|VICTOR ALEXANDER is a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He trained at the National Dance School in Havana and was a principal dancer for the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba for ten years. He has studied with distinguished teachers such as Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis and Jeffrey Bullock from the United States. Victor has toured and danced throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean and has participated in dance festivals such as the American Dance Festival at Duke University, the Holland Dance Festival in Amsterdam and the International Dance Festival in Germany. He was the first prize-winner of the Fourth National Union of Writers and Artists Contest in Cuba in 1992.Victor has danced with Hedwig Dances since 2002 and has also performed with Luna Negra Dance Theater; Concert Dance Inc (CDI); the Lyric Opera of Chicago and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2008. He has also danced with the Houston Grand Opera and was nominated for an Emmy Award as a Dancer (2008) with the Ruth Page Foundation’s production of Billy Sunday. In 2009, Victor toured to China with CDI and taught at the Nanjing Normal University. In 2012, Victor was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Grant and became a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist. He has assisted London Choreographer Litza Bizler and has become the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Program at State Street Dance Studio. He was honored by DANCEMagazine as “25 to watch 2013,” and has become the Director of the Ruth Page School of Dance.|
|JULIA RAE ANTONICK is a contemporary choreographer and dancer whose movement reflects a digestion of modern and classical dance forms from American, European and Indonesian roots. Her choreography emphasizes the creation of worlds the audience can enter, disrupting ingrained patterns of attention and reawakening a viewer to a language of kinetics, filigree and partnering work. Julia has been immersed in an ongoing collaboration with Jonathan Meyer (dance) and Joe St.Charles (music) over the past decade. With Meyer, she has served as Artistic Director for Khecari since 2010.
Antonick has received choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Hambidge, Links Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, was chosen for NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, Links Hall’s Midwest Touring Nexus project, Mordine&Co.’s Emerging Artist Program, Korespoondance’s Fillimit and was presented in the 40th anniversary season at The Dance Center of Columbia College. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Driehaus, Donnelly, Cheney and Logan foundations, was awarded the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant for 2009 and has been one of NewCity’s best choreographers and top 50 players. Julia teaches Modern Dance at Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studios, somatics and yoga at Chicago Northshore Kinetics, is currently a mentor/dramaturg for Links Hall’s Co-Mission residency and is an artist in residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks in Chicago through Khecari.
|MICHELLE BOULE is a Brooklyn-based, “Bessie” Award winning dance artist, teacher, and BodyTalk Practitioner, whose research involves ongoing studies of traditional and contemporary views on somatics, healing and the physical expression of consciousness. Her recent dances include “The Monomyth” (2017), “White” (2015), and “WONDER” (2013). She has received commissions from The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, ISSUE Project Room, Zenon Dance Company, Eugene Lang College, Trevor Day School, Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Universities of Oregon and Illinois. Her dances have also been presented recently by River to River, American Realness, “Come Together: Surviving Sandy,” Mount Tremper Arts, The Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church, and have toured to Dublin, Latvia, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Her collaborative duo with cellist Okkyung Lee has been presented by The Met Breuer, send+receive festival (Canada), The Stone, ISSUE, JACK, and MoMA Junior Associates. Awards: NYFA Choreography Fellowship, Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, DanceWEB. Residencies: Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center, LMCC Extended Life Dance Development, collective address, Movement Research, BAX Space Grant, DanceHouse (Ireland), and SKITE (France). Boulé is most noted for her performance work with Miguel Gutierrez (2001-2015), Deborah Hay, and John Jasperse. She has taught at dance institutions throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. michelleboule.com|
|VICTORIA ELEANOR BRADFORD is an artist, designer, and athlete. She works primarily in the fields of performance, video, and installation, with training in the visual arts and an upbringing in theatre, dance, and voice. Victoria received an MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Chicago, IL and continues to cultivate projects in her home state of Louisiana.
Victoria has created images, objects, installations and performances with numerous collaborators in Chicago and nationally. She is honored in 2017 to have been presented in relation to two historically significant dance figures, first as the featured artist to present a workshop in conjunction with Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer at Gallery 400. She also mounted a public project and performance in cooperation with the MCA Chicago’s Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibition.
Awards and recognitions include: DCASE Theatre and Dance Residency for 2016, Featured Artist for Chicago Artists Month 2015 with Neighborhood Dances also presented as an Affiliate Program for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist. She has also been produced in conjunction with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum, the MCA Chicago, Open House Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition, Design Cloud Gallery, LUMEN Video and Performance Festival, and Sullivan Galleries, among others.
|RACHEL BUNTING is Artistic Director of “The Humans,” founded in 2002. The work of “The Humans” uses dance, image, object, voice, and mask. At Canal Chapter, a NYC residency in 2007, she made “Let’s kill our sadness,” a work canopied by wool “clouds” and accented with huge, snapping scissors. In 2008, she created “who I am (who I am not)” a piece that explored “twindom” through use of a chime curtain and images of owls, all in sonata form. This was conceived at Atlantic Center for the Arts and shown at “The A.W.A.R.D. Show!” and at Links Hall in a self-produced evening. In 2011, as an awarded Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, she created “Paper Shoes,” an episodic evening that showcased a chorus of “horses.” In 2013, she created “my my gray sky,” a piece for 13 performers spanning ages seven to 70. This multidimensional work was shown at many venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and in the 2014 season of The Dance Center of Columbia College. For the last year or two, she has been devising strategies for dark fruits, deer and disco as a way to explore her fathers death.|
|ERIN COWAN completed the 200hr Moksha Teacher Training Program in 2004, where she eventually earned her 500hr Teaching Certification. Most recently, Erin has been exploring the practice and science of Hanna Somatic Yoga. In May 2016, she completed the Somatic Yoga Professional Training Program, taught by Eleanor Criswell Hanna, at the Novato Institute in CA.|
|MARY DOUGHERTY, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA is a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. She is the former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and former Director of Training. She lectures on the clinical uses of film as active imagination, and the impact of Jung’s thought on creative development and artistic production. As a printmaker and performance artist she exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2001 she was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Arts” award by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for the Arts.|
|HAMID DRAKE is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.|
|CHELSEA DVORCHAK discovered swing dance as an undergrad at Purdue in 2003. After attending her first dance event in Chicago, she was hooked and never looked back. Since then she has traveled the world to dance, connecting with the many wonderful people in the global swing dance community. She recently received her Master’s in Arts Management from Columbia College, with plans to make dance, once again, a part of our culture.|
|KRISTINA FLUTY has been dancing, teaching, and making in Chicago since 2002. She has recently joined the full-time faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and continues to teach at Lou Conte Dance Studio, Dovetail Studios, and other locations when possible. Her classes are heavily influenced by her Laban certification, her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, Contact Improv, and her work with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, her artistic home since 2003. Kristina is thrilled and honored to join the inaugural JIM faculty this summer!|
|LISA GONZALES is professionally devoted to the practices of choreography, improvisation, performance and teaching. She has performed and shown her work nationally and internationally as an independent artist and with the Architects, an improvisation company with Katherine Ferrier, Jennifer Kayle and Pamela Vail. She has been described as a performer of “stunning power and nuance” by the New York Times, and is grateful to her mentors and many collaborators for inspiring her life-long commitment to dance and creative practice. Gonzales attended Middlebury College, received her MFA from the Ohio State University, and is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. She is currently working on two projects: a duet with puppeteer and designer, Tom Lee, and a new solo directed by Peter Schmitz.|
|PRECIOUS JENNINGS is a teacher, performer and improviser in Chicago. Her research and performance has been in improvisation and combining somatic and healing/energetic practices in how we arrive to the state in which we improvise and setting up a lucid and grounded space in which to practice and perform within. Radical Bodies//Sound Scores and Somatics which Lindsay Hopkins and her have been curating with different facilitators, musicians and artists of disciplines in the workshop-style practice. Her on-going training and practices are in dance, BMC®, Lucid Body physical acting (chakra-based), Grotwoski-based theater and yoga. She is Certified in Thai Bodywork and Yoga, has completed 4 teacher trainings with Irene Dowd on her choreography based on Propriceptive Neuro-Facilatation (PNF) patterns. She currently performs with The Humans, Chicago Moving Company, Ayako Kato/ArtUnion Humanscape and teaches movement and performance at Columbia College Chicago in the Theater Department.|
|DARRELL JONES has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka and Ralph Lemon. Along with performing Darrell continues to create and research. Darrell is presently an Associate Professor at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in dance technique, performance and improvisational practices. His classes are informed by his training and studies in a variety of contemporary dance techniques and Traditional Dance forms.|
|ERIN KILMURRAY makes dance works that intentionally shift between immersive and proscenium spaces- consequently resonating in concert dance spaces, lo-fi performance galleries, music venues, parties, and film. Her choreography has been presented + supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Links Hall, High Concept Labs, Metro Chicago, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, and for varied theatrical productions as well as event commissions such as The Empty Bottle Presents and The Chicago Reader. Her performance has been seen with Same Planet Different World, Rebecca Lemme, Jessie Young, and Paige Cunningham-Caladrella. She is a member of the Artistic Council of The Inconvenience, and Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Fly Honey Show. Acclamations include: “Best Choreographer ” (Chicago Reader) and “Four Artists Heating Up This Fall” (Chicago Magazine). She holds a B.A in Dance from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.|
|BEN LAW is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and adjunct lecturer at Northeastern Illinois University. He received a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics, from Beloit College in 2005. He has been a professional performer for over ten years and a Feldenktaris Practitioner since 2013. His work with the Feldenkrais Method has focused on how movement is a central determinant of quality of life, either inhibiting or facilitating personal growth.|
|ELAINE LEMIEUX has always been fascinated by the sonic colors of the human voice, its possibilities for creative expression and the diversity of emotions that can be revealed. Elaine has more than 30 years of experience in voice study, training, and singing performance. She had the opportunity to solo with different chamber music ensembles, choirs, theatrical groups and dance companies. She performed classical, baroque, sacred and contemporary repertory in Canada, the United States, as well as in Europe. Elaine has always been inspired by the theatrical improvisation styles created by many performance artists that she had the privilege of working with over the years. In addition, she has completed five years of training in the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) from the Music for People organization. As a result, she has truly enhanced her creative musical language and has found her doorway in helping people find their authentic expressive selves. Elaine focuses on voice and channeling self-expression and movement. She brings a new sensitivity to music improvisation founded in an education in formal classical voice. More info: voix-de-vivre.com|
|JESSICA MARASA is a dancer, performer, writer and producer. She is Founder and Director of The Watering Can Dance and works to cultivate opportunities for herself and her community to practice giving and receiving their changing interests at heart. Chicago has served as a place of growth and collaboration for Jessica since 2006 where she has worked extensively with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and studied regularly with Ayako Kato. Recently her work Jewel Tones was recognized by Laura Molzhan as one of the “Dance Top 10 for 2015” in The Chicago Tribune and was included by Newcity as one of their “Players 50” for 2017. She has newly discovered her love for her Italian heritage and works as Project Manager for the pop up pasta shop Pasta Monster.|
|CHRISSY MARTIN is an interdisciplinary performing artist with a background in dance, vocal performance, and experimental theater. She graduated with a BFA in music and performance studies from New College of Florida in 2006. She has been lucky to be a part of numerous companies around the US, including Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, Dead White Zombies, and BodyCompass Dance Projects in Chicago. Somatic practices such as Pilates, Gyrotonic ® Expansion System, Body Mind Centering, and Laban Movement Analysis deeply inform Chrissy’s integrated movement style. Chrissy is involved in the global contact improvisation community, which has inspired her to research sensory feedback in movement and develop her own improvisational structures.|
|ALIE MCMANUS, RYT 500. In each of Alie’s classes, she shares subtle, deep cuing, giving you tools to tune into your true essence. Alie has studied yoga and meditation since 1994 and has been teaching since 1999. She leads global retreats, workshops, and teacher training modules, and teaches at yogaview when home in Chicago. Learn more about Alie’s schedule and retreats by visitingwww.aliemcmanus.com.|
|JONATHAN MEYER works to develop an idiosyncratic movement palette blurring grace and awkwardness, building strange lands that can delight, baffle, and open new possibilities. A gymnast in high school, Jonathan Meyer discovered dance at Oberlin College in where he studied release technique and critical theory with Nusha Martynuk and Ann Cooper Albright. After a capoeira immersion in Brazil with Maestre Medicina, he returned to college to receive an undergraduate degree in dance from the UNC Greensboro. Meyer has danced for The High Risk Group, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Asimina Chremos, and The Seldoms. In addition to dance, Meyer has worked with at-risk youth in wilderness therapy programs in Utah teaching primitive skills, and has studied at The School for Body-Mind Centering® from 2000 to present. In 2002 Meyer founded Khecari in Taos, New Mexico. In 2006, Meyer moved Khecari to Chicago, and shortly thereafter he began his intensive collaboration and partnership with Julia Rae Antonick, with whom he runs the company. Through Khecari, Meyer and Antonick create and present their own work, in addition to choreographing collaboratively. Meyer has been a CDF Lab Artist and an artist in residence at Djerassi, Ragdale, and Hambidge and through LinkUp and DanceBridge in Chicago.|
|MELINDA JEAN MYERS is a dance artist, choreographer and Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Iowa. She is an ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions and The Cambrians (Chicago, IL). She received her MFA from University of Iowa (2012) and her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2005). She was honored to perform and teach internationally with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (NYC) for four years (2006-2010), and currently re-stages their repertory and teaches master classes. When chosen to produce her one woman cabaret greatBIGworld through High Concept Laboratories’ Sponsored Artist program at Mana Contemporary in 2014, The Chicago Tribune review mentioned “Myers has proved herself a winning performer, boasting a brilliantly unstudied comic touch.” Her interdisciplinary dance works have been presented South Korea, Germany, NYC and throughout the Midwest.|
|ANDREA OLSEN is a dancer, performer, writer, and educator. As a Professor of Dance at Middlebury College for the past three decades, she has published a triad of books: Bodystories, Body and Earth, and The Place of Dance with colleague Caryn McHose. She is currently teaching on the Monterey, California campus, bringing embodiment practices into graduate courses on global communication. She performs and teaches internationally, including annual Body and Earth Training Programs in Europe. Authentic Movement practice is central to her performative and scholarly work, based in the lineage of Janet Adler.|
|ONYE OZUZU is a dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and researcher currently serving as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Physically and choreographically, she has focused on the body as technology and negotiated the inter-sectionality between many movement forms from tennis to ballet, West African dance to Hatha Yoga, freestyle House to salsa, contemporary dance to Aikido. Actively presenting work since 1997, Ozuzu has presented work nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho (Manhattan, NY), Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC), and McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA). She has performed locally in Chicago at Hamlin Park Summer Sampler, with Red Clay Dance in La Femme, and in the Afro-Latin@ Summer Dance Intensive at Columbia College Chicago. Ozuzu has been Artist in Residence at EarthDance Workshop and Retreat Center, Bates Dance Festival, Chulitna Wilderness Lodge and Retreat, and Lagos danceGATHERING in Lagos, Nigeria. Her collaboration with jazz composer Greg Ward, Touch My Beloved’s Thought,premiered at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)—a live dance and music performance in honor of Charles Mingus and commissioned by Links Hall and Constellation. Recently, Ozuzu was selected as a 2016 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist for which she has been developing “Project Tool.”|
|RYAN PACKARD is a percussionist, composer and sound artist based in Chicago, IL. His sound installations have been featured at the MCA Chicago with Eighth Blackbird; Defibrillator with performance artist, Victoria Bradford; and has had solo shows at High Concept Labs, Constellation Chicago, the Experimental Sound Studio, and with the Fulton Street Collective Dancers. As a composer, Ryan’s works have been performed by the Bodø Sinfonietta, Fonema Consort, The Morton Feldman Chamber Players, AndPlay Duo, and The Wiseacre String Quartet. As an improviser, Ryan performs regularly with Gunwale (Dave Rempis, Albert Wildeman), ZRL (Zach Good and Lia Kohl), Nestle (Cyrus Pireh and Rob Lundberg), Daniel Wyche, 4eyes (Preston Beebe, Ryan Packard) as well as the Chicago improvised music scene. He is also in the newest reincarnation of the NYC experimental indie rock band, Skeleton$. He’s a member of Fonema Consort and has performed with Dal Niente Ensemble, MOCREP, Fifth House Ensemble, Architek Percussion Ensemble, Chicago Composer’s Orchestra and Nate Kinsella’s Birthmark.|
|CARYL PRIPUSICH, Jungian Analyst and ACHP-SW (Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Clinical Social Worker) trained at the C. G. Jung Institute, Chicago. She has taught in many of the Expressive Art Intensives because of her passion for Sandtray with children, with hospice patients, adults, and with gang teens. Currently, Caryl is using her Buddhist retreat experiences of Thich Nhat Hahn, Joan Halifax, and Tara Brach to offer workshops on the Art of Aging and living with vitality and compassion. She is also a trained Labyrinth facilitator. Caryl lives and works in Chicago.|
|TIMOTHY DAVID REY is a Chicago-based writer, performer and educator. Timothy currently teaches poetry and performance for Columbia College’s CCAP Program and is a Poet In-Residence for The Poetry Center of Chicago. He is also the Chicagoland Regional Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud! (Poetry Foundation/ National)|
|LYNDSAE RINIO has been studying yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2010. She has studied hatha and vinyasa yoga, as well as therapeutic yoga for those in recovery from cancer and trauma. Lyndsae leads chair yoga and meditation in several Chicago cancer centers.|
|DIANA QUINONES RIVERA is a filmmaker who loves dance. Currently working as an editor for the Chicago Dance History Project, Diana is looking forward to complete a dance documentary in fall 2017.|
|BRYAN SANER is an interdisciplinary art practitioner focusing on the creation of performances, activist art events and appropriately designed objects. He has made a long-term commitment to collaborate closely with artists and activists in developing alternative creative, educational and economic communities, both in and outside of existing established systems. Embracing pedagogy as integral to his practice, he teaches workshops, mentors and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the subject of performance, the body, neighborhood design, movement and collaboration. Bryan has been an adjunct professor and advisor in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago since 2006. He is performing for film on an ongoing production with Melika Bass. He is a co founder and rehearsal coach in the Art of Rehearsal program at Links Hall. He is an occasional performer and creative consultant for Mordine and Company Dance Theater. He is currently performing with Every House Has a Door and dancing with Erica Mott. Since 2015 he has been working as a sawyer engaged in urban forestry, reclaiming and milling local Ash trees to be used in his sculpture, architectural installation and woodworking projects. He is attempting to shift his personal acts of performance from the stage to practical and useful labor in the field and neighborhood. As part of his commitment to alternative pedagogical practice, Bryan and his wife Teresa Pankratz participated in the development of Sunflower Community School, a family cooperative elementary school alternative for neighborhood children (1997-2005). In 2003 he developed and funded an apprenticeship program in conjunction with his thirty-plus year architectural furniture and design business and continues to mentor young practitioners in carpentry and architectural restoration. He lives and works primarily in Chicago, Illinois.|
|KATIE TUTTLE joyfully teaches yoga and mindfulness practices in Chicago. Her background includes yoga, anatomy, meditation, dance, and somatics. In her class you will be guided with care, humor, and poetry in the simple but profound act of being present. For more information or to connect, please visit katietuttleyoga.com.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” ― Rumi
|ROB WELCHER is a Chicago-based contact improviser, performer, and teacher. He is part of the team that facilitates the weekly Chicago contact jam and pre-jam class; he also teaches classes in his in-home studio. Teaching roles outside Chicago include NDEO’s Men in Dance Conference (2017, UWV), Ontario Regional Jam (2017, Toronto), Contact Meets Contemporary Festival (2016, Germany), and Great Lakes Area Contact Improv Enthusiasts Retreat aka GLACIER (2015, Wisconsin). Recent performances include work with Kristina Fluty, Jason Torres-Hancock, Michael Schumacher, Katie Eberhardy, and Sarah Gottlieb. A question that he has been exploring lately in his dancing and teaching is the solo within the duet. How is the solo both separate and part of the duet? How do we explore our own dance while dancing with another? And what obligation or responsibility do we feel towards our partner and the duet as s/he is experiencing it? He also seeks to unearth alternate channels to discovering and accessing the entirety of the self – using dance in various forms, philosophy, and other arts.|
|SARA ZALEK creates experiences meant to inspire inner reflection. With honesty, humor and charm, she uses her fascination with whimsy and Butoh training to dive and swim in the space between knowing and not knowing, between her inner world and the world outside. Through dynamic improvisations, her process of creating aims to open an audience to their sense of listening and empathy, with the aim of transforming our perspective. Artistic Director of Butoh Chicago, Zalek connects national and international Butoh artists with Chicago art makers across genres of dance, music, film and performance art. She teaches open classes every week and often invites visiting artists to lead workshops and perform. She prefers to nurture the strengths of Chicago’s complex, overlapping art scenes by providing opportunities for experimentation to occur.
More info: saratonin.com www.butohchicago.com
|MICHAEL ZERANG was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He is a practicing musician, composer, activist, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and world musical forms. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over ninety titles in his discography and has toured nationally, and internationally to 35 countries since 1981. He works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators in many disciplines, including regularly with Hamid Drake, Blair Thomas, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Axel Dörner, Mazen Kerbaj, Johaness Bauer, Mars Williams, Clayton Thomas, Magda Mayas, Kathleen Baird & Taralie Peterson.
As an arts activist, Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link’s Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced hundreds of concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael was also a Board Member of Links Hall from 1989 – 2013. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 – 2005. michaelzerang.com