6:30pm – 7pm The Outside In
7:15pm – 7:45pm Charu Suri
8pm – 9pm Cassandra Kubinski
Cassandra Kubinski is an American pop artist, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her piano-driven blend of soulful, theatrically tinged music evocative of singer-songwriters like Billy Joel, Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and Ingrid Michaelson. Kubinski has collaborated on song releases or performances with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Chris Botti, Jill Sobule, Caroline Jones, Anna Nalick, and more. Her music has also been used in many TV shows, most notably 9 song placements on Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms.
“Cassandra Kubinski is very similar to the singer/songwriters of the late 70’s…proves that the genre (singer/songwriter) can still be transcendent.” – Billy Joel
Multi Billboard Heatseekers charting singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski has performed her piano-driven pop songs from living rooms to Barclays Center, from NYC to LA, Thailand to Jamaica and beyond. She’s shared stages with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Anna Nalick, Dickie Betts, and Broadway luminaries Orfeh, Andy Karl, Eden Espinoza, Andrew Rannells and more.
Her songs have been featured on Sirius XM, Lifetime TV’s Dance Moms, ESPN, ABC, Sundance-premiering indie films and beyond.
As a fierce advocate for women and the underserved in entertainment, she has served on the boards of Women in Music and Caffe Lena, wrote music and served as bandleader for Emmy-winning new media show The Never Settle Show, and written songs that support Autism awareness (Not So Different) and pet rescue (You Get Me).
She is an Artist Upleveling Expert, coaching and training individual artists and groups at the CD Baby Conference, PLAY Music Conference; Pace, Hofstra, SUNY schools, Susquehanna, Albright and high schools; and through educational programs she created in partnership with Guitar Center, Women in Music, Cosynd, The MLC and many more.
The Outside In
The Outside In isn’t your grandma’s modern jazz band. Rocking out since 2022, soaring melodies, passionate solos, head-banging grooves, intimate and reflective ballads all define the music, largely composed by pianist Ethan Ostrow. The band can be described as a blend between the Brian Blade Fellowship, the Pat Metheny Group, and something completely new. Featuring some of the most exciting up-and-coming musicians in New York, they are quickly establishing themselves with their deep, lush, and powerful sound.
“Ostrow’s original compositions are dynamic, passionate, and gorgeous” – East Bay Express
Pianist and composer Charu Suri treads fearlessly between genres, pulling global influences that range from the mood-anchoring Indian ragas, Sufi music, to the trio. Her ground-breaking albums, The Book of Ragas, and its sequel, The Book of Ragas vol. 2 have often elicited the response, “I’ve never heard this type of sound before.”
One of the few female composers from India to perform work at Carnegie Hall, Charu has lived in four continents, and writes music that reflect her journey as both a traveler and her training as a classical music piano prodigy. She has been playing the piano since the age of five, and performing since the age of nine, and one of her best memories is winning an international piano competition at the age of 15.
What started purely as an experiment with her “Book of Ragas” has turned into a niche that she is now increasingly becoming known for. Her latest album is RAGAS & WALTZES, a first collaboration between her and Preservation Hall’s jazz drummer, Joe Lastie.