Mark is based in San Francisco where performs with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Musica Marin, and at UCSF.  He was Principal Cello of the Hawaii Symphony beginning in 2015  and has been a member of the Maui-based Ebb and Flow Arts contemporary ensemble and Oahu’s Pacific Concert Artists International. He was Principal Cellist of the Oregon Symphony and  Associate Principal Cello of the Saint Louis Symphony.

In 2017- 2018 Mark’s chamber music collaborations included performances with Jon Nakamatsu, Corey Cerovsek, Anthone Arnone, Wu Han, the Galliard Quartet, Fabio Bidini, Sabrina Höpcker, Iggy Jang, and Joseph Swenson. His concerts have been aired on NPR stations across the US and his performance of Schelomo was featured on Performance Today. In 2018 he also appeared as cello soloist with the Hawaii Symphony in Dvorak’s famous cello concerto.

In 2013 Mark gained renown for combining music with the outdoors, giving a 27-performance recital tour from Mexico to Canada as he backpacked the 2700-mile Pacific Crest Trail. An avid outdoor adventurer, he continues to combine music and the outdoors.

Born in Celle, Germany, Jon has performed across four continents and has held faculty positions at major universities such as the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Westminster College. Regarded as an inspiring and energizing educator, Jon Paul prides himself on working with students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and abilities.

His teachers and mentors include Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, John Gibbons, Tom Johnson, Adam Holzman, and Bruce Holzman. Jon holds degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (B.M.), New England Conservatory (M.M.), and Florida State University (D.M.A).

An acclaimed recitalist and chamber musician, Jon has performed with the Utah Opera, The Woodlands Symphony, Park City Chamber Music Festival, violinist Donna Fairbanks. He tours annually throughout the United States and Europe.  Jon was a US representative at the ICPNA Guitar Festival in Lima, Peru. He served as a guest artist at the University of Wittenberg-Halle in Leipzig, Germany. Jon has taught workshops and masterclasses at Berklee College of Music, Bridgewater State College, Connecticut Guitar Society, Aguado Concert Series, Loudoun County Public Schools, Troy State University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and Utah Valley University.

From 2013 to 2017, Jon served as President of Utah Classical Guitar, which brings world-class classical guitar concerts, outreach, and music education to the Utah community.

Jon and his wife, dance artist Alexandra Bradshaw Yerby are duo ‘7&1,’ and create original work featuring contemporary dance with live guitar. 

Kathryn Lockwood, Viola
Yousif Sheronick, Percussion 

DuoJalal “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” (Toronto Star). The married couple’s music presents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Inspired by their namesake, the 13th-century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures, and races, duoJalal invites all communities to a diverse, stimulating inter-cultural experience. They have performed throughout the United States, Australia, and Brazil for the past eleven years. The duo regularly presents world premieres of works composed or arranged for them by composers such as Philip Glass, Andrew Waggoner, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, John Patitucci, Evan Ziporyn, and Giovanni Sollima. Their performance project “The Rumi Experience” blends poetry, multimedia, and music and premiered at the Williams Center in Easton, PA. DuoJalal’s first CD, “A Different World”  (Innova Recordings), was hailed as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience” (Jordon Times). Of their second CD, Shadow & Light” (Bridge Records), The Toronto Star exclaimed, “If this is what world music’s future holds, bring on the party.” In 2019, duoJalal became the ensemble in residence for the “Four Seasons@Sands Point” concert series in Long Island, NY. In addition to performing, the duo offers masterclasses and clinics for strings and world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention. 

Time For Three bursts with energy and introspection in their heralded performances in America and abroad. Audiences tend to be amazed at what two violins and a bass player can produce in their visceral and emotional songs. Their genre-less (category defying) music, springs from their own hearts and minds (with a few covers thrown in) and fills an important place in defining America’s current zeitgeist. Their classical/pop vocalism (singing) is as good as their collective instrumental virtuosity. A Moab Music Festival favorite, we are pleased to have them perform at the close of our 30th season.

Timothy Long is a pianist and conductor of Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, and Choctaw descent who is Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music.

His early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers, and eventually to conducting engagements that have included companies such as Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, Shreveport Opera, Opera New England, The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra, and off-broadway with The New Group.

Tim has performed as a pianist and harpsichordist at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, National Sawdust, Jordan Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Herkules Hall in Munich, Dvořák Hall in Prague, La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, the Mostly Modern Festival, the Moab Music Festival, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, among many others.

Tim is the producer, writer, and host of a podcast discussing race and music, Unequal Temperament, produced by The Foundry Arts in New York City. He is on the Advisory Board of the American Indians Musicians’ Scholarship and is a current member of the National Congress of American Indians.

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a Brooklyn, NY composer, musician and artist. She produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activitism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Caroline Monnet, Michelle Latimer and Martha Colburn. She plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, sings through a megaphone, and makes field recordings. Ortman’s notable performances includes venues at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, MoMA P.S. 1, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, SF MoMA, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, St. Marks Church, Dia Art Foundation, the Wave Farm, amongst countless other established and DIY venues in the US, Canada and Western Europe.

Composer, cellist, vocalist, educator and GRAMMY and NAMA nominated performer Dawn Avery has worked with musical luminaries Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, John Cale, John Cage, R. Carlos Nakai and Joanne Shenandoah. Of Mohawk descent, she participates in Longhouse ceremonies and is dedicated to language preservation, archival recordings and future generations of Indigenous composers and scholars.
Her chamber music often employs elements of sacred and world music. Avery has had her music performed in such places as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, North Dakota Contemporary Museum of Art, University of Maryland, Memorial University, Juilliard School, Colorado College, UCLA, Merkin Hall, Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, and in Canada, Italy and Germany.

Her works for wind quintet EngleWinds can be heard on the recording Tulpe. Avery recorded the North American Indian Cello Project, Vol. I (band camp) featuring works by Native composers, commissioned by the Ford Foundation and the American Composer’s Forum. She has also composed music for award-winning films with Rich/Heape Productions, Miramax, Smithsonian and PBS. Avery’s theatre works include Spiderwoman Theatre and Heather Henson’s (of the Jim Henson legacy) production of Ajijaak on Turtle Island. The latter Indigenous based project led to a short run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway. Most recently, she wrote two short operas on Indigenous themes: Trials and Tears commissioned by the New Music Alliance Theatre with Ojibwe librettist Ty Defoe for the Phillips Gallery Bicentennial and Sacajawea: Woman of Many Names, music for Imagining The Indian (Ciesla Fdn film documentary). The recording for her vln/pno duo that is about the symbiotic relationship between women and the water is dedicated to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women is coming out this March (Duo Concertante). Dr. Avery holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology with research on the application of Indigenous Theory to Native Classical Composers and their compositions.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, is a classical composer, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma and is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. His Washington Post review states that “Tate is rare as an American Indian composer of classical music. Rarer still is his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.”

Tate is Guest Composer/Conductor/Pianist for San Francisco Symphony Currents program Thunder Song: American Indian Musical Cultures and was recently Guest Composer for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar program Home with ETHEL and Friends, featuring his commissioned work Pisachi (Reveal) for String Quartet.

Recent commissions include Shell Shaker: A Chickasaw Opera for Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Ghost of the White Deer, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra for Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hózhó (Navajo Strong) and Ithánali (I Know) for White Snake Opera Company. His music was recently featured on the HBO series Westworld.

Martha Redbone is a vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in coal country Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified New York City. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s southeastern Cherokee/Choctaw culture and heritage, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as an Afro-Native American woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit. Her latest album “The Garden of Love-Songs of William Blake” is “a brilliant collision of cultures” (New Yorker).

Redbone’s works are under her own indie label, a partnership she shares with longtime collaborator/husband Aaron Whitby. Recent composer commissions include “A Mother’s Love”- 2021 Freshgrass Music Festival Bluegrass Concerto, “Black Mountain Calling”- a chamber music piece for cello and bass clarinet with Dave Eggars and Tasha Caterina Warren-Yehudi for 2022 University of Michigan “Jazz meets Classical” concert series, and Composers for the upcoming Broadway revival of “For Colored Girls..” a choreopoem by the late Ntozake Shange, scheduled for premiere April 2022. As 2020 Drama Desk Award and 2020 Audelco Award recipients for Outstanding Composer in a Play for “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuff”, at the Public Theater, other works include “Bone Hill: The Concert”, a multidisciplinary theatrical concert touring nationally and “Black Mountain Women”, currently in development at The Public Theater in NYC. Martha is also a 2022 United States Artist Fellow. Martha is based in Brooklyn, NY and lives with her husband, their 13 yr old son Zach and their COVID puppy Maggie. Visit martharedbone.com

“Béla Fleck has taken banjo playing to some very unlikely places — not just bluegrass and country and “newgrass,” but also into classical concertos, jazz and a documentary about the banjo’s deep African roots, not to mention the time he toured with throat singers from Tuva. He’s also baffled the Grammy awards, winning for country and jazz in the same year and also winning in pop, world music, classical crossover and, yes, folk. That’s a lot of territory for five strings.”
— JON PARELES, THE NEW YORK TIMES