Born in Lisbon, November 1984. After completing a degree in economics in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2006), he began in 2007 a degree in classical guitar in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Piñero Nagy, and he completed his graduation in 2010 in the Sevilleʼs Conservatorio Superior under the guidance of Francisco Sanchez Bernier. In 2015 André fi nished his degree in composition in the E.S.M.L. and had António Pinho Vargas, Carlos Caires, and Luís Tinoco as his teachers.
Throughout his career he has already played with several artists such as Teresa Salgueiro (formerly from Madredeus), Mariza, Mísia, soloist with Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra and Gulbenkian Choir, and many other groups with whom he has performed in many different countries. He is a resident member of the Jury at the "Almada's Intervention Music National Competition" since 2007. In 2011 he received the Young Talent award from the Almada municipality. As a composer he wrote the piece for the Young Musicians Award 2014 in the category of Accordion (commissioned by Antena 2 – RTP). He has written for different projects and music styles, ranging from small chamber music groups to full-sized orchestras. His music has been performed by some of the most notorious Portuguese music interpreters and in several countries from the USA to China. He is the guitar player of the group Melech Mechaya and Lisbon Guitar Quartet. In 2016 André was honored with the Newly Published Music Competition Award by the National Flute Assotiation (EUA) with the work “O motivo da menina Laite” for solo flute.close
Called a true sound artist, who ". . .applies sound to the airwaves the same way a painter applies colors to canvas," (Fanfare), Judith Shatin (www.judithshatin.com) is a composer whose music is inspired by a keen interest in literature and the visuals arts, and by the sounding world. She has been commissioned by organizations including the Barlow Endowment and Fromm Foundation, the Library of Congress and many more. Ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, the Kronos Quartet and the National, Illinois and Richmond Symphonies have also commissioned her work. Her music has been featured at festivals including Aspen, BAM Next Wave, Grand Teton, Havana in Spring, Moscow Autumn, Seal Bay and West Cork. She has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, while a two-year retrospective of her music, culminating in the premiere of her folk oratorio, Coal, was sponsored by the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program. Her music can be heard on the Centaur, Neuma, New World, Ravello and Sonora labels, and on two portrait albums on the Innova label. The founder of the Virginia Center for Computer Music, Judith Shatin is William R. Kenan, Jr Professor at the University of Virginia. Judith and Gayle Martin met while students at The Juilliard School, and became life-long friends and collaborators.close
Zoran Scekic received his BFA in jazz guitar at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria). As a recipient of the 1998 Bruxelles Stipendium, Scekic went to Helsinki to continue post-graduate studies in composition and arrangement, and to participate in the International Summit of Music Academy as a representative of the Sibelius Music Academia. His works as composer, arranger, and guitarist in the field of written and improvised music is available on the unofficial six-disc studio and live album compilation Selected Works in Equal Temperament. These recordings are the results of playing jazz guitar in duo, trio and quartet settings; collaborating with light and stage designers, choreographers, and visual artists in the creation of theater and film music; participating in jazz and free jazz festivals; and writing a number of works for big band, chamber orchestra, and large orchestra.
With his microtonal work Scekic has had premieres in several European capitals, seminars on microtonal harmony based on his book Five Limit Intervals - Theory & Praxis, and presentations of his microtonal keyboard prototype (Z-board), which was built in San Diego after his design. He is the winner of the Croatian Composer Society’s 2015 international competition, and author of the multimedia project Panmonism, which premiered at Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb, Croatia. The project consists of concerts with original compositions for piano in five limit just intonation, an animated movie about the connection between mathematics and music, a lecture on just intonation harmony, and an exhibition of the harmonograph prototype (Lira Spectrum) built in Bari, Italy after Scekic’s construction. Lira Spectrum is permanently on exhibit at the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia.close
Alan Schmitz (b. 1950) grew up in suburban Minneapolis, where he started guitar study at age 14 with Noel Busch. He received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of New Mexico, where he studied classical guitar with Hector Garcia and composition with William Wood. Schmitz continued his composition studies with Robert Moevs and Rolv Yttrehus at Rutgers University, from which he received the Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1979. After teaching at colleges in New Jersey, Colorado, and Alaska between 1979 and 1994, Schmitz went to Cedar Falls IA, where he is Professor of Theory/Composition and an Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa. His music is widely performed in the United States, as well as Western Europe, Romania, and Russia. He has received awards, commissions, and grants for composition from several agencies including the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation. Schmitzís Four Songs from Green Lotus Man and Nocturne for Flute and Piano were released on Capstone Records. In 1970, Alan Schmitz married flutist Dana Lee Geren; they have four children and five grandchildren.
You can learn more about Alan Schmitz at http://www.uni/music/faculty/schmitz.html.
Barry Seroff was born in Flushing, Queens on July 4th 1978. He earned his Bachelorís Degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music where he studied theory with Joe Strauss, composition with Paul Alan Levi, Jeff Nichols, and Bruce Saylor, and musicology with Henry Burnett. At the same time outside of school, he studied classical flute with Michael Laderman and Petina Cole, modern and traditional jazz guitar with Joe Giglio and Bern Nix, and shakuhachi with Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin.
Improvised music developed into one of his deepest musical passions through regular performances with musicians including William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Daniel Carter, Merry Fortune, and Ken Schalk, among others. It was in this setting that his musical voice matured, leading to the release of the critically acclaimed 27 New York Antisonnetsí with Little Rickyís House of Chankletas and A Path Toward Solace with pianist Stefan Paolini, both on OKS Recordings of North America. Between 2008 and 2010, he ran an improvised music podcast, featuring a wide variety of top notch musicians from NYC to New Haven. Currently he is an active musician playing flute in the progressive rock band Edensong, the groundbreaking indie rock band New Beard, and New Music collective Anti-Social Music.
Aside from being an accomplished musician, Seroff has also earned high accolades as a composer. His compositions range from traditional chamber ensembles and orchestras to more modern settings featuring electric guitar and drumset. His collaborations with poet Merry Fortune were performed at St. Marks Church, and eventually led to recordings with legendary guitarist Marc Ribot. He is also the winner of the Hubert Sukoff Award for Composition in 2006 as well as the 2009 AMC Composers Assistance grant. His works have been premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Second Instrumental Unit, New Haven Improvisers Collective, ThingNY and Anti-Social Music, and recorded by the Juventas New Music Ensemble for the release SCULPTING THE AIR on Navona Records (rel. June 2011).
He received his Masterís in composition at Queens College and continues to perform in and around New York and the United States. You can learn more at www.barryseroff.net.close
A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Jane Solose leads an active career as a featured concerto soloist, solo recitalist, chamber musician, duo pianist and master teacher that has taken her to Korea, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Argentina, Canada, and around the United States. She is listed on the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Eroica Classical Recordings released three of her albums, and her articles have been published in the journals 20th Century Music and Clavier. Duo Solose, a duo-piano collaboration with her sister Kathleen, perform to enthusiastic ovations. Solose received her DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded their prestigious Performer's Certificate and was David Burge's first teaching assistant. She is currently Professor of Piano at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City.close
Newton D. Strandberg (1921-2001) was born in River Falls, Wisconsin and raised in his youth in mid-America, Iowa. He first attended North Park College (now North Park University) in Chicago and later, in 1983, was awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the school. He studied piano and composition with Anthony Donato at Northwestern University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education in 1942, a Master of Music in Piano Performance in 1947, and a Doctorate of Music in Composition in 1956, the first music degree of its sort to be awarded at Northwestern.
He furthered his studies in composition with the well-known composer and innovator, Henry Cowell at Columbia University and the most influential teacher of our American composers, Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau. He received numerous awards and commissions, and was honored with contemporary festivals featuring his music exclusively. He served on the faculty of several universities including Denison University (1947-49), Samford University (1950-54 and again in 1956-67), and Northwestern University (1954-56). In 1967 he joined the faculty of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.close