Doctor T w Dennis Shafer @Longy School of Music, 03.13.09

From: Emile Tobenfeld (a.k.a Dr. T) (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Mar 08 2009 - 20:50:57 PDT

Hi folks,

I'll be performing video improvisations at the
Longy School of Music in Cambridge this coming
Friday. Dennis is a fine, multifaceted young
saxophonist and composer -- this promises to be a
fun and enlightening evening,


Featuring The VOX 4 String Quartet, Shafer
Saxophone Quartet, Sounds in Bloom, Dr. T, and



11 Garden Street, Cambridge, HARVARD SQUARE T-STOP

Dennis Shafer proudly presents composers Claudio
Gabriele (Rome, Italy), Paul Klein (Yale
University), David Krebs (Lawrence, Kansas),
Julie Case (Vermont), and Anthony Solitro
(Worcester) in a concert featuring some of the
most original and innovative performing and
visual artists of our time.

This non-stop fringe performance brings together
the most wonderful musical and artistic
experiences Dennis Shafer has had in Boston since
arriving from Paris in 2007. Cross-disciplinary
experiences from poetry to video art, music
inspired by sculpture and then turned to poetry,
and work with composers exploring new performance
techniques and sounds are Dennis Shafer and
Friends hope to share with you!

Collaborators: David Krebs electronic music VOX4 String Quartet Claudio Gabriele, composer Juliet Case, Composer Anthony Solitro, composer Diana Norma Szokolyai,
Sounds in Bloom, performance artist Emile "Dr. T" Tobenfeld, Spontaneous Video Art


Dennis Shafer, Saxophonist

In 2008, Dennis Shafer was presented a Legacy
Award by Meryl Streep from the Creativity
Foundation. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, he
recently lived in Paris, France where he studied
with contemporary saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury.
In Paris, Dennis worked with several great
composers and saxophonists, including Francois
Rosse, Etienne Rolin, Yosh'ko Seffer, Francois
Coutinaud, and Rico Gubler. He also premiered
works by Robert Lemay, Jacques Hetu, Yosh'ko
Seffer, and toured with various ensembles across
France, as well as Austria and Hungary. Dennis
Shafer is the founder and co-founder of several
groups, including Le Tapis Volant, Sounds in
Bloom, the Skyline Quintet, the Back Bay
Saxophone Quartet and the Opus Jazz Duo. He
returned to Boston in 2007 where he has premiered
works by Robert Morris, Michael Paull, and Larry
Bell for an Artist Diploma at Longy School of
Music, studying with Kenneth Radnofsky. He
performs regularly in Boston and also has
engagements in France, Thailand, and Austrailia.

Diana Norma Szokolyai, Performance Artist, Writer

Diana Norma Szokolyai is a Hungarian and American
author, interdisciplinary artist, and educator.
Her book of poetry and photography, Roses in the
Snow (Imaginary Cottage Press), was runner-up for
best poetry book in the 2008 national DIY Book
Festival. It may be previewed and purchased at Her poetry,
articles, and visual art have been published in
Polarity, Up the Staircase, The Dudley Review,
Human Rights Institute: Human Rights News, and
other publications. She is recipient of a Human
Rights Art Award from the University of
Connecticut's Human Rights Institute and
scholarships from the University of Connecticut
and Harvard for graduate study in French studies
and Arts in Education respectively.

She co-directs the Cambridge Writer's Workshop
and is co-founder of Sounds in Bloom
(, an internationally
performing poetry-music-movement-art
collaborative that performs in theaters,
bookstores, concert halls, art galleries,
educational institutions, and secret places.

Together with saxophonist/composer Dennis Shafer
(co-founder), they collaborate with artists
across the U.S. and Europe, and give workshops to
children and adults. With Sounds in Bloom, she
has performed at Cité Internationale des Arts
(Paris), Zeitgeist Outpost Art Gallery
(Cambridge), Mobius Center for Experimental Art
(Boston), Tenri Cultural Institute (New York),
The Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music
(Cambridge), and in other venues including spoken
word open-mics and artistic "salons" in
Paris,Vienna, and Budapest. Composers that have
either written music for her texts or
commissioned poems for their music include David
Krebs (U.S.), Jason Haye (UK), Peter James (UK),
Claudio Gabriele (Italy), and Juliet Case (U.S.)

Jennifer Bill, Saxophone

Saxophonist, Dr. Jennifer Bill performs solo and
chamber music with a variety of groups around
southern New England, including the Back Bay
Saxophone Quartet ( She
has performed contemporary chamber music with a
variety of artists including vocalists,
clarinetists, cellists, flutists, taped media,
percussionists and dancers. In December of 2005,
Dr. Bill was a guest soloist with the Boston
University Wind Ensemble, performing John
Harbison's San Antonio. In the spring of 2006 she
was a guest conductor with the Providence College
concert band. She has premiered numerous pieces
for saxophone including Reflection by Michael
Kregler in 2007, The Miraculous Tale for
saxophone and derabucca by Halim El-Dabh as part
of World-Wide Concurrent Premieres in 2007, and
works by Howard Frazin and Shih-Hui Chen as part
of Worldwide Concurrent Premieres in 2005. She
has participated in national and world
conferences including the World Saxophone
Congress in 2003, the North American Saxophone
Alliance national conference in 2000 and the
North American Saxophone Alliance regional
conference in 2005.

Dr. Bill is currently a Lecturer in Saxophone at
Boston University, a Special Lecturer in Music at
Providence College (theory, ear training,
saxophone, and chamber music), and a Faculty
member at The Boston Conservatory (liaison
between Boston Conservatory and the Boston Arts
Academy). She is also the Saxophone Instructor,
Wind Ensemble Coordinator, and Saxophone Workshop
assistant for the Boston University Tanglewood
Institute. Dr. Bill also serves on the
International Advisory Board for World-Wide
Concurrent Premiers and Commissioning Funds, Inc.

Dr. Bill received her education from Providence
College (BA), The Boston Conservatory (MM) and
Boston University (MusAD). Her teachers have
included Kenneth Radnofsky, Christopher Kelton
and Carrie Koffman.

Along with her musical passions Dr. Bill is also
an athlete and a coach. She captained her
Division I ice hockey team during her
undergraduate time at Providence College and was
an assistant coach for Northeastern University's
women's ice hockey team from 2001 to 2004. She
also coached ice hockey camps and clinics for
young players from 1997-2006.

Jon Amon, Saxophone

Jon Amon is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of
the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He
graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education
degree and studied saxophone with Michael Bazan,
Robert Wilkerson, and Matthew Sintchak. He
continued his studies with Jean-Michel Goury at
the Conservatoire National de Region de
Boulogne-Billancourt. He has appeared as a
chamber musician around the Midwest and has
performed as a soloist at NASA Region III and
Region V conferences and at the most recent World
Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Amon
has also taught music in the school districts of
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Arlington,
Massachusetts. Currently he is a student of Ken
Radnofsky at the New England Conservatory where
he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in
saxophone performance.

Claudio Gabriele, Composer

Claudio Gabriele was born in Rome in 1963,
completed his studies at St Cecilia Conservatory
and Istituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra in Rome
where he obtained degrees with Emphasis in
Composition, Electroacoustic Music, Conducting,
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Gregorian Chant.
Subsequently, he studied composition and
conducting with George Benjamin at the National
Academy of St Cecilia, with Klaus Huber in
Avignon, and Ivan Fedele at the Strasbourg's
National Regional Conservatory, where he achieved
the Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales. From 1997 to 2004
he had many residencies in computer music at
IRCAM (Paris) with Ferneyhough, Lindberg, Harvey,
Rebotier, Levinas; afterwards studied electronic
music with Risset, Roads, Terruggi and Di Giugno
at the Centre for Musical Research in Rome. In
2003 Claudio Gabriele won the first prize of the
International Electroacoustic Music Contest
Musica Nova (Prague) with the acousmatic
composition "Ombra nell'azzurro"; in 2006 he won
an award at the International Composition Contest
"Music in the Garden" (Krakow). To promote and
expand interactive performances of music, dance,
images and electroacoustic sounds he founded the
Synthesis Ensemble in 1996. From 1994 to 2003,
Claudio Gabriele had an intense collaboration as
composer and guest lecturer with the New York
University, consequently collaborated with the
Juilliard School (New York), the Vanderbilt
University (Nashville) and the Universities of
Strasbourg and Montpellier(France).From 2005 to
2008 he was Composer in Residence at
Conservatories of Aix-en-Provence, Nîmes and
Paris (France), where he received numerous
commissions for solo, duo, trio, ensemble, and
large symphony orchestra. Since 2005 he has been
involved in Musical Theatre, writing his own
librettos, and now has three works in his
catalogue of this genre, commissioned and
performed by leading ensembles (S.I.C., Reflex,
Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin, Musiques Nouvelles).
Claudio Gabriele is at present professor on
Composition, Analysis and Electroacoustic Music
in the Department of Music and New Technologies
at the State's Conservatory of Benevento (Italy).
Gabriele's works are published by "Les Editions
du Tourdion" (Strasbourg-France), "Musicare"
(Nimes-France), "Grenzland-Verlag"
(Aachen-Germany), and "Studio Musicale Arcangelo"
(Roma-Italy). His music is released on CD by
"Rivoalto" (Venezia), SMA (Roma), interpreted by
celebrated artists and performed worldwide in
prestigious places or on the occasion of
important international festivals.

Emile Tobenfeld, Video Artist

Emile Tobenfeld, AKA "Dr T" is an improvising
video artist who prefers to work with improvising
musicians who can see my projected images. His
video is derived from photographic and video
sources (as a still photographer since 1970),
sometimes processed beyond recognition using
software including Boris Red, Boris Continuum,
After Effects and Photoshop. He brings the images
to shows on DVD's and run 4 or 5 DVD players, 3
switchers, and a percussion controller to trigger
some of the switcher effects.He has also
composed/improvised a great deal of electronic
music over the years, though he has concentrated
my artistic efforts exclusively on video during
the last 3 years.

He is known (in some circles) as the founder of
Dr T's Music Software and the author of the
uniquely powerful KCS Omega sequencer. His
current day job is writing video effects code for
Boris FX.His influences include free jazz, light
shows and experimental films, the photography of
Minor White, the paintings of Kandinsky, the
music of John Coltrane and the Grateful Dead, and
his education as a physicist.

Juliet Case, Composer

Juliet Case was passionate about music from an
early age. She learned folk guitar and classical
piano from her father, and began writing songs at
age twelve. She began her formal compositional
training at Bennington College, studying with
Allen Shawn and Stephen Siegel. She received a
master of music in composition in May 2008 from
the Longy School of Music, where she studied
composition with John Morrison. Juliet is
co-founder of "Juddertone", an organization
dedicated to supporting the collaboration of
composers and choreographers by producing an
annual show premiering all new work. Juliet is
interested in taking risks in her compositions,
and experiments with new sounds for traditional
instruments, extended techniques, and electronic


Dennis Shafer


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Watertown, MA

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