fred hersch (composer/pianist): Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Composition; Jazz Journalists Association 2011 Jazz Pianist of the Year; 3 GRAMMY® nominations (two for Jazz Instrumental Performance, one for Best Instrumental Composition); Grants from NEA, Chamber Music America, Rockefeller Foundation and Meet the Composer; seven residencies at The MacDowell Colony; over 30 albums as leader/duo partner; performed on over 100 CDs. Jazz Studies faculty, The New England Conservatory. A survivor of HIV/AIDS for more than a quarter of a century, in the summer of 2008 a vicious pneumonia left him in septic shock and a coma for two months; he precisely retained a series of dreams when he emerged from his coma.
herschel garfein (writer/director): is a GRAMMY® award-winning composer, writer and stage director. Currently: music and lyrics for the operatic adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Garfein wrote the celebrated libretto for Robert Aldridge's opera Elmer Gantry,which won GRAMMYs® last year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Engineered Classical Recording.As composer: Mythologies (Mark Morris), Sueños (Mabou Mines), American Steel (Alabama Symphony); incidental music for Sir Peter Hall's Troilus and Cressida (TFNA). As writer: Aldridge's Parables; Robert S. Cohen's Alzheimer's Stories and Edison Invents. As director: Edison Invents, Gantry workshops, Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis. Grants from NEA, Mass Council on the Arts, Nat'l Institute for Music/Theater. Faculty at The Steinhardt School, New York University. More at rgdead.com
michael winther (actor/singer): received a Drama Desk nomination for his critically acclaimed solo performance in Songs From An Unmade Bed at New York Theater Workshop. Previous work with Fred Hersch includes The Songs of Fred Hersch (Lincoln Center’s American Songbook). He made his Lincoln Center solo concert debut at the American Songbook series showcasing new work by contemporary theater composers and lyricists. Other New York concert work includes: Allen Room, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Birdland, and Ars Nova. Nationally, he has appeared with Robert Kapilow in "What Makes It Great?" celebrating the songs of Sondheim, Gershwin, Porter and Bernstein. Michael’s theatre credits include -- Broadway: 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, 1776, The Crucible, Artist Descending A Staircase, Damn Yankees. He has worked extensively off-Broadway, in television and film and at regional theaters including: Yale Rep, Center Theater Group, McCarter, Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Centerstage and Old Globe.
sarah wickliffe (animator): Sarah Wickliffe is an animator and visual artist currently living in New York City. A graduate of NYU Tisch, her thesis film "Art's Desire" has screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide, most notably a Gold Student Academy Award in 2007. She has since worked on a wide range of projects, from preschool television to The Onion News Network. While she wears many hats (animator, director, storyboard artist, designer), she is most happy holding a paintbrush. Currently, Sarah is working on graphics for The Onion's "Fact Zone" airing this Fall on the IFC network. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.wickpix.com.
aaron copp (lighting designer): Recent projects include designing tours for Natalie Merchant, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, and Laurie Anderson; Imaginary Cities for SO Percussion at BAM; 2 new works for choreographer Jonah Bokaer in the UK and France; The Cocktail Party and Bedroom Farce for TACT at Theater Row; and many others. He has been given two NY Dance & Performance Awards (Bessies), one for The Invention of Minus One by Jonah Bokaer and one for Biped by Merce Cunningham. He was also awarded a San Diego Theater Critics Award for Bus Stop, directed by Joe Hardy at the Globe.
eamonn farrell (video systems designer): Eamonn has designed video and projections for shows at venues such as PS 122, La Mama ETC, The Flea, The Ohio, HERE, the Kasser Theatre at Montclair, The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and the Roes Theatre, Chora Theatre, the Greek National Opera and Megaron Musiki in Athens, Greece. He designs extensively for director Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines, including Breur's upcoming "La Divina Caricatura." His multi-media theatre company, Anonymous Ensemble has presented work in NYC, Edinburgh, London, Brisbane, Berlin, Oslo and Athens
gregg kallor (conductor): Pianist, composer, and improviser. Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert featured the world premiere of his nine-movement suite for solo piano, "A Single Noon" - a tableau of New York life told through composed music and improvisation. The suite will be featured on Kallor's upcoming solo album. Previous albums: Exhilaration – Dickinson and Yeats Songs (Kallor's acclaimed song-settings of poems by William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and Herschel Garfein sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala); There's A Rhythm (jazz trio).