MATT SULLIVAN: Founder & Executive Director
MATT SULLIVAN is an internationally renowned oboist as well as Ken Cro-Ken’s longtime collaborative partner and husband. In 2004, Matt and Ken began their interdisciplinary collaboration in time-released performances in which live and pre-recorded videos of Ken’s painting experiments were juxtaposed with Matt’s music. Matt and Ken co-created these multi-sensory experiences entitled “multiple oneness” until Ken’s death in 2020.
Matt is recognized internationally as both a virtuoso performer and teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his “gorgeously lyrical playing” and The New Yorker has called his inventive performances “the cutting edge.” As a composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn, and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and CDs, have been featured on local and national radio stations.
His solo career has included performances at Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, the Palladium, Roulette, and many others. He serves as Director Woodwind Studies at NYU Steinhardt School’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and he is a Visiting Associate Professor at Princeton University. In addition to his active teaching and solo recital schedule, he has been a member of Musicians’ Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, First Avenue Trio, and the Quintet of the Americas, among others. Matt is a Performing Artist for Buffet Crampon and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes
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MATTHEW SHORT: Associate Director
MATTHEW SHORT is a saxophonist and woodwind doubler based in Brooklyn, NY. Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Boise State University and a Master’s of Music from NYU. While at NYU, he performed on a variety of woodwind instruments with the NYU Broadway Orchestra, big band, orchestra, and various jazz combos and chamber music groups.
Matt is active around the New York area as a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, and music educator. He has performed at venues such as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Copacabana, Disneyland, the Tournament of Roses parade, the NYC Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival, McCall Summerfest, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Matt was a featured artist at the Boise State Gene Harris Jazz Festival and winner of the Boise State Concerto-Aria Competition. He has also performed in the saxophone section with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Most recently, Matt was a woodwind player for the American Queen Steamboat Company, performing daily on saxophone, flute, and clarinet on riverboats up and down the Mississippi River.
Matt has many years of experience as both a classroom and private lessons teacher throughout the New York and Boise areas. His students have been accepted to All-State jazz and symphonic ensembles, as well as various collegiate music programs throughout the northwest United States.
While in New York, Matt has studied flute, clarinet, and saxophone with Ed Joffe, jazz and improvisation with Rich Perry, and oboe with Matt Sullivan.
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BEATRICE (Bea) ANTONIE MARTINO: Creative Consultant
BEATRICE (BEA) ANTONIE MARTINO is a producer, multidisciplinary installation artist, choreographer, performer, and grief advocate. Working at the intersection of live performance and technology, Bea creates site-specific healing rituals, multi-sensory experiences, and interactive environments that hold space for introspection, emotional processing, and community connection.
Bea’s academic background includes B.A. degrees with honors in Dance and Psychology from the UCSB, and an M.A. degree from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study (Artistic Thesis: What Remains: Ritual Spaces for the Contemporary Mourner). Driven by multiple experiences of significant personal loss, Bea has been exploring themes of grief, memory, loss, and identity through creative work since 2007. In a society where death and grief are often marginalized, Bea believes that we need to make more concerted efforts to create communal spaces for healing and ritual.
Bea has over a decade of experience in arts administration, event planning, programming, and working in non profit art spaces.
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CHRISTOPHER KAUFMAN: Arts Consultant/Web design
Christopher Kaufman is a composer, author, teacher, performer and is the founder/director of CHIRON Performing Arts and The Phantastic Theater. He composes music for the classical concert stage and film.
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BARRET COBB: Mezza-soprano, Flutist, Composer
Barrett Cobb has appeared as vocal soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Lucas Foss, The National Chorale, under the direction of Martin Josmin, the Sine Nomine Singers and Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Harry Saltzmen, the AIMS Orchestra, under the direction of Cornelius Eberhardt, and the Orchester Landesteater Dessau, under the direction of Harry Saltzman. Opera roles she has performed include Azucena, (Il Trovatore), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Gertrude (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Enrichetta (I Puritani), and Mrs. Trapes (The Beggar’s Opera). Her singing has been described by Bernard Holland in the New York Times as “deeply moved and moving.”
Ms. Cobb is also a flutist and composer. She is a staff writer for the New York Concert Review. LEARN MORE: ::HERE::