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
DOUGLAS 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/
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
CALEB VAN DER SWAAGH is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now know as Ensemble Connect) – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, The Knights, A Far Cry, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has appeared at the Chelsea Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, and Birdfoot Festival. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb has worked with such ensembles as Argento Chamber Ensemble, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, and the Callithumpian Consort and has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Sebastian Currier, Philippe Manoury, and David Lang, and has premiered many works by composers of his own generation. He also performs his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions that range from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.