The Collaborators

Michael Miller is a composer and performer who currently resides in the Kansas City area. As a bass clarinetist, he has performed with ensembles and as a soloist throughout The United States, Europe, and South America. As a result, his compositions are strongly informed by a performative perspective. Michael strongly believes in the aesthetic of the composer-performer; a synergy equally evident in jazz, rock, Persian dastgāh, contemporary concert, death metal, hip hop, and every fusional suggenre in between. One of his ensembles, The Socially Awkward Composers, was featured on Barry Nolan’s Night Beat, and was proclaimed “the wave of music to come” by The Big Screen at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Carmen Moreno currently working as an independent artist in Kansas City, Missouri. Her works are generated by her interest in science, art, philosophy, synesthesia, quantum mechanics, and emergent theory. Carmen currently works for the Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Missouri Department of Conservation. She received her BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute in interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Writing with a certification in Community Arts and Service Learning. She has exhibited at numerous academic institutions, galleries and is featured in several collections.

Brad Van Wick is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. He frequently combines acoustic instruments with electronics to explore improvisation, collaboration, and meditation.

ERIC SOUTHER is a video and new media artist who creates custom software for manipulating audio and video in real-time. His interest include the materialization of digital aesthetics and the ritualistic spaces of media: the masks of media, the myths of media, and how they change the way we perceive our world. He received his M.F.A in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and his B.F.A in New Media from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at IU South Bend.

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Daniel Goggin is an artist, cameraman, editor, animator, live production manager, video technician, interactive engineer, and VJ. This is a man who knows his photons.  He also likes your shoes… are they new?

Elizabeth (Eli) Hougland is a composer, violinist and violist currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri. She is also an avid collaborator, and has participated in several ArtSounds. Eli has had works recorded by Quadrivium and NewEar. As a performer, she has played in groups such as Musica Nova, RIP ensemble, and Black House Collective. She is expected to graduate this spring from UMKC with a bachelors in composition.

Russell Thorpe has lived and worked in KC since 2005. He has been involved with a number of bands and project throughout his years here, most notably the Black House Collective and his band, the Phonologotronic.  He writes and produces music for a wide variety of ensembles and instrumentations, from small combo to full orchestra.  Among his most recent performances are the premiere of his chamber opera Dark Price, written as part of Black House Collective’s Rites of Being project, and a night of all original music as part of the Black Lab New Music Festival.  He plays saxophones and bass clarinet.  Look for his newest large scale work as part of Mnemosyne Duo coming in the spring of 2014.


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