Who we are
Variousound is an experimental concert series looking to redefine, explore, and expand the definition of "chamber music" within contemporary-leaning classical music, groove-based music, improvised free music, and the third stream. Our mission is to provide a space for NYC's most creative musicians to showcase their ideas and virtuosity in an environment that fosters imagination and innovative collaboration.
Hailing from the worlds of improvised music, Classical music, and the Avant-garde, Emily Pecoraro began The Variousound Sessions as a vehicle for regular curation of infrequently-highlighted music. Each show is an assembly of varied artists, and features pairings of experimental acts whose presence compliment each other in unique ways. The series has been at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn with a residency on the first Monday of every month sine July of 2017.
Emily is known for her work in pit orchestras and for her participation in divergent ventures across the musical spectrum. At home in New York, she has performed in the orchestras for the Broadway productions of “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes”, "Kinky Boots", and "Groundhog Day". Emily has toured the country with several National Broadway musicals, including "42nd Street”; "How the Grinch Stole Christmas... the Musical!”; Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls”; and "My Fair Lady". She has also been a regular tenor and alto saxophone soloist with The Temptations Revue featuring Motown legend Dennis Edwards, as well as the tenor saxophonist and lead alto saxophonist with both The Temptations and The Four Tops.
With a creative output embracing both groove-based and classical music, Emily has performed and recorded with Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, and Avant-garde groups including: Dingonek Street Band (New York, NY); The Ed Palermo Big Band (New York, NY); Big Mean Sound Machine (Ithaca, NY); Underground Society Band (Boston, MA); The Ward Eights (Boston, MA); Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Rochester, NY). In addition to administrative work with Variousound, Emily is also the leader and composer for EMPECTET, a Chamber Jazz group based in New York City. For more on Emily, please visit her personal website at www.EmPecMusic.com .
Michael Raposo is a multiple-woodwind instrumentalist and educator. He leads a diverse musical life and performs regularly in a wide variety of genres. As an active concert saxophonist and chamber musician, Raposo holds the baritone saxophone chair with the award winning Resurgam Quartet He has performed concerts across the U.S. and has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony (June 2020 with the Resurgam Quartet), The Tri-County Symphonic Band (June 2016 as a soloist and March 2018 with the Resurgam Quartet) and the Hartt Wind Ensemble (February 2016 with the Resurgam Quartet). An advocate of new music, he has been a part of multiple premiers and performed on both the Hartford and Queens New Music Festivals. His most recent commissioning projects with Resurgam include Ted King-Smith’s Breaking Point, Tim Bowlby’s Construction in Sand’s Time, and a new work by Tanner Porter's "I could hold this; I could Not". Outside his work with the quartet, Raposo co-curates and serves as the Operations Manager for the Variousound Sessions.
As a pit and commercial musician, Raposo has held woodwind chairs at various regional theaters such as Playhouse on Park, Ivoryton Playhouse, the Zeiterion Theater, and has worked as a sub for a variety of Off Broadway shows. He has worked as a sideman in many ensembles including Hartford based salsa group Rafy e Su Orchestra, Swingadelic, Em and the Fates, and had the privilege of playing the low reed chair in concert with Aretha Franklin.
As an educator, Raposo is an instrumental Music Teacher at the Grace Church School, and an adjunct faculty member at The University of Hartford's HArtt School of Music. . He also maintains a private studio and teaches beginning band at Suffield Summer music camp in Suffield, CT. Education is an important part of his musical life, as he feels that music must be passed down effectively in order for music to thrive for generations to come. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, and a Master’s degree in Woodwind performance at New York University with an emphasis on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and bassoon.