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Described by the New York Times as "an imaginative artist," Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzmán (www.viviana.org) performs over 50 concerts a year throughout the world. Her most recent recording “Traveling Sonata” received a GRAMMY Nomination. She gave a very successful TEDxBerkeley Talk, presenting just before Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple, Inc., and presented alongside Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Ghandi’s Grandson. She has been featured on programs for CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, Good Morning America and NPR, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en Español and has performed in 127 countries, and in all 7 continents including South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Bali, India, Peru, Japan, China, Argentina, Greece, Antarctica often featuring flutes from her collection of over 100 gathered from concert tours. Her YouTube Channel boasts over 2.5 million views and her music videos have been aired on UNIVISION in 30 countries. She has performed as soloist with 265 ensembles including orchestras in Russia, Chile, Brazil, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California, Texas, Montana, Philippines, in such halls as in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, and Glenn Close. Viviana began her musical training at the age of 5 and won her first competition at 7. By the age of 15, she played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was featured on a John Denver nationally televised NBC special "Music in the Mountains". Ms. Guzmán studied with Albert Tipton and in Masterclasses with James Galway, and graduated from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Julius Baker. A former member of the Houston Grand Opera and the New World Symphony, Viviana has released ten multi-genre solo CD’s entitled, "Telemann Flute Fantasies" (classical), “Planet Flute” (world), and “Danza de Amor” (latin), “A World of Music” (world), “Mostly Tango” (tango) and "Serenity" (National Geographic) "Meditations" (new age), "Argentine Music" (world) “Traveling Sonata” (classical), and “Voice of the Whale” (world). Last season included appearances in New Orleans, Honolulu, American Samoa, Mexico, Thailand, Panama, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Philippines, Taiwan, Tahiti, Easter Island, California, and as a soloist with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Hanoi (Vietnam) Symphony Orchestra, and the Philippines Symphony Orchestra in Manila. Viviana has taught masterclasses in over 50 universities throughout the world including The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory, Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, Jakarta Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, Hanoi Conservatory of Music, Malaya Conservatory of Music in Kuala Lumpur, among others. Viviana Guzman teaches Flute at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Flute Society & Festival, Founder of Flutes by the Sea Masterclasses, Co-Founder of The Flute View Magazine, and is an Altus Flutes Artist.

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Born in North Carolina, Ben spent a good part of his first 8 years in the trailer parks, highway rest areas, and rural campgrounds of 47 different US states, following parents who worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, while bird-watching and fossil-hunting their way back and forth across the country. Later, in Walla Walla Washington, he was led to music by Argentine composer José Rambaldi (d. 1989) and comedian-singer Bradley Hunt (d. 1988), whose lives were cut short by AIDS while Ben was still a teen. Ben went on to study music and theater at Willamette University, and then composition at the University of Washington and the University of California at San Diego; fortunate for the mentorship of John Peel, John Rahn, Roger Reynolds, Jann Pasler, Brian Ferneyhough, Harvey Sollberger, Jerry Balzano, George Lewis, and many others. His dissertation under Reynolds' mentorship at UCSD—a large collection of works for orchestra and for solo piano—explored "the establishment and erosion of musical boundaries, the evolution/devolution of melody, and the use of silence as a structural component" (Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare Magazine July/August 2012); in the same music, the critic Christopher Williams has described tonal tension between small-scale and large-scale harmonic progressions, producing a paradox, in which "each element in a false dichotomy defines and becomes the other", allowing us "the opportunity and responsibility to navigate our [own] uniquely useful paths" ("On the Piano Music of Ben Carson", in The Open Space Magazine, Issue 5, December 2005, pp. 246-247).

 

Carson's music is available on Centaur Records, Albany Records, and on San Diego's "Soundcheck" series, and has been performed throughout the U.S. and at international festivals, including Aspen, "June in Buffalo," Gerngesehen (Köln), and New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for the Contemporary Piano. Concerts have been dedicated to Carson's work at Sydney Conservatory's 2005 "Music and Social Justice" conference, at Columbia University's Music Performance Program (2009), and for the International Society for Improvised Music (2010). Carson's recent work has moved in the direction of music drama, and includes an opera based on a Star Trek teleplay by Gene Roddenberry, partially premiered in a workshop performance directed in June 2016 by John de Lancie (acclaimed guest director of Atlanta Opera and San Antonio opera, earlier of Star Trek: Next Generation, and Breaking Bad) with acclaimed baritones Aleksey Bogdanov and David Cushing.

 

Carson has been an Artist/Researcher-in-Residence for the Perception Laboratory at IRCAM (Institute de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique), and at Paris University VI; his collaborations there, at UCSD, and at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, have led to innovative approaches in the study of rhythm perception and the composition of complex rhythm, including Carson's own scholarship in the American Journal of Psychology, and the Journal of New Music Research. His writing also appears in The Open Space Magazine, ECHO, the Institute for Advanced Feminist Studies' Shock and Awe: War on Words, and in other publications. He joined the University of California, Santa Cruz faculty in Music in 2003, and is affiliated with the Digital Arts / New Media faculty. At UCSC, he has been a recipient of the Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), and the Arts Division's Excellence in Mentorship Award (2014). He currently serves as Provost of UCSC's Kresge College. 

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When Roy Malan relinquished his position as concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, his forty year first-chair tenure with the orchestra set a record for any major orchestra countrywide. During the SFB's season Malan was heard in the opera house every evening (or on tour around the world) in the grand ballet violin solos of the literature, which included most of the major concertos. Herb Caen reported that these solos alone were worth the price of admission. Colleagues have described Malan as the last of the romantics whose sound alone identifies him. 
His contribution to the area's musical life is unusually wide-ranging. As a founding member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (the oldest in the country) Malan has performed standard cornerstone as well as hot-off-the-press new music, collaborating personally with such luminaries as Olivier Messaien, Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Walter Piston, Virgil Thomson, John Adams, Andrew Imbrie, Dave Brubeck and Frank Zappa. 
His training at the Curtis Institute of Music with  Efrem Zimbalist (product of the fabled Leopold Auer's virtuoso stable in St. Petersburg) and at Juilliard where along with classmates Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman he studied under the 20th century's star-producer Ivan Galamian, has provided Malan with all the necessary wherewithal. Additional mentors include Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin and Oscar Shumsky. 
As a teacher Malan has placed students in most of the Bay Area's orchestras and professional  chamber groups. He founded and has for forty-four years directed a thriving summer chamber music festival with pianist Robin Sutherland in Telluride, Colorado. In addition he is the author of an acclaimed biography of Efrem Zimbalist, who bequeathed Malan his choice collection of nineteenth century French bows. Quite a collector himself, Malan specializes in art pottery, Chinese Sung Dyansty porcelain, and California Impressionaist paintings of the last century.
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