Akie Bermiss is a Brooklyn native reared by former-activists in a musical household full of jazz and politics. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, and then took it up as a career. He flirted with going professional in high school but gave it up in the hopes of becoming a better musician. It was at Bard College that he began to seriously study piano. Under the auspices of John Esposito, Erica Lindsay, and the composers George Tsontakis and Kyle Gann, Akie began experimenting with form and function in music. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY as a singer, songwriter, accompanist, and writer.
Oliver Söhngen, born in Germany, educated in Germany and The Cleveland Institute of Music, now lives in Long Island City and is founder and director of Long Island City Academy of Music (LICAM). He has performed with One World Symphony in productions of Salomé, Peter Grimes and Ariadne auf Naxos and Cunning Little Vixen. Mr. Söhngen has appeared as Bastien at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria which was broadcast on Austrian National Television. He has sung the Evangelist in St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passions, and performed with Rathaushofoper Konstanz, Fireland Symphony and Gaudio-Kammerorchester Leverkusen. He received the prestigious Northern Ohio Live award for producing, designing and singing Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, where he was featured in the roles of Harlekin and the Soldier. Mr. Söhngen also enjoys a successful teaching career. His students appear in leading roles at Regina Opera and other regional productions, solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and gain entrance to major conservatories like Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Aaron Copeland School of Music and Berklee.
Alexia Gardner is a British Singer with Jamaican Roots. She began her career touring the British Cabaret Circuit in England and Wales during my teens.She toured with her gifted, younger sister – Paula Gardner – as a sophisticated Accapella duo called ‘High Profile’ and they got much acclaim for our harmonic voices. (Check out a fun old, old, youtube link HERE)
As a graduate of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama with a Bachelor of Education Honours in Speech and Drama (B.Ed Hons) Alexia Gardner, at first, embarked on a very rewarding Teaching career in her home city, Birmingham. She taught Drama and English Language at Secondary Schools but soon began persuing her love of music, particularly that of jazz music.
A solo career took her across the Mediterranean on luxury Cruise Liners as well as to the luxury hotel groups in Asia. She have had the honor of singing for the likes of the late Nelson Mandela (Kuala Lumpur 2001), to several Heads of States and Prime Ministers. From Sir Sebastion Coe (Xintiandi, Shanghai 2005) to Sir Richard Branson (Singapore 2000).
It continues to be a musical journey for her. She have spent the last 8 years performing in and around Switzerland. It has been a joy! She is about to embark on another exciting new advenutre. As of Autumn 2014 she is resident in Long Island City, New York. One of the most dynamic cities on the planet.