Amy O’Dell (toy piano)
From experimental chamber rock to avant-garde, Amy O’Dell thunder punches the Atlanta music scene. She connects these worlds with a passionate and focused energy that permeates her performances. Since 2012 she has been the adventurous, imaginative pianist of Chamber Cartel. Amy is also known as the quirky, energetic keytarist/keyboardist in Clibber Jones Ensemble appearing in venues all over Atlanta. Amy’s involvement in these groups has led her to collaborate and commission numerous works from composers in the US and Europe. She can be heard on albums by the Clibber Jones Ensemble and Chamber Cartel. In 2015, in addition to other season performances, she embarked on a successful cross-country tour of toy piano and percussion music with her Chamber Cartel partner, Caleb Herron. She will also be releasing a CD of solo toy piano music in February 2016.
Amy started taking lessons in 1994 with Linda Wood in Conyers, GA. With her wonderful guidance and encouragement, Amy started accompanying in High-school for musicals, choirs, and for soloists in competitions. The summer before her senior year, she accompanied the American Music Abroad Chorus on a six-week tour of six countries throughout Europe. A year before going to college she studied with B. J. Sutherland, in preparation for college auditions. That same year she was a recital winner at the first competition she participated in at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) state competitions.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s (cum laude) and Master’s (summa cum laude) degrees in Piano Performance from Georgia State University where she studied with Dr. Geoffrey Haydon. During her undergraduate studies she received the “Thomas M. Brumby” scholarship three years in a row and won the school’s Concerto competition performing Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” with the GSU Symphony Orchestra. She also won numerous competitions including the GMEA state auditions and the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) competition. Amy also had the opportunity to accompany the Georgia State University Singers on a tour through Estonia, Finland, and Russia. While pursuing her Master’s degree at Georgia State University, she received an assistantship and taught group piano classes to the undergraduate music majors. She also received Georgia State’s Stegner Scholarship, the most prestigious piano scholarship given at GSU’s School of Music. She used this award to participate in Aspen’s Music Festival and School in the summer of 2007. She has since performed with other groups such as the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Choir, the Johns Creek Symphony, and the Ludwig Symphony. In 2014, Amy toured extensively with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra along the Eastern U.S. and throughout China.
Amy is currently a part-time piano professor at Gordon College in Barnesville, GA where she teaches Music Appreciation, Group Piano and Applied Piano. She is also a member of the Decatur Music Teachers Association, a local group which is under the auspices of Georgia Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. She is also a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (National Association for Music Education). She maintains a large, and selective private studio in Snellville where she strives to create a relaxed, energized, focused, safe, and professional atmosphere wither her students.
Carrie Frey (toy viola, viola)
Carrie Frey loves working with open, inquisitive performers and composers to push the limits of her instrument, her hands (& arms, &c.), and the sounds that the two of them can make in various combinations. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 120 compositions. When not color coding music or transporting giant scores, Carrie indulges her passion for experimental cookies and muffins in her tiny New York kitchen.
Since moving to New York City, Carrie has performed regularly with Petros Klampanis Group, Aeon Ensemble, and Tactus, and is an occasional member of Wet Ink Large Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, the Lester St Louis Ensemble, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and GADADU.
Her string trio, Chartreuse, has sought after the essential sounds of meat grease, horseshoe crabs, water, creaky ships, Hardanger fiddles, elephants in love, hurdy gurdy(ies?), and starlings, among many others. They span the country, reunite as often as possible for joyful noises, and delight in interpreting the dreams of composers. In 2016, Chartreuse will make its West-Coast debut, and premiere works by Bethany Younge, Scott Rubin, Thomas Kotcheff, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Carolyn O’Brien, and Tyler Futrell, as well as building some kind of crazy thing with Marek Poliks.
As a member of deturtle (now distortoise), a double trio blending Chartreuse with guitarist Matthew Gold, drummer Nathan Friedman, and bassist Matthew Adomeit, Carrie wrote two tunes (Dandy Lion, Pearls) that the band included in their 2013 tour of the U.S. Northeast. Her other “compositional” cred is the annual Minimalistmas festivity she organizes around her holiday adaptation of Terry Riley’s In C: Carrie Freiley’s In C(hristmas).
As an orchestral player, she has appeared at festivals around the world, including Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC; the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland; and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. For three summers she was a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
Carrie enjoys helping students learn to make music they love, as others have done for her. At Oberlin Conservatory, she worked with Peter Slowik to become a better violist and person (she believes the two should align as often as possible), and is now in Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. She currently teaches through Music To Your Home in New York City.
Mandy Milliot (cello)
Mandy Milliot graduated from SMU’s Meadow’s School of Music, studying with renowned soloist Andres Diaz, with a B.A. in Music. At the age of 11, Ms. Milliot discovered her love for cello and quickly rose to the top, earning awards and scholarships along the way. Summers were spent at intensive music festivals in Florida, North Carolina, and Boston. At the age of 17, Mandy was presented the Ruth Eckerd Hall Young Artist Competition Scholarship by Sir James Galway. At the age of 19, Mandy held her first professional solo recital with the ArtistSeries of Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida to glowing reviews.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Milliot has performed both with string quartets and as Orchestral Principal Cellist throughout the United States and Europe, including tours in Italy, Austria and France. She recently participated in the Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop playing many different traditions of music like Irish fiddle music, bluegrass, and Ethopian funk. At the Global Musician Workshop, she worked alongside musicians such as Mike Block, Hanneke Cassel, and Sarah Jarosz.
Mandy Milliot is the founder and director of the Classic Blend concert series, held at Union coffee shop in Dallas, TX. Classic Blend is a multi-genre concert series that welcomes all traditions of music, and aims to spread these traditions to Dallas audiences in a laid-back and fun environment.
Mandy Milliot is currently in two regulalrly performing groups in Dallas, TX., the Gleó Trio, a classical and modern piano trio, and Idy Red, a classical and folk fusion duo. She performers regularly both in groups and as a soloist in the Dallas Metroplex area.
Ms. Milliot currently teaches violin, cello, ukulele, and piano at the Studios of Sarah Strout.
Erich Barganier (mandolin, electronics)
Erich Barganier is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from St. Petersburg, Florida. He focuses on writing modern classical works, experimental electronic music, film scores, video game soundtracks and ambient soundscapes . His compositions have been performed live or in installations in New York City, London, Minsk, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Sarasota, Tuscaloosa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville and have been recorded on Nebularosa Records. His music has been featured in Vox Novus’ 15 Minutes of Fame series, premiered by ensembles such as Sybarite5 and NOW Ensemble and is performed at various international festivals, most recently at SPECTRA 2016 and the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival.
Erich studied composition and theory under Mark Dancigers and Bret Aarden while attending New College of Florida. Upon graduating, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught English at Belarus State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk while collecting regional folk songs for a folklore project. His music explores microtonality, alternative scale structure, generative processes and algorithmic phrasing. Currently, Erich works as a music instructor and freelance sound designer.
In addition to music, Erich is an active writer and journalist who’s work has been featured across America and Belarus. He is available to take on any music or written projects and is always searching for new collaborations.
Olivia Kieffer is a composer, percussionist, and educator from Wisconsin. She is an active performer and composer in Atlanta’s New Music scene, and has been hailed as “A vibrant, energetic, and passionate” musician. She performs with with the Terminus Ensemble, Bent Frequency, amplified toy piano trio (tink tink tink), sax/percussion duo Bonebreaker, and is composer/bandleader/drummer for the 7-piece chamber rock group Clibber Jones Ensemble.
She is Percussion Instructor at Reinhardt University, where she teaches Applied Lessons and a variety of music classes, in addition to directing the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble. Her degrees in Percussion Performance are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with the Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Georgia State University with Stockhausen specialist and New Music champion Stuart Gerber.
She feels at home in both the classical and rock worlds, and can be heard as composer or performer (or both!) on recordings by Amy O’Dell, the Georgia Brass Band, Tay0, GremlinsDuo, and Clibber Jones Ensemble. She is on the Board of Directors at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery. Olivia’s compositions and projects have been highlighted in ArtsAtl, TomTom Magazine, the Atlanta Creative Music podcast, the A/B Duo blog, New Music Conflagration, Music, Polyphony, and Polyrhythm, listening to ladies, Composer’s Circle, and WABE (90.1FM).
Keyboards in all their varieties are her favorite instruments to compose for, which has flourished during her time working closely with composer and pianist William Susman. Her most recent project is “The Texture of Activity”, a book of 55 toy piano miniatures, each one dedicated to a friend. Her obsession with the toy piano as both an instrument and a compositional tool grew during the period of writing these pieces. She arranged 10 of the “Texture of Activity” pieces into a book of progressively difficult vibraphone solos, called “10 Short Pieces for Solo Vibraphone.” Olivia’s music has been called “honest, to the point, and joyful!”
Logan Barrett is a composer and pianist currently based in Tampa, Florida. His compositions include works for chamber ensemble, solo instruments, and electroacoustic media. His compositional interests include the implementation of large-scale forms into musical narratives and the role of the acoustical and semantic properties of speech in communication and their potential in music. One of his most recent collaborations with the New Orleans Airlift called the Music Box, Tampa Bay, involved writing and performing a piece for musical structures built in the Sulphur Springs area of Tampa. Recent projects include a commission for a piece for tuba and double bass and an orchestral work to be played by the Florida Orchestra. As an active advocate of new music, Logan serves as the logistics coordinator of the New-Music Consortium at University of South Florida and has performed multiple works as a pianist. Logan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music composition studying with professors Paul Reller and Baljinder Sekhon at the USF School of Music, and has had additional study with Robert Morris, Matt Barber, John Liberatore, Vera Ivanova, Hilary Tann, and Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro.
Kate Lamppert is a composer, arranger, and hornist. She began her musical involvement by playing in the Pinellas Youth Symphony (PYS) in 2010. She spent six years in the organization—serving as principal hornist of the Philharmonic for three years and principal of the Symphony for an additional year—and earned the distinguished Conductor’s Award from PYS in 2016. Kate’s works have been performed publicly by soloists, ensembles, a high school band, and PYS. She composed her first symphony at the age of seventeen, the fourth movement of which was performed by PYS in the spring of 2016. An arrangement of the symphony was selected to be performed during the St. Petersburg College Spitfire Sound Library debut. Kate spent two years studying music at St. Petersburg College and earned her Associates in Arts degree in May of 2016, one month before receiving her high school diploma. Kate is currently attending the University of South Florida to earn a Bachelor’s in Music with a concentration in Music Composition and Electronic Music. She is an active participant in USF’s Honors College, Provost Scholars Program, and School of Music.
Helen Hansen French
Helen Hansen French, a native of St. Petersburg, began dancing at Judith Lee Johnson’s Studio of Dance, and at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. After attending the HARID Conservatory, she was accepted into the Juilliard School under the Early Admissions Option and received her BFA in 2001. Upon graduation she was invited to join Buglisi Dance Theatre where she is currently a principal dancer as well as rehearsal assistant. In addition to BDT’s annual New York City seasons she has performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Chautauqua Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Rishon LeZion International Festival in Israel, and the Oriente Occidente Festival in Rovereto, Italy. Mrs. Hansen French has also been instrumental in restaging BDT’s works at Marymount Manhattan College, The Alvin/Ailey Fordham B.F.A. program, George Mason University, and the University of California at Long Beach.
Helen appears in Lois Greenfield’s 2005 and 2012 Breaking Bounds calendar and was featured in the New York Times Arts and Leisure section and Dance Teacher Magazine with BDT.
In addition to her work with BDT Helen has performed with the Nilas Martins’ Dance Company, been in residency at White Oak Dance working with choreographer Adam Hougland, and performed in the Guggenheim’s Works/Process program with choreographer’s Brian Reeder and Pam Tanowitz.
In February 2010 she presented a solo show at Studio@620 that featured the re-created works of Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey and Jacqulyn Buglisi. Most recently Mrs. Hansen French, in collaboration with Erik Wagner and Erin Fletcher presented, “Look Tonight’ an evening length dance/theater work at Studio@620Mrs. Hansen French has been a member of the dance faculty at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and The Juilliard School. Currently she is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College. Helen is also a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher and maintains a private teaching practice in NYC and St. Petersburg.