Meet the Team
Kristine Kruta: founder, cellist, arranger, composer, artist relations.
Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Kristine now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Both a committed studio artist and performer, Kristine has contributed to countless albums, film scores, and live performances since moving to New York in 2008. These include national broadcasts for America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, T-Mobile, GE, Switched at Birth, Jane by Design, MTV’s Top 100 Music Videos, and soundtracks for Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, First Run Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Brooklyn Film Fest. In 2016, Kristine composed original music for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and multiple-award-winning feature film ‘72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?’ which premiered at the LA Film Festival.
As a solo cellist, section player, and arranger Kristine has also collaborated with several independent and commercial recording artists including Metro Boomin, the Eagles, Vince Gill, Kaki King, Lauryn Hill, Casey Benjamin, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Aminé, Anderson .Paak, Shawn Mendes, K.Flay, De La Soul, Common, Estelle, BJ The Chicago Kid, Brandy Clark, Jacky Cheung, Rob Roth, hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar, OBERHOFER, The Wonder Years, Ace Enders, Violents & Monica Martin, Tim Kubart, Scott Bradlee, Robyn Adele Anderson, Rob Roth, Infinity’s Song, and more.
When not holding the cello or working on music, Kristine enjoys cooking and sampling every kind of coffee New York City has to offer.
Maria Im: violinist, section leader, personnel + operations manager.
A Native New Yorker, violinist Maria Im began her violin studies at the age of 9. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she obtained her Master of Music (M.M., '13) and Bachelor of Music (B.M., '11) as a student of Masao Kawasaki. Her participation in music festivals including Castleton Music Festival, Great Mountains Music Festival, and ENCORE School for Strings has given her the opportunity to work with Lorin Maazel, Kurt Sassmanshaus, and David Cerone. She has also performed under conducting greats including Bernard Haitink, James Levine, and Alan Gilbert.
Currently based in NYC, she has performed on stages throughout the metropolitan area including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall with various ensembles and orchestras. Maria loves to constantly expand and stretch her musical experiences and has performed U.S., World, and New York premieres with new music ensembles at MoMa SoundGarden, June In Buffalo, Mise-En Festival, and other prominent new music series. Her passion for cross-genre and non-classical music has her frequently recording and performing in venues including Radio City Music Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Blue Note Jazz Club with renowned artists including Ben Williams & Sound Effect, Feist, Banda Magda, Tariq Trotter, and Snarky Puppy.
When she’s not premiering new works or leading an orchestra rehearsal, Maria revels in traveling the world and sampling every kind of cuisine available.
Ibrahim Tatlicioglu: mixing and mastering engineer.
Since his arrival from Sweden in 2012, Ibra-Heem has captivated the world of audio. At the age of 21, he entered into New York's Institute of Audio Research where he further expanded his knowledge in recording, mixing, acoustics, production and analog/digital processing. Just one year later he graduated with honors and was elected valedictorian. During his last months at the Institute, Ibra-Heem received an internship at Harlem's renowned Stadiumred, working with a variety of high-profile clientele, most notably Shady Records' Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked, Royce da 5'9"). In 2013, the Halmstad native accepted a position as an audio engineer at Soundclash Recordings. Here he dug deeper into New York's hip hop scene, working with a collection of artists including Uncle Murda, Grafh, Little Shawn, Sam Scarfo and Delivery Boy.
Currently, Ibra-Heem is based out of Mirrortone Studios in Chelsea, New York.
Ibra-Heem continues to captivate the scene with his unique approach to sound with recent releases including the album 'Cool' featuring Spvce Kid (the single ‘Cool’ was on rotation on Real Late With Rosenberg for 11 weeks straight), and producing artist Northside Six’s song ‘Rich Pockets’ which rotated on Power 105.1 including the famed The Angie Martinez Show. Ibra-Heem also won attention when his music was selected among few others for the Bacardi x Swizz Beatz Instagram campaign InstantDJ. Other credits include LogoTV, Disney Junior's Vampirina, Patmore Lewis of the New York City Metropolitan Opera, Adam Neely, and Wunderman Thompson.