Angélica Negrón

​Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust working on a lip sync opera titled Chimera for drag queen performers and chamber ensemble exploring the ideas of fantasy and illusion as well as the intricacies and complexities of identity. Angélica is the composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season and is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León and focuses on the work of Meredith Monk for her dissertation.

Dameun Strange

Dameun Strange 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 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

Composer Lainie Fefferman’s most recent commissions have been from Tenth Intervention, So Percussion, Make Music NY, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. Her one-woman voice & live electronics feminist song performance project "White Fire," an electroacoustic meditation on the heroines of the Hebrew Bible, premiered at Merkin Hall in 2016; she has been touring it internationally ever since. Fefferman is the founder and co-director of Exapno, a New Music Community Center in Downtown Brooklyn and was an organizer of the New Music Bake Sale, an annual concert/bazaar in Brooklyn from 2010 to 2016. She received her doctorate in composition from Princeton University and continues to be a programming/performing member of Princeton-based laptop ensemble Sideband. She is currently a professor of music and technology at Stevens Institute of Technology and a resident artist at Nokia Bell Labs through the Experiements in Art and Technology program.

Mary Kouyoumdjian

Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer 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. She has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, OPERA America, Beth Morrison Projects, the American Composers Forum/JFund, International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE], Brooklyn Youth Chorus, REDSHIFT, the Nouveau Classical Project, Music of Remembrance, Friction Quartet, Experiments in Opera, and Ensemble Oktoplus. Kouyoumdjian is pursuing her D.M.A. in Composition at Columbia University, holds an M.A. in Scoring for Film & Multimedia from New York University, and a B.A. in Music Composition from UC San Diego. Kouyoumdjian is currently on composition faculty at Mannes Prep, is a cofounder of the annual new music conference New Music Gathering, and is the Artistic Director of Alaska’s new music festival Wild Shore New Music.

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.