CURRENT COLLABORATORS (BIOGRAPHIES BELOW)
Julian Barnett, Dancer: Site, Really Real
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Musicians: Really Real
Phil Kline, Composer: Everywhere, Site, Revival, Really Real
Kana Kimura, Dancer: Everywhere, Slowly, Nearly, Little: An Andante, Site, Really Real
Joanna Kotze, Dancer: Trance Territory, Morph: Live Remix, Him, There, Them, Everywhere, Really Real
Roderick Murray, Lighting Design: Trance Territory, Morph: Live Remix, Him, There, Them, Everywhere, Nowaday, Elsewhere, Site, A Light Conversation, Really Real
Omagbitse Omagbemi, Dancer: Really Real
Stuart Singer, Dancer: Really Real
Francis Stansky, Dancer: Really Real
Rahel Vonmoos (London) Choreographer & Performer: A Light Conversation
Jill Anderson, Clothing Designer
Koji Atwood, Musician
Kimberly Bartosik, Dancer
Thomas Lewis Brown, Percussion Score
Capital High School Band (Helena, MT), Musicians
Rhys Chatham (France), Composer & Musician
Maya Ciarrocchi, Video Design
James Dier aka $mall ¢hange, DJ/Composer
Douglas Fanning of DYAD Studio, Set Design
Jonathan Kane, Composer & Musician
Alan Good, Dancer
Joachim Kuhn and Walter Quintus (Germany), Composers
Ronald Lawrence, Composer
Cecile Le Prado (France), Composer
Wen-Long Li, Dancer
Bill Manka, Dancer
Kathryn Sanders, Dancer
Phil Sandstrom, Lighting Design
Michael Schroff aka Plexus, DJ
Matthew Winheld, Dancer
JULIAN BARNET (DANCER)
Born in Tokyo, Japan and transplanted to California, where he grew up breakdancing, Julian began his training at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and continued exploration at the Joffrey Ballet and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Soon after he began influential friendships with Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, performing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Johannes Wieland, where he performed alongside Pina Baush’s Tanztheater. He has been a guest artist at the Kassel State Theater (Germany), Dance New Amsterdam, and both Florida and Bates Dance Festivals, performing, teaching, and navigating the potential of future and professional dancers alike. Seeking to define his innate curiosity of undiscovered physical art, Julian began seriously choreographing in 2003 and has since shared his interpretations internationally. Select commissions and presentations include: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hong Kong Cultural Center (China), Tangénte (Montreal), Teatro Peón (Mexico), Jacob's Pillow, and in New York at Danspace Project, Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop and the Juilliard School amongst others. He is grateful to Wally and the Really Real crew for their continued inspiration.
BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS (MUSICIANS)
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA) helps young people of diverse backgrounds realize their potential as musicians and as individuals through a comprehensive program of music education committed to artistic excellence and centered on performing ensembles. Founded in 1992, BYCA now stands as one of the country’s leading youth choruses. Through its voice-based after-school music academy, BYCA provides a comprehensive music education program of unparalleled quality to 250 students of strikingly diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds who range in age from 7-18. Training takes place in five progressively advanced choral divisions, including the top performing division, the Concert Chorus.
The Concert Chorus is a vocal ensemble of the highest caliber, widely considered the ensemble of choice for collaborative performances with world class symphony orchestras, dance companies, and soloists. This unparalleled access to professional performances enables BYCA’s Concert Chorus members to develop a high degree of musical literacy, professional-level performance skills, and artistic sensitivity. The Chorus’s regular collaborations with professional orchestras, as well as pop and classical soloists, offer rare insight into the rehearsal and performance of world-class artists in a context in which the choristers are also respected as artists. These experiences also build high expectations for choristers’ life goals and future achievements. Concert Chorus members receive intensive training – 4.5 hours of weekly training plus supplemental rehearsals – and receive continual opportunities to reach higher levels of achievement, including performing commissions of contemporary works, enrolling in elective courses, and participating in the 27-member Chamber Chorus.
Recent performance highlights include collaborations with top music organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic; commissions from Pulitzer prize-winning composers David Lang and Paul Moravec; network television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and appearances and collaborations with major artists and composers across a broad aesthetic spectrum, including Lou Reed, Philip Glass, John Adams, Mark Morris and Elton John.
BYCA is exceptional for its experiential approach to music education; for its inclusive approach to helping children succeed musically; for its commitment to diversity, both musical and cultural; for its track record in commissioning and performing new work; and for the extraordinarily high quality of its concert performances. Few music organizations combine a commitment to broad service and inclusiveness with such high artistic goals.
KANA KIMURA (DANCER)
Kana Kimura was born in Hiroshima, Japan, where she began her ballet training at the age of 4 at Sawada Dance School. She continued her contemporary dance training with Takako Asakawa and Ko Yukihiro at Ishihara Ballet Academy until the age of 18 when she entered The Juilliard School. At Juilliard, Kimura performed works by Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Robert Battle and William Forsyth. She also attended summer dance festivals in Sweden, Austria, Montreal, and Japan. Kimura began working with Wally Cardona Quartet after graduating from The Juilliard School in 2005. She has performed in Cardona’s Everywhere, Site and Slowly, Nearly, Little: An Andante (created for Chamber Dance Project). Currently, she is dancing in Wally Cardona's new piece, Really Real.
PHIL KLINE (COMPOSER)
“Kline has graduated from ‘experimental’ to ‘original’—he's one of America's most important
compositional voices.”— David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13, 2006
Phil Kline is a unique artist whose work employs music in many mediums and contexts, ranging from experimental electronics, performance art and sound installations to songs, choral, theater and chamber music.
Raised in Akron, Ohio, he came to New York to study English Literature and Music History at Columbia College. After graduating, he became part of the vital downtown New York arts scene: he founded the rock band The Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborated with Nan Goldin on the ever-evolving soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and for many years played guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble.
His earliest compositions grew out of his work as a solo performance artist and often used boombox tape players as a medium. Bachmans's Warbler for harmonicas and 12 tape loops was performed at the 1992 Bang on a Can Marathon, and the walking sound sculpture Unsilent Night debuted in Greenwich Village later that year. Unsilent Night is now performed annually in cities around the world.
The widely acclaimed Zippo Songs, a quasi-theatrical song cycle based on poems Vietnam vets inscribed on their Zippo lighters, had its first run at HERE in NYC in 2003. Locus Solus, a suite of songs and chamber works based on the proto-surrealist novel of Raymond Roussel, was first presented at the bizarre Ryerss Mansion Museum in Philadelphia in 2006.
Among his chamber works, Exquisite Corpses was commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and premiered by them in 1997; The Blue Room and Other Stories was premiered by the string quartet Ethel at the Kitchen in 2002; and The Last Buffalo was commissioned by the trio Real Quiet and premiered at the Music3 Festival in San Diego in 2004.
Recent works include the full-length choral Mass John the Revelator, commissioned by WNYC and premiered at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in 2006; and scores for two evening-length dances by Wally Cardona: Everywhere and Site. The large sound installation World on a String opened the season at the Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in September 2007.
Kline’s work has been heard in every imaginable type of venue, from the streets of Greenwich Village, CBGBs and the Knitting Factory, to the Kitchen and BAM, Alice Tully Hall, London’s Barbican Centre and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Major awards include grants from the Rockefeller New York State Music Fund, Meet the Composer, NYSCA, American Composers Forum and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust. Recordings of Unsilent Night, Exquisite Corpses, The Blue Room and Other Stories, and Zippo Songs are available on the Cantaloupe label, with John the Revelator due in 2008.
JOANNA KOTZE (DANCER)
A native of South Africa, Joanna Kotze completed her BA in Architecture at Miami University, Ohio, in 1998 while dancing with the Miami University Dance Theatre. Since moving to New York in 1998, she has danced for Company Appels, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Nina Winthrop, Daniel Charon, and the Metropolitan Opera including their works by Doug Varone. She has choreographed several pieces for Miami University and, in May, will be presenting a piece in New York through Movement Research at the Judson Church. She will also be performing this fall with Netta Yerushalmy and early next year with Kimberly Bartosik. Along with performing and choreographing, she studies Klein/Mahler technique with Barbara Mahler, studies and performs various styles of swing dancing, and is a freelance architectural model builder. She has been a member of the Wally Cardona Quartet since 2000.
RODERICK MURRAY (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Roderick Murray has been designing the lighting for Wally Cardona’s work since 2001, including Morph: Live Remix (2002), Him, There, Them (2004), Everywhere (2005), Elsewhere (2006), Nowaday (2006), Site (2007), A Light Conversation (2008) and Really Real (2009). He received a 2001 “Bessie” award for his work on Mr. Cardona’s Trance Territory. Mr. Murray’s designs have also been seen nationally and internationally since 1992 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Sadler’s Wells, both the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and in Cannes, the Joyce Theater in New York, Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project and many other fantastic and weird venues. He has been fortunate enough to collaborate with some wonderful and provocative choreographers and artists including Kimberly Bartosik, Benjamin Millepied, Ralph Lemon, Yanira Castro, Luca Veggetti, American Ballet Theater, Paul Simon, Ballet de Grand Thèâtre de Genève, Sekou Sundiata, Andonis Fiondakis, Paradigm Dance, Dusan Tynek, Scotty Heron, Pepatian, Hot Mouth, Donna Uchizono, Ricochet Dance Productions, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, Bill Young and Dancers, Kriota Willburg, among many others. He has also worked for many different dance companies as production manager and/or stage manager, including Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Sean Curran, John Jasperse, Neil Greenberg, Twyla Tharp, the Harkness Dance Festival at the 92nd Street Y and others. Prior to dedicating himself full time to design, he performed for 9 years with the award winning Circus Amok.
Omagbitse received her BFA in dance at Montclair State University. She has performed nationally and internationally with Kevin Wynn Collection, Sean Curran Company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Urban Bush Women, Risa Jaraslow, Barbara Mahler, Neta Pulvermacher, and Christopher Williams. She is happy to currently be working with Ralph Lemon, Keely Garfield, Jeremy Nelson, Pearson/Widrig Dance, and Gerald Casel. Omagbitse would like to thank Wally for this wonderful opportunity.
STAURT SINGER (DANCER)
Stuart Singer, a Western Massachusetts native currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, began his formal dance training at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School. He earned his BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Stuart was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2004-2008, with which he performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and currently serves as a company teaching artist. He enjoys continued work in movement and performance with Gwen Welliver, Mollye Maxner, Jack Ferver, Christopher Williams, Joanna Kotze, and Daniel Charon.
FRANCIS A. STANSKY (DANCER)
Francis A. Stansky, originally from Worcester MA, is a graduate of Connecticut College, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving to New York in 2003 he has been fortunate to work with many great artists and study under the direction of Barbara Mahler. He continues to work with Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara Malvacias, and David Dorfman Dance. This will be Francis' first performance with the Wally Cardona Quartet.
RAHEL VONMOOS (CHOREOGRAPHER/ PERFORMER)
Born in Switzerland, Rahel Vonmoos’s choreographic work has been performed in the UK, Switzerland, France, Poland, Italy and Argentina. She is currently part of Ricochet Dance Production and Charles Linehan Dance Company. Rahel has participated in several collaborative projects with company Pool (Zurich) and Trisha Bauman (Paris) and worked, among others, with choreographers Rosemary Butcher, Philippe Gehmacher, Philippe Saire and Iztok Kovac (film on improvisation). Since 2002 Rahel collaborates with video artist Ruth Schlaepfer (Switzerland), creating video/dance installations performed in art galleries in Zurich and Milan. Her education began in Chur (Matura) and continued at Ballettberufsschule in Zürich and London Contemporary Dance School in London. For 7 years she intensively studied Aikido at Ikeda Dojo (Zurich) and in 1998 certified as a Body-Mind Centering practitioner in Massachusetts. Vonmoos was a recipient of a Kulturpreis, achievement in arts award, from the Canton of Graubünden (CH); a Werkjahresbeitrag, a prize of the city of Zürich; and was in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (GSMBA Graubünden). A mother of two, Vonmoos resides in London.