LEN DETLOR and KEN FILIANO are professional musicians active on the New York
jazz scene. They have led their own groups, played with many leading
artists in the U.S. and abroad, and worked with dance and theater groups.
They have both previously performed for ARC gatherings.
JANICE HAMER studied at Harvard, holds a Ph.D. from City University of New York and is currently writing an opera based on a Holocaust memoir, sponsored by American Opera Projects. She has received awards from the Bunting Institute, the NJ and PA Councils on the Arts, and ASCAP. She is a recent winner of the Dale Warland Singers Competition and the Miriam Gideon Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music. Recent performances of her music include the BBC Singers, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, Tacoma [WA] Symphony, and the Kharkov [Ukraine] Symphony.
ALLEN LEVINES is an ARC Fellow and a composer, conductor, and faculty member at Berklee College of Music. His music has won national and international recognition, including an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award and commissions in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often pluralistic, his works fuse musics as diverse as Ghanaian drumming, Scandinavian trall [italicize this word] , and Japanese Gagaku within a Western compositonal tradition.
YUMIKO MATSUOKA is an accomplished arranger, composer, performer and educator. She was the founder of the Boston-based a cappella quintet VOX ONE, whose albums VOX ONE, OUT THERE and CHAMELEON won multiple awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society. She is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, and has coached collegiate and professional ensembles in New England and nationally.
ARAWANA HAYASHI is Artistic Director of the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group which performs contemporary dance and bugaku, Japanese Imperial court dance. She studied Japanese dance with Suenobi Togi, ballet with Nina Fonarof, and modern dance at the Merce Cunningham Studio. Among dance programs she has founded and directed are Naropa Institute, The Institute of Contemporary Dance, and City Dance Theater. Her many awards include support from the Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
GEORGE RUCKERT is a master sarodist and a disciple of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. He has concertized and given workshops internationally, composed scores for the film and dance, and accompanied many of India's finest vocalists in concert and recordings. He has an extensive knowledge of both Western and world music, and has published numerous articles and book s on Indian music. He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is a Senior Lecturer at MIT.
GRETCHEN HAYDEN is a Kathak dancer and a disciple of the renowned Kathak dance master, Chitresh Das. She is one of the foremost practitioners among a new breed of Western performers in this ageless dance tradition from India. She has toured internationally with the Chitresh Das Dance Company and with her husband, George Ruckert. She runs the Boston branch of the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, and teaches at Tufts University and Wellesley College.
MARK HARVEY is an ARC Fellow, composer, minister, and educator, teaching at MIT. As a scholar of religion and music, he has lectured widely and published numerous essays and articles on the religious dimension of Ives, Ellington, Coltrane, Hindemith, and various aspects of modern culture. With his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, he has released five CDs to international critical acclaim and concertized at Jacob's Pillow, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for the American Academy of Religion.
KATE MATSON is a filmmaker with a theatre, art, and design background, and with a Master's in Drama from Tufts University. She has participated in numerous film/music performances with Mark Harvey, Fi Lmprov, and in concert with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.