Robert "Tigger" Benford, Composer
Tigger Benford is a percussionist and composer, specializing in hand drumming, improvisation and music for dance. Work in the past three years includes four scores for choreographer Sean Curran, three for choreographer Randy James, including the half evening length “View from the Hudson”, and a new half evening work “Persephone” for Jane Comfort and Dancers, which premiered at Weber State University in October 2003, and which received its New York premiere at the Joyce theater in October 2004. Other performance venues in New York City include the New Victory theater, John Jay College theater, Central Park Summer Stage, and the Duke on 42nd Street. The Mary Flagler Trust, the Dodge Foundation, and Meet the Composer, have funded Benford's scores. He will release his fourth CD, titled “Talamalika” this May. He has taught and accompanied four summers at the American Dance Festival, and seven at the Bates Dance Festival. Benford is a founding member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, and is an Associate Professor of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Jason Berg, Composer
Jason Berg has performed with such distinguished artists as James Spaulding, Kenny Wheeler, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval, and Ghanaian master percussionist Abraham Adzenyah. Berg's career started while still in high school when he began to play gigs around his native Hartford, Connecticut. Jason moved to New Jersey in 1994 and graduated from Rutgers University with his bachelor of music degree in 1998 and his master's degree in 2000. At Rutgers he studied with Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar and Peter Bond (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). Currently Berg performs throughout the northeast with his group Positive Rhythmic Force (PRF) as well as doing freelance gigs in the New York City area. He is also in the process of forming New Renaissance, an artist's collective which will feature a variety of musical and multi-discipline projects. Jason's music can be heard on his group PRF's two Compact Discs, "The Question Is" on boffo! Records and the independently released, "PRF: Positive Rhythmic Force". Also, one can check out Berg's trumpet playing on the Ellipsis Arts recording, "Africa, Never Stand Still", with Ghanaian percussionist Martin Obeng.

Robert Maggio, Composer
Robert Maggio was born in New Jersey on January 8, 1964, began piano studies at age seven, started composing at the age of fifteen, and completed a one-act musical comedy the following year. He began private study of music theory and composition at the age of seventeen, graduated magna cum laude with honors in music from Yale University in 1986, and subsequently received master's and doctorate degrees in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania. His teachers included Jonathan Berger, George Crumb, Michael Friedman, Jay Reise, Chinary Ung, and Richard Wernick. Published by Theodore Presser Company, Maggio's music has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, NY Festival of Song, American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Detroit Chamber Winds, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Yale Repertory Theater, and the Philadelphia Drama Guild. His current commissions include an orchestral work for the Boston Pops (commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation in honor of the Copland centennial), a work for the Gettysburg Bicentennial Band for their July 4, 2000 celebration (commissioned by the American Composers Forum's Continental Harmony Project), and a song cycle for baritone Sanford Sylvan and pianist David Breitman. Maggio has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Robert Maggio is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music at West Chester University. His music can be heard on the CRI and Troy/Albany labels.

Raul Rothblatt , Composer
Raul Rothblatt writes music for film, dance, musical theater and a wide range of instrumental groups. A product of the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he came to New York in 1993 for the New York University Musical Theater Writing Program. Since receiving his master of fine arts degree, he has founded deBand deBlatt, a collaboration of African, jazz and Hungarian musicians; toured nationally with Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band; collaborated with choregraphers Ashley Smith, Dana Salibury and Fiona Marcotty; written music for filmmakers Joel Hopkins, Ichiro Toyoshima and Nikolai Katz; produced world music events; performed several original musical theater pieces including The Little Mushroom, The Adventures of the Stone Monkey King and Spider and the Dokanoos; and has explored the brave new world of digital audio.

Alan Terricciano, Composer
Alan Terricciano is currently an Assistant Professor on the faculty of University of California at Irvine's dance department, serving as music director. Alan has earned his bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and his master of arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. From 1991 to 1994 Alan taught as a lecturer for the dance faculty at the State University of New York, Brockport and as an instructor in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. As a composer, Mr. Terricciano's full length score, A Tale of the Spider, for narrator and orchestra was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in November of 1994 and he has composed extensively for dance. Alan is a member of the faculty at the American Dance Festival, in Durham, North Carolina, where he has played and performed for many summers as well as serving as music director for the ADF's Seoul, Korea Festival in 1994. As a pianist, Alan maintains an active performance calendar, specializing in 19th and 20th century American piano literature.

Michael Wall, Composer
Michael Wall is a composing and improvising musician. He began his studies at Rutgers University with Kenny Barron, Wanda Maximilian, Sumi Tonooka, and privately with Kenny Werner. During this time, Michael began studying hand drumming and making music for dance with Robert "Tigger" Benford. He composed several pieces for the students and faculty at Mason Gross while also accompanying classes for the Dance department. Some the works Michael has composed are: "Blue Roses" commissioned and choreographed by Pat Mayer; "Gerfuden" and "Poor Madeline" both commissioned and choreographed by Wally Wolfgruber; "Falling Lengthwise" commissioned and choreographed by John Evans; "An Anatomy of Intent" commissioned and performed by the José Limon Company and choreographed by Mark Haim; "Savage/Love" commissioned and choreographed by David Grenke; "The Revolving Door" choreographed and performed with Eun Mi Ahn; "From 145the St" commissioned by Randy James. He has also worked with Doug Varone, Heidi Latsky and Larry Goldhuber, Paulette Sears, Doug Elkins, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Kelly Grigsby, and Patrick Swayze. As a percussionist, Michael recorded "Spirit Song" with Kenny Barron, released on Verve Records in February of 2000. "Spirit Song" received an award from Verve Records for its lengthy two week stay at #1 on the Gavin's Chart and two Grammy Nominations for Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Jazz Solo, taken by Kenny Barron, earlier this year. Michael has performed, taught, and had his compositions performed internationally, including The Joyce Theater , The American Dance Festival, Symphony Space, St. Mark's Church, The Yard, The 92nd St. Y, The Kennedy Center, and George St. Playhouse. Michael has been accompanying for the American Dance Festival since 1999 and has accompanied classes at Rutgers University since 1996.