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TANYA KALMANOVITCH // Creator, writer, performer

Creator, writer and performer Tanya Kalmanovitch is a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, and author known for her breadth of inquiry and restless sense of adventure. Her uncommonly diverse interests converge in the fields of improvisation, social entrepreneurship, and social action with projects that explore the provocative cultural geography of locations around the world. Based in Brooklyn, Kalmanovitch’s layered artistic research practice has rewarded her with extended residencies in India, Ireland, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Siberia. Trained at the Juilliard School, her work as a violist bridges classical, jazz and experimental improvised music and has been profiled in Jazz Times, DownBeat, the Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Kalmanovitch’s research in theoretical psychology and ethnomusicology has explored the history of science, postcolonial identities and musical globalization and has been published in The American Psychologist, World of Music and New Sound. She is an Associate Professor at Mannes School of Music at The New School, Affiliated Faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Centre and a 2017-2018 GIDEST fellow. She performs and teaches regularly in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and also serves a faculty member at Boston’s New England Conservatory in Boston. Her most recent recording, Magic Mountain (with fellow violist Mat Maneri) is available on bandcamp.

Katie Pearl


Katie Pearl is a director, playwright, and performer.  She is co-Artistic Director of the Obie Award-winning interdisciplinary performance company PearlDamour. For 20 years PearlDamour has pushed the boundaries of contemporary theater with projects such as the 8-hour performance installation How to Build a Forest; Lost in the Meadow, built for a 40-acre meadow at Longwood Botanical Garden; and Milton, created with and performed in small towns named ‘Milton’ across the U.S. PearlDamour has been the recipient of four Map Fund, two NEA, and a Creative Capital Award. Individually, Pearl directs and creates work with artists across the country. Currently: The Wall with Jessica Litwak, a solo performance with puppets addressing paradox through the lens of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; The Recovery Project with the recovery community in Statesboro, GA aimed at de-stigmatizing addiction locally and nationally; and Ocean Filibuster, with PearlDamour—an epic Human/Ocean showdown co-commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  Katie was the 2017 Quinn Martin Guest Chair of Directing at UCSD, a 2016 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton and a visiting lecturer of Socially Engaged Art at Harvard. She is a producer of the documentary The Rest I Make Upabout the visionary Cuban-American dramatist Maria Irene Fornes.. Drama League Fellow, SDC. 



Keepers of the Athabasca

Tishman Center, The New School

Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography and Social Thought, The New School

New England Conservatory's Faculty Professional Development Fund