Shinjoo Cho

Bandoneonist, pianist, and accordionist Shinjoo began her piano study in Korea at the age of five and in the US, she studied with Peter Coraggio and Ingrid Clarfield and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Her path to the music of other cultures began with studies in Serbia and Argentina. Shinjoo has collaborated with international music, dance, and film artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an improviser and an ensemble musician, with performances in the US, Canada, Korea, and Argentina.

In 2012 and 2016, she participated in the Marlboro Music Festival under the baton of Leon Fleisher and appeared as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. During her 2014-2016 residency in Argentina, Shinjoo's notable appearances include solo piano performance for the President of Argentina, Teatro Colón debut with Branford Marsalis Quartet during the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, and Música Maestra ensemble by Diego Schissi at Centro Cultural Kirchner Symphonic Hall. She's a member of Astoria Tango Orchestra, Abaddón sextet, and Aces of Rhythm sextet in NY.

Joseph Kauffman

Joseph began his violin studies at the age of five and studied with Yayoi Numazawa, James Lyon, Max Zorin, and Eduard Schmieder. He holds violin performance degrees from Pennsylvania State University (BM) and Temple University (MM) with distinction. As violinist and violist, Joseph has appeared as a soloist with Temple Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport Chamber Orchestra, and Pennsylvania State University Philharmonic and has performed on prestigious concert stages in the US, France, Austria, Chile, Germany, and Russia. He joined the acclaimed iPalpiti Artists International in 2010 and has participated in master classes with Jaime Laredo, Philip Setzer, Martin Chalifour, Shanghai Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and Tokyo Quartet.

He is currently a DMA candidate at Temple University and performs regularly with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Princeton Symphony, Academy of Vocal Arts Opera, Philadelphia Virtuosi, and Symphony in C. Joseph has recorded for the television documentary series “Philadelphia the Great Experiment” and he is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Music Transforms Concert Series in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Antonio Boyadjian

Antonio is a Latin Grammy nominated pianist, composer, producer, and sound engineer. Native of Argentina, he began his music studies with piano and guitar and attended National Conservatory of Buenos Aires and National University of the Arts.

He studied tango and jazz with Dino Saluzzi, Manuel Fraga, Anibal Gluzman, and Hernan Possetti. Antonio writes and produces original music for film, theater, and commercials. In 2006 he joined an electrotango group Tanghetto and released seven albums and received two Gardel Awards and a Latin Grammy nomination. Antonio is based in NY and continues to tour throughout Latin America, US, Asia, and Europe with his projects.

Jason Klinke

Guitarist and piano technician Jason began studying the guitar at age 11 and attended Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied under the likes of Tom Giacobetti, Terrell Stafford, Bruce Barth, and Joseph Federico. He has worked with many of the area’s top jazz musicians including Larry McKenna, Byron Landham, Akiko Tsuruga, and Mike Boone and has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Museum, Keswick Theater, Center City Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Music Fest, Somers Point Jazz Fest, and Jazz Bridge Concerts.

Recently, Jason has been collaborating with composer/guitarist extraordinaire Steve Giordano-a duo exploring the more interactive possibilities of new original music and time honored standards alike. He can also be seen performing with Skyline, an organ trio led by organist Lucas Brown, supported by drummer Anwar Marshall as well as various combos featuring vocalist Rhenda Fearington. Jason’s recording credits include, the Tap Room Trio’s 2011 release “Live in Time”, Rhenda Fearington’s 2012 release “This Moment’s Sweetness”, and the Somers Point Jazz Society "Artist Member Compilation".

Ben Blazer

Benjamin Blazer attended Temple University, where he attained a BM in music theory and double bass performance, as well as an MM in music composition. He studied double bass with John Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra and composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Maurice Wright and Richard Brodhead.

Benjamin currently thrives in the field of music education as the music department chair for Central High School in the School District of Philadelphia as well as an adjunct faculty member for the Music Preparatory Division. He continues to compose and have his music performed regularly, and plans to write more for the Oscuro Quintet in the near future. His works include Sustenance for Double Bass, Five Pages for Piano, Dunbar Songs for baritone and piano and several works for strings.

Chris Coyle

Chris is a bassist, composer and music educator based in Philadelphia. As a very active performer, he can be found in an array of musical settings with: his own Outside Sound jazz ensemble and noted jazz musicians such as John Swana, Behn Gillece, and V. Shayne Frederick; Americana music with Noggin Hill and Lady Bird; experimental music with Son Step and Rhinoceri Trio; and world Music with Conjunto Philadelphia and Ensemble Novo. As a composer, Chris has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the McKnight Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.