A contemporary cellist and champion of new music, Maria Hadge has been described as a “stunning” and “brilliant” musician, performing with a natural spunk. A resident of Queens, NY, Maria has performed in venues around the city ranging from recital halls and churches to DIY venues. Her performances have also brought her across the northeast, Canada, and Europe, to festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Atlantic Music Festival, where she was part of the resident Contemporary Ensemble, and most recently this fall to the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy Festival in Austria. Recent credits include performances with ShoutHouse, Ensemble Mise-en, the Ghost Ensemble, and with Tactus.
A puzzle enthusiast and American History buff, Maria can also be found teaching children how to hang up coats, tie shoes, and make pretty cool puppets. She completed a master’s degree in Contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music.
Originating from San Francisco, clarinetist Kevin Tang attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, where he studied with Jerry Simas and Art Austin. In 2008, Kevin performed Weber’s Concertino with the SOTA Symphony Orchestra as winner of the annual concerto competition. Kevin was also the principal clarinetist of the California Youth Symphony, and served as principal clarinet during the first Bay of Hope Festival at Davies Symphony Hall.
Kevin is currently pursuing a M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is a student of Mark Nuccio. Kevin earned a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Luis Baez and was a recipient of the Phyllis C. Wattis Scholarship.
Kevin has participated in masterclasses by Anthony McGill, Boris Allakhverdyan, Carey Bell, Monica Kaenzig, Michael Rusinek, Michael Wayne, Robert Woolfrey, Scott Andrews, Yehuda Gilad, and others. He has performed in venues such as Walt Disney Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, The New World Center, San Francisco War Memorial, Royce Hall, and has performed live over Los Angeles Public Radio. Kevin opened the 2010 Vandoren/Buffet Festival with a performance of Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. During the summers of 2012 and 2013 Kevin was the Clarinet Instructor at Cazadero Music Camp. Kevin has attended the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Miami Summer Music Festival, and was a member of the Ohio Light Opera.
An outspoken proponent of experimental sounds and expression, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood is an active freelancer and chamber musician in New York City and beyond. She has performed in NYC at such venues as the Scandinavia House, (le) poisson rouge, Spectrum, Silvana, the Downtown Music Gallery, the Firehouse Space, and on the Blank Space House Concert series. Abroad, she has performed in Handan, Tianjin, and at the Beijing Conservatory and National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China.
Munn-Wood has collaborated as a soloist and chamber musician with composers Sampo Haapamäki, Jeff Scott of Imani Winds, Sam Pluta, Zae Munn, Emily Praetorius, Sid Richardson, Halldór Smárason, Michael Harrison, and Dan Trueman. This spring she is commissioning a work for solo violin, electronics, and verbalization from Venezuelan composer Icli Zitella.
Munn-Wood appears regularly with the Curiosity Cabinet and as a founding member of the Phoenix Quartet. She can be heard improvising in Main Land (with cellist Maria Hadge) and in du.0 (with violinist Aimée Niemann). Munn-Wood is a recent graduate of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Curtis Macomber. Away from the violin, she enjoys cooking Mexican food, exploring the wonderful world of Max/MSP, and petting other people’s dogs in the park.
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Jason White operates at the forefront of musical and interdisciplinary art-making on the Northern scene. His creative output centers around social-political topics, spoken word pieces, and eclecticism, and he collaborates f
requently with dancers, visual artists, architects, actors, and playwrights. His various performance projects have been seen in diverse venues running from jazz clubs and art galleries to 2,000-seat concert halls and back yards.
Jason is in high demand as an educator, frequently touring to adjudicate competitions, running workshops at universities, creating youth jazz ensemble programs for Summer festivals, and maintaining a busy private studio of 60 students.