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Tyler Kline is a composer, arranger, and audio engineer currently residing in Tampa FL. His music has been performed throughout North America and Europe as well as in Brazil and Taiwan. Recent compositions focus on the use of extended sounds/techniques in order to create timbral similarities or differences, as well as textures between instruments, voices, and/or electronics. Kline’s work is deeply influenced by the idea of Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and world view that values transience, imperfection, and impermanence. More broadly, his compositions draw influence from a variety of extra-musical sources, primarily literature. In addition to his work as a composer, Kline is also co-artistic director of Terroir New Music, an event series that combines the music of living composers with the work of local chefs and brewers. He is also a classical music radio announcer at WSMR, which is part of WUSF Public Media.
Taiwanese-American composer, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee’s works were described as “explor[ing] a variety of offbeat textures and unusual techniques” by Gramophone and “eastern techniques blended with sophisticated modern writing style” by “Amadeus” Il mensile della grande musica. Lee has received honors including winning the Brandenburg Symphony International Composition Competition in Germany, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Theodore Front Prize from IAWM, ISCM/ League of Composers Competition, and an International Festival of Women Composers Composition Prize. She has received commissions from Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Barlow Endowment, the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Korea, and Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, just to name a few. Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, and various international festivals and broadcasts worldwide. Please visit her website: www.chihchunlee.com
Michael Standard is a composer of acoustic and electronic music for the concert stage and digital media. Standard’s compositions seek a singular voice from explorations into expressions of human spirit, scientific exploration, contemplative practice, and communicative principles. Each work is formulated with its own identity while remaining conscientious of its social and artistic context. Standard organized a series of performances of his chamber work while living in Atlanta, including Beltline Aviary, a flute/percussion duet commissioned by Art on the Beltline and based on birdsongs common around the City of Atlanta. His work, mechanics to wit for piano and electronics, was selected for a performance at the 2018 Electroacoustic Barn Dance in Jacksonville FL, and his first brass quintet received its premiere at the 2018 Mostly Modern Festival by the Atlantic Brass Quintet. Standard has also studied percussion with Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle. He is active as a chamber musician and orchestral performer, and has performed with the Mostly Modern Orchestra and World Youth Wind Orchestra Project. Standard currently studies with Baljinder Sekhon and Robert McCormick while working towards a master’s degree in composition and percussion at the University of South Florida in Tampa as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
American composer Matthew Kennedy’s music is said to contain “disarming clarity and simplicity,” often seeking out dark places with “an uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration.” His work has received critical acclaim including honors from ASCAP, BMI, Society of Composers Inc., Boston Musica Viva, Hartford Opera Theater, and he has had residencies at Marble House Project (VT), Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), Horned Dorset Artist Colony (NY), Taleamor Park (IN), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT). Recent activities for Kennedy include performances at New Music Gathering, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conferences, Northwestern University New Music Conference, M-Prize Competition, and commissions by Foot-in-the-Door Ensemble, Lotus Trio, and bassist Robert Black. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of South Florida and on the composition faculty at the Killington Music Festival.
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