Eliot Bates – Oud and electronics

Eliot Bates is an ethnomusicologist specializing in digital audio recording cultures and the production of contemporary music in Istanbul, Turkey. His book Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University press. He teaches at Cornell University in the music department in conjunction with the Society for the Humanities (a position made possible through a 2-year New Faculty Fellows postdoc from ACLS). I taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, and did my Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. … Continue readingEliot Bates – Oud and electronics

Taylan Cihan – Laptop; electronics; miscellany

During the seven years spent as a professional graphic designer, Taylan Cihan won an international guitar competition organized by Total Guitar Magazine. In 2001, awarded with a full scholarship, he proceeded with study in electric guitar performance at the Guitar Institute, in London. He received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz composition at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2006.After graduating as an honor student from Bilgi, he was accepted to the MA program in music at the University of Memphis, where he studied composition with Kamran Ince, and conducting with Kraig Alan Williams. … Continue readingTaylan Cihan – Laptop; electronics; miscellany

Tim Feeney – Percussion; friction

Tim Feeney seeks to explore and examine the timbral possibilities inherent in everyday found and built objects. He treats his percussion setup as a friction instrument, using bows, scrapers, and rosined drumheads to capture and amplify frequencies that go unheard when an object is struck with a traditional mallet. He supplements this acoustic console with an electronic instrument, arranged from mixers, contact microphones, and effects pedals, that synthesizes and alters the spectral characteristics of low-fidelity tones, feedback, and noise. … Continue readingTim Feeney – Percussion; friction

Jesse Jones – Bowed guitar; mandolin

Composer, conductor, and mandolinist Jesse Jones (b. 1978) is an American artist of wide-ranging tastes and influences. His music has been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, and Mr. Jones has received numerous accolades as both a composer and performer. Most recently, he has been honored with a Barlow Commission, the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the highly coveted Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also been awarded the Peter Tommaney and Mary Greves Fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Sage Fellowship from Cornell University. Mr. Jones has participated in the Underwood New Music Readings of the American Composers Orchestra, received fellowships and honors from the University of Oregon, and enjoyed awards from ASCAP. His choral music is published internationally by Earthsongs. … Continue readingJesse Jones – Bowed guitar; mandolin

Aaron Tate – No-input mixer

Aaron Tate holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern Univeristy, an M.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Classics from Cornell. Aaron’s interests range from ancient literature, linguistics, philosophy, and music to contemporary research on oral epic and lyric song traditions. Regarding the latter, he has conducted fieldwork with living epic and lyric singers in Croatia, Bosnia, and China (Inner Mongolia) and has given talks on his research at institutions throughout China, Croatia, Finland, France, and the US. When not teaching and writing in Ithaca, he divides his time between rural Missouri and the south of Italy. … Continue readingAaron Tate – No-input mixer