Category Archives: Performers

Myra Melford (Piano)—Featured Signature Artist


Originally from Chicago and classically trained, Myra Melford is a composer with a singular, kinetic, and lyrical voice in piano improvisation. Chicago blues, architecture, jazz, and experimental music inspire her work. She has released over 40 recordings, including 20 as a leader or co-leader, and maintains three bands: the celebrated quintet Snowy Egret, the collective Trio M, and the duo Dialogue with clarinetist Ben Goldberg. She is a Guggenheim Fellow for “Language of Dreams,” (2013), a Doris Duke Performing Artist (2013) an Alpert Award in the Arts recipient (2012), and has been honored numerous times in Down Beat Critic’s polls. She was the Artistic Director and Co-curator for the 2015 New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA in San Francisco, and has been a professor at UC Berkeley since 2004, teaching classes in improvisational practices and composition.

Recent projects include Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird), her latest quintet recording released in spring 2015 and Life Carries Me This Way (Firehouse 12, 2013), a solo piano recording featuring original compositions based on the drawings of Don Reich. She presented a 25-year retrospective of her work at The Stone, in New York City, in March 2015.

New and upcoming recordings include a duet with Ben Goldberg (released in January 2016), a duet with Allison Miller due out in fall of 2016, a trio with Miya Masaoka and Zeena Parkins, and a trio with Nicole Mitchell and Joelle Leandre.

In March 2016, she will present Snowy Egret for a week at the Village Vanguard in New York City. In May/June 2016, she will be in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, developing “Dissonant Futures,” a piece for piano, prepared piano, electronics and video with Ian Winters.


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Nana Pi Aabo-Kim (saxophone, objects)

Nana Pi Aabo-Kim is a Copenhagen-based saxophone player, composer and conductor working mainly within the experimental jazz scene. She has developed her own unique vocabulary on the saxophone using objects and extended techniques and holds a master degree at the Music Conservatory in Malmö, Sweden. Her latest release “Sentiment” (Barefoot Records) was nominated for “DMA JAZZ” 2021 in the main category “Jazz Release of the Year” and was in April 2021 selected for “The Best Jazz On Bandcamp” by Dave Sumner. In addition to playing the saxophone, she is known for conducting improvisation with her music sign language “Extemporize”, for which she received the P8 Jazz Award “Fiery Soul Of The Year” in 2020. You can hear her in bands like Nezelhorns, Tactical Maybe, Extemporize Orchestra, Hey Nana I’m Halym, Platons Prank, Skärmtid and Coriolis.


Rodney Waschka II (voice)

Rodney Waschka II (composer, performer, filmmaker, poet, visual artist) is perhaps best known for his music made with compositional algorithms and his theatrical pieces including three unusual one-act operas. Internationally recognized for his work in computer music, Waschka also performs as a narrator / vocalist / actor — often with electronic music. His works are regularly presented across the world and recorded by labels in the USA, England, Portugal, Canada, Poland, and Australia. Waschka welcomes commissions and other opportunities.


Sergio Castrillón (cello)

Sergio Castrillón is a Colombian-Finnish cello performer and composer working in the fields of experimental music and improvisation. His work displays the connection between the traditional and the contemporary, using elements from different music and sound traditions, as well as all sorts of electronic devices. His music has been performed all over Europe, The Americas, Australia and Japan. (Photo by Daniel Malpica)


Karl Berger (Vibraphone)—Featured Signature Artist

KarlBergerKarl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). He became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (“Grace”), Natalie Merchant (“Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, and for his collaborations with producer Bill Laswell.

He recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil.

Founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., dba The Creative Music Studio, a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world’s music forms; and to educational presentations through workshops, concerts, recordings, with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide.


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Susanna Hood (Voice, Dance)

Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based performer, maker and teacher in both dance and music, Susanna Hood has devoted her career to synthesizing voice and movement within her dynamic practice, creating intimate, sensual and raw performances both in dance-theatre contexts as well as in the context of improvised music. Founder and former artistic director of interdisciplinary performance company hum dansoundart (2000–2013) her work has been marked by significant collaborations with musical artists Nilan Perera (improvisational duo dialogues; and choreographic musical works still, She’s gone away, Shudder), John Oswald (Spinvolver), and Scott Thomson (as band member of The Rent (repertoire by Steve Lacy) and The Disguises; and as co-creator/performer of The Muted Note – songs and dances setting the poetry of P.K. Page). Her most recent creations (Music Is, 2016, and Impossibly Happy, 2019) have been driven by her own musical compositions arranging voices, instruments and movement. She developed a duo recording project with turntablist, Martin Tétreault,  Tortues Vapeur, mixing turntables, electronics, synthesizers, vocals and objects. They released their first disc on DAME’s Mikroclimat label in 2019 and a second in 2022. Susanna was the first dancer to join Weblogmusic!


Terri Lindbloom (Visual Artist)

LindbloomTerri Lindbloom is Head of Sculpture at the Florida State University.  She has shown work in Art Basel Miami Beach, New American Painting, and the International Symposium on  Electronic Art. Her work explores the relationship dynamics between defined architectural space and simple human interactions—those unprovoked or unpremeditated intimate acts that inform and influence more than the person or thing for which that action was intended. This juxtaposition of space, form and image creates a degree of awareness within the viewer of her/his presence and resulting effect. Terri was the first visual artist to contribute to Weblogmusic!


Ulrich Maiss (cello, electronics)—Signature Artist

maisslives in Reiffenhausen, Germany. Musicians and artists he works with include Lou Reed, Zülfü Livaneli, Al Di Meola, Robert Wilson, Joseph “Butch” Rovan, Lynn Miles and Theodor Franck. He appears on albums by Metallica, Element Of Crime, Alexander Veljanov, Vinx and ChillFactor 5 to name but a few.  Well known as a performer of contemporary European chamber music, he has also performed with various rock and folk acts throughout Northern Europe, Greece and Turkey. His solo projects in the field of experimental music led him to Japan, the U.S. and Canada.


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