B.A. Art Studio, California State University, Sacamento, 2013M.A. Art Studio, California State University, Sacamento, 2015
Tavarus Blackmonster is an American contemporary artist based in California. He likes to do it and, he likes to make it, too. It is pleasure in the creative endeavors that affords him the ability to create art, raise a family and be devoted to those who get caught staring at the bright lights. In his humble demeanor he must implore others to, “Turn on the bright lights and, do it!”
A Sacramento native, Ryan Suleiman was born to Lebanese and American parents. His music aims to explore new worlds both sonically and expressively, incorporating “impressionistic textures and large melodic gestures” (SF Classical Voice), resonant sonorities, and lively rhythms. Ryan is deeply inspired by the wonder of natural world and the tremendous beauty and complexity of everyday life.
Jonathan Favero is a graduate student in Music Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis, and a Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His compositions often have an ontological impetus, such as his second String Quartet, which contemplates violence as a seemingly inherent trait of human nature. His research interests include music in social movements, spirituality in music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile justice systems. Additionally, Jonathan serves as Co-President of the UC Davis Music Department Graduate Student Association.
Phil Acimovic was born and raised in New England. He currently studies composition at UC Davis with Pablo Ortiz. His music is calm but messy, organized but flexible, energetic but not dramatic. He has composed works for percussion, string quartet, reed quintet, and orchestra. In addition to writing concert works, he was involved in the Lake Tahoe Sonification Project, creating a sonic environment from Lake Tahoe weather data.