Irish contemporary classical composer and pianist Ailís Ní Ríain presently based in northern England, UK. Composes concert music, music-theatre, music-installation and works within multiple interdisciplinary projects.
is Assistant Chair of the Music Department, and a full-time lecturer in jazz studies, jazz piano, and theory. As an improvising pianist/keyboardist he has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Giardullo, Karl Berger, Assif Tsahar, Tiger Okoshi, Santi Debriano, Brian Melvin, Daniel Levin, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Dirac, Jorrit Dijkstra, Albey Balgochian, Laurence Cook, Dino Govoni, Luther Gray, Jim Robitaille, Brooke Sofferman, Bruno Raberg, Reuben Radding, Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble, the Artie Shaw Orchestra (led by Dick Johnson), and the Zen Bastards, among others.
Angela Morris is saxophonist-composer rapidly making her presence felt in the Brooklyn avant-jazz community. Originally from Toronto, she has performed across the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Her band Rallidae will release their new album, “Turned, and Was,” in November 2016, following their debut “Paper Birds” which AllAboutJazz called “an exceptional debut by and exciting and innovative new band.” Some other projects include TMT Trio, Angela Morris Quartet, and composing and conducting for an 18-piece big band co-lead with fellow tenor saxophonist Anna Webber.
Morris is an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop lead by Jim McNeely, and received her Masters degree in jazz composition from the City University of New York where she studied with Darcy James Argue. She has been awarded the Marvin Hamlisch award for Jazz Composition and is a Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient.
Recent phrases Ben Zucker has begun using in describing his work include “object relations”, “situation creation”, and “human algorithms”. Said work includes concert music, improvisation, electronica, installations, and performance art, which has been premiered all over the world, including the Berlin Audio Branding Academy, New York Fringe Festival, Northwestern University, and the Banff Centre. Ben performs as a percussionist, pianist, singer, and brass player, including as a founding member of the world-groove band Don Froot, the Improvers’ Choir in London, and the Apres-Garde Ensemble in New Haven, Connecticut. He has also collaborated with numerous individuals in over a dozen films, plays, and dances (including The Last Days Of The Old Wild Boy with Rinde Eckert). Ben is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied composition with Anthony Braxton, David Behrman, and Neely Bruce; currently, he resides in London, and studies with Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox at Brunel University.
is devoted to the exploration of the intersection between experimental music and theater. His use of live performance, video, staging, music technology, and improvisation create abstract narratives that balance between the tragic and comic. He has performed his compositions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in a variety of settings. As a trumpet player specializing in contemporary and improvised musics he has devoted himself to the exploration of new possibilities for that instrument. He is the trumpet player and co-organizer for the sfSoundGroup (a West Coast experimental music collective) and has played with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, and the La Jolla Symphony.
Edward Ratliff is a New York City-based composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist (brass and accordion) who has been called “a wonderfully spunky and imperturbable trumpet player” (The New York Times) and “a fine musician who possesses a clever and crafty compositional pen” (AllAboutJazz.com). Edward has led his bands at festivals and clubs in Europe and Asia and throughout New York City. His music is also heard in shows on HBO, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, ABC Family, MTV, VH1 and more — everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to “Real Sex Xtra” and “Girls Gone Wild.” Edward is also a filmmaker and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York, co-teaching (with photographer Anja Hitzenberger) a class called “Let Movies Inspire Your Photography.”
Elisabeth Blair is a vocalist and composer currently working on an MM in Music Composition at Western Michigan University. She earned her BA in photography at a small university in London in 2004, then spent several years performing on the folk singer/songwriter circuit in Chicago while also collaborating frequently with performance and conceptual artists. She particularly enjoys vocal improvisation and writing for strings, and is passionate about raising awareness of classical and new music written by women. She runs a webpage showcasing these works, and is in the process of producing a podcast series based on interviews with female composers.
is an accomplished violinist, composer, and improviser presenting many different styles of new music throughout the world, with the majority of his shows taking place in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City. He has worked with many of the world’s most innovative artists and ensembles, including the late James Tenney, Jurg Frey, Michael Gordon, Richard Foreman, Guy Maddin, Wadada Leo Smith, Christian Kesten, Michael Pisaro, and Butch Morris. Mr. Clark is a member of the genre setting new music ensemble The California E.A.R. Unit (LA), the Dog Star Orchestra (LA), neithernor (TOR), and the Kadima String Quartet (LA). His playing has been released on Innova, New World, Tonehole Music, Sundialtech and Tzadik (Spring 2012). His compositions have been released on Henceforth Records and CQB.
is an avid teacher, arranger, and performer of solo and chamber music. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, he taught Rock Guitar I and II as well as Funk Ensemble from 2011–2013. He currently teaches classical guitar in the Austin, TX area and via the internet at HudsonLanier.com.
Highlights of Dr. Lanier’s solo classical guitar career include performances on the guest artist recital series at Syracuse University and also Cornell University. He gave his debut as a concerto soloist in 2012 with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, performing the Concerto de Aranjuez under the baton of Maestro Jere Lantz. Dr. Lanier is a member of Duo Brucoco, a classical guitar and bassoon duo with Laura McIntyre. The duo specializes in new music as well as outreach. Duo Brucoco’s highlights include performing at the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference and also receiving a recognition for “outstanding and dedicated service and support to the youth of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections” in 2012. Dr. Lanier studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University.
is a composer, performer, and director of the PerfTech program at Texas A&M University (USA). He plays the laptop—building custom instruments and performance situations that allow audiences to consider the impact of techno-mediation on the human experience: presence, authenticity, and the passing of time. Often, this involves novel sounds, ways of moving on stage to play an instrument, and ways of building musical performances. He uses live performance to ask, “What does it mean to be human in the twenty-first century?”
He studied composition with Butch Rovan at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia and studied improvisation with Butch Morris. He has presented works in the Milano Triennale museum, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Austin Museum of Art (Texas), Flea Theater (New York City), InterArts Center (Lund University, Sweden), and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (Texas). Jeff also writes about ideas explored in his work, in international conferences like the International Computer Music Conference, In- ternational Society of Improvised Music conference, and Computer Art Congress, and in publications by Leonardo and IGI Global. Jeff also curates the Fresh Minds Festival of audiovisual art, and Weblogmusic, as well as several student performances and installations on campus and abroad.