music hub director
Toni Costa is a musician and educator devoted to dance based in Barcelona. He was trained in classical piano in the N. A. Rimski-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, where he had his first contact with ballet. Upon returning to Spain, he graduated from ESMuC (High Music School of Catalonia) after extending his improvisational skills in classical, flamenco, early music and modern styles. With a wide background in piano performance, he started to develop his career working in dance schools and companies focusing on dance accompaniment. He has worked as a dance class pianist both in USA and UK, getting involved in San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Post:Ballet, Elmhurst Ballet School and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He regularly collaborates with ballet masters and mistresses such as David Makhateli, Larisa Lezhnina, Rodolfo Castellanos, Isabelle Ciaravola, Julie Kent, Samira Saidi, Piotr Nardelli and Robert Parker, to name a few. Toni also plays for contemporary dancers workshops with Robert Dekkers, Cherryl Therrien, Rita Quaglia, Christophe Jeannotte, Natalia Viñes, Catherine Bisson amongst others. He is passionate for the modern and contemporary dance techniques created by pioneers such as Graham, Cunningham, Limón and many others.
Toni considers that music for dance is a unique genre in itself without stylistic boundaries. He runs MTM (Music and Tech for Movement), a sound studio that empowers choreographers to work hand in hand with musicians. With this idea, he fosters the live interaction of movement and sound to enable the role of sound in the field of movement to be investigated and researched. In this sense, Toni has composed and performed the music for different contemporary flamenco pieces of Aita Cia: Historia de un zapato and La danza de los dos pianos, using electronics and applying guitar techniques to piano playing. He has recently collaborated with filmmakers such as Eugenio Mira, Rodrigo Cortés and award-wining Damien Chazelle, director of the motion picture La La Land.
As a vocational educator, he studies pedagogy and has obtained internationally renowned certifications in Dalcroze Eurythmics and Orff-Schulwerk. He is lecturer of dance and music in Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse (Paris) and ESMuC (Barcelona) and co-edited The Costume Party, a CD-book with instrumental music for the dance education of young children. Costa currently manages a number of dance musicians at IEA Oriol Martorell dance school and plays for dance class at Professional Dance Conservatory in Institut del Teatre, Barcelona. He is a faculty member of International Ballet Stage (Spain) and RAD Scuola Estiva (Italy) and leads workshops throughout Europe related to music and movement.
co-founder, music hub
Robert Boston is a pianist who regularly performs free jazz, contemporary classical, and electronic music. He has recorded and performed with numerous groups, from free jazz icon Daniel Carter, to the new music group SEM Ensemble, to experimental performance artists Dirty Churches. As a composer and improviser, Boston fuses his eclectic experience, finding form within mechanical noise and functionality of harmony/melody for each specific dance piece or instrumentation. He has scored dances by Korhan Basaran, Diane Coburn Bruning, Giada Ferrone, Loni Landon, Lone Larsen, Jodi Melnick, Pietro Pireddu, Caitlin Trainor, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Boston has appeared on NPR’s Front Row and in New York City venues including the Prospect Park Bandshell, the Joyce Theater, The Knitting Factory, The Stone, Rockwood Music Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Formerly Principal Pianist for the Mark Morris Dance Group, he helped create and currently teaches the Mark Morris Dance Accompanist Training Program and is Music Director at Barnard College Department of Dance.
Founder & Artistic Director, Ballet Teacher
Under the name WADEintoACTIVISM, she is organizing a virtual event space dedicated to 16 days of activism inspired by UN Women for November 2020. The event will present the works of a multi-generational, multicultural group of women artists reflecting on VAWG (violence against women and girls) and conversations with male artists and feminists activists from around the globe who engage men and boys in the prevention of gender based violence. The event welcomes disparate voices from the USA, Italy, France, Argentina, Canada, India, Iran, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago and China.
Giada created and now directs, together with Spanish musician and composer Toni Costa, a dance accompaniment training program in Florence and Agropoli, Italy called Music HUB.
Covid-19 has exposed our human fragility and it has inspired her to continue connecting with like-minded creatives across the globe in pursuit of authentic connections and long-lasting solutions. She is an avid supporter and advocate for high quality education for all children of the world, she rejects violence of any kind and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Giada Matteini, born and raised in Florence-Italy, has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer, curator, producer and activist in New York City since 1998. With Italian parents and an American son, she has dedicated the past 10 years of her life to bridge the geographical distances of the 2 continents she inhabits. Giada is today the Artistic Director of Toscana Dance HUB/International, TDH Festival for Emerging Choreographers, The Larger WE performance series, the Agropoli Danza Festival, and the Second Avenue Dance Company. She is a dance professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in NYC and has traveled as a guest artist to Germany, Sweden, Austria, China, The Philippines, Mexico and across the U.S. and Italy. Giada today performs with JENNIFERCHINdance, Molissa Fenley and Company and teaches company class for the Limón Dance Company.
As a company director she has produced and/or facilitated over 60 residencies with international artists including Roy Assaf (Roy Assaf Dance), Davide Di Pretoro (Sasha WaltZ), Janet Wong (Bill T Jones), Diane Madden (Trisha Brown Dance Company), Kirsten Foote (Limon Dance Company), Cindy Salgado (Crystal Pite), Rashaun Mitchell (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Netta Yerushalmy, Stefanie Batten Bland, Bobbi Jene Smith, Loni Landon, Gregory Dolbashian (Dash Ensemble), Shannon Gillen (Vim Vigor), Nathan Trice, Vita Osojnik, Charlotte Boye-Christenson, Cora Bos-Kroese (NDT), Richard Chen See (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Arcell Carbuag (Ronald K. Brown Evidence), Madboots, Sonya Tayeh, Studio Wayne McGregor, Ori Flomin, Sadé and Kristina Alleyne, just to name a few.