subtle timbres."
Joe LoPiccolo is a graduate of The California Institute of the Arts, receiving his BFA in Jazz Guitar and his MFA in Guitar Performance. He studied guitar extensively with Larry Koonse and Miroslav Tadic and studied composition and orchestration with Mike Fink and Alan Chaplin. In addition to his BFA and MFA he is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Youth Summer Program. He has continued his education beyond his degrees with masterclasses and workshops with master guitarists Guinga, Paco Serrano and Mick Goodrick.
During the pursuit of his Masters degree he was a Wasserman Scholar and Teaching Assistant for the Guitar Program. He is an adjunct professor of music at Mt. San Antonio College and College of the Canyons where he teaches Group Guitar, Guitar Improvisation and Individual Guitar Instruction. He has self published 2 instructional texts, "Guitar Mosaic" and "Improvisation for Guitarists" and was a contributor to Andrew York's "Jazz Guitar For Classical Cats" Vols. 1 and 3 (Alfred).
Joe was a columnist for Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, writing a column entitled "The Global Guitarist". He has been an ASCAP Plus Award recipient for the past 10 years and won the Guitar Player Magazine "Reader's Challenge" in February of 2006. Joe has Endorsement or Artist deals with Acoustic Image Amplifiiers, Sibelius Notation Software, Finale Music, Godin Guitars, Line 6, La Bella Strings, LR Baggs Pickups, Peak Music Stands, Phil Jones (AAD) Amplifiers and Reunion Blues cases.
Recent projects include a duo with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer for Sirius Radio and a duo with guitarist Vahagn Turgutyan. His latest CD "Night " was released summer 2009. A CD of arrangements of Italian music for his "i t a L i A n p r o j e c t" will be released in 2013
The Loft at Liz's - located in LA's historic Miracle Mile District (near LACMA).
Located above Liz's Antique Hardware 453 S. La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90036
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm
current exhibit - Jerry Ross Barrish