Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) studied composition with I.Ioannidi, K. Varotsi, A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England, for postgraduate studies where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt at the University of York with funds from Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarships (Society Friends of Music) among others. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as FROMM (Harvard University) IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Spring Festival (The University of York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and regularly performed in over 400 concerts in 70 cities around the world. His compositions have received 40 distinctions and prizes in international competitions among others Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), ECPNM 2009 (Sweden), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Look and Listen Prize 2004 (New York), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Seoul international competition 2003 (Korea), Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan), Noroit Prize 2002 (France), CIMESP 2002 (Brazil). Moreover, they have been selected by juries at more than 100 international call for score opportunities.
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.
Faculty and Staff Affiliates
Joseph Klein holds degrees in composition from Indiana University (DM, 1991), University of California, San Diego (MA, 1986), and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (BA, 1984). His composition teachers have included Harvey Sollberger, Claude Baker, Robert Erickson, and Roger Reynolds. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he has served as Chair of Composition Studies since 1999. Klein’s compositions for various media have been performed and broadcast internationally, and he has been a featured guest composer at academic institutions, performance venues, conferences, and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His recorded works are available on the Innova, Centaur, Crystal, and Mark labels.
Stephen Lucas is a composer, video artist, and technical developer and functions as the Lead Creative Programmer for the iARTA research network and College of Music. He is best known for his strikingly abstract computer audio/video works; he also writes many works involving live performers. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States but he strives to embrace online audiences. His other interests include electronics, cybernetics, and metaphysics.
Composer, violinist, and computer musician Andrew May was CEMI director from 2005-2016. He is best known for his interactive computer music; he also writes many purely acoustic works. His compositions have been performed in at least a dozen European and Asian countries and throughout the United States. He has performed internationally as a violinist, conductor, and improviser.
Flutist Elizabeth McNutt is a leading interpreter of contemporary repertoire, and electroacoustic music in particular. She has premiered over 150 new works and performed widely in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her solo CD pipe wrench, on the Electronic Music Foundation Media label, has been described as "astounding" (Flute Talk), "high-octane" (Musicworks), and "a delightful listen" (SEAMUS Newsletter). Her other recordings are on the CRI and SEAMUS labels. Her writing has been published in Organized Sound, Music Theory Online, and Flutist Quarterly. McNutt holds a DMA in contemporary music performance from the UC San Diego.McNutt is on the faculty of the University of North Texas, where she teaches flute and directs the new music ensemble Nova.
Jon Christopher Nelson (b. 1960) is currently a Professor at the University of North Texas where he serves as an associate of CEMI (Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) and also the Associate Dean of Operations. Nelson’s electroacoustic music compositions have been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and was recently awarded the Bourges Euphonies d'Or prize. In addition to his electro-acoustic works, Nelson has composed a variety of acoustic compositions that have been performed by ensembles such as the New World Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and others. He has composed in residence at Sweden's national Electronic Music Studios and at IMEB in Bourges, France. His works can be heard on the Bourges, Russolo Pratella, Innova, CDCM, NEUMA, ICMC, and SEAMUS labels.
David Stout is a performance director, installation artist and live cinema performer exploring the capabilities of new media to forge collaborative communities, synthesize evolving ecological systems and compose dramatic interactive visual-music works on a symphonic scale. He is a professor in the iARTA research network, where he works with students and faculty from across the arts, sciences and engineering.
Ruth West is an artist-scientist – a creative catalyst. She envisions a future in which art + science integration opens new portals of imagination, invention, knowledge, and communication across cultures to create breakthrough solutions for our most pressing global problems. Ruth directs the xREZ Art + Science Lab and is an associate professor at the University of North Texas cross-appointed in the College of Visual Art and Design (New Media Art & Design), College of Information (Information Sciences), College of Engineering (Computer Science) and College of Arts and Sciences (Biological Sciences). Utilizing emerging technologies her work builds resonant connections between the arts and sciences to create new ways of seeing and knowing. Bridging high-dimensional data and metadata, information visualization and sonificaiton, virtual reality, augmented and/or mixed reality, 3D fabrication, and social and mobile participatory media with domains such as urban ecology, neuroscience, genomics, astronomy, fiber arts and digital remix culture, Ruth explores avenues for achieving works with multiple entry points that can exist concurrently as aesthetic experiences, artistic practice or cultural interventions and serve as the basis for artistically-impelled scientific inquiry and tools. This work results in new knowledge and insight, technology R&D, novel artworks, large-scale public engagement and entertainment experiences, cross-disciplinary educational and research opportunities and industry-academic-community partnerships. She has authored over 70+ peer-reviewed exhibitions, publications, conference presentations and public talks, and has received several million dollars in grants and corporate sponsorship. Her work has been presented in venues including: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, FILE 09 Sao Paulo, SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, IEEE Visualization, SPIE/IS&T ERVR, Leonardo and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Foundation Destellos is created in 2007 in Mar del Plata, Argentine, by initiative of Dr Elsa Justel. It is a private and independent organization with juridical status. Conducted by an Administration board and a relevant team of Argentine and foreign artists and searchers.
After an intensive trajectory as composer and video artist, Dr Justel assumes the responsibility of this Foundation on behalf of the artistic creation, the sciences and technologies of art, in order to stimulate and sustain all those initiatives tending to the development of culture and human knowledge. The Foundation has as priority purpose to hold the new generations of artists, searchers and technicians whose objectives are oriented in this sense.
xREZ Art + Science Lab is a unique blending of creative studio and research lab. We forge productive paths that harness the unique creative forces found only at the intersection of the arts, sciences and humanities to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication. Our visionary team is composed of students, faculty and collaborators working in computer science, new media arts, anthropology, behavioral psychology, photography, music, journalism, art education, information science, hospitality management, urban ecology, geospatial analysis, art education, political science, history, and biomedicine. We create breakthrough solutions to problems that require collaboration across disciplines by developing emerging technologies, new knowledge, public engagement, and cross-sector partnerships.