music and prose. your response becomes the prompt.
In order of contribution
Tam Eastley is a writer and web developer based in Berlin. She has most recently been published on The Wild Word, Visual Verse and Drunk Monkeys. She likes writing about reality TV, tech, and the post-apocalyptic world and is editing her way through her first novel. These days you can find her curled up in her snuggie in front of the Netflix fireplace show, reading a good book.
Alex Eastley is a bassoonist based in Montréal who performs in a wide range of styles including classical, contemporary and free improvisation. She has played with orchestras in North America, New Zealand and Europe, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (GA), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (NZ), and the Hallé (Manchester, UK). She was Principal Bassoon of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2018. Inheritance, an album of improvised music recorded with her group Civvie, was released in 2017.
Photo by Karol Orzechowski
Craig Pedersen is a trumpet player and experimenting musician living in Montréal. He plays in the collaborative duos Sound of the Mountain (with Elizabeth Millar) and Provisional Mailorder (with Anne-F Jacques). He is a member of Ensemble Supermusique and the Ratchet Orchestra. He also occasionally leads the Craig Pedersen Quartet, a band featuring Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore; Horseman, Pass By), Bennett Bedoukian (Horseman, Pass By) and Thierry Amar (GY!BE).
craigpedersen.com, mwrecs.com, https://www.instagram.com/mwrecs/
C.T. Dinh is a Vietnamese American writer and artist. She is the founder of Backslash Lit and has work published or forthcoming in perhappened mag, Ample Remains, Strange Horizons, and Flash Point SF. Talk to her anytime about leitmotifs—she doesn’t know too much about them but she wishes she did.
Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. He has published in a number of scientific journals, and has over 80 poems published or forthcoming in literary journals over the last year.
Brandon Auger (b.1978) - artist, improviser and structural builder based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Working with sound as a medium, his minimalistic work promotes the amplification of electronic idiosyncrasies and vibrational nuances in both acoustic and synthetic environments.
Along with being an active member of suddenlyLISTEN and the improvising community in Canada, Auger’s main project pnl(a), has been a 20+ year study of tape/electronic music having released 7 albums to date. Brandon is also one half of the microsound group Strata (w/cellist Norm Adams) and the founder of Northern Apparatus, an improvising trio with Andrew MacKelvie and Danielle Jakubiak.
He has also worked greatly with members of Mocean Dance and Kinetic Studios, fusing his approach to sound with various choreographers in both compositional and improvised constructs. His compositions, installations, live performances and collaborative projects have spanned across both Canada and the U.S.
Xan Indigo is a rogue astrophysicist with an overactive imagination and a mixed up ethnic background. They mostly spend their spare time drinking too much tea, cooking spicy things, mixing cocktails, and attempting to turn their apartment into a tiny rainforest.
Photo by Rene Grosso
A diverse musician, oboist Catherine Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn in a wide range of artistic settings, including classical, contemporary, and free improvisation. She is active in commissioning new solo works that explore experimental compositional and oboe performance techniques. Recent highlights include performing Nonaah Trio by Roscoe Mitchell at the Park Avenue Armory, and solo recitals at Open Space and Now Hear This Festival. Catherine is the Artist Associate of oboe at Willamette University, holds a Doctor of Music Degree from McGill University, and a certification from the Deep Listening Institute (New York). In May 2021 Catherine released the album Remote Together on Redshift Records which was nominated for a Juno (Classical Album of the Year - Solo Artist).
Shih-Li Kow lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her short story collection Ripples and Other Stories (2008), was shortlisted for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her second book The Sum of Our Follies (2014), was translated into Italian and French. The French edition (translated by Frederic Grellier) won the 2018 Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Mekong Review, The Arkansas International, Sylvia Magazine, and Short Fiction: The Visual Literary Journal.
Matt Hannafin (percussion) is a New York–born, Portland-based percussionist active in experimental music, improvisation, and Iranian classical and traditional music. His teachers have included composer La Monte Young, Indian vocal master Pandit Pran Nath, Persian masters Kavous Shirzadian and Pejman Hadadi, and percussionists Jamey Haddad, Glen Velez, Layne Redmond, and John Amira. He is the founder and director of Portland’s Extradition Series: www.extradition-series.com.
Photo by Glen Sogge
Jasmine Kaur (she/her) is a queer punjabi writer/artist. She likes to surround herself with stories and poetics in any medium, including audio, video, still images and performance. She tends to be weird like other normal abnormal normal people and enjoys pretending that she's very self-aware. Some of her work has been published in Visual Verse, streetcake magazine, Stellium, and Tilt (by Queerabad). She’s currently a Masters in Philosophy student at Delhi University. You can find parts of her on the internet at https://sites.google.com/view/jasmine-kaur/ or @trying0000 on Twitter and @jasmineismeltingintosummer on Instagram.
The Plaster Cramp is an avant-punk chamber group combining traditional instrumentation, auteur composition, and discrete electronic intervention. "Spatial Memory :: Silken Gag" was composed and produced by artist and writer Douglas W. Milliken and performed by Douglas, Lawrence, T, Pella, and Dead Charlie.
Tejaswinee Roychowdhury is an Indian writer, poet, and lawyer. Her work is published/forthcoming in Ayaskala, Gutslut Press, Roi Fainéant Press, Bullshit Lit, The Birdseed, Usawa Literary Review, Third Lane Magazine, Active Muse, Kitaab, Borderless Journal, Funny Pearls, and elsewhere. She is currently a Fiction/Stage Editor for The Storyteller’s Refrain. She has also been interviewed and her work featured in Issue 2 of Alphabet Box. Tejaswinee has a vagabond soul, finds therapy in music, and leans on the universe to get by. Find her tweeting at @TejaswineeRC and her list of works at linktr.ee/tejaswinee.
Adrianne Munden-Dixon is an American violinist, improviser, and composer living in New York and Montreal. Her work often explores timbre, texture and energy in acoustic and electronic environments. She grew up playing notated and improvised music in Savannah, Georgia and still lives in and between those mediums as a solo and chamber musician. She is a founding member of Desdemona (“an excellent young quartet” The New Yorker) and has recently worked with the JACK Quartet, Cassie Wieland, Phong Tran, David Bird, Leo Chang, and more. Her first self-released EP patterns and cycles was described as “bright, colorful violin improvisations, each a compact vision” (The Road to Sound).
Photo by Larry Dixon
Pamilerin Jacob is a poet & editor whose poems have appeared in Barren Magazine, Agbowó, Lit Quarterly, IceFloe Press, Palette & elsewhere. He is the curator of PoetryColumn-NND, a poetry column in Nigerian NewsDirect, a national newspaper.
Zeny May Recidoro was born and raised in the Philippines. Her writings have been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Unlikely Journal, Terse Journal, the Philippine Contemporary Network, Berfrois, Vastarien, and Likhaan: the Journal of Philippine Contemporary Literature, among others. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
Sarah Oakes is a visually impaired science fiction and fantasy writer who loves music and plays the clarinet. She has been playing the clarinet since 2006, and is a member of a local wind band. Composition is new for her, but she is enjoying trying new things and having fun with it.
Amy Horvey is a Montreal-based creator/interpreter of new and experimental music, performer of modern orchestral music, researcher of the baroque trumpet, and old-time banjo picker.
A champion of Canadian contemporary music, she has commissioned works by Nicole Lizée, Cassandra Miller, Christopher Butterfield, and others. She led Still Listening : a Tribute to Pauline Oliveros at the 2017 Suoni per Popolo Festival. Her solo projects have been featured in festivals across Canada, and in the Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy, and the US. She has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Arraymusic and others.
Jen Eve Taylor is originally from Sydney, Australia, but now lives in London - the city she considers her life's one great love story. When not writing essays, short stories or working on her novel, she can be found tackling the ups and downs of life on her website www.thecancerchronicles.blog.
Laura Barker is a writer, artist, and facilitator. She runs an LGBT black writing group in London. Her work has appeared in Apparition Lit, midnight & indigo, and The Other Stories. She has guest edited for Apparition Lit, and her YA novel Picnics was shortlisted for the Faber Andlyn (FAB) Prize.