According to the Los Angeles Times, composer and performer Eve Beglarian “is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist.” She has been awarded the 2015 Robert Rauschenberg Prize from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for her “innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation.”
Beglarian’s current projects include LIGHTEN UP, a multimedia song cycle about visionary visual artists in America; the long-term undertaking A Book of Days, text/music/visuals, one for each day of the year; and Brim, the ensemble and repertoire she has created in response to her 2009 journey down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle.
Matt Petty is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and video artist based in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University, where he received degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance. Matt Petty uses low-fi gear to create music-based multimedia productions involving sound, video and live performance.
Matt is the creator of the feature documentary, Sacred as Folk, about the life of Louisiana artist, Brother Michael David Elvestrom. Most recently, Matt is traveling across the country working with and documenting visionary visual artists for LIGHTEN UP, a multimedia collaboration with composer Eve Beglarian. He has performed with a number of professional orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Louisiana and Texas, and currently resides in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he teaches music theory and ear training.
Tarrah Reynolds started playing the violin at age 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At 17, she moved to New York to attend The Juilliard School where her master teacher was Sally Thomas. While at Juilliard, Tarrah also had the great honor of studying string quartets with the late Felix Galimir of the Galimir Quartet. Tarrah has been a soloist on several occasions with orchestra, her first time being at age 12 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with many artists outside of the classical world including Whitney Houston, U2, The Gorillaz, Marc Anthony, and Harry Connick Jr. to name a few. Tarrah now resides in New Orleans with her twin babies, Elias and Pearl.
David Steele, a native of Houston, Texas, has been part of the music faculty at Northwestern State University since 2012, where he teaches clarinet, woodwind methods, and fine arts. He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, Kisatchie Sound. He plays an active role as a director and choreographer throughout the Louisiana/Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit for marching bands and color guards. He studied at Northwestern State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of North Texas, where his teachers include Dr. Malena McLaren, Mr. Keith Lemmons, and Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano.
David is a performer and choreographer for LIGHTEN UP, an evening-length multimedia song cycle about visionary visual artists that will premiere at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in March of 2018.