Jenni Kurosman, piano
One day while cat sitting for her piano teacher, Jenni found a tango CD and was instantly drawn to the passion and soulfulness of the music. Since then, tango has woven itself in and out of her life: she would secretly learn to play a tango here and there; an admirer would leave three tango scores with a rose on her doorstep; enchanted by the beautiful dancers she saw at a Buenos Aires milonga, she would begin taking tango dance lessons herself.
Jenni embraced her love of learning the dance and music by founding Orquesta del Cabeceo. She loves making the music that moves the dancers. As for her dancing, she’s far from being graceful on the dance floor, though she enjoys trying to be. Jenni lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Karen Yair, accordion
Karen’s musical adventures began as alto saxophonist with a youth Big Band. Performing for 1940s-style tea dances, she found herself as entranced by the quickstep and the foxtrot as by Basie and Miller, and she has loved playing for dancers ever since.
Karen also plays the saxophone, piano and flute and has a wide range of musical interests. Highlights in recent years include performing with London gypsy punksters Drunken Balordi and Bristol reggae outfit Dappa Don & the Playaz; as well as appearing at both the Rocket Festival in Andalucia and the Bristol Harbourside Festival with UK cabaret artist Miss Cecily. In New York, Karen has performed at Accordions Around the World in Bryant Park and as a melancholic accordionist phantom for Masquerade Macabre.
Karen lives in Brooklyn and is delighted to be a founder member of Orquesta del Cabeceo.
Deanna Kennett, bass
Originally from Kailua, Hawaii, Deanna fell in love with the bass at age fourteen after a childhood spent performing on the much easier to transport violin and ukulele. After completing a degree in performance at James Madison University, Deanna pursued her passion of arts education advocacy which led to her current position as Education Manager for Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s artist training program, Ensemble ACJW.
Deanna is a member of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony which performs in NYC and spends any free time brewing, canning, and fermenting.
Anna Brathwaite, violin