Jason Charney, composer (december 2017)

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Jason Charney’s work as a composer addresses the connections among physical phenomena, sensory perception, and performative gesture.  He writes music for both instruments and electronic media, often combining them. He is also an active electroacoustic performer, both as a soloist and with instrumentalists. 

As a sound artist, Jason creates sound installations that use technology to modulate sonic and embodied experience of a gallery or repurposed functional space.

He holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Kansas and Bowling Green State University and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is pursuing an MFA in Intermedia and Digital Art at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

 

Ryan Mcmasters, bass/composition (march 2018)

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Ryan McMsters is a music maker in Pittsburgh whose work focuses on the relationship between performer, sound object, and audience in traditional and non-traditional settings.  Recent commissions include pieces for pianist Keith Kirchoff, Kamratōn, So Much Hot Air, and Real Loud. He is a founding member of WOLFTRAP, a band that focuses on the history and development of oral traditions in new music making. A frequent collaborator for theater and dance, Ryan’s work has supported productions by City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, No Name Players, Seton Hill University, and others. Ryan is currently an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh where he studies music composition and theory and his research focuses on the use of timbre, distortion, and noise as both a musical element and a means of societal agency.

 

 

Jenny Perlin, filmmaker (december 2017)

Jenny Perlin is an artist working in Brooklyn. Her practice in 16mm film, video and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Her projects look closely at ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest fragments of daily life. In her films, Perlin often combines handwritten text and drawn images, embracing the technical quirks of analog technologies. 

Jenny received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society, her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Her films have been shown at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; New York Film Festival, New York; the Drawing Center, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Mass MoCA, Massachusetts; Guangzhou Triennial, Canton: IFC Center, New York, Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, among others.

She is represented by Simon Preston Gallery New York and Galerie M+R Fricke in Berlin. She teaches at The Cooper Union and The New School in New York.

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Diana wade, viola/composer (March 2018)

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Violist Diana Wade likes to make strange sounds, usually on the viola. In her performance of Berio’s Sequenza VI, Diana was praised for playing with “both athletic and operatic ferocity” and “throwing herself into tremolo passages with a physical force that shook her and a sonic one that practically shook the walls” (Mark Swed, LA Times). If none of this is ringing a bell, then you may recognize her for saying “Shia LaBeouf” in that internet video.

Diana enjoys a richly varied musical life that she is cultivating in Los Angeles. Not only can she be heard recording for film and television, but Diana can be seen performing with ensembles such as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, wild Up as well as in concert series such as Jacaranda, Tuesdays @ Monk Space, and the Hear Now Music Festival. 

Formerly a founding member of the Argus Quartet, Diana has collaborated with Anthony Dean Griffey, David Shifrin, the Brentano Quartet and worked with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick, Andrew Norman, and Thomas Kotcheff in the performance of their music. 

Diana holds degrees and certificates from Temple University, Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Southern California and she studied with CJ Chang, Jeffrey Irvine, and Donald McInnes. She plays on a viola made by Tetsuo Matsuda from 2004 that she’s lovingly named Fernando. In the rare moment that she's not playing viola, Diana enjoys writing lists, dabbling in composition, running, and wishing she were an opera singer.

 

ALUMNI

Andy Akiho, steel pan and composer (July 2013) 

Matt Albert, violin and viola (May 2014)

Jason Charney, composer and electronics (August 2015)

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

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)

Craig Marks, guitar and composer (August 2014)

Zach Pulse, oboe (March 2017)

Adam Tendler, piano and composer (March 2017)

Keve Wilson, oboe (January 2016)

Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet (August 2014, March 2017)