brad balliett - bassoon
New York City-based musician Brad Balliett maintains a busy schedule as a composer, bassoonist, speaker, teaching artist, and poet. He has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, KZN Philharmonic (South Africa), Experiential Orchestra, and Metropolis Ensemble. As a composer, Brad’s most recent commissions have come from Carnegie Hall, A Far Cry, Cecelia Chorus, Metropolis Ensemble, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Experiential Orchestra, and Notre Dame University. He was Composer-in-Residence for the Chelsea Music Festival, and has attended several other festivals as a visiting composer. Brad is principal bassoon of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is also an artistic director for the chamber music collective Decoda (Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall) as well as a core member of Metropolis Ensemble, Deviant Septet, and Signal. His various festival performances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, June in Buffalo, Newport Jazz Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Yellow Barn, and the Lucerne Festival.
Richard Carrick - Conductor/Piano
Described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, Richard Carrick's music has been performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan by the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), Vienna’s Konzerthaus, ISCM World Music Days, Darmstadt Summer Festival, the Nieuw Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Magnus Andersson, Rohan de Saraam and others. Recent works include Dark Flow - Double Quartet, The Flow Cycle for Strings (released on New World Records in 2011), Harmonixity for Saxophone Quartet, and Adagios for String Orchestra. He also writes large-scale multi-media works such as Cosmicomics (based on stories by Italo Calvino) and Prisoner's Cinema combining video, electronics and live musicians. As a conductor and pianist he regularly premieres new works, working with composers Lachenmann, Czernowin, Saunders, Greenwood, Lewis and others. He taught composition at Columbia University and New York University and guest lectured about his music in Japan, South Korea, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the US. www.richardcarrick.com
Jennifer Choi - Violin
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Since giving her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2000, she has performed in venues worldwide like the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Alice Tully Hall, the Mozartsaal in Vienna, and the RAI National Radio in Rome. She has premiered and performed over 50 new music works and has collaborated with composers like John Zorn, Christian Wolfe, Leo Wadada Smith, Elliott Sharp, Randall Woolf, and Susie Ibarra. A prominent chamber musician, Ms. Choi was a founding member of the Miró String Quartet; with her involvement, the group won Grand Prize at the the 1996 Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Barge Music, as well as the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music Festivals, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Aspen Music Festival. www.jenniferchoi.com
Vasko Dukovski - Clarinet
Vasko Dukovski, a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso and diverse stylistic performer of the highest caliber has established himself as one of New York's most sought after instrumentalist in his generation. A master of the clarinet, Dukovski also plays Armenian Duduk, Balkan Pan Pipes, Bag Pipes, Chinese Hu Lu Si and various Midlle-Eastern percussion instruments. Born in Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia, Dukovski began his musical studies at the age of nine. His dedication earned him a Fine Arts Award from the Interlochen Arts Academy, which he attended before earning a Bachelors and a Masters at the Julliard Schools of Music. At Julliard, Dukovski was principally a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. www.dukovski.com
Michelle Farah - Oboe
Oboist Michelle Farah enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral, chamber and freelance musician as well as private teacher and professional reed maker. As a freelance oboist, Michelle has performed with Orpheus, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New World Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, and the Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic. Michelle has also appeared as a guest artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival and Vermont Mozart Festival. Ms. Farah received her Master of Music degree in 2009 from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her primary teachers include Stephen Taylor, Joseph Robinson, Carolyn Banham and Daniel Stolper. Ms. Farah is originally from Miami, Florida and currently lives in Manhattan. In her spare time Michelle enjoys cooking and practicing Bikram yoga.
pala garcia - violin
Pala Garcia is a critically acclaimed violinist, educator andadvocate of community engagement. She has performed as a guest on numerous occasions in some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern. As the co-founder of Longleash, an “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) specializing in contemporary music, she also co-leads the Loretto Project, a graduate-level composition seminar and concert series in Kentucky. www.palagarcia.com
russell greenberg - percussion
Queens-based percussionist Russell Greenberg specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries that spans a wide variety of styles. His breadth of experience as an international performer has led to a unique approach and viewpoint on contemporary music and teaching, and he strives to share this experience with varied audiences. As a founding member of the piano and percussion quartet, Yarn/Wire, Russell has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers to craft a body of new, wide-reaching and vital repertoire. At the vanguard of contemporary music, Yarn/Wire frequently tours the United States and performances have been labeled as “fearless” (TimeOutNY), and “intrepid/engrossing” (The New York Times). In addition to his work with contemporary music ensembles, Russell performs and records with the innovative bands Seaven Teares. www.russellgreenberg.net
Bassist and composer James Ilgenfritz has worked in New York’s experimental music community for ten years, interacting with visual artists, improvisers, composers, and literary figures. James has performed with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, and Jin Hi Kim. He has also worked with composers such as Lukas Ligeti, JG Thirlwell, Pitre, Kevin Norton, and Gordon Beeferman. James is also performing regularly with his jazz quartet MiND GAMeS. His debut solo recording ‘Compositions (Braxton) 2011’ features his incredibly distinct solo bass interpretations of Anthony Braxton’s music. Avant Music News’ Dan Barbiero has hailed him as “a considerable achievement of solo instrumentalism and an important demonstration of the possibilities open to the double bass in the early 21st century”. jamesilgenfritz.com
Taka Kigawa - Piano
Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona, with such accolades from The New York Times as “A phenomenon, there’s no denying that he is something special.” and from La Nacíon (Buenos Aires, Argentina) "Taka Kigawa is a stupendous virtuoso." Kigawa's New York recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist with appearances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott.
Mr. Kigawa graduated from The Juilliard School, where he earned his Master of Music degree. www.takakigawa.com
Margaret Lancaster - Flutes
“New-music luminary” (The New York Times), Margaret Lancaster has premiered well over 100 pieces and built a large repertoire of new works composed specifically for her. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Santa Fe New Music, Whitney Museum, Edinburgh Festival and Festival D’Automne. She has recorded on New World Records, OO Discs, Innova, Naxos and Tzadik, and was selected for Meet the Composer’s New Works for Soloist Champions project. Noted for her inter-disciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as an actor, choreographer, dancer, and amateur furniture designer, presents solo and chamber music concerts worldwide and acts in Lee Breuer’s OBIE-winning Mabou Mines Dollhouse. margaretlancaster.com
Geoff Landman - Saxophones
New York and Boston based saxophonist Geoffrey Landman is a performer, teacher, and advocate of the saxophone and new music. In addition to Either/Or, he has performed with Talea Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Metropolis Ensemble, Fireworks Ensemble, Opera Cabal, and is a founding member and soprano chair of the New Thread Quartet. Geoffrey has worked with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Philippe Leroux, Christian Lauba, and Karin Rehnqvist among others. Geoffrey holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), Post-graduate work at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, and is currently working toward his Doctoral degree at the New England Conservatory as the first DMA candidate in saxophone performance in the school's history. www.geoffreylandman.com
Christopher McIntyre - Trombone
Christopher McIntyre leads a multi-faceted career as performer, composer, and curator/producer. The diversity of his activities led Time Out New York to note that "...with every passing week, trombonist-composer Chris McIntyre becomes more central to the new-music experience in New York." (Nov. '09) He interprets and improvises on trombone and synthesizer in projects including TILT Brass Band and SIXtet, Ne(x)tworks, and 7X7 Trombone Band. His playing is heard on recordings released by the Tzadik, New World, and Mode labels. He has contributed compositions to Lotet, TILT, Ne(x)tworks, 7X7 (for choreographer Yoshiko Chuma), Flexible Orchestra, and B3+ brass trio. McIntyre is also active as a curator and concert producer, with independent projects at venues including The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, and The Stone (June 2007), and as Artistic Director of the MATA Festival (07-10). www.cmcintyre.com
Esther Noh - Violin
Violinist Esther Noh has garnered acclaim for her achievements as a classical and alternative music performer. She has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and the Danish National Philharmonic and has been a featured artist at the Smithsonian Museum and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has toured throughout the country with Meredith Monk, and has performed in New York City at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, and Miller Theater. Ms. Noh is also an active champion of improvised and alternative music. She has collaborated with John Zorn, Mark O' Connor, and Bang on a Can, and has presented avant-garde music at Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and the Cutting Room. She has premiered numerous contemporary composers' works and plays and records with singer/songwriters. Ms. Noh holds a doctorate with honors from SUNY Stony Brook and is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. http://www.esthernohviolin.com
John Popham - Cello
Cellist John Popham was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. The New York Times has described his playing as “warm but variegated” and “finely polished”. About his recent premiere of Vincent Raikhel’s cello concerto, Cirques and Moraines, the New York Times wrote that he played “with energy and a touch of poetry.” John holds a BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of David Geber and David Soyer. An active chamber musician, he is the resident cellist of Red Light New Music and a member of the Toomai String Quintet. John has performed throughout North America, South America, and Europe with ensembles such as the Argento Chamber Ensemble and the Talea Ensemble. He has recorded for Tzadik, Carrier, and Arte Nova Records and teaches in the Mason Gross School of Music’s Young Artist Program at Rutgers University. www.johnpatrickpopham.com
James Rogers - Bass Trombone
James Rogers can be found playing bass trombone in the New York metropolitan area any night of the week performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles. He holds positions in the Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony) and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. As a teacher he coaches low brass at the Lucy Moses School and Bronx Charter School for the Arts. As a freelance orchestra musician Mr. Rogers has performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. With chamber ensembles he has performed on Miller Theater’s Composer’s Portrait series and the Jupiter Symphony’s chamber series. On the Jazz scene he can be found performing with big bands at Birdland, The Iridium, and The Fat Cat. And finally on the commercial music scene, he toured the North-East this past December with the Irish Tenor’s Christmas Reunion orchestra. www.trombonehand.com/about/james-rogers/
Erin Wight - Viola
Violist Erin Wight, a Midwestern transplant to New York City, is an active chamber musician and avid performer of new music. Described by the NY Times as “engrossing” and “surehanded,” she performs frequently as a member of the Red Light New Music Ensemble, has played with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Axiom, the Juilliard Electric Ensemble, Talea, Signal, FiRE, and worked closely with members of the Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In addition, Ms. Wight is a founding member of the Toomai String Quintet, 2007 winners of the 92nd St. Y’s Music Unlocked! competition for emerging ensembles dedicated to educational outreach. Ms. Wight is deeply committed to community engagement and is on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Wight completed her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School where she studied with Paul Neubauer.