Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. As a pianist, he has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. He also leads a trio which showcases his own original music. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues.
In September of 2013, Malis began his appointment as the Musical Director at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor. The Canterbury House is a performance space and Episcopal Church that has been a staple in the Ann Arbor performing arts community for years. In his tenure as Musical Director, he has programmed adventurous Jazz Masses, curated a Concert Series featuring cutting edge musicians such as William Hooker, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Cornish, and others, and put on a the yearly Canterbury House Music Festival, featuring local and regional musicians.
As a composer, he was awarded "Best Musical Score" in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score to the short film "Slash/Fiction." He has continued to write music for film since then, scoring a total of three short films and one full length feature film. Malis most recently composed the score to the full length feature film "Papou," from Mother and Midwife productions. The film is set to be released later in 2015. He began writing music for theater in 2012, writing the musical score for "The Mute Quire", a play by the Fratellanza Theater Company, which premiered at the New Theater Project in Ypsilanti, MI, in June of 2012 to critical acclaim. "The Mute Quire" was recently remounted in Galway, Ireland in 2014 at the Galway Fringe Festival. His second collaboration with Fratellanza, "String Up the Moon," premiered in Detroit to critical acclaim in September of 2013.
He started playing the piano at age five, and started writing music shortly thereafter. In high school, he began his studies in earnest with Detroit jazz piano legend Bess Bonnier. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with the eminent jazz pianist Geri Allen.
Ben Rolston is a bass player and composer born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2012, he released his debut album, Fables. Consisting of 10 original compositions, Fables represents a wide palate of stylistic influences, and was well received by audiences and critics alike. The broad vision of music represented on Fables is borne out in the variety of musical projects Rolston has been a part of.
As a bassist, Rolston has had the opportunity to perform in an extraordinarily wide array of musical contexts, including hip hop (Tree City), Americana (The Appleseed Collective) and Balkan Music (Ornamatik). Rolston has traveled the world as a musician, performing at the United States Embassy in Honduras, touring the United States extensively for three years as a member of the Appleseed Collective, and participating in musical and cultural exchanges in Japan and India. As a student, he collaborated with master choreographer Dianne McIntyre, and was hand-picked to attend the artist intensive at Ravinia, where he was able to study with Rufus Reid, David Baker, Nathan Davis, and Curtis Fuller. As a professional, he has performed with such musical luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, John Hollenbeck, Tim Ries, Sean Dobbins, Vincent York, Tad Weed, Ellen Rowe, Andrew Bishop, Dwight Adams, Thaddeus Dixon and Vincent Chandler.
Following in the footsteps of many other young Ann Arbor musicians, he gained a love of jazz at Community High School (under the direction of Mike Grace), honed his musical skills and taste with world class saxophonist Vincent York, and then attended the University of Michigan Jazz Studies Program in order to absorb the teachings of master musicians such as Robert Hurst and Geri Allen.
Stephen Boegehold is a drummer, composer, and educator based in Detroit, MI. Since earning a B.M. from Wayne State University with a concentration in jazz studies, Stephen has had the distinct privilege of working with musicians and band leaders such as Paul Keller, Cliff Monear, The Four Aces, and Francois Moutin. As a part of theuniversity's big band he learned from and performed with guest artists Joe Lovano and Danilo Perez. He was also afforded the opportunity to perform at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Torino, Italy through a student exchange program. Though primarily self-taught, he spent his time at Wayne State under the guidance and instruction of Sean Dobbins and David Taylor. As an educator, Stephen teaches for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's youth education program and The Detroit School of Rock and Pop.