alphabetically, by first name
The biographical information below was supplied by the artists themselves, and was current as of the date listed at the end of each.
Aaron Mostkoff Unger is an eclectic artist: photographer, painter, performer and cook. Always attracted by new challenges he conceived and constructed the outdoor stage for Ravi Jain's production of Othello. He recently appeared Scapin, by Moliere, and has been in six different productions from the International Wow Company including:A Girl of Sixteen, Orphan on God's Highway at La Mama Annex and The Bomb. With the Japanese Company-Yubiwa Hotel, he combined two loves cooking and acting in their Food performance piece, Yubiwan Beauty. He sends Big Love to his family everywhere. (August Puppet Works, 2003)
Bar-on's work holds a discourse about conflicts of
identity and conflicting identifications.
- Her work, as a performer and a video artist creates moments of emotion and states of behavior that her audience might share in empathy or criticism. Adina has been an active performer since 1973 when she was a student at the Bazalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She has been making video-works since 1999. She has presented her work in Israel's major museums and galleries.
- Making it her business to emphasize her political and social stand she has insistently performed in social and political events. She frequently travels abroad as an artist and teacher. In 2001, Adina was awarded a major prize for her contribution to Israeli Arts by the American Israel Cultural Foundation, and a biographical book "Adina Bar-On, Performance Artist" was published. (solo performance, October 25, 2003)
Alex Linsker (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)Alexander Berg's artist statement for One Shot: 42nd Street:
Amelia Holowaty Krales (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003)
Amy Coplan is a pianist and composer. She teaches music at County Prep High School and is on the piano faculty of the Greenwich House Music School in Manattan. She is excited to be filling in as pianist for the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall this year as well as participating in her first RIOT. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)Andrea Modica is an actor who playerd the part of "Graf Franz von Telek" in Piper McKenzie's production of The Pragmatists, November 13 & 14, 2003
Anna Clyne is a multimedia composer
from Engalnd. She is currently working with local and international cho-reographers,
artists and film-makers in NYC. Her music has been premiered in Europe, USA
and Canada and she is the recipient of several awards, including an ASCAP Plus
Award (2003) for her recent catalogue of acoustic and electroacoustic work check
out her website. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Aya Ogawa was born in Tokyo and raised in Atlanta, Houston and Northern California. She is a performer, writer, director, and the Associate Artistic Director of the International WOW Company. She has been critically acclaimed for her roles in HvperReal America. Macbeth, the title role in Alice's Evidence, and as J Robert Oppenheimer in Ihe Bomb. She has worked internationally in Japan and Thailand. Her plays have been produced at Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and was a winner at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival 1996. She wrote and directed A Girl Of Sixteen at Latea Theatre last spring. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Blaise Siwula Born 2-19-1950
in Detroit, I have been involved with the arts for most of my life. I began
studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and have been playing/studying
in varying capacities since. After periodic explorations of drama, poetry, architecture,
visual art, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. and a stint in Europe, I arrived in NYC in
1989 with my family and an alto sax. In the past 14 years I have been actively
involved with the NYC Scene: Amica Bunker, the Improviser's Collective and most
recently the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio.
- As a composer I have incorporated traditional musical scoring techniques with visual/graphical and performance oriented presentations. My philosophy being sound and vision are inter-related in life and art and is communication.
- Although primarily an alto saxophonist I play a number of reed, flute, percussion and string instruments at varying degrees of competency per composition requirements and recently began including computer altered sound files in performance for compositional purposes
- I have been honored to work with musicians and composers such as - Cecil Taylor, Tan Dun, William Parker, Joseph Daly, Donald Miller, Peter Kowald and Joseph Scianni - as a performer and co-composer. As an improvising musician I have found the line between composer and performer to be gray at best.
- Current Projects include: Music in the Foreground - with Ge-Suk Yeo (vocals), F. Vattel Cherry (bass) and Todd Capp (drums) Expositions of Freedom....Now! - with F. Vattel Cherry (bass) and Jeff Arnal (drums) , Dialing Privileges and the ongoing improvised music series C.O.M.A. with solos/duets/ensembles
"Tandem Rivers" (Cadence Jazz Records) - Blaise Siwula reeds & Adam Lane bass
"One Eyed Jack" (Cadence Jazz Records) - Joseph Scianni piano, Blaise Siwula reeds, Ken Filiano bass & Hal Onserud bass
"Sound Scapes" - Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference 2001Concerts in
" Orange Bird & Pink Bat" (Art.Cappuccinet.Com) Ge-Suk Yeo vocals & Blaise Siwula reeds
"Badlands"(C.J.R)- Expositions of Freedom ....Now! B. Siwula/V. Cherry/J. Arnal
"Duet" - Blaise Siwula alto sax, Dom Minasi acoustic guitar
"Blaise Siwula Trio" - Dialing Privileges (CIMP) Blaise Siwula al. sax. Dom Minasi 12 strg. guitar, John Bollinger drums
ROWE*SIWULA*MIANO - Tim Rowe drms, Blaise Siwula rds/perc.,Tonino Miano kybrd
sax Solo sax -solo sax improvisations 1-11-2000.....Blaise Siwula alto sax
Watch Out! - solo sax imperovisations 1-09-2001.....Blaise Siwula alto/sop sax
I/O - Brooklyn, NY April 2002 DIMC - Improvised Music Festival in Rudme Denmark 8-2001
C.O.M.A. Benefit for ABC No-Rio June 4th, 2000/01- Expositions of Freedom ...Now! Big Sur Experimental Music Festival 5-20-21, 2000 - sax Solo sax
High Zero Festival Baltimore, MD 9-99
Publications that have reviewed my projects include: Option, High Performance, Cadence Jazz Magazine, JazzOSphere (Fr), Modern Drummer, Jazzimprov (Fr), Jazz Times, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, Geocities, Pittsburgh Tribune, Columbia Spectator (Columbia U. NYC), Flagpole (Athens GA) and One Final Note. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Caleb & Joey (opening party)
Brian Nishii has been designing video and audio for theatre and a variety of artists since 1995. He is the resident digital designer for Maura Donohue/In Mixed Company, and his collaborative work with Noel Salzman has been screened in the United States, Europe and South America. He is a recipient of the 2003 Dance Theatre Workshop's Digital Artist Resource fellowship. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Carla Cubit's artist statement : I am a visual and performing artist residing in Lower East Side, NYC. My artwork consists of small mixed media assemblage pieces using many found objects and are visionary in nature. I love the arts in whatever medium it may be.. art, theater, acting, music etc. I believe in religion, mysticism and the secret knowledge of the unknown and art as a universal means of communication. (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Carol Cheung has her Masters in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. She has since been a systems engineer at Lincoln Laboratory until recently moving to NYC to pursue a modern dance career this past April. She trains at the Paul Taylor School, with David Howard and Zvi Gottheiner, and has also performed with DJ MacDonald. She is thrilled to be dancing for Theresa and with these other great dancers! (A Sampling for a Small Space, February 6-8, 2004)
Chase Granoff grew up in New York City and Dallas Tx. He trained at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Dallas Conservatory, the Joffrey Ballet School and with the teacher David Howard. Chase was an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. He has since gone on to work with a variety of choreographers including Robert Weber, Vera Huff, Martita Go , Edisa Weeks, Neta Pulvermacher, Stephanie Tack and others. Chase has had his own choreography shown at University Settlement through Movement Research, HATCH at Jennifer Muller/The Works and the Williamsburg Arts neXus. He is honored to be showing work at TIXE. (an evening of performances, dance and otherwise - January 30 & 31, 2004) (September dance / theater / dancetheater - September 25 & 26, 2003)
Christopher Landy has worked on a wide range of productions including theatre and musicals, opera, dance, concerts and television as well as consulting on architectural projects. For theatre he has recently designed Hav Fever for the Westport Country Playhouse, where he has also lit productions of Princess Turandot and Gaslight . Off-Broadway credits include Princess Turandot, Hotel Universe, and Oedipus all for Blue Light Theatre Co.; as well as Retribution and Uncle Vanya, among others. Regionally he has designed A Little Niaht Music for Goodspeed Opera House, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Williamstown Theatre Festival and Long Wharf, and over a dozen productions for Gateway Theatrical including Tommy (CT Critic Circle Award), Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde. For Opera he has lit Orfeo et Euridice and Turandot for Virginia Opera as well as Madame Butterfly, Riooletto, Die Fliedermaus and Nozze di Figaro for Boheme Opera. His dance credits include Hartford Ballet and Elisa Monte/David Brown Dance Company, with whom he also toured with as lighting director. Working in television he has designed extensively for MTV, having lit "Total Request Live," " Direct Effect," "VJ for a Day," "MTV Beach House," "MTV New Year's Eve Special," and "MTV Mardi Gras." Countless concerts including U2, Britney Spears, Dave Mathews Band, Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child and "Unplugged" with REM, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Stained, Dashboard Confessional and Ken Hirai (MTV Japan). He is the designer of the Oxygen Networks Custom Concert series featuring Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, India.Arie. Other credits include various shows for CNN, Nickelodeon, The Food Network, NBAE and Trio. Presently he is the designer for Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn." Christopher has an MFA in lighting and scenic design from NYU and is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Clay Hapaz (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Colin McGrath is a composer/songwriter who
is interested in bringing electronica, orchestral, found-sound, and improvisational
elements to the theater. He is looking for a word to describe a musical that
would incorporate these influences: A Pop-sical? (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Corey Dargel writes and performs
original songs karaoke style. "[H]is songs' witty lyrics over sweetly synthesized
accompaniments"* have been called "the perfect reconciliation between
pop and the avant-garde, minimalism and modernism."** Music critic Kyle
Gann writes of his performance: "A postmodernist looking at the pop song
from the outside, he turns irony upside down. Rather than subvert a sincere
surface message, he wore all his self-conscious distancing on his sleeve, and
you began to suspect that he rather heartbreakingly meant what he sang."*
- Dargel has collaborated with a variety of influential artists including Eve Beglarian, Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and K. Terumi Shorb; and he has written music for theater pieces with Tangerine Arts Group, NYC FUSE, Loudmouth Collective, and the Laboratory Theater, of which he is a founding member. He is presently composing concert pieces for pianist Kathleen Supové and flutist Margaret Lancaster to be premiered in 2004. (Ce n'est-ce pas un microphone. C'est mon coeur. - November 9, 2003) -- (Laboratory Theater - Seven Deadly Pleasures - August 22-24, EXTENDED September 5, 6, 2003)
Daniel Kelly (opening party)
Danny Bowes made a surprise appearance in Piper McKenzie's production of The Pragmatists, November 13 & 14, 2003
Danny Licul (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
David Esler's New York design credits include The Bomb, Soon My Work and HvperReal America (International WOW Company); On The Verge (WATTS Collaborative); One Hit Wonder (Two Noses Productions); Bloody Poetry (Westbeth Theatre); Mrs. Dallowav and the Aeroplane (Playwrights Horizons Theatre School); Measure For Measure (New Generations Theatre); and costumes for A Musical: Madame Bovary (Judith Anderson Theatre); Riders to the Sea (starring Helen Gallagher, Chelsea Playhouse); Peak Sacred (for choreographer Doug Varone). Designs for regional theatre include The Fantasticks at Muhlenberg Summer Theatre; The Baker's Wife (with director Scott Schwartz) at the Joseph Stein Stage; As You Like It and King Lear (Princeton Rep); Oklahoma! (Augusta Opera); seasons at the Hangar Theatre, Williamstown, Surflight and others. David holds an MFA from NYU. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
David Olson ...my aim is to provide a shock
of recognition that we live in a world of astounding beauty if were willing
to pay attention. This is photography as the act of revealing: the revelation
of the mystery of life, hiding in the details of the ordinary. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
David Rothenberg is a composer
and a jazz clarinetist known for his integration of world music with improvisation
and electronics. Rothenberg¹s first album nobody could explain it was released
in 1992 to praise from allmusical directions. WVKR in Poughkeepsie decided it¹s
"like ECM on mushrooms." His second record, On the Cliffs of the Heart,
with percussionist Glen Velez and banjo player Graeme Boone, was released by
New Tone Records in the autumn of 1995. John Cage praised their "sense
of virtuosity traveling all over the world." Jazziz named it one of the
top ten releases of 1995. His 1997 record, Unamuno, blending improvised music
with natural soundscapes, has been featured on National Public Radio in the
U.S., WDR German Radio Cologne, and Radio Mafia in Finland. In 1999 he released
Bangalore Wild, a collaboration with the Karnataka College of Percussion in
Bangalore, India, in collaboration with the WILD Foundation. In 2000 Before
the War was released, a collaboration with natural sound artist Douglas Quin,
from EarthEar Records in Santa Fe. It was cited as "a notable release"
in Billboard, and The Guardian in Britain praised it as "genuine 21st century
music." Rothenberg is also co-editor of The Book of Music and Nature (2001),
and he produced the accompaning compilation CD which includes the music of Pauline
Oliveros, Brian Eno, Tuvan throatsingers and Australian butcherbirds. His latest
book/CD project is Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature, which came out
in January, 2002. (Galumphing II , November 7 & 8, 2003)
Dean Radinovsky's artist statement: My work does not fit into any contemporary pigeonhole. Those unacquainted with the "Art World" often describe it as abstract, while many contemporary painters see it as figurative. Style is only a means towards achieving a powerful communication. My definition of great painting includes, for example, both Mondrian and Vermeer, who both utilized similar structural strategies in achieving a tense, living sense of balance and eternal mystery. Hence I embrace Poe's statement: "Proprieties of place, and especially of time, are the bugbears which terrify mankind from the contemplation of the magnificent." (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003) (TIXE Mail Art Collection)
Dee Pop - percussionist - Has performed and/or recorded with Bush Tetras, Gun Club, Richard Lloyd, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Billy Bang, Lonnie Belogeni, John Sinclair. He leads his own group called Freedom Land and currates free jazz series on Sunday nights at CBGB's Lounge. (Galumphing 2, November 7 & 8, 2003)
Despina Sophia Stamos is a dancer/choreographer living and working in NYC since 1989.Her work has been presented through out New York City at such venues as Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, PS1,as well as internationally in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Her interest in site-specific work has been developing since 1998 when she was invited to be a participating artist in Julie Atlas Muz' 24 Hours on the Staten Island Ferry. Since then, she has performed and organized events in a plethora of locations including Times Square, the NYC subways, piers, parks and gardens. As a dancer she has worked with various companies and choreographers including Chen and Dancers, Hikari Baba and Dancers, Blum Dance Theater and the National Caravan Theater. Ms. Stamos has happily collaborated on most projects with Ms.Yang. (The Last Dance - February 15, 2004)
Diana Wayburn composer, musician, arranger
for Off Off Broadway theater; jazz pianist in NYC restaurants/clubs; modern
dance accompanist; experimental/improvised music at ABC No Rio, Three Jewels
Café, Rue B Restaurant (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Dov Weinstein (director, Ascending Bodily) was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the Artistic Director of Tiny Ninja Theater; a New York City based company founded to "expand performance opportunities for vending machine thespians." Their award-winning production of "Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH" and the critically acclaimed "Tiny Ninja Theater presents ROMEO AND JULIET" continue their world tour. For details, see www.tinyninjatheater.com (opening celebration - July 31, 2003)
Edisa Weeks grew up in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY. Her choreography merges theater with dance to explore the beauty and complexity of life. Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The National Black Arts Festival, Summerstages Dance Festival, Emory University, Oberlin College, and internationally in Spain, England, Canada and Japan. Edisa is currently immersed in New York University where she received an Alberto Vilar Fellowship to attend the TISCH Graduate program in Dance. Many thanks to Tyr Throne and Kathy Grant for rebuilding her knee post surgery. (an evening of performances, dance and otherwise - January 30 & 31, 2004)
Edwin Torres is a widely anthologized NYC-based
poet/performer who among other calls to glory has taught at Naropa, been a NYFA
recipient, and married a couple by the Brooklyn waterfront. His recent book
is "The All-Union Day Of The Shock Worker" (Roof Books) and his next
poetry CD is "NOVO" His website is here.
31 - November 2, 2003)
Elanit Kayne (installation gallery Sept. 22 - Oct. 19, 2003)
Elizabeth Panzer makes it a point to be heard. At home on both the concert stage and the bandstand, she is known for finding an original voice for the harp in any ensemble. She has performed with top contemporary classical music ensembles in New York City, working with leading composers of our time, like John Cage, Elliott Carter, Luciano Berio and George Crumb. She has also performed and recorded with many avant garde jazz artists including Bobby Previte, Lawrence "Butch" Morris and Reggie Workman. Elizabeth has recorded for Flying Note, Postcards, Accurate/Intuition, New World, BUZZ, and CRI/Emergency, and has released a solo CD, Dancing in Place [o.o.discs, 1999], and a CD with her trio, Talking Harp, You Are Here [White Tigers, 1997]. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Emily C. DeCola is thrilled that puppets are finally hip. In addition to freelance puppet performance and design work in New York, DeCola coordinates this cabaret! She also serves as Co-Artistic Director in absentia for Projet: Marionnette in Montreal, Quebec. Recent theater and film credits include: The Tempest; McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ) Pericles; Red Bull Theater (New York, NY), Satan's Little Helper; Shadow Studios (New York, NY), Minnow's Moon and The Memory Tree; Projet: Marionnette (Montreal, QC) and Stone Soup: A Farce About Famine; The Puppet Project Oz (Sydney, NSW). Check out her puppets (co-designed with Eric Wright) in Synapse Productions' Animal Farm - The Musical, February 2004. Contact her at email@example.com.(August Puppet Works: August 20 - 31, 2003)
Enrico Gomez's statement : "My work is concerned with the mechanics of male interpersonal exchange and the implications of these exchanges over time. Examples include cultural mythology, masculine mores, sexual intercourse and war. As a Gay mail Lation, I am interested in teh interconectedness of environment, experience and cultural legacy. My paintings re-examine the visual material of my world (movie stills, old photographs, written history and cultural symbol) for a new understanding of it. (solo exhibit: September 28 - October 12, 2003)
Eric Davis as Red Bastard (August Puppet Works 2003) (opening party)
Eric Wright is a real-life starving artist, fresh out of Sarah Lawrence College and making it as a puppeteer in the Big Apple. His work has taken him from New York to New Hampshire to New Orleans to NewBraska, working with puppeteers such as Phillip Huber, Martin Robinson, and Dan Hurlin. Look for him in Mr. Hurlin's "The Hiroshima Maidens" come January. (August Puppet Works, 2003)
Eyal Maoz is active in the NYC new music scene,
after relocating here from Israel. In addition to his compo-sitional work (Eyal
has composed for various settings including solo pieces, duos, jazz and rock
bands, strings ensembles and jazz big bands) Eyal is also an accomplished guitarist,
exploring new sounds in the avant garde, experimental, jazz and rock genres.(an
evening of performances, dance and otherwise - January 30, 2004)
31 - November 2, 2003)
Faux Maux presenting: GIRLS GRLS GIRLS CRAZY SEXY LIVE GIRLS WORKING THIER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE (first late night Friday performance)
Frank Senger The Professional, Maximum Risk,
OZ, Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Steppenwolf Theater Workshop, Mabou Mines
Re Cher Che, En Garde Arts', Night Kitchen. Performed at the Public and Kennedy
Center. Directed American premiere of Arthur Miller work. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Harriet Lesser & Abbe Stahl Steinglass COLLABORATION:
The Third Artist
For six years, these two artists have been producing mixed media folding screens, with increasing levels of interaction. These projects allow them to explore the difference between partnership and collaboration. The arlworks show how two
artists can create a third aesthetic approach.
- After two decades of working together, in various parts of their art lives, Lesser and Steinglass began to think that when they work together it is as if there is a third artist working with them. In one screen after another, they loosen the entities that make up the territoriality and ownership of parts of the work.
- Their individual work is quite different. And while their resumes overlap in places - born in New York, similar formal and Art educations, similar professional experience - these two artists see things differently and they represent things differently, taking different approaches to elements of painting.
- While Lesser leans toward the canvas as a flat plane, Steinglass aims for a deep perspective. Lesser manipulates line and negative space; Steinglass focuses on objects and form. When they come together, these differences become tools for a third vision. They work on separate panels, switching back and forth, and on the same panel at the same time. Then they talk. Often, they paint over each others work. Then they talk. Eventually, the talk stops and the third artist takes over.
- Both are landscape painters, employing images close to home and from different worldwide travel. Their home bases and studios, often reflected in these screens, are entirely different - the height of New York and the breadth of Washington. Individually they each paint their forests, although one forest is a northern New England view and the other is southern; both paint their rivers, although one is not much more than a meandering stream and the other is a vast width of the Potomac. It is the third artist who stimulates another invention.
- None of the sites these artists seem to be portraying really exist. All these works are metaphoric. We see four seasons, a classic subject of the Far Eastern screens that are a source for the thought behind the development of these works. The sights we see are a synthesis of their combined travels.
- The use of screens permits the presentation of more than one viewpoint. In order to see some of these screens the viewer shifts his own perspective. As true collaboration develops on each work, the artists put in the best each can offer, produce something in which each recognizes both herself and the other, and which neither would have imagined alone. (Collaboration exhibit : December 2003)
Head Clausnitzer his webpages (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003)
Heather Warfel is director of the dance program at County Prep High School in Jersey City and an Adjunct Professor at NJCU. As a visual artist Heather works with fabric creating one of a kind pieces for her label CROW.(RIOT#1 Producer, October 31 - November 2, 2003) (opening party)
Hope Cartelli is an actor who playerd the part of "Mammalia" in Piper McKenzie's production of The Pragmatists, November 13 & 14, 2003
Jackson Krall, born in Detroit,
began studying piano at age seven and drums at age nine. He studied with Bill
Dixon at the University of Wisconsin and Bennington College in the early 1970s
where he was also influenced by the teachings of music scientist Milford Graves
and choreographer Judith Dunn. Since moving to New York in 1975 he has lived
on the Lower East Side and performed with many avante-jazz groups on the downtown
music scene. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor since the mid 1990s.
He also is the creator of sound sculptures and hand-made percussion instruments.
(Ras Moshe Group : January 10, 2004)
James David Jacobs was born in a log cabin in 1889. He is credited with the invention of the red doughnut sprinkle. He played in San Francisco's first No Wave band, the Appliances (this is true), in which he played cello, electric bass, electric razor, and ten-speed blender. He was also a member of the now-legendary improvising quintet the Glass Eaters, with multi-instrumentalist Katie Down. That log cabin stuff is bullshit, but he actually did sleep in the basement storeroom of Carnegie Hall for six months. (I don't know where the sprinkle thing came from.) --- or if you want to be impressed... James David Jacobs is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where he teaches cello, conducts the choir, and hosts a monthly salon. He also hosts a weekly radio show on WNYE 91.5 FM, Fridays 7:10-9:00 a.m. He has written and performed music for the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the Living Theatre (w/director Judith Malina), George Coates Performance Works (w/Rinde Eckhart), The Night Kitchen (w/director-author Maurice Sendak), documentaries for HBO and PBS, Kitka Bulgarian Women's Chorus, Melting Pot Theatre, and many other cultural institutions. He has also worked in collaboration with many dancer/choreographers, including Carol Blanco, Ingeborg Weinmann, Tai Jimenez, Francesca Harper, Alex Vasallo, Barry Blumenfeld, and, most recently, Sasha Soreff, in un/shielded, performed July 26 and 27 and HERE Arts Center. James has an extensive background in early music, klezmer music and improvisation, and recently had the great honor of conducting Beth Levin, a protege of Rudolf Serkin and one of the world's greatest living pianists, in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003) (opening party)
Acoustic bassist and composer James Ilgenfritz
relocated from his native Michigan to Brooklyn, New York at the beginning of
2003. In the time since then, he has been working feverishly to bring ideas
and concepts to fruition, mixing his own resources with those of many other
great musicians in the New York area. Since May, he has ran a concert series
called "Sound Infusion", located at Elixir Juice Bar in Tribeca. The
series has become a popular spot for area musicians to perform in solo, duo,
and trio combinations. James has also formed a number of ongoing musical relationships,
including a duo with fellow bassist Reuben Radding, a trio with guitarist Eyal
Maoz and violinist Esther Noh, the avant-klezmer ensemble Klez Que Cest, an
improvising trio with drummer Mike Pride and saxophonist Aaron Ali Shaikh, and
the Anagram Ensemble. James has also had the pleasure of playing with many other
notable improvisers of late, including David Krakauer, Andrew D'angelo, Daniel
Carter, Chicago Oboist Kyle Bruckmann, and German Violinist Gunda Gottschalk.
In Michigan, James spent 2 years with the Detroit avant-rock band Larval, whose
latest record, "Obedience", was released on Cuneiform Records and
recieved a four star review in downbeat magazine. (Galumphing II : November
7 & 8, 2003)
Janusz Jaworski has spent more time at TIXE than any other human. More information about what he has done, and might do, may be found here. (TIXE June 16, 2003 - February 29, 2004)
Jason Rieff is grateful for the creative opportunity with RIOT. Toured Nationaly with The Who's Tommy, How to Succeed In Business... Finch and Les Miserables- Marius u/s and a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Improjazz describes the music of Jeff
Arnal as "an inventiveness never caught short"² He studied
at Bennington College with percussionist Milford Graves and saxophonist Charles
Gayle, receiving an MFA in 2000. A native of Georgia, Jeff moved to Baltimore,
MD in 1991 to attend the Peabody Institute, and later study with composer Stuart
Saunders Smith. Arnal has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and choreographers.
Recent collaborations include Dietrich Eichmann, Berlin, choreographer - Estelle
Woodward, Rara Avis (Gordon Beeferman, Seth Misterka), Mogami (Ryan Smith),
NYC, and Tripwire (John Hughes, Lars Scherzberg), Hamburg.
-- In 2003 he was awarded a fellowship at Art OMI International Arts Center, and a Meet the Composer Grant for a collaborative performance project with Peter Kowald, Dom Minasi and Blaise Siwula in 2002. Arnal has performed throughout the United States and Europe, most recently at Goethe Institute, the Knitting Factory, PS 122 and Tonic NYC, Desingel, Antwerp, Belgium, and Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany. Big Sur Experimental Music, Autumn Uprising, Music at the Anthology, San Francisco Alternative Music, and Philadelphia Fringe Festival(s). He can be heard on a number of independent record labels, including Generate, Cadence Jazz, and Oaksmus. Currently Arnal resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is an active member of the music community as well as one of the Artistic Directors of Improvised and Otherwise, an annual experimental music and dance event.
Contact: Jeff Arnal / 483 Ocean Parkway #2C / Brooklyn, NY 11218 / 718-693-5529 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.genearterecords.net (Galumphing II , November 7 & 8, 2003)
Jeffrey Lependorf has performed and had works performed around the globe (literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" was launched into the stratosphere when the shuttle Atlantis took off, and remained for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir). A certified master of the shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), he has helped to create a new body of music for this ancient instrument. He is currently Director of the Music Omi international Music residency Program, an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and also serves as Executive Director to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Jeffrey Stanley His plays include teslas
Letters, Medicine Man, and the forthcoming UFOs Over
Brooklyn. His work is often read at Naked Angels. He teaches playwriting
at New York University. www.brain-on-fire.com.
31 - November 2, 2003)
Jen Abrams has studied and taught
Contact Improvisation for 13 years. She is a member of WOW Cafe Theater, where
she creates and presents original solo dances integrating theater and text.
She has also performed at Dixon Place, PS 122, LaMama, HERE, and various other
Her website is here. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Jenny Seastone Stern has been making
her own work for a few years. She has also worked for David Neumann, Stacy Dawson
and other wonderful people at brilliant places. Thanks thanks thanks. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Jessica Jones plays tenor saxophone and piano and composes most of the band's music and has worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Steve Coleman, Don Cherry, Peter Apfelbaum, Cab Calloway and Bo Diddley as well as various jazz and Caribbean and African bands. She has recorded and arranged for Haitian bands Oui and Skah Shah, and recorded as well with Don Cherry and Peter Apfelbaum (Multikulti on A&M), Glenn Spearman (Marco Enedi-Glenn Spearman Creative Orchestra on Music and Arts), Joseph Jarman (Lifetime Visions on Bopbuda), and rap group Raw Fusion (Live From the Styleetron). (October 3, 2003)
Jessica Scott is a recent graduate of Gallatin at NYU. She has performed with rocking NYC puppeteers like John Bell, Kate Brehm, Lake Simons, Kevin Augustine, Christopher Williams and Drama of Works. She also teaches Wizardry 101 to afterschool kids through Circus Minimus. She will continue to pursue her interests in puppets, robots, ninjas and pirates wherever she can. Big Love to the other ATAME! performers. (August Puppet Works: August 29 - 31, 2003)
John McDonough is a composer/improviser/trumpeter based in NYC. He received his B.S. in JAzz & Commercial Music in 1990 from Hofstra University, where he studied composition with Herb Deutsch and jazz arranging with Dave Lalama. He studied briefly at Manhattan School of Music with Davie Berger and Ludmila Ulehla. He is currently working on a piece for solo viola. (opening party and July 31, August 3, 2003)
Jon Eicher (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Dutch saxophonist and composer
Jorrit Dijkstra has been an active member of Amsterdams vivid jazz
and improvisation scene since 1985, before moving to Boston early 2002. His
music shows strong influences from the American and European improvisation traditions,
as well as from ethnic, contemporary classical and electronic music. The critical
press compares his clear, flexible sound and lyrical improvisation to Ornette
Coleman, Paul Desmond and John Zorn, showing the broad spectrum of his saxophone
style. Besides the alto saxophone, he plays soprano saxophone, Lyricon, clarinet,
and tin whistles, and uses electronics such as loop and delay machines, a pitch
shifter and an analog modular synthesizer to process his saxophone sounds live
Jorrit Dijkstra studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy and Lee Hyla. He toured Europe with his own projects Trio Jorrit Dijkstra (3 CD's on BVHaast Records), Drones in the Bones and Tone Dialing. He has worked with Willem Breuker, Guus Janssen, Maurice Horsthuis, Jaap Blonk, Gert Jan Prins, Cor Fuhler, John Butcher and Thomas Lehn, as well as Gerry Hemingway, Marty Ehrlich, Herb Robertson, Jim Black, Barre Phillips and Marc Ducret, to name a few. His collaboration with Vancouver based Talking Pictures has led to two tours and the CD Humming (Songlines 1533-2). In 1995 he received the prestigious Podium Prize from the Dutch Jazz Foundation, and in 1998 he received a Fulbright grant to study and teach at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In Amsterdam Jorrit is currently co-leading the cool-jazz Quartet Sound-Lee! (with Guus Janssen, playing the music of Lee Konitz). In Boston he is active in the local improvisation and new music scene, with Curt Newton, James Coleman, Charlie Kohlhase and Andrew Neumann.
His website is here. (Galumphing: September 12-14, 2003)
Jose Campos III a list of
ideas that guide his work:
- constantly playing with my surroundings
- having a subtle voice about contemporary issues (whether political or social)
- not force my ideas on the general public, but quietly put ideas in them (subversive)
- documenting and working towards specific goals (have been obsessed with the subway quite recently)
("Look Around," an installation, August 5 - 24, 2003)
Josh Cohen has been a professional puppeteer living in NYC for over 8 Years. His first paying puppet job was with the prestigious Grandpa Cratchet traveling puppet show. Upon moving to NYC Josh continued to persue work as an actor in television. He was soon hired by the Jim Henson Company and has been a freelance Muppeteer for close to five years. He has had the pleasure of performing many of the Jim Henson Company main signature characters, and worked closely with the program Bear in The Big Blue House. Josh is also an active member of the improv comedy community, and has performed improv comedy throughout the world. He is currently one half of NYC's only long-form improv puppet comedy duo, The Josh and Tamra Show. The Josh and Tamra Show may been seen every first and last Friday of every month at Above Kleptomania Comedy Theater located at 669 8th ave @ 42nd Street. Please visit his new web site at www.joshandtamra.com for more information. Oh yea,... and please have a great day. (August Puppet Works, 2003)
Judi Silvano was voted a Top 10 Vocalist in the Down Beat Reader's Poll 3 times, has earned acclaim as a daring vocal improviser, composer, lyricist and educator and was awarded a Meet The Composer grant in 2003. Silvano has 5 CDs as Leader: Dancing Voices (JSL Records, 1992), Vocalise (Blue Note Records, 1997), Songs I Wrote Or Wish I Did (JSL Records, 2000), and Riding A Zephyr, a duo CD with legendary pianist Mal Waldron (Soul Note/Black Saint Records, 2002) with a NEW release Sound Garden: Spirit Music, Improvisations for Yoga, Meditation and Massage. Silvano has recorded with Sax Great Joe Lovano, pianist Kenny Werner, guitarist James Emery, works with poets, writes dance scores, teaches at Rutgers University and does performances & workshops with her VOICES TOGETHER group, which features 3 un-accompanied Vocalists plus 1 Dancer. Please visit her website at www.judisilvano.com for more. (Galumphing 2, November 7 & 8, 2003)
Judson Kniffen worked as the Associate Director
for the Ontological Theater for four years. During this time he served as Production
Stage Manager for Richard Foreman in New York, Europe, and Japan; curator for
several emerging artists' series; and Assistant Artistic Director for the summer
seasons. He directed and performed in Jean Cocteau's Orphee in 2001 and stage
managed Ken Nintzel's Lapse and Juliana Francis' St. Latrice at P.S. 122 in
2002. He has a BA in drama from Vassar College. (The
Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Julie Atlas Muz google : "Julie Atlas Muz" (opening party)
Kali Z. Fasteau - COMPOSER
Soprano Sax, Nai & Shakuhachi Flutes, Voice, Piano, Synthesizer, Cello, Sanza, Mizmars, Moursin, and Drums
From a musical family, Kali Z. played piano, cello, flute, voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. She received degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century Europe and Jazz, and then traveled for fourteen years, living in sixteen countries: India (1981-83), Turkey (1976-77), Nepal, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Italy,
Holland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, Haiti and America, performing in many music festivals and concerts, national radio and TV, film soundtracks, and university programs.
Kali's recording and performing associates include: Donald Rafael Garrett, Archie Shepp, Beaver Harris, Rashied Ali, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Joseph Jarman, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Andrew Cyrille, Bobby Few, Noah Howard, Oscar Brown III, and a great many others.
Kali Z. led her ensemble playing her original compositions at New York¹s Town Hall, Lincoln Center and Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Paris, The Museum Theatre in Madras, India, The Boston Center for the Arts and hundreds of other noted venues worldwide. Her website is here. (Galumphing II , November 7 & 8, 2003)
Kate Brehm exhibited Panic Comics
at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater this spring and In Tribute to Hokusai at
the Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum at Here Arts Center in January.
She produces puppetry and performance work as "imnotlost"
including Slutty Puppets and Friends, a semi-regular cabaret of chaos.
Artist Statement for Visual Art: I consider visual art in the same context that I consider puppetry, minus the performance through a certain period of time. Its about concepts and design. The viewer is best struck with a moment of dissociation due to the content of the piece and then made to consider and mull over some idea. I like abstract ideas and abstract art.
- However, my interest in drawing feels surprisingly traditional. I really only study the figure and prefer to work in charcoals though I have, in a less traditional vein, spent time mixing text and image as well as exploring alternative canvas materials.
- I feel it important to reveal an inner essence or rhythm from the figure. However, I do not think that involves exporing the psyche of my subject on paper. Rather, I am interesteed in how the formal expression of charcoal on the page can capture a sort of rhythm, texture, and fleshiness that is central to the movement and shapes of a particular body. (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003)
Kate Fenker (Chance Operations exhibit: October 14 - November 2, 2003) (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003) (open studio July 30 - September 7, 2003)
Katharine Clark Gray last worked with Raw Impressions on RIMT #9, and this January will participate in #11. NY Stage: The B Side (w/ music by Chris Blisset), 516 (Mark Armstrong, dir.) Film: Partners (Michael Messer). Regional: Francis Bacon (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca NY). N: like Cartman loves pie.. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Katia Engel was born and grew
up in Augsburg/South Germany. She is a licenced social worker (in Germany),
and studied dance and dance education at the Institute for Movement and Dance
in Bremen/Germany, and Movement Analysis at the Institute for Laban-Bartenieff-Movement
Studies in New York. She became interested in Mask work in 1997, and shortly
thereafter studied with Christian Bohdal. She has been creating and performing
Mask works since. Ms. Engel also studies and practices photography, figurative
sculpting, Butoh and Zen Meditation. Previous collaborations include work with
Eddie Bell (Poet) and Lawrence Berger (Sculptor).
(September's mixed Theater/Dance/DanceTheater, September 25 & 26, 2003)
Katie Down is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist. She has created and performed numerous sound scores for theatre, dance, multi-media events and installations. Katie uses unusual and homemade instruments and found sounds she collects and records throughout her travels to create original sound collages and compositions. She plays the flute, frame drum and doumbek, guitar, ukulele, didgeridoo, and a variety of homemade and household percussion. Katie performs in a wide variety of musical genres, including free improvisation, jazz, classical, Irish, Balkan, and Sephardic music. She works with both children and adults on improvisation and artistic exploration of body, voice and other instruments, She has co-produced a CD with composer Dave Soldier of Free Improvisation with children ages 2 to 9 titled "Aliens Took My Mom!" on Mulatta Records. Katie has toured with BrokenOpenHeart Productions, in conjunction with Croatian-based Polygon Center for Arts and Research in which she co-conducted theatre, vocal and music improvisation workshops for festivals throughout Croatia and Slovenia. She has also been a guest artist at the Hvar Up-Beat Music Festival in which she taught improvisation to composers. She is resident composer for both Ripe Time and Pilgrim Theatre, and was a recent fellow this year at Music/Omi in upstate New York. Katie has produced concerts and festivals including theatrical, poetry and experimental performance events and is music curator for a monthly music series at the gallery/performance space, TIXE at Chashama. She is an active steering committee member for THAW (Theaters Against War). (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004) (Galumphing II : November 7 & 8, 2003) (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003) (Opening party)
Among many other things, Kelvin Daly is a musician and a builder of many of the musical instruments heard in this piece. His primary venues have been street performances and work in underground communal arts spaces, which suit his ideals and life philosophy well. His most recent ensembles have been Music from the Mood Expansion Chamber and The Hermaphroditic Marriage of Simple and Complex Tonal Contraptions and Hir Church of You're Lucid Dreaming Motherf@#!er Quintessextet, as well as work with the Rubulad and Ransom Corp. art groups. Kelvin's present work is primarily solo. He also performs with fire, puppets, and poetry. He has been making musical instruments for over ten years now. (The Last Dance - February 15, 2004)
Bassist Ken Filiano's career spans a wide spectrum of musical expression including classical, jazz, the world of spontaneous improvisation and inter-disciplinary performances with dance and the spoken word. Critics praise him as a "richly sonorous player" who "knows the bass role, but fills it in unexpected ways." Ken tours widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America including performances at several major jazz and contemporary classical festivals. Ken has performed with such artists as Warne Marsh, Vinny Golia, Barre Phillips, Bertram Turetzky, Joelle Leandre, Bill Perkins, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Roswell Rudd, Ted Dunbar, Jimmy Cleveland, Don Preston, Paul Smoker, Joe Labarbera and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, as well as at Carnegie Hall with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. He has played on nearly two dozen recordings, including a solo bass album, (Subvenire, on Nine Winds Records) in addition to his work as lecturer and performer at several colleges in the U.S. (October 3, 2003)
Throughout his career Ken Yamazaki
has performed music of many genres: contemporary music with Cuban composer/conductor
Tania Leon and Mexican composer/violinist Carlo Nicolau, Hindi music with
Indian choreographer Uttara Coorlawara, jazz and Arabic music with Ahmed Abdul-Malik,
and jazz with Joseph Jarman, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Byard Lancaster and Chris
Chalfant. Yamazaki has performed at Lincoln Center, MOMA, Museum of Natural
History, and at jazz festivals such as JVC, Nancy Pulsations, Philly International,
and Ocho Rios Jamaica. Live radio and TV appearances include: WKCR, WNYC,
WBAI, WPIX, DUTV, China TV, Czech TV and Jamaica TV. He has recorded for the
following labels: Atonal, C.Chalfant Music, Megaphone, Jyaku and appears on
a jazz documentary film by Alan Roth. (October 3, 2003)
Kevin Quigley is an artist of many mediums who likes to dig into the spaces between definitions and pry them open a bit wider. He is interested in combining chance with improvisation and in using art to ask questions not make statements. He is a founding member Liquid Ensemble, a free-jazz-noise-quintet that can be heard collaborating with the silences and sounds around New York City (www.liquidensemble.com). --- and something a little more credit oriented...Kevin Quigley is an aritst of many mediums who likes to dig into the spaces between definitions and pry them open a bit wider. He is interested in combining chance with improvisation and in using art to ask questions not make statements. His primary focus as an artist is to use the energy of collaboration to create works that stretch the boundaries of all aritsts involved. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in classical vocal performance (concentrating on 20th Century idioms and jazz) he founded and directed two collaborative performance ensembles: NOW (Pittsburgh, 1992-1995) and ThisThing (NewYork, 1997-2000); and was a founding member of Ensemble Duchamp (Sachimay Records). As a composer for dance, he has had several pieces produced in numerous venues including: In the Company of Men 1999, NYC Fringe Festival, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. His work as a painter has been shown in galleries in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.(an evening of performances, dance and otherwise - January 30 & 31, 2004) (RIOT division director, October 31 - November 2, 2003) (opening party), (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Khang Nguyen painter, photographer, dancer, performance artist (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003)
Kyle Johnston's webpage is here. (Collaboration exhibit : December 2003)
Laura Marks is an actor whos performed
at Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and various
off-off venues in NYC. Starred in Moroccan film Threads (Venice Film Fest 2003).
31 - November 2, 2003)
Laurie MacFarlane has performed her choreography and improvisations in lots of New York's little spaces, plus venues in Toronto, Canada, Michigan, New Mexico and Texas. Changeling, a work in progress, is a character study through movement which follows the very particular and peculiar path of an unnamed woman. (opening celebration - dance night August 2, 2003)
Leanne Darling creates a
powerful new voice for the viola. She draws from her classical technique, her
Arabic and jazz skills, and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries
of this profoundly lyrical instrument. A skilled and experienced performer,
Darling has performed as soloist and chamber musician in England, Austria, Slovenia,
France, Florida, Missouri, Connecticut, and New York in art galleries, film
theaters, clubs, and concert halls. She has performed with flutist Julius Baker
and grammy nominated cellist David Darling (no relation), and served as violist
of the New Artists Piano Quartet.
- Before embracing improvisation, Leanne Darling was a well established classical musician. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a finalist in the ASTA National Solo Competition and a winner of the Durham (NC) Young Artists Competition. Professionally, Darling has held the principal and assistant principal position in the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. Constantly searching for a new means of expression through her instrument, Darling began improvising seven years ago and experimenting with jazz, blues, and Arabic music. She has combined these elements to produce a unique solo viola performance.
- Leanne Darling uses the entire scope of her versatile instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sounding effects, to create her own compositions. Using a sampling/looping device, Darling generates layers of sound from lyrical melodies to driving rhythms and textures simulating a whole room full of musicians. The layers are improvised as well as planned, making each performance unique. Her musical style ranges from minimalist to free jazz, blues, Arabic, and ambient music. With the aid of the loops she demonstrates the full potential of this beautiful yet little heard instrument.
- Darling is currently studying classical Arabic music with virtuoso oudist and violinist Simon Shaheen, and jazz improvisation with Julie Lyonn Lieberman and David Darling. Recent projects include collaborating on two world premiere operas in the winter of 2002, playing regularly in various arabic and free jazz ensembles, and writing improvisation-based string curriculum to be presented in the schools. She will be presenting a clinic on Arabic string playing in March 2003 at the national ASTA with NSOA conference in Columbus, OH. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Leese Walker: Leese enjoys flipping between classical theatre, movement work and improvised performance. Favorite roles include: Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors (Judith Shakespeare Co.), Antigone in Antigone (Irondale Ensemble Project), Miranda in The Tempest (Director-Ralph Lee), Still Life With Mic (w/Todd Reynolds @ Gale Gates) and dancing, acting and playing the Lakota Flute with the Wendy Osserman Dance Co.(DTW, Union Square Park, UBU Rep). Leese has been improvising as a core member of the Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1997 (Lincoln Center, NYC Jazz Vision Festival, Knitting Factory, WNYC). Leese is the founder and Artistic Director of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, which weaves improvised music, modern dance, mask-work and theatre together to create original performance pieces. Leese also freelances as a teaching-artist with over half a dozen theatre companies including: BAM, TDF, Roundabout and MCC Theatre. She is an avid skier and loves the outdoors. (Galumphing II : November 7 & 8, 2003)
Lev Zhurbin (a.k.a. Ljova) is a New York-based composer and performer who does far too many things and drinks too much coffee. Nevertheless, if you like the music and/or want [to know] more, visit his website. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Louis V. Ebarb (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Luca Foggiano Born in Calcutta.
Films include:"Gangs of New York","The Luzhin Defense,The
Talented Mr.Ripley, On the Waterfront,The Godfather
Part II". Theater includes:"Come and Go,"Much Ado About
Nothing",Partytime", "Look Back in Anger", "The
Tempest." (RIOT, October
31 - November 2, 2003)
Lukas Ligeti (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Luke Rosen is co-Artistic Director of Eastcheap
Rep whose original play "Jumpers" premiered at the Edinburgh Festival
and was recently produced at the Abingdon Theater as part of the Midtown Festival.
Other credits include "Neo-Retro Woyzeck" at the Cherry Lane and "Isle"
at the Eugene O'Neill Theater.Film and Television: "Orchard", Reebok
Terry Tate Series and "Hack". (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Maggie Cino (performer/writer) is an actor/creator based out of New York City. She has created three pieces, Geek on Smack (1999, with Patty Litzen) Angry Little People (2000, with Carolyn Raship) and Ascending Bodily (2001, with Dov Weinstein) all of which have been performed to critical acclaim. She has performed in numerous productions around New York City, including the ensemble created Moliere's Monster with Wax Factory at the Ohio Theater, Die Like a Lady in the New York International Fringe Festival and Or Polaroids by Ken Urban, produced by HERE. She has also recently toured Julia Lee Barclay's No One to London, England. She also directs, writes, and makes masks. Training includes: Viewpoints/Suzuki with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company and the Goldston and Johnson School for Mimes. She is a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater. (The Pragmatists : November 13 & 14, 2003) (opening celebration - July 31, 2003)
Matana Roberts is a dynamic saxophonist,
composer and improviser, who tries to expose in her music the mystical roots
and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression .A Chicago
native, she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by elder musicians who showed
her by distinct example the importance of listening to one's personal creative
voice while at the same time using the profound and many layered traditions
of jazz and improvised musics to act only as her creative guide, not as her
creative definer. By using their mentorship, she has been able to craft a voice
and creative focus that truly speaks to her own true artistic individuality.
She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and
moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique,
document, and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities
that exist not only in this country, but all over the world. Her first recording
collaboration with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor
- self-titled as Sticks and Stones was released to critical acclaim on Music
482 Records last year. Their second recording
entitled ---Shed Grace will be released on Thrill
Jockey records in February of 2004. Matana has also recorded with the afropunkfunkrockjazz
ensemble Burnt Sugar Ras Moshe,
David Boykin and the renowned Canadian rock chamber ensembleGodspeed You!Black
Emperor on their recent release Yanqui U.X.O. Roberts has played alongside such
musical luminaries as Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Grimes, Miya Masaoka, Aaron Stewart,
Ravi Coltrane, Don Byron, Vijay Iyer, Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Peter
Brotzman, Jeff Parker, Robert Barry, Ras Moshe,Joe Maneri, Steve Lacy, Tony
Malaby, Daniel Givens, and Ralph Alessi. Matana is currently working on a recording
of her solo compositions, a large ensemble project to be premiered in New York
in June 2004, and is collaborating with writer/ director/poet Reg E. Gaines
and Dancer/choreographer Savion Glover on a multi arts piece that explores the
musical contributions of saxophonists John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy .Roberts
is an associate member of the Chicago chapter of the A.A.C.M.--Association for
the Advancement of Creative Musicians and is also is a faculty member for the
School for Improvised Music in
New York city where she currently resides. (Ras Moshe Group : January 10,
Maria Cataldo is a spoken word and mixed
media artist based in Manhattan. Her work often deals with the socio-political
as unwanted stimuli in the natural order of things or manifests as self-reflexive
digressions on just being a "girl." Recent projects include designing
video for the Obie-award winning Nita and Zita, as well as directing the photography
for RQS Productions 3 Mutants. She is currently performing poetry at venues
in lower NYC, working on a series of Internal Bombing installations for commute
and contemplation, and finishing her first play. (spoken word performance,
December 11, 2003)
Marianna Ellenberg has been living and working in New York City as an artist, video editor, and film curator since graduating from Wesleyan University in 1999. Her films and videos have been shown at such local venues as Ocularis (NYC) The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema (NYC) and The Visual Studies Center (Rochester, NY). Her latest film Cut Snip Ooze (16mm, 2003) was chosen to screen in the 2003 Madcat International Women¹s Film Festival and The Chicago Underground Film Festival. She coordinated the quarterly Open Zone screening in June 2003, at Ocularis in Brooklyn, NY. In May 2003, Ellenberg curated an evening of experimental film and music, entitled Snap!Crack!Pop!, including work by Jem Cohen, Henry Hills, Keith Sanborn and Virginia Valdes at The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema. Also in May, her video 250mg® was screened in The Invisible Film Series at The Millennium Film Workshop. In October 2002, Ellenberg collaborated in a multi-media performance with Jane Gang as part of The Parson¹s Nose, a three week series of film and performance, at The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT. Ellenberg will be attending The Slade School of Art (London, UK) for her MFA in Film/Video in the fall of 2003. This is the first exhibit of her photographic series ³250mg². (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003)
Mariko Ando was born in Tokyo, Japan, and began her dance career at Kan Horiuchis Unique Ballet Theatre, where she studied and later became a company member. Ms. Ando came to the U.S. to study modern dance in 1999. She recently graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA cum laude in Dance and received a Conservatory of Dance Award for Performance. She is currently working with Buglisi/Foreman and VanDance. (A Sampling for a Small Space, February 6-8, 2004)
Mark Ferber has been active as a freelance
drummer since 1989. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of
five and was later introduced to drumming and percussion. Growing up in the
San Francisco Bay Area proved to be a musically rewarding experience. Mark was
constantly immersing himself in a wide variety of musical styles including Indian
and Indonesian musics, avant garde, marching bands, musical theater, classical
and rock music. Prior to attending college, Mark was already working in an eclectic
array of ensembles and bands in and around his hometown.
-- While earning a bachelor's degree in biogeography at the University of California in Los Angeles, he studied classical percussion with Mitchell Peters and drums with Billy Higgins and Joe Labarbera. Since graduating from college, Mark has maintained a very busy playing schedule on both the west and east coast. A partial list of his playing credits include Billy Childs, Bud Shank, Alan Pasqua, Anthony Wilson, Brian Lynch, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, David Berkman and Steve Swallow . He can also be heard on recent recordings by Bob Sheppard (Fuzzy Music), Alexis Cuadrado (Fresh Sound New Talent), Anthony Wilson (Groovenote) and 'The Other Quartet', whose new album, 'Sound Stains' was just released under the Knitting Factory label. (Galumphing II : November 7 & 8, 2003)
Mark Stone's Artist Statement: My paintings capture the changes brought about by the electronic revolution. This transformation has completely altered the way we disseminate, create and process images and information. It has put us at odds with the Western canons of visual learning and understanding. Marshall McLuhan explained that the streaming influx of broadcasting forces us to use our eyes in the manner of our ears. We process media stimuli "all-at-once" in real-time locating or describing through touch or feeling rather than sequentially through measurement or contemplation. We grasp the meaning of images and words by scanning optically rather than looking visually. We react to the surfaces or signs of images and information rather than examine meaning or physicality in depth. Information is "remembered" rather than discovered, because we are all a part of a vast electronic interiority. We live at the speed of light through extensions of our nervous systems. And it is through this connectivity that electronic programming bypasses design, continuity and the play of figure and ground, light and shade, hue and value to tap directly into our collective unconscious memories and feelings. A fantastically showy example of this is the NASDAQ sign board in Times Square. On this huge architectural screen media reality changes time, scale, structure and movement pumping hyper activated images and color directly into the mass collective experience. It heralds the end of the slow Western Painted Tradition and the beginning of a new accelerated electronic canon of opticality and media violence. As Guttenberg opened the western pictorial canons to the masses through his sequential printing press, NASDAQ broadcasts a new electronic painting reality straight into our wired meta-unconscious. I am exploring these radical changes through a new form of abstraction. I encompass these new values and apply them to a discredited and waning visual discourse; painting. Rather than ignore these challenges to visual culture I encompass them and use them to push my painting forward. I find it an interesting challenge to create paintings that integrate these antithetical aesthetic values, and by doing so, develop a new kind of beautiful and stimulating visual work. I am making a type of painting that can accommodate our new ways of seeing and understanding. (M.Stone 2002) (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003)
Wiener's paintings have been exhibited in New York, Paris, London, L.A.,
Milan and Tokyo. He is in private collections in the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, France , China, Australia and Japan.
- Mark Wiener was commissioned by the World Federation of United Nations Associations in 1978,1985, 1992, 1997, 1999 .and again in 2000, to create works for first day covers and limited addition lithographs to accompany United Nations stamp issues. With this great honor, he joined the ranks of some of the worlds most important artists: Keith Haring, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol.
- Mark Wiener's works are in the permanent collections of The Anderson Gallery Collection Buffalo, NY and the Philatelic Museum at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been awarded the Croix de Croix de Chevalier de 'orde Belgo Hispanique under the patronage of Queen Fabiola of Belgium.
- Mark Wiener began his formal training at the Philadelphia College of Art, where he studied painting and photography. Mark gained considerable recognition as a photographer, illustrator and fine artist where his works have been published in: Wall Street Journal, Esquire Magazine, New York Magazine, and Paris Match Magazine to name a few. His works have been included in the prestigious books: "Family of Children" published by Grosset and Dunlap, The Art of Mickey Mouse published by Hyperon as well as many other publications both in the United States and abroad. (open studio September 9 - October 19, 2003) (solo exhibit November 18 - 30, 2003)
Marni Rice her web pages are here. ("Songs of an Immigrant" October 17 & 18, 2003)
Martha Mooke is a pioneer in the field of the electric five string viola. She has developed a unique musical voice by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation, while retaining the depth and soul of the instrument. She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International among others. Besides her catalog of works for solo and ensemble electric strings, she has composed music for theater and ballet and served as Music Director for national and international events. Ms. Mookes diverse schedule includes touring, clinics and lecture demonstrations on electric strings and the use of electronics, extended techniques and improvisation. Enharmonic Vision, her solo debut CD, continues to receive wide critical acclaim. Along with electric ebow guitarist Randolph Hudson, III, the duo "Bowing" recently released it's debut CD Cafe Mars on the 2105 A.D. label. Ms. Mooke performs with many of New York's leading ensembles, touring and recording in the states and abroad. Ms. Mooke and her avant-garde string quartet, the Scorchio Quartet have performed at the last three benefit concerts for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall with David Bowie, Philip Glass, Moby, Lou Reed, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, the Kronos Quartet and Tony Visconti . Scorchio appears on David Bowie's 2002 release Heathen. Ms. Mooke played in the U.S. premiere of Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" at Carnegie Hall and on Philip Glass's film scores of Kundun and Koyaanisqatsi. Other artists she has performed and recorded with are Enya, Lauryn Hill, Al DiMeola, John Cale, Anthony Braxton, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Soldier String Quartet, Musicians Accord, Turtle Island String Quartet and Steve Reich. She has performed on Regis Live!, the David Letterman, Late Night with Conan OBrien and Rosie O'Donnell shows. Ms. Mooke received an ASCAP 2001 Concert Music Award for creating and producing ASCAP's new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring composer/performers whose work defies categorization. Her website is here. (Galumphing II : November 7 & 8, 2003)
Matiss Duhon answered the clarion call of juggling when he was thirteen years old. When he was eighteen, people started giving him money to juggle. Matiss now regularly performs at the Six Flags outside of Chicago, has won multiple juggling competitions, and can also be found juggling in restaurants, clubs, and events around Chicago, sometimes even by invitation. He would like to thank his sister for the opportunity to be a part of this show, and for not trying to make him 'dance.' (A Sampling for a Small Space, February 6-8, 2004)
Matt Heyner is a bassist that has been living
and performing in New York City since 1993. He is part of a community of musicians,artists
and dancers that collaborate and juxtapose their sounds, images and movements
in various spaces throughout the city. As a member of the No Neck Blues Band,
he has performed in parks,rooftops,mountaintops, Canadian forests, as well as
more sheltered clubs.No Neck has a new CD out, "Intonomancy"on the
Sound@one label and completed a European tour in May. Matt first started playing
with the band Test (Tom Bruno, Sabir Mateen,Daniel Carter) underneath NYC in
the subway system's Music Under New York program. Extending from his free improvisational
work in Test, Matt also plays in Sabir's composition band "Shapes Textures
And Sounds Ensenmble". Matt also performs with his group IZITITIZ which
put together several years ago and is gigging around NYC and the East Coast with their second self released record, "Lucky Bird". Matt is also on the scene with many musical actions put together by saxophonist Ras Moshe and the Music Now!Society, as documented by Ras's self-produced cd, "Into the openess." (Ras Moshe Group : January 10, 2004)
Matt Lavelle has been playing trumpet for
15 years,and bass-clarinet for 4. A new member of william parkers little huey
orchestra, Lavelle works mostly as a part of new yorks current free jazz. scene.
Lavelle is a member of bands led by Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell, and Ras Moshe.
As a leader, Lavelle has 2 cds."handling the moment",on cimp,and a
duets with saxophonist Daniel Carter. (Ras Moshe Group : January 10, 2004)
Matthew Burke Thompson
grew up roaming the woods in Reading, Pennsylvania along with two brothers.
His favorite activities had been the catching and releasing of frogs and the
collecting of unusual objects. He often suspected as a small child that he was
the subject of an experiment conducted by robots, who were hiding behind the
false environment they had created for him. These impressions developed into
a fascination of the unorthodox and the creative process.
- The theme of his work is fundamentally a Buckminster Fullerian desire to create a comprehensivist web of understanding rather than a directional specialization. Thompson currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is designing animatronics and sets for a small film company Pregnant Pictures. His recent past has included automotive sculpture in Detroit, Michigan; stone masonry in Princeton, New Jersey; glass blowing and graphic design in Boulder, Colorado; building design and construction in Taos, New Mexico. Thompson graduated from Alfred University, New York in 2001 with a B.F.A. in Mixed Media Sculpture. (Collaboration exhibit, December 2003)
Michael Maiello is a journalist, playwright
and hopeful novelist. He is veteran of three RIMT events, co-authored a musical,
Principia, that was produced at ManhattanTheatreSource and in the 2003 Fringe
Festival and he has two plays published by Playscripts.com. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Mike Caban is an actor who playerd the part of "Plasfodor Mimecker" in Piper McKenzie's production of The Pragmatists, November 13 & 14, 2003
Mike Wiener is an actor-monologuist-filmmaker-curator who collaborates with all manner of singular artists downtown and beyond. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Mollie Melugin-Slaton received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Since moving to New York she has danced with KDNY, Underfoot Dance and Jeremy Laverdure. She has recently performed with Theresa Duhon at One Arm Red in Dumbo. She is also a Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor at the Movement Salon. (A Sampling for a Small Space, February 6-8, 2004)
Mora Judd a recent New York acquisition, flexes
her performance, installation and multi-media art muscles with mischievous fervor.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, she is currently building up lung-scum capacity
bike riding daily through the city. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Motoko Shimizu has performed
concerts in both her native Japan and the U.S., including 3 U.S. tours with
Spin-17 and performances with various downtown New York improvisors, including
Sabir Mateen, Zusaan Kali Fasteau, Donald Miller, Ed Chang, Matthew Heyner,
Blaise Siwula and Michael Evans.
- Her classically trained voice and broad knowledge of classical (including contemporary classical), jazz, and rock composition has contributed to Spin-17, which mixes improvisation with experimental composition.
- Motoko Shimizu graduated from City College in NYC with a degree in music and voice in 1999 and has been studying with Sheila Schonbrun since 1997. In 1998 she sang at NY's Lincoln Center for Bang on a Can's New York premiere of Brian Eno's "Music for Airports".
- She has performed with Sabir Mateen's "Drums and Voices" choral jazz orchestra and with Ed Chang at his Roulette Intermedium premiere of "Dracula Lugosi." Another project was the "Chronicles of Momo" puppet series which features Motoko Shimizu's voice as well as her own original compositions. She was also invited to the Music/OMI International Music Colony to participate in cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary composition and performance in 2001.
- Most recently, Motoko Shimizu performed her first solo show at ABC No Rio as well as in a new project with Rich Gross and Masako Yokouchi. (Blaise Siwula ensemble : October 4, 2003)
Nadia Hlibka's artitst statement: Myths, symbols, and legends of various cultures, sometimes referencing specific historic occurrences interwoven with modern issues, are an important element throughout the body of work. Calligraphy (as mark-making) is an information carrier which specifically traces and records the evolution and development of a given culture. The calligraphic text serves simultaneously to clarify and obscure the meaning of the work. A phrase, fragments of words, in themselves a collage, may serve to initiate the work, but then evolves into an intellectual, internal and visual dialogue as the work proceeds. The creative processis documented through writing directly on the work. This documentation also acts as a visual diary recording the evolutionary identity of a particular piece. Successive layering embeds the text, in places obscuring the previous text, in other areas revealing a word or part hidden underneath. This technique serves as a metaphor to merge the diverse cultural influences and contradictions I perceive, record and investigate. The media include collage, photography, gouache, acrylic, colored pencil, found objects, handmade paper and various fibers. I use visual layering as a metaphor for the process of creation as well as an illustration of the intricacies of contemporary existence. (Collaboration exhibit : December 2003)
Nathalie Broizat was born
in France in 1975. She worked as a dancer in Lyon with Sylvie Caillot-Luc. Because
of injuries, she had to end early her career as a dancer, but she couldn't give
up her passion. She studied theory at the Dance University of Paris and graduated
in 1997. There, she discovered Laban's theories of movement. She also worked
on improvisation and composition with Karin Waehner, one of Mary Wigman's dancers,
who pushed her to create her first piece. Recovering from surgeries, she worked
three years as Director of Production for the Iles de Danses festival in Paris
while she continued her own choreographic researches.
In 2000, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study in New York at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She graduated in May 2001 as a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst). A duet, Lightness 25, was created as part of her thesis and has been performed in New York. Since that time, she choreographed several short pieces and in December 2001 created and has been performing in her Home Theater. She also performed in famous venues in New York City: the Dixon Place, Galapagos Artspace, August Art festival... She is currently planning a next step in Los Angeles. (opening party and July 31, August 2 & 3, 2003)
Presenting: LOVE 26 (July 30, Aug 2) and SHAPE LOVE (July 31, Aug 3) -- Nathalie Broizat creates a strong, thought-provoking, and unique union of dance and theater. Her themes -such as love- are universal in their appeal, yet personalized, connecting to the viewer's own experiences. Nathalie can communicate the realness of her subject while not staging it as a literal story per se. The movement themselves are conveyors of meaning. With a very original mind, a sense of humor and a sense of drama, she captures the mood and state of being that people experience in these times of life, thereby lending the authentic sense of universality to her work.
Noel Salzman is a writer and director of theater and video work that has been seen nationally and internationally. His award-winning video adaptation of The Merchant of Venice (created with Brian Nishii) has been screened throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He received his BA from UCLA where he studied with Peter Sellars. In Los Angeles, he was co-artistic director of The Butane Group, a theater collective presenting new work based on non-fictive material, and participated in The Platform, a political cabaret, before moving to New York to teach directing to NYU undergraduates at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He has assisted directors Robert Moss, James Peck and Reza Abdoh, and was an intern with the Wooster Group a very long time ago. This project represents the culmination of his work at NYU's Gallatin School for Individualized Study, where he studied digital media and social activism. The written part of his thesis will focus on the history of multimedia political theatre. He is on the Steering Committee of THAW (Theaters Against War), and is co-coordinator of its monthly Freedom Follies. He is currently editing an audio version of Gertrude Stein's Listen To Me with Brian Nishii, as well as in the planning stages for its live production in New York. He will hopefully be directing Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights in Los Angeles next spring, as well as a series of Beckett poems with actress Christen Clifford. He has been accepted to Columbia's School of Social Work, but probably won't go. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Noj Fenneb's artist statement: My paintings are narratives of time interacting with paint. The pigment layers are deposited, or settle, onto the surface in ways, and through processes, that only existed at certain moments in the paintings' history. Though I may use other means to initially move paint onto a canvas, gravity is my primary brush. (Chance Operations exhibit: October 14 - November 2, 2003)
Paul Brantley is a cellist and composer who works with a broad variety of musicians. Most recently his playing can be heard on the new Bela Fleck and the Flecktones CD, "Little Worlds" on Sony/Columbia -- as well as on each of the Flecktones up-coming solo projects. Paul recently performed his own music for the Yara Arts Group production, Swan, at LaMaMa etc. His music is published by Oxford University Press. He also is on the Faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Paula Court (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Peter Grzybowski's artist
statement: I have started performing in early eighties and completed number
of performances since then, in Europe and North America. I consider my performance
work to be multimedia compositions. The main advantage of the performance, in
my opinion, it the possibility of connecting techniques belonging to various
genres, as well as new technologies. In my recent performances I use computer
programming. I build a computer program, written in Macromedia Director's Lingo,
that synchronizes projection of digital video, audio and live action - my movement
on stage. I follow signals from the computer, but in some cases computer reacts
to my movements via sensors.
In my work I often comment on surrounding reality: phenomena and events occuring around me, sometimes political or social, either current or in historical context. Some of my performances are site specific or they may refer to a place, e.g. the country where I am at the moment. To create a composition, I use photography, digital video, sound, TV broadcast, internet contents and combine them with some dramatic effects like shattering glass or dripping blood. (Line, September 20-21, 2003)
Philip Easley most recently
played Don in Eastcheap Rep's "Jumpers" and is working on Eastcheap's
sopho-more project set for February. Other roles include: Treplev - "The
Seagull," Claudius - "Hamlet," and Buff - "Suburbia."
(RIOT, October 31 - November
Psyma Tree's Artist Statement:
I have been working with simple pen and ink drawings since 1984. I choose
to create these mandalas for the exploration of complex relationships and balance
between positive and negative space. My pen and ink drawings have been shown
in galleries in New York and Boston with private collections in Europe, San
Francisco, and western Massachusetts. One abstract piece was selected for the
Small Works show at Washington Square East Galleries in 2001. The spaces in
which I create my pieces tend to be cafes or other public places, which I suppose
has some influence in my creative process and the general outcome of the works.
-- For more information about the mandalas or other
works, contact: email@example.com (solo exhibit, November 4 -
Raymond Daniel Medina was
born in New York, and raised all over. Although his work is at once personal,
political, and spiritual, it is decidedly active. He currently plays with an
ambient rock and a jazz group, and features poetry regularly. Raymond Daniel
has concerted effort to bring his musical and poetic backgrounds to his many
communities where he writes and performs to challenge and explore. Among his
instruments are: guitar, keyboards, electronics, and forms of voice. He is the
Musical Director of the louderARTS
project, and a founder and moderator of synonymUS - a live multimedia collaborative
workshop designed to help artists develop the expression of the word throughimprovisation
and narrative. Raymond Daniel teaches poetry and performance for the Community
Word project, and embraces the support of art at every opportunity. (Galumphing
II : November 7& 8, 2003)
Red Bastard Born in the garbage-filled alley of the Mime Conservatory of paris '69... as result of the sexual frustrations of a maligned hobo and the promise of an abandoned can of greasepaint. ..the foremost authority on Movement - his piercing approach to pedagogy has shattered Egos from Broadway to Hollywood to unsuspecting preschool performers. He is not an Oompa-Loompa... nor is he that Fruit of the Loom guy. He is a self-admitted expert on everything as well as a consummate performer having once kept the attention of a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall for 675 straight hours until he deemed them "too boring to perform for." (August Puppet Works 2003)
Rey Parmatat most recently performed in Vladimir
Mayakovsky: A Tragedy (The Yale Cabaret) and Coriolanus (The
Yale School of Drama). BFA, Acting: NYU. MFA, Playwriting: Yale School of Drama.
31 - November 2, 2003)
Robert Dick is a creative virtuoso
in the tradition of Paganini and Hendrix. Improvisor, composer, author, teacher
and inventor, he is known worldwide for redefining the flute, for creating revolutionary
visions of its musical role to stand alongside the flute's established musics.
Robert's musical tap roots are inspiration from the traditions central to him
-- free improvisation, American and European contemporary classical art music,
Blues, Indian and other world musics, Western classical music, electronic, rock,
Robert has recently returned to New York City to live after a decade in Europe. He is on the faculty at NYU.
His discography includes over twenty CDs of original solo and chamber music by fellow composer/performers in such groups as the A.D.D. Trio (with electric guitarist Christy Doran and drummer Steve Argüelles) and the Ambient/Overdrive group King Chubby (with Ed Bialek, samples and keyboards and Will Ryan, handmade instruments and percussion). Other CDs feature music by Telemann (the "Fantasies" for flute alone) and Jimi Hendrix. A duo recording with Jaron Lanier "Columns of Air" is on the horizon.
The Emerson Company manufactures the Robert Dick Model bass flute, and Dick is developing his radical "Glissando Headjoint" with Bickford Brannen or Brannen Brothers Flutemakers. The "Glissando Headjoint", a telescoping mouthpiece, widens the flute's expressive possibilities enormously -- creating virtually a new instrument.
Please visit his website for full info on his concerts, classes, recordings and publications: www.robertdick.net (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Rob Neill has written many short plays and performed
with the Neo-Futurists (New York and Chicago) and the Sacred Fools (L.A.). He
also writes poetryslamming around the country. Currently he lives in Hells
Kitchen writing and acting and thankful for subsidized housing. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Robin Dann's artist statement: A Borrklyn multimedia artist with a strong literary streak, I believe that concepts can be warm and friendly, and that play is serious business. -- With Cool Room I offer you a sacred space for silliness. ("Cool Room: an oasis in Midtown," installation August 26 - September 19)
Rolf Sturm (Guitar) has toured and/or recorded
with a wide variety of musicians including country singer Eddy Arnold, the Argentinean
tango group NY Buenos-Aires Connection, the Tony Trischka Band, Loudon Wainwright,
Billy Martin, David Johansen and the Grateful Dead Big Band: Illuminati. He
leads his own funk/rock/pop band, Feed The Meter and has appeared on numerous
film and television soundtracks as well as on dozens of CD's as a sideman. He
has recorded his own music on the Water Street Music label (waterstreetmusic.org).
Rolf graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Jazz Guitar and has studied
with John Abercrombie, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell and Joe Pass. (Galumphing 2,
November 7 & 8, 2003)
conceptual origins of the work exhibited: "This body of work is obliquely drawn from Buddhist shrine room painting and sculpture found in Ladakh (Western Himalayas) and Bhutan (Eastern Himalayas) an area I have traveled extensively. The foreground 'pear' forms are derived from stylized - overlapping circular coronas which typically surround the bodies and heads of revered figures in the region's religious iconography. Branching compositions allude to the ubiquitous monastery lineage tree; while the multi-'body' and multi-'headed' (pinwheel compositions were inspired by the multi-armed and visaged bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. I am attempting, with this body of work, to synthesize the 'hot' visual content of Himalayan Buddhist liturgical objects with the 'cool' formal strategies of fin de siecle abstraction." (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003)
Ron Kravitz is the creator of Music in the Moment (The Songs Within You), improvisational workshops for everyone), that focus on discovering and exploring ones own inner world of rhythm and sound.www.musicinthemoment.com. He is producer of Underground At Ron's, a performance venue that showcases the talents of local and regional artists from a variety of creative domains. This began and continues to happen in Ron's home basement theater, as well as in the Above Ground performances at The Stagecrafters or the Springside School in Chestnut Hill. Pa. He continues to be an integral component of the Group Motion Workshop,www.groupmotion.org. playing percussion, vocalizing, dancing, and having toured throughout the U.S., in his 20 year association. He is a graduate and facilitator for Cellist David Darling's Music For People organization.www.musicforpeople.org, and is the USA Distributor of the PANArt Hang Drum www.hang.ch 215 233 0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Ruben T. Ornelas has presented his dances in Canada, USA and Mexico. He has taught dance at universities and professional schools in the USA, Mexico and the UK. Currently, he is a teaching artist in NYC public schools. (opening celebration - dance night August 2, 2003)
Rupert Huber (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Ryan Ross (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
scrapworm's Artist's Statement:
I tend to make sense of the world through perceiving contrasts and possible
truths -- For several years I have been seeking to map time and space via architectural
installations; that, through a series of layered juxtapositions, offer experiencers
a theoretically and symbolically scared bunker that evokes a feeling of excess
and void at the same time in 'landscape.' (it is itself exhibit, August
18 - September 7, 2003) (Visions
of Excess : Visions of Void installation, January 6 - February 26, 2004)
scrapworm's website is here (www.scrapworm.info)
Samantha Mae Dorfman's
Artist's Statement : The point of departure for my work is photography, influenced
by fine art in
theory, composition, and subject matter. The photographs are 'slices' of reality from different parts of the world which happen to fit together to express an idea. Computer technology facilitates the image making process. I merge imagination with reality to create a new landscape, portrait, or still life wrapped in layers suggesting culture, form, and event. Light also plays an important part in the realization of the work. I like to mix different kinds of light sources to perceive the varieties of illumination and how it influences the subject matter and the composition. (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit, July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Sarah Weaver is a trombonist in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Weaver graduated from the University of Michigan where she studied trombone with H. Dennis Smith and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath and Stephen Rush. Weaver has performed in various venues including Deep Listening Space, ABC No-Rio, HERE Arts Center, Experimental Sound Studio, Judson Memorial Church, St. Pauls Chapel, Uptown Café, Uptown Gallery, Colony Café, and Troy Arts Center. Currently she is studying Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and working for the Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston, NY. Weaver is also working on a solo trombone CD of experimental improvisations to be released in Spring 2004 (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
A new face on the New York City Performance circuit, Writer/Performer Sean Christopher Lewis, brings his new solo piece THE MURDER SHOW (AKA SOON TO BE RE-TITLED) to the metropolitan area. A hip-hop and theater concoction of griot storytelling, beatboxing and slam poetry investigating the imprisonment of the American Dream. Sean's work has previously be seen at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, City Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and his first play IT'S GREEK TO ME will be produced at the Invictus Theatre in Florida early next year. (opening party)
Shen Wei (photography
exhibit, December 1 - 21, 2003)
Sharon Wheatley has had her monologues
performed at the Ohio Theater as part of this springs 12 Fiery Women.As a performer
Sharon has appeared in many Broadway shows. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Sheila Donovan (Laboratory Theater) is the lead singer of the post-punk band Tall Boys. Shelia "carries the band radiating demonic charm at the mic" writes Cathy Hong in the Village Voice. She trained at the Moscow Art Theatre and has performed with the Brooklyn Pageant Project, a touring summer theater compay. (Seven Deadly Pleasures - August 22-24, EXTENDED September 5, 6, 2003)
Shelby Braxton-Brooks is a NYC actress and dancer, loves theater, dance, music, fire-breathing, puppetry etc. & will gladly fit it all into one piece if given the chance. She thanks Raw Impressions for the chance. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Shelby Stone is an actor who also writes, directs, sings, and teaches. She particularly enjoys collaborating with other artists. She has a masters in Educational Theatre from NYU and is a founding member of Ten Grand and a Burger Productions. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Shuwen Hseih is thrilled to participate this
exciting project. Just graduated from school last year. Recently she has worked
with Downtown Cabaret Theater ,Gateway Playhouse, RIMT. To break the tragic
stereo-type of Asian characters is her goal. Hope you'll enjoy the show! (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Simone Perrin is a member of the "The
Bad Astronauts" and "The Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra". Other
NYC credits include "The Anatomy of Touch" at the Ontological Theater
and "Stone Monkey Banished" with Mettawee River Theater. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Sophie Amieva is a native Parisian clown and mime who has trained at l'Ecole Jacques Lecoq and the Samovar. Additionally she has studied with Philippe Gaulier and Carlo Boso (Piccolo Theater of Milan). She has experience with puppets from her work with the Company Philippe Genty. She has worked with the International Wow Company appearing in Death of Nations, The Bomb and Orphan on God's Highway at La Mama Annex. Recently, she provided Mask coaching to the cast of Ravi Jain's production of Othello. She has just completed a year long run performing a variety of roles in Benjamin Ickies' Failure. (August Puppet Works, 2003)
Sophie Poletti grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She spent seven years dancing with the Nevada Ballet Theatre and guesting with companies in Las Vegas and southern California, while pursuing Literature studies at UCLA. Since moving to NY in 2001, Sophie has worked with Gleich Dances, Michael Mao Dance, Terrain and the Kathak Ensemble, touring abroad to China, Denmark, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as performing locally at the Fringe NYC Festival, the Kitchen, Judson Church, BAX and the Tribeca center for the performing arts. She is currently working with the Dance Circle Company, Beth Soll and John Ollom. Sophie is a certified instructor in the Pilates method. (A Sampling for a Small Space, February 6-8, 2004)
Stacia French is an actor who playerd the part of the "Chinese Mummy" in Piper McKenzie's production of The Pragmatists, November 13 & 14, 2003
Stephanie Tack has shown her choreography at NYU,Joyce SOHO, d.u.m.b.o. dance festival, Hatch, dancespace, deBaun Auditorium, Peridance, WAX, Photographic Gallery, and similar venues. This is her 2nd Raw Impressions experience and she is pleased as punch to be part of the party again. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Steve Gorn has performed Indian
Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano
saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. Well
known to audiences in India and the west, he has been praised by critics and
leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured
the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. As an innovator in the field of contemporary
world music, he is featured on Paul Simon's Grammy nominee cd, You're The One,
toured and recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Tony Levin, Glen Velez, Krishna Das, Alessandra Belloni, and Layne Redmond. His most recent recording is Colors of the Mind, on the Dharma Moon label.
His website is here. (Galumphing, September 12-14, 2003)
Stephanie Damoff is a photographer, writer, editor living and working in New York. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy in her spare time. (the secret studio artist, January/February 2004) (BODY exhibit, September 9 - 28, 2003) (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003) (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Larrier moved to NY to dedicate herself to rhtythm tap and study the art form
with the masters of the genre, among them, Buster Brown, Brenda Buffalino, Savion
Glover, Max Pollack, ROxane Butterfly.Soon after, she started a tap jam, at
Swing 46, jazz club midtown, hosted by the legendery Buster Brown and performed
there regularly. Since 1997,she has been a member of Feraba,african rythm tap
company. As a soloist,she has been collaborating with a lot of different musicians,
among them and mainly, Joel Forrester,jazz pianist,which whom she is been touring
with a duo show in France as in NYC. Among different projects, she worked on
a musical creation with the band BEbeEiffel presented in France,with the company
Tempo Cantabile,(contempory tap company) based in France,the vaudevillian Bindlestiff
Family circus and last year,started a collaborative project "Rhythmutation"
exploring tap dance in relation with other performing art forms such as martial
art, juggling ,masks. Mo! st recently,she initiated "the synesthetes"
a formation exploring correspondances in the free form music and dance frame,in
developpment... (Galumphing 2, November 7 & 8, 2003) (August
Puppet Works, 2003)
Stephen Beveridge is an
internationally exhibited Scottish-born artist living and working in New York
City. His paintings consist of large abstract works of acrylic and collage on
canvas as well as smaller works on paper. He also does digital paintings, sculpture,
installation and animation. his webpages
His artist statement: My art is about inner guidance. I try to stay out of the way. -- My art is about beauty and self-examination. The creative process is what keeps me whole, it is my sacred task to make art. I aim for joy and the results seem to lift the spirits. By working with digital stills, video and painting at the same time, the mediums influence each other. I don't attempt to "force the medium". I allow it to inform the image and shape the session. -- My goal is to stay in the moment and allow spirit to guide my hand and my heart. (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003) (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Summer B. Robertson BFA, North Carolina
School of the Arts. MA, Columbia University. Member of Michael Mao Dance Company
and Avila/Weeks Dance. Guest with David Parsons Dance Company and Janis Brenner
and Dancers. Most recently presented her own choreography at Dance Space Center
and WAX. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Susan Bowen her webpages (Chance Operations exhibit: October 14 - November 2, 2003) (it is itself exhibit August 18 - September 7, 2003)
Susan Ferrara is excited to be collaborating with this years RIOT artists. Most recently seen in all three parts of Judith Shakespeares Henry VI, she has studied in London, New York and Chicago. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Tamara Schmidt (dramaturg) is a senior at NYU's Undergraduate Drama department. The focus of her studies has been in directing, dramaturgy and design at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. At NYU she has directed The General of Hot Desire ,by John Guare, Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill, and two staged readings of the new plays Morninq and New Moons Rising. She designed the set for Heiner Muller's Quartet. She is continuing her studies in dramaturgy with Norman Frisch. (The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky : February 19 - 28, 2004)
Tchera Niyego studied at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and pursues training with The SITICompany. She has performed her original writings on NYC stage. Other credits include: Les Vampyres, Maria Beatty Sundance Film Festival, Birds of Paradis. (RIOT, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Teresa Christiansen's Artist Statement
for Drip Series:
- In this body of work, I have explored the use of the drip as a means of pushing the boundaries between control and chaos, accident and conception, chance and intent. These opposing forces complement each other and work together as they are represented at different levels in each painting, pulling and pushing against and in unison with one another in a fusion of creation.
- With the drip, the chance, the chaos, comes a letting go of the control and a giving up of oneself as the artist, the mover of the paint, the director of the medium. As this is lost, the paint dissolves. The artist steps back and becomes instead the observer of this movement as it passes and is recorded. The moment is set into an image as it makes its mark to be forever seen and understood as that which has been allowed to happen only as everything else has been released.
- I chose to use blue and orange in many of the works as a means to enforce the opposition of the drip with my own control of the paint. At the same time, the colors complement each other, enhancing one anothers vibrancy. The chaos of the drip works with and balances against my own work.
- As a photographer as well as a painter, I am interested in the ability of a photograph to capture a moment in a transient space of time. Cameras preserve the present in a way that paintings, in all their layers and evolution, often cannot. The paintings in this series however, record a moment. The drip is a record of time past, movement traveled, and its form creates a historv of something captured. (Chance Operations exhibit, October 14 - November 2, 2003)
Terry Down was born in England where he studied and began painting seriously before moving to New York where he lived eight years before settling in Berkeley, California. His work has been seen in galleries in London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and is in private and public collections in Rome, London, New York, Massachusetts, Canada, New Zealand, and California. (Solo Exhibit - January, 2004)
Theodora P. Loukas is a Greek actress originally,
and an Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School Graduate. Her recent appearances
include Ed Valentine's "Women Behind the Bush" and R. Schimmelpfennig's
"Arabian Nights". (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Theresa Duhon is originally from Austin, TX, where she danced with the Austin Contemporary Ballet Company. She received her BFA in Dance from NYUs Tisch School of the Arts and has performed with various New York choreographers, including Sean Curran, Kathleen Dyer, Carol Fonda, Guta Hedewig, and JoAnna Mendl Shaw. She currently teaches BodiBalance and modern dance classes at Dance Forum NY. Her choreography has been shown in various venues in Austin, Texas, as well as at Hatch, Dance Forum NY, Red Shoes, and Pop Sustainability in New York. (opening party & dance night August 2, 2003)
Bassist, tubist and improviser Tom
Abbs has been performing and recording in a variety of contexts (classical,
rock, jazz, and improvised musics) since age eleven. Tom started his musical
training at the age of seven playing piano. A couple of years later he changed
his instrument to cello and by the time he was eleven he was playing the bass.
He was handed a tuba in seventh grade and his conquest of the "low end"
began. Tom went on in his teens to win accolades in state and national competitions
for his work as a soloist and ensemble player.
- He came to New York in 1991 to attend the New School¹s Jazz and Contemporary Music program where he studied with such masters as Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Joe Chambers, Brian Smith, Junior Mance, Arnie lawrence, Chico Hamilton and Arthur Taylor. By the end of his third semester at the New School Tom was playing gigs every night of the week and made the decision to leave school and concentrate on performing. He has been working steadily ever since.
- In the past decade Tom has developed a driving percussive style on the bass that encompasses the deep emotion and grit of Charles Mingus and Jimmy Garrison while showing the dexterity and inventiveness of Scott La Faro. His fluid tuba style has shed many of the instrument¹s sluggish connotations and transformed it into a soaring solo and sharply percussive groove machine. Equally comfortable in "free" and "inside" settings, Abbs' versatility and depth as a player has kept him busy backing up the likes of Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Charles Gayle, Daniel Carter, Cooper-Moore, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr., Sabir Mateen, Ori Kaplan, Jemeel Moondoc, Assif Tahar, Borah Bergman, Billy Bang, Andrew Lamb, Warren Smith and many others. Tom is currently a member of the collective groups, The Transcendentalists, Dichotomy with Okkyung Lee and the experimental improvisational trio, Triptych Myth.
- Tom is the founder and driving force behind the arts coalition Jump Arts (http://jumparts.org), which since its 1997 inception has presented over 150 performances and educational workshops in New York City. Jump Arts is dedicated to creating viable opportunities for revolutionary artists of different generations, backgrounds, and experiences with a strong focus on emerging artists.
- Tom has taught music through the New York City Parks Department, Columbia University¹s Greenhouse Nursery School and currently teaches artist residencies in the New York Public Schools. He also presents a free outreach program through Jump Arts called ³The Creative Sound Workshop² which incorporates musical story telling and hands-on learning. (Blaise Siwula ensemble : October 4, 2003)
Cellist-composer Tomas Ulrich
received music degrees from Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Ulrich has performed and recorded with such artists as Anthony Davis, Joe
Lovano, Gerry Hemingway, Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, Simon Shaheen, Herb
Robertson, Dominic Duval, Ben Allison, Kevin Norton, Ted Nash, Uri Caine, Dave
Douglas, Mark Whitecage, Perry Robinson, Mark Feldman, and Ivo Perelman. He
is also a member of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet which premeiered his Quintet
for Trumpet and Strings (featuring guest soloist Herb Robertson) in May of 1996.
JAZZ NOW has characterized him as "the total package... incredible chops,
great imagination, and superb pitch. He fulfills the roles of bassist, guitarist,
and additional horn player and is endlessly talented and creative." Tomas
has written music for theater, film and instrumental perfomance and has concertized
in Europe, Japan, South America, Canada and throughout the United States. Mr.
Ulrich can be hears on over 40 CDs in a wide variety of musical Styles and settings.
(Galumphing II : November 7 & 8, 2003)
Tony Jones has performed with Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Cecil Taylor, Idris Ackamoor, Don Cherry and Peter Apfelbaum. Tony has toured and recorded with Peter Apfelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble (Pillars, an independent release, and Signs of Life and Jodoji Brightness on Antilles) and with Don Cherry (Multikulti on A&M) and Josh Jones (Up and Down Club Sessions on Prawn Song). (October 3, 2003)
Unbathed (the Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Vanessa Garcia is a writer
and painter who has completed two novels (The Death of Kings: An Encyclopedia
and The Flea Market) and several painting series. She often mixes media, cris-crossing
genres and dis-ciplines, combining literature with visual art, drawing with
photography. She has also written a screenplay entitled Parked and is working
on two other pieces of fiction. (RIOT,
October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Veronica Scarpellino's artist statement:
My artwork is an ongoing commentary of modern America culture and behavoir patterns.
Recurring themes in my work references self-medication (whether illicit, legal
or pharmeceutical) as well as our chosen methods of isolation from the rest
of society, and by extension the world. I also critique our denial of our individual
impact on the rest of society. Many people go through life under a false impression
that the way things are done today is as it should be, although we have only
picked up some habits in the last few generations. These ideas are conveyed
through such imagery as the pill and various forms of boxes, the ideal containers
of secrets and easy answers.
- I have an appreciation of traditional forms and a love of replicas. My found materials of choice are naturally occuring and fabricated, showing my perspectives on overlooked and discarded objects. My Influences include Yoko Ono and her play on peoples expectations, and Joseph Cornell, with his constructed environments provoking strong emotional response. By their example I am developing a method of visual communication that is as attainable to the layman as it is to the artworld learned. (Collaboration exhibit, December 2003)
Vince deGeorge - Although he believes strongly in the power of creative collaboration, he has been spending most of his waking hours at The Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy focusing on the physical collab-oration of the axial and appendicular skeleton. If anyone in the cast or audience would care to have him point out the squamosal portion of your temporal bone or the tuberosity of your navicular, please see him after the show. All my love to Amy. ( RIOT#1 Producer, October 31 - November 2, 2003)
Wendy Blum creates "eccentric dances about vulnerable human balances" (New Yorker June 2003). Her New York-based company, Blum Dance Theatre, is known for locomoting contortions and unlikely partnering and has been presented throughout New York City since 1990 and in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Canada, France and Italy. A graduate of Wesleyan and of NYU's Performance Studies, Blum is a Lincoln Center Institute teaching artist and a dancewriter. She has performed with a bevy of independent choreographers and is thrilled to participate in Despina Stamos' dance-theater events designed for fortuitous audiences. (The Last Dance - February 15, 2004)
Wen-Shuan Yang was born and raised in Taiwan.
She received her B.F.A. in dance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida.
As a performer, Yang has been a soloist for H.T. Chen & Dancers; and has also worked with Daniel Lewis, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Tony Silva Dance and Music, Mark Haim, Houlihan & Dancers, Freddick Bratcher, Hannah Kahn, Lila York, and Stephan Koplowitz among others.
Besides dancing for other choreographers, she and Despina Stamos together explore crazy ideas and strange thoughts and then create works for many formal and alternative venues. Their choreography has been shown at P.S. 1/Moma, Dance Theater Workshop's Fresh Tracks 2000, the La Mama Annex, Smack Melon Gallery, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Stoneham Theatre in Massachusetts, Culture Project, Galapagos, Upper Manhattan Arts Project, Deli Dances on 42nd Street, Oasis, Sutton Gymnastic, and the Physical Arts Center. (The Last Dance - February 15, 2004)
Yo Shina, native of Tokyo, is trained in ballet, jazz, modern and framenco on and off for seventeen years. Middle Eastern dance is her latest discovery, and she has danced in various NYC venues as a soloist as well as in a company. She is, as always, thrilled to dance with Synesthetes, this wonderful melange extraordinaire. (A taste of installment: a gourmet musical menu : December 5, 2003)
Yoichiro Yoda (Open Studio, January
19 - February 22, 2004) (solo
exhibit: September 30 - October 12, 2003) (the
Andrew Jackson Collection exhibit : July 30 - August 17, 2003)
Yvan Greenberg (Laboratory
Theater - artistic director) has danced with the Walter Thompson Orchestra and
Mad Science Productions and is currently an administrator and graphic designer
with The Wooster Group. (Seven
Deadly Pleasures - August 22-24, EXTENDED September 5, 6, 2003)