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Sharp, Elliott SysOrk: ReGenerate (zOaR Records)

As part of NY composer, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist and electroacoustic artist Elliott Sharp's 70th birthday observation he performed a series of concerts under the moniker "E#@70", initiating the series with this remarkable concert at Roulette, premiering 4 new works performed by his SysOrk ensemble, dedicated to performing Sharp's algorithmic scores, graphic notation and conductions.

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Lea Bertucci-alto saxophone

Shayna Dulberger-contrabass

Rachel Golub-violin

Terry L. Greene II-trombone

James Ilgenfritz-contrabass

Judith Insell-viola

Margaret Lancaster-flute

Ron Lawrence-viola

Payton MacDonald-marimba

Christopher McIntyre-trombone

Danny Tunick-percussion, vibraphone

Weasel Walter-drums

Nate Wooley-trumpet

Elliott Sharp-bass clarinet, guitarbass, conduction

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UPC: 755491221587

Label: zOaR Records
Catalog ID: ZCD 96
Squidco Product Code: 31348

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live in concert at Roulette, in Brooklyn, New York, on March 4th, 2021, by Woramon Jamjod.

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"To observe his 70th year, Elliott Sharp presented concerts and recordings under the rubrik E#@70. The initial concert in this series took place at Roulette in Brooklyn on Mar. 4, 2021 featuring the world premiere of four new works created for this event performed by E#'s open-ended ensemble SysOrk.

SysOrk is dedicated to performing Sharp's algorithmic scores, graphic notation, and conductions. The group's personnel is situational with the first version realized in Tokyo in 2012 with other manifestations in Nagoya, Padua, Berlin, Hamburg, and NYC.

The pieces premiered at this concert and presented in this recording include two algorithmic scores for the ensemble: Feedback 21 and Viridia; Oksusgenos, a solo for bass clarinet and electronics performed by E#; and a long-form animated graphic score in the form of a movie: ReGenerate."-zOaR Records

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"Lea Bertucci is a composer, performer and sound designer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her instrumental practice with woodwind instruments, she incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. In recent years, her projects have expanded toward site-responsive and site-specific sonic investigations of architecture. Deeply experimental, her work is unafraid to subvert musical expectation.Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on independent labels and in 2018, she released the critically acclaimed Metal Aether on NNA tapes. Lea is co-editor of the multi-volume artists book The Tonebook, a survey of graphic scores by contemporary composers, published on Inpatient Press.As a sound designer, Lea has collaborated with dance and theater companies including Big Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater, Piehole!, and Mallory Catlett (Restless NYC). Her musical collaborations extend to other chamber-noise projects, notably a recently formed duo with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi.As a solo artist, she has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, Blank Forms, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, Roulette, The Walker Museum, Caramoor, The Renaissance Society Chicago, Muziekgebeow Amsterdam, and Unsound Festival, Krakow. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence. In 2018, she received a commission from the American Composers' Forum for a new percussion trio as well as a brass octet commissioned by the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York."-Lea Bertucci Website (

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"Shayna Dulberger is a bassist currently living and working in New York City. Her work is mostly known in the creative and experimental jazz genre. Since 2007 she has regularly worked with Bill Cole performing in New York City and at Syracuse University. She has recorded and performed with artists such as: Ras Moshe, William Parker, Chris Welcome, Daniel Carter, Stars Like Fleas, Walter Wright, and many others. She has performed in many festivals and series such as XFest (Lowell, MA), Rhythm in the Kitchen, KMB Jazz Festival, CMJ, "Brooklyn Next" BAM Festival, the Vision Festival, ABC No Rio's C.O.M.A., and Neues Kabarett's events at the Brecht Forum.

Dulberger's first album as a band leader, composer and producer is named "TheKillMeTrio" and was described " one of the stronger avant-jazz groups we've heard in some time." (Time Out New York) In 2007, in a review of TheKillMeTrio album "Jazz and Tzaz" wrote "The 23 year old New Yorker does not comply with the trendy model of women in Jazz". Bruce Lee Gallanter (DMG) wrote in a review for Ras Moshe's album Transcendence, "Acoustic bassist, Shayna Dulberger, is another important new musician to watch, she takes a number amazing solos on this disc that show her to be a new force to be reckoned with." Shayna has been interviewed on Taran's Free Jazz Hour (Angers, France) and was invited by All About Jazz to participate in their "Listen Up!" Section.

Dulberger's most recent album, The Basement Recordings is a solo recording consisting of loops that are rhythmically cryptic. This album is a break from the style she is most well known for. It is repetitious and mellow, not aggressive and chaotic like her work with the downtown NYC free jazz scene. It is a nontraditional solo upright bass recording. Although her main influences are Peter Kowald, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Joelle Leandre and other well known bassists, there is barely a hint of it here. Instead, she is influenced by the rhythmic elasticity and percussion of Southeast Asia, The Thai Elephant Orchestra for their sense of space and rhythm, and Throbbing Gristle for their experimentation with reverb and delay.

On this album, Dulberger's upright bass evokes the sound of other string and percussion instruments."The Garden" sounds like a harp. "Yuko" (dedicated to poet Yuko Otomo) is reminiscent of the Japanese shamisen. You can hear wind float through glass vases on "The Swings". The Basement Recordings contain no jazzy bass solos, no experimenting with licks and virtuosity. The focus is on space and meditation. For the New York City Jazz Record, Gordon Marshall wrote "No more than a patch of wilderness is The Basement Recordings uniformly beautiful and vibrant".

Dulberger was born in 1983 and raised in Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music's preparatory division during high school and graduated with a BM in Jazz at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University."

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"Rachel Golub is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds, performing with artists ranging from Sting, Elton John and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z, Andrea Bocelli, Florence + The Machine and Suzanne Vega.

As an arranger and session artist, her performances can be heard on recordings with Five for Fighting, Philip Phillips, EarthRise SoundSystem, The Walkmen (Lisbon), Ryuchi Sakamoto, Nancy Magarill, Breaking Benjamin, Modern English, Lucy Woodward, Seth Glier and many others.

As her alter-ego, Go-Ray, she released 'The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke' on Yoga Organix.

In New York, Rachel can be heard leading improvising ensembles like Ensemble Sospeso and the Club Foot Orchestra; performing with the Sirius Quartet or members of FLUX; and accompanying dance from Shen Wei to Merce Cunningham Company. She is a frequent player with Elliott Sharp's Orchestra Carbon and Syndakit, and was featured in 2010 at the Whitney Museum's Christian Marclay Festival.

After receiving her BA in Classics from Yale, she studied violin with Lorand Fenyves, and also became a disciple of Indian classical music with sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.

Rachel is often seen with Orchestra of St. Luke's, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, SEM Ensemble and other symphonic engagements ranging from Star Wars in Concert to Pierre Hughye's Antarctic orchestra for 'A Journey That Wasn't'.

Rachel was the violin soloist with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre's klezmer band for their production of On Second Avenue and the BQE Project's The Golem, featured live on WNYC. She is also the concertmaster and soloist for the 2011-2012 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof and also played concertmaster for the national tour of West Side Story.

She is featured on White Swan, EMI and Chesky Records, and in Universal and Warner Bros. pictures including Music & Lyrics. Rachel's original song Ajnabee was featured on Syfy's Lost Girl."

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"A New York native, trombonist, improviser, drummer, arranger, and composer, Terry L. Greene II received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2008. After his studies at Stony Brook under trombonists Ray Anderson and Michael Powell, he went on to perform with The Roots, Macy Grey, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Elliot Sharp, and several other notable creative artists. You can hear Terry on Oliver Lake's latest big band album titled Wheels, and Elliot Sharp's latest Aggregat album called Quintet. Terry has a wide range of experiences in musical genres including New Music, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Colombian music, Gospel, orchestral and chamber ensembles, Funk, Hard Rock and Free Improvisation.

Terry is currently the music director for the Thrive Collective in NYC where he has taught band, hip hop, and poetry to middle school students in the South Bronx and Arverne (Far Rockaway). 2016 will be Terry's third summer teaching at Walden. He looks forward to premiering a new composition at the Walden Faculty Concert, making more musical mayhem with his students, and sharing his Walden experiences with his family."

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"Bassist and composer James Ilgenfritz has worked in New York's experimental music community for ten years, interacting with visual artists, improvisers, composers, and literary figures. As an improviser James has performed with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, Jin Hi Kim, Jon Rose, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Brian Chase. As an interpreter of notated music, he has also worked with composers Lukas Ligeti, JG Thirlwell, Annie Gosfield, Pauline Oliveros, Ted Hearne, David T. Little, Karin Rehnqvist, Duane Pitre, Kevin Norton, & Gordon Beeferman. He recently completed a tour of the Midwest and northeast with his jazz quartet MiND GAMeS (with Denman Maroney, Andrew Drury, Angelika Niescier). His debut solo recording 'Compositions (Braxton) 2011' features his distinctive solo bass interpretations of the music of Anthony Braxton, and was called "a considerable achievement of solo instrumentalism and an important demonstration of the possibilities open to the double bass in the early 21st century" by Avant Music News's Dan Barbiero. Current projects include his longstanding Anagram Ensemble (which has morphed from jazz quartet to experimental big band to avant-garde theatrical chamber ensemble), Hypercolor (with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz), Red Triangle (with Chuck Bettis and Nonoko Yoshida), COLONIC YOUTH (with Dan Blake, Philip White, and Kevin Shea), The Curators (with Joe Hertenstein and Mikko Innanen) and Radiant Tongues (with Jason Ponce). In 2011 James was Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room, where he premiered his opera The Ticket That Exploded (based on the 1962 William S. Burroughs novel of the same name). He is coordinator of the WSB100 festival, New York City's month-long celebration of the life and legacy of William S. Burroughs on the occasion of his 100th birthday. James Ilgenfritz holds degrees from University of Michigan & University of California San Diego, and is on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center & Brooklyn Conservatory."

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"Judith Insell, a New York native, has been an active member of the New York jazz, classical, and pop scene since the mid nineties. Violist can play anything!

Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Antonio Hart, and Miguel Zenon are just a few of the many jazz greats with whom Ms. Insell has had the pleasure of performing and recording. She has performed throughout the eastern United States with the chamber jazz string group "Sojourner." As a founding member of "Sojourner," Ms. Insell has not only explored self expression through improvisation, she has also ventured into the realm of composition with the title track of the group's CD "Journey" and arranging such standards as Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You."

Her debut CD, "Dark Wood Explorations," a duo project with acclaimed jazz bassist Joe Fonda, wasreleased in September 2008. Continuing her pursuit of creativity, Ms. Insell has recently formed a collective with Virg Dzurinko (piano), Eli Asher(trumpet), & Leonid Galaganov(drums/percussion), provocatively name "Jump Off This Bridge" and she previously collaborated with Reut Regev(trombone) & Tomas Ulrich(cello) in the "Twisted Standard Trio."

Ms. Insell has also had an active career on the "pop" music scene performing and recording with artists Beyonce Knowles, India.Arie, Jessica Simpson, and "Joe." As a member of the "Soldier String Quartet," she was on an extensive world tour with rock legend John Cale throughout the nineties.

She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the National Chorale Orchestra and is currently a member of the Greenwich Symphony. She has performed in the Broadway Orchestras for Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Edition), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Gypsy, Ms. Saigon, Tommy, Carousel, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

As an educator and administrator, Ms. Insell is currently the Director of Curriculum and Artist Development for the Bronx Arts Ensemble and was formerly a member of the Juilliard School's "Educational Outreach Team," serving as a mentor and consultant to the Morse Teaching Fellows. She previously held the position of Director of the School for Performing Arts at Bronx House, Director of Music at The Harlem School of the Arts, Assistant Director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College The New School for Music, Director of the String Program at The Collegiate School, Director of the String Program at The Juilliard School- MAP Program and Director of the String Program at The Bloomingdale School of Music. She also completed 1-year association with "Education Through Music," as a Teaching Artist.

Ms. Insell has also been a contributing writer for All About Jazz - NY since January 2006.

Judith attended the Manhattan School of Music where she was classically trained: receiving both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees."

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"Flutist of choice for hoards of composers, Margaret Lancaster is a cross disciplinary artist who hasn't merely 'pushed the envelope' of flute performance and repertoire, she's redefined it with fearless technique, musicianship, wit, and a clear sense of performance values. Noted for her inter-disciplinary collaboration with writers and composers, she has built a large repertoire of new works composed for her that employ extended techniques and mixed media, fusing music, theater, and movement. Composers and directors she has worked with include Lee Breuer, Chen Shi Zheng, Kameron Steele, Milton Babbitt, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, Jon Appleton, Phil Kline, Gerhard Stabler, Paul Steenhuisen, Christian Wolff, Jo Kondo, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Corey Dargel, Joan LaBarbara, and the Common Sense Composers Collective. Recent and ongoing collaborations include projects with Juraj Kojs and the FETA Foundation, Jean-Baptiste Barriere and Kaija Saariaho, Milica Paranosic, the US premiere of Stockhausen's KLANG cycle and touring Morton Feldman's 5 hour epic For Philip Guston.Lancaster is a member of Either/Or, Ensemble Ipse, Percussia and Ghost Ensemble and has been a guest of many groups including Argento, American Modern Ensemble, Ensemble Echapee, Counter)induction, Talujon, and the New York Philharmonic. Performance highlights include the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival (w/ the Merce Cunningham Dance Co.), Ibsen Festival, Santa Fe New Music, Edinburgh Festival, Whitney Museum, Tap City Festival, Festival de Otono, Festival D'Automne, Bremen MusikFest with Absolute, and NIME/Copenhagen. She has appeared as a lecturer/soloist at many sites including Stanford, Dartmouth, Princeton, Bennington, Columbia, and the National Flute Association.The use of this bio is not permitted. Any replication of it is a violation of Lancaster's wishes.She has recorded on New World Records, World Edition, Innova, Naxos, Tzadik, New Focus Recordings, Infrequent Seams, Indexical and Mode, and was selected for Meet the Composer's New Music for Soloist Champions Project. Lancaster's acting credits include lead roles in the independent features "Rockabilly Vampire" and"Ultraviolet City", appearances in the fitness video Balletbootcamp, and playing Helene in the 7-year global run of Obie-winning Mabou Mines production DOLLHOUSE.Lancaster resides in New York City where she acts, dances, choreographs, designs furniture, and plays the flute."-Margaret Lancaster Website (

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"Ron Lawrence: viola

From John Adams to John Zorn, violist Ron Lawrence has performed and recorded with many of new music's most exciting personalities. Besides being a founding member of the Sirius Quartet, he has performed extensively with Cuartetango, Quartet Indigo, the Soldier String Quartet and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Other collaborators include Anthony Braxton, John Blake, Bob Beldon, Anthony Davis, Regina Carter, Elliott Sharp, James Blood Ulmer, Cassandra Wilson, John Cale, and Eumir Deodato. Further uptown, he has recorded with Kathleen Battle, Robert Craft, John Cage, and Andre Previn.

One of Ron's most exciting projects was a journey to Alaska to record John Luther Adams' multi-media spectacular, Earth and the Great Weather -A Sonic Geography of the Arctic. Despite a rigorous performance schedule, he was able to break away each evening to cross-country ski under the Northern Lights."

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"Payton MacDonald is a composer, percussionist (specializing in marimba), singer, and filmmaker. He explores the frontiers of art in a variety of settings, from Carnegie Hall to remote wilderness locations. He spent his early years drumming along with jazz records, while exploring the Rocky Mountains near his home in Idaho by foot, bicycle, and skis. Eventually he was shaped into a percussionist who plays marimbas, snare drums, bicycles, plants, pots and pans, and anything else that might produce an interesting tone. Along the way Payton discovered Indian classical music, and has studied that music for over 20 years. He often dreams up and executes large-scale, ambitious projects, such as his film Sonic Divide, which shows Payton pedaling his mountain bike 2,500 miles along the Continental Divide, while performing 30 new pieces of music, or his Sonic Peaks project, in which Payton hikes to the summit of hundreds of mountains and creates new music reflecting those experiences. Since 2020 he has released one full-length recording every week, including marimba music, electronic music, and various collaborations, and he continues to release a recording every week to the present day. Payton studied music formally at the University of Michigan (BFA) and Eastman School of Music (MM and DMA), as well as with the legendary Gundecha Brothers (Dhrupad vocal) and Pandit Sharda Sahai (tabla). He teaches music at William Paterson University, and tours nationally and internationally as a percussionist, singer, and speaker."

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"Christopher McIntyre leads a varied career in music as a performer, composer, educator, and curator/producer. He performs a wide variety of material on trombone and synthesizer, ranging from fully notated concert works to open improvisations. Current projects include TILT Brass (Co-Founder & Director), Either/Or Ensemble (curator, performer), and frequent collaborations with choreographer Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks. McIntyre's trombone skills have been utilized in ensembles including SEM, Talea, Musikfabrik, The Knights, the Tri-Centric and Flexible Orchestras, Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (Legacy Tour including Park Ave Armory Events), among many others. He has worked directly with many composers, in their projects and in his own ensembles, including Joan La Barbara, Kitty Brazelton, Zeena Parkins, Lois V. Vierk, Richard Barrett, David Behrman, Jonathan Bepler (w/ Matthew Barney), Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, James Fei, Fast Forward, David First, Daniel Goode, Chris Jonas, John King, Phill Niblock, Elliott Sharp, Michael Schumacher, Charles Waters, and Nate Wooley. Recordings of his performing and composing can be heard on New World, Tzadik, Mode, Edition Modern, POTTR, zOaR, and Non-Site Records, and on

McIntyre has contributed to the revival of composer, pianist, and vocalist Julius Eastman's (1940-90) music, having transcribed and/or created score realizations for several works since 2006 including Stay On It (1973), Trumpet (1971), and Femenine (1974). McIntyre also led performances of Eastman's music during Philadelphia-based Bowerbird's Julius Eastman Festival in May 2017 and again during The Kitchen's Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental Festival in January 2018. He was interviewed by the NY Times to discuss the process of realizing the score for Trumpet.

McIntyre's compositions express a wide-range of musical and intellectual interests. He often experiments with spatialization, improvisative strategies, serialized rhythmic cycles, and symmetrical pitch construction. He uses conventional, instructional, and graphic notation systems to achieve these conceptual ends, frequently employing combinations of them within a single piece. He often finds inspiration in the work and ideas of visual artists, in particular Robert Smithson (Smithson Project), Sol LeWitt (Stuplimity Series), and Richard Serra (Precensing Pieces.) The work invests a great deal in the creativity and musicianship of its players; each performance is a unique iteration of the original material. His compositions have been performed by TILT Brass, Ne(x)tworks, 7X7 Trombone Band, Ullu, and Flexible Orchestra, with performances at venues including The Kitchen, Gagosian Gallery, City Center, ISSUE Project Room, Knockdown Center, Roulette, and Wave Farm.

Since 2018, McIntyre has been a member of the Brass & Chamber Music Faculty at Mannes School of Music at The New School. His nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of contemporary and experimental music inform every interaction with students. At Mannes, McIntyre created Chamber Brass Workshop, a course designed to expose students to a wide range of practices via performative work and research, approaching brass repertoire from historical, contemporary, and varied cultural perspectives to encourage inclusivity in 21st century brass practitioners. Prior to Mannes (his graduate school alma mater), he taught in various contexts, ranging from beginning trombone students to co-leading a lecture/workshop for Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall called Exploring Graphic Notation (for educators).

Beyond performing, creating, and teaching music, McIntyre is active as a curator and concert producer. He currently creates concert programs for Either/Or Ensemble, 2015 awardee of a CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. From 2007 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of MATA, a non-profit organization that commissions and presents the work of young composers. During his tenure, McIntyre conceived and launched the successful concert series Interval (co-presented with ISSUE Project Room) with friend and colleague Missy Mazzoli. He also curated and co-produced (with Mazzoli) three annual, week-long MATA Festivals, featuring groups such as Ensemble Pamplemousse, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Calder Quartet, So Percussion, NOW Ensemble, Either/Or, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. As curator for the creative music group Ne(x)tworks from 2006 to 2009, he was responsible for concert programming including three annual multi-event residencies. He served as Associate Music Curator at The Kitchen, acting as Artistic Director of the ten-piece experimental chamber orchestra Kitchen House Blend, and lead curator of live events during New Sound, New York Festival (April '04). Independent curatorial projects include After 9 Evenings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (September, 2016) and Syncretics Series (2017-18) at ISSUE Project Room; Composing With Patterns: Music at Mid-Century heard in the Rotunda at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (July '12); A full month of programs at The Stone (East Village) in June 2007 which featured the festival Trombonophilia and TILT Brass' mini-festival ALL TILT; and multi-event projects at The Kitchen including Let's Go Swimming: A Tribute to Arthur Russell (May '08) and A Power Stronger Than Itself: A Celebration of the AACM (Oct '08). McIntyre has served on the Board of Directors for MATA Festival and Tri-Centric Foundation."

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"Percussionist/conductor/composer Danny Tunick is active in the classical, rock, and jazz scenes in and around New York City. He has worked closely with many dance companies, including Karole Armitage's Armitage Gone! Dance, Juliette Mapp ("One" and "Anna, Ikea and I" at Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church), Tanya Calamoneri's Company SoGoNo ("Two by Two"), and is currently working in collaboration with his wife, Action Theater performer Cassie Tunick, as "The 13th Hour of the 26th Day." He's also worked in the theater with directors such as Rinde Eckert Macarthur Award-winning playwright John Jesurun. He has composed the score for artist/director Jorge Columbo's film entitled 'Fishnet Minute.'

In the classical realm, he has performed in the premieres of works by innumerable composers, including Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Herbert Brun, Tania Leon, Arnold Dreyblatt, Charles Wuorinen, Eleanor Hovda, Glenn Branca, and Evan Ziporyn. As conductor, he has conducted works by the likes of Pierre Boulez, Charles Wuorinen, Zhou Long and 'New-Complexitist' James Boros.

As percussionist, he performs with the Violinist Lydia Forbes in the violin/percussion duo Entropy, which has played throughout America and the Netherlands, most recently giving a recital at Princeton University. He has performed regularly with the Elliott Sharp's 'Orchestra Carbon,' Princeton Composers Ensemble, the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, the Common Sense Composers Ensemble, the Mellits Consort, the Dan Joseph Ensemble, and the Bang On A Can Festival, as well as being a member of Bang On A Can's Spit Orchestra. He has performed world-wide, including at Mexico's Cervantino Festival with the New Music group Cuicani, at which he was invited to give a talk on Contemporary Percussion performance as part of the 'Confrencias Magistrales' lecture series. He has toured Israel as a guest of the Israel Contemporary Players, performing the Israeli premier of Iannis Xenakis' "Okho," and premiered music of Bun-Ching Lam at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. He was resident in Berlin, where he played music to accompany the premiere of John Jesurun's new production of "Chang in a Void Moon," and has performed throughout Europe and Russia with the groups Barbez, Rebecca Moore's Prevention of Blindness, and Guv'ner.

In the rock music sphere, he's played with Merge and Flying Nun recording artists The Mad Scene, Important Records recording artist Barbez, and Rebecca Moore's 'Prevention of Blindness', whose albums appear on both the Tzadik and Knitting Factory labels. He is also a member, along with Kitty Brazelton and Dafna Naphtali, of the Digital-Chamber-Punk trio "What Is It Like to Be a Bat," with whom he has performed as part of Newfoundland, Canada's 'Sound Symposium' Festival and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, among other venues.

Within the 'jazzy realm', he is a member of the Laura Andel Creative Orchestra, and has performed with Craig Harris, Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, the Peter Zummo Group, and Lukas Ligeti, among others.

He received his BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with William Winant and was awarded the Hertz traveling fellowship and the UC Regents Eisner Prize for the Creative Arts. He received an MM from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying under Raymond Des Roches.


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"Weasel Walter (real name Walter Wyzowski) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating a body of music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer), Admiral Grey and Ceci Moss."

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"Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.

Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings "exquisitely hostile".

In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him "an iconoclastic trumpeter", and Downbeat's Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, "Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole". His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he performed at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.

Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music ( and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American ( both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. He also runs Pleasure of the Text which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums."

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"Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro."-Elliott Sharp

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