Hailed as “whirlwind” (Gramophone) and “lively, engaging and moving” (Berkshire Fine Arts), the music of composer Dana Kaufman (b. Chicago, 1989) has been heard throughout North America and Europe. Her works have been featured at venues and festivals throughout the United States and also in Estonia and Italy. From 2012-2013, Kaufman was a Fulbright Student Research Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia, where she conducted ethnomusicology research, studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and collected field recordings for incorporation into compositions. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards: winner of the Women Composers Festival New England Score Call and flutist Orlando Cela’s “Project Extended” Score Call, Eric Edward Sundquist Prize in Composition, Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award, Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Composition Competition, and Ensemble Ibis Composition Competition, in addition to being finalist in additional prestigious awards (2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards; 2017 American Prize Instrumental Chamber Music Student Division, and many others). Her selected “Project Extended” work, Hang Down Your Head, was released by Ravello Records on “Shadow Etchings: New Music for Flute” in February 2018. She was also Composer-in-Residence of the Na Wai Chamber Choir and Lutheran Church of the Ascension (IL), and Hashkiveinu (co-composed with Richard Cohn) is published by Transcontinental Music Publications and performed at synagogues throughout North America.
Kaufman graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts in Music in Russian), completed her Master of Music in Composition at New England Conservatory, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at University of Miami Frost School of Music as the first Frost student to be a Dean’s Fellow. She has delivered lectures and presentations at institutions and conferences in the United States, Estonia, and the Czech Republic. Kaufman is Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Composition at the University of California, Riverside during AY 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Bradley Butterworth is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, audio engineer, music producer, educator, and the owner of Studio B Recording in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA in guitar performance from Columbia College Chicago, as well as an MFA in Performance and Composition from The California Institute of the Arts. He has composed, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered dozens of projects from world music, to jazz, to chamber music.
As an audio engineer, Bradley has worked at venues such as the REDCAT Theatre at the Disney Concert Hall, The Troubadour, Avalon Hollywood, The Brooklyn Bowl, The Wynn Hotel and Casino, The California Institute of the Arts World Music Festival: Remo Stage, and a variety of large-scale stages with Rat Sound Systems. He has also worked with studios such as the Grammy Award winning TV Tray Studio, Paramount Studios, and The Young Turks News Network. Bradley is a Visiting Assistant Professor in The Department of Music at The University of California Riverside, teaching Audio Recording and Production, Songwriting, and Concert Production.
Bradley is Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Recording and Production at the University of California, Riverside during AY 2018-19 and 2019-20.