Operations Dir. & Clarinet
Clarinetist Amanda Kritzberg grew up in Los Angeles County and began playing the clarinet at the age of eleven under the direction of her father. She studied with clarinetist Paul Bambach for six years, where she gained experience in the performance of a variety of genres and styles of music. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in music (clarinet performance) in 2011 from UC Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree (clarinet performance) in 2013 from UC Santa Barbara as well. She has been involved in a number of diverse music performance ensembles over the years including symphonies, chamber orchestras, wind ensembles, clarinet choirs, and contemporary music ensembles. Amanda has also worked in collaboration and performed with numerous musicians and composers as a recording artist for mixed-media projects, including film. In March of 2011, she played in a master class lead by Matthias Schorn of the Vienna Philharmonic, and in 2012 performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto for a master class with Fred Ormand. In July 2012 Amanda was featured as a chamber musician in the “Fiati a Palazzo Rucellai”, a wind chamber music festival in Florence, Italy. Amanda specializes in music of the contemporary era, and enjoys participating in the compositions of current and emerging composers. As a member of Now Hear Ensemble, she has debuted numerous new works in renowned and diverse venues such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, REDCAT, the Silver Lake Lounge in Los Angeles, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. In 2013-14, Amanda toured with the Now Hear Ensemble to perform works by emerging composers at distinguished institutions, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Mills College, and CalArts as part of the "Made in California" project, which included the release of the “Made in California” album. In September of 2016, Amanda was awarded a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where she worked in residence with the Now Hear Ensemble on various pieces and projects, and was recently a featured soloist at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex in Los Angeles. Amanda is also a visual artist.
MAIANI DA SILVA
Los Angeles-based violinist Maiani da Silva enjoys a varied career as a freelancer, feeling equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, breweries, and parked cars. She enjoys exploring contemporary works as much as classical masterpieces, and can occasionally be found interpretive dancing during measures of rest, or in a Latin band playing some percussive instrument. Always in pursuit of new collaborations, including working with composers and other artists, Maiani is the Co-Founder of Merge Collaborative, a new salon-style interdisciplinary series in Los Angeles; Summa piano trio, with forthcoming recordings under the Naxos umbrella (Parma); and a newly formed duo, The Furies, promoting works by feminist composers. She is also the curator of a new series, New Music Hollywood, at Urban First Aid, promoting new music from various genres. Maiani is dedicated to working with cutting edge contemporary ensembles, most notably wildUp , with whom she’s performed during Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight—a 12-hour marathon celebrating L.A.’s top new-music ensembles—both in 2016 and 2017. Other groups include Aperture Duo, the Boston Conservatory's ensemble-in-residence Ludovico Ensemble, One Found Sound, White Rabbit Ensemble, New Music Brandeis, Juventas New Music Ensemble. As a Bang On a Can fellow, Maiani worked directly with George Lewis and Louis Andriessen, as well as BOAC All-Stars at Mass Moca for another marathon. There, she performed an abridged version of Andy Akiho’s Ping Pong Concerto with David Cossin, and also dabbled in composition while performing on a 9-foot banjo. Having played across the country from Juneau to New York, and internationally from Western Europe to Eastern Asia, Maiani has orchestral performance experience working with ensembles like the Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra, Pacific Opera Project, Pasadena Opera, L’Orchestre Lamoureux (Paris), St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, and has toured with the Philharmonie Leipzig in China, among others. Aside from her classical and experimental work, she is active in the session scene, and as a live-pop performer. With performance artist Taylor Mac she premiered the 24-Decade History of Popular Music in Brooklyn in 2016 (you guessed it, another marathon!) and rejoined the band for a portion of the tour. Maiani has also collaborated with Nan Schwartz, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Anoushka Shankar, Childish Gambino, Parisian electro-rock band Satine, Trans Chorus of L.A., New York cabaret singer Joey Arias, and Rod Stewart, with whom she danced on stage to “If you think I’m sexy” while playing in a tragically flat-ridden key. She has also recorded soundtracks for movies and TV shows such as the indie-feature film Stella, various shows on The Disney Channel, Netflix's Dear White People, and the TV show For The People which airs on ABC/Disney. Maiani holds a B.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied under Magdalena Richter and Irina Muresanu as a scholarship recipient, an Artist Diploma with Honors from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and she also studied under the tutelage of Mela Tenenbaum in Brooklyn. She is looking forward to spending a couple of weeks this summer as a 2018 fellow of the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab.
Katie Eikam is a percussionist specializing in contemporary classical music holding degrees from Chapman University and California Institute of the Arts.
Emily Call is a violinist and performer of contemporary music, with a special interest in cultivating collaborative relationships with composers. Emily is a founding member of the Isaura String Quartet and has performed with various groups across Los Angeles, including Equal Sound, wild Up, the Dog Star Orchestra, Wordless Music, and Synchromy, where she was a featured soloist. She holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and Bennington College.
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Logan Hone is a musician based in Los Angeles from Salt Lake City. He plays saxophone, drums, fretless banjo, portable pump organ, guitar, keyboards, bass, and flute. Hone's many projects include the avant-rollercoaster quartet Similar Fashion; weirdo pop trio Bright Whistles; FunCoffin; the celestial folk band Desert Magic; and his own solo work—songs, compositions, videos, and performances. Logan has played with the Jerry Paper Band, Molly Lewis, Joshua Payne Orchestra, Vinny Golia, The Lucky Devils, The Industry, and more. He also directs a Community Band which meets on Saturdays at 10am at Arroyo Seco Park in Los Angeles (everyone is invited!).
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Production Dir. & Sound
Multimedia specialist and composer Anthony Paul Garcia is a native of Chandler, Arizona and has been composing since the age of 15. An avid lover of both pop and academic music, his work falls somewhere in between the two while often incorporating electronics and speech with traditional instruments. His works have been performed throughout the country and he is fortunate to have received premieres and commissions from numerous wonderful performers and ensembles. Most recently, many of his works have been premiered by the Now Hear Ensemble in which he is a performer and helped found in early 2012. His newest work, At Any Point (2016) - an interactive piece for viola, chamber ensemble, and live video and electronics - was commissioned by and written for Dr. Jonathan Morgan and will premier by the Now Hear Ensemble on a concert of Anthony's works in early March 2016. Renowned recorder player and lover of new music Lucia Mense premiered his piece Slow Burn for recorders and live electronics in 2014. In the same year, his piece Smack The Wrist Good for guitar duo and live speech was premiered by new music titans the Ignition Duo. Revised in 2015, his eclectic work, If It Stops, for chamber ensemble and electronics was premiered in 2013 by the Now Hear Ensemble. In 2011, his work The Trellstio Rag, commissioned by Tyler Stell, received the first prize in the "Percussion" category in the Sherrill C. Corwin awards. In the same competition, Anthony was also awarded second place in the "Electroacoustic" category for his piece Carte Blanche. Anthony also received regular commissions from choir director Bill Bruce in the years of 2006-2009, the resulting three works were premiered in Michigan by one of Mr. Bruce's top choirs. In 2007, his work String Theory received its first performance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In the following year he was commissioned by Dr. JB Smith and Sam Pilafian, resulting in his work Soul'd Out which was premiered in the same year by the duo. Anthony has had the privilege of working with many excellent composition instructors. In his schooling he has studied both composition and various computer programming languages with Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, Matt Wright, Jeremy Haladyna, Jody Rockmaker, Glen Hackbarth, and James DeMars. A passionate teacher and composer for younger musicians, Anthony has been closely involved with various high school and junior high music programs since 2004 throughout Arizona and California. Performances of his arrangements for band, percussion ensemble, and drumline have been awarded throughout the years, including a state championship for Casa Grande Union Highs School Percussion Ensemble in 2015. He currently teaches drumline and percussion ensemble at La Colina Jr. High in Santa Barbara California. In addition to composing, Anthony performs electronics with and is the Production Manager of the Now Hear Ensemble. The ensemble released their premier album of new works, Made in California, in 2013. He also appears on the album Mayan Time Mayan Tales, an album of works by Jeremy Haldyna. Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in theory and music composition from Arizona State University as well as a Master's degree and PhD in music composition from UC Santa Barbara.
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Jordan Curcuruto is a percussionist specializing in contemporary solo and chamber percussion music, speaking percussion, and world music. She has performed with Monday Evening Concerts, Tuesdays at Monkspace, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and Left Edge Percussion. Jordan is an alumnus of the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention All-Star Ensemble, and three-time alumnus of the nief-norf summer festival. Jordan performed at the 2015 Transplanted Roots International Percussion Symposium and composed and premiered an original work at the 2017 New Music Gathering. She can be heard on the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s CD, Electric Rebel Poetry, and on the Innova record release, 30, by Mark Applebaum. Jordan earned her B.M. at Chapman University with Nick Terry and Justin DeHart, and her M.M. at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University with Terry Longshore. She is currently on faculty at Fullerton College.
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