Created by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder Claire Chase and longtime ICE artist-in-residence Steven Schick, Ensemble Evolution brings a tireless commitment to fostering a holistic understanding of the artist as a global citizen in a boundary-pushing collaboration with The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York City. Through workshops, conversations, and world premiere performances alongside the faculty, Ensemble Evolution participants engage in music making, community building, and creative producing. The ten-day program hosts performances at the highest caliber with musicians dedicated to transforming the way music is created and experienced.
Over the course of the program, participants will take responsibility for programming, rehearsing, and producing concerts. Ensemble Evolution invites creative artists into a collaborative ecosystem that fosters social consciousness and new modes of community-building through music.
Participants, faculty, guest artists, and theorists will work together on a series of inquiries in a daily schedule of lessons, rehearsals, workshops, presentations, and discussions.
- How do we discover and nourish new musical ideas?
- How can technology make collaboration more open and inclusive?
- How do we support one another in the creation and advancement of collaborative ensembles?
Ensemble Evolution will investigate the complex ecosystem of performing arts. The process will culminate in a large-scale, collectively-curated performance featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble, New School Faculty, and special guests.
ensemble evolution 2020 showcase
Works created and performed by 2020 participants during the program as well as work they have created in the past.
panels & discussions
(They/Them She/Her/Hers Two Spirit) Matana Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Matana is a guest of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD this year: http://www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de/de/index_de.php Photo: Evan Hunter McKnight
(He/Him/His) Pianist Cory Smythe has worked closely with pioneering artists in new, improvisatory, and classical music, including saxophonist-composer Ingrid Laubrock, violinist Hilary Hahn, and multidisciplinary composers from Anthony Braxton to Zosha Di Castri. Photo: Dylan Chandler
(He/Him/His) Described by the New York Times as “stunning and assured”, Atlanta native David Byrd-Marrow has worked with a uniquely wide range of performers and composers. David is the Assistant Professor of Horn at the Lamont School of Music, of The University of Denver. Photo: Viola Yip
(She/Her/Hers) Flutist and vocalist Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. Alice’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces and develop a rich and vibrant repertoire that reflects our era. She serves as Assistant Professor of Performance in the Music Department at New York University. Photo: Blaise Hayward
LISA E. HARRIS
(Li/Li's) Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an independent and interdisciplinary artist, creative soprano, performer, composer, improvisor, filmmaker, poet, writer, singer/songwriter, and educator from Houston Texas. Li's work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place.
(He/Him/His) Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times) and a “formidable guitarist” (Chicago Magazine), enjoys a diverse career ranging through solo and chamber performances and recordings to collaborations in diverse contexts. Photo: Oresti Tsonopoulos
(He/Him/His) Filipino-American Levy Marcel Ingles Lorenzo works at the intersection of music, art, and technology. On an international scale, his body of work spans custom electronics design, sound engineering, instrument building, installation art, free improvisation, and classical percussion. With a primary focus on inventing new instruments, he prototypes, composes, and performs new electronic music. Dr. Lorenzo holds a position as Assistant Professor of Creative Technologies at The New School, College of Performing Arts. Photo: Peter Gannushkin
(He/Him/His) Saxophonist Ryan Muncy, praised for his ability to "show off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement" (The Chicago Reader), is a soloist and chamber musician who performs, commissions, and presents new music. His work emphasizes collaboration and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music.
(She/Her/Hers) Rebekah Heller is a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and advocate for new music. As Co-Artistic Director and bassoonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble, she has developed and premiered hundreds of new works by a diverse array of contemporary composers worldwide, on stages big and small. Photo: Michael Yu
(He/Him/His) Ross Karre is a percussionist, arts administrator, and intermedia artist. He works with a variety of media and practices ranging from contemporary classical music to experimental multimedia performance incorporating video, sound, lighting, and theater. He has played percussion with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2011 where he is the co-artistic director.
(She/Her/Hers) Described by The New York Times as “spellbinding” and “delightfully quirky matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis Chen's music draws from tactile exploration of objects and sound. Her interests include interdisciplinary work and finding ways music connects with other art forms and community. Chen is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the director-founder of the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition and festival for toy piano. Most recently, Chen was named one of the 2019 Cage Cunningham Fellows by Baryshnikov Arts Center. With an interest in Japanese music, Phyllis also plays and studies the shakuhachi flute. Photo: Kimono Photography
(She/Her/Hers) Violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson delights audiences internationally with her performances as soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of music, from older eras to the most current creations. She has in recent years become one of the most acclaimed performers of contemporary music, bringing new works more into the center of classical music life. Photo: John Rogers
(He/Him/His) Percussionist and composer Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes). He has premiered hundreds of works by luminaries and by emerging composers, and has appeared as a concerto soloist on hammered dulcimer with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic. Photo: Charlotte Dobre
(She/Her/Hers) Called “a player of formidable expressive gifts” by the NYT, cellist Katinka Kleijn has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Lincoln Center, and the Tokyo Metropolitan theater; and is a Drag City Records artist. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and International Contemporary Ensemble, Kleijn enjoys a genre defying career; her composition Forward Echo for 11 improvisers premiered at the Instigation Festival, and her devised work Water on the Bridge for cellos and swimming pool with Lia Kohl was presented by the city of Chicago. Photo: Todd Rosenberg
RANIA EL MUGAMMAR
(She/Her/Hers They/Them/Their) Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese artist, anti-oppression consultant, and liberation educator based in Toronto. Rania's artistic and community work is deeply rooted in Black Liberation, Rania is a published writer, award winning organizer, speaker, arts educator, and multidisciplinary performer. Photo: Zahra Siddiqui
(He/Him/His) As a clarinetist Joshua Rubin has been praised by the New York Times as "incapable of playing an inexpressive note." He is a founding member and former Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, where he oversaw the creative direction of more than one hundred concerts per season. He works with technologies to make electronic music easier for performers and composers, and to build platforms to assist ensembles and other arts organizations that value transparency and collective management. Photo: Rachel Berger
(He/Him/His) Chris Hope, CTS is the founder and executive director of The Loop Lab, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young adults of color to enter careers in the media arts industry in Cambridge. Hope received his B.A. from Tufts University, and a Masters at Harvard Divinity School. Hope is also an accomplished Audio-Video professional and on-air DJ with a podcast and radio broadcast called “Hip-Hope Radio,” having interviewed guests like Dr. Cornel West. Photo: Matt Malikowski/The Loop Lab
(He/Him/His) David Williams is a public interest attorney and adjunct faculty member in the College of Performing Arts at The New School where he teaches graduate seminars in entrepreneurship. His forthcoming book, The Enterprising Musician’s Legal Toolkit (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), focuses on entrepreneurial-themed legal issues relevant to emerging artists without regard to artistic practice. David holds a JD from New York Law School, and degrees in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), and the New England Conservatory of Music (MM), as well as a BM in Musical Studies from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he is a former faculty member. Photo: David Fung
ELISA H. HAMILTON
(She/Her/Hers) Elisa H. Hamilton creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. She has been the recipient of four public art grants to create temporary public works in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, and two grants from New England Foundation for the Arts. She has held artist residencies with Vermont Studio Center, Boston Center for the Arts, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the Fenway Alliance. Current projects include "Jukebox," a community centered public art project being commissioned by the City of Cambridge for the Cambridge Foundry. Hamilton continues her creative practice at her studio at Boston Center for the Arts. Photo: Suzanne Merritt
CEYLON MITCHELL II
(He/Him/His) Ceylon Mitchell II is a professional flutist, arts entrepreneur, educator, and arts advocate. Committed to culturally competent performances that promote traditionally marginalized communities, particularly those from Black and Latinx identities, his mission is keeping classical music alive, authentic, and accessible. Ceylon is currently a DMA student at the University of Maryland in Flute Performance. Recent achievements include the Strathmore Artist in Residence Class of 2021, a 2019 Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Artist Fellowship Grant, and a 2018 Prince George’s County Forty UNDER 40 Award in Arts & Humanities. Ceylon supports performing artists and arts organizations with digital media production and marketing consulting as the founder and co-owner of M3 | Mitchell Media & Marketing, LLC. Photo: Andre Horton Photography
(He/Him/His) Durell Cooper is a Doctoral student in the Educational Theatre Department at New York University. Prior to returning back to school, Durell founded the boutique consulting firm Cultural Innovation Group. He was a Program Officer at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and has held multiple administrative positions with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and Lincoln Center Education as well as several community engagement initiatives aimed at increasing equity and inclusion in NYC public schools. Durell is a proud veteran of the armed forces having served in the U.S. Navy. He is a 2018 graduate of the Impact Program for Arts Leaders (IPAL) at Stanford University. Photo: Alejandro Garcia
DR. TOBIE STEIN
(She/Her/Hers) Tobie Stein, Ph.D. is a two-time Fulbright Specialist (Israel and Taiwan), a member of the Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, and a member of the American Sociological Association. Her podcasts and video appearances, focusing on racial justice in the nonprofit workforce and leadership training have appeared on the Art Movez podcast, New Books Network podcast, Brooklyn Savvy, Circus Talk, and the Foundation Center Philanthropy Chat Web site. Her international work in performing arts and nonprofit management has been recognized in China, France, Israel, Mexico, and Taiwan. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, focusing on career and workforce development from The CUNY Graduate Center and is on the Distinguished Mentors Council of Composers Now.
(She/Her/Hers) Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in Audience Diversification by the Arts & Business Council, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. Currently, she is consulting as Senior Advisor, Community Engagement at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is also the founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press and audience development consulting agency. She has provided multicultural marketing for over 20 Broadway productions as well as numerous non-profit arts organizations around the world. Donna is the recipient of over 50 numerous awards, proclamations and citations including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award and 2012 Women of, among others. Photo: Nichole Washington
(He/Him/His) George Lewis is Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, Lewis also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University. Lewis is the author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press) and co-editor of the two- volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). A 2019 recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, his compositions, published by Edition Peters, are performed worldwide. Photo: Eileen Barroso
(She/Her/Hers) Sharnita directs the Dodge Foundation’s Arts grants, which foster a diverse and vibrant arts ecosystem, create broad-based public support of the arts, and support communities engaged in creative placemaking in New Jersey. Prior to joining Dodge, Sharnita managed a $25 million grantmaking portfolio in education, health and family economic security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan. Sharnita holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit.
(She/Her/Hers) Courtney Bryan is a composer and pianist and the Albert and Linda Mintz Professor of Music at Newcomb College in the School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University. She holds a DMA in Composition from Columbia University. Bryan’s award-winning music draws on jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. She was the 2018 music recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2019-20 recipient of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize in Music Composition, and is currently a recipient of a 2020-21 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Photo: Alex Smith
(He/Him/His) James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering and has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006 where he is Professor of Electronic Arts and Head of the Music Department and Art and Technology Program. He is the recipient of the 2014 Grants for Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and currently the president of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation. Photo: Alice Wu
(He/Him/His) Yuma Uesaka is known for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound in the New York City creative music scene. He has performed in renowned venues in NYC such as The Jazz Gallery, Roulette, and National Sawdust, as well as in international music festivals such as Detroit Jazz Festival, Lima ICPNA Jazz Festival (Peru), and Otsu Jazz Festival (Japan). As an improviser-performer, Yuma has premiered works by Anna Webber (Idiom VI) and Alvin Lucier (Monteverdi Shapero). He holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, in Jazz Studies and Computer Science Engineering. Since relocating to NYC, he has studied clarinet with Vasko Dukovski and composition with Eric Wubbels. Photo: Aaron Winters
ELIZABETH A. BAKER
(She/Her/Hers) Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible. Elizabeth has received international recognition from press, scholars, and the public for her conceptual compositions and commitment to inclusive programming. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed in Fall 2019 “Perhaps Baker will be the Pauline Oliveros of her generation, and perhaps she will be more than that.” Photo: Elizabeth A. Baker
ELIJAH J. THOMAS
(He/Him/His) Elijah J. Thomas is a Black Philadelphia-born and Harlem-based windist, educator and composer. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Arranging & Composition and an M.M. in Music Education, studying woodwind performance and improvisation with Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, Jr. and Walter Bell, and composition/arranging with Dr. Cynthia Folio, Kevin Rodgers, and Dr. Maurice Wright. Elijah has held teaching positions across Philadelphia and New York City, currently teaching in Manhattan. He has three recorded projects as a leader: Diversity and The Unity of Sound by his former group The NeW Quintet, and Our Search by his Social Music Collective. Photo: Zamani Feelings
(She/Her/Hers) Teagan Faran is a multidisciplinary musician focused on enacting social change through the arts. She has recorded with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, La Martino Orquesta Típica, and recently released her debut solo album. Faran served as concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Orquesta Escuela de Emilio Balcarce. As a soloist, Faran has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Camerata, and the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, among others. Faran was a 2019 Fulbright fellow in Buenos Aires as well as a Turn The Spotlight Fellow, receiving their inaugural Hedwig Holbrook Prize. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Photo: Naomi Vand
(She/Her/Hers They/Them/Theirs) Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based performer, writer, and photographer. Her creative work reflects a solitary, interior world, drawing on a musical life that requires long hours alone and listening. Deidre is a member of the artist collective Mocrep, co-owner of the experimental cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+, co-curator of the We Series at Elastic Arts, and founder of Spiderf*rt Press. As a flutist, Deidre has extensively toured the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. She plays with Manual Cinema and has recorded for Urtext and Bridge Records. She studied at the Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Photo: Maren Celest
(He/Him/His They/Them/Theirs) Philip Snyder is a musician, educator, and arts administrator who is interested in practices of experimentation that lead to new ways of creating space for the discovery and sharing of art. Philip is a founding member of the North Carolina contemporary ensemble earspace, one half of the experimental duo if.else, co-founder of the South Carolina presenting organization Wired Music, and co-founder of the anti-curatorial platform Off Latch Press. They additionally work as an Admissions Counselor at Manhattan School of Music. Current projects include a durational work for flutes, sine tones, and immersive projections by Randy Gibson; ongoing presentations of instill by D. Edward Davis for flute and meditators in a labyrinth; and other commissioning initiatives. Photo: Sabrina Raber
(She/Her/Hers) Jessica Shand is a rising senior in the Harvard/NEC dual degree program jointly concentrating in mathematics and music. Most recently, she was awarded Harvard's 2020 Hugh F. MacColl Prize in Composition, invited to speak at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory on a panel hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women and the Queer Resources Group, and worked for New Amsterdam Records and ICE Ensemble. Her mentors include flutists Paula Robison, Claire Chase, and Brook Ferguson, among others. Photo: Mei Stone
(She/Her/Hers) Gabi Vanek’s sonic interests are primarily the aesthetic and tonal crossover often found between contemporary classical music and harsh noise. She has performed as both a soloist and as part of chamber ensembles at festivals, concert series, and beyond including: New Music on the Point, nief-norf, KNOB New Music Festival, Feed Me Weird Things, 20/20 Sound Festival, the International Double Reed Society, and most unusually as a virtual exhibitor at the Osaka University of the Arts Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. Her scholarly credits include presenting at the University of Southern Denmark - Odense's 2016 "Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness" conference and a recently published follow up article in Metal Music Studies. Photo: Vero Rose Smith
(She/Her/Hers) Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a New York City-based violinist and dedicated performer of new and improvised music. She has commissioned and premiered numerous works for violin and electronics and given solo performances at Roulette Intermedium, Princeton University, MassMoCA, Columbia University, and SPLICE Festival. She also loves playing with others and is a founding member of Desdemona and appears regularly with the Savannah Philharmonic. In addition to performing, Adrianne is a passionate educator and on faculty at Greenwich House Music School and Larchmont Music Academy where she teaches violin and chamber music. Photo: Larry Dixon
(He/Him/His) Ben Rempel is a percussionist and composer whose work is a confluence of many musical practices including western classical and contemporary music, free improvisation, jazz and creative music, and Brazilian music. He has performed with improvisers Peter Evans and Anthony Davis, percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He has premiered pieces by George Lewis, Thomas Meadowcroft, and Adam Rudolph. A frequent interdisciplinary collaborator, he has co-composed and performed in several dance productions. Ben has a master’s degree from UC San Diego where he studied with Steven Schick and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. He lives in Los Angeles. Photo: Nicanor Evans
(She/Her/Hers) Emmalie Tello is a New York City-based clarinetist, teaching artist, and entrepreneur. She has appeared on award-winning commission recordings and premiered works at spaces including Bohemian National Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Hall. In October 2019, she made her concerto debut under David Fulmer performing Brian Ferneyhough's "La Chute d'Icare" with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble. She is co-founder of "Art Beyond the Ink," an enterprise which pairs live music with other art forms to engage audiences in musical storytelling and to deepen emotional connection and personal expression. When not performing, she enjoys yoga and baking. Photo: Aleksandr Karjaka
(She/Her/Hers) Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi explores the unfamiliar familiar while constantly being driven by the mechanism of the human psyche and exploring ways to manipulate it. Koochakzadeh-Yazdi writes for hybrid instrumental and electronic ensembles and performs live electronic sets. Her work has been featured in festivals such as New Music on the Point (Vermont, USA), wasteLAnd Summer Academy 2019 (Los Angeles, USA), EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet (Banff, Canada), Modulus Festival (Vancouver, Canada) and SALT New Music Festival (Victoria, Canada). Working with instrumental and electroacoustic media, she has also collaborated on projects written for dance performance, film, and theatre. Koochakzadeh-Yazdi is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in composition at Simon Fraser University with Sabrina Schroeder and Mauricio Pauly. Photo: Diane Smithers
(She/Her/Hers) Manca Dornik is a Slovenian accordionist currently studying in the class of Matti Rantanen at the Sibelius Academy, and also studies conducting and composition. She has performed in Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Finland and participated at many international competitions where she won several first and second places and prizes. She has played as soloist with many orchestras, including Jeaner Philharmonie, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, and Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, among others. She has performed at various festivals as both soloist and chamber musiciansincluding Imago Sloveniae, Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia, Linea concerts in Strasbourg, and Darmstadter Ferienkurse, among others. Manca is also a performer of Nyky ensemble of Sibelius Academy, ensemble UMUU, duo km² (with Kalle Hakosalo). Photo: Eva Prelovšek
(She/Her/Hers) Leni Kreienberg is a musician and performance artist currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. Her primary practice focuses on voice and electronic creation and performance, and aspires to connect and blend genres. Her latest work focuses on using dance and movement-derived data to feed musical computer systems. Photo: Will Kreienberg
(She/Her/Hers) Julie Kim is a NYC-based cellist, improviser, and performance artist. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, she seeks to push the boundaries of performance as a mode of expression, cultivating a unique style that draws influence from many different genres including classical music, avant-garde art, and multimedia performance. She has had the privilege of working with a variety of different artists in many different capacities and plans to continue pursuing this exploratory work as a collaborative discipline. She is a recent graduate of The New School where she studied with Fred Sherry. Photo: Acadia Mezzofanti
(She/Her/Hers) Tamika Gorski is a percussionist currently based in New York. She enjoys performing as a soloist, in orchestras, and especially in smaller chamber music settings. Favorite venues include concert halls, DIY spaces, living rooms, and gardens. Current projects include learning how to play drum set and performing improv sets for her cat. Tamika holds degrees from the Hartt School and the Manhattan School of Music. Photo: Jesieg Kim
(She/Her/Hers) With a direction in avant-garde music and art, Camila Nebbia studied at different institutions including classical saxophone at the Conservatory "Astor Piazzolla", jazz at the "Manuel de Falla" Conservatory and Film Director at the Universidad Del Cine. She was accepted into the masters degree program “CoPeCo Contemporary Performance and Composition” starting in September 2020. She won the “Raúl Urtazún & Frances Harley” scholarship to assist the jazz and creative music program at the Banff Centre. She is the creator of the collective interdisciplinary group and improvised series “La Jaula se ha vuelto pájaro y se ha volado”. Her third album as bandleader “Aura” will be released this year by the label Ears&eyes records. Photo: Celeste Rojas
(She/Her/Hers) Yiseul LeMieux is a composer and pianist who is passionately working on active engagements between music, audience, performers, and more. Since she graduated with her master’s degree in piano performance in 2017, she has been creating programs for children, adults, and animals with her compositions. Her compositions and programs involve a collaboration with different types of art and her audience’s engagements. She is a seeker of hidden opinions. She collects all hidden opinions, but prefers those brave and honest ones. Photo: Eric Liffmann
(She/Her/Hers) Phoebe Bognár is a Sydney-based flutist, composer, curator and improviser. Her approach to music is sewn with vibrancy and fluidity, and explores a range of genres, repertoire and styles. Phoebe has given numerous performances across the globe. sharing music with audiences in Sydney, London, Berlin, Oslo, Brisbane, Finland and the United States of America. Phoebe delights in genre-bending collaborations, art forms and disciplines that bring the world we live in into discourse. She explores new and exciting ways of creative expression which intertwine vocal techniques, objects, technology, and relationships with imagined and physical environments. Photo: Katherina Beale
(She/Her/Hers) Eve Werger is a contemporary keyboardist, performing extensively on piano, toy piano, and melodica. She is the founding member of Deaf Birds, an innovative multimedia duo linking contemporary keyboard music to interactive visual elements. Eve is a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Missouri, where she is a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. Eve has performed with ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird, Yarn/Wire, and the members of the Wet Ink, Fifth House, and Alarm Will Sound ensembles. She was the youngest-ever fellow to attend the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, and has proudly commissioned and premiered almost 30 new works in her lifetime. Photo: Maria Werger
(She/Her/Hers) Megan Rohrer is intrigued by the wide range of sounds that can come out of her acoustic wooden instruments, and loves to express her voice through newly composed projects, inter-arts collaborations, traditional classical works, and improvising. Megan is the violinist/violist and marketing chair of Virago, a highly active Southeast Michigan based quintet. Megan is also the first violinist of Converge, an award-winning Ann Arbor based string quartet. Megan is a budding composer, and recently premiered her work “DNA” with Virago. Megan earned her masters degree at the University of Michigan studying with Danielle Belen and Caroline Coade, and holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University where she studied with Blair Milton. Photo: Natali Herrera-Pacheco
(She/Her/Hers) Sarah Rossy is a mythical sonic creature of sorts, with a voice that is colourfully chameleonic yet vulnerably human. Based between her hometown of Montreal and New York City, she combines influences of jazz, experimental music, and interdisciplinary movement practices into her work for a truly unique result. As a composer, she has a keen interest in experiential processes which traverse through a feminist lens. She has shared the stage with many incredible artists, including John Hollenbeck, Christine Jensen, Jen Shyu, Ambrose Akinmusire, and more. In 2019, she released "The Conclusion", and is currently working towards a new full-length album. Photo: Jonathan Arseneau
(She/Her/Hers) Annick Odom is an American-Belgian musician living in The Netherlands. In her solo work, she often explores Appalachian narratives, working with American composers as well as folk musicians from her home state of West Virginia. She enjoys being a part of different musical worlds, from free improvisation to American Old Time. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a BM in Clarinet Performance, a BM in Double Bass Performance, and a BA in Psychology. She graduated in 2018 with a master’s from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Photo: Katie Alexis Photography
(She/Her/Hers) Known for her very personal signature with influences from jazz to afro-latin and “global” music, Rachel has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled, versatile and innovative artist. After producing 4 records on labels MultipleChordMusic (CA) & TruthRevolution (US), Rachel Therrien just released her 5th album, “VENA”, under French Label Bonsaï Music, recorded in Paris with her new European Quartet. She also tours both her last projects Why Don’t You Try, 2017, praised by Downbeat’s Editor's Pick with her Montreal Quintet which will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2020; with her New York based Latin Jazz Quartet and very occasionally, she performs her past album Pensamiento : Proyecto Colombia, 2016. Photo: Guillaume Saix
(She/Her/Hers) Hailed as a “singular harp virtuoso” Mélanie Genin is known for her “desire to re-shape and re-invent classical music.” Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Genin has performed in the world’s most prestigious halls, including Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, KKL, under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, and Alan Gilbert, among others. She regularly commissions and premieres new repertoire and develops innovative projects such as Toward the Sea with flutist Catherine Gregory. Ms. Genin received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. She subsequently studied at both The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Photo: Brian Hatton
(She/Her/Hers) Rebecca Lawrence’s creative interests range from contemporary and traditional classical music, renaissance and baroque historical performance practice, free improvisation, experimental, pop, and folk music to experimental sound, political activism, and social equity. She lives in Los Angeles, California and has studied with bassists David Allen Moore, François Rabbath and Paul Ellison. Significant performances include the Lucerne Festival Academy (2019), Ensemble Evolution at Banff (2019) and the Ojai Music Festival (2018). Photo: Samantha Hardy
CLIFTON JOSEPH GUIDRY III
(They/Them/Theirs) Clifton Joseph Guidry III is a New York City-based bassoonist, composer, and activist. Guidry has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Soulful Symphony, Dance Centre Kenya Ballet Orchestra. Guidry has participated in the Eastern Music Festival, and Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre, and the Spoleto Music Festival. Clifton holds a bachelor's degree in Bassoon Performance from Peabody Conservatory and a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Mannes School of Music. This fall, Clifton, will begin his masters at the Manhattan School of music, studying contemporary bassoon performance. Clifton was the winner of the 2020 Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship award. Photo: Alex Broussard
PUBLIC events SERIES
Join us for a series of online events featuring webinars, workshops, and performances by participants and faculty.
Lisa E. Harris
Rania El Mugammar
ALL GUEST PRESENTERS
Elisa H. Hamilton
Dr. Tobie Stein
Elizabeth A. Baker
Clifton Joseph Guidry III