Howard Fishman is a culture writer, musician, theatre-maker, and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, where his essays earned him the 2019 First Place award for “Arts & Entertainment Portfolio” from the Society for Features Journalism. He has also written for The Washington Post Magazine, Vanity Fair, The San Francisco Chronicle, ArtForum, The Village Voice, No Depression, and Jazziz. Fishman has released eleven albums of music, and has toured as an international headliner. His original play A Star Has Burnt My Eye had its world premiere at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of the Next Wave Festival, and he is currently at work on completing the first biography of Connie Converse, to be published next year by Dutton Books.

Composer Richard Festinger has garnered international recognition for his extensive catalogue of vocal and instrumental compositions.  Writing for the Tanglewood Music Festival, Frank J. Oteri describes Festinger’s music as “notable for its combination of propulsive energy with an impeccable sense of poise and balance,” and WQXR Radio in New York has dubbed him “an American master.”  Festinger is a professor emeritus of San Francisco State University. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, and in the mid 1980’s co-founded the acclaimed San Francisco based modern music ensemble Earplay. The recipient of numerous major awards and commissions, he has been honored with both the Walter Hinrichsen Award and an Academy Recording Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Emma Franz is an Australian filmmaker and musician whose debut feature, Intangible Asset Number 82, screened in competition at prestigious festivals around the world. She has been invited to present her work at the Smithsonian Institution, Lincoln Center, and elsewhere.

Alex Jimenez Ruanova is a composer. His compositions reveal folkloric influences from Latin America and have been performed in international forums and concert halls. He has received important commissions from music ensembles and orchestras, as well as numerous prizes and recognition.

 Enrico Minaglia was born in Bologna and lives in Rome. He graduated in composition, conducting and philosophy. Works in his catalogue include pieces for orchestra, ensemble, voice, solo instrument and electronics. He has also written soundtracks for short films, documentaries, theatre plays, video-art and art exhibitions. As an arranger and conductor, he has been working on several TV/movies/theatre soundtrack productions, for the major Italian broadcasters and theatres. In 2016 he won the Kompolize Composition Competition in Berlin, in 2019 he got the 3rd prize at the F.J. Reinl Composition Competition of Vienna, and the Honorable Mention at the 40th “Valentino Bucchi” Composition Competition in Rome.

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