Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such accolades from The New York Times as ³Mr. Kigawa¹s feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material ... brilliantly done Š a careful and serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate² and from The New Yorker ³Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is a young artist of stature.² Also Kigawa's New York City recital in August 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts in the year of 2010 by The New York Times. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Cleveland, Paris, Milan and Barcelona, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. He frequently tours in his native Japan, appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Kyoto, both as a recitalist and a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music groups. He has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks
throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
His repertoire is extremely large and varied, ranging from the baroque to avant-garde compositions of today. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott.
Mr. Kigawa grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began piano studies at the age of three, winning his first competition at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University, and his Master of Arts degree from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. During both his undergraduate and graduate years, he also studied composition and conducting, receiving high honors in both disciplines. He furthered his studies in the United States at The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Josef Raieff, was recipient of the distinguished Alexander Siloti Award, and earned his Master of Music degree. Mr. Kigawa currently lives in New York.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1981, Yoshiaki Onishi is active both as a composer and a conductor, who is currently a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University. His principal teachers at Columbia have been Fabien Lévy, Fred Lerdahl, and Tristan Murail. He received the Artist Diploma (2008) and the Master of Music degrees (2007) in music composition from Yale School of Music. Before Yale, he studied music composition, clarinet and conducting at University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music (Stockton, California), where he graduated in 2004 with the highest honor.
Written by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini in 2010 as: “[…] a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as JACK Quartet (US), Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Nieuw Ensemble (The Netherlands). Onishi is a recipient of several honors. He was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers.
Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a commission from Ensemble Intercontemporain as a result of Projet Tremplin.
As a conductor, Onishi is in great demand. The ensembles and orchestras he has conducted are Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yale Philharmonia, Iktus Percussion, Mantra Percussion, Loadbang, and PMF Academy Ensemble, to name a few. He has collaborated with composers such as Zosha Di Castri, Curtis K. Hughes, Alec Hall, Bryan Jacobs, Wang Lu, Kate Soper and Matthew Ricketts. His interests in promoting contemporary music were featured in the Pacific Music Festival’s 20th year anniversary book.
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, NL). A proud native of outport Newfoundland, Canada, Andrea specializes in the performance of contemporary music. She was awarded top prizes at the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition for the Performance of Contemporary Music. Andrea represented the province of Newfoundland at the 2004 Canadian National Music Competition in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and was a finalist in the 2004 Petro-Canada Young Artists Competition. Her playing has been heard nationally on CBC radio on numerous occasions. Andrea has premiered new works by composers Clark Ross, David Cutler, Marga Richter and C.Curtis Smith, among others. Andrea is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with professors Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Memorial University. In the Winter 2010 semester, Andrea held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial where she taught piano and chamber music. Andrea performs regularly with guitar piano duo, Sorce-Lodge Duo, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and with piano percussion duo, Duo Schfifty Five. Andreaholds the position of Staff Pianist at SUNY Suffolk. In her spare time, Andrea plays Newfoundland folk music on her accordion!
Filipino-American, Levy Lorenzo, is an electronics engineer and
percussionist. He performs and composes live-electronic music using
new, custom electronic musical instruments that he invents. His
electronics work has been featured at STEIM, the Guthman Competition,
ICMC, ISIM, the G4TV network, Pitchfork.com, Slashdot.org, the 2007
Geneva Auto Show, and BBC Ecuador. Also an active performer of
modern classical music for percussion, Levy has performed at the
Yellowbarn, Darmstadt and Ensemble Moderne Academie festivals. He is
particularly interested in pieces that integrate both percussive and
electronic elements. As a sound engineer specializing the design and
performance of complete electro-acoustic concerts, he is the sound
engineer for the International Contemporary Ensemble. Levy has
worked as an engineer at Bose and currently works at Leo Villareal
Studio building large-scale electronic LED installations. He holds
Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from
Cornell University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Music degree
from Stony Brook University in Percussion Performance, where he is
currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate. www.levylorenzo.com
Cory Bracken is a percussionist and program coordinator dedicated to exploring the possibilities of experimental and avant-garde music in American culture. He has studied contemporary music with some of the finest percussionists in the metropolitan area, including Dr. Dominic Donato, Tomas Kolor, Frank Cassara, and Matthew Ward, as well as pianist Ursula Oppens and vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker. Currently residing in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, he is attending CUNY Brooklyn College with a Presidential Scholarship, having received the "Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Music Performance" in 2010, the Robert Starer Award for performing works of living composers in 2011, and the distinguished Brooklyn College Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the music community.
As a performer, Cory is the founder and percussionist of the BACK Voice + Percussion Duo with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, an active member of the Iktus Percussion Quartet, and has appeared with such groups as the Electric Eel Multimedia Ensemble, One World Symphony, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Symphony.
As a program coordinator, he is the founder and artistic director of the Stellar Frequencies concert series, dedicated to presenting staple repertoire and newly commissioned works of avant-garde music in non-classical music settings, founder and executive director of Performers Forum, a monthly event hosted at Exapno in Brooklyn, and advisor to The Sweat Lodge, a composer consortium featuring Dave Ruder, Joe White, Ian Munro, and Ellen O'Meara.
Cory has coordinated, programmed and performed in shows and concerts all over New York, including Symphony Space, the Stone, Issue Project Room, Pianos, the Tank, Death By Audio, Zebulon Cafe, Northeast Kingdom, 1012 Willoughby, and the Thalia Cafe at Symphony Space. He recently performed works by Iannis Xenakis, Philippe Hurel, and James Tenney in concerts at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory in June 2011.
Jay Sorce is a classical guitarist noted for his "unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique". An accomplished soloist and ensemble musician specializing in contemporary music, Jay has been featured in concerts and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. Jay is currently persuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, with Jerry Willard. He earned his MM from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, where he studied with Tom Patterson, and BM from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Oren Fader and David Starobin. Jay teaches both privately and through SUNY Suffolk where he teaches the undergraduate guitar students.
Adam is a New York City-based percussionist who specializes in 20th and 21st century music. He received a Bachelor of Music from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens college where he studied under Mike Lipsey, Joseph Gramley, Matt Ward and David Cossin. While at Queens, Adam performed in masterclasses for Jan Williams and Chris Froh and gave the East Coast premier of Daniel Adams Concerto for Marimba. In 2008 he performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas as a member of Talujon Percussion Quartet. He has performed with Argento Chamber Ensemble, Fireworks Ensemble, Greenwich Village Orchestra and is an active member of IKTUS Percussion. In 2011 he was fortunate to tour China as a member of the Manhattan Symphonie and also perform at Carnegie Hall. In the Spring of 2012, Adam worked as a showband drummer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Recently, he has been subbing as music director and percussionist at the Off-Broadway production of SISTAS the musical. In addition, he is a founding member of new-music ensemble Elevator Rose and the rock band Butterscotch Stanley.
A native of Maine, flutist Roberta Michel now lives in New York City and is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Michel recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall for which she was described in the New York Concert Review as a “solid craftsman” who “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing”. Michel has performed with groups throughout North America including the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, and The Kennedy Center. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records and Innova Records.
Dedicated to the advancement of new music and described for her “extreme adventurousness” (New York Concert Review), Michel has premiered numerous works. She is a founding member of The Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. The group was recently signed on the New Dynamic Records label and recorded its debut CD in September 2011. For more information, please see cadillacmoonensemble.com. Michel’s flute and piano duo with Mirna Lekic, Duo RoMi, is invested in performing new works and promoting composers of our day as well as presenting standard repertoire.
Michel holds a BM with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MM from SUNY-Purchase College, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O'Connor, and Alexa Still. Michel has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. She is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.
Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher in New York City and Boston. He can be found playing in all setting and styles, from the avant-garde and classical to salsa and indie chamber pop. He has given unaccompanied trombone recitals throughout the United States, played concertos with large ensembles, and recorded with such artists as Philip Glass and Jónsi (of Sigur Rós.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) He is also a member of the Boston Microtonal Society, where he explores the definition of pitch and technique, working alongside like-minded composers. www.williamlang.org
Scott Litroff is a versatile performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles. A native of Long Island, New York, Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music with Phi Beta Kappa Honors from Stony Brook University while studying with Dr. Christopher Creviston (Crane School of Music). He won the undergraduate concerto competition twice as the only saxophonist to take first prize, performing the Villa-Lobos Fantasia and the Ibert Concertino with the University Orchestra. He then went on to receive his Master of Music in saxophone performance from the prestigious Mannes College for Music in NYC, studying with Allen Won. He won Mannes’ concerto competition as well, becoming the only saxophonist to take first prize in the school’s history. In 2008, Scott made his Lincoln Center debut, performing the Ibert Concertino with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. In October 2008, Scott became Instructor of Saxophones at Stony Brook University, a position he continues while completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as teaching assistant to world-renowned trombonist Ray Anderson. On December 3, 2011, Scott performed the Larsson Saxophone Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2010-2011 Stony Brook Graduate Concerto Competition, and is the only saxophonist to have won this honor. Scott is the recipient of the 2011 Bob Meyers Award for Excellence in Jazz, an award presented at Stony Brook University for excellence in jazz performance and education. Scott is also the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Adelphi University and Applied Saxophone Instructor at Suffolk County Community College. Scott is involved in various music scenes, both in and out of academic settings. In spring 2008, Scott played saxophone and flute with the St. Bart’s Players In a revival of Steven Sondheim’s “Follies,” which received critical acclaim from the Off-Off Broadway Review as, “…the most perfect version of Follies to grace the stage in many a year.” He has had the pleasure of performing alongside some of today’s best musicians, including Ray Anderson (Downbeat Magazine’s 5-time Trombonist of the Year and Guggenheim Fellow), Bakithi Kumalo (Bassist on Paul Simon’s Graceland album), and Steve Salerno (guitarist in the Ray Anderson Quintet). In October 2009, Scott played flute, clarinet, and violin on a west coast tour with Verve Recording Artist Nellie McKay promoting her album, As Normal As Blueberry Pie, performing multiple shows at San Francisco’s Yoshi’s Club and Seattle’s Jazz Alley. Scott regularly premieres new music by both up and coming as well as established composers, including David Loeb, Dawn Chambers, Andriy Legkyy, Ronnie Reshef, Martin Loyato, and Tristan Eggener. In May 2011 he was chosen to present a lecture recital at the University of Toronto MGSA Symposium on the David Loeb Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, a work Scott commissioned. Scott’s performing schedule includes collaborations with several performing groups, including the avant-garde Martin Loyato Quintet, the jazz collective known as the Oatmeal Jazz Combo, and the award-winning quadrATOMIC Saxophone Quartet. His equaled passions for classical, jazz, and contemporary music have shaped Scott into a multitalented musician with a wealth of experience in different genres in which he continues to demonstrate great facility. Scott performs exclusively on Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.
Nicholas DeMaison is a highly regarded interpreter of new music and contemporary opera whose performances have been called "consistently invigorating" (Alan Kozin, New York Times). A composer and conductor, he serves as Music Supervisor for the critically acclaimed production company Giants Are Small, which received national acclaim for their stagings of Ligeti’s ‘Le Grand Macabre’ and Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ with the New York Philharmonic. For the latter, the Philharmonic commissioned DeMaison to contribute an original electronic soundscape for Avery Fisher Hall.
He has conducted premieres and led recording projects of new pieces by over forty living composers (including Lewis Nielson, Reiko Füting, NIcholas Deyoe, James Ilgenfritz and Philippe Manoury), and was founding Music Director of Chicago’s Opera Cabal, called “Chicago’s most daring opera company” (Chicago Magazine). DeMaison’s own music has been described as “emotionally provocative” (Time Out NY) and “faster and blippier…both ominous and playful at the same time” (Lucid Culture).
This season he will conduct new productions of Milhaud’s ‘Le Pauvre Matelot’ and Poulenc’s ‘La Voix Humaine’ with Pocket Opera New York, the premiere of James Ilgenfritz’s opera ‘The Ticket That Exploded’ (based on the writings of William S. Burroughs), and a new production of Georges Aperghis’s ‘L’origine des espèces.’
Nicholas is currently the Artistic Director of Ensemble Sospeso, one of New York’s most dynamic chamber orchestras, called “stunning” (New York Times), “a wonder to watch” (Wall Street Journal) and “gorgeously rich” (Village Voice), and Music Director of New York’s Florilegium Chamber Choir. Previous appointments have included positions with the La Jolla Symphony and the South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra.
Fred Trumpy is a drummer, percussionist, chamber musician, and teacher. He is a member of the Yowana Sari Gamelon, Elevator Rose, and the indie rock bands Living Room and Marine Electric. Fred has performed with Talujon Percussion Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Time Table Percussion, Ursula Oppens, Face the Music, One World Symphony, Merrick Symphony, New Yorks Most Dangerous Big Band, and performed on the award winning film score Body/Antibody. In 2010, Fred was selected to work with composer Bright Sheng during his Queens College Residency 2010. He is also fortunate enough to have performed at Symphony Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, Flea Theater, Glasslands, Colden Auditorium, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Thalia Café, Powerhouse Arena, Death by Audio, New York Electronic Music Festival, CUNY New Music Festival, Weapons of Mass Creation Festival in Cleveland Ohio, and also toured Europe including England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, and Greece with his band Marine Electric. Fred can be heard on the German label Yo-Yo Records and American labels including Better Days Will Haunt You Tapes, UnBuckled Records, and Listen Up!
Fred is an instructor through many different organizations including United Nations International School, Queens College Preparatory School, Cambria Center for the Gifted Child, Song of Songs Music School, and the urban outreach program Cultural After School Adventures Program. Fred graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BM in Percussion performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Joe has now been working in the NYC music scene(s) for over two years as a performer, educator, audio engineer, percussion repair tech, and general musical mercenary. A multi-faceted percusionist, Joe has and/or is currently playing in a variety of contemporary and modern ensembles, including Talujon percussion quintet, Innovox Contemporary Sextet, the S.E.M. ensemble, Elevator Rose, Quiet City, the Ghost Ensemble, The IFCP Summer Festival Ensemble, the Ackbar Percussion Trio, and the Birds on a Wire ensemble. As a global music proponent, Joe also plays in Gamelan Dharma Swara and Gamelan Yowana Sari, as well as playing in various jazz combos, Balkans groups, and accompanies Arabic dancers. Joe also held a position as an accompanist in the San Francisco based modern dance company "ODC", currently accompanies for In Mixed Company (Maura Donohue), and regularly accompanies at the 92nd st. Y. He also plays with different orchestras throughout the tri-state area. Joe has collaborated with composers David Lang, Julia Wolf, Marc Mellits, Whitney George, Erik Delucca, Finola Merivale, Adam Cuthbèrt, David Colson, Bob Becker, Dennis DeSantis, Daniel Levitan, Howie Kenty, Daniel Fine, and Luke Schwartz, as well as many others.
Erin Rogers is a Canadian saxophonist and composer based in New York City. Her works have been premiered by performers such as the Gotham Ensemble, Colin Davin, Miranda Cuckson, and the Warszynski Trio, as well as Chicago’s Anubis Quartet and Madrid’s Tribuna Sax-Ensemble. She has performed with ensembles such as IKTUS, Lost Dog Ensemble and Fireworks and is a founding member of performance group thingNY and the New Thread Quartet. Erin completed undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and received Masters Degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. Visit www.erinmrogers.com for more information.
Sally Wall has degrees in psychology and music from the University of Arkansas. Since arriving in New York, she has earned her DMA in oboe performance under the direction of Steve Taylor from SUNY Stony Brook in 2011 and has played with The Argento Chamber Ensemble, thingNY, and in various premieres concerts. She is currently the oboist in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, while teaching music courses as Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk County Community College.