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Tom Johnson

Born in Colorado, Johnson received his B.A. and M.M. degrees from Yale and also studied with Morton Feldman. He is perhaps best known for The Four Note Opera, which was premiered in New York City in 1972 and which has since been produced over 50 times in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Hungarian and Catalan. He has always considered himself a minimalist with his composing focused on logical progressions and highly predictable structures. In the 1970s, Johnson's weekly columns in the Village Voice covered the emergence and development of minimal music in New York City. Though traveling frequently, his residence since 1983 has been in Paris. "The world is easier to understand," he says, "when viewed from about halfway between Moscow and Washington." He recently completed the two largest works he has ever produced, the Bonhoeffer Oratorio, with texts of the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Una Opera Italiana, an Italian opera.

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Dan Joseph

Dan Joseph - Born in Washington, DC, now based in Brooklyn, plays the hammer dulcimer in solo performances and various ensembles. His style has evolved to include both ancient and modern techniques, as he melds traditions from China, Persia, Eastern Europe and the US (Appalachian) with the current language of electronic, experimental and contemporary composition. He has appeared with Pauline Oliveros, Thomas Buckner, Miya Masaoka, Fred Frith, Pamela Z, The Phoenix Spring Ensemble, Comma and many others.

John Ingle - Originally from Memphis, TN, now based in San Francisco, his music draws from many sources: modern concert music, traditional and free jazz, Asian folk music and Southern gospel and soul. He performs regularly with the new music quartet Shinola and with electronic artists Laetitia Sonami and John Bischoff. He has also performed with such diverse artists as Ed Finney, Fred Frith, Leo Smith, Stevie Wonder as well as with the Memphis Symphony and the Taipei Philharmonic. Was recently artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito.

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