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Daniel Asia (b. 1953) is one of a small number of composers who has traversed all the realms of composition with equal skill. As testament to this, he is a 2009 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Elliott Hurwitt writes in a Schwann Opus review of the composer’s music, “Daniel Asia is a genuine creative spirit, an excellent composer...He is a welcome addition to the roster of our strongest group of living composers.“

His orchestral works have been commissioned or performed by the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Seattle, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Phoenix, American Composers Orchestra (New York City), Columbus (OH), Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Tucson, Knoxville, Greensboro, Seattle Youth, Brooklyn, Colorado, and Pilsen (Czech Republic) Philharmonics. Asia’s works have been performed by renowned conductors including Zdenek Macal, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Eiji Oue, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Hermann Michael, Carl St. Clair, James Sedares, Stuart Malina, Robert Bernhardt, George Hanson, Jonathan Shames, Odaline de la Martinez, and Christopher Kendall.

He is a recipient of prestigious grants and fellowships in music, including a Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Consortium Commission, United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four NEA Composers Grants, a M. B. Rockefeller Grant, an Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant, MacDowell Colony and Tanglewood Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI composition prizes, and a DAAD fellowship for study in Germany.

Paul Pines Librettist

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Jonah Bokaer Director/Choreographer

Paul Pines  (d. 2018) has a notable place in literary history as a prolific poet, writer and memoirist. He opened The Tin Palace on the corner of 2nd street and Bowery of Manhattan, which provided the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel and many of his subsequent poetry collections. A writer of over a dozen published literary works, including books of poetry, prose, novels, and his personal memoir My Brother’s Madness, Pines was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize (Hotel Madden Poems in 1991 and Pines Songs in 1993). He is also a recipient of multiple Adirondack Center for Writing Awards.

Along with his significant contributions to the literary world, Pines is also credited with enriching the jazz music genre.  He founded, and for years programmed hosted the prominent Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend, recognized as one of the most important jazz events on the US east coast.  

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Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of choreography merged with visual art & design. American & middle eastern, he has deeply interwoven an international career as an exhibiting museum artist with a touring multi-ethnic dance company and a nonprofit practice that has succeeded in delivering 4 arts facilities for younger artists.

Jonah Bokaer Choreography authored 67 original works, which were produced in 294 cities, 35 nations; 27 of which were produced in the United States. This includes 41 museum exhibitions worldwide. 

The impact of earned, contributed, and granted funds between 2002-Present have realized 4 art spaces, 14+ diverse jobs, $11M+ in revenue, and 1 city-wide festival. 

Bokaer is Tunisian American, an LGBTQIA leader, and his company is currently exhibiting and touring with 8 international dancers. 

Bokaer’s innovations consistently receive notable awards, philanthropic support, and humanitarian acknowledgment internationally.

Jonah Bokaer’s list of collaborators is nothing short of remarkable and features internationally acclaimed artistic visionaries across a wide range of disciplines and genres. Some of Bokaer's collaborators, like the GGRAMMY® Award winning and Academy Award nominated musician Pharrell Williams or American experimental theater stage director and playwright Robert Wilson, need no introduction. For a full list of collaborators click here

Recent Awards:

  • Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award (2021)

  • Crain’s New York Business: “Notable LGBTQ Leaders & Executives” (2020)

  • UNC DisTIL Fellowship Award (Chapel Hill, NC 2018-2020)

  • Robert Rauschenberg Foundation prize residency award (2019)

  • Stanford University, Mohr Prize (2019)

  • 1st Place, Olympic Rink of Lake Placid, Senior Free Dance: Quinn Carpenter & Lorraine McNamara (July 27, 2018)

  • National Theatre of Serbia / Infant Festival Prize (Serbia, 2017)

  • NYU Center for Ballet & The Arts Fellowship (NYC, 2016)

  • Civitella Ranieri Foundation Prize in Visual Arts (Italy, 2016)

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