- Simone Mancuso, percussionist and conductor specialized in contemporary music. He has been internationally recognized for his interpretations of contemporary classical pieces with prizes including the Kranichstein-Stipendienpreise from the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in 2002 and the First Prize from the Stockhausen Stiftung fuer Musik in 2005, which was awarded to Mancuso directly by Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2007, Karlheinz Stockhausen selected him as a recommended performer of his works. He has collaborated with composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Salvatore Sciarrino, Alvin Curran, Klaus Huber, Chaya, Czernowin, Edoardo Soto-Milan, Rudolf Kelterborn, Adriana Hoelsky, Giovanni Damiani, Glenn Hackbarth and Garth Paine, among others. In a chamber music setting, he has performed and recorded with celebrated pianists such as Martha Argerich, Gabriele Baldocci and Giorgia Tomassi. Mancuso’s critically acclaimed, internationally released recordings can be heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Stradivarius, Col Legno, Curva Minore, Suisse Grammont Portrait, and Chelandia. His solo CD La Parola al Legno features the world premiere recording of Il Legno e la Parola for solo marimba by Salvatore Sciarrino. His second solo CD is entirely dedicated to John Cage and features the world premiere recording of Variations VIII. He is the founding member of the Swiss-based Lugano Percussion Group, the jazz/ classical crossover duo Mancuso-Suzda Project, and the Sonus Duo with renowned saxophonist Timothy McAllister. Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Phoenix-based ensemble, Crossing 32nd Street. As a conductor, he has collaborated with soloists such as Dora Schwarzberg, Alexander Gurning, Jorge Bosso, Nora Romanoff. He recently toured with his New York based trio Ensemble Nomade where he conducted Stravinsky Histoire du Soldat at the Martha Argerich Festivals in Japan and Switzerland. For this project Ensemble Nomade was paired with the members of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo University (Japan) and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Currently, Mancuso lives in Phoenix, USA, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion, Director of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, Co-Director of the Contemporary Percussion Ensemble and Artistic Director of the Prisms Contemporary Music Festival at Arizona State University.
- Sabine Feisst is professor of Music (School of Music), Senior Sustainability Scholar (Global Institute of Sustainability), and Faculty Honors adviser (Barrett Honors College). She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Free University of Berlin, a master’s degree in French Literature from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt/Main) and a master’s degree in Music Education from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Frankfurt am Main). She served on the faculty at Bard College and the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the music of Arnold Schoenberg, exile studies, improvisation, experimental music, film music and eco-criticism.Feisst has presented her research in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia at conferences of such organizations as the International Musicological Society, American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung. She has served as keynote speaker and has been invited to speak at symposia, seminars at various universities and at music festivals.Feisst has been awarded research fellowships, grants and a publication subvention from the American Musicological Society (2010), Avenir Foundation (2008–9), National Endowment for the Humanities (2007–8), The Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (2007), the ASU Herberger College of the Arts (2004–5), and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1997–9). In 2014 she was chosen as one of five ASU professors to receive the Defining Edge Research Award in the Humanities and Literature.
- Garth Paine holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Arts Media and Engineering and the School of Music.His specialities are digital music and sound and interactive performance. He is particularly fascinated with sound as an exhibitable object where the listener can spend time with the sonic artefact so that they feel truly present. This passion has led to several interactive responsive environments where the inhabitant generates the sonic landscape through their presence and behaviour, to fixed media compositions and to several music scores for dance works, generated through realtime video tracking and or bio-sensing of the dancers. His work has been shown throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, Hong Kong, Korea and New Zealand.Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference and has been guest editor of Organised Sound Journal on several occasions. He has lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database (vipre.uws.edu.au/dmi/) of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field.He regularly performs internationally. His work can be found at www.activatedspace.com