Joe Brent

Graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1999 with a focus on contemporary music, Joe Brent immediately began working closely with many of the great modern composers, premiering and performing works by Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Olga Neuwirth, David Loeb, Anna Clyne, and Nathan Davis, among many others. He has performed with many well-known chamber ensembles, including The International Contemporary Ensemble, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Argento New Music Project, Speculum Musicae, Fireworks Music, Art of Élan, Tres Americas, and nunc.

Concurrently, he is thoroughly versed in the traditional orchestral repertoire, having performed with The Boston Symphony, The Chicago Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, The New World Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet and City Opera. As a solo artist, he has given recitals and clinics in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2001, and has lectured on contemporary music at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In 2007, he was featured soloist with the Orchestra a Pizzico Ligure in several performances throughout northern Italy, and performed in the Miller Theatre portrait of Elliot Carter, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, in celebration of the composer's 99th birthday. In 2008 and 2011, he was a featured performer and clinician at the Classical Mandolin Society of America annual convention, and performed in an all-Carter program at the Tanglewood Music Festival under the direction of James Levine. In 2009 he headlined the Hildener Meisterkurs für Mandoline und Guitarre in Düsseldorf, Germany, and performed with Tres Américas Project at the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea in Lima, Peru. That same year he and harpist Bridget Kibbey were named amongst the first artists to participate in the Weill Music Institute's Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program. In 2013 he performed as soloist with Michael Tilson Thomas and The San Francisco Symphony as well as with Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A recent solo tour took him across Ireland and England, and in 2016 he performed and served on a panel at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, UAE. He maintains an active international concert schedule. Simultaneously, Mr. Brent has maintained an active career in popular and improvising music. He was a long-time member of Regina Spektor’s band, and also performed with Woody Allen, Jewel, Stephane Grappelli, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Tommy Tune, Sam Moore (from Sam and Dave), the Alan Ferber Nonet + Strings, Jillette Johnson, and Kishi Bashi. He has been featured in dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway pit orchestras, including Tony Award winners and nominees Spring Awakening, Everyday Rapture, Big River, Urban Cowboy, the Daniel Fish-directed experimental re-imagining of Oklahoma!, and the 2014 Shakespeare In The Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. In 2010 he debuted the Joe Brent Quartet, featuring his own compositions and arrangements. Recently, he co-founded the improvising chamber ensemble 9 Horses along with jazz violinist Sara Caswell and bassist Shawn Conley, which was a finalist in the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the only improvising ensemble to do so. 9 Horses released its debut album, Perfectest Herald, in 2015, and in 2016 were the winners of the 21CM LAUNCH: Emerging Artists competition. 2017 will see the premiers of new works commissioned for 9 Horses to perform with Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Civic Symphony, The Arkansas Symphony, and the faculty of Illinois State. In 2007, Mr. Brent published two books of mandolin pedagogy, Scales and Arpeggios for the Mandolin and Orchestral and Chamber Excerpts for Mandolin. That same year, he released his debut album, Point of Departure, featuring duets with Ms. Kibbey. In 2010, he recorded the complete mandolin works of David Loeb for Vienna Modern Masters, and in 2014 he released a recording of John Dowland’s lute music arranged for himself and Israeli mandolinist Alon Sariel for paladino media. Recently he has participated in recordings by Kishi Bashi, Erin McKeown, Justin King & King Radio, Kelli Rae Powell, and Gary Smulyan & Dominic Chianese as a sideman, and several more as producer. Mr. Brent plays custom-made 8-string and 10-string acoustic mandolins by Brian Dean of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and a 5-string electric mandolin by Adam Buchwald of Burlington, VT.

Janna Dyk

Janna Dyk resides in New York, where she is an artist and independent curator. In 2015 she received a MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, after continuing studies in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York), and Literature and Spanish Linguistics as an undergraduate. A 2016 Rema Hort Foundation ACE Grant recipient, she has exhibited work and participated in residencies in the United States, Lebanon, and China. Recent exhibitions include Unravelled (2016) at the Beirut Art Center, To Tell You (2015), and Shall We Talk or Will We Just Gaze (2014), at 205 Hudson Street (New York). Her cross-disciplinary work navigates such varied subjects as psychology, linguistics, poetry, and perception. A 2015-16 curatorial fellow at Booklyn, select projects include [ON SILENCE] (2012) at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, OPEN CAGE: NEW YORK (2012) at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology; Strange Labor (2015), Cottage Industry (2015), Hard to Place (2016), and Valid From Until (2016) at Booklyn. She is editor of A House Without a Roof, a trilingual artist book by Adam Golfer. Her art and curatorial projects have been reviewed in The Curator, SEEN, ArtForum, Art in America, the NY Times, and Hyperallergic.

Devin Farrand

 Devin Farrand, Tank 3 4 and 5, 2017, Carrara marble and yellow zinc plated steel, Dimensions Variable, Art Basel Hong Kong

Devin Farrand, Tank 3 4 and 5, 2017, Carrara marble and yellow zinc plated steel, Dimensions Variable, Art Basel Hong Kong

Devin Farrand was born in Salem, Oregon and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelors degree in 3-D Art from Eastern Oregon University. He earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, during which he was awarded the Daisy Soros Prize for Fine Art by the American Austrian Foundation. Devin has been awarded a project grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs. He has exhibited his work in Taiwan, Austria, France, Germany, England and across the United States as well as attending residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria, and Art 342 in Colorado. His work is in the collections of New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, OR, as well as several private collections.

Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St Louis, and an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has participated in several residencies including Anderson Ranch, Anchor Graphics, Jackson Art Center, Pyramid Atlantic, and Spudnik Press. His last two person show C.O.Y.M.E. was in Detroit at Galerie Camille.

Emma Heaney

Emma Heaney is a teacher and writer from rural Wisconsin and settled in Queens. She is an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University. Her first critical book The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory (Northwestern University Press, 2017) demonstrates the distillation of a single narrative that defines trans womanhood in medical sources of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the uptake of that medicalized narrative in novels and theory. At Marble House Project she is at work on her first novel.

Ariel Herwitz

 Ariel Herwitz, A Crack, A River, A Chasm, A Sliver, installation View, Ochi Projects, 2016 

Ariel Herwitz, A Crack, A River, A Chasm, A Sliver, installation View, Ochi Projects, 2016 

Ariel Herwitz (b.1983 Atlanta, GA.) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.  She earned a B.A. in Visual Art from Bennington College in 2006, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011.  Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles at Marine Projects, Loudhailer Gallery, Greene Exhibitions, Ambach and Rice, and most recently, a solo exhibition at Ochi Projects.  Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze.

Amanda Szeglowski

 Amanda Szeglowski, Stairway to Stardom, 2017

Amanda Szeglowski, Stairway to Stardom, 2017

Amanda Szeglowski, Artistic Director (cakeface), is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, choreographer and performing artist. She is a HERE Resident Artist and a recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation's Women Playwrights Commissioning program. Formerly a Company Dancer with the internationally acclaimed Ellis Wood Dance (NYC) over a span of four years, she performed with the company throughout New York and on tour in locations such as Portugal, Germany, San Diego and Washington DC, and set work/taught with the Company at UC Berkeley and New York University, among others, all while additionally serving as the company’s Managing Director. Amanda launched her all-female dance-theatre company, cakeface, in 2008. As Culturebot describes, "cakeface is a group of fierce, funny, talented women" whose projects thread together intricate choreography and original, abstract scripts. cakeface projects contemplate the uncomfortable through the use of grim themes and an inherently wry female wit. Creative Loafing recently called Amanda’s work “as disturbing as it is delightful" and Culturebot nailed it with “Think Monica Bill Barnes for the Amy Schumer Generation,” in their piece, Eight Reasons cakeface’s Harold, I Hate You Is Your New Favorite Downtown Dance/Theater Piece. cakeface has been presented by En Garde Arts, Stony Brook University, Ars Nova, Dance New Amsterdam, AUNTS, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, RoofTop Dance with the Roger Smith Hotel, The Tank, Going Dutch (Chicago, IL), Smith & Tinker writers’ group, Hillsborough Community College, Rebound Dance Festival (New Haven, CT) and the Florida Dance Festival (Tampa, FL). With cakeface, Amanda has guest lectured at the University of South Florida, and taught master classes at the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, and Howard W. Blake School for the Arts. Having been in development for three years, Amanda’s newest work, Stairway to Stardom, will premiere at HERE in SoHo, NYC in September 2017.

Tobaron Waxman

 Photo by Kelly McCray

Photo by Kelly McCray

Tobaron Waxman is a visual artist who sings. Tobaron composes performances for photograph, video and site specific installation, and is also a trained vocalist in Jewish liturgical music. Tobaron has been exhibited at such venues as Palais de Tokio, Videotage Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Vienna, CEPA Buffalo, New Museum NYC, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New Museum NYC and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Tobaron has taught live art, collaboration and vocal techniques at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of the Art Institute Chicago and at the Hollins MFA Dance Program, and has lectured at Parsons, SOAS University of London, Concordia University, OCADU, SMFA Boston, UC Irvine, Goldsmiths and others. In 2010 Tobaron was honoured with the first ever Audience Award of the Jewish Museum of New York for the 8-hour endurance performance <I>Opshernish</I>.

Tobaron is a grateful recipient of residencies and fellowships from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Smack Mellon, Van Leir, Kulturlabor ICI Berlin, and grants from Ministry of Education and Training, Ontario, Canada, Technology Grant for Students with Disabilities, Franklin Furnace for Performance Art, Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. Tobaron was Fellow at the Akademie der Künst der Welt/Köln for 2014 - 15, and Resident at La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Spring 2015. Tobaron is currently developing a volume of artist interviews with international trans women artists, and more site-specific endurance performances for a cappella transsexual voice. In addition, Tobaron is a Research Collaborator of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas.

Tobaron’s writing and photography have been published internationally, including in Carte Blanche (Magenta, 2006), Post Porn Politics (bbooks, 2010), Trans Bodies Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014) and featured in such publications as Missy, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Theatre Review, Lillith, Women & Performance, GLQ, TSQ, and LTTR.

As a curator, Tobaron’s curatorial projects have included 'Watch me Work:Women, Labour and Queer Economies" at BBK Köln, Germany; 'Object Body: Unexpectedly Ecstatic' at Studio Maya, Brooklyn: 'Radical Drag/Transformative Performance' in collaboration with Stefan St-Laurent at GalerieSAWGallery, Ottawa; and the internationally touring video program 'Topographixx: Trans in the Landscape'. In 2013, Tobaron founded The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, as a combined curatorial, relational/live art, and sociopolitical praxis.