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KYLE BARTLETT is a composer and performer living in Philadelphia. Finding inspiration in the logic of dreams and the viscerality of performance, her “entertaining” music that “turn[s] instruments that are usually all about melody into ones about texture” (Musical America) spans from acoustic to electronic music and from concert forms to multi-disciplinary, site-specific installation. Her work has been performed by PRISM Saxophone Quartet (USA), Oerknal! (Netherlands), E-MEX Ensemble (Germany), and Champ d’Action (Belgium). Her 2017-18 season includes premieres by guitarist Dan Lippel and counter)induction. www.kylebartlett.com

 

IMG_20170727_082035_processedDOUGLAS BOYCE writes chamber music that draws on Medieval and Renaissance traditions, modernist aesthetics, building rich rhythmic structures that shift between order, fragmentation, elegance, and ferocity. Regarding La Déploration, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote that “…the violinist, cellist… and clarinetist… spread out throughout the crypt. Against vaporous harmonics and ghostly fragments of Renaissance music played by the strings, [a] warm, clear clarinet announced itself as very much alive as it sashayed in and out of blues territory and laughed in the face of their mournful keening.” www.douglasboyce.net

 

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician with a wide-ranging repertoire, violinist/violist MIRANDA CUCKSON is one of the most acclaimed performers of contemporary music. Appearing at venues from the Berlin Philharmonie to the Teatro Colón to the Library of Congress, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in Piston’s Concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her adventurous discography, on ECM, Urlicht, Centaur and others, features music of Bartók, Lutoslawski, Wolpe, Carter, Ferneyhough, Xenakis, Haas, Korngold, Ponce, Sessions, Eckardt, Shapey, Martino, Hersch, Glass, Mumford, Fujikura and more. Her Nono album was named a 2012 Best Recording by the NYTimes. www.mirandacuckson.com

 

With performances conveying “spiritedness and humor”, “unflagging precision and energy”, “eloquence and passion” (New York Times) and playing described as “something magical” (Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical…expert” (Philadelphia Inquirer), BENJAMIN FINGLAND interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature. He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists – ranging in scope from Brooklyn Rider and the Horszowski Trio to Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John.  www.benjaminfingland.com

With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (NY Times), JESSICA MEYER is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. Recent commissions include a work for the Nautilus Brass Quintet as the composer in residence at the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut. Upcoming commissions include works for cellist Amanda Gookin of the Public String Quartet, flutist/dancer Zara Lawler, and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner. http://jessicameyermusic.com/

 

Praised for her “radiant” and “expressive” performances (The New York Times), cellist KAREN OUZOUNIAN is a winner of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award and at home in diverse musical settings. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, First Prize winner at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the 2017-18 String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a member of A Far Cry and has performed with the Silk Road Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Knights, as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, on tour with Musicians from Marlboro, and in recital at Caramoor.   www.karenouzounian.com/

 

RYAN STREBER is a composer and audio engineer based in New York City whose works have been performed in the United States and abroad by artists and ensembles such as The American Composers Orchestra, The Lucerne Percussion Group, The Juilliard Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Flexible Music, Line C3 Percussion Quartet, ACME, Boston Conservatory, Gemini Youth Orchestra, and many others. Ryan’s CD Concentric was released in 2014 on New Focus Recordings.  In addition to composing, Ryan is co-owner of Oktaven Audio, a recording studio in Yonkers, NY. www.ryanstreber.com

 

NING YU has worked with esteemed composers including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Enno Poppe, and given dozens of premieres worldwide. A prominent chamber musician, Ning is a member of ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, counter)induction, and Ensemble Signal, and has played with Talea, Wet Ink, Glenn Kotke, ICE, Bang on a Can Allstars, and many other wide-ranging ensembles. In theater, she performed with Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse—a critically acclaimed production directed by Lee Breuer. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Stony Brook University, and Ning is a faculty member at the George Washington University. ningyupiano.com

 

Originally from Guilford CT, SKYLER HAGNER (intern, social media man-at-arms) is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. While at Temple he studied under Ben Schachter, Tim Warfield, and Norman David. Under Dr. David’s influence, Skyler began composing and arranging. Passion for composing lead Skyler to score the 2015 production of the play “For Colored Girls” in Philadelphia, a series of works for jazz ensemble with a speaker, as well as the creation of the Skyler Hagner Quintet and Octet. In 2017 Skyler was accepted to BMI’s Jazz Composer’s Workshop, a prestigious community of like minded arrangers based in NYC. Skyler is currently an adjunct professor of woodwinds at the University of New Haven and maintains a busy performance schedule. www.skylerhagner.com