Issue No. 1 Contributors
Allison Burik is a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and composer based in Cambridge, MA. Her most recent recording, a self-released EP titled Some Days Like This, features five solo saxophone compositions and structured improvisations. Burik is currently pursuing her M.M. in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Read more at allisonburik.com.
Claire Dickson is a Boston-based jazz, pop, and R&B vocalist and composer. Dickson is the recipient of numerous jazz awards including eight Downbeat Student Music Awards. She has performed at renowned venues like Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Read more at clairedicksonmusic.com.
Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and poet. One of Eisenberg’s most recent recordings, The Machinic Unconscious, was released on John Zorn’s label Tzadik and features Ches Smith on drums and Trevor Dunn on bass. Eisenberg is based in Western Massachusetts and maintains an active performing career throughout the U.S. Read more at wendyeisenberg.com.
Myrtle is a collaboration between Claire Dickson and Camila Ortiz. Claire Dickson is a Boston-based jazz, pop, and R&B vocalist and composer. Camila Ortiz is a Cambridge-based vocalist and songwriter. The two artists met while studying at Harvard University. Follow Myrtle on Facebook and be the first to know about upcoming recordings and performances.
Performer and composer Andrea Pensado is one of the figureheads of the New England experimental music scene. Born in Argentina, Pensado eventually moved to Poland where she studied composition and computer music at the Krakow Academy of Music. Pensado founded an experimental music series called Sonorium in Salem, MA that has been producing concerts since 2011. Read more at andreapensado.com.
Grace Ward is a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist based in Boston, MA. In 2017, Ward moved from her hometown of Austin, Texas to attend the New England Conservatory where she is currently pursuing her B.M. in Contemporary Improvisation. Her duo project, Houndsteeth, featuring vocalist and keyboardist Jolee Gordon, will be releasing their debut album in May 2019. Follow Houndsteeth on Facebook and be the first to know about upcoming recordings and performances.
Melissa Weikart is a performer, composer, and educator based in Cambridge, MA. While working on her M.M., Weikart co-founded Students Advocating for Gender Equality at the New England Conservatory. In the fall of 2017, Weikart won an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant from NEC to recompose The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds for an all-female ensemble. Read more at melissaweikart.com.
*All photos by Sasha Pedro, except Wendy Eisenberg, by Charmaine Lee