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CONSTANCE COOPER, composer/improviser, began working as an
improviser with the First Avenue Ensemble at Merkin Hall, Princeton
University, and The Kitchen in the 1990s. She then received first prize in
the 2002 Gustav Mahler Competition (Austria) for her Acrobat,
a double concerto with improvised solo violin and cello parts. A
commission from the American Composers Forum led to her multi-
movement Coming From Us, with new string-instrument hand-
positions, bows, and notation (Cadence/Quixotic 5007). Her
improvisatory pieces for organ, synthesizer, and bass Repaying
Sin-Driven Senators by Not Thinking About Them were completed
during a residency at ArtOMI.  She received her PhD in composition
from Princeton in 2003.

JOHN CACCIATORE After attending the Westchester Conservatory
of Music, the percussionist John Cacciatore proceeded with a long and
diverse musical life that has played a major part in the development of
his signature arrhythmic style. Along with live concert performance,
summer theater, and studio work, he has been a partner in recording
and production with Steve Katz, the Grammy and Emmy nominee Peter
Denenberg, and the Grammy winner Rory Young. Also known throughout
the New York area as a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and choir singer,
he has spent more than a decade volunteering his time and
musical talent comforting hospice, nursing home, and hospital patients,
leading him to write, produce, record, and donate a collection of songs
for hospice organizations entitled Behind Sacred Walls.

TOM DESISTO is a composer, producer, sound designer, guitarist,
arranger, and audio engineer. His credits include two Emmy nominations
plus an art director’s award, and range from serious music, jazz, rock, pop,
dance, and children’s records to music for film, advertising, and theater.
He created a recorded score for The Room of My Life, a theater piece
based on the poems of Anne Sexton. Tom collaborated with the composer
Geoffrey Armes to create another recorded score, Golden Harp, for the
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where Desisto and Armes
also improvised live in performance, playing midi guitar and acoustic piano.
He frequently contributes music to the Linda Diamond/Anna Sokolow
Dance Theater in Woodstock, NY. He has lent his talents to a variety of clients
including CBS Television, Jonathan Demme, Ben E. King, NASA, Mattel Toys,
and Children’s Television Workshop.


JEFFREY LEPENDORF, whose operas and chamber music fuse unabashed lyricism
with deep literary and historic exploration and a pervasive wit, is also a certified
master of, and creator of new repertoire for, the shakuhachi (a traditional
Japanese bamboo flute), who has his own honorific, “Koku”
(“empty nothingness”), given him by the Kinko shakuhachi master
Yoshinobu Taniguchi. His music has been performed around the globe—
literally: a recording of his Night Pond for solo shakuhachi was
launched into space in the shuttle Atlantis on May 15, 1997 and remained
for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir. Born in 1962 in Philadelphia,
Lependorf holds a doctorate in composition from Columbia University. He is
Director of the Music Omi International Music Residency Program and also
shares the executive directorship of two beloved literary organizations:
Small Press Distribution and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.