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Cynthia Black
Cynthia Black enjoys a varied musical life across the United States performing music from several centuries as a violist and violinist. This season includes appearances with Apollo’s Fire, Les Délices, Indy Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Three Notch’d Road, Atlanta Baroque, and One Found Sound. She recently completed a D.M.A. at Case Western Reserve University as a student of Julie Andrijeski and holds modern viola degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music in the studios of Lynne Ramsey and Robert Vernon. Her doctoral theses focused on the exploration of unknown scordatura practices of late 17th-century Italy and the practices of ornamentation and improvisation in Classical string chamber music. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys baking and canoeing and currently lives in a tiny house in Berkeley, California.

Belle Bulwinkle
Belle Bulwinkle is known as a performer on both early and modern pianos.  The San Francisco Chronicle described her playing as “terrific technically as well as expressively.  One seldom hears so much finesse….” The composer Lou Harrison dedicated his Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan to her.  She gave the world premiere of this work at Mills College in Oakland, CA and a second performance at the Cabrillo (CA) Festival.  She has given the first US performances of pieces by international composers Jack Body, Marcello Panni, Anthony Payne and Makiko Nishikaza.

As a fortepianist, she has performed at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Cornell University (NY), Santa Rosa (CA) Symphony Summer Festival, Old First Church (SF) Concerts, Cascade Head (OR) Music Festival, Musicsources and Hausmusik both in Berkeley, CA and Mills College.  She gave the dedicatory recital on a new fortepiano at Palomar College (CA), and she was a soloist at the Antverpiano91 Festival in Belgium.  In May 2014, she was both a performer and a panelist at the Keyboard Festival at University of California at Davis.

Her recordings include the Harrison Concerto on the Leonardo label, songs of Darius Milhaud on Music and Arts and Jose Macedo’s Sujeichon on Tzadik.  She is on the performance faculty at Mills College where she performs frequently.  She also has taught music history and music theory at both Mills and the California College of Art in Oakland. 

David Morris
Dubbed a "continuo wizard" by Gramophone (UK), David Morris has performed across the U.S., Canada and in Europe on baroque cello, viola da gamba, lirone and a variety of other historical stringed instruments.  He is a member of Quicksilver and the Galax Quartet and is a frequent guest performer with the New York State Early Music Association.  He has performed with Musica Pacifica, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Seattle's Pacific Musicworks.  He was the founder and musical director of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino, and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series.  Mr. Morris received his B.A. and M.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival and Cornell University.  He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian, New World Records, Drag City Records, CBC/ Radio-Canada and New Line Cinema.

Fred Frith
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser Fred Frith has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years, starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow, which he co-founded with Tim Hodgkinson in 1968.

Fred is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, song-writer, and composer for film, dance and theater. Through bands like Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet and Cosa Brava, he has stayed close to his roots in rock and folk music while branching out in many other directions.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles ranging from Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble Modern to Concerto Köln and Galax Quartet, from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to ROVA and Arte Sax Quartets, from rock bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Ground Zero to the Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra.

Film music credits include the acclaimed documentaries Rivers and TidesTouch the Sound and Leaning into the Wind, directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, The Tango LessonYes and The Party by Sally Potter, Werner Penzel’s Zen for Nothing, Peter Mettler’s Gods, Gambling and LSD, and the award-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Last Day of Freedom, by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones.

Composing for dance throughout his long career, Fred has worked with Rosalind Newman and Bebe Miller in New York, François Verret and Catherine Diverrès in France, and Amanda Miller and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company over the course of many years in Germany, as well as composing for two documentary films on the work of Anna Halprin.

Theater credits include the Creation Company in New York and François-Michel Pesenti’s Théâtre du Point Aveugle in Marseille, where he spent six months in 1990 working with “jeunes rockers en chômage des quartiers défavorisés” (young unemployed rock musicians from the ghettos) on the opera Helter Skelter.

Fred has performed works by and sometimes alongside composers John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars, Sylvie Courvoisier, Alvin Curran, George Lewis, René Lussier, Jose Maceda, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and Christian Wolff; improvised with Paolo Angeli, Lotte Anker, Derek Bailey, Chris Brown, Lol Coxhill, Chris Cutler, Janet Feder, Joëlle Léandre, Miya Masaoka, Phil Minton, Ikue Mori, Butch Morris, Bob Ostertag, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, and Camel Zekri, to name a few; collaborated with classical virtuosi Evelyn Glennie, Katia Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, and Werner Bärtschi; and—as session musician—recorded on albums by, for example, Brian Eno, The Residents, Robert Wyatt, The Swans, Violent Femmes, Material, Negativland, John Zorn, Matthew and the Unfortunates, and Half Japanese.

He is currently performing with the Fred Frith Trio and Frelosa.

The recipient of Italy’s Demetrio Stratos Prize for his life’s work in experimental music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire, Fred currently teaches in the legendary epicenter of American experimental music, Mills College in Oakland, California; in the improvisation master’s program at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland; and as visiting faculty in the Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chile, where he has been collaborating on the creation of a new School of Music and Sound Art.

He is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s much loved Step Across the Border, cited by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the 20th century’s hundred most influential films.


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