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Tanner Pfeiffer is a conductor, composer, and singing violist (which is the best list of things I think I’ve ever heard) currently based in Los Angeles. He directs Chordas Collective and has also run the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, who gave the world premiere of walking/I’m sorry, Mom. Tanner is a fantastic musician and a world-class human.
Matt Barbier is the trombone professor at CalArts and LA City College and a member of almost every contemporary group you’ve ever heard of (gnarwhallaby, wildUp, Trio Kobayashi, RAGE Thormbones… the list goes on). He performed on the world premiere of Shatter the Heavens with his best friend and RAGE counterpart Weston Olencki (who deserves his own spot on this page but I’m lazy right now). If you don’t know him, you should. (and… seriously… check out RAGE.)
Leila Jay is a harpist/vocalist/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. On top of all the usual harpist things (seriously, hire her for your wedding because I would), she fronts Love Underwater, a folk-punk band you should definitely check out.
Cameron Robello is a good friend and experimental composer based in New York. I gave the world premiere of his new piece Quiver, for amplified trumpet and paper, on my mid-residency recital on March 3, 2018. Listen to the audio here or watch the video here.
Alex Wilson is the trumpet professor at Grand Valley State University and an ASU doctoral alum. Hear him on RPM (trumpet trio) here. Also check out his debut record, Volti Subito, featuring a truly fearsome arrangement of Paganini’s second violin concerto. (Stay tuned for Alex’s second album… no release date yet, but you may recognize one of the composers featured.)
Brianne Borden is a trumpeter and yoga instructor based in Phoenix, AZ. Much of her output focuses on incorporating yoga techniques into musical practice to reduce the risk of injury. Hear her on the world premiere of Storm Warning here. Alternatively (or additionally), read my profile on her here.
Sara Sithi-Amnuai is a versatile trumpeter-composer-badass based in Los Angeles. She’s an avid creator and a gifted music technologist. Check out her SoundCloud and watch her mid-residency recital here.
Sarah Belle Reid is a trumpeter, music electronist, and CalArts DMA candidate. She also runs Mod Index, an organization dedicated to increasing the visibility and engagement of women in music technology. Check out her Patreon here.
5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based chamber music organization that facilitates the creation and performance of works by women composers. My journey with 5th Wave began in 2018; since then, they’ve performed Take What You Want, Shatter the Heavens on April 27, 2019. I particularly love their dedication to the music of both dead and living composers, as Ashley so wonderfully articulates in a post here.
WasteLAnd is a new music/experimental music/weird music concert series in Los Angeles, and they put on some pretty awesome stuff. They feature a different composer each season, and their programming is diverse and memorable (and pretty badass). If you’re ever in town for one of their shows, be sure to check it out—it’s usually a full house and a great time.
The Industry is an experimental opera company in Los Angeles that’s dedicated to innovative, immersive productions and large-scale projects. They’ve collaborated with the LA Phil and others, but they also mount major projects themselves. If you’re looking for new, compelling storytelling, check them out. I’d suggest starting with Hopscotch if you like the idea of a mobile opera executed partially in limousines.
Chris Lamb is a composer and ASU doctoral alum currently based in Virginia. Phantom Brass gave the premiere of his work, Virginia Nights, on my mid-residency recital on March 3, 2018.
Amber Gudaitis is a composer and choreographer out of Portland, Oregon. She frequently mounts interdisciplinary works reuniting dance and live music.
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“I love how Megan writes music like a blizzard, with all these delightful crunches in it.”
“Whether delicately sewn or boisterously uprooted, Megan’s creative practice consistently upturns a soil rich in expressive detail. Her capacity to nurture a tender, budding seed matches her wildest winds and quakes – forms and sonic eruptions emerge as outgrowths of clear trajectory. Megan prunes down to the articulation and masterfully landscapes entire forms.”
“… a bright and welcome contrast.”