Thomas Helton is a composer and bassist who writes and performs music in both solo and ensemble settings. As a composer Mr. Helton was awarded a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in 2007 for the commission and premiere of a new work for fifteen-piece ensemble, the Torture Chamber Ensemble. He was awarded an artist residency for the commission and premiere of Pride from DiverseWorks ArtSpace in Houston in October 2004, a work for ten-piece ensemble and video projection created in collaboration with video artist Maria del Carmen Montoya. Other new music commissions include 5 works for the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble. Desesperados (2005), a suite of tangos, is featured on Houston Public Radio’s CD The Best of the Front Row. Black Rain (2005), a work for saxophone, guitar, string bass, percussion and dancers, was chosen to be performed as part of FotoFest’s 2006 Biennial dedicated to the themes of The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence. As a bassist, Thomas Helton performs with his own ensemble, The Core Trio, as well as with many celebrated jazz and free improv artists including Tim Hagans, Milt Jackson, Daniel Carter, Monty Alexander, Frank Gratowski and Ernie Watts, William Parker, Weasel Walter and Steve Swell. He recently performed the music of Tim Hagans as a guest artist with Sweden’s Norrbotten Big Band. He was also featured at the 2009 ISB Bass Convention curated by Mark Dresser. Thomas has released three CD’s: Doublebass; Experimentations in Minimalism; and Saga. All three have received positive reviews in the press in both in the U.S. and Europe. In the spring of 2010 he spent 3 month a the TAKT Artist residency in Berlin, Germany. While there he performed at many of the cities avant-garde venues with local musicians, Simon Rose, Matthias Mueller, Klaus Kuervers, Chris Heenan and bassist Clayton Thomas. Upon returning to the USA, Thomas completed a very successful west coast tour. Among some of the performances were NORCAL Noisefest, USC Bakersfield, UNT and a special performance with bassist Damon Smith at Tex Gallery in Denton,TX. He recently released a new solo, DVD collaboration with videographer Jonathan Jindra. The film was featured at the International Society of Improvised Music Conference during a recenteast coast. He plans to continue a US tour in 2012 and a potential tour of Europe is in the works. In 2013 Thomas took over the non-profit group, The Houston Composers Alliance. THe organization presents original work by modern composers. 2013 also saw the release of his group, The Core Trio. The recording was a live improvisation with New York piano great, Robert Boston. A new release by The Core Trio featuring Matthew Shipp is now available.
Kevin Patton is a composer, scholar, and experimental sound performer whose work explores the intersection of music, technology, and the body.The design of new musical interfaces and computer music systems for the analysis, composition, and performance of electronic, multimedia, and experimental music is at the center of his practice. Furthermore, the integration of interactive music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is a key to broadening the audience for contemporary and experimental music. Kevin often performs his own work in both instrumental improvisation and interactive chamber music and has performed in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America. His chamber music has also been performed by such ensembles as Dinosaur Annex. Kevin is a recent winner of the Rhizome 2009 commission competition with visual artist Maria del Carmen Montoya for their installation, I Sky You. His performance project, GrayCode, combines electronic instrument design, machine improvisation with experimental jazz practice in collaboration with percussionist Frederick Kennedy and clarinetist and composer Butch Rovan.Kevin's music and ideas have been presented at the Electronic Music Studies (EMS) International conference in Paris, France and Beijing, China, and the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia, Mexico, among many. He is also an Invited Researcher at the Sorbonne, in Paris France for the Spring of 2009. Kevin holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies and composition from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts Degree from Brown University. He is currently a PhD Candidate in electronic music and multimedia composition at Brown University.
Melmann is the solo project of Nicolas Melmann.
Buenos Aires based, graduate in Electro Acoustic Composition (Quilmes University), combines different musical dimensions, as sound artist — using electronics with acoustic instruments, always innovating in his compositions, making test formats, exploring different sounds, resources and instruments.
Walking between experimentation and melody his music is nocturnal and introspective.
Melmann comes to represent their country at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) with a double concert in the exhibition of Argentine artists «Journeys from the South» was also chosen to represent Argentina in the Redbull Music Academy New York 2013 residency — where he also performed a concert at the Metropolitan Art Museum (MET), as the opening act for Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
In his live performance, he is one man orchestra, playing electronics (beat box, kaoss pad, loop station and computers) with acoustic instruments (ukulele, melódica, hang drum, harp, tiny percussion etc.) live process, field recordings and text all at the same time.
Since 2006 he has been developing a media project combining sounds with images and textworking with VJS, generating a mix between these elements, looking for a conceptual and discursive unity between them.