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Vaughn/Kraske Duo

The Joyful Noise Duo are a Dresden based jazz/popular music duo consisting of pianist Ilka Kraske and singer Tichina Vaughn. Vaughn and Kraske met by chance in Dresden during the performing arts shutdown of the Covid -19 pandemic. Tichina Vaughn is a Grammy award winning, internationally celebrated opera star based in Dresden. She is also celebrated for her vocal versatility as a successful interpreter of jazz, musical theater, R&B, gospel, and most recently rock. Ilka Kraske is a lecturer in jazz piano and accompaniment at the Dresden University of Music, is in demand as a pianist/keyboardist for theater productions, and an ardent musical collaborator. Together they present entertaining and engaging musical experiences celebrating the great wealth of American music. While jazz and the great American songbook are constant components, other genres such as rhythm and blues, broadway hits, rock, and pop titles are often incorporated as desired. The main objective of the Joyful Noise Duo is to spread joy through music. All genres welcome!

Next Performance: 

January, 2023 (details TBA)

The Gratitude Channel

Welcome to the Gratitude Channel whose purpose is to Seek the Go(o)d in Everything. The Gratitude Channel was born out of the Spirit of gratitude for the many blessings and opportunities experienced in my professional and personal life. During many years as a musical performer on stages around the world I have been touched, inspired, and encouraged by the people, places, and performances that it has been my honor to participate with and in. The mission of the Gratitude Channel is to showcase direct evidence of and access to this Spirit of encouragement and inspiration.


Solo Recitals/Concerts /Event Entertainment

From All Star Gala concerts to intimate jazz evenings, from city festivals, company parties, and inspirational musical events, Tichina Vaughn, with her unparalleled versatilty and experience provides the perfect program. Whether opera , jazz, gospel or pop, singing is Tichina Vaughn's life, her joy , and her passion. Her extensive repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, broadway, gospel, big band and popular music and has been celebrated and acclaimed internationally on stages great and small around the world. The multi-facetted mezzo-soprano , who hails from North Carolina and is an ensemble member of the Semperoper Dresden, offers different programs that lend every occasion a special touch of elegance.

Classical Recital

From Handel to Harlem
 "The program is called “From Händel to Harlem” and the choice of the pieces will create a ray of sound that connects worlds, glowing with deep religiousness that lets heaven touch earth for a moment."  (DNN 09/11) 
Featuring works of Händel, Dvorak, Ives, Bonds and more this classically delivered inspirational concert will leave a touching and lasting impression in the hearts of all listeners.

Cabaret/Jazz/Big Band

Caberet Blues in the Night 

With this program the famous mezzo-soprano lets her full versatiliy shine . Featuring jazz standards, caberet songs, and braodway tunes from Weill, Waller, Ellington, Gershwin, Ives, Porter, Mercer, and many more. Perfect for an entertaining and relaxed atmosphere. Audience participation is encouraged and enjoyment is guaranteed. 


Popular Music & Disco

Pure Pop
This program sets the party spirit free and guarantees a good mood and dancing fun. Highlighting the disco hits of Abba , Summer , Captain and Tenille and more, coming full circle to the contemporary , with hits from Pink , Houston, Agueliera and many german artists. This program is performed with either live band or pre-recoreded backing tracks and promises that a good time will be had by all.
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