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Dan "Wotan" Barrett,  Director
Chala Yancy and Joe Gallant, Assistant Directors
Milton Fletcher, Design/Cyber Gallery

Charles Moses, Technical Director
Daniel Palkowski, Astrid Steiner, aka VJ Luma and Florian Launisch, videographer
Megan Sipe, Dance Director
Bruce Silverglade, president of Gleason's Gym, Cannibal emcee, and co-presenter of STRIKE!
Tyler Learned, Director and Stage Manager

Composers - Dan Barrett, Samuel Blaser, John Clark, Luis Cobo , Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Jay Elfenbein, Franz Hackl, Matt Herskowitz, Arthur Kampela, Dary John Mizelle, Daniel Palkowski, Joseph Pehrson, Daniel Schnyder, Dave Taylor

Dan Barrett, "a brilliant and driven cellist, composer, and conductor" (Huffington Post), is the creator, and current Director of the International Street Cannibals, whom the NY Times calls "a brash new-music ensemble", who Alan Lockwood of the Free Press has termed "kaleidoscopically eclectic", and of whose concerts Peter Christian Hall of the Huffington Post refers to as "performances that are creatively designed and rigorously executed". 

Dan has played extensively for PBS, particularly as cellist for many of their featured documentaries, such as "The Great Depression," and Ric Burns' "The Way West", "Andy Warhol",  "The History of New York" and Death and The Civil War." At present, Dan can be heard on the top-rated BBC America series, "Copper", on which his solos are featured extensively.

His solo credits include the Radio France Festival, The Gulbenkian Festival(Lisbon), "Festival Presences "(Paris), the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and WQXR, as well as featured solos on record for works of Iannis Xenakis (Mode and Vanderberg labels) and on RCA for the renowned Irish ensemble Cherish The Ladies and on Sony for solos on the soundtrack for the Documentary "Andy Warhol". Other credits include onstage cellist in James Joyce's "The Dead" on Broadway, Orchestra of St. Luke's, NYC Opera, the American Ballet Theater, Philomusica, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Sirius Quartet, and principal positions for the STX Ensemble, Strathmere Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Grand Opera, the SEM Ensemble and the Crosstown Ensemble.  His compositions have been performed by The Absolute Ensemble, The Absolute Chamber Players, Composer's Concordance, Mountain Stage, the ISC, The West Virginia Symphony, NY Mandolin Orchestra, and theNorth/South Consonance. 

Dan has conducted the New York Bach Ensemble, James Joyce's "The Dead" on Broadway, the ISC Ensemble, the Ethos Ensemble, the Composers Concordance Ensemble, the Absolute Chamber Players on the Kostabi Series, and The Sound Liberation Ensemble.  His television appearances include features with the rock group Third Eye Blind and appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. He has recorded extensively for Windham-Hill, Shanachie, RCA and Mode record labels. 

Mr Barrett has taught at the Outreach Academy in Schwaz, Austria; at New York University; at The Norwalk Youth Symphony (Norwalk, Connecticut) and at the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians, in Stamford, Connecticut, since 2002 and at "Counterpoint Italy", in Lucca, Italy, where he teaches cello and orchestration.

Assistant Director Chala Yancy has worked and traveled with world-renowned performing artists such as Alicia Keys (As I Am album); Mos Def (Newport Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall); James Carter (recording of Caribbean Rhapsody); Kayne West (Pepsi Smash Summer Tour and Good Morning America); Don Omar (Madison Square Garden); Beres Hammond (Madison Square Garden; Kingston Jamaica) and David Broza (92nd Street Y). She has also performed at the DC Jazz Festival with Paquito D’Rivera and Jazz at Tanglewood with the Dreaming the Duke tour.

She is currently the Concert Master of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, is an active sub for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra as well as the Orchestra of St Luke's. Most recently, Chala played on the album Inura; For Voices, Strings and Percussion which was nominated for a Latin Grammy and a Grammy.
Dancer, actor, and choreographer Megan Sipe performs with companies including Compani Javedani, ann and alexx make dances, the Neta Dance Company, Poisonous Ladies, and ShaLeigh Dance Works. She's the artistic director of Dancing Fish Productions, a multidisciplinary performance ensemble made up of dancers, actors and musicians. Sipe’s work has been shown in New York City; Durham, NC; Seattle, WA; and Columbus, OH. In 2006 she presented her solo roundabout at the American Dance Festival. Her work was hailed by The Independent Weekly as “one of the top 23 moments in a year filled with dance.”
Dubbed by Pierre Boulez as "an instrumentalist without peer", Linda Wetherill has been principal flutist with the orchestras of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Boulez' IRCAM Ensemble Intercontemporain of the renowned Centre Pompidou for International Acoustical Research (Paris), where she was resident flutist, and collaborated and premiered works of internationally acclaimed composers. Wetherill is on the faculty of Adelphi University, and has held posts as lecturer on contemporary music at Bosphorus University (Istanbul), the French National Conservatory, Philadelphia University of the Arts, and at the Turkish Universities in Izmir, Ankara, and Istanbul. Linda Wetherill
David Taylor, Bass trombonist, started his career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski's American Symphony Orchestra, and by appearing with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. He was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with Duke Ellington (The New Orleans Suite), The Rolling Stones, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He has recorded four solo albums (Koch, New World, and DMP). Taylor has appeared and recorded with artists including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincey Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. He has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, and the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award. He has been a member of the Gil Evans Band, George Russell's Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and the Chuck Israel Band. In 1998 Taylor performed on four Grammy nominated CD's. Taylor currently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Charles Mingus Big Band, Eos Orchestra, The NY Chamber Symphony, The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Michelle Camillo Band, Areopagitica (a brass trio in residence at Mannes College), The Bob Mintzer Band, and the Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, and the Kenny Drew Jr Trio. He is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.
Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1990 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain.The New York Times has referred to him as "a pianist with a thoroughly contemporary sensibility", and has said that his artistry possesses "a thoroughly contemporary sensibility"; Steve Smith of Time Out New York called him ""Ever-adventurous"; and The New Yorker noted that, "Kigawa is a young artist of stature." He has performed in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Paris, Milan and Barcelona, with performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. He tours Japan and appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Kyoto, both as a recitalist and a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music groups. Kigawa has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and lives in New York City. Taka Kigawa
Javier Diaz, percussionist and native of Cuba, has performed with the the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Symphony, NY Chamber Symphony, Hilliard Ensemble, and New Jersey Symphony; as Afro-Cuban drummer with Donna Summer, Lazaro Galarraga, Angel Figueroa, Candido Camero, Pedro Martinez, Los Acustilocos, Panamerican Jazz Band, The Ethnix, and the New York World Music Institute. He has taught Afro-Cuban seminars at the Peabody, the University of Southern California (USC), and Juilliard, the latter where he now teaches seminars. His works have been commissioned by the Aspen Festival, New York University and USC. He holds his Masters in Music from The Juilliard School.
Clarinettist, composer and teacher Matthias Müller is Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as well as the Artistic Director of various institutions and for various projects. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Basle Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, as well as a chamber musician in various formations. Matthias Müller is a former member of the Collegium Novum Zürich, and is presently Artistic Director of ‘ensemble zero’. As composer, he has followed a line of development that might be termed the ‘Aesthetics of the Second Modernism’. Along with works of music theatre and for orchestra, his œuvre encompasses many pieces of chamber music and electronic music. He has written an instructional work for the clarinet and continues regularly to compose works for children. At the Institute for Computer Music und Sound Technology at the ZHdK he is in charge of the research project centered around the "Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet", an instrument that is playable in the usual way but that triggers computerized tone, for which he has begun - with the encouragement and cooperation of renowned colleagues and institutions - to generate repertoire.
John Feeney is principal bass of the Orchestra of St Luke's, a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. He has performed double bass concerti with the American Symphony and St Luke's, in engagements at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall.
Krista Bennion Feeney is the co-concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and the Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco. Her quartet, the Loma Mar Quartet, has recorded works written by Paul McCartney expressly for the quartet. Her solo credits include appearances with St. Luke's, as well as with the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Elgin Symphonies. She has recently premiered Terry Reilly's SolTierraLuna with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.
While at Oberlin College, Amanda Mottur was a member of the Aicha Bellydance Troupe under the direction of Adriane Dellorco. She has studied extensively with Kaeshi of Bellyqueen, Elena Lentini, Mimi Fontana, Morocco, and Tarik Sultan.  Besides working artistically in the tradition of Egyptian Cabaret, Mottur has studied ballet, modern dance, American Tribal Style, balinese dance, and mime. She has performed at Tagine Gallery, L'Orange Bleue, Mamlouk, Dandana, Sahara East, and Aldiwan.
Over the past thirty years, Buenos Aires native Leo Grinhauz has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and ensemblist at the International Festivals at Marlboro, Ottawa, and Lanaudiere.  Heard frequently over the airwaves of Canada's CBC, his discography includes 1999’s Musique Des Ameriques, music for cello and piano, which includes Leo’s mother, Berta Rosenohl. Occasionally, the family still perform together as members of Musica Camerata Montreal. Grinhauz is a former member of the New York Amati Trio. He debuted at Town Hall, performed with the late Ruth Laredo, and was a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, with which he is featured on Roberto Sierra’s chamber opera El Mensajero de Plata. In 2004 Grinhauz performed at the National Black Arts Festival, which led to the recording of George Walker’s first string quartet, included in a recently released retrospective. He worked with Paquito D’Rivera and Diva Denyce Graves on the recording, The Lost Days. Grinhauz enjoys a "secret" voice-over career in Spanish and English for radio and television.
Max Pollak is 2008 fellow in Choreography at the New York Foundation of the Arts, and one of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today. He is recognized worldwide as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap. Originator of Cuba's first tap festival - Arts International Grant 2001 - he has been teaching and performing in Cuba since 1998. He has worked with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's top-ranked Rumba group, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, and jazz legends Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton, and Danilo Perez. On the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, Pollak travels the world with his company and is about to release his first music CD: RumbaTap.
Soprano Lynn Norris has appeared in New York and at regional houses in roles as diverse as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Nanetta in Falstaff, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Miss Silverpeal in The Impressario, and The Forest Bird in Siegfried. Her performances in the world premieres of Gerald Ginsburg, Marjorie Maxine Rusche’s She Stoops to Conquer (Kate Hardcastle) and Jorge Martín’s The Mappined Life (The Niece), have received critical acclaim in both New York Times and in American Record Guide. She's been a guest artist with New York ensembles, regional orchestras, in such works as the Poulenc Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts, Mozart’s C minor Mass and “Exsultate, jubilate” motet, the Bach B minor Mass, the Vaughan Williams cantata Dona nobis pacem, the Fauré Requiem, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. She has regularly collaborated with composers Gerald Ginsberg, Dan Barrett Cobo, and is regarded in NYC as a specialist in new music. Other composers whose works she's represented are Jorge Martin, Beatriz de Mello, Bruce Saylor, Thomas Pasatieri, and Tom Cipullo, to name only a few. A seasoned cabaret performer, appearing at such venues as Don't Tell Mama in NYC, her skill in the genre is well exhibited on her cd of songs and arias with Harry Huff, entitled "si j'étais roi." Ms Norris is featured on two albums of new music on the Composers Concordance/NAXOS label, in songs by Luis Andrei Cobo, and in Gene Pritsker's opera, William James's Varieties of Religious Experience.
Tish Edens served as principal cellist of the New York City Opera National Company.  She has  performed with a variety of ensembles as a freelance musician in suchTish Edens served as principal cellist of the New York City Opera National Company. She has performed with a variety of ensembles as a freelance musician in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. She also performed on Broadway: "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Annie", and in "West Side Story" in Basel, Switzerland. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and The Juilliard School.
Gregor Kitzis, violinist and violist, has performed and recorded with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the New England Bach Festival, Concordia, and Bang On A Can's Spit Orchestra, and with new music groups, including Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, North/South Consonance, Essential Music, The Group For Contemporary Music, and the Xenakis and S.E.M Ensembles. His television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live.
Bassist and gamba player Jay Elfenbein is the director of the Ivory Consort, and principal bassist with the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Washington Bach Consort (D.C.). He is a featured gamba soloist at the Kennedy Center. Elfenbein's career embraces both classical and popular music. He has performed on bass and gamba with Yo Yo Ma, Judy Collins, Paul McCartney, Lou Rawls, Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Hogwood, Dave Brubeck, Chris Potter, and Anthony Braxton, and plays early instruments on Paul Simon's gold CD You're the One.
Margaret Lancaster is noted for her interdisciplinary collaborations and hailed as "our leading exponent of the avant-garde flute" (Kyle Gann, Village Voice). Lancaster has premiered over 100 pieces and has built a large repertoire of new works composed specifically for her that employ extended techniques, dance, drama, multi-media and electronics. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Ibsen Festival, Santa Fe New Music, Whitney Museum, Edinburgh Festival and Festival D'Automne. She has recorded on New World Records, OO Discs, Innova, Naxos and Tzadik, and was selected for Meet the Composer's New Works for Soloist Champions project. An amateur furniture designer and avid tap dancer, Lancaster performs solo and chamber music concerts worldwide and acts in Lee Breuer's OBIE-winning Mabou Mines Dollhouse. Margaret Lancaster
Clarinetist Michiyo Suzuki trained with Charles Neidich at SUNY Purchase Conservatory where she received her MFA degree; she received her doctorate (DMA) at SUNY Stony Brook. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Suzuki, in 1996, made her Carnegie Hall debut; she is a specialist in contemporary repertoire. Suzuki is a member of the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, and is featured on several recordings with Absolute Ensemble, ST-X Xenakis Ensemble USA, AFMM Orchestra and is featured soloist on "9 Stellar Pieces" by Robert Martin (Furious Artisans.)
Trumpet player and composer Thomas Gansch hails from Austria. Inspired as a teenager by Dizzy Gillespie, Gansch is well known in Europe for his work with the ensemble Mnozil Brass, and now with his own jazz group, Gansch & Roses.  He has performed with the Wiener Staatsopernorchester,Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, Celia Mara Band, Wr. Symphoniker, Ensemble Pro Brass, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, Art of Brass Vienna, Nouvelle Cuisine, Salonorchester Alhambra, Burgtheater, Dr Kurt Ostbahn, Vienna Art Orchestra, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, Patti Smith, Konstantin Wecker, Bob Brookmayer, Alegre Correa Group, and many others. His awards include the 2002 Hans Koller Jazz Award "Newcomer des Jahres".  Gansch & Roses, Mnozil Brass
Violinist Annette Homann has toured with critically acclaimed theatrical violin show Barrage – “A high-octane fiddle-fest that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance”, playing over 200 shows each year throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Central America and China - along with  frequent TV and radio appearances. Her eclectic talents allow her to navigate effortlessly through many musical genres including Bluegrass, Irish fiddling and Jazz. She performs with a wide range of ensembles such as the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Iconiq Quartet, Bianchi Musica, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo and Joe Gallant’s Illuminati Orchestra. She has performed at various venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, New World Stages & Brooklyn Bowl. She has been the staged violinist/singer/actress for the productions of "What I'm failing to learn" at 13th street Repertory Theater (NYC) and "Julian Po" for the New Musical Theater festival.
Annette's compositions - combining unique violin accompaniments with her own voice and theatrical aspects - have been featured at The Westfest Festival (NYC), and performed by The International Street Cannibals.
The musical life of Composer/Vocalist/Conductor Charles Coleman began as boy soprano soloist in the Metropolitan Opera, and at the New York City Opera in such roles as Feodor in Boris Godunov with the late basso Martti Talvela. Coleman was named Composer-in-Residence of the Absolute Ensemble in 1997; his Absolution, written in 1999, was recorded on ENJA NOVA, and was nominated for the “Best Small Ensemble Performance” Grammy in 2002. His many compositions have been presented by the San Francisco Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony, Cincinatti Symhony, Absolute Ensemble, The Talinn Festival Orchestra (Latvia) and the The Riga Chamber Players (Latvia). Streetscape, commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their 2001-2002 season, has been performed several times by ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony and Riga Festival Orchestra (Latvia). Other commissions: Pavement (2002), Latarnia (2005), have been  performed by The Riga Chamber Players under Normunds Sne, and Pilobolus Dance Company. His Red Oak Dawn was premiered in 2006, by The New Jersey Symphony under baton of Neeme Järvi. In 2007, Coleman was chosen as resident composer of Cincinnati Symphony. Mr. Coleman’s work as composer, orchestrator and producer has appeared on many CDs, notably “Absolute Mix” (CCn’C 00702) which won the German Record Critics Award in the year 2000. In January 2011, Coleman’s Streetscape and Deep Woods appeared on a CD/Download entitled “American Portraits” featuring Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their new record label CSO Media. Charles Coleman
French hornist John Clark has performed and recorded with Leroy Jenkins, Speculum Musicae, McCoy Tyner, the Aspen Wind Quintet, and George Russell. In 1982, he won the Downbeat Critics' Poll, and in 1986 received the NARAS Award for Most Valuable Player in the recording field. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by the Pugh-Taylor Project, the Aspen Wind Quintet, Imani Winds, Meridian Arts Ensemble, McCoy Tyner's Big Band and the Gil Evans Orchestra. Clark is author of Exercises for Jazz French Horn. John Clark is Professor of Horn at the Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase.
The work of composer Arthur Kampela has been described by the New York Times as "extraordinary" and "fascinatingly inventive." Kampela's works have been performed in the leading forums for Contemporary music in South America, Europe, Asia, and the United States His compositions have been played by many interpreters of new music. Most recently, pianist Jenny Lin recorded his piano tour-de-force "Nosturnos" on her CD "The Eleventh Finger" (Koch). In New York City, Kampela's compositions have been performed at Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, Mannes College, the 92nd Street Y, the Americas Society, and at clubs and performances spaces, including The Cutting Room and Cornelia Street Café.  He has toured with his band to venues in Mexico City, São Paulo, Strasbourg and the Outreach Festival, in Schwaz, Austria. In his review of Kampela's performance at the 92nd Street Y, Tim Brookes wrote, "he played the most avant-garde music of the show, using tapping effects, using a spoon, playing with the strings bent off the side of the fingerboard: one of the pieces ended with a noise that sounded like a Geiger counter...he never lost a sense of joy, of surprise or that infectious rhythm.  It was clearly the work of a madman...a Brazilian madman."

ISC composer/guitarist, Gene Pritsker has written over three hundred ninety compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hiphop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released a cd's on Col-legno and Innova Records. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Berlin Philharmonic, The Adelaide Symphony, The Athens Camarata, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.

The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as "dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre". Raul d'Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: "Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change."

Organizations he is associated with include: Composers' Concordance, Absolute Ensemble, The International Street Cannibals and the Austrian Outreach Festival. Some of Gene Pritsker's music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music and recorded by: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova and Capstone record labels.

Dan Cooper is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in 7-string bass guitar and flute with electronics. He has performed as a member of singer Ute Lemper's trio at Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City's Town Hall, Joe's Pub, The Blue Note, the Chicago Theater, Massey Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Bunkamura Orchard Hall. He has performed in broadcasts on NBC, Bravo, BBC, Radio France, and RAI. He has received awards, commissions, premieres, recordings, and residencies from Albany Records, the Albany Symphony, Artists International, ASCAP, B3+, Cary Trust, Circadia, Electro-Music, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Engine 27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, the International Street Cannibals, Majestic Brass, Meet The Composer, NARAS, the New York New Music Ensemble, Palisades Virtuosi, and Sweet Plantain. In 2000, Cooper was the Aaron Copland composition fellow at Tanglewood. Dan Cooper is currently on the faculty of the State University of New York FIT, where he has created courses in American Music, European-Classical Music, and Latin-American & Caribbean Music. Cooper endorses Overwater bass guitars of Carlisle, United Kingdom.
Joseph Pehrson has written works for a wide variety of media and they have been performed at numerous venues including Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space in New York and throughout the U.S., Eastern Europe and Russia. Since 1983, Pehrson has been a founding director of the Composers Concordance in New York. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan (Doctor of Musical Arts 1981). Pehrson visited St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, in March 2008 for a series of concerts. In St. Petersburg, he participated in a Festival "From the Avant Garde to the Present Day," with a performance at the "House of Composers" in St. Petersburg. Linda Past-Pehrson also danced to three electronic pieces in alternate tunings as part of this festival. In Moscow, he had five chamber pieces presented at the "Jurgenson Salon" and Linda Past-Pehrson danced to six electronic pieces in alternate tunings at the "Fireplace Hall" of the "Central Building for Workers of Art, (TsDRI)." In 2009 Italian trumpeter Ivano Ascari toured the U.S. with a piece Pehrson wrote for him. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 several chamber works were presented by the Composers Concordance, the New York Composers' Circle and Dan Barrett's "International Street Cannibals." Pehrson has works recorded on Capstone and New Ariel CDs and several pieces are published by Seesaw Music, Corp.,a division of Subito Music. See www.composersconcordance.org for complete bio, list of works and sound and video files.
Dancer and choreographer Alan Good has worked with Martha Graham, Mel Wong, Pauline Koner, Kenneth King, and Merce Cunningham.  He choreographs his own work and has danced in the companies of Tere O'Connor, Wally Cardona, and Sasha Waltz. He has performed at venues in Europe and Australia, and in the United States at DTW, Danspace, WAX, Dance Now, Chashama, Barnard College and Temple University, and he was featured in the January 2005 issue of Dance Magazine. Good has taught ballet companies in Beijing, Paris, Sofia, and Munich. His dance company, alangooddance, receives support from the US State Department, The Puffin Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Pro Helvetia and the Goethe Institute. In 2008 alangooddance began its artistic collaboration with the International Street Cannibals with a performance at Gleason's Gym, in the boxing ring where Muhammad Ali trained. Alan Good Dance
In USA Trombone Online, critic Rene Lanaan called jazz trombonist and composer Sam Blaser "one of today's finest trombonists".  The fertile ground between hard bop and free jazz continues to attract the next generation of jazz artists, most notably trombonist Samuel Blaser. On Pieces of Old Sky, his new CD from Clean Feed, the Swiss-born and New York-developed brassman (now residing in Berlin—yes, he´s an inveterate globetrotter) shows off the fruits of his rapid development as a bandleader and instrumentalist. In a quartet featuring three like-minded collaborators—guitarist Todd Neufeld, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Tyshawn Sorey — Blaser delivers a work that is both imaginative and forceful. He began his career with the prestigious Vienna Art Orchestra, then represented Switzerland in the European Radio Big Band "Tribute to Oscar Peterson" tour in 2005. A Fulbright scholarship to the conservatory at SUNY Purchase followed, and the next year he won the J. J. Johnson Prize, the Public Prize, and the Jury´s Favorite Player at the Fribourg Jazz Festival. In addition to his own quartet Blaser performs with the new Braff Blaser Duo, Malcolm Braff & TNT, Animal Forum, Peter van Huffel & Sophie Tassignon, and the Ravitz / Blaser Duo. He has released acclaimed CDs, including "7th Heaven," on Between the Lines (2008), "Yay" with the Braaf Blaser Duo on Fresh Sound New Talent (2008), and Solo Bone on Slam Productions (2009). He has most recently shared the stage with Renee Rosnes, Hal Galper, and David Taylor.
A prolific composer with over 350 works for all media, Dary John Mizelle, composer, trumpet player, and trombonist,  has taught composition, orchestration, computer music, music theory, music history, and world music at the University of South Florida, Oberlin College Conservatory, Sonavera Studio of Sonic Arts, and at SUNY Purchase, where he also served as Chair of the composition program. Mizelle's works were presented in a 25-year retrospective concert at Symphony Space in 1988 to critical acclaim, and he was compared with Ives, Cage, Messien, Bartok, and Xenakis. He is listed in Baker's International Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Groves Dictionary of American Music and Musicians, and in Who's Who in America. His works are recorded on the Furious Artisans, Lumina, Irida, and Nataraja labels. .Dary John Mizelle
The works of composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder include symphonies, instrumental music, operas, oratorios, a concerto for 20 chamber orchestra, various orchestra pieces, numerous chamber music works and many CD productions with jazz compositions. He works with world music traditions and Arab, Latin-American, and African musicians. He is composer in residence of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Andreas Delfs, and regularly writes music for the New York-based Absolute Ensemble, under Kristjan Jaervi. He has been composer in residence for the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and consultant for Absolute Ensemble. His Bass Trombone Concerto won a Grammy Nomination in 2002. His latest releases are "Da Skale" (TCB records) with Kenny Drew Jr., and "Zoom In" (Universal) with the Carmina Quartett and Arab percussion (the first recording of his '3rd String Quartet'). Schnyder is a frequent soloist with orchestras and jazz bands. He holds master classes internationally in composition, improvisation and arrangement. Most of his compositions have been released by enjarecords, including more than 12 CDS ranging from trio to big band, symphonic music and jazz. Enja Records.com
Pianist, composer, songwriter, and arranger Matt Herskowitz has distinguished himself in several musical genres. His 2007 solo piano release, Matt Herskowitz Plays Gershwin, recieved a nomination for Quebec's Prix Opus; his solo release, Gabriel's Message, was nominated for Québec's Félix award in 2007. His recording of Glazunov's 2nd Piano Concerto with I Musici de Montreal for Chandos Records in 1998. The recording was hailed by Strad Magazine as "by far the best recording on disc." Matt recently premiered his piano concerto, Undertow, with Absolute Ensemble at the Bremen International Musikfest in Germany. He performed his Chorale and Variations on a Theme of Dave Brubeck, with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal in 1998 for Radio-Canada broadcast; and recorded Serial Blues with Absolute Ensemble for Enja Records in 2000. With his group MaD Fusion he has performed at festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Etnafest music festival in Italy, the Rhino Jazz Festival in France, and the Hamburg and Bremen international music festivals in Germany. MaD Fusion's debut recording, Forget Me Not, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Félix award. In 2007, Barry Manilow invited Matt and his trio to join him on a release for Hallmark, In The Swing Of Christmas, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album. Matt is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Frequent STRIKE! emcee and President of Gleason's Gym, Bruce Silverglade has served as president of the Metropolitan Amateur Boxing Federation, chairman of the National Junior Olympic Committee, and is a member of the National Junior Olympic Selection Committee. Silverglade has promoted fights for such international champions as Arturo Gatti, Vinny Pazienza, Mark Breland, and Zab Judah.
Charles Moses is President and CEO of Viper Studios - Audio Production Services, New York. Viper Studios supplies the International Street Cannibals with professional technicians, concert sound, AV, lighting, staging, HD video archival & event production services, including complete sound & AV design and installation services; The "best known secret" in the events industry.
Dancer and choreographer Luis Gabriel Zaragoza is on the faculty of the National School of Dance of Mexico (NSDM), where he earned his BFA, an MFA in Dance Education, and a BA in Philosophy. He studied with Anna Sokolow, Jeff Duncan, TimWengerd, Jim May, and Betty Jones, and on scholarship with Merce Cunningham. He was a member of the Martha Graham Ensemble. In 1990 Zaragoza received Best Dancer of the Year and, in 1999, Best Choreographed Solo for Nijinsky, and El Ojo de Dios from Asociación Danza Mexicana. In 1991 La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico granted him the Artistic Creative Award. Zaragoza dances presently with the Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble, the Dankmeyer Dance Company, Whitney Hunter Dance, Nilas Martin Dance, and the Errol Grimes Dance Company.
Dancer Fiona Evans studied at the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2001. She has performed with Jill Sigman and studies at present with Marjorie Mussman and Christine Wright.
Cellist and narrator Lutz Rath is artistic director of the Washington Square Festival; the Hilo Chamber Music Festival, Hawaii; and les Frequences de Perpignan, France. She is cellist with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Ecliptica Ensemble for Forbidden Music, Chamber Music Conference of the East, and Bennington College. She has narrated compositions by Ullmann, Strauss, Liszt, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Picker, and Schumann.
Djembe player Julian Kampela started lessons at age 3 at Djoneeba Dance and Drum Studios, New York City, under both Djoneeba and Vado, masters of West African drumming. At age 10, he attends the Cathedral School and also studies with afro-cuban/classical percussionist Javier Diaz, a Cannibal, himself, and a veteran of Pierre Boulez's ensemble. A member of the International Street Cannibals since its inception, Julian often performs with his father Arthur Kampela's various ensembles, and performs regularly at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Julian's other interests include hockey, skiing, Playstation 3 and horseback riding.
Keyboardist Robert Wolinsky is a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and of the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Philomusica. Wolinsky has over forty recordings to his credit, including Bach concerti on harpsichord, for the DGG, EMI, Telarc and Arabesque labels.
Violinist, saxophonist, and composer Andy Stein can be heard weekly on National Public Radio in the house band of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. He has recorded with Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, and Frederica Von Stade, and has written an opera with libretticist Garrison Keillor. Stein's works for violin and orchestra have been performed by Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pamela Frank, and Cho-Liang Lin.
Bassist Mat Fieldes has collaborated with Joe Jackson, John Cale, Ornette Coleman, Steve Vai, Peter Erskine, Paquito D'Rivera, Kristjan Jarvi, Joe Williams, and Arturo Sandaval. His recent appearances include Dream Engine for songwriter Jim Steinman, performances with Gorillaz at the Apollo Theater, and with hip-hop legend Jay-Z at Radio City Music Hall in 2006. In 2001, he performed on Joe Jackson's album, Symphony, which won a Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental". Mr. Fieldes is solo bassist for Absolute Ensemble, which won the German Record Critic's Award for the album Mix. His collaborations include recordings and tours with the late Joe Zawinul. He has performed as a soloist in Turnage's concerto Blood on the Floor, at Miller Theater, in 2001, and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2004. He premiered Gene Pritsker's concerto for electric and acoustic bass, Lost Illusion, and has performed with New Jersey Symphony, Continuum, Second Generation Productions, and the Jose Limon Dance Company. Fieldes is a member of the Herskowitz-Rozenblatt Project (HRP), and and has performed with New Jersey Symphony, Continuum, Second Generation Productions, and Jose Limon Dance Company.
 
Occasional Players:
Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. She has worked with composers Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick, and has been a member of the Lumina String Quartet, the East Village Opera Company band, the SEM Ensemble, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and Zentripetal. Bechtold has been heard on CBC Radio, CBS-TV, NHK-TV, WNYC, and at Alice Tully Hall, the Blue Note, the Frick Museum, Galapagos, Joe's Pub, the Joyce Theatre, LPR, Merkin Hall, and Zankel Hall. She has performed with Absolute Ensemble, Bleecker StQ, the Parsons Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Vermont Symphony, Boyz II Men, Sheryl Crow, Roberta Flack, J-Pop band SMAP, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer. Bechtold holds a Masters in Music from Mannes, where she studied with Felix Galimir, and a double-degree in Violin and English from NEC & Tufts University. She is on the faculty at Greenwich House Music School, New York City. Lynn Bechtold or MySpace
Bass vocalist Daniel Hague Hague has appeared with the Arizona Opera as D'Agnus in Rossini's La Donna del Lago, and as Colline in Boheme, and at the Schubert Opera as the Commendatore, and as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has done Bassilio and Colline at Opera Theatre of Connecticut, and other roles at the Sanibel Festival, the Bronx Opera, and with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
Soprano Greta Feeney was heard most recently in the role of Marzelline in Fidelio, with the San Francisco Opera. Feeney's other credits include appearances with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the New Century Chamber Ensemble, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Lieberman toured with Brazilian Jazz legends Airto & Flora Purim, lived in Rio for four years as Brazil’s first call sax & flute player, and has performed and/or recorded with dozens of names including Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Taj Mahal, Paquito D’Rivera, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, and Hermeto Pascoal.  Called “inspired” and “inspiring” and noted for the combination of heart and technique in his playing, Paul has performed in over a dozen countries, and currently works with four different Grammy Award winners, including Allman Brothers co-founder Jaimoe and Latin Jazz great Arturo O’Farrill.  He has a BA in Music from Yale, and a MM in jazz composition and arranging from UMass, where he is a full-time member of the faculty.
Peter Krysa began his violin studies with his father, reknowned Russian violinist Oleh Krysa. Peter Krysa has been heard in recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Wigmore Hall. He has been a member of the Leontovych String Quartet and the Geister Trio and has collaborated in recital with pianists Vladimir Feltsman, Dmitri Rachmanov, and members of Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Lake Winnipesaukee Music Festival.
Hanako Yamagata is a native of Tokyo. She received her Masters in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a frequent performer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City.
Ann Ellsworth is solo hornist with Absolute Ensemble, Manhattan Brass, the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, and with the alternative horn group Confluence. The New York Times has called her solos "outrageous" and "splendidly projected". Ellsworth records regularly for film and television, and has performed with Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Shakira,Tony Bennett, and Chaka Kahn, as well as with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world. Ellsworth is artist in residence at The New School, where she collaborates with dancers, video artists, architects and songwriters. At present she is working on a recording of all new works for alphorn. Ellsworth is a former member of the Phoenix Symphony, the Esbjerg Ensemble (Denmark), and has recorded the Eric Ewazen Horn Concerto with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.
Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century”, Mike Block is a pioneer of multi-genre cello. A member of Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio, he has collaborated on projects with Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Zakir Hussain, Marcel Khaliffe, Goran Bregovic, Michael Doucet, Kayhan Kalhor, Bruce Molsky, Simone Dinnerstein, Dawn Upshaw, and Jan Vogler, and has recorded with Lenny Kravitz and Joe Zawinul. Block has played on "Late Night with Conan O'Brian", NPR's "St. Paul Sunday Morning", "Regis and Kelly", VH1, and with Yo-Yo Ma on the CBS "Early Show". He has worked with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, The Knights, Absolute Ensemble, the Sirius String Quartet, yMusic, Bassam Saba's New York Arabic Orchestra, and with Chinese Pipa virtuoso, Yang Wei. In addition, he has played, frequently, with the Flux Quartet, Argento Ensemble, and the BQE Project. In Germany, Block premiered and recorded Gregor Hubner's Cello Concerto No. 1, which showcased his improvisational skills. He composes for the Mike Block Band, and has performed at the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the MATA Festival.
 

Friends, Collaborators and Guest Artists

Tony Falanga, bassist with Ornette Coleman, and the Orchestra of St Luke's
Jeremy McCoy, bassist, the Metropolitan Opera
John Patitucci, Grammy-winning bassist with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, and others
Joseph Pehrson, composer, founding director of the Composers' Concordance
Robert Wolisky, resident keyboardist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St Luke's

and . . .
Greg Baker, guitarist
Erik Blanc, puppeteer, instructor, New York University
Tom Carlo Bo, conductor, pianist, and presenter
Steve Cohen, pianist
Janet Coleman, soprano (voce)
Susan Fanale soprano (voce)
Peter Herbert, bassist
Zahari Kalaitsis, dumbek and percussion
Yevgeny Karafin, pianist
Ron Lawrence, violist, director, the Sirius Quartet
Linda McKnight, bassist, faculty, Manhattan School of Music
Andrew Meshberg, painter
Kurt Muroki, bassist
Lynn Norris, soprano (voce)
James Noyes, soprano saxophonist
Jon Morrell, tenor (voce)
Jose Moura, electric bassist
Mauricio O'Reilly, tenor (voce)
Sean Satin, guitarist
Carmela Sinco, composer, pianist
Anna Smirny, pianist, composer
Victoria Wefer, soprano (voce)
Kingsley Wood, bassist