LAURA COCKS | FLUTE
Laura Cocks has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a flutist and performer and focuses primarily on contemporary music. She aims to highlight emerging composers – emphasizing and rejoicing in the collaborative process and has premiered over 150 works in the last five years. Ms. Cocks is a founding member of TAK and Ensemble F0 and also performs regularly with the Nouveau Classical Project and TACTUS. She has performed across North and Latin America, Europe, and Canada as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, Wet Ink Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action. She has performed in venues that range from Symphony Space, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to spaces like diners, artists squats, and living rooms. Laura attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where she studied flute with Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Kate Hill and Composition with Paul Patterson. She holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program where she studied with Tara Helen O’connor. Laura is currently a doctoral candidate at City University of New York, Graduate Center where she continues to study with O’Connor.
LIAM KINSON | CLARINET
Liam Kinson was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1988, and began playing the clarinet at the age of 12. He studied at the University of Western Australia, where he holds a Bachelor in Music, Australian National Academy in Melbourne, and Manhattan School of Music where he received his Masters in Contemporary Music. Liam has performed with Wet Ink, ICE, Ecce Ensemble, and is a founding member of TAK ensemble. With TAK he has performed in Iceland, New Orleans, and at Oberlin and Williams College, to name a few. He has collaborated with dancers and actors and artists alike, and thrives on exploring new methods of expression through interdisciplinary means.
CHARLOTTE MUNDY | VOICE
Charlotte Mundy is an exceptionally curious vocalist. Recently noted by the New York Times for her performance of "tart and gangly lines, well sung," she has performed in forests and abandoned warehouses; once while playing a hot tub/balnophone hybrid instrument outside in the middle of winter and another time while wearing an 8-channel speaker-suit. She is an active improviser and has collaborated on interdisciplinary projects performed at Columbia University and The Kitchen. More conventional performance credits include Judd Greenstein's The Yehudim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cynthia Hopkins' This Clement World at St. Ann's Warehouse, and Howard Fishman's A Star Has Burnt My Eye at Joe's Pub. Her operatic credits include creating the title role in Ondine by Izzy Gliksberg, and appearances with the Luminato Festival, Music With A View Festival, Toronto Masque Theatre and Opera York. Mundy holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto.
MARINA KIFFERSTEIN | VIOLIN
Praised for her intensity and "stunning" performances (The Brooklyn Rail), violinist Marina Kifferstein is an active performer, educator, and experimenter living in New York City. She is a full time member of TAK, the Nouveau Classical Project, and the Rhythm Method, and has performed with a wide range of ensembles and organizations in the US and internationally, including the JACK Quartet, Shattered Glass, Contemporaneous, the Orchestra for the Next Century, the Azure Ensemble, the Ballet Next Ensemble, the Manchester Festival Players, the MATA festival, and others. She has worked closely with many prominent composers, such as Pierre Boulez, Philippe Manoury, Sam Pluta, Chaya Czernowin, Lewis Neilson, and Julia Wolfe, as well as many young and emerging composers. Marina has held summer fellowship positions at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, The Manchester Music Festival, the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland, where she performed as concert master under the batons of Matthias Pintscher, Pabo Heras-Casado, and Sir Simon Rattle. She holds a Masters degree in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of a full scholarship in the studios of Curtis Macomber and Laurie Smukler, and dual degrees (BM/BA) in Violin Performance and English with a Creative Writing Concentration from Oberlin College and Conservatory. For more information, visit www.marinakifferstein.com.
ELLERY TRAFFORD | PERCUSSION
Ellery Trafford is a New York-based percussionist specializing in contemporary chamber music who thrives on the search for new means of expression, musical and otherwise. Originally from Georgia, he holds degrees from Georgia State University, Bowling Green State University and The Manhattan School of Music and has studied with Stuart Gerber, Roger Schupp, Jeffrey Milarsky and John Ferrari. Trafford has attended festivals such as the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, the Bang On A Can Summer Festival, the Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, the Spark Electronic Arts Festival and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. He has performed at venues in New York and abroad from the eminent to the underground: from Beijing’s National Performing Arts Center to Carnegie Hall, The Stone, Roulette and many more in New York. Special projects include co-founding ensembles like TAK, a quintet + electronics, and OUTLAW, a percussion/piano performance art duo. If you’re still reading this, I commend your patience for letting me prattle on about how awesome I think I am. Let’s get a beer after a concert sometime and actually talk about music or whatever.
LAURA COCKS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TAYLOR BROOK | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
DAVID BIRD | CREATIVE RESEARCH
Taylor Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in ￼Brussels, and George Lewis, and Georg Haas in New York. Brook has also studied ￼Hindustani musical performance in Kolkata, India, with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.
Brook writes concert music, music for video, and music for theater and dance. His work has been performed around the world and has been described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times. Brook has won numerous awards and prizes for his compositions, including the MIVOS/Kantor prize, the Lee Ettelson award, and five SOCAN young composers awards. Brook has been a finalist in the Gaudeamus prize and was awarded honorable mention for the Jules Leger prize two years in a row. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatour Bozzini, JACK Quartet, MIVOS quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ascolta Ensemble, and many others. Brook’s current projects include a new work for Talea Ensemble as well as a continued collaboration with Televiolet Theater (New York) on The Power of Emotion opera project.
Brook holds a master’s degree in music composition from McGill University. He currently resides in New York City, where he is completing a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University and serving as the Assistant Conductor to Jeffrey Milarsky for the Columbia University Orchestra.
David Bird is a composer and producer from Laguna Beach, California. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and currently studies composition at Columbia University. His work frequently employs the use of live electronics with aims to strengthen the relationships between acoustic and electronic instruments. His music has been a "Staff Pick" on Vimeo and featured on their homepage, as well as publications such as The Atlantic and The Plain Dealer. A review from Pitchfork’s Altered Zones has described his expansive sound as, “vibrant, shirt-staining, color squirting... amidst swirling layers of white noise and choir... I do believe a lie-down is in order.” His work has been performed internationally, at venues and festivals such as the MATA festival in New York City; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; the SPOR festival in Aarhus, Denmark; the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in Paris, France; the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; the Bodo Sinfonietta in Bodo, Norway; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the SEAMUS electroacoustic music festival in Appleton, Wisconsin.