Ketil Haugsand, professor emeritus of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, is considered one of the most important harpsichordists and Early Music interpreters of today. His highly acclaimed recordings of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” have been singled out as outstanding, landmark performances. Haugsand has played at prestigious venues on multiple continents as a soloist and with major ensembles. Born in Norway, he studied with the renowned Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory and was awarded the Prix d’Excellence in 1975.
After receiving a Masters of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he became the compositional assistant to Ravi Shankar, collaborating with him on compositions for Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell and Philip Glass and the “Concert for George”, at the Royal Albert Hall, where Barry also performed on cello with the Indian orchestra and the rock/pop band. In 2013 he received a Grammy as producer/engineer of Ravi Shankar’s CD “The Living Room Sessions Part 1.” As a cellist, Barry has toured worldwide with The Anoushka Shankar Project, the Coulter/Phillips Ensemble and many others. In addition, for over 30 years he has arranged and produced recordings of Northern European folk music on the Gourd Music label.
Multimedia DC-based artist Jessica Beels is renowned for sculptures and installations that highlight landscape objects in abstraction. Influenced by the geometry of nature, her organic armature forms embrace the microscopic to the macroscopic. For the first time in her decades-long career, Jessica had the opportunity to explore the Mojave desert.
Dan Joseph is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. He studied at CalArts and Mills College with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Mel Powell and Terry Riley. For the past fifteen years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. In 2017, the venerable New York based label XI Records released a 2 CD retrospective of his music.