Alejandro Carrillo (Mexico City, 1993) is a composer and improviser whose work oscillate from contemplative instrumental landscapes to unique electronic/interactive music performances. His interests in multimedia have led to collaboration with dancers, photographers, filmmakers, actors, visual artists and instrumentalists as well as solo performances in different types of venues in Mexico, United States and Poland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition at the University of North Texas where he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Composition. His teachers include Panayiotis Kokoras, Joseph Klein, Kirsten Broberg and David Stout as well as summer courses and master classes with Mark André, Chaya Czernowin, Zygmunt Krauze, Martin Bresnick and Johannes Kreidler. He had workshops and recording sessions with contemporary music ensembles Lydian String Quartet, E-MEX Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth and UNT Concert Orchestra.
Human as an artist, inventor, magician, curator, teacher. After having deserted from two composition universities. He specializes in Sonology (Koninklijk Conservatorium - Holland) and holds a Master's Degree in Contemporary Art as auditor (Aguascalientes) and an M.A. from Wesleyan University (New England). His work is inserted into reality by transducing it and functions as an act of resistance. Enjoys collaborative work and your energies oscillate across disciplines. Creator of Punto Ciego Festival and curator of the Guggenheim Aguascalientes, is mostly self-taught although currently studying a Ph. D. at UNT.
Christopher Poovey (b. 1993) is a composer based in Denton Texas who strives to create music which utilizes formalized structures and processes in order to enhance its emotional and poetic goals. Christopher has had his music played by Indiana University's New Music Ensemble, So Percussion, Indiana University Brass Choir, and members of Cleveland Orchestra. He has also been recognized by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Association, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Change New Music Ensemble, the National Music Teachers Association, the National Student Electronic Music Event, and Texas Music Teachers Association for his work. He has taken courses at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique as well as at Princeton University in the Só Percussion Summer Institute.
Qi Shen born and raised in China, is currently a doctoral composition student at the University of North Texas. She has earned degrees from Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Montana, where she studied Composition and Music Technology with Yao Zhuang, Charles Nichols, and Simon Hutchinson, and Music Theory with Xiaoge Ma, Zhengya Zhou, and Nancy Cooper. At Jiangsu Institute of Education, she taught the college level classes in Computer Music. She composes acoustic and electronic music, for large and chamber ensembles, and fixed media, accompanying animation, interactive music. Her works have been presented at conferences and festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, MUSICACOUSTICA-BEIJING festival, Mountain Computer Music Festival.
Michael Sterling Smith is a composer and guitarist based in Denton, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music from the University of Florida. His works have recently been performed by the Quanta Quartet on their Australian tour, at the SCI conference at EKU, the NASA conference, the International Saxophone Symposium, the Westfield New Music Festival, and by the Dissonart ensemble in Greece. In 2010 he was awarded with an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Michael also maintains an active performing career, consisting heavily of contemporary music. Michael has studied composition under Jennifer Barker, Paul Richards, James Sain, and Paul Koonce. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of North Texas.
Jacob Thiede is a composer, saxophonist and current PhD student at the University of North Texas. Recently, his music has been championed by the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the 15.19 Ensemble, STACKS Duo, and pianist Kris Carlisle. He received his BME at Murray State University and MM in music composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has studied with Mike D’Ambrosio, Brian Ciach, and John Fannin at Murray State and with Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Steven Bryant at UNCG. As a saxophonist, he has studied with Scott Erickson and Steven Stusek. Current interests are grooves and rhythms in metal music, glitch, and the manipulation of sine tones.
Mark Vaughn is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of North Texas. Originally from Southwest Montana, he studied composition and music technology at Montana State University with Dr. Jason Bolte and Dr. Linda Antas before moving to Denton, Texas to study composition. In his music, he is currently interested in the interactions between language, music, and subjective associations; perceptual continuity through disjunct sonic terrain; and the interaction between spatial patterning and variable rates of speed. His music has been performed in venues and concerts throughout the United States.