Make your affair elegant and easy with the acclaimed West River Duo. With a combined thirty years of professional experience, we will create the musical atmosphere you envision with our versatile repertoire of classical music, gypsy jazz, folk, or even arrangements of your special song. We will work with you to create a unique musical setting for your event, whether you need recommendations, or have something in mind.
We appreciate that you have a choice of music for your special day, and we want to assure you that we'll do our best to meet or even exceed your expectations.
Professional, friendly, easygoing, talented, services during the lead-up to the event, and for the event itself.
-THE WEST RIVER DUO-
A well-versed professional musician, Megan Gould has made a career through her remarkable ability to play many styles of music. She is equally comfortable in the studio as on stage, whether charts are provided or improvisation is preferred. Her sensitivity to the musicians around her make her an easy addition to many musical situations. Drawing on this versatility in every session, she is a creative and skilled performer, and she brings her own voice to arrangements and compositions.
Trained classically at Indiana University, Megan continued her studies with an MA in Ethnomusicology (with a specialty in the music of the Middle East) at the University of London, in the UK. She has studied with classical violinists such as Franco Gulli and Henryk Kowalski, and Arabic masters Bassam Saba and Simon Shaheen. She continues playing classical music and Arabic music in NYC. In addition, she has performed in Balkan gypsy bands, Greek rebetica and smyrnaika ensembles, old-time groups (on both fiddle and clawhammer banjo), gypsy-jazz combos, and experimental music groups.
She has recorded for artists such as Lou Reed, Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, John Mellencamp, Yungchen Lhamo, Bassam Saba, Nico Muhly, Charming Hostess, the Mysteries of Life, and countless others, and has appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the world in cities such as Dubai, Budapest, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
New York based guitarist and composer Zeb Gould was born in Indianapolis, IN where he began the guitar at a young age. After earning a degree at Indiana University, he moved to New York City in 2003 and began working for composers Philip Glass and Michael Riesman, and collaborating with artists such as Nico Muhly. He is also the guitarist for the Monika Jalili ensemble, performing across the United States and Europe at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Additionally, Zeb has recorded several albums both as a solo performer and with larger ensembles, and he is a composer for choreographer Young-Soon Kim and her White Wave Dance Company in Brooklyn, New York. He is also a member of various bands including Bowery Boy Blue and the Goodwill Orchestra.
Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, J.S. Bach, Gidon Kremer, Dimitris Semsis, John Cale, Sami Shawa, Victoria Mullova, Norman Blake
Celebration in New York, NY on 06/04/2011
"I did not have the West Side Duo...I had violinist Megan Gould and she rates on "5" on every count.
- Ronald V.
Wedding Ceremony in Allentown, PA on 08/21/2010
"Megan was an absolute pleasure to work with. She made herself available with very little advance notice, and even learned a new song for us per our request. She traveled two hours to get to our location, and arrived early with plenty of time to set up. She had a bright and calm demeanor, and was very flexible with our plans. Lastly, her musical talent was top notch, as her violin sounded beautiful and her playing was extremely polished and professional. We are very happy we chose Megan, and would recommend her to any friend in an instant. Thank you, Megan - you made our special day that much more special!"
In addition to Jersey City, The West River Duo will also travel to Atlantic Highlands, Leonardo, Apo, Belford, Harmon Meadow, Highlands, Newark, Port Monmouth, East Orange, Elizabeth, Keansburg, Middletown, Rumson, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Orange, Red Bank, Clifton, Hackensack, Little Silver, Avenel, Hazlet, Holmdel, Lincroft, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury, Teaneck, West Caldwell, Fort Monmouth, Keyport
and many other locations in and around the Jersey City area.
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