Lea grew up in Switzerland and moved to New York to continue her artistic journey. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Lea has recently performed in New Yiddish Rep’s productions of God of Vengeance and Awake and Sing! Lea says, “I love expression through music and dance and I love live performance because that’s where I feel the most alive. I want to spark the people around me with enthusiasm. I am drawn to every exotic sound, but when I hear Jewish music, synagogue prayers, or traditional Yiddish songs, it goes under my skin and something magical happens. It’s healing, it’s spiritual and so is REVIVAL!”
Julia is a soprano who studies classical voice and the art of davvenen’ leadership. She serves on occasion as ba’alat tefillah (prayer leader) at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, where she's been singing Jewish choral music for a decade under the musical direction of Joyce Rosenzweig. Julia rediscovered her love of singing after a life-changing physical injury altered the course of her professional endeavors. Recently, she was a participant in ALEPH's Davvenen' Leadership Training Institute, an experiential program that explores the practice of communal prayer and ritual. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College and has published in social work journals, including on the topic of healing through sound. Julia grew up on Long Island, NY, and lives in Brooklyn with her wife Kristen (see below!).
Born in Los Angeles and based in NYC, Samantha began musical training in violin at age six on the island of Martha's Vineyard. She holds a Bachelor’s in Performance, summa cum laude, from Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 2007-2011 she was the principal violist of the Boston Civic Symphony, and in 2008 was a touring member of the Tim Janis Ensemble. In 2009, she participated in the innovative multimedia Youtube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. She loves the freedom and creativity of improvisation, and is an avid fan and performer of Celtic, Middle-eastern, Gypsy, and other global styles. Samantha is currently first violinist and artistic director of the pop-culture quartet Spellbound Strings, and is a member of the world music trio Bazaar.
Ugene is a Russian born guitarist, composer, and producer who has played and recorded with a variety of different artists in genres ranging from straight jazz to psychedelic. He draws influence from Jazz, Bossa Nova, rock, and pop. Ugene holds a degree in music from Hunter College and has played all around New York City. Improvisation has always been central to his outlook on music and life in general.
Thiago Fratuce Pimentel
(Emeritus guitarist for REVIVAL) Thiago is a classical guitarist, teacher and videographer from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an original member of the REVIVAL ensemble and his artistic contributions can still be heard in the music. He holds a Masters degree from Mannes School of Music of The New School under the direction of Frederic Hand and Michael Newman, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from University of Sao Paulo. In Brazil he studied with Italo Peron, Everton Gloeden, and Henrique Pinto, with whom he formed a duo from 2007 to 2010. He has performed new music with Trio Almathi at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Spectrum, and the Mannes College.
Kristen is a composer and lyricist who created REVIVAL as a call for love, justice, and healing. She holds a Masters in Educational Theater from The City College of New York and a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma. She taught for 15 years, working with students to devise original work, perform plays with social justice themes, and build community through artistic collaboration. Kristen also led efforts to raise consciousness around issues of social justice in the wider school community through teacher trainings, curriculum development, and special events. She grew up in San Antonio, TX where she began playing Catholic hymns on the guitar after joining her church choir, and has been writing spiritual music since childhood. Kristen lives in Brooklyn with her wife Julia (see above!).