"The Pocantico Center is a magical, auspicious, contemplative, joyous, and productive place to be creative. The culmination of my work with Composers Now and Asian Cultural Council has impacted on my creativity beyond my own expectations. Through their connection I collaborated with a new artist I had never met in my life and yet produced an amazing new project together."
- Jin Hi Kim, 2015 Composers Now Creative Resident at the Pocantico Center
Described as "sleek, new" and "hyper-fluent" by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and producer whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.
Recent projects include "Media Control" recorded by Hub New Music, "Imp in Impulse" recorded by Barbora Kolářová, "Into the Anthropocene" featuring violist Jessica Meyer and cellist Dave Eggar, "Alpha" recorded by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) on New Amsterdam Records, "Transition Behavior" recorded by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra, and "Empty Promise" an award-winning short film in collaboration with Four/Ten Media, Goldfeather and Robby Bowen.
As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D'Angelo's Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit's Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio "Pascal's Triangle" featuring bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Justin Brown.
Pascal's most recent awards include a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Instrument Composition, the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in "Jazz", "Eclectic" and "Electronica" categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center Stage, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. He is a Ph.D. candidate and Naumburg Doctoral Fellow in music composition at Princeton University.
Chen Yu-An is a famous singer-songwriter and actor. She graduated from the National Taiwan Academy of Drama's Taiwanese Opera Department and is in the masters' program in the Department of Art and Creative Industries, National Donghua University.
She has played leading roles in the Li Qingzhao private theatre troupe, Tang Meiyun, Guo Chunmei, Xu Yafen, Liao Qiongzhi Gezi Theatre Troupe and Heluo Gezi Troupe.
In 2015, she began to experiment with cross-border performances and music design. In the same year, she was awarded the "Best Personal Performance Rookie Award" in the 26th "Golden Award of Chuanyi." She has performed in more than 80 works and over 1,000 performances.
Erica Lindsay, composer, performer, teacher, arranger
Wangjia Zhaxi, dancer, choreographer, educator
Jin Hi Kim, composer and komungo player
Ji Chao, librettist
Aruán Ortiz, composer, pianist and violist
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