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Kepler-37

Kepler–37 is a performance for blindfolded performers who share a single benjolin synthesizer. The blindfolds force us to confront the inherently chaotic nature of the benjolin’s circuitry through active listening. Being unable to see either the settings of the knobs or the other player’s actions, we must rely on our ears and on a practiced musical telepathy to shape the sounds into a coherent performance.

 

 

Star type: G-type main-sequence (similar to Sol)
Alternate names: KOI-245, KIC-8478994, TYC 3131-1199-1
Constellation: Lyra
Right ascension: 18h 56m 14.28s
Declination: 44° 31′ 5.52″
Distance: 215 light years (66 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Kepler–37 b – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 13.3673 Earth days (0.037 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 c – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 21.3019 Earth days (0.058 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 d – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 39.7922 Earth days (0.109 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 e – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 51.196 Earth days (0.1403 Earth years)

Miolina

Violin Duo
Miolina was formed in 2012 when artistic director/violinist Mioi Takeda decided to form a violin duo with longtime collaborator, violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold. To date, the duo has had successful performances in NYC at The Church of the Transfiguration, City Lore, Gallery MC, Greenwich House Music School, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Parsons School of Design, Queens Library, Spectrum, St. Mark’s Church, and Turtle Bay Music School, as well as at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, at Monk Space in Los Angeles, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts and l’Institut Finlandais in Paris, France. In addition, they have performed on series and festivals such as Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, and Electronic Music Midwest. Miolina specializes in violin duo music that employs the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, with or without electronics and video. They enjoy collaborating on new compositions with composers, as well as discovering hidden gems of the past. In the last three years, they’ve premiered eleven new works. Some of their recent collaborators include cellist Jennifer DeVore and percussionists Ian Ding and Eric Millstein. Miolina’s future productions include creating music for silent Japanese films of the 1920s, and an educational program about immigration and its influence on composers. Both violinists are longtime advocates of new music, and have performed with various new music groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance, Glass Farm Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, & VIA. They are recipients of a 2015 grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a 2014 grant from New York Women Composers, and were recently granted 501(c)3 non-profit status. They will be recording their first album in late summer 2016.

 

Since she settled in NYC, Japanese violinist Mioi Takeda earned her reputation as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and as a seasoned new music specialist in town. As Miolina’s artistic director, her mission is clear: encourage composers to write music for violin duo employing the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, without limitations. She also hopes to expand the violin-duo repertory for future generations. Mioi wants to help rediscover neglected violin-duo compositions by old masters, and to share the joy of current violin-duo music with her audiences.

In addition, Ms. Takeda has performed with new music groups, including North/South Consonance as concertmaster, SEM Ensemble, and Composers Concordance, giving countless premieres. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Square Festival, Scandia Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Strathmere Orchestra, The Japan Philharmonic, and The New Japan Philharmonic. Ms. Takeda’s performances can be heard on North/South and Naxos Recordings.
Mioi was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School, and she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The City University of New York under the guidance of Itzhak Perlman. She also enjoys doing yoga and watching The Big Bang Theory when she is not playing the violin.

 

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Holland, and Switzerland. An advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with composers such as Carter Burwell, Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the NWEAMO Festival, Princeton Composers’ Series, and the TriBeCa New Music Festival. In 2001, she gave the premiere of “Violynn,” a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. Called ‘up-and-coming’ by TimeOut and noted in All About Jazz for her ‘virtuosity and technical expertise,’ she performs with Miolina, Zentripetal, Bleecker StQ, CompCord Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, and the disco band Escort, and has been a member of groups that have included the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company (rock/opera band). San Diego Story recently called her “unapologetically dominating.”

She has been heard on CBC Radio, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, NHK-TV, and WNYC, and on TV shows such as 30 Rock & Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Recent programs have been with Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, VisionIntoArt, and Pablo Ziegler. In addition, she’s performed with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Dead Can Dance, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Band, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, J-Pop band SMAP, Donna Summer, and Stevie Wonder. An active performer, she has performed at diverse venues from Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center to Joe’s Pub & Madison Square Garden.

She received her M.M.from Mannes-The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. Prior to that, she received a double-degree in Violin and English from the New England Conservatory and Tufts University in Boston. In addition, she likes to compose electroacoustic works, and to write articles about food/music/life. Her compositions have been performed on festivals such as Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, and Music With a View. She is on the faculty of The Dwight School and Greenwich House Music School in NYC, and the Norwalk Youth Symphony in CT.

Occasional Noise Trio

Percussion
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who lives in Brooklyn and works in and around New York City teaching and performing. He studied classical percussion at Purchase College in New York and Music Education at Hofstra University. Influenced by all sounds resonating from New York’s vibrancy, he pursues a multitude of different performing opportunities. He has played orchestral percussion with Regina Opera, Camerata Orchestra, Staten Island Philharmonic, Centre Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, and the South Shore Symphony. In addition, Cesare collaborates with Composers Concordance and the International Street Cannibals in chamber settings. He is also player in several bands including Peter Kerlin Octet (vibes), John Clark Nonet (drums), and Barbaric Yawp (drums). Cesare is a founding member of Occasional Noise Trio (William Lang, trombone, and Derin Oge, piano), Just Music duo (Alice Jones, flute), and Firebird Art Rock Ensemble (featuring the compositions of Dana Richardson). Recently released recordings include: Samplestra (NAXOS), a CD featuring his performance of Gene Pritsker’s solo percussion and electronics piece entitled “Destined to Shed,” Salamander (Innova) featuring vibraphone work with the Peter Kerlin Octet., and Bonds of Life (Dionysian) featuring drum set work with Firebird Art Rock Ensemble.

 

Piano
Born in Istanbul, residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and in the club. Ms. Öge was trained at Mimar Sinan University, and holds a masters degree from Purchase Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Ostrovsky, where she later served on piano faculty. She has played extensively with Piano Music Trio, a chamber ensemble that performs arrangements of Impressionist and Romantic songs for trumpet, piano, and cello. Derin Öge is also a founding member of Occasional Noise Trio with William Lang, trombone and Cesare Papetti, percussion.

Ms. Öge has played internationally and locally at such venues as Cornelia Street Café, Mozarteum University, Peter de Grote Festival, The Stone, Flushing Town Hall, Barbes, the Roerich Museum, and Symphony Space among others.

In addition, her performance of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major has been recorded for the European Broadcast Union.  Derin Öge’s recent recordings are distributed by System Dialing Records.

 

Trombone
Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Bryne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) The New York Times has called his playing “fiercely, virtuosic” and the Boston Globe has hailed him for his “superb performance” in past solo works.

Kepler-19

Kepler–19 was composed for mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers. In the spirit of NASA’s Golden Record, which sent Earth-music on the Voyager missions, this music incorporates Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula into its droning textures.

 

Star typeG-type main-sequence (similar to Sol)
Alternate names: TYC 3134-1549-1, 2MASS J19214099+3751064, GSC 03134-01549, KOI-84
Constellation: Lyra
Right ascension:19h 21m 41.002s
Declination: 37° 51′ 06.42″

Planets:

  • Kepler–19 b
    • Mass: ~1 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 9.287 Earth days (0.025 Earth years)
  • Kepler–19 c – super-Jupiter type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: < 6 Jupiter Mass
    • Orbital Period:160 Earth days (0.438 Earth years)

 

DP Leonis

DP Leonis was composed for a performance with Elizabeth A Baker at the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival. The performers improvise patterns based on rhythms that are rotations of the other performers’ rhythms. The ideas in this piece are derived from the rhythm circle scholarship by Godfried Toussaint.

 

 

Star typeeclipsing binary system comprised of a white dwarf and a  red dwarf
Alternate names: V* DP Leo, X 11146+182
Constellation: Leo
Right ascension: 11h 17m 16.00s
Declination: 17° 57′ 41.1″
Distance: 1304 light years (400 parsecs)
Planets:

  • DP Leonis b – super-Earth type (mass greater than Earth, but smaller than Uranus)
    • Mass: 6.28 ± 0.58 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 8693 Earth days (23.8 Earth years)

HD 7924

HD 7924 is the first installment in the Photon Ecstasy catalog. It is divided into three major sections, one for each of the exoplanets in the system. The sounds of HD 7924 include spoken text, original field recordings, live sound processing, and a range of instruments: trombone, benjolin modular synth, Nintendo Game Boy, and  Merlin Music Machine (a hand-held computer game from 1978 that was one of the earliest digital sequencers.)

The benjolin modular synth is designed as a chaotic circuit, so that while it can be guided, it can never be fully controlled in a predictable manner. It requires constant attention and intentional listening, especially when partnered with the trombone. Pushing beyond the expected chiptune aesthetic, we use rhythm circles to generate universal rhythmic patterns for the Nintendo Game Boy and the Merlin Music Machine.

 

 

Star typeK-Type main-sequence
Alternate names: BD+75°58, GCRV 766, Gliese 56.5, GSC04494-01396, HIP 6379, 2MASSJ01215911+7642372, PPM 4675, SAO 4386,TYC 4494-1346-1, Wo 9054
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Right ascension: 01h 21m 59.11s
Declination: 76° 42′ 37.0″
Distance: 54.8 ± 0.4 light years (16.8 ± 0.1 parsecs)
Planets:

  • HD 7924 b – super-Earth type (mass greater than Earth, but smaller than Uranus)
    • Mass: ≥8.68 ± 0.52 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 5.39792 Earth days
  • HD 7924 c – super-Earth type
    • Mass: ≥7.86 ± 0.72 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 15.299 Earth days
  • HD 7924 d – super-Earth type
    • Mass: ≥6.44 ± 0.79 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 24.451 Earth days

NGC 2632


 
Star type: Open Cluster
Alternate names: Beehive Cluster, Praesepe (Latin for “manger”), M44, or Cr 189
Constellation: Cancer
Right ascension: 08h 40.4m
Declination: 19° 59′
Distance: 577 light years (177 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Pr0201b – hot Jupiter type (gas giant planet orbiting very close to its star)
  • Pr0211b – hot Jupiter type

Dan Rose

Author

Dan Rose is a leading theoretical artist working back and forth across two dimensional images and the way they are transformed by various techniques into three dimensions. Trained as an anthropologist, Rose wrote Black American Street Life about living on the streets of Philadelphia the year after Martin Luther King was murdered. His artistic production began by making a hundred one-of-a-kind artist books and covers many of which have been distributed by the Serpentine Gallery and the London ICA in the UK and by Printed Matter and other venues in the U.S.

His artist book, The DNA-Photon Project included 25 actual machines and thus became a three dimensional novel. A collaborator, Melissa Grey, composed music based on the book and wrote and performed a radio play that aired in New York City and London. With Rachel Cheetham-Richard he formed the Steamroller Laboratories devoted to visual experimentation; and the results of their collaboration has been shown in Philadelphia galleries. They have also founded an artist circle called the OuDiPo, translated from the French as, the sewing circle of potential images.

Dan Rose is a Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania from which he also received an honorary Master of Arts degree.

Robert Kirkbride

Trombone Mute Designer (“culobucologist”)

Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments and Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design. Dr. Kirkbride has been director of studio ‘patafisico for 25 years, and is also Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a non-profit organization for the adaptive reuse of Kirkbride Plan Hospitals. Robert designed the Morbid Anatomy Museum, in Brooklyn, NY, with collaborator Anthony Cohn, and authored the award-winning multimedia online book, Architecture and Memory, which focuses on two Renaissance memory chambers. Kirkbride has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and architect-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy. At Parsons/The New School, where he recently received the University Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Kirkbride established the Giuseppe Zambonini Archive at the Kellen Design Archives, and is an ongoing contributor to Memory Studies. Robert received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania.

http://robertkirkbride.com/culobocca.html

Ezgi Ucar

Creative Technologist

Ezgi Ucar is a New York based sound artist, creative technologist and multimedia designer. After getting her undergraduate Industrial Engineering degree in Turkey, she moved to New York and earned her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Her works revolve around sound experiments, multisensory explorations, physical computing, wearable technology and material research. She exhibited and performed her work at SXSW Interactive, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eyebeam, NYC Media Lab, Parsons School of Design, Project Runway, Circuit Bridges Concert Series, Numa Paris, and New York Hall of Science. She gave speeches at CMMR 2016, SXSW Interactive 2016, Immersive Worlds Conference at Baruch College and Dreamyard Project. She is working as a wearables researcher and designer at Loomia, an innovation company in smart apparel space, where she is also a resident artist.

ezgiucar.com

Gregory M Beson

Trombone Mute Fabricator

Gregory M Beson is a designer and craftsman living in New York City. He continues to practice professionally and hone his hand skill while also expanding his perception and knowledge through studies in art, design & philosophy.

Currently Gregory is enrolled in Parsons School of Design Industrial Design MFA Program for which he has received the Presidential Scholarship.

He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree from The New School University as a member of the Cohort 21 experimental experiential self directed learning program, for which he was awarded an accompanying full scholarship & fellowship.

gregorybeson.com/

Rachel Cheetham-Richard

Publicity & Documentation

Originally from France, Rachel Cheetham-Richard comes from a family of explorers. From Vietnam, Algeria, England, Australia, Japan or the Gobi Desert in China, the stories of her family have woven the fabric of her imagination. She settled in Philadelphia in 1995.

Soon afterward, she became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and American University in DC. After working at The World Bank as a language-for-negotiation specialist, she held business development and marketing positions at the French American Chamber of Commerce and the Avenue of the Arts, then joined the Philadelphia arts scene doing fundraising and public relations at The Wilma Theater.

For the past 10 years, she and her husband Robert have grown Azavea, their GIS software development and geographic analysis company, into one of the most respected companies in the field.

An avid storyteller and listener, her copy and PR writing embodies the very core of human nature: the story.

She and Dan Rose formed Steamroller Labs in 2011 devoted to visual experimentation:  http://steamrollerlabs.com/

Rachel received a Master’s in American Studies from the Université de Paris VII and a Master’s in Education and TESOL from American University in Washington, D.C.

 

[photo credit: Dan Rose]

Elizabeth A. Baker

Toy Piano
Celebrated for her “terrifying dynamic range,” cleanliness of sound, as well as unique sensitivity and ability to sculpt her performance for the acoustics of a space, Elizabeth A. Baker is a dramatic performer with an honest, near psychic connection to music, which resounds with audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. As a creator, her understanding of sonic space from organic intuition and studies in music production, pair with a unique eclectic voice, making for a spatial and auditory experience of music. Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how the sonic world can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.

An active performer highly sought after for her unique concert presentation methods, which break the fourth wall and draw the audience further into the music by asking them to listen beyond the surface through interactive dialogue, reminding them that there is no such thing as an incorrect interpretation of a work. Elizabeth firmly believes that every person will encounter music in a unique manner because each person comes from a different set of cultural norms, life experiences, and even the way they physically hear can be a factor to consider when seeking to relate with a work. Her solo concert tours have featured engagements at Lamar University (Beaumont, TX), Flying Monkey Arts Collective (Huntsville, AL), Eyedrum (Atlanta, GA), Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), and the Good Shepherd Chapel (Seattle, WA).

Emmy-award winning composer Larry Groupé has referred to her works as “Perfect.” and compared one of her early works to Debussy’s Engulfed Cathedral. Elizabeth’s works have been featured by Composers Circle, FIVE by FIVE, TEDxYouthTampaBay, Tampa Mini Makers Faire, Orlando Mini Makers Faire, as well as at the 2014 Electronic Music Midwest Festival and the 19th International Festival of Women Composers. Her compositions have been studied in academic institutions throughout the United States including USC-Thornton and the University of Georgia – Athens.

In 2015 she received an Individual Artist Grant from the Saint Petersburg Arts Alliance and the City of Saint Petersburg, Florida to create and present an original sound installation In Our Own Words: A Sonic Memory Quilt, which told the stories of various African-Americans in a fresh avant-garde manner, framed by evolving drones and a four-hour live performance by Elizabeth.

In addition to her work on the concert stage and on the page writing for other performing artists, Elizabeth has extensive training in recording arts, live sound reinforcement, and consistently received praise as well as high marks for the artistic sensibility and technical excellence of her mixes at St. Petersburg College, where she studied closely under mastering engineer Dave Greenberg. Today, friends and colleagues across the globe, frequently look to her as a consultant on projects for her skills as both a recording and mix engineer.

Combining her love of electronics and keyboard instruments, Elizabeth embarked on a mission in 2015 to promote works for toy piano and electronics, using a setup that combines handmade microphones and hydrophones. Her original works have been hailed by the Orlando Weekly as “a sterling testimonial to her artistry that proves she’s not just an expert in the toy piano field but a pioneer.” In Fall 2015, Schoenhut Piano Company added Elizabeth A. Baker to their official artist roster.

In Summer 2016, Elizabeth embarked on creating the score for a film project headed by the brilliant dancer-choreographer Helen Hansen French, which explores the experience of being an artist-mother. The Motherhood Project workshop, presented in relation to the film featured a live dance performance with Elizabeth accompanying Helen’s choreography with toy piano, electronics, and Indian harmonium, a keyboard instrument that rarely appears on the Western musical concert stage. A sensitive improviser, with experience in a wide array of genres, Elizabeth is a frequent collaborator for Jim Ivy’s Tangled Bell Ensemble and other improvisational projects throughout Florida.

Elizabeth is author of Toyager: A Toy Piano Method, the first comprehensive instructional book for toy piano, featuring principles of technique, practice strategies, music notation, as well as improvisational tactics.

Elizabeth is Founder and Executive Director of The New Music Conflagration, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation founded in the State of Florida to promote the work of contemporary composers and musicians. She is also, Co-Founder and Festival Director of the Florida International Toy Piano Festival.

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You can find Elizabeth’s book, Toyager: A Toy Piano Method, on Amazon.
You can find Elizabeth’s music on her BandCamp page.

Nicole Antebi

Artist / Animator

Nicole Antebi works in non-fiction animation, motion graphics, installation while simultaneously connecting and creating opportunities for other artists through larger curatorial and editorial projects such as Water, CA (a six year collaboration with Enid Ryce) and Winter Shack (a three year collaboration with Alex Branch). She has also collaborated on numerous visual music projects with experimental composer, Melissa Grey and musicians Laura Ortman, David Eng and most recently with electronic music pioneer, Vince Clarke. Her work has been shown in several continents and in fiercely alternative spaces such as Anthology Film Archives, High Desert Test Sites, The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project in Los Angeles. And more traditional art spaces such as Cantor Center for the Arts at Stanford University, LACE Contemporary Exhibitions, Orange County Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, The Crocker Museum, Dallas Contemporary, and the Armory Center for the Arts.  She was the 2015 animator-in-residence at Circuit Bridges, New York and was recently awarded a Jerome Foundation Grant in Film/Video for a forthcoming animated film about El Paso and Ciudad Juàrez in the early 90’s.

nicoleantebi.com

 

[Photo credit: John Michael Kilbane]

The Bowers-Fader Duo

Created in 2009, The Bowers-Fader Voice and Guitar Duo (Jessica Bowers, mezzo-soprano, Oren Fader, guitar) performs in New York City and across the US. Recent concerts have taken them to Washington State, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as hosted by the Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Duo performs classical works of Mozart, De Falla, Brahms, Weill, as well as contemporary works. Composers writing for the Duo this season include Judith Sainte Croix, Martin Rokeach, Frank Brickle, Melissa Grey, David Claman, and Paul Salerni.

Outreach activities for the Duo include free concerts each year for the Lighthouse Guild for the Blind, and Beginnings, a social program for seniors supported by Renewal Care. This year the Duo has performed in New York City, Honesdale, PA, and Manchester, VT as part of the Manchester Music Festival. This fall, the Duo presented a concert of new American art songs at Tenri Cultural Institute, featuring 5 world premieres, 3 of which were based on poetry by living authors. In the coming months, the Duo will be performing and recording works by Paul Salerni, performing works by l’Artiste ordinaries (Melissa Grey & David Morneau), performing with Composers Concordance, and working on a new song cycle by Frank Brickle. For more information please visit www.bowersfaderduo.com

Karjaka Studios

Photon Ecstasy is sponsored in part by Karjaka Studios

Aleksandr Karjaka
Creative Director – Karjaka Studios

New York and Chicago based photographer, Aleksandr Karjaka has spent his life immersed in the arts. Merging his passion for multiple disciplines of the arts, Aleks offers a unique perspective in the photography world. Having built businesses for the past 19 years, and several degrees in the arts has allowed him to understand and capture his subject matter like none other. Karjaka Studios was born from merging these two worlds in capturing fine art portraits.

Aleks’ work has appeared commercially and non throughout the United States, London, Korea and China. His work has been published in the Classical Singer magazine, Strings magazine, and the Houston Chronicle. Commercially he’s worked with Red Model Management, Fur, Peer Music International, Yamaha and Apple Inc. Aleks is currently on the staff of The Curiosity Cabinet, a New York-based chamber ensemble.

karjaka.com

Makeup & Hair by Johannah
Behind the scenes: Makeup & Hair by Johannah Adams (beyoutifulbyjohannah.com)

 

Behind the scenes: Culobocca rigging by
Behind the scenes: Culobocca rigging by Brent Winzek

Kislak Center

Photon Ecstasy (HD 7924) was commissioned by The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts advances learning and inspires discovery in Penn’s community and around the world. The goals of the Kislak Center align with those of the Penn Libraries as a whole: to make our collections accessible; to use technology in innovative and meaningful ways; to enhance teaching and research; and to preserve our cultural resources for future generations.