Category: Performers

Tango Dancers Jose Delgadillo and Helen Wang to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Jose Delgadillo and Helen Wang, Argentine Tango dancers

Among the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week in New York are tango dancers Jose Delgadillo and Helen Wang. The mesmerizing dance duo will perform during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Jose Delgadillo and Helen Wang are a young tango couple who address the dance from an intimate relationship with the Argentine tango essence. The dancers convey passion, intensity, sensuality and emotion in their performances — all the things that remind audiences why they love the tango. They are a couple with unique backgrounds and personalities that always bring surprises to the audience.  They have performed in famous shows such as Rhythm and Passion and Dance Fever, among others. In 2013, they won top awards at the USA Tango Championship NYC “Stage” Tango. They were invited to perform and teach at the prestigious La Nacional milonga (a place where the tango is danced) in New York City, as well as at other renowned milongas in New Jersey (Milonga Viviana), and Long Island (Tango Lover), to name a few.

In 2016 Jose and Helen performed at the iconic Lincoln Center in New York City with a one-of-a-kind fusion dance of tango, salsa and Chinese elements. Among the audience members were Senator Chuck Schumer and Chinese celebrity Jin Xing.  Their show was featured by several major television stations including CCTV, TVB and Sinovision. In 2015 Jose and Helen were special guest performers at the USA Chinese American Beauty Pageant. In Argentina, they have studied independently and together with world tango maestros, including Eduardo Terrazas, Beatriz Herrera, Roberto Herrera, Ivan & Sara, Pablo Pugliese, Carlos De Chey, Julio Balmaceda, Corina de la Rosa, Pancho Martinez and Lorena Ermocida, Alejandra Gutty, and Guillermina Quiroga. They were also invited to showcase at milongas in Mendoza, Argentina, Jose’s hometown. Together, this rising couple brings their skills, passion and background in Ballet, Jazz, Salsa, Flamenco, and Folklore into the soulful Argentine Tango. They currently offer group and private tango lessons at major dance studios in Manhattan.

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Pesvebi Dance Ensemble to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Pesvebi Dance Ensemble at Couture Fashion Week NYAmong the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week in New York, is the Pesvebi dance ensemble. Pesvebi will perform during the Andres Aquino “Belle of the Ball” fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Pesvebi is a dynamic dance ensemble, based in Brooklyn, NY, dedicated to the showcasing and preservation of traditional Georgian dance, culture and tradition. Pesvebi was founded by Shorena Barbakadze and Vano Goderdzishvili who emigrated from the Republic of Georgia to New York in 1998. After their son was born, they soon realized that children who were born in the USA of other Georgian immigrants in the area had a limited understanding of their heritage and lacked a community base. They went on to establish the Georgian Cultural Center in the USA, including the creation of the Pesvebi dance ensemble. Pesvebi quickly became popular — driven by hard work, creativity, dedication and community support. Today Pesvebi has a large membership of talented dancers, and a busy performance schedule including tours in the USA, Georgia and Europe. It enjoys the support of prominent dance professionals including Gaga Natsvlishvili, Gogita Tatulishvili, Gia Melkadze, and Aleko Nadareishvili. The Georgian Cultural Center in the USA has also grown, and now includes classes in Georgian language and literature, folk singing and instruments, ballet, piano, drama, art and voice, as well as tutoring in math and English.

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International Star Princess Long Long Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Princess Long LongAmong the world-class entertainers scheduled to perform during the 25th season of Couture Fashion Week in New York, is Princess Long Long.  Princess Long Long will sing during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City.

Princess Long Long is a multi-talented international star. A singer, actress, TV host, model and designer, Long Long studied at the iconic Juilliard School in New York, the University of Sheffield, England and holds an MBA from Maastricht University in Holland. She has worked with the Manhattan Symphony, UNESCO, Italian National Folk Group “Belvedere”, the NYC Creative Stage Entertainment, JT Talents, Howard McCrary (Grammy nominee and Michael Jackson’s co-singer), Rodney Jones (music director for Lena Horne), KMC Ken Marlon Charles, Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory), Valentino (Grammy-winning Latin American star ), Andrew Anderson, Earl Cooter and Lenny Mangiapane. She has performed at prestigious venues in the USA including the Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Hall, and the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and abroad in Lima, Peru, Hong Kong and China. Long Long is the recipient of many awards and accolades from organizations including the United Nations, World Artist League, Asia Artists Association of the USA and CCTV (number one Chinese network). As an actress, Long Long has appeared in numerous stage and TV productions including the off-Broadway cabaret comedy Whatever Happened to Beverly Daniels?, MTV’s Soul on Fire, and films such as The Right to Live, Good Friday, Be Frank, and the What Women Want Chronicles. Long Long co-developed Blue Cat, the most popular cartoon in China. Her masterpiece mythology epic melodrama Moon Goddess is now the subject of a Broadway musical and feature film under production.

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Rising Pop Star Dominika Stara Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week NY

Singer Dominika StaraRising pop star Dominika Stara is set to perform at the next Couture Fashion Week New York. Part of the prestigious event’s 23rd season, Ms. Stara will perform as part of the fashion shows at 8:00 pm on Saturday February 13, and at 6:00 pm on Sunday February 14, 2016. Shows are held in the Broadway Ballroom of the the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the Big Apple.

In 2009, Dominika Stara beat out thousands of hopefuls and landed a spot on Czechoslovakian Superstar, her country’s version of American Idol. Dominika took first place for the women, third overall and she never looked back. With over 79,000 Facebook fans, Dominika has won the hearts of countless people worldwide. She recently signed a production agreement with Poncini Entertainment, and has recorded and released her debut EP. Her runaway hit Thinking Of You earned her an award for Best R&B Female at the New England Urban Music Awards. Dominika parallels her style of music to an Ipod. “Nobody has just one style of music on their Ipod. I listen to all kinds of music, so my album reflects that,” says Dominika.

Since arriving in the USA, Dominika has been very busy. She has been visiting schools in the New England area speaking to students on the importance of education, and positive influences in relation to pursuing their dreams. Her goal is to inspire the youth to accomplish their goals by instilling the value of staying focused and driven.

At Couture Fashion Week, Dominika will be performing her new single Can’t Buy My Love from her forthcoming EP My Time To Shine on Poncini distributed by VPAL.

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European Singing Sensation Shana Pearson to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Shana PearsonEuropean singing sensation Shana Pearson is set to perform at the next Couture Fashion Week New York. Part of the prestigious event’s 22nd season, Ms. Pearson will perform at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Sunday September 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart of the Big Apple.

Half American half Swiss, Shana Pearson (previously known as Shana P) is a pop singer and songwriter based in Switzerland. She has released two albums: Regarde‐Moi in 2009, which received a Gold Disk in February 2010 reaching 10,000 albums sold, and Love Inferno released in 2013, exclusively on digital platforms. Her video of Regarde-Moi has over 1.1 million views on YouTube. 2011 saw a turning point in her career as it was marked by her collaboration with famous DJ and party rocker Big Ali. He invited Shana to perform on his smash hit Electro‐Dance single Distress, which was influenced by the iconic hit song Message in a Bottle by The Police. Shortly after, Sting gave his approval to use the song, and Shana and Big Ali flew to Miami to shoot the music video. They went on to tour for more than 20 dates all around France and Switzerland before thousands of people, including an audience of 30,000 in Corsica. In the summer of 2011, Distress rose to second position on the charts for several weeks. In 2013, Shana performed for Justin Bieber’s support act along with Big Ali in Strasbourg, France. Shana Pearson is now working on a third album as an indie artist. Having already done numerous concerts outside of Switzerland (France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Thailand, and Algeria), Shana hopes to expand her music beyond.

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Renowned Soprano Elisabetta Russo Set to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Singer Elisabetta RussoRenowned soprano Elisabetta Russo will perform at Couture Fashion Week New York for the first time during the event’s upcoming 22nd season. Ms. Russo will perform during the Andres Aquino fashion show at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015, as well as before the 4:00 pm fashion show on Sunday September 13, 2015. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the “Crossroads of the World.”

A native of Bari, Italy, Ms. Russo received a Bachelor’s degree in singing and a Master’s degree with highest honors in singing specializing in chamber music from the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome. She attended master classes with Edda Moser, Renata Scotto, Renato Bruson and Alberto Zedda. A winner of many important contests, Ms. Russo has performed in Italy and abroad and has collaborated with many acclaimed conductors and composers. Among the most important roles she has played are Norina in Don Pasquale by Donizetti, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte by Mozart, Tonina in Prima la musica poi le parole by Salieri, Gilda in Rigoletto by Verdi, and Nannetta in Falstaff (starring Renato Bruson) by Verdi. In 2011 she won “Best Female Vocal” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She has recorded Brise de Mér, Leoncavallo’s arias for voice and orchestra on the Suoneria Mediterranea label, with the direction of Luigi De Filippi. In 2013 she opened for Andrea Bocelli at Paramount Studios, performing with David Foster and Eugene Kohn, and performed at the Ann and Moss Theatre in Santa Monica with Maestro Andrea Morricone and the Amor Symphonic Orchestra. In 2014, together with pianist Giulia Spinedi, she won first prize in the Chamber Music section of the XVII International Competition V. Scaramuzza. As winner of the Beverly Hills recital series in 2014/2015, she performed at prestigious venues in the City of Beverly Hills. Currently she is writing for the Italo-Americano newspaper as Opera reviewer. Recent performances include a concert in Toronto for the Italian National Day Celebration at Casa Loma Castle in May 2015. For her appearance at the Couture Fashion Week New York soprano Elisabetta Russo will wear a Mark Belford gown.

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Acclaimed Tenor Luciano Lamonarca Returns to Couture Fashion Week

Tenor Luciano LamonarcaAcclaimed tenor Luciano Lamonarca will return to Couture Fashion Week New York’s 22nd season with a highly anticipated performance at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015. Part of the Andres Aquino fashion show, the event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

A native of Italy, Luciano Lamonarca was born in Italy and studied voice with such teachers as Gino Lorusso Toma, Franco Corelli, Carmen Sensaud, Salvatore Fisichella, Roberto Scandiuzzi and Daniele Barioni. He has performed solo concerts at prestigious venues worldwide including Lincoln Center, the New York Theater for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Palais Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, Austria, Great Hall of the Palace National Philharmonic Orchestra, in Minsk, Belarus, La Vallisa auditorium in Bari and the Teatro Politeama in Palermo. Tenor Lamonarca has performed under the patronage of the highest national and international institutions: the United Nations, UNESCO, the European Union, the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Youth, the Regions of Puglia and Sicily. He was the special performing guest at the Commemoration in Westchester County (New York) of the attack of the Twin Towers, broadcast by NEWS 12. In 2011 he spearheaded the project “United Academia” with the U.N. Academic Impact.

Mr. Lamonarca has performed as a special guest on multiple occasions at Couture Fashion Week in New York. Other artistic projects include concert tributes to the great tenor Mario Lanza in Milwaukee and an online music project Ricordando Mario Del Monaco, a tribute to legendary tenor Mario Del Monaco with the collaboration of famous stage director Giancarlo Del Monaco. Luciano Lamonarca performed in Passau, Germany at the Europaishes Jugend Musik Festival in a concert dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. In 2007 he became the youngest opera singer to perform at the United Nations in New York when he sang in the “United We Are Peace” concert as the sole representative of Italy at the invitation of the Zaraspe Foundation. He returned to perform at the U.N General Assembly in a concert held in the presence of ambassadors and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. In 2008 he performed at the world premiere of the film Carnera – The Walking Mountain at Madison Square Garden in New York City where the guests of honor were American actor Burt Young and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham. In 2013 Tenor Lamonarca received Proclamations for artistic merit from New York’s Westchester County Executive Hon. Robert Astorino, and from the New York State Comptroller, Hon. Thomas DiNapoli.

In 2009 Mr. Lamonarca released his first album entitled Mamma, dedicated to his mother and benefiting the missionary project “City of Hope” in Zambia. In 2012 he released his second album The Impossible Dream, an outstanding compilation of Italian operatic arias and American pop-operatic hits, made in partnership with The New York Choral Society and benefiting the Mini Maestros Program. Luciano Lamonarca has been featured in numerous media outlets including Rai Uno, Rai Tre, Rai International, Tele Norba and TGS Sicily, as well as ithe New York Daily News, New York Post, The Italian Times, The Italian Tribune, The Italia Magazine (in Russian), La Repubblica, America Oggi, Il Quotidiano.Net, Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno and Il Giornale di Sicilia.

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Award-Winning Violinist Tengku Ryo to Perform at Couture Fashion Week

Violinist Tengku RyoAward-winning violinist and composer Tengku Ryo will perform at the upcoming 22nd season of Couture Fashion Week New York. The performance will be part of a showcase of top Indonesian fashion designers at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, at the “Crossroads of the World.”

A rising music star in Indonesia, Ryo’s sound and compositions are unique and engaging, and live performances astound audiences with his speed and agility on the instrument. He has showcased ethnic music through the violin at prestigious international events throughout Asia and beyond. In addition to winning awards for his violin playing, Ryo has won 11 awards for guitar playing, and he is also a master of the flute and harmonica. He released his first album, Kecik, in 2007. The album is a distinctive blend of classical Malay music on violin and was a resounding success. His hit single, Journey to the Deli, was featured in the popular music album compilation, Indonesian Beauty, produced by MS Productions of Indonesia with Viky Sianipar. In 2011 Ryo released the album Spirit, which included a track featuring Canadian singer Janelle Thomas. With Spirit, Ryo pushes beyond the boundaries of his traditional and ethnic realm into contemporary world music. He is a keen student of multiple genres including Bluegrass, Ragtime, Blues, Cajun, and Celtic/Irish music, as well as Indian Gypsy, Mediterranean and Avant Garde music. Ryo’s inspirations include Nicollo Paganini, Stephane Grapelli, Roby Lakatos, Pablo de Sarasate, Ravi Shankar, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Tan Sri P Ramli, Said Effendi and AR Rahman. He has performed with such luminaries as Siti Nurhaliza, Amy Search, Fariz RM, and Lewis Pragasam.

Ryo is passionately dedicated to helping the homeless in Indonesia, and to date has mentored over 80 street musicians, ages 10 to 25, in Jakarta and Medan. Ryo’s recent projects include composing movie soundtracks with Alenia Pictures and directing several documentary films. His documentary directorial debut won second place for Best Documentary at the Denpasar International Movie Festival.

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Soprano Kaja Pecnik to Perform at 22nd Season of Couture Fashion Week NY

Singer and Actress Kaja PecnikIn her first appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York, London-based singer Kaja Pecnik will perform at 8:00 pm on Friday September 11 and 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015. Part of the 22nd festive season of the prestigious event, the fashion shows and performances will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, in the heart New York City.

A native of Slovenia, Kaja Pecnik is a soprano and actress whose performances are described as powerfully emotive and a definite stand-out. Her voice is truly inspiring, with a tenderness that touches the soul. Although her heart lies in opera and musical theatre, she successfully writes and performs her own pop and folk songs . Kaja is not just a singer, she is a performer who takes her audience on a journey with every note she sings. Kaja graduated from Cygnet Theatre, UK and has worked with major opera singers in her native country, including Rajko Koritnik and Amanda Stojovic. In 2014 her first solo concert, In Love With Love, premiered in Exeter, UK and Ljubljana, Slovenia to rave reviews. An extremely versatile artist, Kaja’s acting repertoire covers such plays as Playhouse Creatures (Mrs. Betterton), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Nine (1), The Last Nickel (Jamie) and, most recently, Triumph of Love, where she played the leading role of Phosion. She has been praised by critics as an actress with “a witty charisma quickly winning the audience over and as she charms and improvises her way through the play, she is unquestionably the one who steals the show.” (Lucy Corley). Kaja has also appeared in short movies and music videos. Among a number of projects currently underway is her upcoming starring role with major acting industry names in The Composer, a feature film produced by talented Hollywood composer William Camilleri (Braveheart, Silence of the Lambs, etc.).
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Singer Stella Matteoni Returns to Couture Fashion Week New York

Singer Stella MatteoniIn addition to the fabulous fashion shows and parties, Couture Fashion Week NY has become well-known for its regular presentation of talented world-class performers. In her second appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York, rising singing star Stella Matteoni will perform at 6:00 pm on Friday September 11 and at 8:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015.

Stella Matteoni is a singer, songwriter and musician born in the South of France. She has been going to recording studios and backstage at concerts in France her whole life. Her father, Guy Matteoni, is a legendary writer-arranger whose career goes back to the 1970s. Stella has opened for such renowned performers as Umberto Tozzi and Dave, who asked Stella to perform five songs in support of his Olympia concerts in 2014. Also in 2014, Stella was named one of five winners of the international “Be a Rockstar” contest by Black XS Paco Rabanne. She has recorded two songs mixed by Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Outkast…) at the legendary ICP Studio in Brussels. Her early 2015 performances at Couture Fashion Week received an enthusiastic reception from the delighted audiences.

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