News & About Our Artists

John Cage

JOHN CAGE, (September 5, 1912 - August 12, 1992), was born in Los Angeles, California and died in New York City on August 12, 1992. He studied liberal arts at Pomona College. Among his composition teachers were Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg. Cage was elected to...

Luciano Berio

LUCIANO BERIO (1925 - 2003), the Italian composer, was born in Oneglia into a musical family. His father and grandfather were organists and composers and he studied music with them both. Although he developed an interest in the piano, the idea of any possible career...

William Winant

WILLIAM WINANT, percussion, is described as “one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today” according to Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times. William has collaborated with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage,...

Dag Weiser and Leslie Murray

DAG WEISER and LESLIE MURRAY, Santa Cruz artists, have collaborated on art installations for over 20 years. They have created installations at the MAH: a three-storey hanging mobile, “Bait Ball,” for the Surf Art show in 2010, and for its annual Stars event 2007-2009....

Thomas Schultz

THOMAS SCHULTZ, piano, has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent...

Mike Marshall

MIKE MARSHALL, mandolin, is one of the world's most accomplished and versatile acoustic musicians, a master of mandolin, guitar and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical...

Michael McGushin

MICHAEL MCGUSHIN, Director of Ariose Singers, is a professor of music at Cabrillo College and the coach/accompanist for the Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the conductor of the chamber choir Ariose and of Cabrillo's Westside Choir....

Jim Kassis

JIM KASSIS, Percussion, has been performing with New Music Works since he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1987 to study with San Francisco Symphony percussionist Anthony Cirone, Jim has been teaching and performing both drum set and classical percussion...

Ludi Hinrichs

LUDI HINRICHS, trombone and didgeridoo, has been assimilating sounds since he was two. A diverse musician, he works as a recording artist, educator, choir director, arranger, as well as leading his own jazz groups. Recent collaborations include the performance duo,...

Shoko Hikage

SHOKO HIKAGE, koto, began her koto playing at the age of three, studying with Chizuga Kimura of the Ikuta-ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai. With this foundation of Japanese traditional music, Shoko has expanded the repertoire and performance of the koto by incorporating...

Timba Harris

TIMBA HARRIS is a violinist/violist, trumpet player, and composer. His professional musical interests span from contemporary chamber music to grinding death metal. He records and tours internationally with the groups Secret Chiefs 3, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and...

David Grisman

DAVID GRISMAN, mandolinist, has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music for nearly half a century. His musical range is wide and deep - embracing many styles, genres and traditions. An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal...

Denise Gallant

DENISE GALLANT, video, is a national award- winning video artist with 35+ years experience in video creation and editing, live video production, and graphic design for video. Graduated UCLA Film School, Cum Laude, and UCSC in Communication, Denise has worked as a...

Luciano Chessa

LUCIANO CHESSA, as a composer, pianist, and musical saw / Vietnamese dan bau soloists, has been active in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Luciano Chessa received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California at Davis. Previously, at the Conservatory of...

Linda Burman-Hall

LINDA BURMAN-HALL, the American harpsichordist, cultural musicologist and early music producer, studied at the College of Letters and Science of University of California in Los Angeles (B.A. in Music with Honors), Princeton University (M.F.A. Music in Theory and...

Tandy Beal

TANDY BEAL is a local dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has organized a number of productions over the years with Tandy Beal & Company, including regular performances of a contemporary dance version of the Nutcracker, which originally premiered in 1982....

Neel Kant Agrawal

NEEL KANT AGRAWAL, percussion, is from East Lansing, Michigan and lives in Los Angeles. Neel’s innovative style draws upon folkloric rhythms of the global diaspora in poetically expressing his postmodern identity. Neel channels his spiritual energy through the art and...

Ariose Singers

ARIOSE SINGERS, is an a capella chorus that performs a varied repertoire of vocal music.They are located in Santa Cruz, California, drawing skilled singers from the community and nearby universities. Their repertoire focuses on master works for small groups from the...

Euripides musical by Collins slated for Sonoma Arts Live

Euripides musical by Collins slated for Sonoma Arts Live

A musical adaptation of Euripides' Helen of Egypt, score by Philip Collins and translation by Mary-Kay Gamel, will be performed by Sonoma Arts Live this summer; Thursday June 30 through July 17 Rotary Stage Andrews Hall. Collins will conduct. Tickets will be available...