25 Performers and Groups Win Entry into MTA's Music Under New York

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Congratulations to all our winners! Twenty-five individuals and groups had been accepted into the Music Under New York (MUNY) program after performing at the program's 25th annual auditions held on May 16.</p>
<p>During the auditions, held at Grand Central Terminal, 64 acts performed live for a panel of judges of musicians, music and performing arts professionals, transit representatives and other to become part of the MUNY program. The acts were judged on the criteria of quality, variety, and appropriateness for the mass transit environment.</p>
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As a result of the judges' scores, these are the acts will become part of the MUNY roster:</p>
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Acapella Soul</p>
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Male acapella</p>
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Afrikumba Utibe Drummers</p>
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Drum ensemble</p>
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Aria</p>
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Eclectic vocal &amp; guitar duo</p>
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Petula Beckles</p>
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Gospel/ jazz singer songwriter</p>
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R. M. Bridgewell</p>
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Guitar, Mozart to Metallica</p>
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Allan Chapman</p>
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Guitar &amp; vocals, originals &amp; covers</p>
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Chicken Barn Heros</p>
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Bluegrass trio </p>
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Jason Cordero</p>
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Piano, romantic classical</p>
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Keith Dorgan</p>
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Vibraphone &amp; bass duo</p>
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Melissa Elledge</p>
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Accordion, classics to originals</p>
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Holliewood Ft. Venor</p>
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Alternative hip hop duo</p>
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Emily Hopkins</p>
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Harp, classical to pop</p>
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Atsumi Ishibashi &amp; Robin's Egg Blue</p>
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Guitar &amp; duo, pop/folk</p>
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Richie Kaye Music</p>
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Jazz duo</p>
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Karikatura</p>
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Latin, gypsy, ska, reggae fusion band</p>
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Leah Laurenti</p>
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R&amp;B/ jazz singer</p>
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Buster Marengo</p>
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Piano, classical</p>
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Mariachi Flor de Toloache</p>
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Female mariachi band</p>
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Jeff Masin</p>
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One man band</p>
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Caesar Pass&eacute;e</p>
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Steel drums</p>
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Matt Pless</p>
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Singer songwriter</p>
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Ryutaro Shibuya</p>
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Guitar, contemporary jazz</p>
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Nadine Simmons</p>
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Pop / Gospel singer</p>
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Charles Tighe</p>
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Handpan player</p>
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Washington Square Winds</p>
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Wind quintet</p>
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Performances by Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Acapella Soul, Charles Tighe and others are visible on our video of the auditions, available in the accompanying video. <a href="http://youtu.be/zDHDbfddk44">http://youtu.be/zDHDbfddk44</a> </p>
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Photographs of the auditions are available here: <a href="http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzpKGFo">http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzpKGFo</a></p>
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MUNY has more than 350 individuals and groups on their roster, performing approximately 7,500 annual performances in about 25 transit locations around the City. Music Under New York is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design to enhance the station environment for the customer. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.mta.info/art">http://www.mta.info/art</a></p>
<p><div style="float:left; width:390px; margin-right:10px; margin-bottom:10px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/archive/imgs/muny_winners.jpg" alt="Image of a MUNY winner"><br /><span class="caption">Members of the Afrikumba Utibe Drummers, performing their audition on May 16, were awarded entry into Music Under New York. Photo: MTA/Rob Wilson</span></div></p>