Collaborating Artists


Monkeyhouse’s Artistic Director, Karen Krolak set a new solo on Eva Dean that was premiered in 2011 First Night Boston.  Monkey House is celebrating its 10th Anniversary season by mixing and mashing the old with the new and tossing in a guest artist or two. Humor flows through their slightly surreal dance theater world as they tackle topics from flirting, rhinoceros fantasies, and re-gaining the rhythm of a relationship. Be on the lookout for Anne Howarth on French Horn and New York City's Eva Dean in a sassy smorgasbord of pieces by Karen Krolak, Nicole Harris, and Amelia O'Dowd. Photo of Karen Krolak by Aimee Koch


Alloy Orchestra is a three man musical ensemble including Terry Donahue, Roger Miller and Ken Winokur. The Orchestra generally writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, and the National Gallery of Art, among others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. For Sonorous Echo, Alloy Orchestra will use complex mixed beds of sound effects, coupled with percussive rhythms and melodies, to create a musical depiction of sleep. The orchestra will also use real recordings of nighttime taken from different nighttime environments to create a musical/sound score that will conjure up the rich and varied experience of the night. Photo: Julieta Cervantes; Eva Dean Dance's SONOROUS ECHO; Performer: Terry Donohue

Photo-of-Donald-KnaackDonald Knaack (Percussionist/Composer and Environmentalist) – The music of Vermont composer, musician and environmentalist Donald Knaack has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Van's Warped Tour, festivals with Phish, World Environment Day at the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, among others He has composed two critically-acclaimed works for choreographer Twyla Tharp, been featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, the BBC and television commercials for The NBA, Electronic Arts and ESPN Photo: Donald Knaack (The Junkman)





DavidKahne JenMalerDavid Kahne (Music Producer, Executive, Composer, Arranger, Engineer) is a composer of orchestral music. He has written 3 full-length ballets and composed the score for the Dublin-produced "Bloom," a film adaptation of Joyce's "Ulysses" starring Stephen Rea. He also recently co-wrote a piece for Twyla Tharp, "Surfer at the River Styx" with Don Knaack. A classical guitar concerto David wrote will be recorded and premiered in Argentina in the 2014. And he is currently working on the score for two feature films, “Stealing Cars” and “Sex, Marriage, and Infidelity in New York.” David has his own studio, See Squared Studios, situated at Avatar StudiosNYC, where he does most of his production work. Some of the artists he produces currently include Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson. David has also produced work by artists The Bangles, Fishbone, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Knicks, Chris Isaak, The Strokes, and many more Photo: Jen Maler



 MaxGyllenhaal DennisRyan


Max Gyllenhaal is the creator of Zortz, clothespin puppet noteholders made by hand in the artist’s studio in Brooklyn, NY. Each character is sculpted in clay and then a permanent mold is made, and thereafter mounted to a stand (also made in the Zortz studio). Zortz were invented in 1980 when Max was on a work study program at Henson and Associates (The Muppets). Working with Special Effects professionals, Max learned how to use materials that would allow him to make each character astonishingly lifelike.
Photo: Dennis Ryan


tord HansFredrikAsbjrnsenNorwegian Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released six albums on the prestigious ECM label, forming a double circle of trilogies; three in the classic piano-bass-drums trio format, and three in extended ensemble format, culminating with the most recent release “Extended Circle” in 2014. Tord’s music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world. UK major newspaper The Independent proclaimed his trio albums a “trilogy [that] could be the most essential jazz document of the last ten years.” Tord tours extensively world-wide with his projects, appearing at festivals and concert halls across USA/Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Tord's way of conversing jazz history with “Nordic” reflective moods and lyrical beauty brings about an intriguing voice on today's music scene. He has also written music for choir, including two major liturgical works - a requiem and a mass. More information available at Photo: Hans Fredrik Asbjørnsen

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