Anthony Cheung is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, and also performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Linea, the Chicago Symphonyʼs MusicNOW ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the French National Orchestras of Lille and Lorraine, among many others. From 2015-17, he was the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Fernanda Aoki Navarro is a musician born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, based in California. She earned a BA in Music Composition from Universidade de São Paulo, a Masters degree from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD from UC San Diego. She's currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. She works with acoustic and electroacoustic music, performance art and sound installation.
Composer-pianist VIJAY IYER (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. He was described by Pitchfork as "one of the best in the world at what he does," by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” by the New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” A musical innovator, an active collaborator, and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century.
Kahil El'Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. He attended Lake Forest College and joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom Kahil EL'Zabar has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Simon, Pharoah Sanders, and Billy Bang.
Heralded for his “solos of mercurial poetry and high craft.” (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough has received wide critical-acclaim. As a leader, he has performed with his bands at festivals around the globe, including the Festival of New Trumpet Music (New York), the GG Jazz Festival (Krasnodar, Russia), Chicago Jazz Festival, The Earshot Jazz Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival (Nova Scotia) and The Appeltuin Jazz Festival (Belgium). His 20+ albums have been released internationally on Origin Records, ears&eyes, Monks and Thieves, and Shifting Paradigm Records.
He’s a frequent collaborator with a wide array of musicians, including Bram Weijters, Matt Ulery, Roger Ingram, Dana Hall, Ryan Shultz, Luke Malewicz, James Davis, and has performed with Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Stafford James, Steve Coleman, and Dave Douglas. Currently, he is part of the jazz studies faculty at DePaul University, and UW-Madison.
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Born in Tokyo, 1957 into the Toyoakimoto artisan family, a traditional house for training and booking agents for geisha. Aoki was part of his family’s performance crew from the age of four. In the late 1960s, he shifted his energies from the traditional to American pop and experimental music. By the early 1970s, Aoki was active in Tokyo’s underground arts movement as a member of Gintenkai, an experimental ensemble that combined traditional music and new Western forms.