(b. 1978) is a composer and a performer based in San Francisco, CA. He studied composition at the University of Arkansas with Robert Mueller (undergraduate) and University of Missouri-Kansas City with James Mobberley and Paul Rudy (masters). Recent projects include works for violinist Eric km Clark, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and the Navitas Ensemble. Brent is also active in the arts administration field running Rova:Arts, the organization that supports the Rova Saxophone Quartet. He also works with Other Minds, helping to produce the annual Other Minds Festival. Brent is a founding member of The Collected.
(b. 1980) is a composer, performer, and producer of new music. A San Francisco Bay Area native, he holds master's degrees from both Stanford University (English) and California Institute of the Arts (Music Composition), where he studied with James Tenney. He has also studied composition with Christian Wolff and Wadada Leo Smith. He performs regularly in new music concerts and festivals. His own works have been performed internationally in Auckland, London, Berlin, Tübingen and Darmstadt, at many US universities, and throughout California, by performers including the two-piano team Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. As Associate Director of Other Minds, Fong has since 2006 produced the annual Other Minds Festival, dubbed the "premier new music festival on the West Coast" (Los Angeles Times), and many special projects including the CD reissue of Conlon Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano, tribute concerts to Ruth Crawford Seeger and Henry Cowell, and the American Premiere of 18 Microtonal Ragas based on "Solo for Voice 58" by John Cage.
Lisa R. Coons
(b. 1979) Growing up around equipment and metalworking on a farm in northeast Missouri, Lisa R. Coons acquired a special affinity to noise composition and found sounds. She studied composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City during her undergraduate degree and received her Master’s from SUNY Stony Brook. Presently a PhD candidate at Princeton University, her portfolio includes music for acoustic and electronic instruments, turntables, traditional ensembles and welded percussion sculptures. She received an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2005 for the string quartet Awkward Music and an Honorable Mention in 2009 for Cross-Sections, her electric guitar quartet. Recent commissions include works for The Machine Project for the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, The New Music Collective of Charleston, Iktus Percussion Quartet, the Violin Futura Project, and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet.
is a composer and performer doing extensive work in new chamber music. Denise holds degrees from the University of Alabama and SUNY Stony Brook in composition, studying with her primary teachers, Harrison Birtwistle and Daria Semegen. Recent projects include a commission for the What A Neighborhood chamber music series and new pieces for Eric KM Clark and the Dither Electric Guitar Quartet.