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Yesterday, Strathmore announced the participants in the forthcoming eighth season of its Artist-in-Residence program. The six local artists, each of whom will be a featured performer at North Bethesda’s Mansion at Strathmore for one month, include three jazz musicians: vocalist Integriti Reeves (shown), drummer Isabelle De Leon, and “gypsy jazz” violinist Daisy Castro. They will be in residence in March, April, and May, respectively.
Reeves, a 24-year-old graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (and, soon, of Howard University), was a member of the show-stealing lineup of Howard’s Afro-Blue that competed last fall on NBC’s The Sing-Off. She’s also performed occasionally around the D.C. area as a soloist, most prominently last February at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. (Washington City Paper interviewed Reeves interview ahead of that performance.) She performs at the Mansion on March 13 and 27.
De Leon, a Maryland native, is currently a senior Jazz Drums Performance major at the University of Maryland. A classically trained drummer, she is also a member of her family band Ivy Rose, which was a semifinalist in the just-completed season of America’s Got Talent. De Leon is a protege of D.C. drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd and has performed frequently in the area with his band. She performs on April 10 and 24.
At 15, Castro is far and away the youngest of the season’s Artists in Residence. Though she began as a classical violinist at age 6, she was introduced at that same age to the gypsy-jazz tradition popularized in France and spread throughout Europe and cultivated that style in her own playing. Like De Leon, Castro is a member of a family band, The Infidel Castros. She completed her first solo studio album, Gypsy Moth, in 2010 at the age of 13. She performs on May 8 and 22.
As Artists in Residence (AIR), the musicians participate in workshops with mentors selected by Strathmore, and design and implement educational programs in local schools. Strathmore also commissions original compositions from each musician, which will be premiered at the final performance of their residency.
In addition to the performances listed above, Reeves and De Leon will appear together in a Dec. 5 performance at the Mansion, along with jazz drummer Nasar Abadey (one of the AIR mentors for the season) and his band Supernova.
Other artists this season include soul singer Deborah Bond (January), electric cellist Wytold (February), and singer-songwriter Owen Danoff (June).