Chris Demetriou is obsessed with the intersection of acoustic and electronic sounds. A percussionist and performer, Chris is a founding member of The Kraken Quartet, a mass of drums and synthesizers that rides the line between contemporary chamber ensemble and indie rock band. Chris specializes in live-looping and sound manipulation, bringing these elements into his performance…
For years, Robert and Victoria Paterson (both Eastman alumni) envisioned starting a summer music festival. With the success of American Modern Ensemble, a thriving boutique record label now in its 13th season, and robust lives as musicians in New York City, Robert and Victoria decided it was time to expand their mission with a broad educational component that serves composers, singers, and instrumentalists world-wide.
The Mostly Modern Festival will launch its inaugural season in June of 2018.
Zachary Preucil is a current D.M.A. candidate in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.M. and Arts Leadership Certificate from Eastman in 2014 as a Pi Kappa Lambda inductee, and B.M. with honors from the New England Conservatory in 2012. He has been on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago, the Kanack School of Musical Artistry, and Music for Youth.
Pianist Evelyn Dias has performed in the United States, France, the Czech Republic and her native country of India. She has collaborated with flutist/composer Gary Schocker and British violinist Madeleine Mitchell among others. A former instructor at Northwestern University, Chicago’s Merit School of Music and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, she is currently involved with Child’s Play (India) Foundation
Jessica Wilkins is a multifaceted musician with a diverse performance and composition career. Jessica currently resides in Los Angeles, CA as an active freelance oboist, private lesson teacher and owner of JDW Sheet Music. She has also launched a unique storytelling program incorporating solo oboe music with children’s literature.
Scott Lykins received both bachelors and masters degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Steven Doane and Alan Harris, respectively. He completed his master’s degree in 2011 with an ALP certificate. While a student, Scott founded the successful Lakes Area Music Festival. Over the years he has served as both Executive and Artistic Director of the organization, building it into a year-round performance and education organization serving over 10,000 annually.
Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Alexa Tarantino is a jazz saxophonist, woodwind multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator. Alexa completed her undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music in 2014, studying with saxophonist and woodwind doubler Charles Pillow. She graduated with degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Music Education, as well as an ALP Certificate.
Raised by Mexican immigrant parents, Alex Peña‘s musical studies began in the California and Texas public school systems and continued through private lessons in high school with Eastman alumna and principal violist of the San Antonio Symphony, Allyson Dawkins. He earned a BM in Viola Performance and Music Education in 2010 from Eastman. Peña also received his MM degree in Viola Performance and Literature and an ALP Certificate.