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.
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.”