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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.


Chris Chalfant 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.


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.


Steve Dalachinsky 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.


Leonard Fraser 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.


Bernardo González 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.


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


Josefina Jordán 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,,,,, 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 City.


Howard Mandel is a writer, author of Future Jazz (Oxford University Press), editor of, 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


David Messineo 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


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 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, South Carolina.


Eve Packer is a poet with several CDs to her name, often in collaboration with saxophonist Noah Howard, on Boxholder Records.


Hadass Pal-Yarden 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.


David Schestenger is an artist who was born in Buenos Aires, lived for a while in Israel, and now lives in New York State.


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."

Barry Wallenstein 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 Press [2002].

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 African musicians.


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.

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