Jesse Gilbert is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and software engineer who has developed an extensive body of work centering around aspects of improvisation and cross-disciplinary collaboration, with a focus on networks and experimentation with new media.
JASON MEARS, from Alaska, is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, improviser, and educator who is currently living in New York City. He holds a BFA in Music Education from Boston University and a MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts. Jason has studied with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Harvey Pittel, Donald Sinta, John Sampen, and Vinny Golia. As well as being a member of the the highly acclaimed Empty Cage Quartet, Jason’s most recent projects include Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E Orchestra, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra, and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Anthony Braxton, Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief, Angelica Sanchez, Leroy Jenkins, Nate Wooley, Ken Filliano, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jeff Parker, Mike Pride, Harris Eisenstadt, and Reuben Radding among many others. Jason has recorded on the Clean Feed, Nine Winds, 482, No Business, and pfMENTUM labels.