ROY NATHANSON has had a varied career as saxophonist, composer, poet, actor, teacher. After playing with the Lounge Lizards, Charlie Earland and performing in downtown theater in the 1980s, he formed the Jazz Passengers with Curtis Fowlkes. The band has been together for over twenty years, recording and touring with such vocalists as Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry. Nathanson has received commissions from Chamber Music America, New York Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Wisconsin. Since the early 2000s, Nathanson has concentrated on a combining text and music, primarily through his band “Sotto Voce.” Among his other projects are a radio play broadcast by NPR, the song cycle “Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grille,” and composing for monologist David Cale. Nathanson's most recent CD is called “Subway Moon,” as is his poetry book (Buddy’s Knife Editions). Nathanson is a recipient of the Bessie and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Composition and, for the past five years, has headed the music department at a New York City public school while guest teaching at Columbia University, Keene State College, New England College, and Rutgers Masters in Literature/poetry programs.
ANDREW GURIAN began making films at age 12. His early films include That Rotten Teabag (1964, 16mm), Cecile Comes to Southampton (1966, 16mm), and Radio Movie (1967, 16mm). His films have been exhibited on television and in museums and festivals worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and WNET/Channel 13 (NYC). Gurian joined the TP Videospace Troupe (founded and directed by Shirley Clarke) in 1972. As a member he led live video workshops throughout the 70’s at the Kitchen, Antioch College, Bucknell University, Wesleyan University, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. For the TP he directed video shows at Anthology Film Archives, Young Filmakers/Video Arts, New York University, Corning Public Library, the State University of New York at Oswego, and the Women’s Interart Center (NYC). For the past decade, Gurian has created several live video performances and video installations and has collaborated with a half dozen dancers on video performances, among them Yoshiko Chuma, Marjorie Gamso, Scott Caywood, and Leslie Satin. Gurian’s article “Thoughts on Shirley Clarke and the TP Videospace Troupe” is published in the Millennium Film Journal (Issue 42, Fall, 2004). Gurian appears in Nam June Paik’s and Howard Weinberg’s video tribute Topless Cellist: Charlotte Moorman. He has been the Film and Video Screening Co-ordinator for La Mama’s “Dance on the Lower East Side” series; and Associate Director of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Since 2007 he has been a guest artist/lecturer at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.