The Advisory Board
After graduating in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, Daniele Angelotti further refined his studies to focus on Landscape Architecture and the restoration of historic gardens at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. In recent years he has collaborated with many entities both public and private to bring numerous conservation and restoration projects of historic gardens and palaces to fruition, investigating and promoting innovative approaches to traditional museum methodologies.
Mr. Angelotti won the Lifebility Award 2013 in the category of tourism and cultural heritage for having expanded the use of technological systems in historic gardens to help blind and partially sighted people enjoy these beautiful sites. Author of several books and publications on historic gardens, he works also as an independent researcher, with particular attention to the gardens of the Medici in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, adopting an interdisciplinary approach in order to explore the close link between art, architecture, and botany.
From 2012 to 2019, he was secretary for the Associazione “Per Boboli” through which he collaborated with the Florentine seasons of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, curating itineraries in palaces and historic gardens, featuring musical events which illuminate the fascinating heritage of these extraordinary places. Additional professional studies include courses at the Universidad Juan Carlos Madrid, L’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, L’Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli, and Levens Hall Garden in Cumbria, UK. His publications include the book Il Giardino di Boboli e i Suoi Labirinti, published by De Luca Edizioni d’Arte – Roma in 2017, and numerous articles in curated volumes dedicated to the historic gardens and architecture of Florence.
Angela Bankhead is a creative and award-winning advertising and marketing leader with over ten years of experience specializing in creative concept development, curating content and media production with a passion for expanding cultural and brand awareness. Her unique understanding of community engagement through strategic planning traverses the fields of film, design, and photography.
Her interest in digital media in the culinary industry led her to work with such noted brands as the Marcus Samuelsson Group and Harlem EatUp! in various facets of content management, design, photography, social media strategy, community partnership and cultural events. Angela has taken a leadership role in the art, film and photography industries, guiding projects such as the Austin African American Book Festival NY, Black Women in Medicine, and the True Nollywood Documentary.
Ms. Bankhead continues to gain recognition as she continues to forge partnerships and collaborations that speak to her community, culture, and creativity of the human spirit. She holds an MFA in Design + Technology from Parsons The New School for Design and a dual Bachelor Degrees in Media Production and Psychology from the University of Houston. She currently resides in the New York area and is always seeking her next project.
Kevin Nathaniel Hylton graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for Fine Arts. Since his time there, where he also was awarded the William Clyde Devane Award for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship, Mr. Hylton has devoted himself to African music. He is Founder and Artistic Director of Afro Roots Tuesdays, a pioneering organization that brings live World Music in its infinite variety to New York audiences every other week.
As a recognized composer of African-inspired contemporary music, he writes songs, lyrics, poetry, and essays on music and instruments, and has composed and recorded for the audio version of Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, for the film Beloved, as well as several documentaries. His workshops and lecture/demos have been presented at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and several other institutions. In 2005 he and Hasan Bakr were commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write and direct the fall Family Concert titled “DIndinyaa”. As an advocate for African culture he has been called the “Johnny Appleseed” of the mbira because he has taught tens of thousands of people all over the world the art of mbira making and playing.
Trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition, Kevin is an accomplished percussionist and well-known specialist on the mbira and the shekere. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them as well. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe’s mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. Along with 9 recordings he has produced, his music is also available on the Narada collection “African Voices”, and the Ellipsis Arts release “African Dreams”.
Priscilla F. Kauff, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University in New York City where she teaches and supervises in the psychiatric residency and the psychology fellowship programs. She maintains a private practice in New York City, and has served on the Boards of the Eastern Group Therapy Society, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Group Therapy Foundation. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Currently, Dr. Kauff is a member of the Board of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where she chaired the Education Committee for many years. She is also a longstanding member of the Council of the Schelsinger Library at Harvard University. She sings second alto in Master Voices, the choral group previously known as the Collegiate Chorale, with performances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, and other NYC venues. She is a patron of the Metropolitan Opera, the Public Theater, and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Kauff holds a BA from Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Krisy Mahome is a Ph.D. candidate, researcher and statistician currently attending and working at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her research focuses on system performance, resource allocation and utilization, and improvement metrics. During the first two years of her Ph.D. program, she won a research fellowship working with a fast-growing assessment software company performing research on patterns of usage and behaviors among their customers utilizing continuous feedback technology.
Prior to working in higher education, Krisy started her career working at MPI Research, Inc., a contract research organization, as a researcher on preclinical studies. Later she moved on to safety, health, and environmental services. In this last role, she taught health and safety courses, wrote safety standard operating procedures, safety policies, and prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE) for hundreds of studies. In addition, Krisy had the role and responsibilities of the respiratory protection administrator for the organization, assessing, testing, and prescribing respiratory protection for all employees and hazards scenarios.
At Indiana University, Ms Mahome is a PhD candidate in Higher Education, and is also completing her MS in Applied Statistics.
From Western Michigan University she holds both a BS and MA in Psychology.
William H. Roberts is a Philadelphia-based lawyer at Blank Rome LLP, where he serves as General Counsel of the firm, and concentrates his practice in the field of antitrust litigation and First Amendment issues. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Bill is an amateur violinist and lutenist with a passionate lifelong interest in the study of philosophy and botany. He studies violin with Xiao fu Zhou and lute with Richard Stone, Hopkinson Smith, and Miguel Serdoura. He is a trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music and Vice President of the Marlboro Music School and Festival. He also serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Music Fund Society, Tempesta di Mare Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is former President of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Harvard Review of Philosophy. His JD is from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his AB is from Harvard University.
Marco Rosa Salva has helmed the SMAV – Scuola di Musica Antica di Venezia based in Palazzo Grimani, since 1998, and has taught recorder there since 1993. He studied recorder with Aldo Bova in Venice and with Pedro Memelsdorff in Bologna, where he also completed his degree with a thesis in musical dramaturgy. His numerous collaborations with ensembles dedicated to Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoire include Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Accademia di S. Rocco - Venice Baroque Orchestra, Cappella Ducale di Venezia, Pastime, Ensemble Antonio Draghi, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, L'Aura Soave, Il Complesso Barocco, Consort Veneto, I Barocchisti, Delitiae Musicae, Il Viaggio Musicale, La Venexiana, En Chordais, Cantar Lontano, with concerts in Italy, throughout Europe, Turkey, the United States, Mexico, and Hong Kong.
His festival appearances include Megaron Musica (Salonica), Silk Road Festival, (Hong Kong), Gubbio Arte Medievale, Festival di Sablè, Settimane musicali al Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza), St. Galler Festspiel, Tage alter Musik (Regensburg), Lufthansa Festival (London), Festival di Cremona, Trentomusicantica, Notti malatestiane (Rimini), Berlin Philarmonie (Berlin), Salle Pleyel (Paris), the George Enescu International Festival, (Bucharest), and the Teatro Kazantzakis (Heraklion). His recordings include broadcasts on both Italian (RAI) and Austrian (ORF) radio, and include projects for the labels Stradivarius, Echo, Fonit Cetra, Tactus, Nuova Era, Skira, Naxos, Opus 111, Glossa, World Village – Harmonia Mundi. With the La Girometta ensemble he serves as both instrumentalist and director, and has reconstructed many works from 15th-century Italy for performances, masterclasses, and instruction.
Ilaria Sainato is a musicologist and dance researcher who specializes in Renaissance and Baroque Dance. Since 1999 she has taught historical dance at the SMAV – Scuola di Musica Antica in Venice. She maintains an active teaching schedule, giving lectures, seminars, and classes internationally.
Working from original dance treatises and sources, Sainato dedicates her study and research to the reconstruction of the Italian dance repertoire of the early 15th and 16th centuries. Her publications as researcher include the essay La danza in Italia nel Rinascimento e nel Barocco in Il contributo italiano alla storia del pensiero - VIII Appendice della Enciclopedia Italiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, volume Musica, edited by Sandro Cappelletto, edited by Istituto Treccani (2018).
Her international appearances include work as dancer and choreographer with the Ensemble La Girometta, among many others. Ilaria’s research explores the challenges of theatrical and opera performance practice in the 17th and 18th centuries, with particular attention to mise en scène and gesture. Her collaborations both as a dancer and choreographer include masterworks of Monteverdi and Mozart, as well as more obscure works of M. Maier, A Sortorio, and Vivaldi. As an assistant director and director, she has staged works of Monteverdi, Mozart, Purcell, G. Partenio, and J.B. Staut.
Additional directing and stage directing credits include As.Li.Co - Teatro Sociale di Como as assistant director and stage manager. With the International Festival W. A. Mozart in Rovereto, she has collaborated as both director and performer. Her most recent work as a director and choreographer include the staging of La Patienza di Socrate con Due Mogli di A. Draghi (Prague 1680) in the project "Young Barocco" by Monteverdi Festival Cremona 2018. In December 2019 she directed and choreographed La Festa del Paradiso (Milan 1490) a wedding performance by Leonardo da Vinci, with musicians such as Paola Erdas and Ensemble La Reverdie.