2013 Music Omi Residents
Iracema de Andrade (Brazil), a cellist born in Rio de Janeiro, holds a PhD (with honors) in Music Performance from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM) (2010), a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Thames Valley University, London (1996), a Fellowship Diploma (1996) and an Advanced Studies Certificate (1993) from the London College of Music, and a B.A. in Music (1989) from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was also awarded the 2010 Alfonso Caso Academic Merit Medal by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Strongly committed to making the music of her time known, De Andrade specializes in the performance and research of contemporary works. Her major interests lie in the field of music and technology, focusing on works for cello and electroacoustic sounds, including multimedia and improvisation, all of which have earned her a strong reputation as an advocate of new contemporary music in Mexico. Since the year 2000, she has also worked as part of the faculty of the National Fine Arts Institute (Escuela Superior de Música - Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City.
Maggie Drennon (USA) is a premiere voice in Celtic singing, a long standing influence in the Sean Nos style from the west of Ireland. She is a noted historian of Celtic songs. Through her research at the Dublin National Archives and the tiniest hamlets of the country, she is responsible for bringing many songs to life that might otherwise be lost. She is deeply devoted to passing this tradition to American audiences. She offers a variety of workshops on Celtic history and Gaelic singing. Her a capella performances are hypnotic, and most importantly bring you the soaring voice that inspires the heart!
Francesco Guaiana (Italy), a guitarist born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1973, became interested in music at a very young age, playing piano and guitar. After high school he started jazz guitar while taking classical guitar lessons. After attending many workshops in Italy he won a scholarship to study performance and composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, After a couple of years spent between NY and Europe, he moved back to Italy where he is currently teaching and promoting his projects. Between 2006 and 2007 he performed at Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin, won the first price for the best live soundtrack composition at "Strade del Cinema festival" in Aosta, Italy as a member of Hector Mann Music Crew and has written music for " Controra Contemporary Dance Company" in Trento, Italy. From October to December of 2007 Francesco was in residence in Paris as a winner of the Recollets International Residency Program, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Direction des Affaires Culturelles , Mairie de Paris. He has recently been invited to Ozmotic Festival in Turin, Italy, Upload Festival in Bolzano, Italy, Hamburg Jazz Tage in Hamburg, Germany, Sapobla Jazz Festival in Mallorca, Spain and was also invited by Zicht Foundation as a resident artist in Amsterdam to compose music for the "Nordgevoel project." He most recently released "The Spoiled Tree," a recording produced by Fitzcarraldo Records and is currently teaching Jazz guitar at the Music Conservatory in Palermo and Messina, Italy.
Brad Henkel (USA) is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser and composer. His work integrates composition and improvisation with new and innovative instrumental techniques and performance art. Henkel maintains a busy touring schedule with recent performances throughout Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and the United States. In 2012 he was a featured performer in a concert presented by "ON- Neue Musik Köln" in Germany and in 2010 he performed in the "Brooklyn's Here" concert series presented by Dave Douglass and the Festival of New Trumpet. He is one of the co-founders of Prom Night Records, a music label that presents experimental music from Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia and elsewhere. He has recently appeared with Audrey Chen, Dan Peck, Katherine Young, Harald Austbo, Michael Moore, Jeff Kaiser, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Matt Bauder, Josh Sinton, Georg Wissel, Vinny Golia, Miako Klein and Florian Zwißler. Henkel received a Bachelor of Music degree from Purchase College, State University of New York and has studied with Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Misha Mengelberg, Jim Black, Jon Faddis and Laurie Frink.
James Brandon Lewis (USA), born in Buffalo, NY, Holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. James is an alumnus of the Banff Jazz Residency in Canada where he studied with Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Tony Malaby, and Hank Roberts. James was selected by pianist Matthew Shipp to participate in the Atlantic Center for the Arts 141st residency. James recorded debut CD Moments 2010 and recently recorded his second Album "Divine Travels " Featuring William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis.
Don Nichols (USA) is a percussionist, composer and improviser dedicated to innovative and interdisciplinary performance. His work is "infectiously melodic while remaining rhythmically complex...perfectly reactive and interactive" (Don Seybold, WBAA Radio). Nichols was the first percussionist awarded a Fulbright to Sweden in 2000, and recently received an Indiana Arts Commission Grant to record his debut CD "Station of Small Sounds". He performs throughout the US and internationally as a soloist, with the group PMPD and in collaboration with dancemakers, visual artists, and musicians, including Max Roach, Roger Reynolds, Evelyn Glennie, Joseph Kalichstein, John Luther Adams and Evan Parker among others. Highlights of his performances include the Green Umbrella Series, Carnegie Hall and festivals in New York, Norway, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Germany. Nichols was a recent artist at the Guapamacatero Art and Ecology Residency [Mexico], CAMAC [France], and numerous US universities. His former teachers include Steven Schick, Anders Åstrand and Michael Burritt, and he earned his DMA from UC San Diego. Nichols currently teaches at Purdue University and directs the E3 Series for Improvisation Performance.
Anders Nilsson (Sweden/USA) is a guitarist and composer, living and working in NYC since 2000. His diverse body of work is recognizable by his personal tone, versatility, command, and expressive, thoughtful musicality. Nilsson is featured in numerous contexts, spanning a wide range of the musical spectrum from solo guitar projects to leading and co-leading several groups, including Anders Nilsson Group, AORTA, Fulminate Trio, Hot&Cold, and Exposed Blues Duo. Nilsson has performed and recorded with many musicians associated with the blues/jazz/experimental paradigm such as Raoul Björkenheim, Eugene Chadbourne, Paquito D'Rivera, William Parker, Elliot Sharp, Fay Victor Ensemble, poet John Sinclair, and metal band Angelblood. He can be heard on over 30 albums. His composition credits include a growing book of works for ensembles, guitar, short films, dance, and theatre plays. Active for over 12 years on the New York cross-genre experimental music scene, including countless spontaneous composition/free improvisation ventures.
Woonjung Sim (Republic of South Korea), the winner of World Music Award (2009) and Experimental Spirit Award (2010) of the 21st Century Korean Music Project Competition organized by the Korean government, is a percussionist who has been recognized for her excellent musical talent and accomplishments nationwide. She was recently funded by with an Artist-in-Residency grant through the Korean government for seeking a new direction of Korean music in NYC in 2011. While living in NYC she held improvisational music concerts with various musicians. She also recorded and released her album with the members of an ensemble, Janya, that she organized as a principal player and a composer, and debuted at the Kennedy Center. She began her formal musical training in Korean traditional percussion at the age of ten and was fortunate to learn various musical skills that have made her a versatile musician not only in Korean traditional music but also in in theater music, contemporary music and improvisation. In 2010-2011 She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to pursue her Master's degree at Seoul National University.
Roman Stolyar (Russia), composer, piano improviser and educator, was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia, and graduated from Novosibirsk College of Music as a jazz pianist and from Novosibirsk State Concervatoire as a composer of contemporary and electronic music. As an improviser, he has collaborated with Dominic Duval, William Parker, Vinny Golia, Stephen Nachmanovitch, Susan Allen, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Oliver Lake, Assif Tsahar, Glen Hall, Thomas Buckner,Martin Kuchen, Ed Sarath, and many others. His music has been released on labels Cadence Jazz, Electroshock Records, SoLyd, Ayler Records, NewFolder2, and Ermatell Records. He is currently employed as an educator at Novosibirsk College of Music, and music director of Novosibirsk State Theatre "Globe". He is a member of the Russian Composers Union and member of the Advisory Council of International Society for Improvised Music.
Lenka Štůralová (Czech Republic) born in Ostrava and was accepted to the Janáček Conservatory Ostrava (composition class of prof. Milan Báchorek, piano class of Mgr. Karla Wojtovičová – graduated in 2007) and in 2005 accepted to Academy of Music and Performing Arts (composition class of Prof. Leoš Faltus). In 2009 she studied as an exchange student at the University of North Texas (composition class of prof. David Bithell) and in 2010 at the Artez hogeschool voor de kunsten (composition class of prof. Alex Manassen). Currently Lenka Štůralová is enrolled in a doctoral program in composition and theory of composition at Janáček Academy. She attended many composition workshops and festivals, collaborated with distinguished performers (Aurelia saxophone quartet, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc) and received prizes from national and international competitions (2009 1st place in the composition competition for young composers "Generace", 2010 received 2nd place in the composition competition Generace, 2011 received 2nd place in the Composition contest van Covelens organ Alkmaar, etc.).
Caroline Thon (Germany), is a composer and saxophonist. She received a degree as a classical instrumentalist in 1996, followed by one year at Berklee College of Music. From 1999 - 2003 she studied Composition and Jazz Saxophone at the Cologne Music Academy. According to her complex training she is continuously crossing boundaries between modern jazz, contemporary music and "rhythm 'n blues." She was not only awarded prizes at international jazz competitions in Holland as an instrumentalist and composer but was also charged by the European Music Festival (2008) in Stuttgart to re-compose the "Art of Fugue" (J.S. Bach, BWV 1080)) .With the CDs of her jazz quintet PATCHWORK (2005/2008) she has already attracted much attention. In 2009 she established her own Big Band, which released in July 2011 their Debut recording "Panta Rhei." Since then she has played with the THONELINE ORCHESTRA and is a regular guest of renowned jazz festivals throughout Europe.
Jing Wang (China/USA), a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. Ms. Wang has participated in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. Her compositions have been selected and presented in China, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Canada, and throughout the United States. They have also been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest, Spain. One of her compositions Weathered Edges of Time is selected for inclusion in the collection of French National Library. She was the winner of 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music. As an active erhu performer, she has introduced the Chinese indigenous erhu into Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, avant-garde jazz improvisations and multicultural ensembles. She has also successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States. Ms. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she teaches electroacoustic music, composition, and music theory.
Ute Völker (Germany) Is an accordionist who specialises in improvised music. She gives concerts regularly at international festivals for improvised music in Europe where she performs as a soloist or in ad-hoc positions. She also works in interdisciplinary projects together with visual artists, video film makers, actors, literati and performers. She lives in Wuppertal and works as a music teacher at the Musikschule Bochum (Bochum Music School).