SAMUEL PELLMAN has been creating electroacoustic and microtonal music for nearly four decades. Recently his music has been presented at festivals and conferences in Melbourne, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Montreal, New York City, Beijing, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Taiwan, and Perth. Pellman is also the author of An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, a widely-used textbook. He teaches music theory and composition at Hamilton College, in Clinton NY, and is co-director of its Studio for Transmedia Arts and Related Studies (STARS).
Bryan Pezzone is the consummate cross-over pianist of his generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is well known for his versatility and virtuosity as a recording and performing artist, improviser, and composer.
He performs with many major symphony orchestra associations, tours widely with the jazz group Free Flight, and is known in the Los Angeles area as a primary freelance pianist for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music. Pezzone is the pianist on most all of the cartoons released by Warner Brothers and Disney, he was the principal pianist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 through 1999, and received a rare on-screen credit for his performance on the soundtrack of "The Game" starring Michael Douglas. His workshops on his comprehensive approach to improvisation are frequently requested and he is a consulting editor for the well-known publication "Piano and Keyboard."
As a soloist, Pezzone has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, Santa Clarita Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic, and the Pacific Symphony.
Since beginning his career in Los Angeles in 1987, Pezzone has worked with many of the premiere contemporary music conductors; Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, and John Williams. He is featured in collaborations on a vast number of professionally released recordings, and has been involved with nearly every major festival, series, and performing arts organization, including: regular appearances on Sundays at Four (broadcast live on KUSC FM 91.5), Monday Evening Concerts, the Green Umbrella Series with both the Cal Arts New Century Players and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Ojai Festival, Joeffrey Ballet - soloist in Stravinsky's "Les Noces", Southwest Chamber Music Series, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Pezzone received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1984 where he was awarded the Performers Certificate and won the concerto competition. He was invited to the Tanglewood Music Center two successive summers as a full scholarship fellow in 1983 and 1984 where he received the C.D. Jackson Master Award. He attended the Banff Centre during its winter term on scholarship from 1984-1985 as an alternative to graduate studies in order to have the necessary time to freely blend various aesthetics and diverse performance traditions into a unique approach. For a more detailed biography and more information, please visit his website at www.bryanpezzone.net.
Russell Pinkston currently resides in Austin, TX, where he is Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at the University of Texas at Austin. He is active as a composer, researcher, author, and teacher in the field of electroacoustic music, and his work has been widely recognized. He has received a number of significant honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a senior Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. He is a founding member and former President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and has served as an ICMA Regional Representative for the Americas. russellpinkston.com
Stefan Poetzsch (b. 1963 in Magdeburg, Germany) began studying violin in his early youth in what was formerly East Germany. At the age of 16, he happened to catch a radio show broadcasting a piece focused on the music of Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert and his subsequent death. Upon hearing Seifert's approach to the instrument, Poetzsch's interest in music from this moment on was forever changed. It instantly made the teenager look at the violin differently and how he approached the sound of its strings.
This change also spurred a drive in Poetzsch to seek freedom in his own life; the intertwining struggles of freedom and creativity in both his life and music carried a sentiment not accepted in the political climate at the time, eventually leading to his jailing in 1984.
After one year in prison Poetzsch left East Germany and started with his own projects in the West. He became involved with different improvisation projects and also toured his own solo show. Starting in the beginning with dance-based projects (for dancer Bettina Essaka), he began composing music in 1989. He later began composing and creating multimedia and radio performances. By 1990 he had developed a strong interest in creating new rhythmic approaches for string instruments influenced by African music. Since this time, he has performed several times in Africa and has also worked with African musicians and also continues to perform with the Bettina Essaka Dance Company and his own Stefan Poetzsch Ensemble across Europe, Africa, and the US.