“East of the River" was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as well as gems of the Medieval European classical repertory. The music is arranged and interpreted by musicians whose musical backgrounds include Classical, World music, and Jazz. Together they create the unique blend that is East of the River.

East of the River has performed at venues as various as Bargemusic, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Hofstra and UPenn Universities, as well as Festivals including Chautauqua Institute, Connecticut, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Madison Early Music Festivals, as well as Milwaukee 'Early Music Now' festival and The Academy of Early Music in Ann arbor. They created a unique Solstice concert for 'Peak Performances' at Montclair State University.

East of the River has been a yearly guest on 'Live from the Greene Space' for WNYC and WQXR.

Stern and Mor each have impressive careers as soloists and chamber music players and have appeared as a duo with groups as varied as The New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s in venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They were commissioned to present a Duo Recital by the prestigious series Music Before 1800.

The members of the ensemble have separately recorded and performed with artists as Yo Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Jordi Savall, Sting, Natalie Merchant, Aerosmith, Simon Shaheen, Glen Velez and many others.

East of the River released their first self titled album in 2009, and their latest recording “Levantera’ in spring 2013.

Both highly regarded for their educational initiatives, Stern and Mor have made outreach to the community and musical education a centerpiece of the East of the River mission. When traveling to perform, the group is eager to reach out to the local community by performing or holding workshops in schools, community centers, and cultural organizations.


Reviews and testimonials of East of the River performances:


East of the River offers an incredible range and depth in their music. From lyrically haunting melodies to frenzied dances and everything in between, their performance captivated our audience and left them wanting more. Their virtuosity and creativity created an experience that was eclectic, emotional, educational, exquisite, and most importantly, enjoyable!
Gary Viebranz, Penn State Erie's 'Logan Series'


East of the River’s performance at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival 2012 was an unqualified success. Each a stunning virtuoso in his or her own right, the members of the group played together in a spirited, expressive, and exhilarating fashion. The ensemble playing was superb and their sheer joy in performing together was infectious. The music, coming from many traditions and styles - all with ancient roots – told a cohesive story. From a haunting ancient Armenian lament, to a breathtakingly virtuosic Bulgarian dance - the performance was captivating and thrilling. I have rarely seen our audience so engaged and enthusiastic, giving the ensemble multiple standing ovations. East of the River was a marvelous and fresh addition to our concert season.
Mark Cudek, Artistic Director, IEM


"The audience responded with a standing ovation. Hollywood may have tapped elements of this music, but never with the skill, authentic complexity and sheer pleasure produced in this concert."
Michael Barndt for Third Coast Daily, Milwaukee.


"It was most enjoyable hearing music so different but so well revealed by players who could hardly have been exceeded by anyone exploring these historic eastern cultures in this manner"
Nuvo, Indianapolis. by Tom Aldridge

"the group played a culturally rich, musically addictive program that traced the migration of Mediterranean, medieval music through the Balkans and into the Middle East and Armenia."
Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee


Article and intervew from The Chautauquan Daily:
http://chqdaily.com/tag/east-of-the-river/