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Music & Multimedia Composition  |  Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Music & Multimedia Composition

Nick BentzNick BentzNicholas Bentz

Nick Bentz (b. 1994, Charleston, SC) is a composer and violinist whose art is drawn to the remote fringes and recesses of human experience. In his work he seeks to render intimately personal spaces imbued with an individual sense of storytelling and narrative. Finding inspiration in historical materials, Nick's work often explores the destructive relationship between sound artifacts and time. His art centers around the blurring, juxtaposition, and amalgamation of stylistic idioms into singular sonic statements. Nick is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University, pursuing a doctorate in Music and Multimedia Composition, having earned prior degrees in composition and violin performance from the Peabody Institute and the University of Southern California.

Kamari CarterKamari CarterKamari Carter

Kamari Carter (b. 1992; lives and works in NYC) is a producer, performer, sound designer, and installation artist primarily working with sound and found objects. Carter's practice circumvents materiality and familiarity through a variety of recording and amplification techniques to investigate notions such as space, systems of identity, oppression, control, and surveillance. Driven by the probative nature of perception and the concept of conversation and social science, he seeks to expand narrative structures through sonic stillness. Carter’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Automata Arts, MoMA, Mana Contemporary, Flux Factory, Fridman Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, and Issue Project Room, to name a few. Carter holds a BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University. https://www.kamaricarter.com/

Inga ChinilinaInga ChinilinaInga Chinilina

Inga is a composer, intermedia artist, and a pianist. Originally from Moscow, USSR, Inga holds a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. Among her interests there are early music, non-tempered sonorities, and live electronics. www.chinilina.com

Martim GalvaoMartim GalvaoMartim Schneider Galvão
Martim S. Galvão is a composer, percussionist and intermedia artist. Much of his work is concerned with patterns, cycles and repetition. He is especially interested in exploring ideas related to consumerism and internet culture. Galvão earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University. In 2014 he graduated from the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) MFA program at the UC Irvine. www.martim.xyz

Lee GilboaLee GilboaLee Gilboa

Lee Gilboa is an Israeli composer, artist and audio engineer. She completed her BM at Berklee College of Music, and her MFA at Columbia University. In her work she uses speech, audio spatialization and vocal processing in order to address themes such as identity, gender, naming and objectification. Lee is co-curating CT::SWaM's ExChange series with Daniel Neumann and presented work in venues such as Qubit Gallery, The Cube at Virginia Tech, Fridman Gallery, Fourth World Festival, and Resonance FM Radio among others. Lee’s debut album was released by Contour Editions during the summer of 2019. www.leegilboa.org

Will JohnsonWill JohnsonWill Johnson

Will Johnson is an audio artist from the Bronx, New York. His work centers on blackness -- the material and immaterial conditions of space that shape sound into movement and historical record. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYU-Gallatin. He is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Sound Art/Composition (2018) and the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Musicians (2019). His commercial work includes licensed sound for Acura, Beats Electronics, HBO and collaborative contributions to 2016 grammy-winning best electronic album Skin. His live performances have been commissioned by Lincoln Center, the Kitchen and MASS MoCA.

Bonnie JonesBonnie JonesBonnie Jones

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and educator working primarily with electronic sound and text. Her work explores noise, sonic identity, listening, and sound as knowledge. She received an MFA from Bard College in 2012 and was the 2018 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.  https://bonnie-jones.com/ 

Jake Sokolov-GonzalezJake Sokolov-GonzalezJake Sokolov-Gonzalez

Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez is a musician and educator from New York City whose practice is based equally in free improvisation and tedious technical labor. He’s currently working on very-close-miked, very quiet cello music; a distended piano score for a short film; and a rolling drum’n’bass visual record. He’s been teaching creative music in the NYC public schools since 2013. He produces pop and dance music under the name BABL.

Amber VisteinAmber VisteinAmber Vistein

Amber Vistein (b.1984) is a composer and sound artist who delves deeply into the poetics of timbre, texture, and gesture. She has been praised for her conceptual “acuity” (Big, Red, and Shiny) and “blooming phrases” (New Music Box). Her work spans acoustic composition, opera, cinematic sound, and sound installation. Amber holds a B.A. in Music & Philosophy from New College of Florida and an MFA in Sonic Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. She was also a 2017-19 Composition Fellow with American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice program. Her dissertation project, a multi-media chamber opera entitled Dark Exhalation was recently awarded grants from the Brown Arts Initiative and New Music USA. https://www.ambervistein.com/

Marcel ZaesMarcel ZaesMarcel Zaes  
Marcel Zaes is an artist and performer-composer. In his doctoral research, he investigates rhythm with an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses the socio-cultural background of groove and the politics of playing along mechanical time. His artistic practice ranges from “living installations” with human performers carrying sound objects through outdoor sites, to multimedia solo performances that he calls “post techno beat music.” www.marcelzaes.com

Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Melody ChapinMelody ChapinMelody Chapin

Melody is a doctoral candidate of Musicology & Ethnomusicology in the Brown Music Department. Her dissertation studies loud music listening practices in Washington DC's public spaces. She has also studied Brazilian opera and art music of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her broader interests concern sound studies, music of the African diaspora, Western art music, and postcolonial and decolonization studies. Melody has a BM in Voice Performance (University of New Hampshire), an MA in Musicology, (Tufts University), and an MA in Ethnomusicology (Brown University).

Ruby EricksonRuby EricksonRuby Erickson

Ruby Erickson is a student in the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Ph.D. program at Brown University, and is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Music and French. Ruby's scholarly interests include music, migration, and diaspora; eco-musicology; and engaged musicology. Most recently, she has performed research in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota, focusing on the intersections of diasporic identity and gender in Somali dance.

Katie FreezeKatie FreezeKatie Freeze  

Katie studies the diverse music cultures of the mountainous “roof of the world” of South and Central Asia. She plays the Western Tibetan ko-phongs and the Pamiri rubob and tanbur, and her doctoral project explores contemporary musical performance and representation among Ismaili Muslims living in post-Soviet, Tajik Badakhshan. Katie holds music degrees from the University of Washington and, before coming to Brown, worked as a pianist, composer and arranger.

Marcus GrantMarcus GrantMarcus Grant

Marcus Grant is a professional drummer, percussionist, musicologist, and educator from West Chester, Pennsylvania. He holds a BM in jazz performance from Temple University, an MM jazz performance and an MM in musicology from the University of Miami (FL). His research focuses on Black Lives Matter protest music and hip-hop, and the intersections of musical protest and digital culture. Other research interests include jazz studies and music in the Black church.

Alexander HardanAlexander HardanAlexander Hardan

I am currently a PhD student in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at Brown University. Broadly, I work on Russian musical pedagogy in Cuba during the Cold War. I focus on the transnational dissemination of “national sounds” produced by Soviet-Cuban cultural and pedagogical exchange and the subsequent effects of this exchange on ideas of post-revolutionary Cuban identity and nationhood. Outside of the Cold War, I am also interested in performance and queer studies, namely the intersections of gendered performative gestures and displays of instrumental virtuosity. Originally from Miami, Fl and of Lebanese descent, I hold a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Violin Performance, as well as a Master of Music in Musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Devanney HarutaDevanney HarutaDevanney Haruta

Devanney Haruta is a PhD candidate in Musicology & Ethnomusicology. Her research focuses on musical instruments, interfaces, and technologies, particularly as material objects embedded with cultural and personal meaning and as sites of interaction and experimentation. She earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where she worked with the World Instrument Collection, and an A.B. in Music and Math from Brown University.

Annie KimAnnie KimAnnie Kim

Annie is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at Brown University. Her research sits at the cross-disciplinary intersections of voice, sound, and performance studies, with a particular attention to issues of race, gender, materiality, and technological mediation. Annie holds an M.A. in Music from Tufts University, where she completed a thesis titled, “Voice, Embodiment, Becoming: Camilla Williams’s Performances and Negotiations of Black Female Subjectivity from Butterfly to Bess.”

Ravi KrishnaswamiRavi KrishnaswamiRavi Krishnaswami

Ravi Krishnaswami is a composer/ sound designer for media and games. He holds a B.A. in Music/English from the University of Virginia. He’s written for Super Bowl ads, AAA games, and many television networks. His research focuses on the evolution and influence of advertising music in the context of neoliberalism. When the pandemic is over he plans to return to the stage as the guitarist in The Sons & Heirs, his tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey. http://www.ravimusic.com/

Jay LoomisJay LoomisJay Loomis

I play and construct a variety of wind instruments that I make out of wood, ceramics, and 3D printed materials. I also compose and record my own works, often in parks and outdoor areas where I can combine the sound of flutes with the sonic environment that surrounds me, from cityscapes to mountain streams. Some research areas of interest include organology, flamenco, coloniality, critical race theory, indigeneity, and musics of the Americas. Learn more here.

Shirley MakShirley MakShirley Mak received her B.A. in Music from Queens College, CUNY, and her M.A. in Musicology from the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in issues of race, identity, and cosmopolitanism in the field of Western classical music, particularly in the experiences of Asian and Asian-American musicians. She would like to learn more about the history and practice of Western classical music in China and other “non-Western” countries.

Anna WrightAnna WrightAnna Wright

Before joining the PhD in Musicology and Ethnomusicology program at Brown, Anna studied at the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Master of Music in saxophone performance and a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology. Originally from Scotland, Anna focusses on Scottish traditional music and is particularly interested in ways music is utilized to encourage mass agency under political, nationalistic, or dissent-driven circumstances.

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