Thomas Paine in Violence: Blog

  • Meet the Cast and Crew of Culturemart

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    Paul Pinto

    Rick Burkhardt (Co-Librettist) studied music composition at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2006. His original chamber music, theater, and text pieces have been performed in over forty US cities, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, a touring experimental music / theater trio, presenting new music and theater in unexpected combinations for a wide range of audiences across the US. He received an Obie Award for co-creating the play "Three Pianos" in 2010. 

    Alejandro T. Acierto (Manchorus) is an artist and musician working in time-based media. He has exhibited solo shows and performances in Chicago, Madison, Denver and Berlin and in group shows across the US. He is currently a 2014-2015 Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Projects resident and has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, VCCA, Banff Centre, and HCL in Chicago. He is also a founding member and project curator of Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago. Acierto holds degrees from DePaul University, Manhattan School of Music and an MFA from University Illinois at Chicago.

    Shelley Burgon (Shelley/Harp) is a harpist and sound artist based in New York. Her music centers around the sound of the harp, both as a traditional acoustic instrument in a chamber setting and as the primary sound source for her electronic music. Her sound art focuses on handmade electronic sound and light sculptures that combine scientific theories and mysticism.

    Yves Dharamraj (Yves/Cello) enjoys an international career as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician with appearances on many of the world’s biggest stages. Past highlights include concerto performances with the Houston Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, the Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. Dr. Dharamraj currently is an artist fellow in the Academy, a collaboration between Juilliard, Carnegie Hall, the Weill Institute of Music, and the NYC Department of Education that places emerging concert and teaching artists within public schools to nurture arts education and appreciation among younger audiences.

    Miguel Frasconi (Miguel/Electronics/Piano) is a composer and improvisor specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. Miguel’s compositions include chamber music, operas, film, dance, and his array of activities have included collaborations with Balinese composers, operatic vocalists, Tibetan musicians, and laptop virtuosi. Miguel's music has been released on New Albion Records, Porter Records, and a recording of his string quartets will soon be out on Tzadik. Every Thursday this year he adds a new piece from his archives to his #audioTBT playlist at

    Ryan Krause (Manchorus) did not furnish us with a bio. Perhaps he doesn’t care. Perhaps he prefers to remain a mystery. He’s got no website. We don’t know where he comes from or why he’s here. Maybe he didn’t exist before the work you’re experiencing today. We think he has a band. Maybe it’s called Dear Leader.

    Joan La Barbara (Joan/Spirit of Thomas Paine)is renowned for her unique vocabulary of extended vocal techniques influencing generations of composers and singers. Awards: “Demetrio Stratos” prize; DAAD-Berlin & Civitella Ranieri residencies, Guggenheim Fellowship; commissions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, chorus, interactive technology, dance, video and filmscores, including electronic/vocal score for Sesame Street. Her multi-layered textural compositions premiered at Festival d'Automne à Paris, Brisbane Biennial, Lincoln Center, MaerzMusik Berlin, Warsaw Autumn. Immersing the audience in her music, La Barbara placed the American Composers Orchestra around the audience for her sonic painting “in solitude this fear is lived”. La Barbara teaches music composition at NYU and is composing a new opera.

    Levy Ingles Lorenzo (Manchorus) is a performer, instrument designer, and creative technologist living in New York. He performs and composes live-electronic music using musical instruments that he invents. As a percussionist, Levy performs with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and co-founded the experimental theater & electronics performance duo: Radical 2. He is an electronic art consultant and engineers sound for Claire Chase and ICE. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. In 2014, he had the pleasure of presenting his work in Brazil, Iceland, and Burning Man.

    Jeffrey Young (Jeff/Violin) is a violinist and composer from Brooklyn who specializes in experimental, rock, and classical music. Recent performance highlights include the Ecstatic Music Festival with his experimental group thingNY and Helado Negro, a score he created and performed for a dance by choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin at New York Live Arts, and a 15-day tour with the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Young has played on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rachael Ray Show, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy, Bang on a Can, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Festivals. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2007.

    Greg Lojko (Sound Engineer) graduated with a Bachelor of Music from U Mass Lowell with a Sound Recording Emphasis. From there he moved out west to wind up running sound, lights, building sets and hunting for props at Dell'Arte International, the first school in the world to offer an MFA in Physical performance. He moved back east in 2011. From that point he has worked freelance at some great places: The Public, Skirball, The Park Ave Armory, Cedar Lake Ballet Company, HERE, Theater for a New Audience. Greg also enjoys doing carpentry and has a passion for sound.

    Haejin Han (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer and a stage manager. Her lighting design credits are “Sunken Cathedral" "Anna Christie" "Flyin West" "Bound" "MoM a Rock Concert Musical" "Love at Home" and has worked with many dance companies including Elisa Monte, Gabriel Roth and Nimbus Dance Works. She is touring with "Burq off" production as stage manager/Lighting Designer in LA, SF, and UK. She was an assistant production manager in the "Brigadoon" on Broadway; she also was an assistant technical director for the "Hero" at Lincoln Center. She also received the outstanding stage manager award at the New York Innovative Theater awards, 2014.

    Brian McCorkle (Production Assistant) is a composer, musician, and performer. In addition to his work as What Color is Your Machine Gun? and with the composer's collective Varispeed, he is the Co-Director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) with Esther Neff. PPL makes large scale performance art operas in addition to duo and small group performances around the world. PPL also operates a space for experimental music and performance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. PPL is currently developing a new piece, Embarrassed of the Whole.


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