Ryan Suleiman was born to Lebanese and Mid-Western parents in
California. His music engages with dreaming, the natural world,
and the understated beauty of everyday life. His one-act chamber
opera, Moon, Bride, Dogs, was described by the San
Francisco Chronicle as “a gem” with “an aesthetic that is at once
so strange and so accessible.” While his artistic interests vary,
he seeks ways of conveying the simultaneity of beauty and dread
that characterizes our times.
Jonathan Favero is a doctoral candidate in Music
Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis,
and a former Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His research
interests include music in U.S. social movements, morality in
music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile
Phil Acimovic is a composer and gamelan musician in Easthampton,
MA. He writes quiet, austere music for solo and chamber
ensembles. In 2018 he served as Artist-In-Residence at the Cold
Hollow Sculpture Park in VT. Acimovic’s music taps into abstract
emotional states, the quiet corners of the mind that are
obstructed in our hyperactive world. His most recent project is a
set of solo instrumental works inspired by abstract visual
artists and complementing the disquietude of the Covid pandemic.
His works have been performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble,
the Empyrean Ensemble, the St.