Visiting Artist

Elizabeth Ellsworth

Elizabeth Ellsworth is Emeritus Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School, New York. Elizabeth’s research and teaching focus on media and change; the design of mediated learning environments; and documentary media forms. Her scholarship consists of projects and practices that fuse performative research with aesthetic experience and public pedagogy. She is author of Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (Routledge, 2004) and Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address (Teachers College Press, 1997). She is co-founder, with Jamie Kruse, of a nonprofit media arts collaboration smudge studio. smudge has received funding from international foundations to produce and exhibit work on the material conditions of life and learning in the Anthropocene. 


smudge studio | a collaboration between Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth

Our media include photography, performative research, multiples, installation and micro-productions. We use these media to connect daily life experiences to vast, generative forces of cosmological change. We take this to be a vital aesthetic-ecological act.

In the midst of the massive and disorienting changes that are altering our own species’ habitat, we slow and pause to perform local, ephemeral, unrepeatable acts of aesthetic hospitality, and invite audiences to pay close attention to the ever-shifting and impermanent conditions of life on Earth. Our works enframe seemingly commonplace activities of everyday life (the drinking of tea, the awareness of sunlight) within perspectives on time, landscape, and interactivity that are geologic in scale. By offering embodied experiences of the Anthropocene nested within the cosmological, we aim to deepen collective abilities to re-scale human expectations of stability and predictability, without sinking into distraction or despair, and to creatively inhabit Earth’s ever-changing conditions.

smudge is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild and selected work (2007- present) is archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.

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Jamie Kruse

Jamie Kruse is an artist, designer and Assistant Professor at Parsons, The New School for Design (New York, NY). In 2005 she co-founded smudge studio, with Elizabeth Ellsworth, based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The New School Green Fund (Office of Sustainability, The New School); New York State Council for the Arts (2010, 2011) and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She has exhibited and presented her work both nationally and internationally. In the spring of 2014 she was a guest researcher for Future North (AHO Oslo). She is the author of the Friends of the Pleistocene blog, (fopnews.wordpress.com) and has co-edited a collection of essays with Elizabeth Ellsworth entitled, Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life (punctum books, 2012).

smudge studio | a collaboration between Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth

Our media include photography, performative research, multiples, installation and micro-productions. We use these media to connect daily life experiences to vast, generative forces of cosmological change. We take this to be a vital aesthetic-ecological act.

In the midst of the massive and disorienting changes that are altering our own species’ habitat, we slow and pause to perform local, ephemeral, unrepeatable acts of aesthetic hospitality, and invite audiences to pay close attention to the ever-shifting and impermanent conditions of life on Earth. Our works enframe seemingly commonplace activities of everyday life (the drinking of tea, the awareness of sunlight) within perspectives on time, landscape, and interactivity that are geologic in scale. By offering embodied experiences of the Anthropocene nested within the cosmological, we aim to deepen collective abilities to re-scale human expectations of stability and predictability, without sinking into distraction or despair, and to creatively inhabit Earth’s ever-changing conditions.

smudge is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild and selected work (2007- present) is archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.

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Board of Directors

Elliot Washor

Elliot Washor, Ed.D., has been involved in education innovation and school design for more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, designer, video producer, speaker and writer. Twenty-three years ago, Elliot co-founded Big Picture Learning and the Met Center in Providence, RI, recognized by President Barack Obama as one of the most innovative high schools in the country; one which should serve as an example to any educator focusing their efforts on student-centered, real-world learning. Given the success of the Big Picture design in the United States, Elliot has been recruited to repeat its successes across the world and, to date, has helped form over 100 Big Picture international schools in places like Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, India, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, New Zealand and The United Kingdom.

As detailed in Elliot’s latest book, Leaving to Learn co-written with Charles Mojkowski, he is most interested in how schools connect with communities to better understand how students (and adults) learn both inside and outside formal education settings.

Beyond school design, Elliot has played a key role in developing programs (such as Seed-to-Table programs and Makerspaces) —that are specifically shaped to entwine head, heart, and hand. Elliot has always held that the key to education—and really to humanity—is to have students and staff—and people in general—do things that matter to them and their communities.  If this “do-think-do” mentality seems simple, it’s intended to. Elliot’s educational philosophy—one which is embedded at the core of Big Picture’s successful school design—is that practice should inform theory and that theory should inform practice, a cycle that can lead to profound change, and one that has earned Elliot wide acclaim and recognition.

Elliot was selected as one of the Twelve Most Daring Educators in the World by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. His dissertation on Innovative Pedagogy and New Facilities won the merit award from DesignShare, the international forum for innovative schools. Elliot has won a regional Emmy for his work as an Executive Producer on Big Picture Learning’s early Public Service Announcements. 

Elliot lives in sunny San Diego with his wife and dogs.



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Visiting Artist

Luca Spano

Luca is an Italian artist based in New York City. His work explores the idea of reality and truth. He has received a degree in Communication Science from Sapienza University in Rome, an MA in photography from London College of Communication and an MFA from Cornell University. He has curated photographic festivals and cultural events such as K-Photofest and Menotrentuno International Photographic Festival in Italy. He has been also the manager of a photographic agency named OnOff Picture in Rome.
His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals in Europe and the US, receiving grants and awards.

Luca currently collaborate with NYC Creative Salon in New York and SuPalatu Fotografia in Italy.

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Visiting Artist

Tracey Eve Winton

Tracey Eve Winton is an architect and iconographer who holds a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Architecture from Cambridge University, and an M. Arch. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill. 

She is the winner of two international teaching awards: in 2018 the NCBDS (National Council on the Beginning Design Student) presented her with their annual Faculty award, and in 2014 the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) gave her their Creative Achievement Award. She is a Research-Creation Scholar with SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). 

Tracey has taught Design Studio and Italian Urban in the Waterloo Rome Program since 2002, as well as leading an annual 10 day North Field Trip to multiple Italian cities and monuments, and she has published and lectured extensively on Rome and Italian topics. Recent graduate seminars include Modern Vernacular: Resources of Architectural Language. She also teaches elective topics and Cultural History courses, whose projects have included full theatrical productions and an Alternate Reality Game. These projects utilize contemporary media, diversity, and collective intelligence, to explore ideas about architecture, spatial design, the body, and landscape. Tracey has worked in offices in Toronto, Montreal, and London, and her laneway house in Toronto was selected for The Conference on Innovative Housing at Yale University in 1993, and featured on the cover of Canadian Architect. 

Tracey has lectured on architecture in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America, been an editor of The Fifth ColumnAlphabet City, and Journal of Research and Application in Architecture and Urbanism, and is editing a translation of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) and a critical commentary. Her upcoming publications (2018) include an architectural reading of the famous Renaissance library in the ducal palace at Urbino, and an essay on Peter Greenaway's film, The Belly of An Architect, in relation to the architecture of Rome. 

Her other research interests include the creative imagination and its relation to history; architectural language in the work of Carlo Scarpa; Roman urbanism, landscape morphology in Renaissance painting; the role of materials in natural magic and alchemy; history and iconography of the museum; ruins, architectural spoils, and adaptive reuse; and self-built housing. 

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Visiting Artist

Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall was born in Minneapolis in 1982. His feature-length debut film, LA CAMIONETA, was selected as a New York Times Critics' Pick, one of IndieWire's “Top Docs of 2013,” and one of Fandor's “Best Political Films of 2013,” marking him as “a name to watch” in Variety and garnering an award from the International Documentary Association. His films have been screened at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and at festivals such as SXSW, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, É Tudo Verdade, and SANFIC. Kendall has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, Sundance Institute, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Brown Foundation. The artist has received additional support for his work from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Berlinale Talents, IFP and the Jerome Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Dora Maar House, and The Bogliasco Foundation. Kendall holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University -- where he was named to the CEDA All-American Debate Team -- and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. 

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Tony Drazan

Anthony Peter Drazan is an American film director and screenwriter. He grew up in Cedarhurst, New York. He is best known for writing and directing the 1992 film Zebrahead, his film directing debut. Zebrahead was produced by Chuck Mitchell. His other film directing credits include Imaginary Crimes starring Harvey Keitel and Hurlyburly starring Sean Penn. He also directed episodes of the television series Trinity and The West Wing.[4] His last directing credit was the 2003 television film E.D.N.Y. From November 2012 to January 2013, Drazan performed in the autobiographical one-man show entitled The Nod on Off-Off-Broadway

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Kristyna and Marek Milde

Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011. Their work investigates diverse forms cultural mechanism, conventions, and codes of the modern lifestyle focusing on domesticity while investigating its connection to the context of environment and nature. In their practice, the artists use multidisciplinary forms, which include situationist interventions, workshops, and installations that serve as a platform for an environmental experience taking forms of public lounge, fully functional library, scientific laboratory, restaurant, red carpet VIP entrance, florist shop or a community garden, functioning as immersive environments for exploration and experience to address pressing contemporary issues.

Mildes have exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at the MoMA Studio, New York; Queens Museum, New York; NURTURE art, Brooklyn; EFA Project Space; New York; Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space, Bronx; Smack Mellon Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn; Anna Wallace Gallery, New York; Hudson Valley Center for  Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Dumbo Street Festival, Brooklyn; Abrons Art Center, Lower Manhattan,  Knockdown Center, Queens; Silent Barn, Brooklyn; DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura Center for Contemporary Art; Meet Factory; Karlin Studios, Galerie Califia in the Czech Republic and in the  Blue Oyster Art Project Space,  New Zealand.

They have been awarded the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) Residency in 2017, Studio in the Park Residency at the Queens Museum in 2016, LMCC Process Space Residency 2016 at Governors Island, and Shift EFA Residency 2014 – 2015, A-Z West Residency in California in 2015, and the Russell Wright Design Center Residency, Garrison, NY in 2014. They presented and participated in panel discussions in venues such as tranzitdisplay, Pratt Institute, Bohemian National Hall, and Mildred’s Lane. Their work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flashart, Hyperallergic, Artribune, NYFA current, WG News, Artycok TV, and Czech National Television among others.  Their work is part of private and public collections including the permanent public installation at Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic, Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY, and Mildred’s Lane, PA.   From 2008 till 2015 they both worked at the Czech Center NY, a prominent Czech Cultural Institute on the Upper East Side, where they curated and organized a wide range of international programs, events, exhibitions, and residencies. In 2007 they received their MFAs from the Queens College, New York. 

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Visiting Artist

Claudia Cortinez

Visual artist Claudia Cortínez was born in the US to parents from Argentina and Chile and currently lives/works between NYC and Buenos Aires. Her work focuses on the material traces of objects that make up urban and domestic spaces, exploring the relationship between architecture, history, and society, proposing memory as a physical and spatial quality. Through various photographic and sculptural processes she explores how information transfers between surfaces and the transformations that occur through material decomposition. Her work reflects on details within built spaces that construct the identity of a landscape and its inhabitants.

She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Yale University. She is the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship from Yale University, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Grant from Yale University, the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in NYC, among others. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the US, Latin America, and Europe, and has curated exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center in NYC and the Eduardo Sívori Museum in Buenos Aires, bringing together artists from both cities. She has participated in various residencies such as LMCC Swing Space, Mass MoCA, Real Time and Space, and the NARS Foundation, among others. She is co-founder of the platform LAZO, a resource and archive for contemporary artists of Latin American descent. Claudia is currently an artist in residence at the Loisaida Center in NYC.

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Visiting Artist

Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald (b. 1974, Idaho Falls, Idaho) is musician, filmmaker, and ultra-endurance cyclist. He has created a unique body of work that draws upon his extensive experience with East Indian tabla drumming and Dhrupad singing, Jazz, European classical music, and the American experimental tradition. He works across multiple musical genres, often at the same time.

The New York Times described MacDonald as an “energetic soloist.” The Los Angeles Times described him as an “. . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . .” His compositions have been described as “hypnotically beautiful” (The New York Times and “. . . engaging and utterly beautiful.” (Sequenza 21)

As a composer numerous ensembles have performed his music around the world, including Alarm Will Sound, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Los Angeles Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, So Percussion, To Hit Duo, Young Voices of Colorado, Quintet Mont Royal, Classical Jam, guitarists Mak Grgic and Eliot Fisk, tabla soloist Shawn Mativetsky, accordionist Bill Schimmel, french hornist John Clark, and many others. He has received grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Institute of Indian Studies, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale. He has also composed music for the Silken Dance Company.

As a percussionist he was a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a new-music chamber orchestra. Alarm Will Sound is currently regarded as one of the foremost new music ensembles in the country and MacDonald made five recordings with them, on the Nonesuch and Cantaloupe labels.  Alarm Will Sound has performed in the finest concert halls all over the world. MacDonald currently performs with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and with that group has appeared on a PASIC Showcase concert as well as events in New York City and New Jersey. As a solo marimbist, MacDonald has commissioned many works from other composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Robert Morris, Caleb Burhans, Don Freund, Peter Jarvis, Elliott Sharp, David Saperstein, Michael Udow, and Stuart Saunders Smith. MacDonald has released five solo marimba recordings on a variety of labels. As an improviser MacDonald has performed with Elliott Sharp, Billy Martin, Kevin Norton, Aakash Mittal, Peter Evans, Tim Feeney, Todd Sickafoose, Theo Metz, and many others. MacDonald has released several recordings and YouTube videos of his improvisations. From 1994-2004 MacDonald performed with Verederos, a flute and percussion duo. Verederos recorded two CDs under the Equilibrium label. He has also appeared as a soloist in England and Croatia, performed with Present Music and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, toured Japan with Keiko Abe and the Galaxy percussion group, and performed and recorded with acclaimed singer/songwriter Noe Venable. MacDonald has been a featured performer of his own music on festivals in Montreal (Voyages) and Minneapolis (Electric Eyes). He was a TEDx speaker at Elevate, TEDx Bozeman.

MacDonald is also a singer and is currently studying Dhrupad vocal with the legendary Gundecha Brothers. Payton has performed as a Dhrupad singer at concert halls, yoga centers, and universities in India, the U.S., Europe, and Canada. He has performed at the Dhrupad Mela in Varanasi, India, as well as festivals in Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. He has also appeared on the Ragas Live Festival in New York City, the Brooklyn Raga Massive, and the Dhrupad Days of Seattle and Wayne. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship to spend nine months in India studying with the Gundecha Brothers. He has performed with pakhawaj and jori drummers Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha, Roman Das, Dibyarka Chatterjee, Peter Fagiola, Dnyaneshvara Deshmukh, Tejas Tope, and Shawn Mativetsky.

As an educator MacDonald serves as a Full Professor of Music at William Paterson University, where he teaches contemporary music, percussion, composition, improvisation, and Hindustani music. He is also the Co-Artistic director of SHASTRA, an organization dedicated to bringing together the music of India and the West.

Payton MacDonald is a filmmaker whose films and music videos focus on the extreme and the avant-garde. His first documentary film, Sonic Divide, was placed in six international film festivals and won “Best Documentary” at the Helper Utah Film Festival and “Honorable Mention” at the Backpackinglight.com film festival. Sonic Divide has been screened dozens of times at festivals, universities, art galleries, and cycling events. He is currently finishing his second feature-length documentary film, “Ringing Changes, 50 Years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.”

MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan (BFA) and the Eastman School of Music (MM and DMA). His composition teachers include Sydney Hodkinson, Robert Morris, Dave Rivello, Bright Sheng, and Augusta Read Thomas. His primary percussion teachers were John Beck and Michael Udow. Further studies include tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai, Dhrupad vocal with the Gundecha Brothers, and percussion from Julie Spencer, Richard Landauer, and John Alfieri.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Creative Music Intensive Summer 2018.

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Visiting Artist

Susmita Chakraborty

Susmita Chakraborty is a multi-talented young woman with a promising future. In spite of being a brilliant student and holding a master’s degree in Zoology she has chosen her carrier in music and follows her passion. She has been singing since the age of five. She has participated in and won numerous vocal competitions; she has a lot of performance experience.

Susmita received ten years of Hindustani classical vocal training from Tandra Ghoshal ; afterwards, she learned from Pt. Jayanta Bose who is admired as a versatile genius in the global field of music (Vocal, Harmonium & Tabla) and still learning from Bidushi Suranjana Bose who is “Top grade “ Radio Artist in India.

Susmita has also learned other forms of vocal music (Semi-Classical/Light, Najrul Geeti, old Hindi film songs,Bhajans, Ghazal and Thumri) from several respected teachers .

Additionally, she enjoys singing regional songs from her native Bengal. She learned Bengali modern songs from the renowned vocalist Haimanti Shukla and Narrulgeeti from Swapna Kanjilal.

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Sandip Bhattacharjee

Sandip is one of the few prodigies to have lived up to his initial promise. Born in a family with a deep rooted musical background, Sandip was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and he continued his talim under Smt. Amita Dasgupta later.

When in his teens, Sandip became a residential scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able Guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan & Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, sons and disciples of the legendary Sarangi Maestro late Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan. It was essentially here that Sandip was nurtured in the true guru shishya parampara system of training of the Kirana Gharana . Now he is a senior musician scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Tollygunge, Kolkata.

Along with his music, Sandip also holds a First class degree in Graduation from Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata), in classical music. Other than pure classical music he is competent in singing semi classical forms like Bhajans, ghazals and Nazrulgeeti as well.  

Gifted with a robust voice, Sandip is today one of the most promising young classical artists of the country, which is borne out by his regular performances across India and abroad (United States, Europe and Bangladesh). A recipient of the Title "Surmani" from Sur Singar Sansad Mumbai, Sandip also broadcasts regularly over the All India Radio as an " A " Grade artist.

His scintillating taiyari in the Taans and Sargams have been spontaneously appreciated by listeners and musicians alike everywhere.

Apart from being an able performer Sandip is also a teacher of music. He travels regularly to Guwahati and Digboi (Assam) where he has a substantial following of students in Indian classical music. Sandip has been a faculty at AAICM in New York since 2013.

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Visiting Artist

Anne Lanzilotti

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti is a "leading composer-performer" (The New York Times), dedicated to the music of our time. In Fall 2019, Lanzilotti will begin her tenure as the new Curator of Music at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lanzilotti has performed with contemporary music ensembles such as A Far Cry, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Échappé, and Ensemble Signal. As a recording artist, she has played on albums from Björk's Vulnicura Live and Joan Osborne's Love and Hate, to Dai Fujikura's Chance Monsoon and Ted Hearne's The Source. Lanzilotti’s current commissioning initiative, The 20/19 Project, includes new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger.

As a composer, Lanzilotti is interested in translating sounds from everyday life onto traditional instruments using nontraditional playing methods. Her compositions often deal with unique instrument-objects, such as her commissions from The Noguchi Museum involving sound sculptures or the Akari Light Sculpture installation, and collaborations with Nina C. Young and Senem Pirler. Lanzilotti has been featured as a composer-performer on Tulsa Living Arts OK Electric Festival, the Dots+Loops series and Sound School series in Australia, and a guest composer at Thailand International Composers Festival.

To reach new audiences and share contemporary music, Lanzilotti has published articles in Music & Literature and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, and written program notes for London Symphony Orchestra. Lanzilotti's dissertation is an analysis of Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome showing the influence of architecture and visual art on the work. As an extension of the research, she created Shaken Not Stuttered, a free online resource demonstrating extended techniques for strings.

A passionate teaching artist, Lanzilotti is viola and composition faculty at Point CounterPoint (Vermont) and Montecito International Music Festival (California). Previously she was on the faculty at New York University, University of Northern Colorado, and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. Lanzilotti is a co-founder and Artistic Consultant for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for underserved youth.

Dr. Lanzilotti studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. In addition, Lanzilotti was an orchestral fellow in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the New World Symphony. She participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez, and was the original violist in the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble. Her mentors include Hiroko Primrose, Peter Slowik, Jesse Levine, Martin Bresnick, Wilfried Strehle, Karen Ritscher, and Reiko Füting.

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Nina C. Young

New York-based composer Nina C. Young (b.1984) writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy. Her experience in the electronic music studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself, continuously metamorphosing from one state to another. Her unique musical voice draws equally from elements of the classical canon, modernism, spectralism, American experimentalism, minimalism, electronic music, and popular idioms. Her projects strive to create unique sonic environments that can be appreciated by a wide variety of audiences while challenging stylistic boundaries, auditory perception, and notions of temporality.  

Young’s works have been presented by leading cultural institutions such as Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery, the Whitney, LA Phil’s Next on Grand, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Her music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the American Composers Orchestra, Inscape Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, Orkest de ereprijs, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Either/Or, the JACK Quartet, mise-en, Scharoun Ensemble, Sixtrum, wild Up, and Yarn/Wire. Winner of the 2015-16 Rome Prize in Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome, Young has also received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Civitella-Ranieri Fellowship, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, Aspen Music Festival's Jacob Druckman Prize, and honors from BMI, IAWM, and ASCAP/SEAMUS. Young has held fellowship residencies at the Aspen and Atlantic Festivals, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Nouvel Ensemble Modern's 2014 FORUM, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Recent commissions include Tête-a-Tête for two toy pianos, deskbells, and video projection for the HOCKET Ensemble supported by the LA Phil, a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh, a community sound installation and performance for Miller Theatre’s Morningside Lights Processional Arts Workshop, a solo guitar piece for Jiji Kim supported by Concert Artists Guild and the BMI Foundation, a new work for the PRISM quartet, a new work the American Brass Quintet and EMPAC’s wavefield synthesis audio system, and a work for solo snare drum and transducers for percussionist Mike Compitello.

Young’s interests are now headed in the direction of collaborative, multidisciplinary works. While in Rome, Young worked with choreographer Miro Magloire and the New Chamber Ballet to develop a site-specific piece, Temenos, around the intersection of movement, architecture, and sound at the Tempietto Del Bramante. During the 2016-17 season the American Composers Orchestra Underground premiered Out of whose womb came the ice(commissioned by the Jerome Foundation) – a work for baritone, orchestra, electronics, and generative video commenting on the ill-fated Ernest Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. In 2016 Young collaborated with performance artist and women’s rights activist Erin Helfert to develop the sound design and 8-channel sonic installation of RITE OF PASSAGE – a performance piece that explores death, liminality, and rebirth as inspired by Helfert’s five-year rape trial in a Moroccan court. Young is collaborating with vocal bassist Andrew Munn on an evening-length, multimedia ritual opera titled Making Tellus: An Opera for the Anthropocene that addresses the current socio-political conversation surrounding human intervention and the Earth’s rapidly changing geology.

A graduate of McGill and MIT, Nina completed her DMA at Columbia University where she was an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center. Nina is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of Electronic Music at UT Austin, and a Visiting Composer at the Peabody Institute. She serves as Co-Artistic Director of NY-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, a visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers, and board member of Qubit’s Harlem pop-up-venue Project-Q.  Peermusic Classical publishes her compositions.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Creative Music Intensive Summer 2018.

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Visiting Artist

Aaron Moore

Aaron Moore comes from Albany NY and has always had a heart for the stage and screen . Having trained under Ward Dales and Gregory Marsh at Albany high school's Drama program. Aaron then took his talents to suny Potsdam there he earned a degree in Theatre Ed  with a concentration in African American theatre, and continued his education at The Alvin and Ally dance company, The Micheal’s school for therapeutic Arts, and the Classical theatre of Harlem. Aaron has performed and worked with local and non-local company’s such as Capital Rep theatre , Pendragon Theatre company, Youth FX, The African American culture center, Proctors, The roundtable theatre company, NBC, Showtime, The History Channel, and much more. . 


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Visiting Artist

Reiko Fueting

Born 1970 in Königs Wusterhausen of the German Democratic Republic, Reiko Füting was educated at the Wernigerode State High School for Music, the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden “Carl Maria von Weber”, the Shepherd School at Rice University in Houston, Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and Seoul National University.  Some of his most influential teachers have been the composers Jörg Herchet and Nils Vigeland, and the pianist Winfried Apel.  During his studies, he attended master classes with Edisson Denissov, Tristan Murail, and Christian Wolff (composition), and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Olaf Bär, and Semion Skigin (vocal accompanying).

Reiko Fueting joined the theory faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in 2000; five years later, he became a member of the composition faculty and was appointed chair of the theory department.  He has also taught vocal accompanying at the Conservatory of Music and Theater in Rostock, Germany, and appeared as guest faculty and lecturer at universities and conservatories in China (Changchun, Beijing, Shenyang), Colombia (Bogotá, Medellîn), Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Rostock, Leipzig), Italy (Rome), Russia (Moscow), and the United States (Baltimore, Boston, Hempstead, New York, Oberlin, Philadelphia, Princeton).

As a composer, Reiko Fueting has received numerous prizes, awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.  His music has been performed at prestigious venues (Berlin Cathedral, Semper Opera House Dresden, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall New York) by renowned instrumentalists (Miranda Cuckson, Aki Takahashi, Dan Lippel), vocalists (Gertrud Günther, Monica Meier-Schmid, Matthias Vieweg), conductors (Roland Kluttig, Jeff Milarsky, Hans-Christoph Rademann), chamber groups (elole Piano Trio, loadbang, Mivos String Quartet), ensembles (Ensemble courage, International Contemporary Ensemble ICE, Oerknal), orchestras (Dresdner Barockorchester, Sinfonietta Dresden, Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra), vocal ensembles (AuditivVokal Dresden, Calmus, Singer Pur), choirs (Dresdner Chamber Choir, RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Radio Choir) in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, broadcast on radio and television, and released on CDs (New Focus Recordings, Oehms Classics, Deutsche Schallplatten).  His publications (Schott, Carus, Routledge) include compositions, arrangements, and analytical articles.

"With my music, I aim to explore the psychological nature of memory through the use of musical quotations that are treated to the processes of assimilation, integration, disintegration, and segregation (inclusion vs. exclusion) while moving freely between clear borders and gradual transitions. Therefore, memory and quotation may function as a means to reflect upon contemporary artistic, cultural, social, and political phenomena."

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Creative Music Intensive Summer 2019.

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Laurin DeChae

Laurin DeChae is a queer poet of mixed-race creating and navigating liminal spaces. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans and is currently working towards her PhD at the University at Albany in New York. Her work appears in Animal, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Tenderloin, among others. She believes in mermaids, centaurs, unicorns, and other hybrid realities.

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Emergent Scores Lab

Emergent Scores Lab (ESL), a bi-weekly meeting of artists working in temporal media. As the name implies, their meetings are investigations of the spontaneous development of structures in these forms.

“In daily life among denizens of any town, one need not usually know what each other actor is doing -- we are tuned into the logic of the mutually created scene with it’s tacit agreements about what constitutes acceptable behavior. Our actions moment-to-moment exist within this frame.

By having no beginning, no plan, the arc of (elements in) our work in ESL can be continuous, or at least parallel, with the arc of everyday life. And so a natural sense obtains, each of us making decisions in much the same way that we do in the rest of our lives. The elements/actions arrived at are correspondingly eccentric but the initiations and causal links are perfectly ordinary, based on a lifetime of working within varying systems of social norms.

The beauty of our work, when it is beautiful, may be the result of the tension between the eccentric actions and the socially prosaic relationships.”

Visiting artists at Arts Letters & Numbers 2019.


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Adam Tedesco

Adam Tedesco is an editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, Gramma Weekly, Prelude, Pouch, Powderkeg, Fanzine, Fence, and elsewhere. His video work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 among other venues. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), as well as the forthcoming titles Misrule (Usrus Americanus Press, 2019), and Mary Oliver (Lithic Press, 2019). 

Visiting artist performing at Arts Letters & Numbers 2018.

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