Performer

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.

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

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Visiting Artist

Ward Dales

Ward Dales holds a BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Dales has trained and worked professionally as actor, singer, director and teacher in NYC and in Europe, but has called the Capital Region his creative home for nearly 30 years.

He was Co-Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Actors’ Collaborative Inc. (ACI), a not-for-profit acting training and theatrical production company, which was based in the Capital Region for over a decade. The critically acclaimed company was the Resident Theatre of both of the Egg and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The company’s mission was to infuse inter-personal communication techniques into the acting process. Refinement of the ACI teaching and rehearsal system galvanized his belief that teaching must be a part of every aspect of his creative life. His approach stems from a model that was once referred to as accelerated learning technique. The programs he developed for ACI ranged from middle-level to professional adult acting training.

Self- and socio-political- awareness is at the forefront of all of Mr. Dales’ endeavors and creating caring learning environments is a priority to him. He trained internationally with the National Coalition Building Institute, an organization devoted to diversity awareness and prejudice reduction, and was instrumental in fostering the local chapter’s foothold in the Albany City School District. At the core of his work with students is his belief that human behavior is motivated by our need for love, respect and understanding.

He has directed and performed with most area theatres and his singing experience spans over two decades and two continents. He created the Friday Night Cabaret series at Heritage Artists at the Cohoes Music Hall and was a member of the Association of Capital District Cabaret. His club acts have played many area venues.

Mr. Dales also has the pleasure of adjudicating theatre festivals on the state and regional levels for the American Association of Community Theatres. He was the Magnet Theme Resource Coordinator at Albany’s Philip Livingston Magnet Academy, where he developed the theatre curriculum and taught acting, playwriting and video production for eleven years. At Albany High School he taught the Career Explorations in Performing Arts and Communications, a college course offered in the high. (He was an adjunct professor at SUNYA and HVCC). He inaugurated the playwriting course at Albany High, and directs the after school Theatre Ensemble, which features a Promising Playwrights Festival, and a fully accredited after-school Performance Studies course. He is certified in Theatre Arts with New York State and is a member in good standing of the New York State United Teachers, Actors’ Equity Association, and the Screen Actors’ Guild.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016, 2017 and Information Poverty Workshop 2017.

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