Séverine Ballon’s work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her research as an improviser has helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. Ballon is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Her concert features works for cello and multichannel electronics, including new compositions by CCRMA’s Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Eoin Callery.
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 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 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.
Kathryne Jennings is a critically acclaimed soprano who has performed in opera, oratorio, and recital throughout the United States.
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.
David Wilson is a musicology Ph.D. student whose research interests lie at the intersection of music and politics. His current research focuses on the ways in which the music of Cultural Revolution-era China interacted with political ideologies, discursive practices, and the construction of gender. Other research interests include the ways in which political structures of totalitarian regimes shape creative practices, as well as issues of vocality and vocalism in song and concert repertories of 19th-century Europe.
Charlie Sdraulig's music explores interaction that examines the roles of physicality and perception in human performance. This exploration often takes place at the threshold of audibility. The inherent ambiguity of this context may allow a particular expression of human individuality to emerge.
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.