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The Central Florida Composers Forum is an organization of composers and new music practitioners dedicated to engaging the creative and larger community of Central Florida through the promotion of original and innovative music programming. Central Florida Composers Forum strives to be part of a larger cultural conversation where the musical, visual and other performing arts connect with audiences, foster vital collaborations, and produce multidisciplinary performances. Cultivating an audience for new music through education, workshops and outreach programs that create memorable artistic experiences for youth and community members are also central to the mission of Central Florida Composers Forum.Find out more »
Duo Beaux Arts was formed in 2008 by internationally renowned concert pianists Tao Lin and Catherine Lan. The Duo has performed extensively throughout the US and Asia to both critical and audience acclaim, and just made its European debut in France and Switzerland. In December, 2018 the Duo will be making its debut in Barcelona, Spain. The Duo specializes music from the Baroque to the contemporary eras, including Tangos and Ragtimes. In addition to their featured articles in Venice Fort Lauderdale's Magazine and Parklander Magazine, they are also the founders of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples, FL, which invites pre-eminent chamber groups in the world to perform in a wonderfully intimate setting.Find out more »
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals.Find out more »
Mark Hosler is a founding member of the American audiovisual collage group Negativland. Since 1980 Negativland have been creating records, video, visual artworks, radio, and live performance, using appropriated sound, image, and text.
Mark takes a break from his Negativland duties to perform live and solo using a performance set-up built around various homemade one-of-a-kind electronic noise-making devices (including two of Negativland's original "Boopers”). Sometimes sounding like insane, alien, electronic insects fighting each other, the Boopers create a non-linear dynamic "living" system of sound. Using multiple Boopers (all based on Wills's original design) and other homemade electronics as primary sound sources, Mark manipulates and augments the raw sound sources into a choral rainforest of pure electronic ear candy, erasing any easy distinction between the machine and the human.Find out more »
Trumpeter/Composer Scott Dickinson holds degrees in jazz performance and composition from the University of North Florida, Depaul University, and the University of Miami. As a performer, Scott has had the opportunity to share the stage with major artists such as Michael Feinstein, Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, and Mason Bates.
Scott also maintains an active career as a composer and arranger. Scott's pieces have been played by professional ensembles across the country including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, Rob Parton's JazzTECH Big Band, as well as Bob Lark's DePaul Alumni Big Band.Find out more »
The Rafael Rosa Quartet offers a unique rendition of Latin Jazz going far beyond the normal clave. Strong in tradition, innovation and improvisation, the artistic sonic decor make the group a one of a kind musical experience.Find out more »
MARBIN is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today's music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained tens of thousands of devoted fans all over the world, and has sold tens of thousands of albums. Marbin has released seven albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), Aggressive Hippies (2015), Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016), and Isreali Jazz (2018). Marbin regularly plays in clubs all over the US and in jam and jazz festivals around the world.Find out more »
Emmet Cohen and friends swing through Timucua one more time! The trio is known for its range and uplifting dynamism, representing Cohen’s “kaleidoscopic sense of musical narrative,” as noted in Downbeat Magazine. Audience members can expect to be treated to a master class in stylistic juxtapositions, including the melding of stride, blues, church, swing, bebop, free, and contemporary styles, resulting in the innovative sound of Jazz’s future. The Trio will also feature selections from Cohen’s latest album releases, “Masters Legacy Series Vol. 1,” which features famed Miles Davis drummer Jimmy Cobb, and “Vol. 2”, showcasing revered acoustic bass pioneer, Ron Carter.Find out more »
Jim Ivy is an improviser and composer currently residing in Apopka, FL. His main form of expression is using reed instruments (in particular, saxophones) but he can also be found performing on shakuhachi, electronics, balloons, and an arsenal of game calls and whistles. He has worked with such International artists as Davey Williams, Wade Matthews, Simeon Coxe III, David Dove, Emily Hay, Kris Gruda, Jill Burton, and Doug Mathews.Find out more »
Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Mize is a son of Tennessee and a fitting representative of his state’s rich musical heritage. His critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. One suspects an influential teacher, and one would be right. “I received most of my musical education from a cheap Zenith radio,” says Mize, who as a child drifted off to sleep to the decidedly non-sleepy lullabies emanating from Nashville’s WLAC and WSM and Knoxville’s WNOX.Find out more »