Composer, pianist and electronic musician, making music in a variety of contexts and venues from works for orchestra and chamber groups (with and without electronics), to Jazz Orchestras and combos, as well as projects for dance, film, television and interactive media. Among his notable credits as bandleader are the Modular Music Ensemble, a Nine-piece Genre-bending group, and Sada, for a small group of improvisers, both dedicated to performing his original compositions. Originally from Israel, Matan has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY and Madison, WI, where he received a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in music composition. He now lives with his wife and three daughters in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. Matan is on music faculty at Marlboro College.
Saxophonist/flutist/composer Carl Clements performs internationally in a variety of styles, with a particular focus on jazz, Hindustani classical music, and various forms of improvised and pre-composed music. He is featured on numerous recordings, and has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in the US, Europe, Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He received a Ph.D.in ethnomusicology at the CUNY York Graduate Center, an MFA in Jazz Performance from CalArts, a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music, and has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri since 1989. As an educator, Clements’ primary areas are jazz performance, theory, and ethnomusicology, and he is currently Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Amherst College.
May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot is an experimental collaboration between a musician-academic and an academic-storyteller. Combining music with storytelling, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Kimberlee Pérez address, interweave, and dialogue across the tensions, pleasures, and connections that emerge from the colliding and disparate spheres they work within, embody and live: classical music and performance art, upper-middle and working-class, and white-Jewish and mixed-race Chicana. The two met as participants in the UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute where each eyed the other’s world with curiosity and uncertainty and which led to an unexpected New Year’s Eve at the symphony.
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen is a concert saxophonist and assistant professor at UMass Amherst. His work includes new and historical classical music, including concertos, solo repertoire, and chamber music. Concerto engagements have led him across the country to perform with orchestras in Philadelphia, California and Michigan, and his work in chamber music has resulted in collaborations with David Shifrin and Rudresh Mahanthappa at Chamber Music Northwest and Princeton University, respectively. His saxophone sextet, The Moanin' Frogs, won First Prize at the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition and has appeared on stages from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to The Gong Show on ABC. Recording and touring with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis in the Admiral Launch Duo resulted in their debut album in 2018 on Albany Records. As a solo artist, Jonathan explores the fringes of classical music through commissioning and performing genre-bending works. He toured these pieces as "Timbre|ine" to Croatia, Scotland, and universities in the South and Midwest, and is preparing them for recording. Jonathan earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan and is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist.
Kimberlee Pérez is a queer chicana, reluctant academic, and sometimes storyteller. Her interests in the politics of belonging and coalition, intimacy, personal narrative and solo performance occasionally lead her out of the comforts of solitude and silence and into various publics. Like this one. Current thoughts on belonging manifesting through projects in progress, including her book project Queer Intimacies: On the Politics of Belonging in Performance. She is also working on an essay about the experience of survival, and another on audiencing across difference. Recent performances include Rubbing Up Against Difference (On the Complex Erotics of Audiencing), South of Living: Queer Belonging in Dangerous Times, and You Can Get Anything You Want. Performances in progress include The Quietest Camper and a (not quite) musical performance, Sideways with Phil (A Roadtrip Musical).