Daniel Asia (b. 1953, Seattle, WA) is one of a small number of composers who have traversed all the realms of composition with equal skill. As testament to this, he is a 2009 recipient of a major 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, Columbus (OH), Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Tucson, Knoxville, Greensboro, Seattle Youth, and the 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 the Federal Republic of Germany.

Paul Pines Librettist

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Jonah Bokaer Director/Choreographer

Paul Pines and his creative legacy remain secure in history as a prolific poet, writer and memoirist. Also known for founding and programming Jazz at the Lake: the Lake George Jazz Weekend, Pines started the acclaimed The Tin Palace jazz nightclub on New York's Bowery in the East Village.
 

After graduating from Bard College, he shipped out as a Merchant Seaman, spending August 1965 to February 1966 in Vietnam. An aspiring writer and poet as well as a jazz fan, Pines traveled to San Francisco to meet the Beats, then returned to New York to take up residence in the East Village.

In 1973 he opened the Tin Palace, a jazz club on the corner of 2nd Street and  Bowery, which provided the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (W. Morrow, 1983) and many of his subsequent poetry collections which capture the diverse culture and music scene of the Lower East Side of that time. Pines' travels in Mexico and Central America in the 1980s shaped his second novel, Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), set against the Guatemalan Mayan genocide. His memoir, My Brother’s Madness (Curbstone Press, 2007), explores the unfolding of his relationship with his late brother, Claude, and the nature of delusion.

 

Notable achievements and Awards (among others)

  • Founded, programed and hosted Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend, considered "One of the best-kept secrets on the Eastern jazz festival circuit, the Lake George Jazz Festival is a gem worth discovering."

  • He is a two time Pushcart Prize nominee for Pines Songs in 1993 and Hotel Madden Poems in 1991.

  • Recipient of the Adirondack Center for Writing Award for Fishing on the Pole Star, Best Book of Poetry in 2014; New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros, Best Book of Poetry in 2013;Reflections in a Smoking Mirror, Best Book of Poetry in 2012; My Brother's Madness, Best Memoir 2007 and the Best Poetry Book of an Artists' Fellowship, New York State Foundation for the Arts, 1984.

  • Last Call at the Tin Palace was cited by Bob Holman in “Poetry Picks — The Best Books of 2009."

Jonah Bokaer Director/Choreographer

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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; with a nonprofit practice that has succeeded in delivering 4 arts facilities for younger artists.

Jonah Bokaer Choreography has authored 67 original works, produced in 35 nations, 27 of the United States, and 294 cities – including 41 Museum Exhibitions worldwide. The impact of earned, contributed, and granted funds between 2002-Present have realized 4 Artspaces, 14+ diverse jobs, $11M+ in revenue, and 1 City-Wide Festival. Bokaer is Tunisian-American, is an LGBTQIA leader, and is currently exhibiting and touring with 8 international dancers. The company is among the few to tour to the Middle East, MENA, MENASA, & Israeli regions equally: before, during, and after the regional events of 2011. Openly gay since the 1980s, Bokaer’s innovations consistently receive prizes, philanthropic support, and humanitarian acknowledgment internationally, with increasing program alignment and recognition from the global south.

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which oversees the choreography, visual art, and artspaces created by Jonah Bokaer. Through the support of its Board, individual donors, foundation grants, government leveraging, and more recently COVID-19 relief efforts, the organization succeeds in crafting and fulfilling a dual mission: to foster the development, research, and presentation of new performance works across disciplines, while establishing affordable arts facilities for other artists, notably Chez Bushwick (2002) & CPR (Co-Founded 2008), adjacent affordable studios in Brooklyn, and Space 428 Hudson (2016): incubator of The Hudson Eye, among others. The nonprofit during 2002-Present has served a community of 1,500+ diverse artists, supporting and impacting next generations of performing arts talent, while remaining one of the only Middle Eastern founded dance organizations in the United States. The fastest growing department of the organization is arts education, often in areas of urban revitalization.

Récent 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)