Past Event


September 20, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:55 PM
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.




Stephanie Borgani is currently a junior studying Russian and Jazz Studies. She’s from São Paulo, Brazil, where she studied piano and voice at the Souza Lima Conservatory (a Berklee International Network partner school) and played in the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra. At Columbia, she takes private lessons with Christine Correa and Bruce Barth, as well as participating in a variety of ensembles within the MPP. She enjoys listening to jazz and Brazilian music, scoring student discounts for shows, and discovering interesting new musicians to play on her WKCR rotation. 

Daniel Mesko was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has been playing the drums since he was six years old. He began his musical journey as a rock and metal drummer, but later found his way into the worlds of funk, hip-hop, and jazz drumming. The most profound growth in his playing style came from his exposure to jazz and improvised music. Today, he likes to use his varied musical experiences to help him play in any and all contexts, while incorporating improvisation and his own stylistic identity. He is currently a junior in Columbia College studying Computer Science and Jazz Studies.

John Melendez is a jazz pianist. At age 8, He started playing piano. At 12, he began studying jazz and music theory at the Rutgers Mason Gross Extension School. He has studied with Oscar Macchioni, Andy Michalec Stanley Cowell, Marc Stasio and Bill O’Connell. His favorite keyboard players are Brad Mehldau and Herbie Hancock. At Columbia he studies with renowned jazz artist Bruce Barth and performs in various ensembles as part of the Music Performance Program. He recently finished an album, it is titled Ghost Towns and is available on Bandcamp.

Gabriel Soileau is a senior from Spokane, WA studying composition in Columbia college. Gabe is an active member of the Columbia music community having performed with the Columbia symphony orchestra, as well as the Columbia Klezmer, Bluegrass, middle eastern, and jazz ensembles. Gabriel plays bass, piano and accordion and while he enjoys a variety of music his main musical love is Balkan and eastern European dance. Gabriel is currently studying with Ugonna Okegwo, Reiko Uchida, Zosha di Castri and George Friedrich Haas.

All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

 Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.