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Cyro Baptista is a Brazilian percussionist and composer whose experience and penchant for innovation have made him one of the most respected percussionists in the world. Besides leading five different live or recording projects, he works with several jazz, pop, classical, and avant-garde artists including Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Trey Anastasio (of the band Phish), and Sting.
Steven Bernstein plays trumpet and slide trumpet, is a bandleader, composer, and arranger, and lives outside of musical convention. His groups, Sexmob and The Millennial Territory Orchestra, tour festivals and concerts worldwide, and he leads the Diaspora Series, which has released four records on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. In 1992 Mr. Bernstein started working with producer Hal Willner on collaborations with Lou Reed, Robert Altman, and U2. He is also a proud member of the Levon Helm Band.
John Butcher’s work encompasses improvisation, composition, and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Since leaving academia in 1982, he has collaborated with hundreds of musicians—including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Eddie Prevost, John Tilbury, and Steve Beresford. His compositions include pieces for Elision, Rova Quartet, and “somethingtobesaid” for his own septet.
Native Chicagoan Vincent Chancey moved to New York after receiving a bachelor of music degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Music. His classical private study was with Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Chancey has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Pan American Symphony, the One World Symphony, the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet, and the Netherlands Opera. Chancey has released three Cds: LEGenDES Imaginaires, Next Mode, a Julius Watkins tribute, and Welcome Mr. Chancey.
Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez lives in Brooklyn, New York. She creates electro-acoustic sound pieces using vinyl and needle. She has collaborated with Merce Cunningham, Otomo Yoshihide, and Pauline Oliveros. She was recently awarded the Jerome Emerging Artist grant and is a Van Lier Fellow.
Anthony Coleman is a composer, improvising keyboardist, and teacher from New York City. His ensembles have included the trio Sephardic Tinge and the Selfhaters Orchestra. CDs include the cycle by Night (1987–1992), a series of works inspired by Coleman’s experiences in (the ex-) Yugoslavia; and Shmutsige Magnaten, a live solo performance from the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival (Summer 2005) that features interpretations of the songs of Mordechai Gebirtig. Coleman has toured and recorded with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Shelley Hirsch, Roy Nathanson, and many others. Coleman is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation Department where he teaches Jazz and Composition.
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied with Alvin Lucier, worked with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous other musicians. He has been Visiting Artistic Director of STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin, and currently teaches in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Swiss-born composer/improviser Sylvie Courvoisier is one of the most creative and imaginative pianists in new music. A frequent collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori, and John Zorn, she is a member of Mephista and co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet and is the leader of her own quintet, Lonelyville, and the trio Abaton. Since 1997, she also performs regularly solo or with violinist Mark Feldman.
Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist
and with players on the American and international jazz scenes. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission.
Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. Evans works solo and with chamber orchestras, and also does performance art, improvisation, electro-acoustic music, and composition.
Winner of the 2007 Alpert Award in the Arts, Mark Feldman premiered the Violin Concerto of Guss Janssen as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Contemporary Music Festival Nederland Muziek Dagen. He has also been a Soloist with The Het Brabants Orchestra of Einhoven, Holland, The Basil Symphonetta and the WDR Radio Orchestra. His String Quartet “Book of Tells” was commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bill Frisell is now firmly established as a visionary presence in American music. The guitarist, composer, and bandleader has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, and musicians such as Gus Van Sant and Ron Carter. The New York Times described Frisell’s music this way: “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness."
Mary Halvorson’s eclectic body of work spans the worlds of chamber-folk, experimental rock, and avant-garde jazz. Known as “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz), she can be heard with her own bands and with such frequent collaborators as Jessica Pavone, Kevin Shea, and the iconic Anthony Braxton.
Kato Hideki is an independent composer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. His projects include Death Ambient with Fred Frith and Ikue Mori; Green Zone with Otomo Yoshihide and Uemura Masahiro; and OMNI with Nakamura Toshimaru & Akiyama Tetsuzi. Kato has collaborated with Nicolas Collins, James Fei, and Ursula Scherrer. He is a member of the analog synthesizer collective, Analogos.
A native New Yorker who has been deemed “an unorthodox, extraordinary fusion of vocalist, composer, and performance artist” by composer Anne LeBaron, Shelley Hirsch’s work encompasses storytelling, staged performances, compositions, improvisations, collaborations, installations, and radio plays that have been presented on five continents.
Pianist, composer, singer and songwriter Robin Holcomb performs internationally as a solo artist and leader of various ensembles. She composes extensively for chamber ensembles, big bands, dance, theater, and film. Her music has been released on the Nonesuch, Tzadik, and Songlines labels, and has been called “staggeringly beautiful” by the New York Times.
Pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz has been commissioned by the Icicle Creek Trio, Meet The Composer, Kronos, Seattle Chamber Players, Mary Flagler, PGAFF, BAM, and others. He has produced CDs for Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb, and Bill Frisell among others. He appears on over 300 CDs, thirty as a leader. He is the recipient of the 2008 NEA American Masterpieces Award.
Joan La Barbara, composer/performer/sound artist, has created a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques—multiphonics, circular singing, ululation, glottal clicks—her “signature sounds.” Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a DAAD Fellowship in Berlin, an NEA grant, numerous commissions for multiple voices, chamber ensemble, music theater, orchestra, and interactive technology. La Barbara is composing a new opera exploring the interior dialogue and sounds within the mind.
Korean cellist Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in contemporary cello performance, improvisation, and composition by mixing her multifaceted artistic influences. She has worked with numerous artists including Laurie Anderson, John Butcher, Vijay Iyer, Andrew Lampert, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, and John Zorn, and received a NYSCA composer commission in 2007 and an FCA grant in 2010.
Alan Licht is a New York–based guitarist, writer, and curator. Recent activities include performances with the newly reconstructed Luigi Russolo intonarumori (noise instruments) by Text of Light, the group he co-founded with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, and creating On Deaf Ears, a sound installation at Audio Visual Arts gallery in Manhattan. He is the author of Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories (Rizzoli, 2007).
Trumpeter and composer Frank London is a member of the Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave, and Klezmer Brass Allstars, which he leads; has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Itzhak Perlman, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Iggy Pop, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gal Costa, and others, and is featured on over 300 CDs. London is a Grammy and his CD, Carnival Conspiracy, was Rolling Stone’s #1 Non-English Recording of 2006.
Brooklyn based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is currently the professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.
Guy Klucevsek is a versatile composer and accordionist who has worked with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relache, John Williams, and John Zorn. He is the founder of Accordion Tribe, which was the subject of the 2002 documentary film, Accordion Tribe: Music Travels. He was also a guest on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Nathan Koci is a New York–based multi-instrumentalist and composer with a diverse repertoire, performing chamber music, jazz, improvisation, and old Cuban folk songs, among many other types of music. He has worked with Bang on a Can, Signal, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, TILT Brass, New Music Collective, and The Opposite of Train.
Ulrich Krieger is a composer, performer, and improviser living in California. He studied saxophone, composition, and electronic music. Krieger has developed an “acoustic electronics” approach to playing saxophone and composition. He works in experimental and electronic music, noise, improvisation, rock, and metal, collaborating with: Lou Reed, Lee Ranaldo, Thomas Köner, Phill Niblock, Radu Malfatti, and others. He teaches composition at the California Institute for the Arts.
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris is recognized internationally as the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction®; a leading innovator whose work redefines the roles of composer, conductor, arranger, and performer. Since 1974, his career has been distinguished by unique and outstanding international contributions.
Christopher McIntyre leads a multifaceted career as performer, composer, and curator/producer. He interprets and improvises on trombone and synthesizer and composes new work for TILT Brass and Ne(x)tworks. He has recorded for Tzadik, New World, and Mode. Curatorial work includes projects at The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, and The Stone, and Artistic Director of the MATA Festival (2007–2010).
Pipa player and composer Min Xiao-Fen transcends borders with cutting-edge music. A breathtaking virtuoso, Min blends ancient Chinese music and her own compositions, diverse musical influences including Chinese folk music and regional operas, Taoist music, American jazz and bluegrass. She was honored with an award from the Asian Cultural Council. Min is also the founder of Blue Pipa, Inc.
Thurston Moore co-founded the New York–based rock group Sonic Youth in 1980. He records and performs as a solo artist as well and has worked collaboratively with Merce Cunningham, Cecil Taylor, Lydia Lunch, and Glenn Branca. He has composed music for films by Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, and Allison Anders. He publishes art books and literature through Ecstatic Peace Library and releases music through Ecstatic Peace Records + Tapes.
Ikue Mori moved from Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal No Wave band DNA with Arto Lindsay. Since the 1990s she has collaborated with numerous improvisers throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999. In 2000 Ikue started using laptop computers to expand her vocabulary, not only performing sounds with them but creating visual work as well.
David Moss is considered one of the most innovative singers and performers in contemporary music. He began performing with Christian Marclay in 1983. In 1991, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, in 1992, a DAAD Fellowship in Berlin.
Moss is the artistic director of the Institute for Living Voice, and he performs with the groove trio, Denseland. He lives in Berlin.
Mark Nauseef has performed and recorded for more than forty years with many leading musicians of various genres from around the world. Areas of study include Javanese Gamelan, Balinese Gamelan, North Indian music theory, Pakhawaj drumming, Ghanaian drumming and dance, frame drum techniques of the Middle East, India, and the Caucasus, and twentieth-century Western percussion techniques. Current music activities include recording and performance as a member of the Kudsi Erguner Ensemble, led by the Turkish classical Sufi ney master and composer Kudsi Erguner. This ensemble, made up mostly of Turkish classical musicians, plays reworked compositions of the Ottoman Empire as well as modern and classical repertoire.
Sound artist, social composer, and a core member of SHARE, o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi) is known for her works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one’s relationship with sounds in sociological, cultural, and psychological context. Exploring aural space, o.blaat created Car décalé (légèrement) utilizing audio feedback, and installed SOUNDLEAK: TheROOM at Medien Kultur Haus, Wels, Austria.
Zeena Parkins is a composer and improviser who works with sound as a solo performer, installation artist, and collaborator with fellow musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, and light composers. Known as a pioneer of the electric harp, Zeena has expanded the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, processing. She has received commissions from all over the world as well as numerous awards including three Bessie Awards and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYFA, NYSCA, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Lee Ranaldo is a musician, visual artist, writer, and founding member of the New York City group Sonic Youth. Their most recent record is The Eternal, released in 2009. An extensive touring museum exhibition, Sonic Youth, etc: Sensational Fix, opened in June 2008 at LIFE, St. Nazaire, France and continues to tour four other museums in Europe through 2010. Ranaldo’s visual and sound works have been shown most recently in the solo show “A Random Collection of Cells,” at Hogar Collection in Brooklyn, New York. His latest collection of writings, Against Refusing, enlist Internet spam as a springboard for poetry. Recent solo recordings include Afternoon Saints: The Shirley Jangle (with Christian Marclay, Gunter Muller, David Watson); We’ll Know Where When We Get There (with Leah Singer), and Maelstrom from Drift.
Marina Rosenfeld is a composer and artist based in New York. Her work has been widely presented in Europe and North America by festivals, museums and organizations including the Whitney Museum (Biennials 2002 and 2008), Stedelijk Museum, Tate Modern, Creative Time, Holland Festival, Performa Biennial, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and many others. She is also co-chair of Bard College’s graduate program in Music/Sound.
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 30 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He performs primarily on the alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi—an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. He leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris on guitar and Samir Chatterjee on tabla. Recent recordings include Sync’s Harbinger, Intervals, a double-CD of solo work, Live at Roulette with Evan Parker and Are You Be and The Fell Clutch on the label Animul. Chamber music releases include Inner Diaspora, Ghost Stories, and Power Lines. Other collaborators have included Sainkho Namchylak, Paul Dresher, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Yuji Takahashi.
A central figure in the avant-garde for more than 30 years, Elliott Sharp leads Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetics to musical composition and interaction. His work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale with the premiere of “On Corlear’s Hook” for the Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt.
Michael Snow was born in Toronto not so long ago, and lives there now—but has also lived in Montreal, Chicoutimi, and New York. A multi-instrumentalist, he has performed solo as well as with various ensembles, most often with the CCMC of Toronto, in Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan. He has been a painter and sculptor, although since 1962 much of his gallery work has been photo-based or holographic. Snow was commissioned to do an exterior art work titled Lightline on the Trump Tower at Bay and Adelaide, which will open this year.
Receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Julliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski's American Symphony Orchestra, and by appearing with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones. He also recorded numerous solo CDs on the following labels: Koch, New World, ENJA, DMP, Tzadik, CIMP, and PAU.
Yasunao Tone, a founder of Group Ongaku and an original member of Fluxus, was born in Tokyo in 1935 and moved to New York in 1972. Public performances include Kitchen, Roulette, and pieces at the Guggenheim Museum SOHO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, and a commission by the American Dance Festival for Merce Cunningham. His work has been featured in group shows at the Venice Biennale, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, and the Yokohama Triennale.
Kate Valk began working with The Wooster Group in 1979 and since then has co-composed and performed in all of the Group’s theater productions. She has also worked on and been featured in the Group’s radio, film, and video projects, most recently the 360 degree video installation THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER. Valk founded and directs the Group’s Summer Institute, a performance intensive for public high school students.
Nate Wooley grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon, a fishing and lumber town. He began playing trumpet professionally at age thirteen and now resides in New York where he has garnered acclaim for his solo work as well as his collaborations with such luminaries as Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, David Grubbs, and Joe Morris.
Alexander Waterman is a founding member of the Plus Minus Ensemble, based in Brussels and London, specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. In New York he performs with the Either/Or Ensemble. His film written with Beatrice Gibson, A Necessary Music, narrated by Robert Ashley and with original music by Waterman, premiered at the Whitney Museum ISP show and won the Tiger Prize for Best Short Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2008. He runs a record label (D.S. al coda) in collaboration with Dexter Sinister. His writings have been published by Dot Dot Dot, Paregon, FoArm, and Artforum.
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