BIOGRAPHIES

Isak Roux (1959*) was born and raised in the colorful city of Durban, South Africa. The cosmopolitan nature of African folk music fascinated him from an early age. His pianistic career began by playing gospel music at his local church community. As a teenager, this prompted him to embark on vocal arrangement and composition of sacred works. His later close collaboration with Joseph Shabalala and Jake Lerole further influenced his personal stylistic development. As a solo recording artist, he has produced three piano albums to date.

 

Commissioned works include compositions for chamber ensembles such as The Domus Quintette (Four African Scenes) and Saxofourte (Tekweni Suite), a gospel cantata (Coming Home) for the MIAGI Festival, numerous choral works as well as solo piano pieces, notably his "Preludes in African Rhythm". His "Evening Song" for soprano and orchestra was recorded by the internationally acclaimed soprano Sibongile Khumalo.

 

Central to Roux's creative vision remains his commitment to the music of Africa, its rhythms, melodies and instrumental techniques. He prefers to tread an individual path, whether avant-garde, electronic, pop, gospel, or jazz - all these he regards as part of the universal world of music.

 

As an arranger he has gained a solid reputation for his South African style, moving between Afrikaans, Cape-Malay and Zulu for piano, instrumental ensembles and voice as well as orchestra. He builds a bridge between European orchestral tone colors, Zulu singing and penny whistle music from the townships. With this highly personalized approach, he seeks to create a musical synthesis of two continents. www.isak-roux.com

Photo by Roland Geiger

Mark Zanter has appeared on NPR’s Live at the Landmark, WILL, IPR, WVPN’s In Touch With The Arts, is published by Les Productions d’OZ, Schott European American and MJIC, and his works have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals including, MUSIC X, June in Buffalo, Soundscape, NYCEMF, Echofluxx, SEAMUS, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Generative Art International, Seensound, MIUC, Melbourne, and SPLICE. Zanter has received awards from ASCAP, AMC, ACF, Meet the Composer, WV Division Culture, WVMTA; and Lament and Dream received special distinction for the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Prize. He records for Ablaze, Navona, and Innova record labels. Zanter is professor of music and Distinguished Artist and Scholar at Marshall University.

www.marshall.edu/music/bio/mark-zanter/

 

Photo: Tonia Zanter

William Toutant was born in Worcester MA. He received his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University and his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Michigan State University. He joined the music faculty of California State University, Northridge in 1975. During the next 38 years he not only taught in the Department of Music, but he also served in a variety of administrative positions including Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. For eighteen years Toutant wrote and hosted the weekly radio program, The KCSN Opera House. He became Professor Emeritus in May 2013.  His music is available on North/South, Capstone, Centaur, Phasma, and Navona Records. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ligia Toutant.

www.williamtoutant.weebly.com

James Shrader

Dr. James Shrader has combined careers as a composer, author, administrator, conductor, stage director, and operatic tenor. His academic career includes appointments at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, and Valdosta State Universities. In 2016 he retired as Professor and Head of Music at Valdosta State University. Prior to his academic career, he was, for 13 years, Director of Music and Fine Arts at The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland OH.

 

He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University, the Master of Music in Opera degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fine Arts (conducting) from Texas Tech University where his dissertation was entitled The Choruses in Mozart's Opere Serie: Practical Performance Possibilities.

 

Shrader is the former chorus master for Tulsa Opera where he prepared nine productions for live performances and rebroadcasts on National Public Radio stations. He has published several choral compositions with Colla Voce, Inc. and SMP Press. His works are featured on Navona Records with The Stanbery Singers and The Crossing. www.jamesshrader.com

FABIO ANTONELLI was born in Rome in 1966 and studied musicology and composition with great Italian composers like Ivan Fedele, Mario Garuti, and Gabriele Manca. He graduated in Musicology at the University of Pavia (Italy) and in Composition from The Como Conservatory of Music (Italy), then he graduated with a Master’s in Composition from The Milan Conservatory (Italy). He’s achieved advanced degrees in Astrophysics and Cosmology from the University of Bologna (Italy). With his work, Antonelli tries to represent the silence of the universe. His music consists of fragments that are isolated and suspended in the Void. His theories rely on mathematical, abstract, and theoretical definition, and he imagines consistency with little forms of energy, maybe ethereal or material. This is the silence he’s searching for, an artistic expression of an energy. His works are produced from fragments with modern music techniques expressed by his personal view.

www.fantonelli.com

 

Marvin J Carlton (1953 - 2021) was an American composer of opera, art song, symphonic works, choral works, and chamber music. His micro-opera 3D's DANCE HALL won the audience choice award at The Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project in 2013, while his opera PIE, PITHE, AND PALLETTE won the judge's award in 2016. His music has been heard in concerts by Belleville Philharmonic Chorale, and Camentralia Philharmonic Orchestra in Illinois, The Atlanta Opera, International Double Reed Society, St. Martin Chamber Players, Heart of Illinois Woodwind Quintet, The American Patriot Wind Ensemble, the Southern Illinois Grade School Vocal Music Association, and One Ounce Opera.

www.marvinjcarlton.com

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