Carlos Aguilar is a flutist and interdisciplinary artist who creates work that pushes the tradition of performance by creating surreal spectacles with the aid of electronic sound processing and visual technology. In his experimental work, he explores concepts of identity, speculations of the after-life and issues in contemporary society. His classical playing has been described as having “expressed the release of the soul” and his "burnished sound poured forth in unbroken arcs of molten seduction” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). He is the co-founder of ARDE, a chamber music collective focused on expanding the performance practice of a concert through the use of narrative, new technologies and elements of experimental performance art. As a soloist, he works in close collaboration with many young rising composers, premiering new solo and chamber works. He has attended the Banff Arts Centre and SoundSCAPE Festival and has worked and performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Claire Chase, Ashley Fure, Marcos Balter, and Alvin Lucier. His primary teachers include Paula Robison and Dr. Elena Yarritu. He is a San Diego native and is based in New York City.
Lisa Atkinson (b.1992) is a composer avid in the pursuit and promotion of new music, whose work endeavors to explore interiority through the visceral, tactile nature of live-performance and the emotional context of gesture. Atkinson’s works have been performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, and the Amaranth String Quartet, as well as soloists Ammie Brod, Gregory Oakes, and Amber Evans. Currently, Atkinson is pursuing a PhD in Composition at Northwestern University under the guidance of Alex Mincek, Jay Alan Yim, and Hans Thomalla.
Colleen Bernstein is a percussionist, educator, and creative collaborator recognized for both her adventurous musical spirit and impactful community engagement initiatives. She has been featured in performances with GRAMMY-winner Béla Fleck and plays with the American Wild Ensemble. Colleen received 2nd place in the Black Swamp Showcase (2018), 3rd place in the MalletLab International Competition (2018), and the Ludwig Albert Talent Award at the Universal Marimba Competition (2015). She directs Community Engagement Programs for the Silkroad Ensemble Global Musician Workshop. Last year, Colleen founded Strength & Sensitivity, a collaborative performance project combining contemporary music, poetry, and audience interaction to catalyze dialogue about intersectional feminism and gender equality.
Trombonist and composer Daniel Bruno has studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla. Bruno’s artistic explorations throughout his career have revolved around his instrument, the trombone, using the tradition of jazz as a basis for technique and expression of a style, to later blend it with concepts and approaches such as contemporary music and free improvisation. As a bandleader, he has released two albums: 100 de Paleta (Los Tenistas), and Garrafa Natal (Los Tenistas). He currently plays in various groups on the Buenos Aires jazz and improvised music scene.
LaNetra L Carther
Ms. Carther is a professional French horn player, and has been highly involved with her craft for 28 years. She attended Banff’s Summer Music program in 2018, and is a returning participant. She attended Indiana State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music in 2004, and continued her studies at Baylor University where she received her Master’s degree in Music Performance in 2006. Originally from Gary, Indiana, she resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she continues performing as a freelancer for weddings, church services, and music festivals. Ms. Carther is a private instructor, a substitute teacher, and is the hornist for Adelante Winds; a professional, non-profit, multicultural woodwind quintet based in San Antonio that performs works by Latin, African American and female composers.
Raised on the verge of several musical streams since her childhood, Layale Chaker is a violinist and composer, and has been active in different projects across the US, Europe and the Middle East. Highlights include performances at the London Jazz Festival, Alderburgh Festival, Royal Albert Hall, National Sawdust, Hancher Auditorium, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls’ Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and Avignon Festival, Salzburg Festspiele, Teatro Colon, and commissions by Oxford Orchestra, New World Symphony, Wigmore Hall and Holland Baroque. 2019 has marked the release of her debut album with her ensemble Sarafand. She is also a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan. Having trained at the Lebanese Higher Conservatory for Music, Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music, Layale is a Ruth Anderson 2017 Competition Prize winner, the recipient of the Royal Academy of Music's 2018 Guinness Award, the Prix et Lili Boulanger 2019, and a finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé 2018 Prize.
Felicia Chen is a vocalist and improviser with an affinity for contemporary sound art. Through her fearless approach toward the creation and interpretation of new works, Felicia eschews boundaries that limit the definition of music. Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for creating "siren-like sounds that explored extremes of the vocal range," Felicia employs a wide arsenal of extended techniques that color her vocalisms with the beauty of human imperfection. A firm believer that classical music can be a catalyst for social commentary and change, Felicia frequently collaborates with artists and communities whose voices are underrepresented in the field.
Nicole Cherry, is the second violinist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet. As a tribute to their namesake, Ms. Cherry developed a project, “Continuing the Legacy” requesting composers to re-imagine the Negro Spiritual, the works Ms. Anderson devotedly performed. Her research on 19thc Afro-European violinist, George Bridgetower led to commissions from Grammy award winning, DJ Sparr, Ysaye Barnwell from Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Berklee College composer, David Wallace. Ms. Cherry has performed in historic places such as the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Life changing performances include a tour in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and South Africa; sharing music with underdeveloped townships during Apartheid. Currently pursuing her doctorate at Texas Tech under Annie Chalex Boyle, she is the recipient of the Paul Whitfield Horn Fellowship and the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award.
Cellist Alexa Ciciretti has established herself as a performer who is equally at home playing Baroque viola da gamba music, Romantic symphonies, cutting-edge contemporary music and everything in between. She has performed as a member of the New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. She served as continuo cellist for the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s Farnace at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and will perform at the Ojai Festival in June 2019. She recently starred in the short film, A Waning Heart, which was screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Ms. Ciciretti studied at Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.
Melissa Coppola is a DMA candidate in Piano Performance & Pedagogy at University of Michigan. She leads a versatile career, teaching and performing regularly as a soloist and collaborative pianist, and as a rock musician, drumming and singing in the duo Junglefowl. She is a recipient of the 2018 Presser Graduate Music award for her experimental concert series, [perspective], which re-envisions the traditional piano recital as an immersive, multi-sensory experience. As an arts administrator, Coppola is a co-founder of Girls Rock Detroit, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative expression for girls, trans, and gender nonconforming youth.
Oboist Jasmine Daquin performs repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Jasmine received her master’s degree in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music in May 2019 and bachelor’s degree from SUNY Purchase College in 2016. Jasmine has performed at festivals and events including the Bay Chamber Concerts series, Gateways Music Festival, and the grand opening of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. A native of New York, Jasmine performs with ensembles such as The Chelsea Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Her principal teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, and James Austin Smith.
New Zealand-born flutist Hannah Darroch is currently completing a DMA at McGill University in Montreal. She has an MMus from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was a TA in their award-winning resident wind quintet. She has worked professionally with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; performing alongside international artists ranging from Renée Fleming to Håkan Hardenberger. Hannah can be heard on a number of recordings including the soundtrack to The Hobbit, and the premiere of Frank Ticheli's Pulitzer-nominated Songs of Life and Love. Her output in Montreal includes a range of contemporary and free improvised music.
Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Daniel Egwurube moved to the U.S with his family at the age of five. He was gifted a flute by the nonprofit ‘Harmony Project’ at nine years old. Since then Daniel has performed live with the likes of Gloria Estefan, Simon Rattle, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, and Gustavo Dudamel in Tokyo. Daniel is a two-time honorable mention in the Charles Dolo Coker jazz scholarship competition and in 2017 solo performed Debussy’s Syrinx for Nobel Prize week in Stockholm, Sweden.
Zekkereya El-megharbel is a Los Angeles based composer, trombonist, animator, and illustrator. With a background rooted in the theories and practices of Black-American Art Music, Zekkereya’s music often fuses spontaneously composed elements, with elements that are premeditated. His work is motivated by entropic forces and daily life, and how they move objects to be in constant disagreement with each other, or coalesce into points of resolution and peace.
Antonin Fajt is a performer-composer from the Czech Republic, based in the US. Drawing on his heritage, his work explores rhythmic and melodic nuances in folk songs, interpreting and translating them into an improvisational language informed by classical composition, jazz, and free improvisation. Antonin holds a BA from Bard College, where he studied composition under the mentorship of Joan Tower. He’s written works for contemporary music ensembles such as the PUBLIQuartet, Da Capo Chamber Players and the American Symphony Orchestra. Much of his musical output, however, materializes in solo performances and creative music ensembles. He’s currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Integrative Composition, Improvisation and Technology at UC Irvine, working primarily with Lukas Ligeti.
Ben Finley plays the bass, writes and composes. He grew up on a music farm in Canada where he became interested in cultivating music for ensembles that embrace the unique life experiences of its individuals through improvisation, text, the human voice and multi-stylistic compositional frameworks. Ben is also interested in the pursuit of attuned bass playing which he explores in acoustic and electric environments (tuned in 5ths and other alternate tunings). Ben co-founded and is the Creative Director of the Performer-Composer Residency at the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity. Ben is a graduate of CalArts’ Performer-Composer program. www.benfinley.ca
Émilie Fortin is an adventurous musician and teacher who explores every possible facet of the trumpet. She has contributed to the creation of over fifteen works internationally with various composers in an effort to enrich the repertoire of her instrument. She is also the artistic director of Bakarlari, a collective of soloists. Active on the Montreal scene, she performs frequently in recital with pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard (Champ29) and in free improvisation with clarinetist Charlotte Layec, while perfecting her craft on the baroque trumpet with Alexis Basque and premiering new works for trumpet and violin with Laura Thompson (Violete).
As an advocate for contemporary music, Mary has been performing new music since her undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of Ossia as well as Musica Nova, under the direction of Brad Lubman. Mary has had the privilege of working with Ensemble Signal members, the JACK Quartet, and the International Contemporary Music Ensemble. As of May 2019, Mary completed her master’s degree at the University of Michigan and was a member of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, under the direction of Oriol Sans. Currently, Mary is a member of Girlnoise (an all-women chamber group specializing in new classical music).
Gabriel (“Gabo”) Champagne
My artistic path brought me to work in dance, theater, performance art and music. I have worked for two and a half years in an experimental theater company as a co artistic and music director. While completing my bachelor's degree at Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Ana Sokolovic and Denis Gougeon, I have been involved in various projects: interdisciplinary performances, concert organisations, performance nights in in situ places as well as several collaborations on plays as a composer. My musical work is greatly influenced by my other practices. Philosophy and dramaturgical content is always filigreed in my work, using other arts' elements such as stage directions, speech and body movement.
Based in Melbourne, Bianca Gannon is a musician (simultaneous piano and gamelan), composer and curator from Ireland. A keen multi-disciplinary collaborator, Bianca is passionate about creating immersive multi-sensory experiences and synaesthesias. Bianca's work has been presented across Australia, Europe and the United States. As a recipient of the Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship, Bianca has lived and studied in West Java. Bianca has also participated in residencies with the Australian Art Orchestra and Gamelan Cudamani. She has previously been commissioned by Nimbus Trio and to compose for Elliott Hughes’ 'Augmented Trumpet'. Bianca regularly performs with her improv trio Impermanence - who are soon releasing their debut album.
My name is Taja Graves-Parker and I am a 18 year old trombone player. I became a musician at 8yrs old. Now, at 18 I still remember playing in front of music producer Swizz Beats, that was the highlight of elementary school. At Special Music School my focus became classical music. I continued that focus in programs like: Inter School Orchestras, Juilliard MAP and Carnegie Hall’s Future Music Project. In Face the Music I focus more on contemporary and jazz pieces while performing around NYC. At Building Beats, I discovered a love for composition. Another proud moment, hearing my piece featured on a podcast that addresses the injustice of incarcerating youth of color.
Clifton Joey Guidry
Bassoonist Clifton Joseph Guidry III is an American bassoonist currently Studying at the Mannes School of Music under Marc Goldberg completing his professional studies diploma. As an avid player and supporter of new music, Clifton has spent the last two years commissioning and premiere a number of new works for bassoon and electronics. He has gotten to work with composers George Lewis, Felipe Lara, Edgar Guzman, and Georg Friedrich Haas. Mr. Guidry has participated in the Eastern Music Festival, the Puerto Rico Summer Music festival, and Banff Ensemble Evolution. In addition to his passion for music, Mr. Guidry loves to practice yoga and meditation regularly. Mr. Guidry completed his undergraduate studies at the Peabody conservatory under Phillip Kolker.
Composer, vocalist, and improviser Esin Gunduz writes music that investigates the energies at play among and between all beings. She explores these energies as visceral sensory experience and sound, building landscapes of her own recorded-voice samples to surround acoustical instrumental textures—to create breathtaking vistas. Current projects include an electroacoustic ensemble work based on Sumerian tablets. Ms. Gunduz has performed her works at the (R)evolution Resonant Bodies program at the Banff Centre, June in Buffalo, and Sō Percussion’s “Brooklyn-Bound” Series. Other performers who have championed her work include Ensemble Linea, mandolinist Avi Avital, and members of the Talea Ensemble and Mivos Quartet. — esingunduz.com
Olivia J. P. Harris
Cellist, improviser, and activist, Olivia J. P. Harris is dedicated to contemporary music and experimental sound art and committed to using music as a vehicle for social commentary and change. In addition to being an active soloist, Olivia is a founding member of Mazumal, a voice and cello duo committed to innovative performance promoting inclusivity through socially conscious programming and educational outreach. Olivia is enthusiastic about interdisciplinary collaboration and has played alongside dancers, visual artists, and songwriters, including collaborations with her brother, writer Bernard E. P. Harris. Olivia’s principal instructors include Rhonda Rider, Astrid Schween, Jeffrey Zeigler, and Mihai Tetel.
Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight). Liam’s repertoire encompasses not only the major twentieth and twenty-first century works for his instrument, but also the results of collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works across a range of aesthetics. Liam has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten and has recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of British Columbia.
Eli Holmes is a bassoonist and writer from Vestal, New York. He studies Philosophy and Music at Harvard College, where he writes literary nonfiction for the Harvard Advocate, DJs drive-time shows on WHRB, and serves as vice president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Eli is also pursuing an M.M. in Bassoon Performance at the New England Conservatory. His mentors include Teju Cole, Vijay Iyer, Claire Chase, Richard Moran, Peter Gordon, Richard Svoboda, John Heiss, and Marc Goldberg.
Sonya Holowell is a vocalist, improviser and writer working across new and experimental genres. She is descended from the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation, on the south-east coast of NSW, Australia. The contexts for her work are diverse, and she is particularly drawn to interdisciplinary collaboration, placing the voice in unusual positions to create new hybrid forms. Highlights include performances at Sydney Festival, Resonant Bodies Festival, soundSCAPE and Liveworks; collaborations with the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring and Australian Art Orchestra; and showings of performance work at the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Australia. Sonya is also co-editor and writer for online arts publication ADSR Zine and is a member of Ngarra-Burria First Peoples Composers.
Nicole Johnson is a contemporary percussionist and graduate of a Bachelor of Percussion Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was a recipient of the Greenberg Gurney Jensen Scholarship for her studies. Her performance history includes; the Tapsapce Publications recording of Robert Oetomo’s percussion quartet, recording at Trackdown Fox Studios for the Lego Batman film, performing in the 2018 Sydney Festival, and recording with ABC and Ross Edwardes for his 2019 released album. Her recent projects include; performing with BIGhART’s project SKATE combining skateboarding and percussion, recording and performing with Hourglass Ensemble in the Sydney Opera House, and improvisation solo sets at the Now Now and SICKO festivals.
Kubas is an artist working in inter-related media: combining aspects of sound, video, installation, improvisation, and performance. Largely, their work stems from queerness and it’s relationship to various lenses of perception. A recent topic of Kubas’ fascination is the development of queer identity in a market driven culture. By orienting symbol and metaphor around the reinvention of classical form and language, Kubas’ work strives to voice connections between self expression, consumer hype, cultural liberation, marketing, and appropriation. While Kubas is from New Jersey, they are currently studying in Boston.
Leonardo Labrada is an artist that uses percussion and conducting as interface for his investigations. His experience goes from solo/ensemble/orchestral percussion playing to multidisciplinary works with drama, visual arts and performance. Assistant Conductor at Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra (OFG), Professor/conductor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goiás (IFG). In 2018 was a soloist with OFG in Des Canyons aux les étoiles by Messiaen. With Grupo Impact(o), have built the first two sets of sixxens in Brasil, played Xenakis’ Metaux and the first concerto for sixxen and orchestra, After Spring (2017) by Michelle Agnes.
Violinist Virginie Laliberté has been passionate about creating new works since her undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Ottawa. She has premiered and recorded works for bass and violin with composer Andrew Lawrence, participated in contemporary music festivals in Québec and Ontario and has recently co-founded the Toronto-based contemporary music duo Songs of Now with clarinettist Celia Tang. In addition to teaching and performing, she is currently pursuing a PhD in music education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests range from critical and engaged pedagogies to creativity in music learning and teaching.
Rebecca Lawrence supports and engages audiences worldwide with her work as a bassist and collaborator. A recent graduate of the USC Thornton school of music and Rabbath Institute Paris, she currently resides in Los Angeles playing with a variety of ensembles. As a writer and activist, her work on gender politics in the bass world will be featured at the International Society of Bassists (ISB) convention this summer.
Stephanie Liu is a New York-based violinist and doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has recently held fellowships at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and Bang on a Can at Mass MoCA. Stephanie has served as a mentor for Lincoln Center Education and was a recipient of the Davis Projects for Peace awards in 2015. She also makes an impact as an arts administrator, currently working with Talea Ensemble and The New York New Music Ensemble. A native of North Carolina, Stephanie holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University, with minors in Sustainable Energy and Violin Performance.
Julia Lougheed is a clarinetist/bass clarinetist who is passionate about using music to convey the emotions of "now". She performs throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area as a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser. Julia frequently collaborates with living composers and is a champion of new works for solo clarinet, solo bass clarinet, and clarinet quartet. In addition to her performing commitments, Julia works as production manager for Oh My Ears, a new music presenting organization. She also maintains an active private studio, teaches courses at local community colleges, and explores music cognition research as a doctoral student at Arizona State University.
José’s music incorporates a wide range of influences from Colombian folk tunes to modern music, while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal, and spectralism. He’s interested in the idiosyncratic synthesis of timbral examination, Latin American vernacular music, and technology. He has written for Alarm Will Sound, Taller Sonoro, Wild Up, Third Coast Percussion, American piano duet Hockett, among others. He curates Stack Overflow a concert series that promotes electronic music. An alumnus of the National University of Colombia as both composer and percussionist, holds a MM in composition from the the University of Missouri. He is currently a DMA composition student at UT Austin.
Joshua Alvarez Mastel
Composer Joshua Alvarez Mastel strives to create immersive musical environments whose formal processes often draw from his fascination with psychoacoustic phenomena and their relationship to other modes of human perception, and from his interest in paleoanthropology, art history, and natural and cognitive sciences. Also an active improvisor and an avid field recorder, Josh’s music has been performed by JACK Quartet, Alea III, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and AIR Ensemble Beijing. He completed his undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Stratis Minakakis and John Mallia, and he is currently pursuing his Masters at Montclair State University, where he studies with Marcos Balter, Nathan Davis, and Phyllis Chen.
Liam McGill was born in New Jersey, USA in 1996. Throughout most of their childhood, they studied Celtic percussion and performed regularly as a member of bagpipe and drum bands. Early in college, they studied electroacoustic music and have been composing music ever since. In May, Liam will graduate with an A.B. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where they study composition with Chaya Czernowin.
Lisa Mezzacappa has been an active collaborator in the San Francisco Bay Area music community for more than 15 years. Her activities as a composer, bassist and ensemble leader encompass ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art. Mezzacappa has released her music on the New World, Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo and NotTwo record labels, and her work has been supported by the MAP Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Aaron Copland Fund. Current projects include the improvising orchestra, the duo B. Experimental Band; a suite for sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics; and a podcast opera about relationships at the dawn of the Internet.
Trained as an architect and orchestral contrabassist, Roxanne Nesbitt is an interdisciplinary artist, investigating the space between sound and design. Her research includes contemporary classical composition, experimental instrument design, electroacoustic music, improvisation, sound installation and performance. Recently, Roxanne has focused on her project, symbiotic instruments, where she designs, builds, and composes for “parasite-like” acoustic instruments that are played in or on existing traditional instruments. Roxanne collaborates with dancers and choreographers as a performer and composer. In January 2019, Roxanne composed a live electroacoustic score for the Biting School's Suddenly Slaughter, presented at the PUSH festival in Vancouver.
Annick Odom performs a wide variety of music, ranging from classical contemporary to old-time American ballads. Her solo project, "West Virginia, My Home,” mixes Appalachian folk songs, storytelling, and newly commissioned works to share the complexities of her home, tinged with love, sadness, humor, and a bit of homesickness. A bassist, clarinetist, and singer, she loves improvisation, collaborating with other artists across genres and disciplines to create new work, and connecting communities through art making.
Amanda Ross is a musician committed to contemporary music and collaboration. She performed at Strange Beautiful Music IX and XI (Detroit, MI), Soundscape Exchange Festival (Maccagno, Italy), and Threads All Arts Festival (Ypsilanti, MI). She is a founding member of Girlnoise, an Ann Arbor, MI based mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting the music and artistry of women. She received an EXCEL Enterprise grant through the University of Michigan to commission ALMANAC (2017) for trumpet and electronics by Chicago based composer Corey Smith. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan.
Theodosia enjoys an active career as an oboist, English horn player, and soprano internationally. She has played with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, and studio orchestras at Warner Brothers, EastWest, and Coachella. She recently recorded oboe, English horn and composed for Plan B’s film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and vocals for Miranda July’s film “Kajillionaire.” Theodosia has enjoyed performing under the baton of Placido Domingo, James Conlon, Carl St. Clair, and Johh Harbison. She starred as Maria in West Side Story with USC, and Songfest in 2018 with conductor Michael Barrett and narrator Jamie Bernstein. Theodosia’s passion for contemporary music has lead to performances at Bang on a Can Festival, soundSCAPE, and Songfest with composers including David Lang, Julia Wolfe, John Harbison, John Luther Adams, among many more. Theodosia holds degrees in Oboe and Voice from Oberlin Conservatory, and UCLA, and USC.
Laura Farré Rozada
Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician. She is currently the pianist in the NEXT Scheme with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the 2018/2019 season. She has worked with composers such as George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders; and premiered works by Philippe Manoury, David Lang and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, among others. Laura recently published her debut album The French Reverie, and has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and the UK. She has appeared in France 3, France Musique, Classic FM and the Bulgarian National Radio.
Cellist Jake Saunders is a native of Boise, Idaho. As a performer, curator, educator, artistic director, and new music advocate, Saunders engages diverse communities through inclusive programming and distinctive collaboration. Saunders is the Artistic Director of 208 ensemble, the first professional ensemble in Idaho dedicated to the performance of contemporary chamber music. In 2018, 208 ensemble introduced Avant-Garden, a project designed to commission chamber music annually from emerging and underrepresented composers. Saunders is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is pursuing the degree of DMA.. Saunders holds a MM from Boise State University and a BM from the University of Michigan.
Niloufar Shiri is a Kamâncheh player, composer, and improviser. She performs a wide range of music from classical Persian music to improvisatory and experimental music. Niloufar received her diploma in Kamancheh performance from Tehran Music Conservatory. Since 2010, she is studying and researching classical Persian music with Hossein Omoumi. In 2012, the research received a grant from the NEA. Niloufar is a graduate of UCSD where she studied composition with Lei Liang and improvisation with Mark Dresser. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at UCI where she studies under the supervision of Kojiro Umezaki.
Gavin Stewart is a flautist, collaborator, and advocate of new music. Having attended courses dedicated to new works, including Grollo Flute sessions and Robert Dick's New York Studio, he has an emerging international reputation in the performance of contemporary flute music. Gavin is currently undertaking a funded PhD project at Royal Holloway, where he is researching the Kingma System flute’s timbral ability and exploring theories of artistic collaboration and distributed creativity. Outside of the practice rooms, Gavin can often be found in the pool, chilling out with a book, or out exploring wherever his music-making takes him.
Jo Anne Sukumaran
Highly versatile and experimental, Jo Anne is one of Singapore's leading bassoonists. A passionate chamber musician, she has founded and led many chamber groups. She performed mostly as an independent orchestral musician. In late 2017, she decided to focus on solo and chamber playing. Her free-spirited nature led her to playing in diverse spaces including art galleries and museums. She has performed internationally as a guest musician at various festivals. Besides an active performing and teaching portfolio, Jo Anne hosts and produces her own interview series called “Legends of Reed”, showcasing interviews with double reed musicians from around the world.
Michiko Theurer is a passionate performer, visual artist, and conversation-weaver dedicated to opening spaces for shared experience. As a violinist, she has collaborated with members of Eighth Blackbird, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and So Percussion, and is a founding member of the Bay-Area based all-female interdisciplinary improv collective, fff. Her artistic and intellectual projects cross disciplinary and sensory borders, and include performances, intermedia art, installations, and frequent collaborations with composers, scholars, and artists of other media. She holds a DMA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently a PhD student in musicology at Stanford.
Yuma Uesaka is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer known for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound in the New York City creative music scene. An alumnus of Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, Yuma worked and studied with cutting edge luminaries such as Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, and Nicole Mitchell. Born in London and raised in Michigan, Yuma started studying the saxophone at the age of 10. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from University of Michigan, where he majored in Jazz Studies and Computer Science Engineering. There he studied with Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Andrew Bishop, and Erik Santos.
Aliya Ultan is a composer, cellist, singer, and dancer from Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager Ultan participated in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer’s Program where her music was both workshopped and performed at the Lincoln Center. Before attending the Interlochen Arts Academy on a full scholarship, Ultan trained as a dancer at the Ailey School as well as Steps on Broadway in Manhattan. Ultan’s interdisciplinary approach to creating art has led to performances with the Grammy award winning Eighth Blackbird Ensemble and master improviser Douglas Ewart of the AACM. Ultan is winner of numerous grants and competitions including From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Award, YoungArts, Oberlin College’s Flint Initiative Grant, and XARTS. Ultan and her sister Taiga have appeared in Iceland’s Chamber Music Festival as resident composer-performers for the past two years presenting concerts of all original music including duo improvisations. While attending Vijay Iyer’s Jazz and Creative Music program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Ultan was a featured soloist in a piece by her sister titled Opera Synopsis, a challenging yet humorous work for large ensemble involving musicians from a diverse array of stylistic backgrounds. Most recently, Ultan has completed two commissioned works including a contemporary circus show and large ensemble piece for the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her current work involves a series of diverse collaborative projects including a tour with the newly formed Natedal (an improvising trio of singer-multi instrumentalists) as well as a film score for a short by Cici Sutter about climate change and its effects on three generations of women. Ultan holds a BM in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory and will begin her graduate studies in experimental composition with Dr. Tyshawn Sorey at Wesleyan University in the Fall.
Kristina Wolfe is composer and Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholar currently working in sound archaeology exhibition and composition at the University of Huddersfield. Her work has been performed at the MATA (Music at the Anthology) festival, Ostrava Days, Bang- On-A-Can summer institute, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She will be a 2019 composer-in-residence at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. She has a B.A. in Music Technology from Florida International University, an M.A. in Digital Musics from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments from Brown University. She is a Deep Listening practitioner and new music community member.
Korean-American composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sound artist Bora Yoon conjures electroacoustic soundscapes using objects and instruments from various cultures and centuries to formulate a multimedia storytelling through music and song. Featured in the Wall Street Journal and WIRE Magazine for her musical innovations, Yoon’s works have been presented by Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, TED, the Nam June Paik Art Center (Korea), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), MADE Festival (Sweden), Singapore Arts Festival, Smithsonian Museum, and universities worldwide. Interdisciplinary collaborators include data artist R. Luke DuBois, late poet Sekou Sundiata, Icelandic producer Ben Frost, guitarist Kaki King, DJ King Britt, composer Michael Gordon, early music ensemble New York Polyphony, and more. She is a Music/Sound fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Music Composition and the Interdisciplinary Humanities at Princeton University. www.borayoon.com