Barry Gurley was named “Washington’s Best Pianist/Vocalist” by Washingtonian Magazine. He has appeared in countless venues from Washington’s Blues Alley, The Bilboquet in Paris (solo), to The Monterey Jazz Festival and NYC’s The Blue Note (with vocal group Mad Romance). His music is a blend of traditional Swing, R&B and Latin rhythms with a vocal and harmonic touch that is uniquely his own. Music Critic Reuben Brown called Barry Gurley’s Blues Alley performance “One of the most passionate, swinging sets of music I have ever heard.” This is Barry’s third season with CDP.


Born in Montréal, Canada Sophia Kim Cook pursued piano studies first at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and finishing at McGill University, Schulich School of Music, receiving both her Bachelors with Honours and Masters of Music there.  Described as a ‘a steadying presence at the piano’ (Washington Post) and a ‘virtuostic piano backbone’ (DC Arts Beats), Ms. Kim Cook is a sought out collaborative pianist and orchestral pianist, having played for a myriad of soloists and ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.  She is also collaborative pianist for many conferences and workshops including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the American Trombone Workshop, the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and the Fredericksburg Brass Institute.  In 2018, she joined the Boulanger Initiative as a Performance Ambassador promoting works by women composers.  Sophia was invited to record a CD with the principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony, Timothy Higgins which was released in the spring 2013. “To talk about the trombone or the pianist individually doesn’t do this recording justice. Their collaboration transcends to another level of beauty and artistry. Absolutely Breathtaking.”


Claudia Schreier has been commissioned by Vail Dance Festival, Atlanta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Juilliard Opera, ABT Studio Company, Joffrey Winning Works, and New York Choreographic Institute. Claudia Schreier & Company made its Joyce Theater debut in 2017 and is the subject of the documentary Sixth Position. She has served as artistic associate to Juilliard President Damian Woetzel on projects at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Aspen Institute, and the Kennedy Center, including the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, Toulmin Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, NEFA National Dance Project Award, Lotos Prize, and Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize, and she presented a TEDx talk at Columbia University in 2018. She received her BA from Harvard in 2008.



Colin Gee trained as an actor at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and the Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theater in California. His minutely constructed performances focus on descriptive movement and evoke narrative and emotional states by subtle physical motions. Writing for the New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas wrote of his work: “With the curve of an arm, the twitch of a finger, the slight shift of a foot Mr. Gee can suggest infinite possibilities of physical language, intimate the subtleties of human feeling.” He began dancing in 1999 with the Iréne Hultman Dance Company, performed as a clown with Cirque du Soleil from 2001 to 2004, and in 2009 was named the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recipient of a 2011 EMPAC Dance Movies Commission and a 2012 Rome Prize, he has received commissions from SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum. His performance works have premiered in New York at PS122, DTW (video), the Chocolate Factory, and Abrons Arts Center. Since 2007 he has collaborated with Angie Smalis in Ireland on dance works including “Madeline” (2018), “John’s Query” (2017), and “Lenore” (2016). He received at 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship for his choreography.



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Shacara Rogers in Songs by Cole
Mariah Miranda Photography