Nicole Brancato – piano, synthesizers
New York-based pianist Nicole Brancato is an award-winning and adventurous performer, composer/arranger, and teacher. She is the founding member of Audible Abstraction, and cares deeply about its mission and creative output.
As an emerging artist, she has performed nationally and internationally at such venues as Lincoln Center, 92Y, the Cutting Room, and Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, GA, and the Teatro Degli Unanimi in Arcidosso, Italy.
Ms. Brancato recently had her television debut on the international network Rai Italia, performing an intimate concert in the series “L’altra Italia.” Her big band project “The Titanics,” for which she acted as pianist and lead arranger, was deemed “brilliant” by New York Magazine and was featured multiple times in The New Yorker and Time Out New York.
With her passion for programming both traditional and contemporary music, Ms. Brancato receives great acclaim from audiences: “I am still reeling from Nicole’s recital,” said a Metropolitan Opera Guild board member, “The way she played … will stay with me forever.” She can be seen performing as a solo artist as well as a part of her two chamber ensembles, Audible Abstraction and 2Squared – a dynamic piano duo. Additionally, Ms. Brancato has won multiple competitions, most recently winning the Hunter Symphony’s Aria and Concerto competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.
Ms. Brancato holds an M.A. in piano performance from Hunter College in New York City and a B.M. in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was awarded the Benno Lee Prize at Hunter for an outstanding Master’s Recital.
Gregory Hammontree – trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, synthesizers
Greg Hammontree’s notable performances include Radio City Music Hall, Symphony Space , The Jazz Standard, Studio 54, Flushing Town Hall, The Bowery Ballroom, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, and a tour of China.
He has been seen playing trumpet on CBS, RAI, HBO, PBS and heard on ABC and has recorded on dozens of albums. He works as arranger/composer for various artists such as Jason Tractenburg (Late Night with Conan O’Brien and MTV), and continues to tour the country with The Queen’s Cartoonists which has been featured with admiration in the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and NPR. Greg has also had the pleasure of opening for such popular names as Josh Groban and Ginuwine.
Greg completed his Master in Jazz Performance under scholarship from CUNY, Queens College, studying with Prof. Michael P. Mossman.
Barry Hartglass – soprano sax, electric bass, electric guitar, synthesizers
Barry Hartglass has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger, musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone) and educator for over 25 years. He received a Master of Arts degree in Music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami. Barry also studied Music (composition) at the Juilliard School and Music for Film at NYU.
Barry has performed at over 1000 private events in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond, played in numerous jazz and rock clubs, worked as a producer and engineer for artists in all genres of music, and has created custom music for Film, TV, Internet and Video projects, written songs, contemporary jazz tunes, chamber music compositions, and music for orchestra.
With Audible Abstraction, Barry plans to integrate his many years of experience composing, performing on multiple instruments, and working with computer recording technology.