Creators

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David Rosenboom

David Rosenboom (born 1947) is a composer-performer, interdisciplinary artist, author, and educator. Since the 1960s he has explored ideas about spontaneously emerging musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and multi-media, the interactive music of the infosphere, an approach to compositional modeling termed "propositional music", and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. His work is widely published, recorded, distributed and presented around the world, and he is known as a pioneer in American experimental music. Since 1990 he has been dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts where he now holds the Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music and is a conductor for the New Century Players, co-director of the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology and board member for the Center for New Performance.

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Martine Bellen

Martine Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry including the Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press); Further Adventures of the Monkey God (Spuyten Duyvil); Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Award; and Places People Dare Not Enter(Potes & Poets Press). A bilingual collection of her poetry has been published in Germany by Verlag im Waldgut (translator, Hans Jürgen Balmes) and she has co-translated from Chinese into English work by the poets Ma Lan and Zhang Er. Ms. Bellen's poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Lyric Postmodernisms: an Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries (Counterpoint Press) Saints of Hysteria: a half century of collaborative poetry (Soft Skull Press), The Convergence of Birds: Writing Inspired by Joseph Cornell (DAP) and This Art (Copper Canyon Press). She has been a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio, Italy; the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the Fund for Poetry Award; and the american Academy of Poets Award. Bellen is a contributing editor of the literary journal Conjunctions.

A Counterpoint of Tolerance Composers

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Iván Carmés Boigas

(Spain) on cello, percussions, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Iván has studied cello in the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands where he is pursuing a degree in composition under the guidance of Jeroen D´hoe and Caroline Ansink. With an endless and eclectic curiosity he goes on exploring differet fields such as tai-chi, philosophy and several dances which influence is integreated in his music.

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Michael-Thomas Foumai

(U.S.-Hawaii) on violin, viola, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Hawaii born Michael-Thomas Foumai has written for a number of genres including orchestra, band, chamber, film, vocal and opera. Awarded the Presser Award, Michael has received awards and honors from ASCAP, Hawaii Community Foundation, the Mayor of Honolulu and the 23rd State Senate Legislator. His works were performed and commissioned by the Royal Hawaiian Band, Ebb and Flow Ensemble, Hawaii Youth Symphony, University of Hawaii Symphony and Band, and the Honolulu Symphony. Receiving his Bachelor in Music Composition from the University of Hawaii, he is pursuing a Masters in Composition at University of Michigan.

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Alex Kotch

(U.S.-North Carolina) on clarinets, saxophones, percussion, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Alex has played in wind symphonies, orchestras, and djembe, jazz, and contemporary chamber ensembles over the last 14 years. His chamber works combine electronica and instrumental composition, and he performs dance music on laptop and saxophone. Alex holds a Masters in Composition from Duke University, where he plays in the new music ensemble and is pursuing a Ph.D.

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Claudio Maldonado

(Argentina-Patagonia) on guitar, electronics, bombo, ronroco, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Claudio is a classical concert guitarist and a celebrated software developer. In 2009, Fundación Cultural Patagonia String Quartet premièred Claudio’s Patagonic Suite for strings and guitar. His music has been performed in international venues and festivals including Festival Internacional Sonoimágenes in Buenos Aires, 404 International Festival of Electronic Art in Santa Fe, Buenache 2008 (España), Visiones Sonoras 2005 (México), Encuentro Nacional de Música Electroacústica de la Federación Argentina de Música Electroacústica Nº 19 (Córdoba) and Nº 23 (Rosario), Manzana de las luces (Bs. As.), Camping Musical Bariloche and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba among others.

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Vedran Mehinovic

(Bosnia and Herzegovina) on frame drum, piano, electric bass, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Vedran studied piano in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he grew up against the backdrop of war. After escaping to the United States, his focus shifted from performance to composition. He has received his B.A. and M.A. in composition from the New England Conservatory and is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2006, he was one of the winners of the Ziggurat Ensemble Competition. His composition premièred at the new Bimhuis, in Amsterdam, during International Gaudeamus Music Week. In 2007, his piece RA received an honorable mention at the Gaudeamus Festival after being chosen, along with two others, from one hundred orchestral submissions.

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Natalie Oram

(UK) on voice (spoken/chanted), flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Natalie received her 1st class honors Bachelor of Music degree from Royal Holloway, University of London where she specialized in performance and composition. She has been conductor of various UK regional orchestras some of which performed her symphony, Le Rhapsodie de Scheherazade. Natalie also has a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from University College Falmouth and continues to work prolifically in both industries.

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Doo Jin Park

(Korea) on haegeum (Korean bowed string instrument), tanso flute, piano, and laptop. Composer-performer

A classically trained pianist, Doo Jin has also studied composition at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea. His unique style combines traditional Korean instruments with European sounds.

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Jerónimo (Jxel) Rajchenberg

(Mexico) on voice, guitar, indigenous Mexican/Mayan instruments, and laptop. Composer-performer, dancer.

Jxel is an exemplary guitarist and composer as well as a versatile player of numerous indigenous Mexican/Mayan instruments instruments, including requinto, coco banjo, mosquito, charrasca, ocarina, and reed flute. He has mastered throat singing and is fluent in numerous languages. His creative work seamlessly combines visual and musical arts.

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Diana Syrse Valdés Rosado

(Mexico) on voice, hand percussion, teponaztli, and laptop. Composer-performer.

She graduated with an honorary mention in composition and in voice at the National Music School in Mexico. She has been awarded several scholarships including the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Scholarship, the Isabel Mayagoitia Scholarship and the Indiana University Dean’s Merit Award. She has been a resident composer and vocal ensemble member throughout Mexico and the United States. Currently she is working on her Master’s at Indiana University where she is studying composition.

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Xiaoliang Zhou

(China) on voice, piano, and laptop. Composer-performer.

Classically trained, Xiao studies composition at the at Hochschule für Musik Saar in Germany under the instruction of Theo Brandmülle. His compositions include When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, an ensemble piece, Capriccio (2009),, a clarinet solo, In Erinnerung (2008), a string quartet, Sprindes Gelb (2007), for Horn and Electronik, and Illumination (2006), for violin and piano.

Theatrical Team

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Travis Preston - Director

Travis Preston directs theater and opera throughout the world. His theater work in the US includes the world premieres of Democracy in America and Terra Nova at Yale Repertory Theater and the American premieres of Koltes’ Roberto Zucco and Buero Vallejo’s Sleep of Reason. He directed the award-winning CNP production of King Lear, which premiered in Los Angeles and was subsequently invited to the Frictions Festival in France. He also directed the acclaimed production of Macbeth with Stephen Dillane for CNP at REDCAT, which subsequently opened at the Almeida Theatre in London and traveled to Sydney and Adelaide, Australia. In Europe, Preston directed Boris Godounov and a highly controversial production of Luigi Nono’s Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore - both at the Hamburg State Opera.  Upcoming projects include The Long Road to Freedom, a collaboration with Harry Belafonte based on the history of African-American music, and a production of Ibsen’s Masterbuilder in London. Travis Preston is Artistic Director of the Center for New Performance at CalArts and Director of the Performance Programs at CalArts. In 2008 he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture for “contributions to the arts in France and throughout the world.”

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Christopher Barreca - Scenic Design

Christopher Barreca has designed over 150 productions on Broadway and in theater, opera, and dance internationally. For the Center for New Performance: King Lear in Los Angeles and Dijon, France; Macbeth with Stephen Dillane; and Bell Solaris with David Rosenboom, all three directed by Travis Preston; and Peach Blossom Fan. On Broadway: the musicals Marie Christine and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, both directed by Graciela Daniele (American Theater Wing Award), Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, directed by Mark Lamos, The Violet Hour and Search and Destroy (Drama-Logue Award). Off-Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain(Drama Desk Nomination) and Everett Beekin; Bernard-Marie Koltes’s Roberto Zucco, directed by Travis Preston; the following premieres of musicals: Captains Courageous, Herringbone with Joel Grey and Nilo Cruz’s Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Opera: Münchener Biennale, Germany, Wole Soyinka’s Scourge of Hyacinths (BMW Award nomination), and the recent opera adaptations of Semiramide and The Pearl Fishers directed by Travis Preston. Mr. Barreca is Head of Design at CalArts.

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Mira Kingsley - Choreogapher and Performer

Mira is a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective, a Los Angeles based dance/theater Company. Her directing and choreography work has been seen in LA at REDCAT (Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, Circle Course) and at other venues in LA and world wide including Highways, The Bam Next Wave Festival, The Kitchen, The Guggenheim Museum Works in Process Series, HERE, Joyce Soho, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Kathmandu International Theatre Festival, and the legendary Apollo Theater. As an actress and dancer she has performed all over the place including Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera. Mira is a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Theater and holds an MFA in Theater Direction and Choreography from CalArts where she teaches dance/theater. She is a fulltime Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara and a fulltime student of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Laura Mroczkowski - Lighting Designer

Laura Mroczkowski is currently a freelance set and lighting designer in New York City. She has worked with: The Builders Association, Big Dance Theater, Dumb Type, Los Angeles Opera Company, The Center for New Performance, The New School for Drama, The Ohio Theater, The Walker Arts Center, Donna Uchizono Dance Company, New York Theater Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Yerba Buena Arts Center, Luminato Festival of Toronto, Copenhagen International Theater, and the Festival de Liege. Laura is the Co-Artistic Director for Blank-the-Dog productions, and is a professor at Long Island University.

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Jeremiah Thies - Video Designer

Jeremiah Thies has been working in New York for the last four years. He was the Shop Supervisor at NYU and a Technical Assistant at the Metropolitan Opera. He has freelanced on several projects including sound and video installations as well as sculpture. He has worked Off-Broadway and for Regional Theatre as well as on opera and dance. He received his MFA in Technical Direction from CalArts in 2001.

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Jennifer Koblosky - Stage Manager

Jennifer is in her second year at CalArts. Her CalArts credits include: The Castle (PM), CalArts Halloween Party 2007 (PM), Silver Circus (ASM), The Watchers (SM). Edinburgh Fringe Festival Credits include, Autopilot (SM), Jack or the Submissions (SM), The Whole Arrangement (PSM), Night Just Before the Forest (PSM).

Interactive Media Team

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Ajay Kapur - Director

Ajay Kapur is the director of Music Technology at the California Institute of the Arts. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2007 from University of Victoria combining Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Music and Psychology with a focus on Intelligence Music and Media Technology. Ajay graduated with a Bachelor in Science and Engineering Computer Science degree from Princeton University in 2002. He has been educated by music technology leaders including Dr. Perry R. Cook, Dr. George Tzanetakis, and Dr. Andrew Schloss, combined with mentorship from robotic musical instrument sculptors Eric Singer and the world-famous Trimpin. A musician at heart, trained on drumset, tabla, sitar and other percussion instruments from around the world, Ajay strives to push the technological barrier in order to make new music.

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Dimitri Diakopoulos - Interactive Media Designer

Dimitri Diakopoulos is a researcher and electronic musician with interests in musical interface design, software development, and composition for interactive media. He currently resides in the greater Los Angeles area and is pursuing a BFA in Music Technology at CalArts. His current research interests revolve around emerging music technology software and hardware, and their applications in composition and production. Sometimes he likes to design websites like the one you're visiting now.

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Leslie Fairman - Audio Hardware Designer

Lesley Fairman is a LA native and currently in the Technical Direction Program in the school of theater at CalArts. Her studies include technical design and developing motion control systems as well as shop and labor management. Growing up around the entertainment industry has provided Lesley with a unique education in the working theater and has made her a staunch supporter of the art community. She is excited to work on AH! and is grateful for the opportunity to work with students and faculty in an interdisciplinary nature.

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Jordan Hochenbaum - Multi-Touch Designer

Jordan Hochenbaum is a musician and multimedia artist concerned with the notion of finding meaningful connections between music, art, and technology. Currently, Jordan is pursuing his PhD in Sonic Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A musician at heart, Jordan's interests involve designing new musical interfaces for live performance, analog and digital electronics, and playing/composing in a wide range of musical genres and instruments. Jordan's work has been featured online and in print, including Wired magazine, and at international festivals and conferences including Google I/O and Berlin Open 2009.

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Jim Murphy - Audio Hardware Designer

Jim Murphy works at the intersection of audio and visual technology. A sound designer, computer graphics artist, and electronic musician and instrument builder, Jim is pursuing his BFA in the Music Technology program at CalArts. His interests include interface design, analog synthesis, internet media, live and pre-rendered graphics, and electroacoustic performance.

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Owen Vallis - Multi-Touch Designer

Owen Vallis is a multi-media artist who is interested in exploring tangible methods for direct interaction with digital media. His work has been featured in Wired magazine, on Processing.org, and shown at events such as NASA's Yuri's Night, Google I/O, and the Berlin Open conference in 2009. Having graduated from California Institute of the Arts, Owen is currently pursuing his PhD in Sonic Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Meason Wiley - Audio Hardware Designer

Meason Wiley is an electronic/visual artist and a recent graduate of the CalArts program in Music Technology. He is focused on various aspects of Music Technology including software design, sound design, instrument/interface design, electronic composition and new technologies for multimedia. As a musician, he is currently exploring various computer-based generative processes, as well as continuing to work with both traditional and hybrid interactive musical composition.

Additional Featured Performers

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Ben Shepherd - Bassist

Ben Shepherd grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, where he started playing the drums at the age of 5. After hearing Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius at age 7, he moved to the bass, and his love for the bass guitar grew immensely from then on. He played lots of rock 'n' roll with his father and various cover bands around Wellington, until, when still only 12, his music teacher played him John Coltrane’s A love Supreme. After that he began to specialize in jazz and also took up the double bass. From then on, Ben has played with New Zealand's best jazz musicians both live and in the studio. He is now considered one of New Zealand's top ranking bassists on both upright and electric bass. Ben now resides in Valencia, California where he is pursuing a degree in jazz at CalArts.

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Tim Carr - Drum Set

Tim Carr from Novato, California, has embraced musicality in jazz through the guidance of jazz artist, Mel Martin, and his mentors, Peter Magadini and Joe LaBarbera. Tim has attended Stanford Jazz Workshops under full scholarship, the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony at University of the Pacific, and played in the SF Jazz Thelonious Monk Combo. In all of these programs he thrived as a young, emerging jazz musician, shadowing world-renown teachers. Tim is also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, an experienced performer who values open-mindedness in the arts. He has performed and collaborated with musicians in a wide variety of genres. Tim is currently pursuing a degree in jazz at CalArts.

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Brad Culver - Actor

Brad Culver has performed at notable venues throughout the world including BITEF Theatre in Serbia, The Grotowski Festival in Poland, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based performance collective, Poor Dog Group. Upcoming projects include Gertrude Stein’s Brewsie & Willie, a co-production by CalArts’ Center for New Performance and Poor Dog Group. Brad received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts. He currently works as a performer/educator for the 24th Street Theatre’s Enter Stage Right theatre education program.

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Dana Gourrier - Actor

Dana Gourrier, a New Orleanian, has performed all over New York at such places as Summer Stages in Central Park, Birdland, and Joe’s Pub in affiliation with The Public Theater. Dana is an MFA 3 at CalArts and has been in several productions: Smoke Lilies and Jade, Dr. Faustas Lights the Lights, Forgotten World, Much Ado About Nothing. Dana thanks God, her family and friends for their unwavering support

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Robin Wilson - Dancer

Robin holds a BFA in Dance from CalArts and was trained at Pilates Sports Center, Encino. Robin is joining the Jose Limon Dance Company in NYC this October.