Lena Khandros has over 20 years of senior experience in global marketing, communications, and strategic program management. From New York to Singapore, her progressive and successful career in the corporate world (American Express in New York, Standard Chartered Bank and JP Morgan in Singapore), combined with her extensive experience in the non-profit performing arts sector (Brooklyn Center for the Performing arts in Brooklyn, the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore), are the bedrock on which Momentum Artists is built.
Lena is not only passionate about the arts and culture, but has also volunteered her skills and time to the Arts & Business Council of New York, 92nd Street Y, as well as the Over the Rainbow Foundation in Singapore. “Music has always been an essential part of my life,” says Lena. “Even prior to launching Momentum Artists—and often times pro-bono—I’d end up helping my musician-friends in a managerial capacity to grow and develop their careers.”
Lena holds an MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Music Education from Kiev Pedagogical College. She is a graduate of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac NewVenture Program, and a certified Innovation Coach. Read more about Lena on LinkedIn – and feel free to reach out and connect.
Ania Perzanowska has an extensive background in arts programming and management, cultural diplomacy, and project development. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology and a B.A. in Business Administration. Since 2007 she has been the music curator for the Polish Cultural Institute New York, where she is responsible for planning and implementing projects promoting Polish culture in the U.S.
She has worked on presenting events and concerts in partnership with such diverse institutions as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Santa Fe Opera, Bard Music Festival, Luminato Festival, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, World Music Festival Chicago, Symphony Space, The Morgan Library, Juilliard, Yale University, MoMA, (Le) Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub and many more. Ania works with several Polish contemporary composers on presenting their music in North America, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Agata Zubel and Paweł Mykietyn and has also programmed and promoted works of Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Górecki and other titans of Polish music. Over the years, she has collaborated with dozens of exceptional artists and ensembles, among them the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, JACK Quartet, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Silesian String Quartet, and Arte dei Suonatori to name a few. Ania is the executive producer of the North American edition of the Jazztopad Festival and co-curator responsible for bringing the adventurous UNSOUND festival to New York.
Music has been Ania’s passion since her early years when at the age of five she started playing piano and cello. Her broad music education, interests, and experience led her to work on projects across varying genres and formats.
Aleja Seabron is Momentum Artists’ Content Director. Aleja manages high-level web updates, copy editing and artist project proposals.
Aleja received her Associate Degree in Business Management from Gibbs Boston, now Sanford-Brown College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs with a focus on International Affairs as well as her Paralegal Certificate through Northeastern University, and her Social Media Master Strategist certificate from Social Media Marketing University.
Over the years, she has lectured at various events at Harvard University, Framingham State University, Sanford-Brown College, the Pilipino-American Association of New England (PAMAS), Imparture, Chauffeur Driven, the New England Livery Association and for individual clients. In addition to lectures and training, Aleja blogs for Chauffeur Driven Magazine, The LMC Group, The Single Wives Club, LinkedIn Pulse, and The Huffington Post.
As a Social Media Strategist, she has offered her expertise in diverse industries to her clients in the fields of higher education, non-profits, the limousine industry, fine arts, and music.
Podcast Producer & Content Manager
Denzel Wood is an up and coming artist in the art and theater world, and is excited to be tied in with the Momentum Artists team. Denzel manages and edits the Momentum Artists Podcast, as well as oversees website content management, including blogs and news, social media content, ongoing website updates, newsletters and artist presentations and proposals.
A Theater and Dance major and rising Senior at Amherst College, he has Stage Managed for the Opera E Capuleti e i Montecchi with the Director and Choreographer Idan Cohen, and will be an Assistant Director for the premiere of a new Opera, The Scarlet Professor. Denzel has participated in over a dozen performance productions at Amherst, either as a director, writer, or actor, and also runs a personal YouTube channel, titled Mad Artist. Denzel is currently writing and planning a debut full length play as his Senior thesis: The Electric Dream, which he wrote himself and will be directing.
Denzel is excited to be a part of the Momentum Artist team, working on keeping the website updated, as well as launching the new Momentum Artist Podcast, which will explore topics and themes around art, people’s passions for it, and how it can change people’s lives. A newcomer to the professional art world, it’s been a learning experience and an amazing opportunity to be a part of this new agency. He is committed to doing his best in helping see Momentum Artists grow and expand, finding the success that it greatly deserves.
Kamila Slawinski is a Brooklyn-based freelance PR and marketing consultant, serving primarily independent performing artists. Her experience in the classical music world includes working with 2016 production of the opera Patience & Sarah (part of New York Opera Fest) and 2017 returning engagement of ¡Figaro! 90210 at The Duke Theater on Broadway. She has been working for such NYC venues as Dixon Place, one of the NYC’s oldest experimental theaters, and the OBIE Award-winning Brooklyn venue JACK. Recent collaborations include also the Chicago production of the off-Broadway hit Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding.
Kamila’s experience in international projects includes three years as a Communications Manager for the Polish Cultural Institute New York, a diplomatic mission devoted to promoting Polish artists and culture in the US. While there, she worked on projects co-produced by major American institutions such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera, PEN World Voices Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, and many others.
Throughout the 2000s, Kamila has been an NYC correspondent and contributing writer for many Polish media. Her book of essays Nowy Jork. Przewodnik Niepraktyczny (New York: An Impractical Guide) is currently in its 4th edition.
Hannah Magnelli is a multilingual, classically trained soprano with a diverse background of performing, music production, music research, and language interpretation and translation.
Magnelli received her degree in Music (Voice Performance) from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in German in 2011. From the beginning of her studies at the university to present, she has studied with such singers and professors as Jim Smith-Parham from Virginia Commonwealth University, mezzo-soprano Lani Poulson, Hungarian contralto Judith Németh, Finnish bass Johann Tilli, Mary Elizabeth Poore from the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and opera tenor and Professor Wolfgang Millgramm from the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany.
Magnelli has trained in both the United States and Europe, working with Maestro Daniel Barenboim with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, pianist Lauren Green from Fox News, Maestro Sebastian Weigle, who is the General Music Director of the Oper Frankfurt, Professor Wolfgang Millgramm, and has also received vocal training in Florence, Italy with the Bel Canto Institute.
Apart from vocal training, Magnelli was a trained violinist for twelve years. Additionally, she has produced, managed and promoted three demo CD’s recorded at In Your Ear Studios in Richmond, Virginia. She has also had training in computer and digital recording. Magnelli has received theater instruction, participating in many productions and acting programs since youth, and has received on-camera training and experience through acting in commercials and TV productions. She has been a Spanish interpreter and translator for 3 years and can speak, read and write in English, Spanish, Catalan, German and Italian.
Oksana Rosenblum, Momentum’s Research & Development Manager for Special Projects, comes from a diverse background that includes research for arts and history projects, grant writing, and ethnic drumming.
Born and raised in Ukraine, she studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Jewish studies at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Jewish Visual Art at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. Since 2005, Oksana has been working as a visual researcher in the field of Jewish art and history. Her projects included visual research for the newly created museums of Jewish History in Warsaw and Moscow. Her field of expertise and interest is the history and culture of Jews in the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and contemporary Ukraine.
Additionally, Oksana has been studying Persian singing and drumming, specifically learning intricate techniques on daf, Persian frame drum. She sings and performs with Ukrainian Village Voices, a vocal group that focuses on authentic Ukrainian village-style repertoire, and translates contemporary Ukrainian poetry into English.
Mark Roberts is Momentum Artist’s resident web & graphic designer, social media strategist, and the designer of www.momentumartists.com. With 15 years of coding experience, Mark is a WordPress and web technology expert with impressive portfolios in web design, graphic design, photo retouching, video editing, and online publicity.
Mark is also a consummate music industry professional with 20 years of experience in the business. He’s the founder of Stars & Letters Records; label-managed the world music and jazz label, Evergreene Music; stage-managed top-40 acts like Incubus and Tove Lo at SXSW; and got his start in New York with Terrorbird Media’s sync/licensing department.
Most recently, Mark was part of Riot Artists’ booking agency team, working with some of the biggest names in world music: Pussy Riot, King Sunny Ade, Hermeto Pascoal, DakhaBrakha, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and more. A familiar face at conferences like APAP, Womex, and SXSW, Mark has an extensive network of contacts in the global performing arts center and festival markets.
The son of an internationally acclaimed opera singer and a classical music agent, Mark studied music composition and philosophy at Northwestern University, music production at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand, and holds a graduate degree in Philosophy and Art Theory from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.