Daniel Zuluaga is a Fulbright scholar who has made the history and performance practice of early plucked instruments the central tenet of his career as a researcher and professional performer on the baroque guitar, lute, and theorbo. Currently in the final stages of his Ph.D., his musicological research focuses on the early history of basso continuo practice, early modern popular song, and the role of the Baroque guitar in the development of monody. Additional areas of research include music in Latin America during the Conquest and Colonial eras, the history and performance practice of little-known early plucked instruments such as the German calichon, and the bi-directional influence between Spanish Baroque music and folk and popular music forms in the Spanish-speaking American continents.
Alison Maggart received her B.A. from Middlebury College in Music. After graduating she moved to India, where she arranged, transcribed, and recorded film scores for A.R.Rahman as well as taught music history and theory at KM Music Conservatory. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of Southern California. Her anticipated dissertation will discuss history, tradition, and time in the music of Milton Babbitt.
Kyle Malkin is an award-winning American composer, orchestrator, and conductor. His film music has been heard internationally in feature and short films, trailers, and commercials. His score to Dinner with Fred was awarded Best Original Score at the 2011 Van Wert Independent Film Festival. His concert music has been premiered by the USC Symphony, the Phoenix Youth Symphony (PYS), the Tucson Symphony’s Paloma Winds woodwind quintet, Suite-Strings string quartet, the PYS Symphonette Orchestra, saxophonist Max Schwimmer and the Zed Prime Saxophone Quartet. He received the AMEA Student Composition Award in 2004 for his String Quartet No.1. His chamber music has been featured for two years in the Music from Greer festival, and his trio Waves premiered at the 2009 NASA Saxophone Conference at the University of New Mexico. Kyle has performed in the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the USC Concert Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Arizona SW Regional Honor Orchestra, and Suite-Strings string quartet, which he helped found in 2003. He interned with film composer Brian Tyler from June 2010 to May 2011 and was also mentored by agent Michael Gorfaine (GSA) from 2009-2010. He has studied composition with Karl Schindler, Frederick Lesemann, Stephen Hartke, and Donald Crockett. He graduated with a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Southern California in May 2011.
Eric Davis is a musician with a wide range of pursuits and interests. He is co-editor of The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, published in 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf. He is also a contributor to a book on Cole Porter to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. His composition Thanksgiving for Heroes for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, and dancers was recently performed by the San Francisco Bach Choir on a program featuring several of his works. He is a pianist that specializes in early American popular piano styles from ragtime and stride to music for the Broadway stage. His transcriptions include the piano solos of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Eubie Blake, and George Gershwin. He is currently Associate Director of The Institute of the American Musical, Inc. and co-founder of Theatre Comique, a performance ensemble dedicated to early American musical theatre. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Southern California. His dissertation concentrates on the art of orchestration for Broadway musicals during the 1910s.