Brendan Lai-Tong, Trombone, Teaching Composer
Trombonist and music educator Brendan Lai-Tong, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a lifelong appreciator of all things that create sound. He enjoys making music with a myriad of Bay Area ensembles spanning multiple genres including - classical, contemporary avant-garde, rock, jazz & reggae.
Brendan performs with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Opera San Jose, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, sfSound, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, ECO Ensemble and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. He also enjoys imparting music education to future generations through the Oakland Symphony’s MUSE Program: a multi-component music education and enrichment initiative that serves young people at public schools and community sites throughout Oakland.
Brendan studied trombone with Mark Lawrence, former principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony; and Tim Conner and Hugh Harbison, the principal and bass trombonists of the Florida Philharmonic. Brendan is graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Miami (BM).
Director and Teaching Composer
Katrina Wreede, composer and violist, is a tireless proponent for strings in jazz and contemporary chamber music. In addition to creating new works and performance opportunities in unusual venues, like her Drive-By Violas inside a Boston fruit stand and bus kiosk, she has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the ground-breaking Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police finger-printer, a rhine-stone-studded “alto violinist” for royalty, a non-denominational wedding officiant, a student of Tango Nuevo, Persian and Roma music and a composer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, and dance.
Flute, Latin Percussion, Teaching Composer
Chus Alonso is a musician with 30 years of experience performing, composing, leading musical projects and teaching. As a composer his focus has been on creating contemporary music rooted in flamenco and Latin American traditional genres. Alonso has composed for a wide range of ensembles, including symphony orchestras, small chamber groups and various types Latin ensembles, as well as solo pieces.
Cello, Voice, Teaching Composer
Jessica plays cello, sings and composes with the original music band, Real Vocal String Quartet. For San Francisco’s “A Traveling Jewish Theatre”, Jessica scored and performed original music for The Bright River, a hip-hop retelling of Dante’s Inferno, and for Arthur Miller’s classic drama, Death of a Salesman. She performed and composed original music with The Ark Project, an ensemble of Bay Area and New York Klezmer and Balkan musicians on tour in Poland and in Ukraine. This project was a feature on “Spark”, KQED public television series about Bay Area artists. Jessica holds degrees from Skidmore College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Cello, Bass, Improvisation
Carla Kaufman is a multifaceted musician, teacher and composer who plays both bass and cello in classical, new music, and jazz arenas. After earning a BA in Music from University of California at Berkeley, she has pursued an eclectic career in professional symphonies, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, serving as both a performer and composer in many Bay Area new music groups. As an instructor, she encourages improvisa-tion and composition as a path to excellent musicianship.
Photo Credit Sandy Morris
Electric Bass, Conductor, Teaching Composer
Phillip is an orchestral and choral conductor, chamber musician and soloist across Europe, Canada and the US. He was Music Director for the Las Vegas Civic Orchestra, Apprentice Conductor for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and cover conductor for concerts featuring Itzhak Perlman, Hillary Hahn, Sarah Chang, Oleh Krysa, Mykola Suk,and Natasha Paremski. He currently serves as the music teacher at the French-American International High School in San Francisco. He earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and the State University of New York, Stony Brook
Piano, Accordion, Teaching Composer
Jennifer Peringer is a pianist who is passionate about playing chamber music from around the world, with specialties in Latin American repertoire and newly composed music. She is a founding member of the Bernal Hill Players, for whom she has made numerous innovative arrangements of works by well-loved composers such as Manuel de Falla, Agustín Lara, and Astor Piazzolla. She also plays accordion with the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón.
Eric’s approach to bass playing blends impeccable technique with musical thoughtfulness and profound sensitivity. His unique compositional style is the foundation for much of Gojogo’s repertoire. Eric began his musical career composing and playing in garage bands in Chicago. Formal training led to a degree in classical and jazz bass at the University of Michigan where he studied with Stuart Sankey and Rodney Whitaker.
Elias began his exploration of Indian music in 1990 in Ganeshpuri, India on a visit to study eastern philosophy and meditation at the Siddha Yoga meditation ashram. Returning with a mrdangum, tamboura and harmonium, he has spent the years since exploring and integrating sounds ancient and cutting edge. Today his specialty is the juxtaposition of the beautiful with the anxious; the ultra-percussive with the ambient; the acoustic with the sliced and diced. A member of the new music ensemble, Gojogo, he currently performs on world percussion instruments, guitars, saloon piano, turntable, and sampler. In addition to composing and performing, Elias is also a first-call recording engineer and sole proprietor of Silence Cases.
Roger Riedlbauer's varied projects have gained him recognition as a versatile and gifted guitarist. Studying improvisation and composition under Art Johnson and Rick Helzer at San Diego State University, he relocated to the Bay Area in 1997, where he began composing and performing as a freelance guitarist. Riedlbauer has established himself as a vital member of the creative music scene, performing and collaborating with numerous filmmakers and visual artists for multi-media performances. He is currently active with Gojogo, Mercury Falls, Dave Hudson, and Twin Trilogy.
Flute, Soprano, Teaching Composer
Recognized as a "Luminary" in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco and most recently as "Excelencia Latina" by Latinos A Morir and Mundo Fox, singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. As a core member of the Bernal Hill Players, she has been involved in commissioning and performing vibrant, rhythmic, energetic compositions by Bay Area and Mexican composers that challenge commonly-held assumptions about new music.
Alisa Rose, Violin, Voice, Teaching Composer
Violinist, improviser, educator, and composer Alisa Rose pursues music across many genres. As a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet, she performed and taught in Macedonia, Azerbaijan, and Macedonia as an Ambassador of the State Department. RVSQ also appeared on Feist’s most recent album Metals, and on the Jay Leno Show. Alisa has played with diverse artists including A.J. Roach and the Strange Pilgrims on PBS’s Song of the Mountains, with the Keisa Duo at Carnegie Hall, at TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, and with Quartet San Francisco on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Alisa appeared with the bluegrass band 49 Special at the 2009 Rockygrass Festival where they took first prize in the band competition in 2008.
Composer and Cello, Teaching Composer
Moses Sedler is a composer of concert stage, modern dance and film music as well as a concert cellist and recording artist. His teaching studio in San Rafael includes beginners to advanced students of every age. He received his classical composing and cello performance education at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. His compositions and performances typically include improvisation and include eastern European folk music influences from his work with the chamber ensemble, Davka, and North Indian classical music from his studies with Ali Akbar Khan.
After a hectic career as an academic research scientist, Dr. Simon returned to her roots as a classical oboist equally dedicated to performance and instruction. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with the late James Caldwell. She has also completed additional graduate work at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music working with Jay Moore. She has performed in Latin America, Europe and throughout the US. She maintains a private studio and teaches oboe at Berkeley High School and Oakland School for the Arts.
Classical and Contemporary Percussion, Drumset
Jonathan’s expertise ranges from orchestral and chamber percussion to solo xylophone and drum set. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the New World School of the Arts, Jonathan’s principal teachers include Keith Aleo, Michael Rosen, Scott Deal, and xy-lophone soloist Ian Finkel. He is an electronic music composer, having studied with Pauline Oliveros, Gary Nelson, and Richard Povall. Jonathan is also currently the CTO of AllTrails.com, a startup helping people explore and enjoy the outdoors.
Flute, Conductor, Teaching Composer
Marty is deeply involved in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene as a conductor, composer, educator and flutist. She is Director of Instrumental Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School and Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra as well as past Director of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School.
Violin, Teaching Composer
Sarah Jo Zaharako began her musical training at age five in Indiana. She studied classical violin as a child and attended Oberlin Conservatory. Sarah moved to the Bay Area in 1999 in order to expand her musical scope. In 2002, she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Mills College where she studied violin with David Abel and improvisation with Fred Frith.