ABZyrd is an enigmatic Multi-instrumentalist who’s frenetic rainbow eucalyptus Sonic explorations have been known to move booties in numerous films, plays and dinner theaters. On occasion he’s been spotted performing at various Hipster hangouts such as Elastic Arts, Constellation Chicago & the Reva & David Logan Center with other tuneful rabble-rousers such as Hieroglyphic Being, Angel Bat Dawid, Ben Lamar Gay, and the late composer Saalik Ziyad. His highly anticipated new album “They Shoot Producers Don’t They” is forthcoming on the Auspice Now label.
Alejandro T. Acierto
alejandro t. acierto is an artist, musician, and curator whose work is largely informed by human relationships to technology. He has exhibited projects at the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Boundary Gallery (Chicago), and Roman Susan (Chicago). His performance works have also been presented as part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, the KANEKO (Omaha), Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival (Chicago), Center for Performance Research (NYC), and Center for New Music and Technology at UCBerkeley. Recent curatorial projects have been presented in East Tennessee State University’s Tipton Gallery (Johnson City), Coop Gallery (Nashville), and online for the Wrong Biennial through his online gallery twosixteen.net.
Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, acierto has performed written and improvised music extensively throughout the US and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a clarinetist and founding member of the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente and can be heard on several recorded projects on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records. His last issued solo record was also released on Prom Night Records.
acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, LATITUDE, Chicago Artists' Coalition and was an Field Guide Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. A 3Arts Awardee, he received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was an inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media and a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt University.
ACVilla (Chicana/NM) captures moments in time, both preconceived as well as anticipated. With minimal post-production work she recontextualizes images and experiences that draw the viewer closer to their own perspective, elevating the awareness of life, deepening our experience in relation to everything. While she uses digital cameras, her work has an analog esthetic, created mainly in the moment with little post production. Her videos are often paired with live improvised concerts and recorded music of musicians such as Thollem, Nels Cline, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Amy Denio and Carmina Escobar. ACVilla's work has been shown throughout the US in DIY spaces, museums, galleries, schools and universities. Silver Ochre, her duo project with Thollem, continues to address the moment of the times through documentaries, interviews, community and art.
Pianist, composer, and educator Marina Albero is a captivating performer born in Barcelona and based in Seattle since 2015. Albero's piano playing is an absolute celebration of life, her spirited performances are intelligent, uplifting, and delightfully engrossing. Albero deftly draws on a lifetime of music tradition, from her native Barcelona in classical and early music as well as flamenco, to Cuba and Son Cubano, to American jazz. Her celebrated triple album “A life soundtrack” contains an all improvised volume called “Agua” of solo and duos with Hans Teuber as well as originals and jazz standards. Albero was the recipient of the Golden Ear Award as Emerging Artist of 2018 and she has been awarded as best instrumentalist and best record of 2019.
One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken
the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first
paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the
vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music,
visionary jazz, and world musics.
Though known for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists
including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Cutler, the London
Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken
Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burt,
Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among
others. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award and in 2018, along with
saxophonist Joe McPhee, the Instant Award in Improvised Music.
photo credit: David Lovato
pedal steel guitar
One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.
Though known for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burt, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, the Instant Award in Improvised Music.
photo credit: David Lovato
Casey Adams is a noise maker from Seattle, WA, who focuses his energies on percussive materials and electronics.
photo credit: Haley Freedlund
Seattle-based violist and composer Heather Bentley has trailblazed a career as one of the West Coast’s most visible improvisatory musicians, specializing in creating evocative atmospheres and textures. Classically trained, she has shifted to an unabashedly experimental artistic output: As a performer, she can be seen performing on instruments like her electric seven string and five string violins or her electronic pedal board in numerous chamber ensembles that utilize improvisation, electronics, and often both. As a composer, her work for chamber ensembles and orchestras has been performed by organizations across both California and Washington. Relentless in her pursuit of creativity, she continues this work as co-founder of Kin of the Moon, a 501(c)3 organization which fosters collaboration between artists in service of creating unique art.
Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. Collaborations include KILT with Bob Bellerue and Sandor Finta, Endlings with John Dieterich, Mesa Ritual with William Fowler Collins, an ongoing duo with Laura Ortman, previous membership in the artist collective Postcommodity, and as co-conductor of the massive New Mexican ensemble Death Convention Singers. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, and the American Academy's Berlin Prize for Music Composition. Chacon operates the Sicksicksick/Sssk label out of his home in Albuquerque, NM
Allison Clendaniel is an interdisciplinary artist in Baltimore, MD. Her work encompasses sound, classical & extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, technology, and theatre.
A versatile performer and improviser, Allison has composed and played music for voice, synthesizer, piano, computer, cello, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her artistic attention at the intersectionality between technology and acoustic instruments. She has studied voice and movement with legendary performer and composer, Meredith Monk at the House Foundation, clowning with Globus Hystericus, and has toured extensively through North America as a teacher and performing artist.
An avid advocate for the arts, she is the Artistic Director of Mind on Fire, a modular chamber orchestra. During the day, she works supporting designers of theatre with Baltimore based company, Figure 53.
She tries to build beautiful things around her, crafting songs, making theatre, and working permanently as a solo artist and with her collaborative projects: Mind on Fire, Pants, and In the Womb of the Everything Room
Marisa Demarco (Bigawatt)
Marisa Demarco is an installation and performance artist, musician and composer based in Albuquerque, N.M. She's the founder of Gatas y Vatas festival for boundary-pushing performance and Milch de la Máquina, a women's performance art crew. She's a leader with Death Convention Singers, the largest noise collective in the Southwest. She tours and performs solo as Bigawatt. Demarco teaches Sound Art at the University of New Mexico and leads workshops primarily in New Mexico on small electronics projects. She is also a longtime journalist with a focus on criminal justice reform and public health.
photo credit: Marya Errin Jones
Billie Howard is a multi-instrumentalist sound artist. She composes experimental music that focuses on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds under the name Akosuen.
Billie is a founding member of the contemporary music collective a.pe.ri.od.ic. and the experimental improvisation group NbN Trio. In addition to classical music, she writes and performs with her band The Paver and plays keyboards and violin with the legendary Bobby Conn.
She holds a M.Mus. in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and B.A. in piano and violin performance from Montana State University.
photo credit: Marya Errin Jones
Jim Knodle was a member of the free jazz group Holus Bolus and a founding member of Circular Cowboys and Inside Out. He has recorded and/or performed with Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Vinnie Golia, Lynette Westendorf, Michael Vlatkovich, Andrew Hill, Dave Storrs, Rob Blakeslee, Sue Ann Harkey, Jonathan Edwards, Caroline Kraabel, Paul Rucker,Michael Owcharuk,KMDFM, and others. He has released three CD's: "Wending", on the Nine Winds label,"Unprepared", with Dave Storrs, on Louie Records, and "Keeping the Devil Out" (self-released).
After college and university studies in music and many years playing rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz music he began focusing on extended techniques and improvisation and methods of integrating these elements with composed music. A lengthy period of study and performance with the late composer and pianist Al Hood served to sharpened his awareness of the need to strive for musical growth through the application of contemporary compositional ideas to jazz and other forms of American art music.
His compositions have been performed in concerts presented by the Open Music Workshop, the Earshot World Jazz Festival, Marzena Arts' Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, Portland's Creative Music Guild, the Dumaurier Jazz Festival in Vancouver, BC., Seattle Composers' Salon, Tacoma New Music, the Composers and Improvisers Workshop, and the Seattle Jazz Composers' Ensemble.
Mallory Linehan (Chelsea Bridge)
Chelsea Bridge is Chicago violinist Mallory Linehan: manipulated melodies and ethereal electronic experiments.
sound, art, design
Norman W Long’s practice involves walking, listening, improvising, performing, recording and composing to create environments and situations in which he and the audience are engaged in dialogues about listening, place, culture, memory space, value, silence and the invisible. Norman finds inspiration in the Creative Music and electric imaginations of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Pauline Oliveros, Phuture, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, Hildegard Westercamp and King Tubby. Norman Long has performed and exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Sound Studio, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Links Hall, Elastic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Cultural Center and 2017 PRIZM Art Fair (Miami). Norman performs with Angel Bat Dawid and the Brothahood and has performed with Damon Locks, On the Corner, Cher Jey, Sara Zalek, Cristal Sabbagh, Dan Bitney and Todd Carter. Norman has received 3Arts Award for Visual Art in 2011, 3Arts Djerassi (Woodside, CA) Artists Residency Fellowship in 2014, BOLT Artist in Residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014-2015, 3Arts Fellowship for AS220 (Providence, RI) 2017 Artist in Residence program, Three Walls RaD Lab and Outside the walls Fellow for 2017-2019 and Guest Composer at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, Sweden made possible in part by the City of Chicago’s DCASE grant.
photo credit: Marya Errin Jones
reel to reel, voice, computer
Duncan Moore is an intermedia artist and musician from Baltimore, MD. He works primarily in the realm of abstract sound and movement and usually performs under the moniker Headband. He also performs both traditional and free form music on the highland bagpipes based on the classical techniques of piobaireachd, the original music composed for the highland pipes dating back to the 17th century.
reeds, percussion, electronics
Jamal R. Moore is a native of Baltimore Maryland whom is a multi- instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator.
His background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks and historical acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High whom notable alumni Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis graduated from. Some notable luminaries Jamal has worked with are Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist) whom he studied with at California Institute of The Arts, Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Tomeka Reid, Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, George Duke, Sheila E, David Murray, JD Parran, Ras Moshe, Tatsua Nakatani, Hamid Drake and Yahyah Abdul Majid (Sun Ra Arkestra).
He is a long-term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. A affiliate of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra of the late Horace Tapscott, Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; Joyful Noise Band, and co- creator of Ancestral Duo with Luke Stewart.
Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Strings, Black Elements Quartet, Organix Trio, and Interstellar Duo
“As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to
cleanse dis-ease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music
is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and
Jamal R. Moore
Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
video synthesis, modular analog synthesis and sampling
Timothy Nohe is an artist, composer and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. His work has been focused upon sustainability and place, and musical and video works for dance and live performance. Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues: IMPAKT, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Louvre Museum, Centre Pompidou; ISEA: Paris and the Baltic Sea; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Danish Institute of Electro-Acoustic Music, Århus; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford; Fed Square, Melbourne; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The National Aquarium, Baltimore; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; and The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. He composed a music score for Ann Sofie Clemmensen’s dance In To and Out Of, which debuted at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in October 2019. Nohe continues to collaborate with the dance and music community in Baltimore, notably with Mind on Fire. He currently serves as a professor of Visual Arts at UMBC and is an ACE Fellow.
Melody Owen is an ecologically minded conceptual new media and multi-disciplinary artist from Portland, Oregon. She is currently exploring virtual reality and animal studies as a PhD candidate at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. She is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and has a MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts as well as a MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities. She has done artist residencies in Paris, Quebec, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, New York, California and Oregon. She has exhibited in museums, festivals, and artist organized events.
Neroj Patrick (Jeron White)
Bass performance title (resident of earth X2 AmeriKKKa)
Jeron White bassist from Baltimore MD He leads his group Polarity from time to time throughout the region.
"Like any bassist worth his salt, White can provide the bare harmonic outline of a ballad, engage in serious walk-it-home swing, or hold down complex melodies himself, whether in composition or improvisation."
"he composes and performs grooving music influenced by hip-hop and soul; and he plays free music with command and sensitivity"
Polarity opened for Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus in April 2017 at NYU Theater. Jeron’s discography include Jamal Moore’s “Organix Trio Ancestral Communion”, “Theljon Allen "Prospective", Dimitri Nassar "Cresent Piano".
movement, mixed media/uncategorized
Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural worker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in New York, raised in New Jersey, with roots in Mississippi her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using performance, digital media and sculptural forms. Her work has been installed at a variety of spaces including The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, The Walters Art Museum, The Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore and the streets of Berlin, Baltimore, and Orlando. She is a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts, administered by The Contemporary (2017), and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby's Project Grant in Visual Arts (2017). A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Maryland Institute College of Art (M.F.A.) she has presented lectures on public space and equity at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA and The National Gallery of Art. She is currently a lecturer of Art Education at Towson University.
SHELLY PURDY is a contemporary percussionist and teaching artist from Maryland, currently living in Baltimore City where she has for the past decade been committed to presenting new and experimental music. Her sonic explorations tend to favor the mingling of found objects with more traditional instruments and an affinity for chance and silence whenever possible. These sonic worlds are explored through work with ensembles such as Umbilicus; a percussion quartet consisting of Baltimore improvisers’ Tom Goldstein, Paul Neidhart, and Will Redman. She is also a founding member of the science/music ensemble The Inverse Square Trio which seeks to demonstrate and illuminate acoustic properties and aural illusions through the works of Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Diana Deutsch, Richard Feynman and others. Purdy also embraces more traditional musics, most recently being her study with Professor Gina Beck on Javanese & Balinese Gamelan percussion. Purdy has been a member of The High Zero Foundation and Red Room Collective since 2016 and is happy to announce the forthcoming release of her duo tape “Six Improvisations for Two Vibraphones” with Will Redman on 20/20 Records.
Dana Reason is a Canadian-born pianist, composer, improviser, and musicologist working at the intersections of twenty-first century musical genres and interdisciplinary practices. Reason was part of The Space Between trio with the electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros; and is documented on over 17 recordings. She has been long-listed for Grammys in several categories including jazz, arranging and contemporary classical music. She has recorded music by the 2020 NEA Jazz Master, Roscoe Mitchell, and DJ Spooky and has performed with a wide range of acclaimed artists, some of whom include: Joe McPhee, Joëlle Léandre, George Lewis, Stuart Dempster, Barre Phillips, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, India Cooke, Kyle Bruckmann, and Lori Goldston. Reason is part of the ReSoundings trio with Catherine Lee and John Savage.The trio recorded and performed Roscoe Mitchell’s seminal work: Nonaah Trio at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, 2019. Recording of the work is available on “Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravaska Banda”, on Hive Records, 2020. Since 2018, she curated the “Site of Sound” series in Corvallis, Oregon where she is also Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music at Oregon State University.
upright bass, electronics
Carlos Santistevan is a musician, sounds engineer, and organizer. Since 2001 he has helped establish an oasis of creative music in the high desert southwest as the director of the High Mayhem Emerging Arts collective based out of Santa Fe, NM. Using an upright bass and electronics he creates soundscapes and spontaneous compositions from the extremes of acoustic and electric music. Early influences of punk rock and free jazz have led him to develop a unique approach to music and improvisation. He has performed at venues such as The Stone, The Outpost Performance Space, High Zero Festival, Outsound Creative Music Festival, The Olympia Experimental Music Festival, High Mayhem Festival and more performing with such artists as: Marshall Trammell, Laura Ortman, Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Jonas, J.A. Dino Deane, Henry Grimes, Nicole Mitchell and more. Carlos is a seasoned improviser and a member of diverse ensembles such as In Defense of Memory, iNK oN pAPER, The Late Severa Wires, Out of Context, Black Iron Trio, Taiji Pole and more.
photo credit: Marisa Demarco
Sue-C (Susan Slagel)
Sue Slagle (stage name SUE-C) is a video artist and educator working at the intersection of creative coding and live performance. For the past 18 years she has created handmade videos and live media performances, taught college level courses and workshops, and traveled extensively in the USA and internationally. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation "instrument," she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, hand-made papers, fabrics and lighting effects using custom software created in the Max programming environment.
Sue is the recipient of a 2020 Creative Capital Award and a MacDowell Fellowship. She has performed and exhibited at many national and international venues and festivals including the Library of Congress, San Francisco International Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, SFMoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, REDCAT, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pacific Film Archive, EMPAC, Ars Electronica, MUTEK, SONAR, Sonic Light, Transmediale, Marco Museum, ICA London and Laboral. She has toured extensively throuhgout the USA and Europe.
Current and past collaborators include Negativland, Dynasty Handbag, Laetitia Sonami, Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Antye Greie (AGF), Golan Levin, Joshua Kit Clayton, Wobbly, Sutekh, Matmos and Vladislav Delay. Sue has taught courses and workshops at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Portland Community College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, UCLA, Open Signal and La Casa Encendida.
District of Columbia/NYC
Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations, and has a strong presence in the national and international Improvised Music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” chosen as “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2017 in the District Now, and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC.In New York City, Luke collaborated with Arts for Art in hosting the first ever “Free Jazz Convention” to share resources and strategies among the community. He has also performed in a myriad of collaborations and performances in venues such as the Kitchen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.
Luke is also a presence in the greater community of Creative Musicians, with regular multi-city ensembles including.
His regular ensembles include Irreversible Entanglements, Heroes are Gang Leaders, and Ancestral Duo, Six Six featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog, and experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths.
As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities.He has performed at many important venues in DC, NYC, and around the world.As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina.
He holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in Audio Production from American University, and an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School. In 2019, Luke was also a finalist for the Johnson Fellowship, citing his work in changing the musical fabric of Washington, DC.
sound for New Mexico: Outside In
Thollem (NM) is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Thollem's known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects. "Thollem inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original." - Terry Riley
An integral part of the Pacific Northwest jazz and creative music scene, drummer Evan Woodle serves as a driving force behind several diverse bands while maintaining a healthy reputation as a first-call performer, recording artist, and private instructor locally and nationally. Evan is also a co-founder of the arts non-profit Table & Chairs (which hosts the Racer Sessions, among other events) and works regularly with local organizations Earshot Jazz and Origin Arts.
ecosystem of synthetic animals
Lucas Yasunaga is a Japanese American media sculptor who makes tools, instruments, and synthetic beings to seek new ways of seeing; to witness the fragile and dynamic relationships they create with the human body, each other, and their surroundings.His recent work explores robotic systems through the lens of zoology and ecology. This new outlook on the medium introduced him to improvisational performance as a way to demonstrate the process of collaborative expression, comedic moments, and semi-autonomous narrative. He’s been performing this work locally since 2019. He is an MFA candidate at Yale School of Art in Sculpture 2022.
photo credit: Becca Gohn
Clarinet and saxophone player Jenny Ziefel is a Seattle area performer and teacher who is very active in multiple genres of music. She plays regularly with such diverse groups as the Lake Washington Symphony, Spirutus Wind Quintet, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Bass Clarinet Project, and various jam sessions.