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Munir Gur

Munir’s main academic interest lies in the examination of sonic representations revolving around ideological symbolisms. His current research investigates the jazz scene in Turkey as a microcosm in which he observes the interplay of music and ideology, contesting positionalities in various nationalism(s) and cosmopolitanism(s), class conflict and differing forms of conservatism.

Russ Gavin

Dr. Russell Gavin is the Dr. Arthur P. Barnes Director of Bands at Stanford University. Gavin holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. His public school teaching experiences include Director of Bands/Fine Arts Chair at Eufaula High School (Eufaula, AL) and Director of Bands at South Girard Middle School (Phenix City, AL).

Rodrigo F. Cádiz

Rodrigo F. Cádiz (1972) is a composer, researcher and engineer. He studied composition and electrical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and he obtained his Ph.D. in Music Technology from Northwestern University. His compositions, consisting of approximately 40 works, have been presented at several venues and festivals in Latin America, North America and Europe.

Michael Galisatus

Michael Galisatus is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, directing both the college big bands and the wind ensemble. Prior to his appointment at the College of San Mateo, Mr. Galisatus produced award winning ensembles at various San Francisco Peninsula schools including Aragon, El Camino, and South San Francisco High Schools, and directed jazz ensembles at San Francisco State University and The College of Notre Dame.

Loren Mach

Loren Mach is passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st century world and all who inhabit it. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He is principal percussionist of eco ensemble, principal timpanist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, a core member of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion.

Paul Phillips

Appointed Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor (Teaching) of Music at Stanford University in 2017, Paul Phillips is a conductor, composer, and author who has conducted more than 60 orchestras, opera companies, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Opera Providence, as well as numerous choruses.

Akwasi Papa Abrefah

Akwasi was born in Oakland, California before moving to Richland, Washington at the age of 3. Even since before the move He has had an affinity to banging on things. During the 9th summer of his parents' futile resistance to his natural state of being, they finally gave in enrolled their son in summer steeldrum lessons. Through middle school and high school Akwasi traveled around the Pacific Northwest playing with the bands OK 2 Botay and then Bram Bratá before coming to Stanford where he continued with Cardinal Calypso.

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