Composer and pianist Bill Whitley writes music deeply rooted in mysticism and images of nature.
Elements of gregorian chant, raga music, gamelan, rock and progressive rock are frequently present in his work; and composers who continue to influence his work include Brian Eno, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, John Luther Adams, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, Paul Dresher, and David Lang.
Whitley’s music has been performed in Italy, Russia, and the U.S., by ensembles ranging from chorus to solo electric guitar. Commissions consist of chamber, choral, vocal, and orchestral works.
Whitley was born in the Northwest United States, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where he studied organ, piano, and composition. In 2000, he earned a Master of Music degree in composition at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho; and in 2007, a PhD in composition at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon.
Bill has studied composition with Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Robert Dickow, Dan Bukvich, and Fr. Kevin Waters; and has had master classes with Lou Harrison, George Crumb, Veljo Tormis, John Adams, and John Corigliano.
Whitley has taught at The University of Idaho, Western Oregon University, The University of Portland, and The University of Oregon.
Bill Whitley’s music is recorded on Teal Creek Music, and his choral works are published by Trinitas Choral Series.
Elena Talarico (1993) began studying piano at the age of 12 years and then she was admitted at the “Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado” in the same city, where at age 17 she began studying under the guidance of Victoria Terekiev. In 2016 she got a Bachelor’s degree in piano with full marks and honors and currently she’s studying Piano Performance at the G. Verdi Conservatoire in Como for a Master’s degree with Pier Francesco Forlenza.
She took part to a number of competitions and masterclasses, winning many prizes and awards in various national and international competitions. During her studies she won various scholarships (Piano City Milano 2014 and 2015, “Anna Colonna di Stigliano” Prize) and took part to many live activities: she played in important places such as Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Sala Barozzi in Milan and Teatro Sociale in Como.
She debuted as a soloist with orchestra with Orchestra Carisch playing piano concert KV466 by Mozart. She plays regularly with various chamber ensembles. Recently she began collaborating with electric guitarist Francesco Zago and founded with him KUBIN project.
Federico De Zottis started playing saxophone when he was 14 years old, inspired by reggae music and Bob Marley. After one year as a self-taught musician, he decided to study classical saxophone. During his course of study he discovered jazz. After getting a degree in Historical Sciences at Milan University (2015), he got a bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone at Civica scuola di musica di Milano “Claudio Abbado”. He is currently studying jazz saxophone at the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan.
He has worked for a number of shows at the Teatro della Contraddizione in Milan, particularly “Die Privilegierten, la città ideale”, is the winner of the Milan prize for theatre (2009) for best production in Milan and for best direction. He has played in various musical festivals, including Ferrara Buskers Festival e Iseo Jazz Festival.
Stefano Grasso (Milan, 1992) began his musical studies in piano, quickly switching to drumset. He started playing concerts very early, playing the music of Frank Zappa, Rush, and Area with some school mates, who would soon become live band mates. After high school he began studying classical composition, where he discovered classical percussion. From there, he has built his percussion path, integrating classical percussion with ethnic percussion and drumset. He has had the good fortune to perform and study with a variety of different people and projects. Both as drummer and percussionist, he's had the opportunity to perform in various International festivals.
Matteo Lorito is a double bassist, and composer of acoustic and electronic music. As a bassist, he has performed in a variety of musical contexts: from rock bands to classical orchestras. His work as a jazz player has included recording and performing with player such as Stefano Battaglia, Marhall Allen, Ralph Alessi, and Riccardo Luppi. He has also been involved in contemporary progressive rock, participating in the project Yugen, touring to the most important RIO European festivals performing and recording Yugen’s most recent works. He earned a bachelor’s degree in double bass at Brescia conservatory and a master’s degree in Jazz at the Milan conservatory. His main interests are improvisation and contemporary music, and has most recently dedicated his time to developing an improvisational language rooted in the notated contemporary music tradition and live electronics.
Eni Lulja is a classical guitarist born in Elbasan (Albania). She is currently earning a bachelor degree in classical guitar under the guidance of Vittorio Casagrande at "Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado” in Milan. In the same school she is studying contemporary electric guitar under the guidance of Francesco Zago. She has attended numerous masterclasses: 20th century guitar masterclass with professors J. Leathwood and P. Steidl; 19th century guitar masterclass with professors C. Maccari and P. Pugliese; composers of the Segovian 20th century masterclass with professor A. Minella; Baroque and Renaissance repertoire with professor M. Lonardi.
Eni is active in the current music scene as soloist and also with many chamber ensembles (guitar duo, guitar orchestra, with soprano and flute), with the goal of developing and disseminating experimental and rarely performed repertoire, especially of the twentieth century. Among them is the Lyra Trio with mandolinist Michele Mucci and harpist Naja Mohorič, for whom Paolo Coggiola, neoclassical composer from Milan, has dedicated his last composition “The Avenger Graces.”
After having successfully achieved the traditional music baccalaureate, she then combined her musical studies with her humanities studies. She graduated with honours in Classics at University of Study of Milan, where she is currently earning a Master degree in Ancient Philology, Literature and History.
Elisa La Marca (1986) took her degree in classical guitar and in lute with highest honors under the guidance of Massimo Lonardi at Istituto “F. Vittadini” in Pavia. As a soloist (guitar, lute, theorbo) and ground bass player she performed in festivals all over Europe and America. She collaborated with musicians such as Stefano Montanari, Dimitry Sinkovsky, Giuliano Carmignola, Ottavio Dantone, Federico Maria Sardelli, Furio Zanasi, and has performed with many baroque orchestras and ensembles. With Giuliano Carmignola and “Accademia dell’Annunciata” she recorded unreleased violin concerts by Felice Giardini. She is cofounder of “Quartetto di Liuti da Milano”, an ensemble devoted to Italian Renaissance and early Baroque music. With this group she has released the cd Vita de la mia Vita. She has recorded for various labels, as Brilliant Classic, Glossa, Amadeus, and Musica Viva-Egea.
Francesco Marzano pursued his studies in flute with Raffaele Trevisani at the International Academy Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milan, graduating in 2013. He has had masterclasses with Sir James Galway, Bülent Evcil, Danilo Mezzadri, Mario Ancillotti and János Bálint. As soloist or in ensembles he played in various Italian events, including MiTo, Notti trasfigurate, Serate Musicali, La Fabbrica Mozart-Professione solista (Cantù, 2015), Un museo da salotto (Museo Teatrale alla Scala, 2016), and Weekend del Flauto (Palazzo Ducale in Lucca, 2016). Awards include First Prize in Solo Woodwinds at the International Competition Nuovo Premio Contea (Treviso, 2016); First Prize in Chamber Music with the pianist Elena Talarico at the 16th International Competition Valsesia Musica Juniores (2015). He has worked in Milan as flute teacher (at the school Obiettivo Musica), radio collaborator and speaker (Radio Popolare), and editor (for Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi and for Teatro Franco Parenti). He currently lives and studies in Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Henderson is the author of three collections of poems, two of which have been finalists for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry. She is a founder of Airlie Press, and vocalist and leader of the jazz and bossa-nova band Chuvarada. Her poems, essays, reviews and song lyrics have appeared in a variety of magazines, anthologies, performance venues and recordings.
Donna practices psychotherapy, Reiki, and teaches yoga in Maupin, Oregon, where she lives on the Deschutes River with her husband, Rich Sutliff.
Francesco Zago is a composer, guitarist and producer from Milan, Italy. He teaches electric guitar and improvisation at Civica Scuola di Musica of Milan. He took a degree in classical guitar and then focused on contemporary music. As for his discography, from 2005 to 2015 Zago released fifteen cds, and contributed to a number of work by other artists. His main areas are avant-garde, contemporary music and improvisation. In 2005 Zago established Altrock label, promoting non-conventional and independent musicians. In the same year he founded the ensemble Yugen. Other personal projects are Kurai and Empty Days. In 2012 Zago joined Stormy Six, a historical Italian band from the Rock in Opposition movement. He has been collaborating with the electric ensemble RepertorioZero since 2008.
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