Angélica Negrón

Angélica Negrón (she/her) is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist. She writes music for voices, orchestras, and film as well as robots, toys, and plants. Angélica is known for playing with the intersection of classical and electronic music, unusual instruments, and found sounds.

Residencies and commissions include WNYC’s The Greene Space (a 4-part variety show exploration of sound and personal history), the NY Botanical Garden (an immersive site-specific work for electronics and 100 voices), and Opera Philadelphia (a drag opera film in collaboration with Mathew Placek and Sasha Velour). Recent commissions include works for the LA Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Sō Percussion, Kronos Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, and an original score for the HBO docuseries Menudo: Forever Young. 

Angélica has upcoming premieres with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (featuring Lido Pimienta as a soloist), Santa Rosa Symphony & Eugene Symphony (First Symphony project), and The Hermitage Artist Retreat (as the recipient of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize). 

Angélica regularly performs a solo show and is a founding member of the tropical electronic band Balún. Recent performances include the Big Ears Festival 2022 and various engagements in New York City, San Juan, and nationwide.

Her musical education includes early studies at El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico under Alfonso Fuentes and later at both NYU under Pedro da Silva and The Graduate Center (CUNY) under Tania León. An educator herself, Angélica became a teaching artist with NY Phil’s Very Young Composers program (2013-2021) and with Lincoln Center Education (2014-2018).

Angélica lives in Brooklyn, where she’s always looking for ways to incorporate her love of drag, comedy, and the natural world into her work. 

Dameun Strange

Dameun Strange (he/him) is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning composer of conceptual electronic and improvised electro-acoustic works focusing on the African diaspora's stories and themes, often exploring surrealist and afro-futurist ideas with unique impressionism. Dameun is compelled to express through sound and poetry, the beauty and resilience of the Black experience, digging into a pantheon of ancestors to tell stories of triumph while connecting the past, present, and future. 

Dameun has worked with such artists as Leslie Parker, Ananya Chatterjea, J. Otis Powell, and Sha Cage and has been a featured performer in concerts celebrating the work of George Lewis, Thurston Moore, and Henry Threadgill. He is a 2018 recipient of the ACF | Create Award and 2019 Jerome Hill Fellowship.

Dameun lives in Saint Paul, MN with his wife, Corina, and their 4 yo, Ezra. Like any good nerd, he enjoys a good sci-fi story and has a soft spot for anything related to cosmology.

Jascha Narveson

Jascha Narveson (he/him) was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Labratories mainframe computer singing "Bicycle Built for Two." He now makes music for people, machines, and interesting combinations of people and machines.

As a performer, Jascha is a member of Hotel Elefant and the computer music ensemble Sideband (a professional offshoot of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra).

As a composer of concert music, Jascha has been commissioned by Ashley Bathgate, Dither, the Penderecki String Quartet, NUMUS, Newspeak, NOW Ensemble, and the Open Ears festival, among others.  

Jascha is a frequent collaborator with choreographers and companies.  He has created original electronic music for Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance), NYC duo E/D, and Naomi Goldberg Haas (Dances for a Variable Population), among others. 

Jascha works an audio engineer for live sound, sound design, location recording, and mixing and mastering services to such clients as The American Composers Orchestra, Newspeak, Susan Marshall Dance Company, Victoire, Big Dog Little Dog, Roomful of Teeth, and others in such venues as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Roulette, among others.

Lainie Fefferman

Lainie Fefferman (she/her) makes music by putting dots on lines, drawing curves in software, writing code in boxes, and finding new and surprising ways to wiggle her vocal chords. Her most recent commissions for the creation of original works have been from Recap Quartet, The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Greg Oakes, JACK Quartet, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Ensemble Decipher, Tenth Intervention, Sō Percussion, Make Music New York, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, and Dither. Her one-woman voice & electronics feminist song project "White Fire," an electroacoustic meditation on the heroines of the Hebrew Bible, premiered at Merkin Hall in 2016 and she’s been tinkering and touring it internationally ever since. She is a co-founder and director of New Music Gathering, an annual conference/festival hybrid event for the international New Music Community. She had a wonderful time getting her doctorate in composition from Princeton University and is a programming/performing member of Princeton-based laptop ensemble Sideband. She currently teaches and advises a fabulous bunch of music makers as a professor of Music & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology and recently concluded her time as artist in residence at Nokia Bell Labs.

Mary Kouyoumdjian

Mary Kouyoumdjian (she/her) is a composer and documentarian with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic palette that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new. A strong believer in freedom of speech and the arts as an amplifier of expression, her compositional work often integrates recorded testimonies with resilient individuals and field recordings of place to invite empathy by humanizing complex experiences around social and political conflict. Kouyoumdjian has received commissions for the New York Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Beth Morrison Projects/OPERA America, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can, International Contemporary Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Roomful of Teeth among others. Her work has been featured internationally at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, the Barbican Centre, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Millennium Park, Benaroya Hall, Prototype Festival, Cabrillo Festival, Big Ears Festival, Cal Performances, Tribeca Film Festival, and PBS. Kouyoumdjian holds a D.M.A. and M.A. in Composition at Columbia University, an M.A. in Scoring for Film & Multimedia from New York University, and a B.A. in Composition from UC San Diego. Kouyoumdjian is a cofounder of the annual new music conference New Music Gathering and is an Assistant Professor of Composition at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Lecturer in Music at Columbia University. 


Shoshana Klein

Shoshana Klein (she/they) is an oboist and arts administrator who is passionate about artistic communities and creative spaces that are open and welcoming. She is interested in developing curriculums and initiatives to push the music world forward as well as the arts community as a whole - in terms of inclusivity, openness, economic structures, and technology. Shoshana welcomes multidisciplinary collaboration and different social applications of the arts. They have attended the Fresh Inc, Divergent Studio, and Bang on a Can Festivals, and performed dozens of world premieres and original compositions, including performances at venues in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Montreal, North Adams, Massachusetts; and New York City. Shoshana has music performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and McGill Universities, and was one of the organizers and co-founders of zFestival, a virtual new music festival that ran for three iterations during 2020-2021. 

NMG2023 Intern:

Sarah Sotomayor

Sarah (she/her) is an artist and neuroscience/mental health enthusiast from Brooklyn, NY. She currently resides in New Haven, where she is completing a Bachelor’s in Music at Yale University. Throughout childhood, Sarah was a prominent member of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, performing and collaborating with a multitude of musicians and composers including Bryce Dessner, Caroline Shaw, Paola Prestini, the Kronos Quartet, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Having spent her life working with such inspiring artists both through the chorus and studying at Saint Ann’s School,  Sarah has cultivated a deep connection to the power of art and collaboration. Even throughout her undergraduate studies, she has continued to pursue endeavors to further strengthen and connect the new music community. Sarah is incredibly excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience to this internship, and can’t wait to make her way into the professional sphere as a full fledged Adult™️.

Advisory Council:

Daniel Felsenfeld

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Two Sense, Metropolis Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Opera on Tap, Great Noise Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ACME, ETHEL, REDSHIFT, Two Sides Sounding, Momenta Quartet, Friction Quartet, Blair McMillen, Stephanie Mortimore, Jennifer Choi, Caroline Widmann, Cornelius Duffallo, Jody Redhage, Nadia Sirota, Caroline Worra, Elanor Taylor, Kathleen Supové, Jenny Lin, Ensemble 212, New Gallery Concert Series and Transit, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Kennedy Center, ATLAS, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, The Kitchen, BAM, Jordan Hall, Duke University, The Southern Theatre, Stanford University and Harvard University, as part of 21c Liederabend, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA, Keys to the Future, Make Music New York. He has also worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, Keren Ann, Rick Moody, Stew, Mark Z. Danielewski, and is the court composer for John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. His music is commercially available on the Sony, Def Jam, Black Box, and Naxos labels. Raised in the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn.

In Memoriam: 

Matt Marks

Composer/performer Matt Marks is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, and has also performed such ensembles as the the LA Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), ACME, and on a live This American Life episode at BAM. He has recorded for Warp Records, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe Music, as well as many other independent labels. As a composer and arranger, Matt’s work has been called “staggeringly creative” by The New York Times, “obsessively detailed” by New York Magazine, and “stunning” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Los Angeles times noted that “His music is bright, catchy and continually turns Broadway clichés on their heads in surprising ways.” His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, The Barbican Center, The Bang on a Can Marathon, and live on WNYC radio. He's been commissioned by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, the LA Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the string quartet ETHEL, The Dirty Projectors, the Great Noise Ensemble, and many more.