COMPOSER

Past Resident

Dan Thorpe

Dan Thorpe is a Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. As a performer, his focus is on contemporary Australian repertoire, work by queer and women composers, and multi-instrumental improvisation.

In 2016, Dan played over thirty shows, spanning Australia, the US and Brazil. His album homecoming (three years later) was a finalist in the SA Music awards, he won a Major Commissioning Prize at the Soundstream Emerging Composers Festival, and he was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics’ Circle. He was one of the inaugural winners of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, which commissioned his piece false cognate for bass flute & electric guitar/viola/electronics. He also took part in highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, and released a tape – D I A P H R A G M – on 3BS Records.

As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover  [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring [AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. As a performer, he has performed around Australia and Internationally at iconic experimental venues (from Sydney’s Red Rattler to San Francisco’s Center for New Music), has self released an LP and EP, an EP on thiswaterfallisyours and a upcoming tape on 3BS records. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.

As well as a career in the arts, Dan has been a freelance Digital Producer, coder and Social Media Manager for five years. He teaches a class on DIY Digital Production at the University of Adelaide, volunteers for peak youth mental health body headspace, and helped found both the South Australian Youth Mental Health Action Group and the Elder Conservatorium Students’ Association.

Past Resident

Gabrielle Cerberville

Gabrielle Cerberville (b. 1991 in Sleepy Hollow, NY) is a curious American composer, multi-media artist, and pianist. She is an “ethnically flexible” blend of Puerto Rican, German, Italian, and Jewish heritages, which displays itself in her unique ability to inhabit many different perspectives in her music and art. Gabrielle’s music has been described as “(a) wondrously meditative connection of un-contentiousness and warm fervency.” She writes in a highly flexible style that is at once familiar and alien. Much of her recent work focuses on spiritual and humanitarian themes, surveying such topics as resurrection, binding, myth and legend, dreams, dogma, and social justice.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Music from Butler University in composition and theory, and has studied composition with Drs. Frank Felice and Michael Schelle. Her works have been featured in several public forums, including the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, the Jordan College of the Arts Composer’s Orchestra, Butler University’s Elektronik Musik Festival, Indianapolis’s Spirit and Place Festival, Christian Theological Seminary, The University of Washington, Concordia University, and Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts collective. In 2017, Gabrielle’s work “Phases” was awarded the grand prize for the CAN Center for Advanced Notation’s annual composition competition. Gabrielle is a frequent guest composer in Iceland, having been invited as an artist in residence for Skammdegi Festival, A! Festival, and The Factory. She is inspired by the sensual nature of the world around her, and seeks to create art that is both practical and innovative, with an edge of wit and playfulness.

In addition to her regular composition activities, Gabrielle is also a fierce advocate for animal welfare and spends her days running a busy low-cost veterinary clinic on the West side of Indianapolis. Gabrielle has many diverse passions, including Terry Pratchett novels, hiking in bad weather, pyrography, needle felting, theology, studying Tolkien, “experimental” cooking, gardening, brewing increasingly unusual meads, fishing, and cartography. She currently lives and works in Indianapolis with her husband Jordan and their two insufferable cats, Zaphod and Bartók.

Past Resident

Aaron Fried

Aaron Fried is a cellist, composer, and music instructor based in Northeast Ohio.  Recent professional appearances have included Cleveland’s Ohio Theater, Antioch College, Duke University, Dickinson College, Kent State University, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a concert of trance music and lullabies at the Original Mattress Factory.  Aaron has performed with the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Parallel 45 Theater, Boston Philharmonic, Earth and Air, and as a featured performer in the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, alongside violinist Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet.  As a composer, Aaron is in the midst of a year-long song/composition-a-day project.  As an instructor, Mr. Fried teaches a full studio and helped to launch Revolution of Hope, an exciting program in Boston offering free, conservatory-level music training to inner-city youth.

Past Resident

Jacob Elkin

Jacob Elkin is a trombonist, composer and arranger based in Brooklyn, New York. His electronic music has been featured in the Lüneburg New Electronic Music Festival '15-'16 and FIGMENT NYC ’17 sound installation. In September ’17, his atmospheric work Dreamscape was broadcast on The Cutty Strange radio segment on WGXC. Recent international performances of his work include Kyiv Contemporary Music Days Electroacoustic Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, SHE LIVES Chamber Composition Workshop in Budapest, Hungary and Festival Días de Música Electroacústica in Seia, Portugal. In NYC, his work has been presented as part of the Concrete Timbre chamber music series as well as the New York Composer’s Circle concert series.

Mr. Elkin’s music ranges in style from atmospheric soundscape to post-minimalist chamber music. In all cases, he attempts to reconcile a heritage of folk and classical influence with a contemporary artistic aesthetic. 

Past Resident

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich writes music that mines patterns and is often tangential to social issues. Her music is inspired by musical and non-musical concepts alike and is visceral in nature.

Natalie is an American composer and vocalist from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Her music has been performed by wild Up as part of the LA Philharmonic's National Composers Intensive, at the So Percussion Summer Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), the 21st Annual Young Composers Meeting (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands), Spectrum (New York), on Q2 music (WQXR, New York), the highSCORE Festival (Pavia Italy), and most recently as a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. She is the recipient of the 2016 Leo Kaplan prize of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Composers Orchestra and New York Youth Symphony First Music Awards, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and The American Prize, as well as a nominee for the Academy of Arts and Letters. She has recently been commissioned by flute/cello duo Martha Cargo and Ben Larsen, Echo Chamber, and the Shanghai Symphony.

Natalie is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, with both an M.M. and M.M.A. in composition. She holds a dual degree in composition and violin performance from West Chester University, where she ran the NOW Music Society, was the coordinator for Danza Symbiotica, a composer/choreographer collaboration), and was a member of the WCU Laptop Ensemble. Her previous composition teachers include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Chris Theofanidis, Robert Maggio, Larry Nelson, Mark Rimple, Adam Silverman, and Van Stiefel.

Past Resident

Amy Godsey

Amy Godsey is a classically trained pianist and clothing designer from Texas.  After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design at the University of North Texas and living in Italy, she proceeded to New York and worked for various fashion companies creating womenswear apparel.  Throughout all this time she remained dedicated to music by participating in bands, working on personal musical projects, and teaching piano.  Currently, she is focused primarily on exploring music.

Past Resident

Philip Ellis Foster

As a child I studied piano and gave a concert with two friends playing Chopin’s Polonaise #5 for six hands. 

In the 1990's I discovered improvised music at a Music for People workshop with David Darling and participated thereafter in several of his and other workshops: percussion with Raquy Danziger, Jewish music with Basya Schechter, Meredith Monk's multimedia workshop, Klezkamp, harmonica with David Harp, voice with Western Wind, and two Arabic Music retreats.

In 2012, I took a course in reading music at the Julliard School and played percussion with Karl Berger’s Improviser’s Orchestra monthly for a year at The Stone in New York City. And in 2016 participated in an improv workshop and a performance with Baby Somer at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Dresden.

My compositional education began in the summer, 2015 at the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat under the direction of Martin Bresnick, where I wrote a score for a slide show performed by Wet Ink, and was followed with a Fall semester course Composition for Percussion Ensemble with Elliot Cole at the New School in New York City, where I composed four pieces for different percussion ensembles. 

I continued my composition studies in summer 2016, first with a composition master class led by Mathias Steinauer at Ticino Musica where I composed two works, then in tutorials with Roger Reynolds and Dror Feiler and discussions with Klaus Lang and other composers at the International Music Institute Darmstadt, and finally with a composition course taught by Christian Ofenbauer at the Mozarteum. 

In summer 2017 I returned to Walden School where I worked with Renee Favand-See and Olivia de Prato from MIVOS and set a haiku poem to music, then on to Ticino Musica in Lugano where I studied under Oscar Bianchi and Simon Steen-Andersen and composed two new works, one for violin, flute and narrator and the second for five unspecified instruments. In Assisi at Ticino Musica I composed a short piece on the life of St, Francis for harp, string quartet and percussion with the help of Stefano Taglietti, and then went on to participate in Ostrava Days where I presented an short improv score in Tom Buckner’s workshop, studied with several teachers, most importantly Mark Sabat, and revised completely the piece for five unspecified instruments. 

In Fall, 2017 I audited George Lewis’s Graduate Music Composition Seminar at Columbia University and continue to do so this Spring, 2018.

 

Past Resident

Daniel Walzer

Daniel A. Walzer is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Walzer received his MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, his MM from the University of Cincinnati, and his BM from Bowling Green State University. Originally trained as a jazz percussionist, Walzer has composed music for a range of small ensembles, solo instruments, and soundscape pieces for fixed media. Walzer recently won the 2016 360 Jazz Composer’s Initiative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had premieres by the Adelphi University Flute Ensemble and a saxophone duet at the New Music at the Bayou Festival. Additionally, some of Walzer’s recent electroacoustic work appears on the Janus Music and Sound Label. Walzer recently completed his doctorate from the University of the Cumberlands.  

Past Resident

Rachel Stott

Rachel Stott was educated at Wells Cathedral School and read music at Churchill College, Cambridge. While a post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she was commissioned by the London Park Lane Group for their Purcell Room series. Subsequently her works have been performed at the London South Bank, Wigmore Hall and St James’ Piccadilly, festivals in the UK and abroad in Europe, USA and Japan.  She has produced a CD of new music, Airborne, a collection of contemporary settings of British and American poetry by contemporary British composers, and written a series for BBC Radio 3 entitled Harmony and Invention.  Her first string quartet, Quiet Earth, was commissioned for performance by the Fitzwilliam Quartet at the 2002 Swaledale Festival and a second quartet, The Enchanted Lyre, was performed by the Dante Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2005. More recently the Callino Quartet recorded a CD of her music for string quartet, including her third quartet, Wind through a Symmetry, which was composed for them during a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, in February 2015. 

Rachel has a particular interest in writing for early instruments and for singers specialising in early music.   Her work has been performed by such eminent singers as James Bowman, James Gilchrist, William Purefoy and Robin Blaze, and ensembles Concordia, Sonnerie, Paulus Barokk and Theatre of the Ayre.   She has also written extensively young singers and players, including an opera for performance by children, The Cuckoo Tree, based on the book by Joan Aiken.