IT IS SHE WHO I SEE
VOCALIST, ON THE HILL
Viv Corringham is a British vocalist and sound artist, currently based in Minneapolis, who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. She received an M.A. in Sonic Art from Middlesex University, England and she is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through the American Composers Forum. Her work includes music performances and audio installations, and her ongoing project Shadow-walks has been presented in gallery shows from New York to Istanbul to Portugal. Articles about her work have appeared in Organised Sound (UK), Musicworks (Canada), Playing With Words (UK), and Soundworks (Ireland). Current musical collaborators include (ex-This Heat) Charles Hayward in London, Mike Cooper in Rome and Avatar Orchestra Metaverse featuring Pauline Oliveros in Second Life. Recordings are available on Innova, Deep Listening, Slowfoot, NoMansLand, ARC Music, MASH, Slam, Rhiannon, Jungle Records, Emanem, Move, Artship and Third Force.
Music of humor and passion are the hallmarks of Randall Davidson’s music. His works have enjoyed hundreds of performances throughout the U.S. and Europe and have attracted the attention of critics, performers and audiences alike for their dramatic and accessible musical language. Collaborations with Garrison Keillor have produced two successful large-scale works: The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra and a humorous oratorio, The History of Evil: Bible Families. A 20-year association with Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence (founded as the Plymouth Music Series) has resulted in dozens of works for chorus and orchestra including the church parable, The Fourth Wise Man, which is approaching two dozen productions since its premiere in 1995. Special recognition has come to Randall Davidson through awards (a Gold Lion from the Cannes Film Festival), residencies (Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum Church-Synagogue residency, Actor’s Theatre Company, Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta), and dozens of commissions.
CREATIVE AUDIO MIXING AND SOUND PROCESSING
For the past 14 years Tim has been composing, directing and performing music in theater, film, installation and live performance under his umbrella organization, The Eclectic Ensemble (www.theeclecticensemble.com). As a composer and performer, Tim is driven and inspired by the emotional and physical energy conveyed through music and sound. He seeks to expand the role of art within society and to foster a new type of interaction between audience and artist. Tim’s goal is to live a diverse lifestyle where he applies himself in many different ways and the sum of his artistic skills, daily efforts and life experiences add up to a collection of art and a life story that inspires and motivates other people and society. Tim’s artistic endeavors have been recognized and supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, the Puffin Foundation and A Very Small Arts Fund.
ELECTRONICS, ON THE HILL
Stephen Goldstein is a musical chameleon. He began his career as a drum set player and has since expanded his palette as a computer music laptop improviser, sound designer, and electronic percussionist who uses hand drum synths. As a drummer/percussionist, Goldstein studied at the famed University of Miami as a studio music and jazz major, and spent years on the road working 50 weeks a year in the Caribbean, Canada and throughout the United States playing a variety of musical styles and genres. In the late ’80s, Goldstein studied South Indian percussion instruments, and received help and tutelage from Ganesh Kumar, SelvaGanesh, Vikku Vinyakram as well as John Bergamo, Marcus Wise and Leonice Shinneman. Goldstein and Douglas Ewart established a strong musical bond in the late ’80s with a gig at the Field Museum in Chicago, and the duo spent many years performing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul schools as well as concerts at various universities. Since the late ’90s, Goldstein has morphed from an acoustic hand drummer into an electronic percussionist and laptop wizard. He’s performed with Carie Thomas, David Means, Craig Harris, Viv Corringham, Donald and Faye Washington, Mankwe Ndosi, Zeitgeist and a variety of groups including Douglas Ewart and Quasar, Tal Maya, Anti-Gravity, and Stew Frog, whose various members include Twin Cities luminaries such as Dean Granros, Jaq Ultan and Pat O’Keefe.
Mike Grogan has been active in the Twin Cities theater scene since 1990. During that time he has designed for numerous groups spanning the disciplines of theater, dance and music. Some notable groups include: Theater Mu, Cantus Vocal Ensemble, Zenon Dance Company, Skylark Opera and Ballet of the Dolls. Mike is currently a freelance lighting designer and technical director.
Craig Harris is the Artistic Director of Interference Arts and is a composer, performer and writer who has been at the forefront of several creative waves, including computer music development, electronic arts evolution and arts-based community development initiatives. His composition The Hill Has Something to Say, commissioned by renowned soprano Renée Fleming, premiered in Alice Tully Hull at Lincoln Center in New York; his multimedia oratorio Five Books—First Series was commissioned and produced by the Sabes JCC Center for Jewish Arts and Humanities. He is a former President of the International Computer Music Association, and former Executive Director of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. In Minneapolis he has been Executive Director of Ballet of the Dolls and the Ritz Theater Foundation, where he led the initiative to renovate the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis, and has been Managing Director and Interim Director at the Playwrights’ Center. Harris received his Ph.D. in Composition at the Eastman School of Music.
PERFORMER, ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR
For 30 years Paul has created, directed, taught, toured and performed physical-based theater throughout France, Canada, Hungary and in over 25 states at venues from San Francisco’s Theatre Artaud to Philadelphia’s Painted Bride. Paul is a founding Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning dance and theater company Off-Leash Area. Paul’s sets have frequently been listed in the local press’ Best of the Year lists, and along with Jennifer Ilse he was named an Artist of the Year in 2005 by City Pages. He received a 2012 Next Step professional development grant, a 2010 Sage Award for Design in Dance, and a 2009 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship. This year Paul began offering Performance & Design Workshops. Paul is a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq School of Movement and Theatre in Paris (’81-’83), and loves baking artisan breads!
Merilee Klemp, oboist, is a well-known recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Her notable accomplishments include an impressive list of featured recordings including Falls Flyer: Music for Oboe and Guitar (Schubert Club), The Three Hermits (D’Note) and A Chamber Fantasy (Innova 539) by Stephen Paulus; Singing Wilderness: Music of Cary John Franklin (Singing Wilderness); as well as CDs by Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Lorie Line and the series of Lifescapes recordings distributed throughout the country. She is currently working on a recording of the chamber music of Eric Stokes with a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and an Augsburg College Dean’s Grant. Following graduation from Augsburg College, she received her M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Dr. Susan McClary. Ms. Klemp’s principal mentor is Richard Killmer of the Eastman School of Music where she completed her D.M.A. She has also studied with John Mack, Wayne Rapier and John deLancie. She is a frequent recitalist, soloist and performer with the MN Sinfonia, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, VocalEssence, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as a studio session player, and with major national tours of musicals such as Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Aida. Ms. Klemp is an Associate Professor at Augsburg College and also teaches oboe at Carleton College.
IMAGE DESIGN, COSTUME DESIGN
Candy Kuehn creates wearable art, costumes, wall pieces and sculptures in numerous media. She makes art pieces that are functional, reversible and have multiple uses that sometimes change with the passage of time. Many works live as well on the wall as they do on the body, on the ceiling, on the floor and on the stage. As a painter her media range from cloth to ceramic glazes. Her work features whatever makes a person or piece of art beautiful and moving. Her work has appeared at the Textile Center of Minnesota’s Artwear in Motion show, the St. Paul American Craft Council Fair and the Minnesota Craft Council Fair Marketplace at the State Fairgrounds. She has also created costumes for the dance theater company Ballet of the Dolls productions of The Red Shoes, Enchanted Night, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker (not so) Suite, and Cinderella. Candy was artist-in-residence in the Textile Center Dye Lab for the 2007-2009 school years. Her digital photo drawings and portraits have been exhibited in several shows recently, including the Art Show at the Minnesota State Fair for the past two years, through the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).
SOPRANO, THE HILL HAS SOMETHING TO SAY
Norah Long is a familiar face on Twin Cities stages, performing often with the Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Nautilus Music-Theater, History Theatre, Ordway Center, and singing 16 leading roles for Skylark Opera. Other local roles include Roxane (Cyrano) with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Fanny (On the Verge) at Jungle Theater, Jo March (Little Women) for Children’s Theatre Company, and Imogen (Cymbeline) and Miss Julie (Miss Julie) for Ten Thousand Things. She’s also starred regionally at Denver’s Arvada Center, Opera Roanoke, Riverside Theatre and Florida Stage. Concert appearances include Minnesota Orchestra, SPCO, Lorie Line’s national holiday tour, and solo tours of Japan and Germany. Norah is an ongoing Teaching Artist for Upstream Arts and the weekly soloist for St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth. This season she will portray Marie Lombardi and Zelda Fitzgerald in productions at History Theatre. Her solo CD is available on iTunes. norahlong.com; facebook.com/norahlong.news.
Kym has cultivated her skills in artistic midwifery through her work as an actor, theater-maker and director for nearly three decades. Her passion is devised collaborative work that merges media and disciplines to create unique theatrical experiences. As a core member of Margolis Brown Adaptors’ performing ensemble since 1993, she collaborated in the creation of many of their original works including: Vanishing Point, Vidpires!, Starry Messenger at Children’s Theatre Company, Sleepwalkers, American Safari and The Human Show. Kym has also worked as a performer/collaborator with Off-Leash Area, Skewed Visions and Flaneur Productions. Directing/writing highlights include A Shrewd Taming, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as a corporate merger; and Herocycle, an aerial musical that crashes Evel Knievel into Joseph Campbell’s work on the archetypal hero. She has served as affiliate faculty at the University of Minnesota for the past 11 years, where she created and directed Oil! & the Jungle in 2011. She is the recipient of a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and a 2000 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Assistance Grant. She is currently directing and creating She Myth, a devised work about the heroine’s journey.
Collaborating with performing artists for more than two decades, video artist Jim Peitzman directs Twin-Cities-based J.P. Productions. Integrating video with live theater, Jim’s media design has been featured in a variety of innovative theater environments, including composer Mary Ellen Child’s Dream House with acclaimed NYC string quartet Ethel. His video artistry has been integral to several Margolis Brown Theater Company productions since 1995, including the national tours of Vidpires and American Safari, and a DigiFest site-specific work at the Roebling Bridge in New York. Jim’s documentary feature work includes a short on the legendary mime Marcel Marceau.
Tim has worked as a stage manager, technical director, production manager and company manager for theaters here in the Twin Cities, South Florida, New York and Los Angeles. He has taken out national and international tours including taking West Side Story to Italy and A Chorus Line to Taiwan and Singapore. He also company managed two seasons of The St. Petersburg (Russia) Ice Ballet Company doing the traditional ballets Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty on Ice set up on stages throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as Amsterdam. Locally, Tim has worked for the History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, the Playwrights’ Center, Guthrie Theater, Workhaus Collective and The Directors among others. He was also the Production Director for Loring Theatre.
Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of piano and woodwinds. One of the longest-established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; Shannon Wettstein, piano. For more information, please visit www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org. For It is She Who I See Zeitgeist includes Jill Dawe on piano, Merilee Klemp on English horn and Alistair Brown on viola.