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Nego Gato

Nego Gato, a native of Salvador, Bahia in Brazil grew up immersed in the sounds of the Condomble religion, street music and Carnival. His compositions are the blend of traditional rhythms of the drum cults, chants to the ORIXA & current styles of popular music.

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Geoff Gersh

Geoff Gersh is a New York based guitarist/composer who explores the sonic boundaries of the electric guitar with and without the aide of electronic devices and found objects to produce sounds normally not associated with the guitar. He works with choreographers, film makers, and various bands in and around the NYC area. He has composed music for choreographers Lawrence Goldhuber, Cynthia Oliver, Karen Graham, Anabella Lenzu, Robert La Fosse, Benoit-Swan Pouffer and has an ongoing collaboration with painter David Stoupakis. His electro-acoustic improvisation quartet, Lumendog, provided music for video artist Eve Sussman’s latest project White On White. Geoff worked with composer Jonathan Bepler in 2005 as a multi-instrumental performer for Eve Sussman’s video-opera, The Rape of the Sabine Women, which premiered in NYC in February 2007. He worked with Bepler again on artist Matthew Barney’s piece, Guardian of the Veil, in which he performed at Barney’s Workspace in Long Island City in 2007 and again in 2009 as part of Art Basel’s Il Tempo Del Postino. In 2006, Geoff performed in Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 13 (Hallucination City) for 100 guitars that took place at Montclair State College, NJ. In 2009, he performed in Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.Geoff has been playing the electric zither in the Off-Broadway show Blue Man Group since 1998. He has released three CDs on the Deep Listening Institute label and has received grants from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and an SOS Grant from NYFA. All releases by Geoff Gersh 

Janice Giteck

Born in New York in 1946, Giteck teaches music and women's studies at Cornish College of the Arts (1979-present); was composer-in-residence with Relache Ensemble/Music in Motion (1993-94); was lead-artist for Arts Regional Transit Project - Municipality of Seattle (1992-93); and Music Specialist - Seattle Mental Health Institute - (1986-91). She is described as "among those who recognize the nurturing and restorative powers of music...transpacific works that are spacious, reflective...always ripe with intense emotional energy...gorgeously absorbing..." San Francisco Bay Guardian. "All are infused with spirituality and a keen sense of ritual...shows an intense insight as well as a vigorous sense of wonder and homor." Option Magazine. "Much of her music just hangs in the is touched by glows transparently." Seattle Weekly. Giteck's music has been performed and broadcast throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, India, Japan and Australia, and has been featured in two PBS films for "American Experience". Awards and commissions have come from the National Endowment(s) for the Arts and Humanities, the French Government, Meet the Composer/Readers Digest, the San Francisco Symphony, the California Arts Council, Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, Music America - San Francisco and Seattle, and Gaudeamus in Holland. She attended Mills college (B.A .and M.A., Music), Paris Conservatory and Antioch University (M.A., Psychology). She has also studied with Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen and Rebecca Weinstock.

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Heloise Gold

Heloise Gold lives in Austin Texas. She is a performing artist, choreographer, dancer , t’ai chi/chi gong instructor and co-founder of Art from the Streets (a project for homeless artists). She has been co-leading deep listening retreats with Pauline Oliveros and Ione since their inception in 1991.

Originally from NYC, she trained in ballet since the age of 4 and as a young teen performed with the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets during their early visits to the US. In her early 20’s her interests shifted to experimental forms. She studied and performed with Robert Wilson, Simone Forti and was a member of Quena Company (an experimental open theatre ensemble). Gold moved to Austin in 1978 and performed and toured with the Deborah Hay Dance Company for 5 years. In 1980 she started creating her own full length works. Her love of ritual, improvisation, collaboration, social issues, comedy and the absurd always play a big part in her pieces.

Heloise is the recipient of many grants from the City of Austin, the Texas Commission for the Arts and a new forms initiative from the NEA.

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Mel Graves

Mel Graves has written over one hundred jazz compositions, and others for various projects over the past 30 years. His composition teachers were Loren Rush and Robert Erickson. Graves was a featured composer at Vi Rassegna, Di Nuova Musica in Macerata, Italy and New Music America. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Council for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Commissions include three from the Kronos Quartet, two from Chamber Music Northwest, one from the Twin Pines Woodwind Quintet, four from Thomas Buckner, and one from Jazz In The City.

Some of his work can be found on the following recordings: Emotion in Motion with Steve Smith, Eric Crystal and Randy Vincent; Mirror Image with Randy Vincent, Bob Afifi and George Marsh; Spirit Changes with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Thomas Buckner, Smith Dobson, George Marsh, Bob Afifi and Jon Crosse; and His Tone of Voice with Thomas Buckner and Bob Afifi.

Mel Graves is a tenured full professor at Sonoma State University, located north of San Francisco, where he is director of the jazz studies program.

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