Appearing on Main Stage

during Arabian Nights, December 12, 2010

Acclaimed chamber musicians, violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick perform together as duoJalal, dazzling audiences around the world with their artistry and synergy. duoJalal explores musical traditions that cross the globe and weave classical and world musics with western chamber music sensibility.

This remarkable blend of melody and rhythm creates a musical conversation between viola and sounds of the durbakeh (goblet drum) and riq (tambourine) from the Middle East, the West African djembe, and numerous frame drums from around the globe.

duoJalal’s name is inspired by the 13th century poet Jalal Rumi, whose visions, words, and life teach the world how to reach inner peace and happiness and that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony.

Violist Kathryn Lockwood moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 only to capture some of the most sought-after awards in this country including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Concert Artists Guild Management Award, and awards at solo competitions such as the Primrose Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Pasadena Instrumental Competition. Before relocating to New York in 2001 Kathryn held the position of violist of the Pacifica Quartet since its inception. As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Kathryn was heard live on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki /Greece.

In addition to touring and recording with the Lark Quartet, Kathryn Lockwood performs with numerous other prestigious groups including Trio Solisti, Triple Helix, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Muir Quartet. Kathryn collaborated with violist Michael Tree on an all Dvorak CD and with composer Easley Blackwood on recordings released by Cedille Records.

Kathryn performs regularly with Russian born pianist and composer, Inessa Zaretsky, with whom she has recorded Zaretsky’s “Fireoptics” on Bribie Recordings. Collaborations include such artists as Cho-Liang Lin, Judith Ingolfsson, Branford Marsalis, St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Bill T Jones Dance Company. Currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Rutgers University in NJ, the Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville NY and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Kathryn was previously on the faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Interlochen Academy, Music Institute of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia.

Kathryn earned her Master’s Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan.

Yousif Sheronick appears internationally as soloist and chamber musician with world-renowned groups and artists such as Philip Glass, Ethos Percussion Group, Glen Velez, Foday Musa Suso, Simon Shaheen, Henry Threadgill, Lark Chamber Artists and Paul Winter Consort. Sheronick’s unique style encompasses traditions and instruments from the Middle East, North and West Africa, Brazil, India, and Europe. His ability to work in such diverse genres is due to having studied contemporary classical, jazz, world and rock music, which he seamlessly fuses into his playing.

Prestigious venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London). Distinguished collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Marcel Khalife, Sonny Fortune and Cindy Blackman. He has appeared throughout the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia with festival appearances including the JVC and Newport Jazz Festivals, Jazztel (Madrid), Renaissance Festival (Rethymno, Greece) Early Music Festival (Regensburg, Germany) and Jerusalem Festival (Palestine). He has performed live on NPR’s “Performance Today” and John Schaffer’s “New Sounds.”

An active clinician, Mr. Sheronick teaches masterclasses at home in the US and abroad. Mr. Sheronick holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Iowa, is artist in residence with Ethos Percussion Group at Lehman College (Bronx, NY) and serves on the faculty of Concordia Conservatory.