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Shawn Sutta, a versatile artist, excels as a multi-instrumentalist, performer, music director, producer, and film composer. His musical journey encompasses numerous performances across diverse genres, enchanting audiences locally and internationally. As a prolific music producer, Shawn has contributed to over a dozen full-length albums, with some amassing over 1 million streams. Currently, he serves as the music director at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. Over the past 13 years, Shawn has crafted cinematic scores for films and episodic series featured in theaters, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, and esteemed festivals like Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca. Notably, his latest soundtrack for the film ‘Poser’ has been released by Lakeshore Records and is available on all major streaming platforms. His latest film score, “Lost Soulz,” is set to release in theaters in April 2024. Driven by a profound passion for music, Shawn’s commitment lies in uniting people through artistic expression. A fervent collaborator, he thrives on working with orchestras, choirs, bands, and instrumentalists, closely collaborating with filmmaking teams to create works of art that resonate deeply with audiences.
Kelley Kessell is a multifaceted musician, performing artist and software creator. She attended New World School of the Arts with a focus in music theater, and later graduated from Florida State University with a degree in computer science. In 2012, she was recognized by the Obama administration as one of twenty U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. She later participated in American for the Arts’ National Art Policy Roundtable, hosted by Robert Redford, where she contributed to the conversation about the role of the arts in a shifting economy. While in college, Kessell served as the lead singer and songwriter for the band Why Not Y. Their music can be found on iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify, where they have garnered over 700,000 streams. Most recently, Kessell has performed original works at the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and locally at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Kessell now works at the National YoungArts Foundation as artist community manager, where she leads the charge in developing and maintaining the organization’s first digital alumni platform, YoungArts Post. She continues to perform and pursue a career in the arts.
An active performer and committed arts advocate, Abby Young is a violinist, violin teacher, and arts administrator in Miami, Florida. As Personnel Manager and violinist for Nu Deco Ensemble, she has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, PJ Morton, Ben Folds, Corey Henry, Jacob Collier, and Macy Gray. Abby also performs regularly with the Naples Philharmonic, and has performed with Björk, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bolton, José Feliciano, Natalie Cole, the Marley Brothers, and with KSHMR at the Ultra and Ilesoniq Music Festivals. Abby is a founding member of the Collins Quartet, the local Listeso String Quartet for Candlelight Concerts in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. A former Henry Mancini Institute Fellow and Teaching Assistant, Abby earned her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Violin Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Her doctoral research culminated in her thesis, entitled “Job Satisfaction of Orchestral Musicians: The Effects of Non-Performance Organizational Roles.” Abby later returned to Frost to serve as the Managing Director of the Henry Mancini Institute from 2020-2023. A native of Ashland, OR, Abby grew up studying Klezmer and Celtic music, and performing with her family band. In her free time, she aims to visit a new country each year, and enjoys being outside as much as the South Florida weather will allow. Instagram: @abbyyoungmusic
Andres Ferret is a bassist born and raised in Miami, Florida. As a talented and versatile bass player he became an important piece in the Miami music scene forming his own project, Anemoia, writing and performing with Nu Deco Ensemble, and collaborating with many other artists. He attended the University of Miami’s Frost school of Music where he studied jazz bass. Upon graduating he has had the pleasure to work with Latin artists such as J NOA on NPR Tiny Desk, Elena Rose, Mau y Ricky but also with powerful and unique original music projects in Miami including Electric Kif, Afrobeta, Miamibloco, Rick Moon, and many more.