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Visiting Artist

Ginger Teppner

I am a writer of both poetry and prose. I allow for the possibility that poetry and prose are complete only when conjoined, existing in time and space together, unable to be separate. Start with form and content must erupt. Start with content; form is manifest. It is not about appearing clever. It is about ultimate connection and the possibility of sneaking under the trip wire of pre-thought. It is about writing around the thickness of expectation.
For the first time the concept of poet/writer as time mechanic resonates completely, as I become less and less interested in definition unless it pertains to intent. I become estranged from the questions of what does this mean and where is this going? Who I am now becomes a reflection of who I am now exemplified in the spaces present between the words and lines and contours and time and location. All artifacts exist at the same time in conversation with each other. Without aggression, suspended by curiousity, and with total appreciation for the collective and divine, form finds an innocent page, right place, and closest representation. A definition of artifice: below the referential, sonic, and spacial is another atmosphere with an undercurrent that defies narrative and logic, the ineffable unknown.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018.

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Visiting Artist

Sam Torres

Sam Torres is a Troy, NY based composer, saxophonist, and audio engineer.

Tilted Arc, an electroacoustic duo with pianist Sophia Vastek; Stretto, Sam’s modern jazz quartet; and Little Wing, an indie chamber ensemble are among Sam’s ongoing ensemble projects. Sam is also involved in forming a new collective of musicians based in Troy, NY, which will be co-directed by Sophia Subbayya Vastek. In addition to these, Sam has written music for live electronics and saxophone, string quartet, percussion quartet and live electronics, and solo piano. He has been commissioned by The Witches, the Peabody Community Chorus, the public school district of Bedford, NY, Music of Reality, bassist Sam Zagnit, and pianist Sophia Vastek. Sam’s music frequently uses live, interactive electronics to expand or augment the sonic capacity of an acoustic instrument.

Sam’s music has been performed in many house concerts and coffee shops in Baltimore and New York City, as well as at Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, Spectrum, University of Cape Town in South Africa, Arts Letters & Numbers, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Manhattan School of Music. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Sam has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Spectrum, the RISD Museum, SMOKE, The Shrine, and others with Stretto, ensembles from Manhattan School of Music, New York Youth Symphony, New York Jazz Academy, and others. As an audio engineer or technical assistant, Sam has worked with Talea Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Wet Ink Ensemble, Columbia University Composers, composer Michael Harrison, Music of Reality, pianist Sophia Vastek, and violinist Todd Reynolds in performances at the Dimenna Center, EMPAC, University of Chicago, MIT, and the Jewish Museum. Sam has been a technical assistant for compositions recorded by cellist Clarice Jensen, released on Miasmah Recordings, and Mari Kimura, released on New World Records.

Sam holds degrees in jazz saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music and computer music composition from Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016, 2018 and Creative Music Intensives 2018-2019.

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