Edna Alejandra Longoria is a Mexican-American composer born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México. She holds composition degrees from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach (MM), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (BA). This year, Edna’s music is featured on the 2019 concert series by the North/South Consonance Ensemble in New York, and the Verdant Vibes Ensemble in Rhode Island. Additionally, her music will be performed at the SCI National Conference in New Mexico, Music by Women Festival in Mississippi, the SCI Region VI Conference in Texas, and she was selected to attend the Alba Composition Program in Italy.
Edna’s music has been premiered in the US, Mexico, and Europe by various ensembles and musicians, including the Elixir Piano Trio, Vicki Ray and Eric Clark from the E.A.R Unit, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, flutist Iwona Glinka, and soprano Noel Archambeault. Her music was also featured in a workshop with the highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet. Her piano trio is part of PARMA Recordings’ 2019 Piano Trio Album, and is programmed on the fifth installment of Navona Records’ Moto series. Edna enjoys incorporating her Latin roots into her music and mixing it with contemporary techniques.
Eunike Tanzil is a classically trained pianist and composer from Sumatra, Indonesia. In 2016, she received a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music where she deepens her knowledge in composition, film scoring, and conducting. In her writing, Eunike enjoys experimenting with blending a variety of musical styles, such as jazz, classical, and traditional ethnic elements. Growing up in an island surrounded with natural beauties, her compositions often reflect elements of nature. Her major influences are John Williams, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev, and Nikolai Kapustin.
Eunike has received multiple awards from the Berklee Composition Department, most recently the Earle Brown Award for outstanding composition achievement for her wind-ensemble composition titled 'Spirit of Garuda'. In 2018 her clarinet and piano duo titled 'Catching Time!' won the Millican Composition Competition. She also received the Michael Rendish Award for excellent contribution to the Film Scoring Department. This summer, along with six other composers and led by renowned Berklee professor Sheldon Mirowitz, Eunike will be touring New England with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for the premiere of her re-score of a 1928 French Film, "Joan of Arc.”
Kirsten Volness is an electro/acoustic composer and pianist from Providence, Rhode Island, whose music is inspired by nature, myth, science, spirituality, and environmental and sociopolitical issues. She performs with NYC-based Hotel Elefant and Providence-based Verdant Vibes, a new music ensemble and concert series she co-founded in 2015. Recipient of the MacColl Johnson and RISCA Fellowships in Music Composition, Kirsten was 2017 composer-in-residence at the Music Mansion creating the First Fridays concert series, and she now serves on the board of directors as Secretary. She writes and performs operas with homeless advocacy group Tenderloin Opera Company, collaborates with Meridian Project on multimedia performances exploring astrophysics, and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel. She holds composition degrees from the Universities of Michigan (DMA, MM) and Minnesota (BA summa cum laude), and teaches both privately and at the University of Rhode Island.