Elaine R. Barkin
joined the UCLA music faculty in 1974 and retired in 1997. Her music has been
recorded on CRI & OPEN SPACE; her writings have been published in new music
journals. In 1980 she began exploring real-time interactive music-making out
of which emerged UCLA's Experimental Workshop. An involvement with Gamelan,
beginning in 1987, took ERB to Bali 5 summers to document Balinese New Music.
Since 1990 she,
Ben Boretz, and Jim Randall have co-produced the OPEN SPACE series of CDs, books,
and scores. In Fall 1996, ERB taught a Semester at Sea and journeyed around
the world. With Lydia Hamessley she co-edited the book Audible Traces: gender,
identity, and music (1999). Recent compositions include: Poem (symphonic
wind ensemble; 1999), Song for Sarah (violin solo; 2001), Ode
(16 woodwinds & percussion; 2002), and 15 Easy Pieces for Sue DeVale's
harp students; 2002-03).
Robert Burr is
currently an MFA candidate attending The City College of New York. He also adjuncts
at CCNY as an English Composition Instructor.
is a prolific composer and pianist. Chalfant has performed solo for Czech Republic
National Radio at the Prague Jazzoveho Mezinarodni Piana. She co-led the Lifetime
Visions Orchestra with Joseph Jarman. Her collection of 129 musical scores Book
of Unstandards shows her range of style, showing elements of Charles Ives,
traditional African, Stravinsky, Buddhist chant, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor
and others. Her CD "Book of Unstandards" has such luminary artists
as Connie Crothers, Pauline Oliveros, Joseph Kubera, Thomas Buckner, Bobby Few
and Joseph Jarman on it. She received her Masters in Music from New England
Conservatory where she studied with George Russell and Ran Blake. www.chrischalfant.com
Diego Costa has
a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Film from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently
pursUing his M.A. at New York University. He is originally from Brazil. www.diego-costa.com
was born in 1946, Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared extensively in journals
on & off line including; Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Ratapallax,
Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, N.Y.
Arts Magazine, 88 and Lost and Found Times. He is included in such anthologies
as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.
He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton,
Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew
Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory
Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians,
such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Thurston
Moore (SonicYouth), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) has garnered much praise.
His most recent
chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris 2005), Trial and
Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective 2003), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture
Press 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005),
St. Lucie (King of Mice Press 2005), Are We Not MEN & Fake Book
(2 books of collage - 8 Page Press 2005). Dream Book (Avantcular Press
2005). His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press 2000)
and his PEN Award winning book The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles
Gayle Notebook, Ugly Duckling Presse 2006). His latest CD is Phenomena of
Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records
2005). He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including
France and Germany.
is a lifelong musician, poet and civil rights activist. Most of his poetry,
much of it published in African American journals in the 1960s and 1970s, was
lost in a house fire. If you come across any, please notify us.
Vernon Frazer is
a poet and jazz bassist. He has many books and recordings, including several
collaborations, notably Song of the Baobab, with the lamented Thomas
Chapin. Vernon's Sex Goddess of the Berlin Turnpike is back as a CD.
is a painter from Oaxaca, living in Mexico City. After completing a series of
works celebrating the traditional dress of the various Mexican states, he's
just completed his newest series, Las Monjas, or The Nuns. Each has an individual
story to tell about her experiences; you just have to listen closely. He's currently
working on several projects, including Los Monjes (monks) , Arboles de la Vida
(Trees of Life), and San Sebastian. www.artelista.com/autor/9797070873152503-gonzalez.html
Skip Heller is
an active jazz musician and film composer in Los Angeles. He lives quietly in
the Whitley Heights district with his wife and record collection. His activities
can be monitored at www.skipheller.com
lives in Mexico City. She holds a Master of Visual Arts degree from the Antiqua
Academia de San Carlos, UNAM, the most prestigious art school in Mexico. She
specializes in xilografia, print making.
Steve Koenig is
a member of the Jazz Journalists Association and The Publishing Triangle. His
work has been published in All About Jazz-New York, AllAboutJazz.com, JazzWeekly.com,
LaFolia.com, OneFinalNote.com, Outside (S.F.), Signal to Noise and other mags.
He has an MFA in Poetry, having studied with William Matthews and John Ashbery.
His poems have been published in Brooklyn Day Of The Poet, Diseased Pariah News,
planetAUTHORity, Poetry In Performance, Sensations Magazine, Unbearable Assembling
Magazine, and other magazines.
His work was included
in two international exhibitions September 2002. His bilingual poem "Climb
To Inspiration/El Rombo al Inspiración" was part of an art exhibition
entitled 'And the Music' in Oaxaca, Mexico, alongside the painting by Bernardo
González which inspired it. Steve's poetry recordings with Cooper-Moore,
Gunter Hampel, and Satoko Fujii, among others, were included in the "Musicircus"
performance in the University of Southampton (UK) "Cage 2002 - 90/10"
festival marking John Cage's 90th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his death.
He's also a teacher
and political activist for humanist causes including LGBT rights and Tourette's
Syndrome, and collaborates with artists and musicians in New York City and Mexico
Howard Mandel is
a writer, author of Future Jazz (Oxford University Press), editor of www.Jazzhouse.org,
president of the Jazz Journalists Association, reports for National Public Radio,
and teaches about American music at NYU. His articles, columns and essays in
the past year have appeared in Down Beat, Jazziz, Signal To Noise, Musical America,
The Wire (London); Swing Journal (Tokyo); he writes liner notes, and is a major
contributor to the Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music Since 1990.
Mandel, who lives in downtown New York, rides a bike, plays flutes, and is at
work on a book about jazz faces of the avant garde.
Jeff Matson designed
the Acoustic Levitation logo in 1996 when Robert Reigle and Steve Koenig began
their record label. Jeff graduated from the University of CT with a Bachelor's
degree in Fine Arts. He knew Koenig from the long-standing AGGA chatroom. In
addition to graphic design, Jeff Matson was a name in the York York cabaret
scene as a writer and composer, who helped many performers in developing patter,
organizing and choosing material and songs, and developing themes for their
shows. In 2004, Jeff decided to leave the corporate world and work full time
in cabaret, providing his writing and songwriting talents, website and promotion
design, direction and advice. He died in 2005 from a rare blood disease. Cabaret
Hotline Online now annually presents The Jeff Matson Award in his memory. Some
of Jeff's works can be found at members.aol.com/nostamj/JeffMatsonDesign.html.
is the Publisher and Poetry Editor of Sensations Magazine, a three-time winner
in the national American Literary Magazine Awards, and the author of six poetry
collections. You may find out more about his publication, readings, events,
and other creative endeavors at www.sensationsmag.com.
NIXON, MANAGING EDITOR
Craig Nixon is
a music writer, bassist, and host/producer of jazz radio programs. For four
years he produced the critically acclaimed Revolution In Sound, one of the leading
proponents of new jazz on the airwaves on the East Coast, also broadcast worldwide
via the internet.
Formerly the editor
of the Jazzroom.com website, his reviews, interviews and features have appeared,
both in print and online, in publications such as Perfect Sound Forever, the
Woodstock Times and Jazziz. Originally based in New York, he now lives in Greenville,
Eve Packer is a
poet with several CDs to her name, often in collaboration with saxophonist Noah
Howard, on Boxholder Records.
is an Israeli singer of Judeo-Spanish music and a doctoral student of Ethnomusicology
in the MIAM program. She studied folklore, classical Turkish music, and makam
in the Conservatory of ITÜ (Vocal Department). Her first solo album, Yahudice:
Urban Ladino Music from Istanbul, Izmir, Thessalonika and Jerusalem (Kalan,
2003), was released in Istanbul.
Robert Reigle is
a tenor saxophonist. He holds degrees in music education and music composition,
and a Doctorate in ethnomusicology from UCLA. Reviews of his recordings appeared
in Cadence, Downbeat, and Musician. Three recent CDs are currently available,
featuring his own compositions as well as pieces by Christian Asplund, Albert
Ayler, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, and a Papua New Guinean traditional melody
performed in duet with a New Guinean saxophonist.
Reigle taught ethnomusicology
and saxophone at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1990 to 1993, where
he served as Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts. He has performed two tributes
to Albert Ayler (in Seattle and New York) and two concerts celebrating Ornette
Coleman's birthday (at California Institute of the Arts and the University of
California Los Angeles). His group Surrealestate performed a Surrealism in Music
concert in conjunction with an exhibit of art by Rene Magritte at the Armand
Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
He is currently
teaching ethnolmusicology in Istanbul, and composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria
Avram have written several new compositions for him.
Laila Rosa is a
Brazilian Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology at Universidade Federal da Bahia
(from both the Music Department and the Feminist Program at Núcleo
Interdisciplinares da Mulher (NEIM), first PhD program in Gender and Feminism
in Latin America). She finished one year (2007-2008) as Visiting Student at
NYU (from both the Music Department and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies) researching her dissertation on gender, sexuality, music and power
within the Afro-Indigenous cult Jurema in Northeast of Brazil, a form of Shamanism
in a contemporary urban context. Ms. Rosa sings, plays violin and rabec, a very
popular fiddle in music of Northeastern Brazil, participating in several groups
and orchestras, playing and composing Brazilian popular music, including for
theatre. She is working on her first book with of poetry.
is an artist who was born in Buenos Aires, lived for a while in Israel, and
now lives in New York State. firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry has a special
interest in the performance of jazz and poetry together. He has made four recordings
of his poetry with jazz collaboration, the most recent being Tony's Blues,
on Cadence Jazz Records [CJR 1124, 2001]. 'I love the experience of working
with jazz artists and have been performing and recording with the likes of Cecil
McBee, John Hicks, Charles Tyler, Bobby Few, Wilber Morris, Fred Hopkins, and
Jay Leonhart since the early 1970s. His LP Taking Off was rereleased
as a CD by BleuRegard in Paris. "The music helps make my poetry more accessible
than just when read on the page, but at the end of the day, it's on the page
that I want my poems to sing."
is the author of five collections of poetry, Beast Is a Wolf With Brown Fire,
(BOA Editions, 1977), Roller Coaster Kid (T.Y. Crowell, 1982), Love
and Crush (Persea Books, 1991), The Short Life of the Five Minute Dancer
(Ridgeway Press, 1993), A Measure of Conduct (Ridgeway Press, 1999). His poetry
has appeared in over 100 journals in the U.S. and abroad, in such places as
Transatlantic Review, The Nation, Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review.
A group of new poems has recently been translated into Chinese by Professor
Wan Ning, for the magazine Contemporary Foreign Literature, 2001, an anthology
of post-beat poetry. His 1971 book Visions & Revisions: The Poets'
Practice [T.Y.Crowell] was reissued in a new and expanded edition by Broadview
He is a Professor
of literature and creative writing at the City University of New York Currently,
and Director of City College's Poetry Outreach Center. He is editor of the American
Book Review. In 1995 he received a fellowship to The MacDowell Colony. In Cape
Town, South Africa, he helped establish a creative writing outreach program
in 2001 where he met with the administration of the faculty to similar to the
one that exists at City College. In 2003 he traveled to the south of France
to conduct poetry workshops in schools, and present readings with French and
Les Zakarin worked
in the comic industry in the late 1940s until the mid 1950s as an inker. He
inked comic books such as Buccaneers, Capt. Daring, Sheena Queen of the Jungle,
and inked some of the original 3-D type comic books which first came out in
the 1950s. He inked for well-known comic artists such as Reed Crandell, Bob
Webb, Joe Kubet and John Romita. From the mid50s on he went to college and into
engineering, but has continued to do cartooning for pleasure. His Zaks correlate
to Hirschfield's Ninas. He passed away in 2002. You can read about his adventures
in Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #50.