Incepted in 2014, All of the Above is a Cincinnati-based sextet featuring Nave Graham (flute); Mikey Arbulu (clarinet); Scott Jackson (violin); Yijia Fang (cello); Matthew Umphreys (piano); and David Abraham (percussion). The pierrot-sextet made their Carnegie Hall debut in December 2017 and their international debut in July 2017 as an ensemble-in-residence at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.
Consisting of current and former students of the College-Conservatory of Music, All of the Above has previously been featured in the Constella Festival, Music for All National Festival, Giovanni Vecchi Concert Series, The Cincinnati Art Museum Muse Concert Series, Music in the Gorno Library Concert Series, Cincinnati Soundbox New Music Series, as well as ChamberPalooza!, a music festival hosted by the Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati. In addition to regular appearances at Classical Revolution Cincinnati, AOTA has also performed at various Galas sponsored by Ohio Cancer Research and CityLink Center. Most recently, the ensemble performed for the opening weekend celebrations of the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Theater.
All of the Above was announced as the Ensemble-in-Residence at Xavier University beginning in 2016. The ensemble’s performances at the University have since been included in the Music Department Concert Series. AOTA has also been involved in various ensemble coachings, recruiting of future music majors, masterclasses, and side-by-side performances with Xavier University students.
All of the Above is also a next:generation ensemble with concert:nova since 2015. As part of this partnership and mentorship program, members of AOTA have been given the opportunity to perform alongside concert:nova artists while also participating in workshops covering various topics including interactive performances, marketing, non-profit education, and improvisation. AOTA also performs regularly for concert:nova's late night concert series at locations such as Taste of Belgium on the Banks and Streetside Brewery in Cincinnati.
Recent commissions for All of the Above include collaborations with David Clay Mettens (Chicago), Allison Wright (Australia), Daniel Harrison (Cincinnati), and Sullivan Boecker (Cleveland). AOTA’s 2018 engagements include a concert series at the Cincinnati Art Museum in conjunction with a gallery opening by local Cincinnati artist Ana England (February 2018), a performance at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan (February 2018), a recording project featuring the music of Douglas Knehans and Edward Smaldone on Ablaze records (February 2018), as well as a multi-media project collaboration with Cincinnati’s creative studio, Intermedio (April 2018).