Peabody Preparatory Dance Program/Faculty John Hopkins University
Darion Smith is the artistic director and cofounder of Jansuphere Dance Company (JDC). Smith’s choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States and abroad in Spain and Mexico. Smith fuses different dance genres, incorporates visual art and interactive set designs and life size props to focus his artistic vision. His works are made in collaboration with award winning musicians and composers. He has worked to maintain his vision for JDC, since its founding in 2007, as a platform for collaborative exploration, providing opportunities for professional dancers, and community engagement through performances, workshops and masterclasses. In 2018, Smith was the Artist in Residence at the Pacific Lutheran University and most recently the recipient of the 2020 Mark Ryder Original Choreography Award.
Soprano/ New Music Vocalist
Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, curator and improviser, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, she uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art with an entire spectrum of vocal colors (including operatic style, straight tone, sputters and throat noises), creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” (Jason Eckardt). She has awards from the John Cage Orgel Stiftung, St. Botolph Club Foundation and Puffin Foundation. Stephanie has performed at Roulette, National Sawdust, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Emmy Rozanski is an enthusiastic music educator and active freelance trombonist. She is adjunct music faculty at Alverno College and a teaching artist for Sistema Ravinia. Emmy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from Arizona State University. A
passionate visual artist, as well as musician, she has written and illustrated a children’s bookabout the trombone, Mr. Fitch Joins the Band.
While staying within the structure of Indian classical music and art, Aditi has vastly experimented and succeed in mixing traditional dance art and music with Jazz and other kinds of western music. She was involved in the kathak and Electronic music collaboration with the band Kartik and Gotam: Business Class Refugees in France. She was also involved with the Issue Project with New York pianist Rod Williams. She has gracefully blended the stylized gestures of kathak and the sophisticated rhythm of the Tatkaar, Chakkradhars and different Taals with varying time cycles with instruments like the djembe, drums, ghumbri, cuatro, sarod, sitar and many more. Bhagwat has said that change and experimentation help a person grow as an artist. Her kathak dance style shows a "mastery of the idiom" according to The Hindu
Artistic Director, Jody Oberfelder Projects
Whether on a proscenium stage, in a film, or installation, her work transforms an audience’s experience from passive voyeurism into intimate engagement. As a choreographer, director and filmmaker, Jody makes art that embraces a world full of people, sites, and ideas.
President, Sheboygan Visual Artists
SVA is a growing and active network of visual artists and supporters that enriches the community through the visual arts. The mission is to,
Empower visual artists through professional development and collaboration
Create opportunities for the community to experience and enjoy the visual arts
Promote member artists and their work
Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in Milwaukee, WI. As a composer,
Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works,
The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have
been published by C. Alan Publications and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by
The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and various groups in Wisconsin and
Eric is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and brings his extensive musical skills to therapeutic work with children and adults. He is also a co-founder of the groundbreaking artist collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive, which has been dubbed the “Leaders of the Raga Rennaisance” by the New York Times.
Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith are performers on electro-acoustic harp and woodwinds. Their music spans jazz, classical, world, and original compositions. They have recorded and toured extensively during their thirty-five year relationship. They are the founders of Healing Healthcare Systems, Inc., which produces The C.A.R.E. Channel, a 24-hour environmental channel broadcast in healthcare institutions around the country. They are residents of Reno, Nevada.
She is one of the most extraordinary and multifaceted flamenco dancers. In addition to her program Flamenco Puro, in traditional flamenco line-up, she shows her intercultural performances with the outstanding percussionist Hakim Ludin (Kabul). This resulted in the programs flamenco & Afghanian percussion and a sensational duo program.
Singer/ Recitalist/ Jazz-Opera
Ms. Uchida has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice in France, International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where she was chosen to sing for the Japanese ambassador in a concert. She also performed at MOMA New York, St. Katherine Cathedral in Montreal, Canada.
Professor , William Paterson University
Payton MacDonald is a composer, percussionist, Dhrupad singer, and filmmaker. All of his work centers around exploration. Whether creating ground-breaking new percussion music, singing the ancient Indian music Dhrupad, or making adventure films, Payton keeps pushing the limits of what’s possible.
Electro acoustic Harp
Susan E. Mazer, PhD is recognized as a one of the world’s outstanding jazz harpists.She has also performed with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal at the Village Vanguard club in New York City, with Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr., as well as other well-known musicians. After many years of classical performance, including two degrees in music, Susan chose to move into jazz and world music.In addition, Susan is a pioneer in the development of and performance on an Electro-acoustic harp.
Artistic Director, Limon Dance Company
The José Limón Dance Foundation exists to perpetuate the Limón legacy and its humanistic approach to movement and theater, and to extend the vitality of that vision into the future, through performance, creation, preservation and education.
The José Limón Dance Foundation supports two entities: the Limón Dance Company, this country’s first modern dance repertory company, and the Limón Institute, an educational and archival resource center. In our home-base of New York City, the Limón Institute reaches close to 5,000 students and scholars annually through its education programs (including Limón4Kids), archival library, and New York City classes and workshops.
Eric Heidbreder is a freelance audio editor and performer in Chicago who brings a curious mind and
collaborative spirit to every project he takes on. Recently, Eric has begun working alongside Mathew
James (Timepoint Ensemble) to produce virtual performance videos for ensembles ranging from 2-90
players—all recording in their own homes. Eric has worked collaboratively with musicians around the
world to produce recordings from his home studio that have been used in film, tv, and advertising. Some
highlights include Netflix Original Small Crimes, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Vol. 2, and the LG V20
Everyday Spectacular advertising campaign.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Sophia studied Bharatanatyam with Guru Dr. Sreedhara Akkihebbalu from the age of nine and with Guru Kalaimamani Rama Vaidyanathan from the age of 17. As a Belgian-Greek Bharatantyam dancer, she hopes to spread awareness that art knows no cultural or religious boundaries. Since her debut recital – ‘Arangetram’ - in 2010, she has given numerous solo performances in the US and abroad, most notably at Narada Gana Sabha under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts and Vipanchee Arts Festival, Chennai, in January 2020. She is an ICCR Empaneled Artist, a 2013 Young Arts Finalist, and a 2017-2018 IndianRaga Fellow. In 2018, she was invited by the UAE Prime Minister to perform at the World Government Summit in Dubai for Indian Prime Minister Modi. Sophia also performed in Kalaimamani Rama Vaidyanathan’s 2018 - 2019 US and India tours of ‘Vivartana’. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in chemistry, and passionately continues her pursuit of dance.
Carraher’s works are psychophysical unravellings characterized by catastrophic fragility, Brownian relationscapes, and stunted-spectacle. Superabundance, ambiguity, and performative impossibility lay bare one’s psychophysical limitations, and conditioned values, whilst issuing a demand for reflection and real-time mediation. Ideally, this reflection incites meaningful introspection into the origins of these limitations, previous perceptual and creative dimensions left unexplored due to them, and galvanizes personal work towards deeper, more fully-aware, performance and creative practices.
Marcelo has been involved with Tango all his life. Marcelo has been an Argentine Tango dancer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. His love for Tango dancing and tango music, particularly from the 1930’s through the 1940’s, is undeniable when you meet him. Marcelo is a milonguero
Born and brought up in a family with musical background, Milind started learning music from a very tender age. His grandfather Late Pandit Shankar V Kanhere (Satara) who was a famous Jaltarang player influenced Milind in taking up this unusual dying instrument the Jaltaramg. He is one of the top players of Jaltarang.
Called a “thought provoker” by Boston Voyager, Julian Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer, and producer. Loida’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has propelled him towards a wide-range of sounds, genres, and artistic endeavors. He’s performed jazz, folk, and classical, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, songwriters/composers, and musicians of all stripes. The thirst to participate in and experience this range of sounds is partly a product of Loida’s synesthesia. Music is a full- body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste.