bog life

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BOG LIFE: (left to right) John Uehlein, Kitty Brazelton, Libby Van Cleve, Nina Kellman, Jay Elfenbein and Chris Nappi. Photo by Sarah Barchus-Ferrari. Click to enlarge.

Catherine Bowles "Kitty" Brazelton is a composer, mezzo-soprano and ensemble leader whose range extends from the American chamber music of BOG LIFE to the avant rock of her nine-piece band Dadadah. She has received awards from Composers Forum, Meet The Composer and the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and completed her doctorate in composition at Columbia University (1994). She studies voice with Edith Bers of The Juilliard School.

John Uehlein, baritone, has sung Puccini's Turandot as well as the contemporary operas Casey at The Bat (Wm. Schuman), Peronelle (L. Spivak), Virgil's Dream (M. Colgrass), Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death (Seigfried Matthus), Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Oedipus Rex and appeared in the world premiere of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. He is presently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University where he received his M.A.. He studied German lieder at the Schubert Institute in Vienna and voice at The Manhattan School of Music (M.M.).

Jay Elfenbein, double bass and tenor viol - lives with his family uptown, composes, teaches and plays everywhere and everything including his special fave early-music ensemble, Ivory Consort.

Ed Broms, double bass and tenor vocal (not shown) - received degrees in music and jazz performance from Berklee College of Music and in Third Stream Studies from the New England Conservatory where he worked closely with Ran Blake. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Joe Maneri and drummer Bob Moses. He leads New York's only improvisational ensemble solely dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, BrouHaHa, is bassist and vocalist with Blues Posse, and is organist and choir director at St. Clement Pope in Jamaica, Queens.

Nina Kellman, harp - plays with NewBand and is pursuing a graduate degree from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.

Elizabeth Panzer, harp (not shown)- is an active free-lance musician. A specialist in contemporary music, she performs regularly with New Music Consort, Bowery Ensemble, North/South Consonance and Abandon, has been heard with Musician Elements and Musicians' Accord, as well as traditional orchestras such as Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Amor Artis Orchestra, and The New Amsterdam Symphony. She toured Italy as soloist with The Rome Festival Orchestra. For three years, she produced a series of chamber music concerts as Zounds! Productions. Ms. Panzer is principal harpist with Bridgeport Symphony, and is working on a project to develop new repertoire for solo harp. She received a degree from The Manhattan School of Music and continues her studies at Yale School of Music.

Chris Nappi, percussion - received B.M. and M.M. degrees as a scholarship student at The Manhattan School of Music. He has appeared throughout Europe and the U.S. with Steve Reich & Musicians, The S.E.M. Ensemble and The New Music Consort, and served as principal percussionist in the National Orchestral Association's New Music Composers' Project. As a composer, Mr. Nappi has created concert music for numerous theater and dance productions and has recorded for CRI, Mode and Renee Bloch Editions, West Berlin.

Libby Van Cleve, oboe - has performed as a new music soloist at venues including New York's Merkin Hall, Guggenheim Museum, and Alternative Museum, Hartford's Real Art Ways, The Portland Gallery of Art, The Banff Centre, CBC Radio, and the New Music America Festival, and with chamber ensembles including Chez Vees and the Toronto-based Fifth Species. She has won numerous honors including summer residencies at The Yellow Springs Institute and The Banff Centre, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, North West Area Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the Minnesota Composers Forum. Ms. Van Cleve holds degrees from Yale School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, and Bowdoin College and currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut.