Dylan is a composer and sound artist from Tasmania, Australia. He began his formal studies in composition at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, studying with Douglas Knehans and Don Kay and completed his Master’s degree at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA, where he studied with Joel Hoffman and Michael Fiday. Also a visual artist, Dylan is interested in expanding the theatrical nature of concert music through the use of image, lighting, musical sculpture and unconventional use of space. His works have been performed in concert halls, festivals, art galleries and living rooms, in Australia, the USA and Europe, by individuals and ensembles such as The Song Company (AUS), Cafe MoMus ensemble (U.S.A), and Tim Munro (from Eighth Blackbird), and performed at events such as the MusicX festival (Switzerland), Sound-to-Light/Dark MOFO, Networked Art Forms: Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits, and MONA FOMA 2013 which featured the premiere of his chamber opera Starchild.
Through residencies and mentorships Dylan has worked with companies such as Chamber Made Opera and IHOS, and is currently engaged in a mentorship with Aphids though the Supermassive program. He is now working on a new opera, 'Terminal,' which will premiere at Next Wave Festival in May 2014.
Danny Clay is a composer and general noise-maker from Ohio, drawing upon elements of American primitive, art education, children's theater, genealogy, improvisation, digital media, and everything in between to make music (and sometimes other odds and ends) for the people around him, whether it be writing for the concert hall, recording tunes in his apartment, or collaborating with other artists.
He currently “daylights” as an elementary school music teacher in San Francisco, where he has been curating collaborative projects between students in the Bay Area and professional musicians around the country to produce original works that allow young creative minds to learn, explore and directly impact the new music community. Recent work in this vein has included a monodrama for the pierrot group Nonsemble 6 on texts created specifically for the project by kids from 826 Valencia, and a video-work in collaboration with Phyllis Chen featuring elementary schoolers' graphic response pieces to Cage's Suite for Toy Piano.
He's grateful to have worked with a ton of incredible artists and organizations, including Kronos Quartet, Phyllis Chen, 826 Valencia, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony, concert:nova + the Cincinnati Ballet, and many up-and-coming groups in the Bay Area including the Mobius Trio, Friction Quartet, the Living Earth Show, Nonsemble 6, New Keys, and others. Upcoming collaborations include leading a weekend educational workshop with the International Contemporary Ensemble, two new pieces for pianist Sarah Cahill, an album with the Living Earth Show, and more.
Molly Joyce is a composer originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has recently been described as written in an “emotionally appealing twenty-first century style” (Fanfare Magazine), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her music has been performed by notable ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Decoda and Contemporaneous. As a performer, Molly often performs on her vintage Magnus electric chord organ solo and on keyboard, performing with her band Fekta and venues such as DROM NYC. An active participant in other aspects of the music industry, Molly is currently the Digital Content Manager for both New Amsterdam Presents/Records and Roomful of Teeth. She also currently serves as an assistant to composer Missy Mazzoli, singer/songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and jazz artist Darcy James Argue. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music studying with Samuel Adler. For more information, please visit www.mollyjoycemusic.com.
Paul Schuette (b. 1985) is a composer, sound artist and performer with a DMA from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. According to Citybeat Cincinnati, he creates "works of art that address multiple senses simultaneously and thoughtfully, no matter the context." In the concert hall, his music enhances live performers potential with live electronics. His influences range from theoretical physics to the visual arts, and his music often incorporates unique computer software, handmade electronics, and video. His sound art works range from “speaker mobiles” after Alexander Calder to interactive “circuit drawings”. As a performer, Schuette deploys his menagerie of handmade electronic instruments in improvised settings and is a founding member of CiCLOP (Cincinnati Composers Laptop Orchestra Project). His music has been performed by Percussion Group Cincinnati, and at NIME, SEAMUS, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Soundcrawl:Nashville, Intermedia Arts Festival (Indianapolis), and the Midwest Composer's Forum, among others. www.paulshuette.com
Ty Niemeyer (b. 1991) is a composer and percussionist currently based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has studied composition with Joel Hoffman, Douglas Knehans, and Michael Fiday, and percussion with members of the Percussion Group Cincinnati (Jim Culley, Russell Burge, Allen Otte). Often exploring delicate timbres and sparse textures, Ty writes music concerned with finding a spirituality for the 21st century. Recent projects include works for the Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the College-Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble. As a performer, Ty has played with various orchestras and chamber groups in the Cincinnati area, and has collaborated in improvisations with other composers in venues as diverse as art galleries and museums, bars, coffee shops, and libraries.