Brooklyn-based recording artist Julianna Barwick produces ethereal ambient folk songs, utilizing her angelic voice to create mostly wordless soundscapes. She has released three solo albums as well as collaborating with Ikue Mori, Ombre and working with the rock band Radiohead.
Bryce Dessner, most well-known as a guitarist for indie-rock band, The National, also lends his talent to original compositions for groups such as Kronos Quartet (with whom he is releasing his first album as composer), So Percussion and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Along with curating Brooklyn’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and serving as artistic director of the MusicNOW Festival.
By blending elements of organic vocal composition with synthesized electronic soundscapes, Holly Herndon is creating an innovative new sound with high acclaim. Holly is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in San Francisco, California.
With several cd releases, commissions with acts like Kronos Quartet, NYC Ballet, Bang On A Can All-Stars and 3 operas under his belt, John King has garnered acclaim here in the US and on the international stage. Together with his musical pedigree, King has also served as Music Curator at The Kitchen and was a co-director of the Music Committee at MCDC.
The soaring compositions of Nico Muhly have been performed against majestic backdrops like Rome’s Tiber River and Fifth Avenue’s St. Thomas Church. He’s collaborated with the world’s best, including extensive work with Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist and conductor on stage and in film.
Canadian violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld is a member of the groups Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, and has performed with several other artists. She has recently premiered her music at BAM and the Wavelength Festival. Sarah’s debut solo album “Hero Brother” released in 2013.
Richard Reed Parry
Best known as a core member of the Grammy® Award-Winning band Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, composing works for the likes of the Kronos Quartet, Bryce Dessner, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Parry plays a wide-range of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and accordion. His most recent release, Reflektor with Arcade Fire releases in October 2013.
Named a “composer-impresario” by the New Yorker, Paola Prestini is a composer, and entrepreneur. Her music has been labeled “radiant”[and] amorously evocative” by The New York Times. While still a student at the Juilliard School, she co-founded VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary production company that has created over 50 multimedia productions worldwide. Paola’s impressive career highlights include projects at the BAM Next Wave Festival, commissions with the NY Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Kronos Quartet and many others.
Pulitzer-Prize winner Caroline Shaw is a multi-talented musician, appearing with acts like Alarm Will Sound, The National and John Cale. Her original music has been declared “dazzling” (New York Times) and is a “tour de force of vocal mischief-making” (eMusic). Caroline also performs primarily as a violinist with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and as a vocalist with Roomful of Teeth.
Colin Stetson is an internationally acclaimed musician whose talent extends to multiple instruments including clarinet, cornet, french horn and primarily the saxophone. Along with several solo record releases, Colin has brought his talents to collaborations with Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed and more. Currently, he is a member of the band Bon Iver.
Acclaimed composer Aleksandra Vrebalov has received commissions from the likes of Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall. In 2011, she premiered her 2-act opera “Mileva” in Belgrade. The opera centers on the Serbian physicist and mathematician who was Albert Einstein’s first wife.
Phil Kline draws inspiration from all corners, fashioning a symphony from boombox tape players and a song cycle from the poems Vietnam vets had inscribed on their Zippo lighters. Critics have called this former rock band-mate of film director Jim Jarmusch an original, witty and fearless composer when it comes to pushing musical boundaries.
His atmospheric and meditative pieces define labels, prompting one critic to declare: “there is no name yet for this kind of music.” David Lang is among America’s most performed composers, his groundbreaking work heard from Sidney to Strasbourg, enlivening the choreography of Twyla Tharp to the pictures of William Wegman.
Joel A. Martin
He invented Jazzical, a celebrated marriage of classical and jazz that remains true to both. Pianist, composer, chamber musician and educator, Joel Martin has played with symphonies like the New York Philharmonic, jammed with jazz greats like Chico Hamilton and strengthened all the teaching programs lucky enough to host him.
Paul Moravec has created more than 80 orchestral, chamber, choral, lyric, film and electro-acoustic compositions. He won a Pulitzer prize for his 2004 March of Tempest Fantasy. Critics praise the work of this prolific composer and recipient of numerous fellowships as “wonderfully energetic,” “riveting and fascinating,” and “assured, virtuosic.”