Biographies

KAREN A. TARLOW

Born in the Boston MA area, KAREN A TARLOW now lives in Western Massachusetts and composes music on commission. She has written for a wide array of vocal and instrumental forces, including ballets, solo and chamber works, choral music, and music for orchestra.

 

Tarlow grew up with a piano in the house, musical parents, and with a father who was a bandleader in the Boston area. She started composing melodies in kindergarten, where her abilities were recognized, encouraged, and nurtured, and she never looked back.

 

She has studied with several remarkable teacher/composers, including Charles Fussell, Frederick Tillis, and Robert Stern (University of Massachusetts Amherst); Wolfgang Fortner (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany); and Gardner Read and David del Tredici (Boston University).

 

Tarlow has taught music theory, music literature analysis, orchestration, and composition at Boston University, Smith College, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke College, and took early retirement from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was Assistant Professor of Music Theory. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition from Boston University, and is a member of ASCAP. Tarlow’s music is published by E.C. Schirmer (Boston), Seesaw Press (New York City), and Treble Clef Music Press (Chapel Hill, North Carolina).

 

SU Chen-Hsin was born in Chiayi City, Taiwan in 1989. He is a licensed doctor who graduated from the Department of Medicine at China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, in 2015. Su has been in psychiatry residency training programs at the Taoyuan Psychiatric Center, Taiwan since August 2017.

 

Music has always been a way for Su to express and record emotions. He began to compose music in college, and held a personal piano recital of the Liszt track (including B minor sonata) in the university’s auditorium in May 2012. During 2016-2017, he had two published works, States of Mind and Wanders, including concert etudes in all 24 keys.

 

In recent years, in addition to his busy residency, he still spends his relatively free time composing music, and especially enjoys creating piano pieces. He has been awarded international composition competitions, including honorable mention given by Maestro Artur Cimirro in the 4th Opus Dissonus Competition, finalist status for Contemporary Atonal Category in 10th Fidelio piano composition competition, Extraordinary Talent Award in Rodrigo Landa-Romero International Composition Competition 2020.

 

 

photo: Dr. Su, in Taipei, Taiwan. July 2019

John J. Craven (b.1971) was especially drawn to listening to LPs of classical music and musical theater as a child. Formal study in piano began when he was 7, and, at the age of 12, he was a winner in the Fourth International Aaron Copland Competition for Young Composers. After high school, he continued his studies at the Peabody Conservatory, and in 1992 transferred to the University of Iowa where he received a B.A. degree in Communication Studies in 1994. In 1997, he returned to composition, receiving a B.F.A. from Purchase College SUNY.

 

Since 2000, he has worked as a musician in a manner that displays his eclecticism. He provided music direction for Off-Broadway readings, regional theater, and community theaters, as well as theater for children. Craven received a M.M. in composition from Peabody in 2011.

 

Since 2020 he has made his music available on the eScholarship Open Access Publishing Platform that is subsidized by the University of California and managed by the California Digital Library. He most recently participated as a composer in the 9th Annual Charlotte New Music Festival where he composed music premiered by the loadbang contemporary ensemble. johnjcravenmusic.com

 

Gordon Monahan's works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. The renowned composer John Cage once said, "At the piano, Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven't heard before."

 

Monahan began performing in public as a member of various rock bands in Ottawa, Canada (1968-73). Since 1978, he has performed and exhibited at numerous concert halls, museums, galleries, and festivals, including Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), the Venice Biennale, the Secession (Vienna), Haus der Kunst (Munich), MAK Museum (Vienna), The Kitchen (NY), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Merkin Hall (NY), and Massey Hall (Toronto). Early in his career, he specialized as a pianist, performing John Cage's Etudes Australes, and premiering pieces by James Tenney and Udo Kasemets. Over the course of his career, he has worked predominantly in the genre of sound art, while also composing works for traditional instruments.

 

Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. He won First Prize at the 1984 CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers, as well as commissions from the Vancouver New Music Society, CBC Radio, Dade County Art in Public Places (Miami), The Kitchen (New York), DAAD Inventionen Festival (Berlin), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Sony Center (Berlin) and bonn-hoeren/Beethoven Foundation (Bonn). His controversial commission for Dade County MetroRail was banned during the 1988 New Music America festival in Miami. That same year, he was chosen as CBC Radio's entry to the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. Monahan has been

 

Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (1990), the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1991), DAAD, Berlin (1992-93), the Western Front, Vancouver (1999), Podewil, Berlin (2002), Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2006), Museumsquartier, Vienna (2008), Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw (2010), bonn-hoeren, Bonn (2016) and a fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts (1991).

 

Monahan graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University, Sackville NB (1980).

 www.gordonmonahan.com

 

photo: Daisy Loewl

Ron Nagorcka lives in a forest in Northern Tasmania, the island state of Australia, where, in his solar powered home-built studio, he sings, plays, and composes basso profondo, didgeridoo, and keyboard music, as well as composing for instrumental ensembles.

 

Nagorcka was born in 1948 on a sheep farm in Western Victoria on the Australian mainland. He was surrounded by a musical family: his mother was a trained soprano and his maternal grandmother an accomplished pianist, so he needed little encouragement to learn piano from an early age. He also studied pipe organ in his teens with Eric Pagenstecher, the local Lutheran church organist.

 

In the 1970s he attended the University of Melbourne where his studies included pipe organ with Sergio di Pieri, harpsichord with Max Cooke and composition with Keith Humble. With the help of aboriginal friends, he also taught himself to play didgeridu, an Australian indigenous instrument, whose traditional rhythms became central in his later compositions.

 

From 1974 – 1975 he was awarded a grant from the Australia Council of the Arts to undertake graduate studies at the University of California San Diego where his teachers included such luminaries of contemporary experimental music as Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros and Bob Ericson. At UCSD he was also introduced to notions of “community music” by John Silber and Jean-Charles Francois and in the late 1970s after his return to Australia he established the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre which became an important venue for new and experimental music in Melbourne. His teaching methods while at the Melbourne State College reflected his experiences at UCSD with the emphasis above all on the students’ creativity.

 

He moved to Tasmania in 1988 and set up the studio in the forest where he has worked ever since. He has had several collaborators over the years. He met Warren Burt at UCSD and they toured Europe in 1979 as the Plastic Platypus. He also met clarinettist, singer and didgeridu player Roberto Laneri from Italy at UCSD. Laneri arranged a tour of Europe with him in 1983 and travelled to Australia in 1986 for concerts in Melbourne and Perth. Gary Verkade (Sweden) David Scott Hamnes (Norway) organised concerts of his music in Scandinavia in 2013 and 2014. Larry Polansky (USA) arranged concerts of his music with the New York Downtown Ensemble in 2003. He has also performed in Malaysia and Japan.

 www.ronnagorcka.com

 

photo: Sarah Lloyd

Kenneth Kuhn is a retired electrical engineer specializing in electronic circuit design who had the privilege of growing up with a great appreciation of classical music. His favorite composers include Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. Over the years classical music enhanced mental skills valuable for his engineering career. Composing music and designing electronic circuits are very interrelated as each enhances the other.

 

He began composing music in his youth in the 1960s and learned how to compose by carefully listening to the many classical composers. Ken composes because "there is music I want to hear but since no one has written it then I must write it myself." His compositions are neo-romantic, where the music conveys grand concepts that transcend spoken language through rich melody and texture. His music has been released on two albums and more are in development.

 

Kuhn’s retirement plans are to complete many drafts of piano and orchestral works he has accumulated over a lifetime. Ken resides in Birmingham AL and shares his house with a number of mischievous but lovable cats who otherwise would not have homes.

 

www.kennethkuhn.com

Jim Puckett is a career Worship Pastor serving in Richardson, Texas. He is an adjunct professor for the Southern Nazarene University College of Professional and Graduate Studies, and an adjunct member of the music faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

 

He has composed and arranged for a variety of settings including chamber works, accompaniment orchestrations, and orchestral and vocal works.

 

His works received recognition in 2010 and 2011 from the National Academy of Music and awarded performances at the 2014 CFAMC National Conference, 2013 Contemporary Piano Residency and SCL Festivals, The SCI 2013 Region V Conference, SCI 2012 Region VI Conference, 2010 National Conference, New Music Festival IX & XII (Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney), the 2010 SCL, and the SCI 2010 Region VI Conference. He also served as a judge for the 2020 Society of Composers, International/ASCAP Student Composition Competition.

 

Other recent works include Concerto For Percussion Quartet and Wind Ensemble, Fantasia for Bass Clarinet and Concert Band, Three 4 Hand Drums (Percussion Quartet), In the Gardens (Piano), Meditation on “Evening” (Soprano/Piano), Danse de Cirque (Trombone/Piano), Somethin’s Gone Wrong Deep Within, (Trumpet/Piano), and Countdown for 7 instruments.

 

Puckett holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory & Composition from Kent State University, M.M. from Texas Tech University, and B.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is a member of the Society of Composers. Inc., the Southeastern Composer’s League, and The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. He has studied with Frank Wiley, Peter Fischer, Leslie Dutton, and Richard Meek. He has served churches in California, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Dr. Puckett and his wife, Annette, live in the Dallas TX area. jimpuckettmusic.com

Sarah Wallin-Huff is a lecturer and professor of music at California Polytechnic University of Pomona. She received her MA in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, and she was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory (as well as conductor of the Chamber Ensemble) at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita from 2012 to 2016.

 

Wallin-Huff has been a performer on the violin, viola, and 6-string electric violin since 1990. She has experience playing with diverse ensembles and as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as performing on various recording projects, large and small. Her original compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Her work has been called “a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections…that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing” (Barbra Dillon); “…incredible depth and creative complexity” (Wesley Derbyshire); “quite complex and unusual and yet…very easy to absorb and appreciate” (Baby Sue); and having a “classy, understated sound, yet it is baroque and ornate…A true masterpiece, with so many nuances” (ArtistRack). Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces and electronic work, as well as work for film and video games. While her sonic output crosses a variety of moods and styles, a common thread linking them all is what she calls “stream-of-consciousness composition,” in which every piece is built upon an enigmatic, underlying framework, from which the work fluidly evolves. sarahwallinhuff.com

 

photo: Tim Yao

Forrest W (Bill) Sherrill

Bill Sherrill (b. 1939) kept in touch with music by singing in various choral groups while working in non-musical career fields. Upon early retirement he returned to school to earn a degree in composing, and has been writing since. He composes and arranges in many genres and for most instruments, but specializes in choral music. His degrees are from Erskine College, North Greenville University, and the University of Southern California, and he has completed additional graduate study at Converse College in Composition, and Westminster Choir College in Choral Conducting. His works have been performed in churches, at universities, and in concert halls in the United States and abroad. He was recognized in 2007 as “one of America's finest emerging composers” by the New York Virtuoso Singers. renmusicpress.com

 

photo: Kathryn Lewis/Harvard Yard 2011

 

 

John A. Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir who sang for the congregation during weekend services. In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. After moving to Honolulu HI in 1987, he started a career in mental health services with the Department of Health. In 1997, he began private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.

 

Carollo retired from public service in March of 2006 to compose full time and to establish a music business called Musica Baudino which published the artist's first CD, Ampersand, in June 2006. The album went on to win “Best Classical CD” at the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Ceremony.

 

Numerous releases have followed, most notably THE TRANSFIGURATION OF GIOVANNI BAUDINO, PARMA Recordings’ 500th release (Navona Records, 2017), MUSIC FROM THE ETHEREAL SIDE OF PARADISE (Navona Records, 2018), and SYMPHONY NO. 3 (Navona Records, 2019).

 

He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America. A full catalogue of his works can be found at: johncarollocomposer.com

Santiago Kodela is a Dublin-based Argentine classical guitarist & composer working in the areas of concert, solo, chamber, and choral music. His works explore the ethereal aspects of sound and harmony, exploring intensely the areas of iso-rhythms, metric modulation, and chord harmonisation.

 

As a performer, he began his guitar studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuel de Falla" (Argentina) under the tutelage of María Catalina Bello. After years of outstanding academic performance, he relocated to Europe to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Ireland). Guided by Marion Hyland, he excelled in the performance of classical guitar. In 2018, Kodela completed a Master’s Degree in Music and Media Technologies (Trinity College Dublin), where he specialised in Audio Production and Contemporary Music Composition.

 

His non-guitar compositions have been performed by artists such as Fidelio Trio (London), Kühn Choir (Prague), and pianist Adam Marks (New York); and released internationally via PARMA Recordings / Navona Records. Current endeavours include the release of chamber music, solo classical-guitar works, and guitar-ensemble related pieces. In addition to performing, Santiago continues to work and craft his passion for choral music by focussing on the composition and production of new essays and pieces. www.santiagokodela.com

 

photo: Olga Kuzmenko

Fidelio Trio

The ...virtuosic Fidelio Trio... (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

 

Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

 

Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trios for Resonus was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.

 

Keen to ensure the future development of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world including the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, NYU, NAFA Singapore, and Stellenbosch Conservatorium South Africa. They have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the State University of New York, SUNY.

 

The Fidelio Trio are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances, and importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Composers that the Trio have worked closely with include Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir... to name but few.

 

Inspirational musicians The Fidelio Trio have collaborated with include Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rachel Roberts (viola), and with spoken word, author Alexander McCall Smith and T.S. Eliot prizewinning poet Sinéad Morrissey.

 

2017/18 saw tours of USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe and China, many festival appearances including a Schubert cycle at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Collaborations included new piano trio commissions from Kevin Volans and Alexander Goehr and a world premiere recording of two works by Philip Glass for his label Orange Mountain. They continued their residency at the National Concert Hall in Dublin; undertook a further tour of China and recordings included Gerald Barry’s Chamber Music for Mode Records and a second instalment of French Piano Trios (Chausson, Fauré and Satie) for Resonus Classics. 2018/19 season sees multiple performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto including with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, a further USA East Coast tour, a BBC broadcast recital for Spitalfields Festival and multiple CD releases.

 

They are Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, Dublin City University and continue to be passionate in their advocacy for the piano trio across the world. www.fideliotrio.com

© NAVONA RECORDS LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Navona Records offers listeners a fresh taste of today's leading innovators in orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and experimental music as well as prime pieces of classic repertoire. Our music is meticulously performed by the finest musicians and handpicked to ensure the most rewarding listening experience.

 

www.navonarecords.com

223 Lafayette Road

North Hampton NH 03862

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

press (at) parmarecordings.com

603.758.1718 x 151