Brandon Becker is a composer, performer and installation-artist whose work is centered around the construction and deconstruction of sound objects and their relationship to attention and perception in the context of live performance, both public and private, and, by extension, the potential of art (broadly defined) to amplify our capacities for empathy and the communal processing of trauma.
Photo credit: Michella Bredahl
Alex Hawthorn is a Sound Artist, Composer, and Technologist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.
His work interrogates notions of archive and memory, bringing together aspects of traditional composition and experimental sound design with elements of photography, videography, and other forms of digital media. As an associate artist with Theater Mitu, he explores non-traditional forms of narrative expression by using recorded text reconstructed in loop-based performances to both condense and elasticise the narrative format into that of a meditative form. In his solo work, he combines elements of old and new technologies: traditional orchestral scoring, solo piano performance, field recordings, and various synthesis techniques, to create works that bring the listener into a place of meditation and memory.
His work in theater has been heard across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. When not working, he enjoys traveling abroad with a camera in-hand. You can see more of his creations on his Instagram (@AFHawthorn)
Jack Herscowitz is a Los Angeles based composer who engages deep inter-personal collaborations, trans-disciplinary thinking, and alternate definitions of “score” to recognize music as a process which has always extended beyond the singular dimension of sound.
His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by artists including the Arditti Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Meitar Ensemble, Hypercube, The Atlantic Reed Consort and .abeceda Ensemble. He has been a fellow or featured composer at June in Buffalo, Meitar Ensemble’s CEME Festival, Arts Letters and Numbers, DePaul University’s Residency for New Music, and the Provincetown Film Festival, with performances at the Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, the Moscow Conservatory, the Santa Maria del Carmine, Pavia, and the City of Basel Music Academy.
He has collaborated with Pete Francis (formerly of Dispatch) to arrange one of Francis’s original songs, “Show Me”, for rock band and orchestra, novelist and poet Julia Alvarez on a piece for chamber orchestra and chamber choir based off her novel, In the Time of Butterflies, and members of the Middlebury College Dance Department. Jack has also written music for big bands and short films, and performs as an improvisor of live electronics or saxophone.