Photo by Douglas Di Franco
Dan Mozgai, cicada fanatic, hosts the most popular website entirely devoted to cicadas.
Richard Robinson’s first film The Beekeepers premiered at Sundance in 2009 in the New Frontiers Shorts Program and went on to screen at Hot Docs and the Vancouver International Film Festival, winning best Short Documentary at The Atlanta Film Festival. His first feature film, Rothstein’s First Assignment was nominated for the special jury prize at Seattle’s International Film Festival in 2011 and was featured on Time’s LightBox. In 2012, he was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship. His still photography work has been published in The Washington Post, Time, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler. He is represented by Aperture Images and Cinema Guild.
Tim Blunk teaches performance art at William Paterson University. He is a former US political prisoner who served over 13 years in some of America’s most notorious prisons for his activism in resistance to US involvement in Central America during the 1980s. His prison term included 7 years in solitary confinement in USP Marion alongside Native American activist Leonard Peltier, Mafia boss John Gotti, and former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. From his cell in Marion, he curated and organized a traveling art exhibition against the death penalty with contributions from political prisoners in 17 countries from around the world. Tim appeared on the ABC television news program “20/20” in a nationally aired segment documenting the international campaign against Marion’s use of solitary confinement as a form of psychological torture. Released in 1997, Tim became the director of the Puffin Cultural Forum, a nonprofit art gallery and performance space in northern New Jersey.
David Rothenberg has twelve CDs out under his own name, including "One Dark Night I Left My Silent House", a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, called "Une petite miracle" by Le Monde and named by The Village Voice one of the ten best CDs of 2010. Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, book and CD, published in seven languages and the subject of a BBC television documentary. He is also the author of numerous other books on music, art, and nature, including Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales, and Survival of the Beautiful, about aesthetics in evolution. This spring he releases a book and CD both called Bug Music, featuring the sounds of the entomological world.
Robert Krulwich has been called "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide. For 22 years, Krulwich was a science, economics, general assignment and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News His specialty is explaining complex subjects, science, technology, economics, in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. Robert now reports for National Public Radio. His NPR blog, "Krulwich Wonders", features drawings, cartoons and videos that illustrate hard-to-see concepts in science. He is also co-host of Radiolab, a nationally distributed radio series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. "There’s nothing like it on the radio," says Ira Glass of This American Life. "It's an act of crazy genius." Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.
Umru Rothenberg was one of the winners of the Ableton Live Summer Challenge in 2011. He has performed as a laptop musician in Estonia, Norway, and the United States. He’s an eighth grade student at Haldane Middle, and his films can be viewed at http://nein-films.tumblr.com/
Pauline Oliveros is a senior figure in contemporary American music. In the 1950s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening," which is a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing. She received the John Cage Award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts.
Timothy Hill performed on eight recordings by David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, including their seminal work, Hearing Solar Winds. His work is deeply influenced by a unique musical friendship with pianist Keith Jarrett. An active teacher, Hill has been a visiting lecturer at the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program under artistic director Dawn Upshaw since its inception in 2006.
Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based composer and double bassist. Raised in the mountains of Western Canada, nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, and David Sylvian as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… ‘ In July 2012, he traveled to Tuva, where he performed with world-renowned throat singers including Huun-Huur Tu, Kongar-ool Ondar, and the Tuvan National Orchestra. As a freelance bassist he has recorded on over 50 albums and has performed with John Shannon, the Crash Test Dummies, Fitz and the Tantrums, Annie and the Beekeepers, and Lucy Wainwright.
These programs were made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.