M.A. composition

Akiko Hatakeyama


Akiko Hatakeyama is a singer, song writer, flutist, composer, and video artist who is a native of Yokohama, Japan. She is interested in crossing boundaries between traditionally written music, electronics, and improvisation. She incorporates sensibilities and styles of Japanese culture and sounds of everyday objects into her music making. She most often finds beauty in simplicity.

Benjamin J Mansavage Klein


Benjamin J Mansavage Klein is a tuba player, improviser and composer.  He explores new ways to use the tuba, including its implementation with electronics and theater.  Benjamin completed his undergraduate work at Lawrence University receiving a combined degree in music theory/composition and tuba performance. In 2005 and 2006, he was able to undertake projects in Amsterdam, London, Sydney, and Tokyo through the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.  At Wesleyan University, Benjamin is involved in the Anthony Braxton Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, and the Wesleyan Composers’ Workshop.
personal website:  www.bjmklein.com

Tyshawn Sorey


Tyshawn (b. Newark, N.J., 1980) is an active composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and scholar whose work encompasses an extensive range of musical idioms. As a percussionist, trombonist, and pianist, Tyshawn has performed and/or recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Michele Rosewoman, Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, and Billy Bang, among many others. Sorey‘s work has been favorably reviewed in Traps, The Village Voice, The Wire, The New York Times, Modern Drummer, JazzTimes, The Star-Ledger, Downbeat Magazine, and on WKCR-FM. Tyshawn has also appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics’ Poll since 2007.  In an article that appeared in Arcana 4 (John Zorn, ed.), he outlines his approach to the co-existence of composition and improvisation. Sorey received his B.M. (2004) in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University where he studied under John Riley, James Williams, and Kevin Norton. During this period he also studied composition with Anton Vishio and John Link, as well as performed in various settings under Peter Jarvis, director of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.  Sorey has also conducted and participated in various lectures and master classes on improvisation, composition, contemporary drumming, ensemble playing, and critical theory at the International Realtime Music Symposium (Norway), Hochschule für Musik Köln, School of Improvisational Music, Musikhochschule Nürnberg, Berklee College of Music, Birmingham Conservatory of Music (England), and Cité de la Musique in Paris.  He has received commissions from Van Lier Fellowship and Roulette Intermedium, most recently for a multi-chapter work in progress entitled “Wu-Wei.” It premiered in its’ entirety at The Stone in New York City, where he served as curator, in August 2009.  Tyshawn is currently a private instructor in composition and improvisation for the School of Improvisational Music.

Dan St. Clair


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