Founders

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Noa Even - Executive director

Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. Her duos, Ogni Suono and Patchwork, collaborate regularly with composers and provide educational experiences for students of all ages. They have been featured as guest artists at many notable festivals and concert series, including the Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Bowling Green New Music Festival, NEOSonicFest, Omaha Under the Radar, SEAMUS, Outpost Series, Permutations, and Frequency Series. Noa has also presented numerous master classes and clinics at schools across the country and abroad. She teaches at Kent State University and holds a DMA in contemporary music from Bowling Green State University. Noa is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.

www.noaeven.com

 
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Sophie Benn - Artistic director, Development

Praised for her “brilliant technical prowess,” Sophie Benn enjoys a multifaceted career as a cellist, musicologist, baroque cellist, and baroque dancer. She has performed solo work on three continents, including in New York, Montreal, Rio de Janiero, Bretten (Germany), Courmayeur (Italy), the Rothko Chapel (Houston), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Severance Hall (Cleveland). Sophie is a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet, which performs a fresh blend of jazz, classical, and contemporary music, and she also serves as the principal cellist of CityMusic Chamber Orchestra. She plays regularly with numerous contemporary music groups, including Ars Futura and FiveOne Experimental Orchestra. A graduate of Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sophie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Her academic work focuses on relationships between music and the body in a wide range of topics, including ballet, contemporary dance, and performance practice.

www.sophiebenn.com

 
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Stephen Klunk - Artistic director, Promotion

Stephen Klunk is a percussionist and educator based in Northeast Ohio. His performance credits span a range of styles, including contemporary art music, orchestral percussion, and rock and metal drumming. Patchwork, Stephen’s saxophone and drum set duo, has commissioned new works from over a dozen composers, including Eric Wubbels, Osnat Netzer, Dan Tramte, and Nick Didkovsky. Formed in 2013, Patchwork has appeared in St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toronto, and at music schools across the Midwest and Northeastern United States. Stephen holds a master's degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Roger Schupp. He has participated in master classes and taken lessons with accomplished artists Bill Bachman, Travis Orbin, Casey Cangelosi, Michael Burritt, Kevin Bobo, Aiyun Huang, Naoko Takada, and the world famous percussion group, NEXUS.

www.stephenklunk.com

 

Gabe Pollack - Director of production

Gabe Pollack is currently the director of BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement, a non-profit jazz club and education center located in Ohio City. The BOP STOP hosts early childhood courses, music therapy courses, and roughly 250 concerts annually. Gabe joined the BOP STOP from Nighttown and Jim Wadsworth Productions, where he helped to produce more than 220 concerts annually and booked tours for notable jazz performers. He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a Jazz Trumpet major but graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Entrepreneurship, an individual major that he created specifically to develop skills necessary for managing a music venue.