About Us

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Dan González (Clarinet)

Dan Gonzalez Hernandez is a Performer, Composer, Improviser and Sound Artist originally from Mexico City. His art making explores the borders between popular and academic music, influenced by styles such as Mexican folk music, jazz, chamber music and electronic music, using improvisation as fundamental element. He holds a Bachelor Degree from the Music Studies and Research Centre (CIEM) and a Masters Degree in Composition and Performance from the California Institute for the Arts CalArts. Among his teachers are Enrico Chapela, David Roitstein, María Antonieta Lozano, Paul Novros, Phil O’connor, Ismael Sanchez and Bill Powell among others. His music has been performed in festivals such as the XLIII “Festival Internacional Cervantino”, “Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte Xcaret 2011”, XXXIV and XXXV “Manuel Enriquez Contemporary Music Forum” (FIMNME) and “Festival Sonosintesis 2016”. In 2017, he was part of ALUNA, a multidisciplinary installation that obtained the Honoraria grant from the Burning Man Festival. He has performed in venues from Mexico and the United States like the Julian Carrillo Concert Hall from Radio UNAM, Estudio A at The Mexican Radio Institute (IMER), Zebulon Café, The Troubadour, Auditorio Blas Galindo, el Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris and TV Shows such as “Calle 11” from Canal Once and “La hora elástica” from TV UNAM.

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Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (Violin/Voice)

Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, and composer based in Los Angeles. Her diverse musical interests expand beyond her classical background to include Eastern European folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental contemporary music, improvisation, and songwriting.

As a violinist, Yvette has enjoyed working with many independent artists— including Kamasi Washington, Van Dyke Parks, Gaby Moreno, among many others. She performs regularly in Eastern Europe as part of a duo with guitarist Miroslav Tadić. She records on numerous scores for film and TV, including solo viola work on Season 2 of “Patriot” (Netflix).

As a songwriter, Yvette releases original music under the moniker Yvette Cornelia. Her debut EP “Open It Up” (2013) was recently followed up by a full-length album “What Lies Ahead” (2019). This latest album features her 9-piece ensemble.

Read more at yvettecornelia.com

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Patrick Behnke (Viola)

Patrick Behnke is a composer, violist, and educator active in the greater Detroit area. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he studied viola with David Holland and Rebecca Albers. Patrick has also participated in summer music studies at the Orford Centre for the Arts in Quebec and was a student of Carnatic music at the Vivekananda Institute for Indian Studies in Mysore, India. Patrick performs regularly as a violist with a wide variety of orchestral, chamber, and jazz musicians and his chamber orchestra work, BroadcastLove was premiered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra at Benaroya Hall in October of 2011. He is currently involved as a composer, keyboardist, and violist in several electronic and improvisational music projects. Patrick is also active as a violinist and violist for the Scottish and English country dance associations of Ann Arbor.

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Ben Finley (Double Bass)

Ben Finley plays the bass, composes, and writes. He is currently pursuing his Masters in the Performer-Composer program at the California Institute of the Arts. Ben’s primary compositional focus is developing an intimate relationship between literary forms within a chamber music setting and utilizing improvisation while affording meaning and philosophical insight. Ben is also interested in the lifetime pursuit of the art of bass playing. He is involved with a multitude of projects in Toronto and Los Angeles and is currently working on two new upcoming album releases of original works: an affected electric bass and voice duo and an interdisciplinary avant garde chamber music collective.