Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Visiting Artists

Spring 2022

Joy Guidry

Presenting a new album Radical Acceptance and a journey of self acceptance. There will also be a presentation incorporating releasing past trauma through art in a holistic and healthy way.

Content warning: mention of abuse, abandonment, eating disorder, racism, fatphobia, transphobia, self harm


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Christopher Cerrone

Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) is internationally acclaimed for compositions characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations. Balancing lushness and austerity, immersive textures and telling details, dramatic impact, and interiority, Cerrone’s multi-GRAMMY-nominated music is utterly compelling and uniquely his own.


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Ben Wendel

Grammy nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. Highlights include tours, performances and/or recordings with artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Linda May Han Oh, Moonchild, Louis Cole, Daedelus, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody.

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Kris Davis

Pianist-composer Kris Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist/2018 Rising Star Artist in Downbeat magazine and dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” To date, Davis has released twelve recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and Jazz Times best albums of 2016. She is the Associate Program Director of Creative Development for the Institute Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music.

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José Pablo Jiménez

Jose Pablo Jimenez is a multi-string player, improviser, and master Mongolian throat singer whose performance practice ranges from early, to contemporary, to experimental music and improvisation. Based out of Mexico City, Jose Pablo began his music studies with cello before learning viola da gamba, which led him to discover instruments from Mongolia and Asia. He is now getting a Master’s degree in the radif, Persian classical music, with the kamancheh.

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Jerónimo Naranjo

Jerónimo Naranjo is a composer, instrument builder, improviser, and performer based in Mexico City, whose studies have ranged from piano to composition, to electronic music—all of which have informed his work to build new acoustic instruments that can produce a wide array of textures. Jeronimo’s installations create immersive instruments that become part of a performative space. His most recent work is focused on creating instruments using elemental materials, including hide and string.

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Milo Tamez

Percussionist-composer Milo Tamez has been a leading voice in the advancement of creative drumming expression for decades in México. He adapts a wide background in percussive languages and artistic perspective to find his own place within the American Drumming paradigm. Tamez’s percussive thinking transcends the limits of linear rhythm thinking. Milo´s work is musicological.  He works as a practicing musical historian, tracing rhythm dialects through the cultural migrational paths that shaped their evolution.         

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