Composer-performer Brian Belet, whose compositions for acoustic and electro-acoustic media have been performed throughout the world, lives with his wife, artist-poet Marianne Bickett, in Campell, California. He is Professor of Music at San Jose State University and a member of the performance ensemble SoundProof, which he co-founded with Stephen Ruppenthal and Patricia Strange in 2009. Belet is also a member of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Association, the Electronic Music Foundation, and the Society of Composers, Inc. His music has been released on the Centaur, Capstone, IMG Media, and Frog Peak labels.
Jim Fox’s usually quiet, slow, lyrical, and unassuming music has been performed throughout the US and in Europe and has been used in a few films. Described by critics as “austere” and “ethereal” (The Wire), as well as “sensuous” and “suffused with a beautiful sadness” (Fanfare), his work has been recorded on the Cold Blue, CRI, Advance, Grenadilla, Raptoria Caam, and Citadel labels. Fox is director of the Cold Blue Music record label.
Jeff Herriott is attracted to sounds that shift and bend at the edges of perception. He creates unhurried music, using slow-moving shapes and a free sense of time. His work has been supported by awards and commissions from the MATA Festival, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the American Composers Forum’s Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, the American Music Center Composers Assistance Program, and a McKnight Foundation Visiting Composer Residency. Herriott is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
Tom Lopez composes for acoustic instruments, electronics, noise, and “aural traces.” His imaginative music has been described in the New York Concert Review as “astonishing and riveting…of sparkling, almost celestial beauty.” He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, Meet the Composer, and the Fulbright Foundation and has had residencies at the Banff Centre, MacDowell Colony, Copland House, Blue Mountain Center, and Djerassi. His work may be heard on the CDs released by the innova, Centaur, Vox Novus, SCI, and SEAMUS labels. Lopez teaches at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he directs the Contemporary Music Division.
Ed Martin’s music has been performed throughout the world, including the World Saxophone Congress, the International Computer Music Conference, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Confluences: Art and Technology at the Edge of the Millennium (Spain), the Soundings Festival (Scotland), Nuclea Musica Nueva de Montevideo (Uruguay), the International Electroacoustic Music Festival (Chile), the New York Electronic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, and various SEAMUS conferences. An expert on the music of Magnus Lindberg, Martin is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he administers the electronic music studio. He has music released on the Parma/Ravello, SEAMUS, University of Illinois, and Mark Records labels.
Phillip Schroeder’s music for soloists, chamber ensembles, live electronics, orchestra, and choir, has been described as “exquisitely nuanced” (American Record Guide),” “rich in subtle detail” (New Classics), and “haunting” (Sequenza21). His musical life is diverse, paralleling the diversity of his surroundings (having lived in twelve states). He composes prolifically, concertizes as a pianist, improvises with a variety of ensembles, and conducts orchestral and chamber groups. His music appears on the Innova, Ravello/Capstone, Boston Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Cold Blue labels. He teaches at Henderson State University.