JUKEBOX CASTLE focuses on the development, cultivation, and promotion of projects created in the city of New Orleans. We are inspired from seven elements that are New Orleans’ foundation: Food, Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Drink, Festivity, & Community. Jukebox Castle strives to redefine the accessibility, relevance, and connection that the arts have with and within any community. Jukebox Castle produces projects that are fully collaborative, financially stable, accessible, innovative, portable, and immersive into a powerfully fused sensory experience.
We currently function under our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, HORIZON MUSIC GROUP.
THE JUKEBOX SQUAD
DAVID CASTILLO founder + creative director
DAVID CASTILLO is an artist who delivers "impassioned," (LA Times) "beautifully sung and confidently acted" (Opera News) performances in the US and Europe. The New Orleans native has built a reputation interpreting innovative works including world premieres with major companies, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Industry, Loyola University New Orleans, and University of Southern California. He made his European Debut in Paris performing Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Francois Chouchan in honor of Dr. Elsa Cayat, the only woman killed in the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
He graduated with Honors both from the University of Southern California with a Master of Music under Rod Gilfry and from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Music under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While at Loyola, David made his professional debut with the New Orleans Opera and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his singing career, he is a commercial actor and a print model. He served on the faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. David was a member of the pop opera quartet VOX, recently featured on America’s Got Talent.
He is a muay thai, boxing, brazilian jiu-jitsu, mezcal, cake (the band), latin music, jazz, spanish guitar, Netflix Chef's Table, traveling, and New Orleans enthusiast.
RANDALL BUNNELL president
CHRISTOPHER ASTILLA vice-president
Christopher Astilla is a DC-based pianist whose performances have ranged from Handel Suites at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields to collaborations with an electro/synth DJ collective in a gallery series featuring immersive, live projection-mapped video landscapes that responded to music of Bach, Barber & jazz pianist Claude Bolling.
The New Orleans native began his musical studies with Inna Mencia, a descendant of the Russian piano school founded by Heinrich Neuhaus. In high school he attended the New Orleans Center for Cultural Arts which fostered an early exposure to the convergence of dance, theater and visual arts as essential to music and provided the opportunity to play for legends such as Quincy Jones & Harry Connick Jr. At seventeen he moved to the University of North Texas to study with another Neuhaus descendant, Vladimir Viardo – winner of the ‘73 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – with whom he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts diploma in piano performance. He has also studied with Jack Roberts, James Pitts and played for such legendary pedagogues as Herbert Stessin (the Juilliard School) and Lev Naumov (Moscow Conservatory).
Together with Sofia Hailu, Astilla is co-creator of the ensemble Counterclassic – creating musical experiences that unhinge the traditional musical format and revel in the interconnectedness of disciplines that previously existed unto themselves. Classical, jazz, electronic musicians, visual artists, djs and rappers come together to contribute layers unique to the tools and techniques of each performer in the telling of a common musical story.
Astilla published the book, ‘Between the Staves’: Adaptations of Debussy’s Six Épigraphes Antiques and Creative Tasks of the Performer (VDM publishing). His approach to programming and performance is often underpinned by elements of storytelling, exploring the narrative of a musical work, and his masterclasses emphasize the working methods of creative artists, drawing parallels between music and the processes and techniques used in theater, painting, and literature.
Astilla has performed across the US, Canada, & Europe in venues as varied as the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the local DC elementary school system. UK appearances included a tour of concerts playing the original instrumentation of Mozart’s concertos for piano & string quartet performed in London, Manchester, Leeds, Ripon, Sherborne, and Brighton at such venues as St Giles-in-the-Fields, Hyde Park Chapel, Ripon Cathedral, the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds, the Brighton Fringe Festival, and the Canford Summer School of Music. Recently given masterclasses include Grand Valley State University, Concordia University, Winston-Salem State University, and a lecture-recital of works by Debussy & Messiaen at the “Music in Interwar France” conference hosted by Keele University in Staffordshire.
BJ BLUE secretary
BJ Blue is a local composer and musician in New Orleans. After receiving his performance and composition degree from Loyola University, BJ co-founded Magnolia Music House with fellow composer Joe Shirley to write music for film, television, and various other media. Currently, he plays clarinet and saxophone with the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, works for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and freelances around town composing, arranging, and orchestrating. After many months of discussing ideas with David, he is excited and proud to be a part of Jukebox Castle and to see this production of 7 Deadly Sins come to life.
KEVIN TRAN treasurer
Kevin has spent the past four years as a consultant at a big four accounting firm. His experience includes the pharmaceutical, oil & gas, retail and banking industry. Kevin graduated with a Bachelors of Accountancy from Loyola University New Orleans and is a Certified Public Accountant within the state of Louisiana.
NINA CAMACHO food & beverage director
Nina is a lifelong, born n raised NOLA girl, graduating from Archbishop Blenk High and Tulane/Newcomb College.
As @ninaeatsnola, her passion has been promoting the Foodie Louisiana, from Jazzmen Rice to Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasonings. Now her newfound fun has incorporated selling premium International Wine & Spirits and as Louisiana Brand Ambassador for Tears of Llorona and T1 Tequilas (which has just been named Best Craft Tequila in the nation by USA Today). She enjoys traveling and meeting wine lovers everywhere...
MATTHEW & BECKY NOEL directors of photography