Fall 2020 Visiting Artists

Alex Temple

A sound can evoke a time, a place, a cultural moment, or a worldview.  Alex Temple (b. 1983) writes music that distorts and combines iconic sounds to create new meanings, often in service of surreal, cryptic, or fantastical narratives.  She’s particularly interested in reclaiming socially disapproved-of (“cheesy”) sounds, playing with the boundary between funny and frightening, investigating lost memories and secret histories, and telling queer and trans stories.

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Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper is one of the founders of a new sound that has changed the face of a genre. His award-winning career straddles the worlds of hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul. He is an American pianist and record producer, winning three Grammys and his song "Letter to the Free", written with Common for the Ava DuVernay documentary 13th, won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Glasper's latest single, "Better Than I Imagined" features H.E.R. and Meshell Ndgeocello.

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Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson creates immersive sound installations and performances that heighten the audiences experience with spatial audio. Her work focuses on exploring the way sound can move through space and developing new interfaces to allow composers and performers to further explore expressivity through real time spatialisation in their work. Her installations explore these themes in combination with site-specificity and abstraction of time.

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Nate Smith

For nearly two decades, Nate Smith has been a key piece in reinvigorating the international music scene with his visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming. His 2x GRAMMY-nominated debut album, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop. In recent years, through a series of viral videos, he has emerged as one of the most influential and popular drummers of his generation. His videos have been viewed millions of times and have inspired countless musicians and fans. In September of 2018, he released his first ever solo drumset album Pocket Change.  

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Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz. A bandleader in his own right, Jazz Times calls him the consummate saxophonist-composer and one of the finest alto and soprano saxophonists of our time. A musician’s musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings.

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Dimitri Diakopoulous

Dimitri is a researcher, engineer, and artist working at the intersection of design and computing. His work explores immersive computing across the extended-reality spectrum. Between head-mounted hardware, tools to support creativity and collaboration, and the occasional robot, you can usually find him in the lab designing and building new projects with shinier graphics, more sensors, and less-than-predictable algorithms. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hiroshi Yamaguchi

Hiroshi Yamaguchi is a master player of the shamisen, a Japanese three stringed instrument a bit like the western banjo. As a Tsugaru Shamisen artist, he has been performing not only in Japan but also in Asia, Oceania, Africa, North America and Europe in response to requests by the Japanese Foreign Ministry and others. His performances are not only of Japanese music such as Nagauta, Kabuki and Japanese Dance performances, but he also collaborates with various art forms beyond Japanese music. While he collaborates flexibly with various cultures and different values, he also tries to integrate the modern-day performing techniques into the historically-inherited techniques and skills he learned from his teachers. He enjoys collaborative opportunities with which he creatively expresses the rich sounds and rhythms of Tsugaru Shamisen.

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