JOHNNA WU, founder of PinkNoise, is an active performer and improviser in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2015, she was the only artist awarded the Fulbright scholarship to study in Germany, and was sponsored by the State Department of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts with double degrees in Biology and Musicology, She obtained a Masters of Music degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joseph Lin. The study of improvisation has allowed her to fuse her strong interests in contemporary music, East-Asian folk music, jazz, tango, and musical theatre with classical music. Her most recent appearances include performances for the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonie Guterres at the General Assembly Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Paris Philharmonie, the Banff Centre in Canada, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
SIMON KANZLER is a composer, electronic artist, and vibraphonist based in New York and Berlin. He seeks to transcend boundaries by integrating multifarious idioms of music and other art forms within his work. His involvement in Berlin’s jazz and contemporary music scene, have led to projects working with a broad range of musicians including contemporary ensembles, jazz bands, improvisers, heavy metal and rock musicians. He has studied both contemporary composition with Mauro Lanza at the UdK Berlin and jazz vibraphone with David Friedman at the Jazz-Institute Berlin. His most recent band project Nodía Es combines a heavy metal band and a female vocal ensemble. The „hardcore opera“ project was recorded at the rbb studios Berlin in 2017, produced by Wolf Kampmann, and will soon be released on CD. His contemporary works have been performed by the ensemble mosaik and the modern art ensemble among others. He has released two albums with his long-term band Talking Hands which has been touring throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland and performed at the Festival Jazzdor Berlin in 2015. His project Double Identity, that combines a jazz quintet and a chamber ensemble, was premiered at the Konzerthaus Berlin and a recording of the music was released on the Berlin-based label WhyPlayJazz. The project was funded by the ElsaNeumann Stipendium Berlin. Kanzler is also the founder of the KIM collective Berlin that organizes a yearly festival for experimental music, the KIM Fest.
A native of China, pianist NANA SHI enjoys a multi-faceted career as a pianist, collaborator, and multimedia artist. She has recently performed with world class musicians such as Joseph Lin, Lucy Shelton, Da Capo Chamber Players, and Momenta Quartet, among others. Based in New York City, she often performs chamber music in various settings from art galleries to concert halls. She has participated in summer festivals such as Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Chelsea Music Festival, and Banff Centre in Canada. Her 2017 - 2018 season highlights include a concert with Vent Nouveau at Gallery MC to promote living female composers, a collaboration with violinist Joseph Lin and friends at the Cultural Center in celebration of Asian American composers, and recitals as the pianist of Shiozaki Duo.
Cellist ISSEI HERR is committed to a diverse array of music both old and new. Past highlights include concerts in Mexico and New York with violinist Rolf Schulte featuring the music of Milton Babbitt, recital programs centered on the works of Robert Schumann, and a recording of the complete cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. An advocate for the music of our time, Issei has worked closely with composers such as Mario Davidovsky and Kaija Saariaho, and has premiered works by Eric Nathan, Roberto Sierra, and Kenji Sakai, among others. In 2016, he performed the New York premiere of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s Hearing Solution with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has performed as a member of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, AXIOM, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, working with musicians such as Thomas Adès, Daniel Barenboim, David Fulmer, Louis Karchin, Fred Lerdahl, Vasco Mendonça, Jeffrey Milarsky, Shulamit Ran, Chou Wen-chung, and Du Yun. Born into an artistic family, Issei began musical studies at the age of five. He recently completed studies at The Juilliard School, where he was a student of cellist Fred Sherry.
ERIC UMBLE is a versatile, award winning clarinetist hailed as "lovely", (New York Arts) and known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. An advocate for and avid performer of contemporary music, he is founding member of SoundMind, sTem, and DuoHelix ensembles; all champion music by living composers. Eric served as clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the Orchestras of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, ECCE, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Tactus, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the world's major venues including Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as the Kölner Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, and the Cultural and Congress Center of Lucerne, Switzerland. Eric has participated in residencies at Princeton, Cornell, Millersville, Miami, and Sul Ross State, Universities.
Cellist TIMOTHY LEONARD is a devoted teacher and performer with a wide range of expertise from classical to rock and improvised music. He completed his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at Rutgers University where he studied with Jonathan Sptiz, and his master’s degree at Aaron Copland School of Music where he studied with Marcy Rosen. An avid performer, Tim has held principal cello positions at Eastern Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, and Queens College. Additionally, Tim recently collaborated with members of the Juilliard Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, ACME, and The MET Orchestra and shared the stage with artists including Jay-Z, Peter Serkin, and Paquito D’Rivera. He has performed in Australia, China, Mexico, Italy, and across the United States. A devoted believer in the future of classical music, Tim regularly worked with composers at Rutgers and Queens College and has premiered new works for cello at New Music Gathering, Spectrum NYC, and The Tank.