Fernanda Aoki Navarro
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Joseph Davancens
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David Hernandez
David Hernandez is a multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco specializing in trumpet and electronics. He was one of the last trumpet students of Joseph Alessi. During a decade-long hiatus from academia, David worked as a performer, teacher and music director in order to finance the construction of a unique electronic music system.

As a doctoral composer at UCSC, he is investigating the intersection of premeditated composition, spontaneous composition and algorithmic processes realized by digital and analog computation. His work is influenced by post-Debussy western art music, post-bop jazz and various classical/folk/idiosyncratic musics of the world. Current projects primarily involve the direct coupling of Max/MSP to a largely homemade analog modular system. This hybrid system will accompany and interact with live performers as well as produce music autonomously.

Recent work can be heard at:

http://soundcloud.com/davidrobertohernandez

Jonathan Hoefs

Jonathan C. Hoefs creates a multi-dimentionality of expressions in  disparate idioms.  An example of his concert music, Insaissable Comme Un But (for 2 pianos, clarinet, trumpet, and flute) may be heard on his myspace page at: http//www.myspace.com/jonathanhoefs

Jonathan is also engaged integrally in community organizing at the Tannery, a new and progressive arts community in Santa Cruz, CA.  He organized the performing arts aspects of the Grand Opening Celebration in June of 2009 on 4 different stages in an all-day event that featured 6 hours of live music, poetry, dance, and other performance idioms.  He is currently composing a revolutionary new framework for community organizing and engaged in implementing it at the Tannery.

Andre Marquetti
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Evan Merz
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Alexis Olsen
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Beth Ratay
Beth Ratay is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an Adjunct Instructor for Music Fundamentals and Digital Recording at Hartnell College. Beth graduated with the degree Master of Music in Composition from Arizona State University in 2007, where she also was a teaching assistant in Music Theory. Ms. Ratay received the degree Bachelor of Music in Composition, with a minor in German Language and Literature, from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. She has had pieces premiered by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus under the direction of Gregory Gentry, the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble under the direction of Allan McMurray with Venezuelan flutist Javier Montilla, and the newly formed Santa Cruz chamber music group Mosaic, under the direction of Camille Chitwood. Beth has studied with composers Paul Nauert, James DeMars, and Michael Theodore among others. In her spare time, Beth enjoys performing as a singer and flutist.

Website: http://www.rataymusic.com

 

Ittai Rosenbaum
Ittai's musical journey has been a constant lookout for authentic voices within diverse styles.  Starting as a jazz and classical pianist, he then paddled in blues, rock and pop, while studying and experiementing in composition.  Graduate of Berklee College (BM) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (MM) , Ittai is now a doctoral student in the music composition department at the University of Califoria Santa Cruz.  He has been teaching jazz, theory and ear training at the Tel-Aviv University and the Jerusalem Academy, as well as initiating and leading many educational programs and projects within the high school musical education in Israel.  In 2011 Ittai was commissioned by maestro Murray Perahia to design a course in Jazz for classical pianists for the Jerusalem Music Center.  He later instructed the second course, held in 2012.

Ittai has released four CDs:  The Yellow Submarine Ensemble (jazz, 2000), Solika (jazz fantasies on Ladino songs for a 10 piece ensemble, 2008),  Music From the Chamber (chamber music, 2009), Between Waters and Waters (suite for varying ensemble and a narrator, in collaboration with poet Liat Kaplan, 2009).  He also directed and produced the CD IIana Eliya ( Kurdish songs, 1996).

Excerpts may be heard at:

http://ittairosenbaum.com/site/

 

Joshua Spitsbergen
Joshua Spitsbergen (b. 1986) is a composer and guitarist whose works demonstrate his passion to explore the evocative capabilities of music from the Western Classical tradition, while infusing modern techniques, styles and electronic technologies into them.  Mr. Spitsbergen is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mr. Spitsbergen holds his Masters in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego.  There, he studied composition with Chinary Ung, Philippe Manoury, and Lei Liang.  He has received consultations by composers that include:  Roger Reynolds, Katharina Rosenberger, and Rand Steiger. 

 

Maayan Tsadka
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Andre Marquetti

Evan Merz

Alexis Olsen

Beth Ratay

Ittai Rosenbaum

Joshua Spitsbergen

Maayan Tsadka

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