Roberta Michel | Flute
Roberta Michel is a freelance flutist in New York City. Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Michel is a member of Cadillac Moon Ensemble and has performed with: Portland String Quartet, Newspeak, Ensemble ECCE, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento, Iktus, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Cygnus Ensemble among others. She can be heard on New Dynamic, Innova, Tzadik, and Meta Records. Michel has been a Bang on a Can Summer fellow and a participant in IFCP, Banff, and Domaine Forget. Michel holds degrees from the CU-Boulder, SUNY-Purchase College, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara O’Connor, and Alexa Still.
Hassan Anderson | Oboe
Oboist Hassan Anderson is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He recently received his Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance under the tutelage of Nathan Hughes and additional studies with Pedro Diaz, Elaine Douvas and Linda Strommen. A native of Jacksonville, Fl Mr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, studying with Ann Adams. Mr. Anderson has also served as an oboe fellow at the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont for the last three consecutive summers on a full tuition scholarship. With a tremendous dedication to music education and pedagogy, Mr. Anderson is currently in his second year as a Teaching Artist with Jazz House Kids. In a partnership between Jazz House Kids and Link Community School of Newark, NJ Mr. Anderson teaches a 7th and 8th grade curriculum with a concentration in Jazz Music History, Tonal Harmony/Theory, Functional Piano, and Show Choir. In his free time Mr. Anderson enjoys reading, reed making, running and enjoying the company of his wonderful friends and family.
Jennifer Choi | Violin
Violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Often sighted in solo performances of rare works that stretch the limits of violin playing often calling for extended techniques, improvisation, and the use of electronics, she has championed over 100 new music works including works written for her by composers like John Zorn, Randall Woolf, Orlando Garcia, and US premieres of Jacob TV and Helmut Lachenmann. Since giving her debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in NY in 2000, Jennifer has performed in venues like the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the RAI National Radio in Rome, RTHK radio in Hong Kong, and is a fixture in NYC performances at LPR, the Stone, and Miller Theater. A prominent chamber musician, Jennifer was former violinist of the Miró String Quartet, ETHEL, and Sirius Quartets. She has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Music, Barge Music. As a an improvisor, she has toured Europe and North America with Susie Ibarra and Craig Taborn. She can be heard on over a dozen albums on TZADIK record label as well as on Starkland and New Focus labels, and on the 2016 Golden Globe winning series, Mozart in the Jungle.
Ashleigh Gordon | Viola
Jamaican-American violist Ashleigh Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions. As a contemporary music enthusiast, she has performed with such groups as Boston’s Callithumpium Consort in Jordan Hall, Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton in the Gare du Nord, and the celebrated German performing and recording group Ensemble Modern. Continuing her new music passion throughout her summers, Ashleigh has attended festivals in England, Germany, Austria, France and Québec studying with members of the Arditti String Quartet and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne among others. As a passionate collaborator, she has worked closely with numerous composers including Beat Furrer, Thomas Adés, Matthias Pintscher, Chaya Czernowin and Steve Reich. As an entrepreneur, Ashleigh is the Artistic Director of Castle of our Skins, a newly created concert series dedicated to promoting the music of Black American composers. She is also the founding violist of Sound Energy, a dynamic new string trio dedicated to performing and commissioning new works. Ashleigh recently attended the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt (Germany) and is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University and New England Conservatory. She can be heard on Naxos, Musique Suisse labels.
Julia Den Boer
Julia Den Boer | Piano www.juliadenboer.com
French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.
Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.
Recent and upcoming performances include solo and ensemble performances at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the CMC in Toronto, the Banff Center, Miller Theater (NYC), the North Carolina New Music Initiative, the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the MATA Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at IRCAM.
Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.
In addition to her performing activities Julia is a dedicated educator. She is on faculty at Third Street Music Settlement and the Bloomingdale School of Music and maintains an extensive private studio in NYC.
Julia is a native of Lyon, France. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she studied with Sara Laimon and holds a Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied under the mentorship of Gilbert Kalish.
Mike Truesdell | Percussion
Percussionist Mike Truesdell’s solo and chamber-music opportunities have brought him across the United States, Europe and Japan. As a soloist, he was the 2nd-prize winner of the 2010 TROMP International Percussion Competition in the Netherlands, and continues to maintain an active schedule of solo recitals, chamber music, and orchestral performances. In addition, Mike has performed with numerous ensembles, including the New York City Ballet, New York New Music Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Ensemble conducted by Pierre Boulez, and with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society (New York), ICE and Alarm Will Sound. In late 2011, he was featured as a soloist and ensemble member in a concert celebrating the late Elliott Carter’s 103rd and final birthday, with the composer in attendance, and recently performed for Charles Wuorinen’s 75th birthday, with the composer conducting.
John Aylward | Director/Composer/Piano
John Aylward is a composer, performer and Ecce’s Artistic Director. His music has been praised for its “brilliant energetic rhythmic figures…imaginative sonorities and harmonies that always move, always inflect” and its “zones of suspended motion and otherworldly calm” (American Academy of Arts and Letters). Aylward’s music is frequently performed within the U.S and abroad by numerous leading ensembles and soloists.
Aylward has been awarded fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation at the the Library of Congress, the Fulbright Foundation (to Germany) and First Prize from the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and many other awards and honors. He has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood, the Aspen Music School, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. John is Associate Professor of Music Composition at Clark University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is published by Composers Edition and is also an Affiliate Composer at Poco Forte music.
Aaron Foster Bresley
Aaron Foster Bresley | Composer/Programmer
Aaron Foster Bresley is a composer and programmer whose music deals with the politics inherent in musical creation and performance. His work often focuses on the tension between the demands for precise and subtle techniques, especially those in regards to Just Intonation, and the freedom of choice given to the performer. He holds an MFA in composition from the California Institute of the Arts. In his offtime he is the co-founder of FWD: rcrds, co-founder and a director of ‘co-incidence, an experimental music residency’, as well as a director of EcceArts. His work has been premiered and played in Europe and around North America. He currently resides in New York City.
John Popham | cello
Cellist John Popham is a chamber musician and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. His playing has been described as “brilliant” and “virtuosic” (Kronen Zeitung), “warm but variegated”, and “finely polished” (The New York Times). Currently a member of Either/Or Ensemble and LONGLEASH, Mr. Popham has performed internationally with groups including Klangforum Wien, Talea Ensemble, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. He has appeared as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Red Light Ensemble, and the Kunstuniversität Graz Chorus. Recent festival appearances include Brücken (Austria), Open Musik (Austria), IMPULS (Austria), the Vermont Mozart Festival, USINESONORE (Switzerland), Bay Chamber (Maine), the Contemporary Classical Music Festival (Peru), Lucerne Festival, and Klangspuren (Austria). Dedicated to new music performance, Mr. Popham has worked with composers including Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, Nils Vigeland, and Reiko Füting. The recipient of a Fulbright research grant, Mr. Popham spent the 2013/2014 academic year in Austria, where he studied the performance practice of Klangforum Wien and worked with leading figures in contemporary Austrian music: Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Klaus Lang, and Pierluigi Billone. Mr. Popham is currently cello faculty of The Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program. He received his BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of David Geber and David Soyer and was awarded the Manhattan School of Music Full Scholarship. He has recorded for Tzadik, Carrier, New Focus, Albany, and Arte Nova records.
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Nicholas DeMaison | Composer/Conductor
Nicholas DeMaison is a New York-based conductor and composer whose performances, including dozens of premieres of new instrumental, operatic, and choral works, have been described as “consistently invigorating” (New York Times), “spine tingling” (Feast of Music), and “enchanted” (Seen and Heard International). Currently the Music Director of the Rensselaer Orchestra and Concert Choir at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, his recent and upcoming conducting engagements have included appearances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival (NCPA,Beijing), Handan Grand Theater (Handan, China), Prototype Festival (NYC), Monday Evening Concert Series (Zipper Hall, Los Angeles), The Stone (New York City), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY), premiering new operas by Mojiao Wang, James Ilgenfritz, Nathan Davis and Charles Fussell, among others. At home within the contemporary multi-media landscape, he also works regularly on the music staff for live broadcast productions with Live from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, PBS, the New York Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz’s All Star Orchestra project, and was the Music Supervisor for critically acclaimed production company Giants Are Small, whose innovative multi-media concert operas have gained international attention in recent years.
Mr. DeMaison actively commissions new pieces from the most unique artistic voices working today. He has conducted premieres and led recording projects of new works by dozens of living composers, with groups including ICE, Anagram Ensemble, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Iktus Percussion, Talea, ECCE, Opera Cabal, Ensemble Sospeso, Florilegium Chamber Choir, ensemble dal niente, Tactus and others. He was invited to conduct at the International Ensemble Modern Academy/Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz, Austria), the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (Darmstadt, Germany) and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Mr. DeMaison has assisted and performed alongside such luminaries as Lucas Vis, Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös.
Also an active composer, Nicholas’s music has been described as “crossing the threshold from being abstractly academic to emotionally provocative,” (Time Out NY) and “faster and blippier…smooth-versus-screechy…both ominous and playful at the same time.” (Lucid Culture). His work spans from chamber works with live electronic audio and video components to works for chorus and orchestra. Ensembles that have performed DeMaison’s music include The New York Philharmonic, Giants Are Small, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, ensemble dal niente, UCSD New Music Ensemble, Hunter College Campus School Orchestra, South Hadley Chorale, Opera Cabal, and has been featured at June in Buffalo. Nicholas is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, and holds a Master’s and PhD in Composition from UC San Diego, where he studied with Chaya Czernowin and Philippe Manoury. He has studied conducting with Franck Ollu, Lucas Vis, Peter Eötvös, Gustav Meier, Carl St. Clair, Vance George, Alice Parker, Lewis Nielson and Paul Polivnick.
Colin Gee | Performing Artist/Director of Etchings Movement Program - colingee.com
Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, Colin Gee received a Rome Prize (2011, Design), was the founding Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the 2009 Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, and a clown for the Cirque du Soleil touring production “Dralion” (2001–2004).
He has frequently collaborated on musical works with the composer Erin Gee (his sister), providing the libretto for her opera, “SLEEP” (2009, Zürich Opera House), “Mouthpiece XIII, Mathilde of Loci, Part I” (2009, American Composer's Orchestra, Carnegie Hall), “Mouthpiece XX” (2014, Vienna Konzerthaus, with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra), and “Mouthpiece VI+I” (2014, Chicago, with Fonema Consort). In the last three of those works he also performed and contributed video and direction. Other original performance works for concert include “Two Satires” (2012, American Academy in Rome, with Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic), composed by Martin Brody; “True Pete” (2013, premiere: Wellesley College), composed by Martin Brody; “Kindling with Subsongs” (2014, premiere: Tufts University), composed by John MacDonald; and “Allegorical Gardening” (2016, with ECCE Ensemble), music by Stockhausen, sculpture by Ai WeiWei, at the Boston Greenway.
His recent dance works include “Lenore” (2016), “They Go Out in Joy” (2016), and “Chaplet of Roses” (2015), all created with dancer/choreographer Angie Smalis.
His video works include “Portrait and Landscape” (2006–2012) at DTW and the Whitney Museum (ARTPORT and Whitney Live); “Nested” (2009), commissioned by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; “History Plays” (2010–1014), presented by Whitney Live; “In the first place…” (2012), an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission; “I, who am the chorus” (2012), presented by FuturePerfect; and “I felt I’d been here before” (2010), commissioned and presented by Belfast Exposed Photographic Archive.
His performance work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and “Objective Suspense” (2008), an object-theater work, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum as part of the exhibition “Alexander Calder: the Paris Years.” The film/performance work “Across The Road” (2009) premiered at The Chocolate Factory, and “Dakota” (2005) premiered at PS122, and received the Dublin Fringe Festival Best Male Performer award.
He has conducted workshops at Columbia University, Tufts University, Wellesley College, London International School of Performing Arts, the University of Iowa, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of California San Diego, Televisa Studios in Mexico City, and University of Arts and Communication in Santiago de Chile, among others.