Bach for Artbeat
a “live-feel” virtual benefit concert
supporting Artbeat Studio’s arts and mental health programming
In summer of 2020, 14 of Winnipeg’s finest musicians generously donated performances of their favourite JS Bach pieces.
Ranging from the solo cello suites to the double violin concerto, from baroque viola to hurdy gurdy and ukulele, this eclectic program is sure to
evoke the joy of an intimate summer concert!
Please donate to support Artbeat Studio, and join us for the show!
December 18, 2020, 7PM CST[hr]
Cameron Denby (Vibraphone)
Cameron Denby is a percussionist based in Winnipeg. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cameron works as a solo and ensemble performer, as well as creating and directing collaborative projects. [hr]
Bery Filsaime (Cello)
A Florida native, Mr. Bery Filsaime earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance at the University of North Florida. He completed a Master of Music Degree at the University of Tennessee and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in music performance with Dr. Minna Rose Chung at the University of Manitoba. Bery was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra at Breckenridge, Colorado. He has performed with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Thunder Bay Symphony. Bery is currently preparing to play with the UMSO as a soloist after winning the concerto competition at the U of M.[hr]
Daniel Koulack (Double Bass)
Daniel Koulack is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in clawhammer (or frailing) style banjo and string bass. Daniel is best known for his work on guitar and mandolin with the Klezmer band Finjan, as bassist with Woody Holler, and as leader of The Knappen Street Allstar Band.
On the Bach project “I was working really hard and playing some notes in tune and some notes out of tune. Life is a journey and sometimes a struggle with some wrong notes but also some good moments here and there. My heart is with the people who use Artbeat Studio to find expression and beauty through their art and keep on through hard times.”[hr]
Meredith Johnson (Double Bass)
Alabama native Meredith Johnson has been Principal Bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2004. His playing has been praised for its “resonant, lyrical beauty,” and he is regularly heard with Manitoba’s premiere ensembles, including Agassiz Chamber Music, Virtuosi Concerts, and The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. He is one of inaugural members of the multi-Emmy Award winning All Star Orchestra and has been featured nationally on CBC Radio’s The Signal. Meredith is the founder of the double bass symposium, Bassitoba; and is also actively involved in the commissioning of new pieces for the double bass. An active teacher and clinician, he maintains professional associations with the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and The Eastern Music Festival. Meredith lives in Winnipeg with his wife, violinist Susan McCallum, their three young children, and their faithful family dog Lucy.
He considers it a privilege to be part of this concert to benefit such a fantastic and important organization as Artbeat Studio and would humbly like to dedicate his performance to the memory of his sister-in-law, violinist and artist Meredith McCallum (1983-2019).[hr]
Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski (Ukulele, Guitar)
Jesse and Grace have been performing together since 2014. Both were born and raised in Winnipeg, and hold degrees in music from the University of Manitoba. The duo perform a variety of genres, from sophisticated jazz to classic country and pop. Jesse and Grace are two thirds of the band Casati, who have released two albums and toured across Canada performing original music.[hr]
Tatiana Friesen (Viola)
Tatiana Friesen (she/her) plays both baroque and modern viola on Treaty One territory, as well as teaching a wide range of students on viola and violin. She loves the physicality, intelligence, and expansiveness of Baroque music generally, and of J. S. Bach’s music particularly. When she plays this music, she can believe the best things about our world.[hr]
Nathaniel Froese (Cello)
Believing that cello will save the world, Nathaniel fearlessly, excellently, and thoughtfully plays in just about any style, from Baroque chamber music to folk to choral music, for seekers of beauty and peace. Nathaniel is part of Manitoba’s budding instrumental Baroque ensemble, Musica Poetica, and has performed throughout western Canada. He can also be found participating in Canada’s folk scene and performing new classical works.[hr]
Ameena Bayer Koulack, with Malacai, Jonah, and Shiloh Hiebert (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Ameena Bajer-Koulack has been playing fiddle from the age of five, when her dad taught her to play her very first fiddle tune; Boil them Cabbages. Since then, she has explored various musical forms, studying classical violin, piano, clawhammer banjo, voice, and traditional fiddle music. She played and recorded traditional Jewish music with the Klezmer Kids for seven years, toured with the Knappen Street All-Star Band, and regularly plays music with Winnipeg bluegrass band Hay Fever and with her dad, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Koulack.
The teenage Hiebert siblings are: Malacai – fiddle/viola, Jonah – banjo/cello and Shiloh-violin. Small in stature, these musical giants have won numerous awards in both classical and fiddling competitions and were featured performers in Rainbow Stage’s hit musical Strike![hr]
Natanielle Felicitas, Quintin Bart (Cello, Hurdy Gurdy)
Winnipeg’s Natanielle Felicitas and Quintin Bart embrace listeners with the deep, rich, and warm tones of cello, double bass, and hurdy gurdy (medieval wheel violin). Since 2018, they have been arranging and performing an eclectic repertoire, including JS Bach, Moondog, and European folk tunes. Regularly seen with the Raine Hamilton String Trio, Natanielle and Quintin weave their uncommon instrumentation together into a thoroughly unique musical tapestry.
Quintin is also the volunteer producer of Bach for Artbeat and brother of Nigel Bart (Studio Facilitator, Founder of Artbeat Studio).