Shirish Korde


Shirish Korde is celebrated for “integrating and synthesizing music of diverse cultures into breathtaking works of complex expressive layers.” His works have been performed by orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, The New Zealand Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Orchestra; and ensembles such as The Boston Musica Viva, Da Capo Chamber Players, The Ensemble Modern and others. He has received many grants and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fromm Foundation, and The Siemens Foundation. Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen is his 6th music theater work which will feature soprano Zorana Sadiq.  His works can be heard on Chandos, Neuma, Centaur, and Mode.



Raphaele Shirley


Raphaele Shirley is a French-American multi-media artist. Currently residing in New York, she is known for her large-scale experimental projects. These include Perpetual Art Machine (PAM), an interactive video installation and online web community with shows mounted at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Linz, Austria and Art Basel/Miami. In 1998 she co-founded the New York International Fringe Festival and curated over 100 temporary public art installations in lower Manhattan. Ms. Shirley’s work includes videography for music and plays, set and costume design, photography and sculptures.



Nandini Sikand & Donia Salem, Sakshi Productions


Born and raised in New Delhi, Nandini Sikand is an Odissi dancer, professor and filmmaker. She is the co-founder and co-director of her dance company, Sakshi Productions (, a neo-classical and contemporary dance company. Her work has been funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Asian American Arts Alliance and Joyce Soho (subsidized rental program) in NYC, and often combines the use of film imagery, live music and elements unique to Indian theatre and performance. Although her Odissi training began at the age of 7, she has studied with Guru Durga Charan Ranbir for the last 15 years. Some of her performance credits include Alvin Ailey, Lincoln Center, Joyce Soho (multiple engagements), the United Nations, Danny Kaye Playhouse, (Hunter College), Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pace University, John Jay College, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is also the Associate Director/Choreographer and on the board of directors for Harmattan Theater, (, a performance group committed to an environmentally and socially engaged theater. Nandini Sikand is an Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA.


Donia Salem‘s choreography is shaped by her desire to deeply investigate how identity and experience are informed by place, language, migration, history, family and gender. She was first drawn to the classical Indian dance form of Odissi because of its sacred roots, shapes and grace. She began her studies of the form, working with the internationally acclaimed dance guru, Durga Charan Ranbir, and since 2008, has worked closely with Rahul Acharva. Recent performances include those at Princeton and Kansas Universities, Bard College, Alvin Ailey and the Kirball Center for the Peforming Arts. She is a founding member of the Kalamandir Dance Company and since 2012, a co-director of The Outlet Dance Project, an annual festival celebrating women choreographers and dance filmmakers since 2012 as well as a dancer/board member of Sakshi Productions. Ms Salem is earning her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.


DaShon Burton


Dashon Burton is praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (The New York Times) and his “enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable … [of] raising the dead;” (Wall Street Journal). 14-15 season performances include Bach’s B minor Mass at Alice Tully Hall with the American Classical Orchestra, Vivaldi with Philharmonia Baroque and the role of Jupiter in Les Talens Lyriques’ production of Castor and Pollux in France. At Carnegie Hall Dashon is a regular guest in Messiahs and sang in Zankel Hall at Carnegie in Arvo Pärt’s Passion with Ensemble ACJW. A former member of Cantus, Burton is a founding member and tours internationally with Roomful of Teeth, which was the recipient of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small ensemble performance.



Da Capo Chamber Players

The internationally acclaimed Da Capo Chamber Players is an American contemporary music “Pierrot ensemble” founded in 1970. Winner of the 1973 Naumburg Award, the group has commissioned well over 100 works from composers such as Joan Tower, John Harbison, Shulamit Ran, Philip Glass, Mohammed Fairouz, Milton Babbitt and David Lang, among others. In 2010, NPR named Da Capo’s CD, Chamber Music of Chinary Ung (Bridge Records), as one of the 5 Best Contemporary Classical CDs of the year. In May 2012, the Naumburg Foundation invited Da Capo to premiere works by their first ever composition winners. In residence at Bard College since 1982, Da Capo has released recordings on labels such as Bridge, New World, CRI, and Innova. “The performance . . . could not have been more gripping.” The New York Times. Photo: Jeanette Beckman




Carl Christian Bettendorf


Carl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based conductor and composer. He has conducted Wet Ink, counter)induction and Talea Ensemble in New York and the French premiere of Elliott Carter’s opera What Next? with the Opera national de Montpellier. He is director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra in Purchase, NY and has served as assistant conductor for the Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra. Bettendorf’s works have been played at major new-music festivals and venues in Europe, North America and Asia. He has recorded for Albany, Carrier and Hat Hut Records, ArtVoice, Cybele, and Tzadik.