Jessie Marino, COMPOSER/Performer (March 2020)

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Jessie Marino is a composer/performer/media artist from New York, and the winner of the 2018 Luciano Berio Rome Prize. Her current work explores the repetition inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and the archeology of nostalgic technologies. Her pieces score out sound, video, physical movements, lighting and staging which are then placed within organized temporal structures, fractured narratives and musical frameworks. Jessie is the Co-Founder of the experimental performance duo ON STRUCTURE and is Co-Artistic Director, Composer, and Cellist for the composer-performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse. Her compositions have been performed internationally by groups such as Ensemble Pamplemousse (USA), SCENATET (DK), SoundInitiative (FR), We Spoke Percussion (UK), Line Upon Line Percussion (USA), Handwerk (DE), Ensemble Adapter (DE), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (DE), Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet (BE), Mocrep (USA) and presented at performing arts venues/festivals such as Café Oto (UK), MATA Festival (NYC), Borealis Festival(NO), SPOR Festival (DK), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (DE), and The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao). Jessie's work has recently been commissioned by Darmstadt Summer Course (DE), Borealis (NO), Kong Tomorrow (DK), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), SPOR Festival (DK), Retro Disco, SCENATET Ensemble, We Spoke Percussion, and she was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Foundation for the Arts (CA). As a performer, Jessie works on developing new modes of musical performance styles with her duo ON STRUCTURE (with composer/performer Natacha Diels), plays regularly as a cellist with Ensemble Pamplemousse, and has developed a motley cast of performative and compositional Alter Egos. She has worked closely with influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, George Lewis, Klaus Lang and Steve Takasugi, and has been a guest performer with prominent contemporary music and theater ensembles such as Object Collection (NYC), Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC), and Ensemble Adapter (DE). 

Paula Matthusen, Composer/Electronics (January 2020)

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Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to composing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorkernoted as being “entrancing”. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered. Recent areas of creative inquiry include extensive field recording, which has led to compositions and sound projects in aqueducts, caves, and sites of historic infrastructure.

Her music has been performed by Dither, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Rider, Loadbang, New York New Music Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, the Scharoun Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), orchest de ereprijs, The Glass Farm Ensemble, the Estonian National Ballet, James Moore, Terri Hron, Dana Jessen, Kathryn Woodard, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster and Jody Redhage. Her work has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Caramoor Festival, the MusicNOW Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Other Minds, the MATA Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music at MassMoCA, the Gaudeamus New Music Week, SEAMUS, International Computer Music Conference and Dither’s Invisible Dog Extravaganza.

Matthusen performs frequently on live-electronics as well, and has been a featured composer and performer at Experimental Intermedia Festival (NYC), 9 Evenings +50 at Fridman Gallery (NYC), SPLICE Festival (Kalamazoo), BEASt FEaST (Birmingham, UK), Ultrasons (Montreal), and Salon Bruit (Berlin). She also performs frequently with Object Collection.

Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Awards, First Prize in the Young Composers’ Meeting Composition Competition, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship, the “New Genre Prize” from the IAWM Search for New Music, and recently the 2014 Elliott Carter Rome Prize. Matthusen has also held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hambidge, ACRE, create@iEar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, STEIM, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Matthusen completed her Ph.D. at New York University – GSAS.

Matthusen was Director of Music Technology at Florida International University for four years, where she founded the FLEA Laptop Ensemble. Matthusen is currently Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, where she teaches experimental music, composition, and music technology, and founded the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble. She has additionally served on boards for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Object Collection, the International Society for Contemporary Music, and the Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Art.

Matthusen’s work is available through Innova, Cantaloupe Music, New Amsterdam Records, Quiet Design Records, and C.F. Peters.

Kate Van Steenhuyse, Visual artist (March 2020)

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She received her Master of Fine Arts in 2008 from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Women's Studies) in 2001 from Washington University in St. Louis, Magna Cum Laude. She was featured in New American Painting West Edition 2011 (Open Studios Press), Artist’s In Their Studios (MM Bookworks LLC), was a Fellow of The Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, in Philadelphia (2006 – 2008), past president of the Ulrich Museum of Art’s Alliance Board (2013-2016), and has attended The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Kate has been a lecturer and graduate faculty at Wichita State University, and Creative Director of CreativeRHINO. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Harvester Arts, a Regional Consultant for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, and serves on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Board of Directors. Kate has exhibited drawings and paintings nationally and internationally.

Eric Umble, Clarinet/Electronics (January 2020)

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Eric Umble is a versatile, award-winning clarinetist hailed as lovely by New York Arts, and known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. An advocate for and an avid performer of contemporary music, he is a founding member of SoundMind, sTem, DuoHelix, Wavefield, and Pink Noise ensembles; all champion music by living composers.

Eric served as the clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Orchestras of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, The London Symphony Orchestra, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, ECCE, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the world's major venues including Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Roulette, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Berlin, Paris, and Köln Philharmonies, and the Oil Tank Culture Park in Seoul, South Korea. Eric has participated in residencies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as Princeton, Cornell, Millersville, Miami, and Sul Ross State, Universities.

Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, Eric produced benefit concerts that raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. He has received awards and honors including the grand prize of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, Lancaster Red Rose Award for Community Service, Gordon Parks Memorial Competition, Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, and the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. As an educator, Eric is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, and he is a Music Theory teacher at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory in Manhattan. He enjoys relationships with the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico City and Casa de Las Américas in Havana, Cuba where he has presented numerous lectures, masterclasses, and recitals. Eric received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music studying with David Krakauer and Anthony McGill.

 

ALUMNI

Andy Akiho, steel pan and composer (July 2013) 

Matt Albert, violin and viola (May 2014)

Jason Charney, composer and electronics (August 2015, December 2017)

Danny Clay, composer (January 2019)

Conrad Freiburg, singer and multi-instrumentalist (August 2015, January 2017)

Liz Hayes, voice/theatre (March 2019)

Jon Irabagon, saxophone and composer (January 2017)

Lisa Kaplan, piano and composer (July 2013, January 2015)

Juraj Kojs, composer and electronics (January 2016)

Kerrith Livengood, flute and composer (January 2015)

Kevin McFarland, cello and composer (January 2019)

Craig Marks, guitar and composer (August 2014)

Ryan McMasters, guitar and composer (March 2018)

Jenny Perlin, animation and film (December 2017)

Zach Pulse, oboe and composition (March 2017, March 2019)

Adam Tendler, piano and composer (March 2017)

Diana Wade, viola and composer (March 2018)

Keve Wilson, oboe (January 2016)

Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet (August 2014, March 2017)