Composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón
was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, she writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras.
Angélica received an early education in piano and violin at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where she later studied composition under the guidance of composer Alfonso Fuentes. Her music has been performed by janus trio, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, TRANSIT Ensemble, Iktus Percussion Quartet, NYU Symphony Orchestra and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, among others.
She holds a master’s degree in music composition from New York University where she studied with Pedro da Silva and is currently pursuing a doctorate in music composition at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies with Tania León. Also active as an educator, Angélica is currently working as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s School Residency Initiative program. She has contributed as a writer to the International Alliance of Women in Music Journal and the British magazine The Wire, and is currently working on a commission from MATA Festival 2011 for a new piece
for chorus and live electronics.
Born in the year 1982 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Noraliz was exposed to the Puerto Rican folk music at an early age.
At the age of seven, Noraliz expressed to her parents
her wish to learn how to play the Puerto Rican cuatro.
She received cuatro lessons at the Fundación
Dr. Francisco López Cruz in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 2004, Noraliz obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in Music from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. In the year 2006 she completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico with a thesis titled Method for Teaching the Puerto Rican Tiple at the Elementary School.
She has taught instrumental music, courses on world music and cultures and private music lessons to children and adults, at various institutions such as: Fundación
Dr. Francisco López Cruz, Luis A. Ferré School of Fine Arts, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico
and Kent State University.
Noraliz recently finished the coursework of a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology at Kent State University. She is currently living in Brooklyn, working on her dissertation project and musically active as a bass and tiple player with the electro-acoustic pop band Balún.
Tatiana Arocha is a versatile and accomplished visual artist from Bogota, Colombia living in Brooklyn, New York.
At a young age Tatiana made her mark on the burgeoning motion graphics industry and was named design icon by ResFest in 2006. She currently works as a creative director, graphic designer, director, photographer, and illustrator for a client list ranging from TV networks such as Sundance and Vh1 to major brands like Mitsubishi and Anthropologie.
Tatiana's photographs have been published in magazines such as Fader, XXL and the cover of The Village Voice and her illustrations can be found in over a dozen books (most recently Die Gestalten's 'Illusive 2' and Vitionary's 'Fashion wonderland') and have been incorporated into a variety of mediums from apparel for Burton Snowboards to her own line of products for Nookart, Australia. Following a commission by Sundance Channel to create and animated art piece based on her illustration series entitled "Rainforest Sanctuary" Yale University exhibited her eco-oriented work to coincide with the International Society of Tropical Foresters conference and the subsequent United Nations hosted conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy.
In addition to commercial-oriented work, Tatiana is heavily involved in the arts community as a curator and has curated over eighty exhibitions in the past decade.