Discover This! (Non-Rock) Albums by Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa

December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993


While Frank Zappa is widely remembered for his work in the rock and jazz world, Zappa had quite the career as a composer of avant-garde music, with performances conducted by new music champions such as Pierre Boulez and Peter Rundel. Zappa was greatly influenced by the composer Iannis Xenakis as a child and though he never graduated from a college music program, he showed expertise in contrapuntal writing as evidenced by his Synclavier album in a “new baroque” style. We couldn’t just choose five albums by Zappa to highlight his prowess as a composer of new music, so we are sharing several of them with you this week!

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 21, 1940, Frank Zappa was largely a self-taught musician, whose 30-year career embraced a wide variety of musical genres, encompassing rock, jazz, synth and symphonies. Avant-garde composers, as well as math and chemistry from his father’s work, all fell into Zappa’s mix of influences and comprised his unique approach to his art, coupled with a flouting of convention. Zappa also directed films, designed album covers and spoke about social issues. Although his unconventional aspect often overshadowed his brilliance, Zappa is highly respected as a musical pioneer. He died from prostate cancer on December 4, 1993, at age 52. –



Meet the Artist – Eli Ponder-Twardy

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Our next New Music On A Sunday Afternoon will feature collaborations by current and former University of South Florida graduates. Get to know a little about them as we feature some of their work until the concert in June!

Eli Ponder-Twardy is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, from which he holds a degree is in jazz performance. Eli has been a featured artist nationally, at USF’s 2015 New Music Festival and The Venture Compound’s: We Are Jazz Series, and, internationally, at the La Spezzia, Vienne, and Umbria Jazz festivals in Italy and France respectively. Tampa composers Nathan Corder, Susanna Hancock, and Paul Lewis have all dedicated pieces to Eli during his time in Florida.  Eli hales from rural northern Alabama, and, from an early age, has been drawn to the arts because of their ability to build community. In Tampa, Eli has undertaken organizational work with organizations that seek to do just that, including the Hillsborough County Arts Council in Tampa, Urban Conga, and College of The Arts Council at USF. In 2015, Eli was awarded a Fulbright study grant to study in Leeds, England. Through studying modern arts administration infrastructure in the UK, and the illustrious Arts Council of England, Eli plans on using this experience to gain necessary to advocate for community building through the arts upon his return to the United States.

Meet the Artist – Brett Copeland

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Our next New Music On A Sunday Afternoon will feature collaborations by current and former University of South Florida graduates. Get to know a little about them as we feature some of their work each week until the concert in June!

Brett Copeland is a graduate student at the University of South Florida pursuing an M.M. degree in both Tuba Performance and Electro-acoustic Composition.  His primary teachers are Jay Hunsberger, principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and professor at USF, and Dr. Baljinder Sekhon, professor of composition at USF.  Brett received his undergraduate degree in Music Technology from the University of Northern Iowa where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk and Sandy Nordahl.  Brett is primarily an electronic and electro-acoustic composer.  He recently collaborated with student dancers, engineers, visual artists as a part of a campus wide performing and visual art festival at the University of South Florida.  Brett’s electronic compositions have performed at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallery of Art, USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, the USF Centre Gallery, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and his composition Dérive was selected to be performed at the Collective Soles spring 2015 dance concert in a collaboration with dancer Jacqueline Dugal.  In addition to electronic compositions Brett has achieved success with his acoustic compositions.  His piece, “Charmer” for solo guitar was selected to be performed by Rodrigo Baggio as a part of the Vox Nous Fifteen Minutes of Fame series.

As a performer Brett actively seeks out new-music to perform on tuba and he is the current President of the New Music Consortium at USF.  Recently, Brett was asked to be a performing artist at the first ever Electrobrass Conference, held at the University of Alabama, where he performed electro-acoustic works by young and upcoming composers along with his own compositions.

Sounds by the Sea – St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA

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Florida is known for some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world! Pinellas County’s white sand beaches make for a perfect backdrop to fully experience sight and sound. At sunset on November 21/22 (depending on weather) The New Music Conflagration, Inc. invites you to gather on St. Pete Beach to watch the sunset while experiencing a virtual concert of music by living composers. Audience members are asked to register using the link below, bring their smartphones/web enabled devices and headphones in order to experience the concert. On the day of the performance, participants will be sent a link with the music, which will open for listening just before sunset. Join us for an interactive concert experience!

Sounds by the Sea
November 21, 2014
St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA

About the composers:

Andrea Montalbano
(Italy, 1990), started to study the clarinet at 12 and graduated with honors at the Conservatory “A. Scontrino” of Trapani in 2009, in the clarinet class of M°G. Lumetta. In 2008 Andrea completed high school (Classical Lyceum)and attended masterclasses with Paolo Ravaglia, Richard Stoltzman, Andre Kerver, Calogero Palermo. In June 2011 qualified as clarinet teacher at the Conservatory of music “G. B. Martini” in Bologna. While studying to achieve the qualification as clarinet teacher, Andrea approached to composition, writing several pieces and realizing many works since that time. In 2014 Andrea studied music composition for film at Civic Music School “C. Abbado” in Milan with Sergio Miceli and Franco Piersanti.

Andrea is active in classical, jazz and contemporary music, and
collaborated with many composers and musicians to play premieres (“Essere è tempo”, by Mario Ruffini, at the Uffizi library in Florence, video in “Aristofane in Blue” by Maurizio Pisati at the Oscar Theatre in Milan, “I giorni della libertà” at the Comunale Theatre in Bologna, etc…).

Andrea’s compositions has been performed in many events and festivals: Cutting edge brass (Colchester New Music), Emufest 2013 (International Electroacoustic Music Festival), Leitmotiv 2012 (TempoReale), Adriatico Mediterraneo 2012, ICMC 2014, MUSLAB 2014, and more. His compositions have been awarded in National and International composer competitions and his work “Mirage”, for string quartet, is published by
Bèrben – edizioni musicali.

To know more about Andrea, visit his website:

D. Edward Davis
(b. 1980) is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes and patterns inspired by nature. Recent performers of his work include violinist Mari Kimura, pianist Ingrid Lee, the Callithumpian Consort,
yMusic, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His compositions are featured on the Spectropol Records compilation Possible Worlds, Vol. 2, and on recent recordings by saxophonist Eric Honour and violinist Erik Carlson.

In 2014, Davis travelled to Düsseldorf to study with composer Antoine Beuger. He has participated in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival (2014), the EcoSono Institute in Anchorage, AK (2013), the nief-norf Summer Festival in Greenville, SC (2012-2014), and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston, MA (2012 and 2014),
and was selected as a Composer Fellow for the 2012 Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, CA.

Davis lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a PhD candidate at Duke University and studies with Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He also has degrees in composition from Brooklyn College and Northwestern University, and his former teachers include Michael Pisaro, David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Amy Williams, and Jay Alan Yim.

More information at

Edward Ruchalski
has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Helen Boatwright, Syracuse’s Society for New Music, and dG Studios, among others. He has composed work upon request for the Buffalo Guitar Quartet, Robert Black, and Shiau-uen Ding. His compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, Miller Theatre, the Festival of Miami, Harvard University, Kirk in the Hills in Detroit, the Everson Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Previous publications include essays on Paul Simon and Nick Lowe in the journal, Stone Canoe, as well as, interviews with Roberto Sierra and the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo in Soundboard Magazine and with poet Michael Burkard in Intersection. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Artist Grants from Syracuse’s Cultural Resources Council for his compositions using motorized string and percussion sculptures of his own design, and the recipient of a NYSCA AIE Grant for his work with students at Meachem Elementary School. Ruchalski’s composition, “Winter Light,” is included on the Innova recording Serendipity (2009), and to date, he has nine studio recordings available. Ruchalski lives with his wife, poet Elizabeth Twiddy, in Syracuse, NY, where he composes, writes, and teaches guitar lessons. He is the Professor of Practice in Music at Le Moyne College where he teaches music theory, history, composition and guitar.
Jordan Nobles Known for creating music filled with an “unearthly beauty” (Mondomagazine) that makes listeners want to “close (their) eyes and transcend into a cloud of music” (Discorder Magazine), Jordan Nobles has emerged as one of Canada’s finest composers.

Recently Jordan’s piece Simulacrum was nominated as ‘Classical Composition of the Year’ at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. He was named the International Winner of the Sacra/Profana Composition Competition (San Diego) and has been selected from among thousands of entries to be performed in Wrocław, Poland at the International Society for Contemporary Music’s 2014 World Music Days. He has also won the Polyphonos Choir Composition Competition (Seattle), the Vancouver Bach Choir’s National Competition for Large Choirs (Vancouver), placed 2nd in the International Soli fan tutti Kompositionswettbewerbs (Darmstadt, Germany) and was a finalist in the C4 Choir Composition Competition (New York).

He continues to receive many National and International performances and commissions. Recent projects include a piano concerto for the Vancouver Symphony with pianist Corey Hamm, a chamber ensemble piece for Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble for their European tour, and music for the vertical dance company Aeriosa.

In April 2013, over 800 art students from Ontario created works of art inspired by the music of Jordan Nobles for Hamilton Symphony’s What Next? Festival of New Music which links visual art with music. His choir piece Still Life was performed by over 600 young singers at the Mass Participatory Musicking Festival (Hong Kong) and his string orchestra work Aurora was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s official entry at the UNESCO International Music Council’s International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal and also was selected for the ISCM Festival in Miami, Florida.

Jordan was named the Emerging Artist in music from the 2009 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards. He is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Mark Nickel
, born Christopher Mark Nickel, is a Composer, Music Producer, and Technologist from Benedict, NE. Born in rural Nebraska and always in awe of it’s vast landscapes and grand skies, from an early age Mark Nickel sought to recreate such incredible beauty with sonic landscapes.

Beginning humbly with piano lessons and trombone lessons, Mark gradually began to explore the notes that were not on the page! This continued more fluidly when he began using Digital Audio Workstation software Logic. Since then he has used Ableton Live and MAX. Currently his interest has spread to the open source exploration of coding environment of SuperCollider.

Upon receiving a generous music scholarship, Mark Nickel, is currently studying music composition at the University of Nebraska under Dr. Kurt Knecht. Through this traditional music composition and concurrent music technology education, Mark continues to develop a deeper understanding of the powerful psychoacoustic effects of music. Just as academic challenges are an integral part of the growth of a young musician Mark also believes strongly that what he studies outside of the classroom is equally as important. Recently, Mark studied abroad in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg. Here he studied and explored the Musikinformatik (Music Informatics) program. Immersed in courses in SuperCollider, History of Live Electronic Music, Max/MSP, Arduino, and Klangsynthese (sound synthesis) and Transformation, he discovered a deeper passion for the Electronic Sonic Arts.

Whether through piano, trombone, or computer music, Mark tirelessly seeks to understand the harmonic/melodic meaning and scientific reasoning behind how and why music interacts so closely with the soul.

John Heins
’ Neo-romantic compositions have garnered considerable praise over the past three decades. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. In Canada, his Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon was featured at the International Double-Reed Convention. In 1992, the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Bern featured his Overture for Band on their European Tour. Also in 2000, the Aulos Blasorchester performed and recorded the Overture in Switzerland. One of his latest commissions, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, was premiered in 2003 in Washington D.C. In 2004, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony in Boston premiered another commission, Second Essay. Also, in 2004, Ballet Nouveau Colorado premiered his new ballet entitled The House of Alba. His Ballade for orchestra was recorded and recently released on a CD of new American music recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, “Masterworks of the New Era, Vol.5”

The premiere of The Enchanted Mesa for Native American Flute and String Orchestra was given in February 2008 at Northwestern University by James Pellerite, former principal flutist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His latest commission, Rhapsody for Piano and String Quartet, was premiered in Atlanta at the S.A.I. convention in August of 2012.

Heins received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied composition with Donald O. Johnston, Cecil Effinger and Karel Husa. Heins has taught at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT; and he served as composer, arranger, pianist and clarinetist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest. He was chosen to be the 2001-2002 MTNA Commissioned Composer for the State of Colorado, and was the guest composer, lecturer and performer at the 2007 University of Montana Composer’s Showcase.

Nathan Corder
is an award winning composer and guitarist currently living in Tampa, FL. Nathan composes music of varying styles using a multitude of processes depending on the musical question at hand. Nathan’s works, ranging from chamber ensembles to interactive computer music, progressive rock, and noise, have been performed nationwide. Recently, Nathan’s works have been recognized at events such as the National Student Electronic Music Event at Georgia Southern University and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference at Wesleyan University. This year, Nathan was awarded the 2014 Allen Strange award from SEAMUS, and has been touring with his experimental rock bands, Jitters and Nude Tayne.
Celebrated for her “terrifying dynamic range,” cleanliness of sound, as well as unique sensitivity and ability to sculpt her performance for the acoustics of a space, Elizabeth A. Baker is a dramatic performer with an honest, near psychic connection to the music, which resounds with audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. As a composer, her understanding of sonic space pairs with a unique eclectic voice, making for a spatial and auditory experience of music. As a pianist, Baker has studied with Steinway Artist Dr. Luis Sanchez and Jeff Donovick of St. Petersburg College and enjoys an active concert career with performances across the nation. Her advisors include world-renowned concert pianist Rebecca Penneys and composer Dr. Vernon Taranto. Emmy-award winning composer Larry Groupé has referred to her works as “Perfect.” In addition to her work as a performer-composer, Elizabeth has extensive technical training in the recording arts, live sound reinforcement, and was the recipient of the 2012 Best Production Award in Music Technology III at St. Petersburg College, where she studied closely under mastering engineer Dave Greenberg. Elizabeth is dedicated to promoting new music and has a passion for making rare concert works accessible to the general public.
Composer Melissa Grey’s projects include concert works, electroacoustic performances, installations, food and sound events, and collaborations with artists, architectural designers, and musicians. Recent works have been published by The MIT Press and featured at the National Gallery of Canada, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), Electronic Music Midwest, Goethe-Institut Montréal, The Stone, Corridor at BolteLang, Radiauteur, Dorsky Gallery, Alphabet City Festivals 2010 AIR and 2009 WATER, Cinesonika: First International Film and Video Festival of Sound Design, Parsons The New School for Design, Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media and others. Grey is currently Artistic Director and Curator of Circuit Bridges (Vox Novus), a monthly electroacoustic concert series presented in NYC and in communities around the world.

Paul Cowell
studied at the University of York and Stony Brook University, New York. He played percussion for many years, but after becoming more interested in Baroque music, switched to continuo playing. He is a composer and arranger living in London, and currently works for the British Government.

Madelyn Byrne
is an Associate Professor of Music at Palomar College where she has been on the faculty since 2000. She is an active composer of both acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Some recent pieces include Joyce Settings — Rain Has Fallen and Winds of May (for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, composed for the Palomar College Chamber Singers), In A Winter Landscape (for bass flute and computer, commissioned and recorded by Peter Sheridan for MOVE Records), Arrival (computer music with video art by Lily Glass, recorded to DVD for Everglade Records), and Northern Flight (for piano and computer, recorded by Peter Gach for Innova Records). Madelyn completed her DMA in Composition at The Graduate Center in 1999. Her composition teachers include Charles Dodge, John Corigliano, and David Olan. The compositions for her dissertation were done while she was a guest composer at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center.

Peter Michael von der Nahmer wrote his first provocative one act opera, Between Delusion and Reality, in tenth grade. This was followed by over a dozen new music theater works and numerous concert pieces. Peter Michael holds a BA in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and an MA in music therapy from the University of Augsburg. In addition, he holds a certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA and in Music Pain entrainment from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. Peter Michael is currently pursuing an MFA in Musical Theater Writing and Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where he was awarded a two-year Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship. His music has received many awards, scholarships, and honors and has been performed world-wide. He is currently developing several new works for music and dance

Guillaume Chappez
is a young French musician, composer and sound artist. His work on sound/media (electroacoustic, audio design, sound installations, interactive and multi-media sets…), aims to express impressionnist and resolutely futuristic qualities that reach out to new musical and technological territories. Its works and compositions are shown internationally.

Discover This: 5 Pieces by Unsuk Chin

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Unsuk Chin

July 14, 1961 – Seoul, South Korea

South Korean composer Unsuk Chin has won many prestigeous new music awards in a career spanning over three decades, including: the Grawemeyer Award (2004), University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (2004), the Arnold Schönberg Prize (2005), the Music Composition Prize of the Prince Pierre Foundation (2010). She studied with one of the most famous avant-garde composers of the latter-half of the 20th century, György Ligeti. Her body of works include compositions for orchestra, solo and double concerto, small ensemble, piano, opera, voice as well as pieces for tape and electronics. In addition to her life as a composer with her works played by major orchestras across the globe, Unsuk Chin promotes new music through an advisory role for the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music Today series.

5 Things to Remember When Submitting A Professional Biography

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In an industry where the first thing the public sees before you walk out on stage, your biography has to be your best foot forward. Writing a biography is always a difficult matter because unless you are some sort of pathological narcissist, it is pretty hard to sell who you are and what you do on paper.

Here are five things to consider when crafting your next biography:



1) A Curriculum Vitae (CV) IS NOT a biography.

A biography is delightful. A biography is endearing. A biography gives me a round picture of who you are as an artist. A curriculum vitae is a cold unfeeling list. It shows me that you have a ton of education and history. Also, sending a CV in place of a biography is just plain irritating for the person designing the program. An audience does not want to read a CV… frankly, I don’t want to read your CV, now I have to create a biography for someone I don’t know based off of a list of cold facts. It’s time consuming and irritating.

Advice: sit down and write a small narrative of who you are as an artist.

2) Don’t get too personal.

Your biography is like a blind speed date and I don’t need to know about the five kids you have from four baby-mommas. It scares me and I want to stop reading. If this is the first sentence, I’m already scoping out my exit through the bathroom window.

Advice: pretend you are meeting someone for the first time in an elevator. What are the most important points about you as a person and an artist?

3) Don’t send a PDF.

Just like the inconsiderate people who send a CV instead of a narrative biography, people who send PDF biographies are also an irritation for program designers. The magical function known as COPY & PASTE is not a friend of the PDF. When you send a PDF of your biography it means that somebody has to sit down and reformat your whole biography. If you have some fancy font which messes with the spacing of letters, reformatting your biography is basically a fire-fueled task from hell.

Advice: upload a .doc, .docx, .rtf or other plain text document and the person designing the concert program will adore you! Organizations often include the PDF option because they don’t want to bother with a sea of people who “can’t figure out how to attach” their biography to a submission.

4) Pay attention to word counts.

Word counts are important because programs have limited space. Ink and paper are expensive, and unless you are lucky enough to have parents in the copier/printer business you don’t have an unlimited access to program printing supplies. Word counts are not arbitrary and you should remember that.

Advice: take time to create three to four versions of your biography –a blurb (100 words or less), short (150-200 words), medium (250-300 words), and long (500 words or more). Do the work now and save it for later. Pay close attention to what the organization is asking you to provide.

5) Update regularly.

Keep your biography up to date! This is important to remember, especially if you have chosen to include points about where you are actively studying.

Advice: plan to update your biography every four to six months. When you have a down moment take the time to update your résumé or biography. Don’t wait until you are applying for a job or submitting your work for consideration to work on polishing your biography. It will make the process easier and less stressful.


Bonus Tip:

Find at least three people to read your biography before you commit it to the archive or publish it. You should seek to have your biography proofed by people from varying experiences, recall that your biography will be read by many audiences and should appeal to a mass-audience as well as academics.

Fixed Media Composers for Traveling Circuits!

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While the Submission Committee is still reviewing the submissions from the open call, we are happy to announce that we have selected seven fixed media works for presentation on our New Music On A Sunday Afternoon – Traveling Circuits concert, which will take place on October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm in St. Petersburg, Florida! Read more about the talented composers below:

Chin_Ting_Chan-pictureChin Ting Chan
The music of Chin Ting CHAN (b. 1986) stems from an interest in representing his impressions of the visual world with sonic images, and it is characterized by its complex harmonic progression within a multi-layered texture. He has been a composer fellow at June in Buffalo and Wellesley Composers Conference, and has worked closely with the technical team at IRCAM’s ManiFeste. His music is regularly performed by groups including Ensemble Signal, S.E.M. Ensemble and Zeitgeist, in venues such as the Darmstadt State Theatre, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens and the Seoul Arts Center, in conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival and Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, among others. His works have been recorded and published with the Darling’s Acoustical Delight label (Colonge), Melos Music and Music from SEAMUS (available 2015).

Dr. Chan has received awards and recognitions from the Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art, Soli fan tutti Composition Prize, American Prize, ArtsKC, ASCAP, Association  for the Promotion of New Music, Cortona Sessions for New Music, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, MMTA/MTNA Commissioning Project, newEar, New-Music Consortium and Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition.

Kyle_HenkelKyle Henkel
Kyle Henkel is from Argyle, Texas. He is a second year Music Composition student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Kyle is taught under the direction of Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Alan Scott. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Texas Lone Star Ambassadors, and is in his second year of membership of the SFASU Lumberjack Marching Band as a piccolo player. Kyle is an Eagle Scout and a Founding Father of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at SFASU.

Robin Heifetz
Robin Julian Heifetz earned a doctorate in composition in 1978 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun, Ben Johnston and Scott Wyatt. He served as a composer-in-residence at Stiftelsen EMS Stockholm (Sweden), Colgate University, Simon Fraser University (Canada), Tel-Aviv University (Israel), IPEM-Gent (Belgium), Sweelinck Conservatorium (The Netherlands) and Audio-Digital Laboratories (Canada). In the 1980s, he was the director of the Center for Experimental Music of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), where he was responsible for establishing that nation’s first digital facility in 1982. Since 2000, he has served as an adjunct professor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.

His anthology On the Wires of Our Nerves: The Art of Electroacoustic Music was published in 1989 by Bucknell University Press. Since 1998, his electroacoustic works have appeared on the record series Electroshock Presents: Electroacoustic Music, Volumes II, V, VII and VIII in Moscow, Russia and, in 2014, a two-CD collection of his digital, mixed media and text sound compositions will be released by Soundcarrier Music in Canada.

Juan_VasquezJuan Vasquez
Juan Carlos Vasquez is a London-based sound artist and composer from Colombia. He has participated as a sonic artist, composer and/or performer in events within the United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Commissions by the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital / Museum (UK) in partnership with Royal College of Music (UK), the Arts Council through the Wiltshire Museum (UK), Polish Artists in London “PAiL” (UK) and the Ateneum Museum (Finland). Record deals with Important Records (USA) and Ablaze Records (USA/Australia). His music has been featured on hourlong specials by leading radio art / electroacoustic music radio stations, such as Resonance 104.4 FM (Clearspot – UK), BCB Radio 106.6FM (The Sound Art Show – UK), Basic.FM and Radio Círculo (UNDAE – Spain).

Other spaces supporting the diffusion of his work include the University of Kent (Symposium of Acoustic Ecology), Wesleyan University (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States 2014 National Conference), The New York Public Library (Kinokophonography), Leeds College of Music (International Festival for Artistic Innovation), Queen’s University Belfast (Sonorities 2014), Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012, The Savoy Hotel (Emperors for Tea), Florida International University (New Music Miami Festival), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Deep Listening Institute.

Kyong_Mee_ChoiKyong Mee Choi
Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards and grants including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Honorary Mentions from Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, Musica Nova, Society of Electroacoustic Music of Czech Republic, Luigi Russolo International Competition, and Destellos Competition. She was a Finalist of the Contest for the International Contemporary Music Contest “Citta’ di Udine and Concurso Internacional de Composicai eletroacoustica in Brazil among others. Her music was published at CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil), SCI, EMS, ERM media, SEAMUS, and Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France). Ravello records published her multimedia opera, THE ETERNAL TAO, which was supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Roosevelt University. Aucourant Records published her CD, SORI, featuring her eight compositions for solo instrument and electronics. The project was supported by the IAS Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago where she teaches composition and electro-acoustic music. Samples of her works are available at

Jason_BolteJason Bolte
Jason Bolte is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He currently resides in Bozeman, Montana with his wonderful wife Barbara and their two daughters, Lila and Megan. Jason teaches music technology and composition at Montana State University where he directs the MONtana State Transmedia and Electroacoustic Realization (MONSTER) Studios. Jason is a member of the organizational board of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and a founding board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. Jason earned a B.M. with an emphasis in Music Engineering Technology and a M.M. in Music Composition from Ball State University. He holds a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he was a Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Fellow, a School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Doctoral Fellow, and an Ovation Scholar. Before joining the faculty at MSU, Jason taught at the University of Central Missouri and the Kansas City Kansas Community College.

A composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, In the summer of 2007, he was an Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Master Artist Denis Smalley. Jason’s music has received awards and recognition from the International Competition for Composers “Città di Udine,” ISCM Miami Section/World New Music Days, VII Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas, International Electroacoustic Music Contest – CEMVA, Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva, Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, ETH Zurich Digital Arts Week Soundscape Competition, Music Teachers National Association/Missouri Music Teachers Association (Missouri Composer of the Year), and International Society of Bassists Composition Competition. Jason’s music is available on the Ablaze records, ELECTRO<>ACÚSTICO, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog, Vox Novus, SoundWalk, and Miso Records labels.

James_WuJames Wu
James Wu (b. 1988) is a versatile composer who has a deep interest in music of the Romantic era of Western classical music. While his musical influences are not very much different from the vast world experience presented to any composer living in the 21st century via the Internet, he strives to understand and communicate, both to and from, the heart and soul of music; in essence, music that cannot truly be expressed in rambunctious words or mathematical equations, yet fulfills the senses in a way which profoundly exclaims: what would life be without music? Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Wu came to the United States as a young boy studying violin and piano. While he was always interested in creating music, it did not truly become a craft until he finally entered Mannes College, from which he has now earned a BM in violin performance and MM in composition.