Zaina Alsous


Zaina Alsous is an abolitionist daughter of the Palestinian diaspora. Her writing has appeared in The Offing, the Boston Review, the New Inquiry, Best New Poets 2017 and elsewhere. Her chapbook Lemon Effigies won the Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize and was recently published on Anhinga Press.

Erica Berry


Erica Berry _"Beasts Among Us"_October 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction's TRUE STORY magazine

Erica Berry is a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, where she was a College of Liberal Arts Fellow. She is the winner of a 2018 AWP Intro Journal Award, a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant, the 2017 Kurt Brown Prize in Creative Nonfiction, the 2017 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Award, and the 2016 and 2017 Gesell Awards in Creative Nonfiction. Her journalism and essays have been published in True Story, The Southeast Review, Literary Hub, Guernica, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and others, and is forthcoming in Colorado Review. She is currently working on a collection of essays about fear.  

Benjamin Heller


Bridge/Serpentine Path - 160 x 22 x 4/36" - Carved Oak - 2017

Benjamin Heller is a photographer and cross disciplinary Benjamin Heller is a cross disciplinary artist based in New York. Drawing from a diverse background and training in photography, sculpture, dance, and physical improvisation, his works are rooted in the movement of the body and the creation of intimate environments that can be entered, opening a space for discovery via the body, senses, and the imagination. His projects focus on the conflict and unity that can be found in the space between the hold of opposing forces, such as inside and outside, emergence and disappearance, rest and awakening. By engaging his body directly with materials that are often organic, such as wood, stone, reed or found within his local environment, he creates sensitizing structures that afford physical conversations between the natural dynamics of the material and a new experience for the body. These performative sculptures can then be expanded by performance or met by others. His photography, video and sculptural performance works have been shown at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, Wave Hill, New York Live Arts, ICP International Center of Photography, Robin Rice Gallery, IDIO Gallery, La Mama, Hazan Projects, Fresh Window Gallery, Eyebeam, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Honey Space Gallery in New York. In 2013 he was selected for the Bronx Museum AIM residency program and Biennial Exhibition. He has created immersive site-specific Installations “Spines Alluvial” carved into quarry blocks at the Marble House Project in Dorset VT, “The Vital Contour of U+US” a commissioned permanent installation in New Orleans, and a commissioned interactive installation “Inverted Constellation” as a visiting artist at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania AU. Collaborative dance and sculpture projects include The Blind Men and the Elephant with choreographer Julie Bour at New York Live Arts. “A Place of Sun” with Company Stefanie Batten Bland performed in Paris and New York, and“Welcome”, at La Mama in New York City.

Michael Harrison


Michael_Harrison_Revelation_Album_2007 Listen and read the program notes here: Revelation is a 72-minute work for solo piano in a “just intonation” tuning of my design. The album, released on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music label, was selected by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and TimeOut New York as one of the “Best Classical Recordings of 2007.

“Michael Harrison's 'Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation' is probably the most brilliant and original extended composition for solo piano since the early works of Frederic Rzewski three decades ago (and no, I’m not forgetting Elliott Carter).” – Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, Tim Page Composer/pianist Michael Harrison occupies a unique place in the world of music. His works are a blend of European musical traditions and those of North Indian classical music, forging an entirely new approach to composition through tunings and methodologies that employ and extend the ancient concept of “just intonation.” The quality of his work and personal vision has earned him the label of, in the words of composer Philip Glass, an "American maverick.” As a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), Harrison will be creating a new work for Alarm Will Sound. He is currently working on a commission for Del Sol Quartet. Time Loops, his album with cellist Maya Beiser, on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music label, was selected in NPR’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012. His evening-length work for just intonation piano, Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation (Cantaloupe), was chosen by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and TimeOut New York as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2007. Just Constellations, commissioned by Grammy-winning vocal octet, Roomful of Teeth, was premiered at MASS MoCA and the Park Avenue Armory, and recorded in The TANK, a 65’ water tank in rural Colorado with a 40-second reverb. The group’s performance was in the New Yorker’s “Ten Notable Performances of 2017,” and the subject of a feature article in which Alex Ross wrote, “Harrison’s glacially beautiful 2015 piece ‘Just Constellations’ made the deepest connection to the place: as luminous chords accumulated, it was difficult to tell which pitches were coming from live singers and which were coming out of the walls.” The New York Times wrote, “… particularly arresting, a celestial soundscape of gorgeous harmonies… the notes rang out like a jubilantly microtonal choir of bells.” Just Ancient Loops, Harrison’s collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison and cellist Maya Beiser, has received over 40 performances, including a 4-month looping-program at the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Louvre, Bang on a Can marathon, Ojai Music Festival, Big Ears Festival, M.I.T., Strings of Autumn in Prague, at Sundance and other film festivals throughout the world. Nautilus wrote, “If there really is a music of the spheres, the sound of a fundamental harmony in the universe, it has to be Just Ancient Loops, a 2012 work by composer Michael Harrison. Played on the cello, and complemented by a film created from archival clips and a recreation of Jupiter’s moons in orbit, Just Ancient Loops… propels viewers through time and space, landing them in the present, elated.” Harrison’s professional engagements have included numerous international performances, including next season at Muziekgebouw, plus Just Ancient Loops in a new version written for the Amsterdam Cello Octet to be played in the Netherlands. Associations include Bang on a Can, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Contemporaneous, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Stuttgart Ballet, media artist Loris Greaud (Centre Pompidou), architect David Gersten (RISD Museum), as well as his mentors, composers La Monte Young and Terry Riley. His works have also been performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, WNYC New Sounds Live at Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Monday Morning Concerts in Vancouver, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts, The Kitchen, Other Minds Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Quattro Pianoforti in Rome, American Academy in Rome, and the Havana Contemporary Music Festival. As La Monte Young’s protégé, Harrison executed the specialized tunings and scores for Young's 6½-hour work, The Well-Tuned Piano, eventually becoming the only other person to perform this work. This led him to create the Harmonic Piano, an extensively modified grand piano capable of playing 24 notes per octave. Along with Young and Terry Riley, Harrison was a disciple of Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, starting in 1979, and for the past 20 years, he has continued studying and performing Indian classical music as a disciple of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. He is co-founder and president of the American Academy of Indian Classical Music. Harrison has been on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Rhode Island School of Design, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Bang on a Can Summer Institute. Recent awards include New Music USA, American Composers Forum Competition and Residency in Cuba, Aaron Copland Recording Grant, Classical Recording Foundation Award, University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the IBLA Fdn. Grand Prize. He has received fellowships and residencies from the American Academy in Rome, Dia Art Fdn., Yaddo, Ucross Fdn., Djerassi, Millay Colony, Bogliasco Fdn., La Napoule Art Fdn., Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Marble House Project, I-Park Fdn., MELA Fdn., and the MacDowell Colony, where he has served on the Fellows Executive Committee since 2013. His works have been recorded on New World Records, New Albion Records, Innova Recordings, Important Records, Miasmah Recordings, Fortuna Records, Windham Hill Records, and Cantaloupe Music.

Dana Klitzberg


Rigatoni alla Norma: a classic Sicilian pasta dish

Dana Klitzberg has been educated in Italian cuisine over the course of 28 years spent visiting and living in Italy -- as a student, traveler, resident, and professional chef. She is, to date, the first (and possibly remains the only) female American chef ever to serve as Executive Chef of a restaurant in Italy...twice. Her depth of knowledge and understanding of cooking technique, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and its flavors and history, and restaurants and the service industry in general, have been honed over the course of countless hours spent in professional restaurant kitchens, catering, serving clients as a private chef, teaching, traveling, writing, reading and studying food in all its forms. Chef Dana loves her work and views it as a pleasure, from which both she and her clients reap delicious rewards. Ms. Klitzberg's passion for great food was ignited at a young age, as her sweet tooth drew her to her mother's side in the kitchen, preparing desserts for dinner parties and family gatherings. Growing up in central New Jersey, she traveled frequently to her grandparents' farm in Pennsylvania, where she developed a taste for fresh, seasonal ingredients, working alongside her family to harvest fruits and vegetables. Visiting her other set of grandparents in NYC, she'd enjoy the distinct flavors of fried calamari in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and the classic New York deli in which her family would indulge, as well as trips to Chinatown and Little Italy for family dinners. Summer vacations in New England meant pushing out to sea on a boat to catch fresh lobster, or plucking the famously sweet wild blueberries in Maine. Years later, on an eye-opening high school trip to Italy, Dana forged a lasting bond with the cuisine, people, and culture of the Bel Paese. While at the University of Virginia, she spent a semester studying in Florence, where she took a series of private cooking classes that made an indelible impact on her, and would plant the seeds for her future career. Ms. Klitzberg also studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance for 25 years, and performed as a member of the Princeton Ballet II Company -- which taught her about timing and theatricality, things she would find helpful in the "theater" of the restaurant kitchen. Ms. Klitzberg began her cooking career at the renowned Italian restaurant San Domenico NY, and later moved to Rome, Italy. She spent 8 years in the Eternal City, furthering her restaurant career by cooking her way up to executive chef, collaborating with top Italian Michelin-starred toques, and honing her craft and her palate through travel up and down the Italian peninsula, and around the world. Simultaneously, she launched blu aubergine in 2001, to cater events among expats and teach cooking classes to visiting foreigners in Italy. Over the years and the course of her restaurant work, the company grew into a favorite catering company for international clients in film and the arts, as well as diplomatic institutions (foreign embassies, the American Academy of Rome), and governing agencies like the Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the UN. When she wasn’t behind the burners of Roman restaurants, Ms. Klitzberg was writing about them – as restaurant critic for various publications including the Time Out guide series, and 12 years as the sole Dining Editor and general contributor to Fodor’s guides to Rome and Italy. Dana now spends most of her time in New York City, and returns to Italy several times a year for extended stays, during which she continues to conduct classes and tours, cater, write about Italian food, and renew inspiration in her food-obsessed surroundings. Ms. Klitzberg enjoys the juxtaposition of the pulsating metropolis of Manhattan's diverse culinary offerings, with the perennial "pizza-and-pasta" food culture of Italy, where farm-to-table is not a trend... because it's always been a way of life. Ms. Klitzberg grew up in Princeton Jct., New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in English Language and Literature. She received a professional degree in Culinary Arts from New York City's Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump’s) in 1999.

Paul Singh


Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA. He has danced for Gerald Casel, Jane Comfort, Risa Jaroslow, Will Rawls, and currently dances for Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Faye Driscoll. He was featured in the inaugural cast of Punchdrunk theater company’s American debut of “Sleep No More”. He was a dancer in Peter Sellars’ new opera “The Indian Queen.” Most recently he danced for Peter Pleyer (with collaborators Meg Stuart, Sasha Waltz and Jeremy Wade) in a large-scale improvisation work in Berlin. Paul has had his own work presented at the Judson Church, New York Live Arts, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C, and in 2004 his solo piece “Stutter” was presented at the Kennedy Center. Paul has taught contact improvisation around the world during CI training festivals in Israel, Spain, Ukraine, Germany, France, Finland and India. He currently teaches for Movement Research, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Juilliard School. While in NYC, he continues dancing and choreographing for his company, Singh & Dance.

Francisco Vazquez Murillo


Francisco Vazquez Murillo HISTORIA DEL SENTIMIENTO 2017 Installation, variable measures. 2k video color, no sound. Projection on canvas 530 x 240 cm Exhibition views Kaus Australis. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Francisco Vazquez Murillo (born 1980 in Rosario, ARG) Holds a degree in Philosophy, from University of Rosario. He lives in Buenos Aires since 2005. Previous residencies include Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, RSDNART in Yucatan, Mexico, Nido Errante in Chaltén, Patagonia. He was part of the 2016th Artist programme of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and awarded with the FNA - CONTI grant in 2015, in Argentina.

His work includes a wide range of media such as video installations, sculpture, painting and performances in order to create a mental space playing with the presences/absent of human body to somehow explore relations between landscape and nature, distance and representation, word and earth.