JOSEPH HOROWITZ has long been a pioneer in classical music programming, beginning with his tenure as Artistic Advisor for the annual Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y. In the 1990s, as Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he received national attention for “The Russian Stravinsky,” “American Transcendentalists,” “Flamenco,” and other festivals exploring the folk roots of concert works.
ROLAND JOHN WILEY, Emeritus Professor of Music History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was born and spent his childhood in southern California. He took his A.B. in music from Stanford, then served in the United States Navy before pursuing graduate studies at Harvard, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. He served on the faculty at Michigan for the next 38 years.
FRED MARTIN the Compton native, one of nine siblings, grew up in the ’70s; keenly aware of the escalating violence and drugs in his community, he sought another path. He learned music on his own, devouring books on composition and theory and becoming a church organist.
Coming off his success as a founding member of both Jellyfish and The Moog Cookbook, ROGER MANNING JR. joined Beck's band in 1997 as keyboardist and background vocalist. He has enjoyed more than 6 years touring and recording with Beck since. He continues to enjoy a successful career in Los Angeles as a free lance keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger with artists as diverse as Cheap Trick and Glen Campbell. Roger is planning on releasing his 4th solo album in 2014.
Born: 1953, Ilford, Essex (U.K.)
“Music is a profound expression of the soul, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be populist.”