Brad Baumgardner (Bass Clarinet, Invented Instruments)
Composer and Bass Clarinetist Brad Baumgardner holds degrees from the UMKC Conservatory of Music, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University. Recent reviews have described his composition as “energetic” and full of “lovely harmonies”, and his playing has been hailed by the Kansas City Star as “effortless” and “unearthly”. As both a performer and composer, Brad attempts to keep modern art music accessible by blending elements of traditional music with improvisation, pop influences, and emerging technologies. His diverse output has been featured in the United States, Europe, and South America. Brad currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughter, where he teaches at Mid America Nazarene University and the Kansas City Kansas Community college.
Scott Blasco (Electronics, Percussion, Guitar)
Scott Blasco is a composer and sound artist currently residing in Pullman, Washington. His music has recently been performed at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Society of Composers Region VI conference, and in the Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds concert series. Recent commissions include the piano and electronics work Queen of Heaven for pianist Kari Johnson, and Reliquary, an interactive sound-art exhibit collaboration by Scott and composer Paul Rudy commissioned by the UMKC Friends of the Library.
Scott teaches composition, music theory, and electronic music at Washington State University, and is a board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) and a founding member of the Kansas City-area electroacoustic new music ensemble The Digital Honkbox Revival. He holds degrees in music from Western Michigan University and Calvin College, in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied theology and the arts, and recently completed a doctorate in music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Robert Burke (Percussion)
Robert Burke has enjoyed an eclectic carrier performing, studying and teaching throughout Canada, The United States, Japan and Europe. He is originally from Alberta, Canada although for the last decade has hailed New Orleans as home. A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Burke has commissioned and performed countless solo percussion works in recital and held member ship in New Works Calgary, Syncronia (St. Louis) and Conundrum New Music Ensemble. He has also been a regular member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, The Calgary Philharmonic and The Louisianna Philharmonic. As a drumset player, Mr. Burke has performed and toured with a remarkable number of New Orleans recording artists in clubs and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Artists include Brian Lee, Johnny Sansone, Preston Hubbard, Frankie Ford, Cyril Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Peter Nero, Marvin Hamlish and Robert Goulet to name a few.
Robert Burke holds degrees from University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and is currently completing his DMA at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has studied with Keiko Abe in Tokyo Japan, Leigh Stevens, Ken Watson of MGM Studios, Jerry Steinholtz (Dianna Ross) and the late Forrest Clark, past principal of LA Philharmonic. His world music studies include Berimbau, Riq, Tabla, Djembe and Bendir and percussion of the Cuban and Brazilian tradition. Mr. Burke Has been on faculty at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, the University of Missouri – Columbia and Central Methodist College. He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and one year old daughter.
Andrew Seager Cole (Electronics, Video, Guitar)
Andrew Seager Cole is a composer, guitarist, and media artist. His work explores the intersection of eco-acoustics, folk and popular music, and technology with traditional concert music. He is a member of the Afternow collective, the Digital Honkbox Revival, and the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. Andrew’s works have been performed at festivals worldwide by a wide assortment of performers including members of Ensemble Surplus, the Da Capo Chamber players, and Eighth Blackbird. Recent commissions include a concerto for double bassist Jeremy Baguyos and the University of Nebraska Omaha Symphonic Winds, a work for orchestra and electronics for the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and a live electronic work for coloratura soprano Bonnie Lander. Andrew’s works have been recorded on the OCD Media, Vox Novus, and the Music from SEAMUS CD Series. Awards include the 2008 National Association of Composers USA Young Composer’s Competition, the Prix d’Ete Competition, and the Robert Hall Lewis and Otto Ortman Awards, and a UMKC Doctoral Chancellor’s fellowship. He holds a BA in philosophy and music from Goucher College, MM’s in computer music and composition from Peabody Conservatory, and is in the process of completing his dissertation at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Andrew is currently living in New Zealand as part of a Fulbright fellowship that focuses on audio ecology and interactive electronic music.
Katherine Crawford (Voice)
Katherine Crawford, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Conservatory at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She was most recently seen as “Lucy Lockit” in The Beggar’ s Opera with the Kansas City Metro Opera, as “Hänsel” in Hänsel und Gretel,” “Dorabella” in Così fan tutte, and “Nancy” in Albert Herring with the UMKC Conservatory Opera. She has also taken part in productions with the Twin Cities Lyric Theatre, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, Skylark Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, and the Theatre in the Round Players in her beloved hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.