From the term for residents of the Yorkville neighborhood on the UES of Manhattan - The Yorkvillians are an instrumental combo led by composer-bassist Dan Cooper and composer-accordionist William Schimmel. They have performed at venues including Tenri Cultural Institute (as part of the Accordion Seminars,) Haft Auditorium - FIT, Kostabi World Uptown, Cornelia St. Café (as part of Nobelist Roald Hoffman's 'Entertaining Science' series,) NYPL for the Performing Arts - Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space - Bar Thalia.
Dan Cooper, a Manhattan-native composer & multi-instrumentalist, was educated at Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. He has composed for Absolute Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Shakespeare & Company, and Imani Winds, among others. A director of Composers Concordance and a SUNY professor, he has performed at numerous venues internationally, from CBGB's to Town Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Royal Albert Hall.
William Schimmel, one of the principal architects in the resurgence of the accordion, holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Science, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. Schimmel's music has been featured in a number of television shows and films, perhaps most notably 'Scent of a Woman' starring Al Pacino, where Schimmel appears in the famous Tango scene. Schimmel performs music in many genres, has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works, has written a number of books and articles and has made numerous recordings and videos.
A native of Japan, MICHIYO SUZUKI began her musical studies with piano at age three, violin at age six and clarinet at age thirteen. She studied with Charles Neidich at Purchase College Conservatory where she received her MFA degree and at SUNY Stony Brook in the DMA Program. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed internationally, particularly in contemporary repertoire. Ms. Suzuki is a member of Absolute Ensemble and NY Licorice Ensemble, has recorded and toured extensively with those groups.
MAX MAPLES is a Brooklyn-based drummer, composer, wannabe producer, and amateur barista. For six years, Max 'studied music' at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and 'performed professionally' around the greater Midwest area. For six months, Max lived and worked on a cruise ship where he developed an irrational phobia for Glen Miller's 'In the Mood' and Celine Dion covers. He now performs for a wide array of Indie Rock and Modern Jazz projects in New York City.