songs they teach at tranquility base
by Will Cayanan
by Erica MacLeod
In response to the huge shift
in the arts due to COVID-19, collabs is meant to be a
quick-paced creative outlet
near and far.
Land of Youth
Signals Under Tests
by Graham Rosen
no one, nowhere
by Devin Hinzo
For collabs, we asked instrumentalists, poets & sound designers to make mini- recordings, capturing the sounds
of their new daily.
After selecting samples from the submissions, music creators combined and transformed the recordings to create original works.
the sample artists
Nick Pangares is a multi-instrumentalist from Portland Oregon, originally trained as a percussionist. These days his creative energy is mainly spent playing guitar and writing songs with his Folk group, Old Time Thing. However, Nick's musical focus often turns towards the larger scale collaborative projects he arranges as well. With these projects he combines analog electronic music, manipulated samples, and live instrumentation to create layered pieces that attempt to replicate how music sounds as it moves through day to day life. His new project, “Listening For All The Things You Can't Hear," is set to be released sometime this summer.
Susan Bengtson (violist) is a passionate performer and music educator. Currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at Boston University, she serves as Michelle LaCourse's teaching assistant and performs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Bengtson graduated in 2016 with a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a member of Jeffrey Irvine’s studio, and in 2018 with a MM from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where she served as Helen Callus’ graduate assistant. During the 2017-18 season, she performed as a violist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A native of Richland, Washington, Bengtson’s musical career has led her across the nation and the globe, performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician everywhere from Copenhagen to Hong Kong, and Cambridge to Aspen.
Born and raised in Chicago, Tamar Cloyd has been writing and performing spoken word for two decades. Moved by the world around her, she uses rhyme schemes to articulate humanity’s failings, and our collective responsibility to leave the world better than we found it.
Tamar is the Advancement Associate for Laurel School and the current Board President of Heights Arts. She resides in Warrensville Heights and is the proud mother of three mighty black boys.
Thomas Lempner is on the music faculty at Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, The College of Wooster, and he is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.
As a Music Therapist, he has worked with the urban youth population of Cleveland. Since 2015 he has facilitated therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth for ORMACO.
Lempner recently premiered works by local composers Geoffrey Peterson, Buck McDaniel, Jack Ballard, Stephen Stanziano, and has an upcoming concerto world-premiere by David Morgan. He performs locally with Cleveland Winds, Ekklésia Reed Quintet, Night Owls, Trepanning Trio, MT Fraze, and Hexapod.
Brian Stuligross is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Boston. His work explores the body’s role in the artistic process, time structures, and the extended just series.
Brian also performs regularly, with ensembles like Evan Ziporyn’s Ambient Orchestra and Boston Conservatory’s ContraBand.
I am an up-cycle artist and writer who creates installations, assemblages, and works from discarded items. I have dabbled in nearly every medium. I am a member of Ingenuity Labs in Cleveland. I run my own writing and art collaboratives.
We create assessable interactive art with the combined efforts of many that shows anyone can be an artist. My writing group publishes books for free for anyone who asks. I am an active event volunteer and have hosted a large variety of art-people centered events for many projects. My educational background is in Engineering and Computer Technology.
Ryan P. Kinney
Ryan P. Kinney
Soprano Caitlin Mead is a native of Madison, WI and made her debut in the Madison Opera's production of the Magic Flute at age 15. Recent credits include Rava in Evan Kassof’s Ganymede 5, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Giannetta in Elixir of Love, Townswoman in Richard Alan White’s Hester and School Girl in Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre.
Equally at home performing improvisatory and experimental works, Ms. Mead performs in artist John Hitchcock’s award winning exhibit, Bury the Hatchet, currently on display at the Chazen Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. She is a graduate of Mannes School of Music- The New School (MM), Northwestern University (BM).
Featured in Mead's submission is poetry by Melody Cheikhali: a Brooklyn-based poet, originally from Miami. She self-published a book of poems titled Bloom For Me, and has work featured in Verses and Distance Yearning magazine. You can find her performing at various open mic events around New York City.