Alex Wand is a Grammy Award-winning musician and composer based in Los Angeles. His music has been described as having “melody lines that can circle through one’s head for days after listening, begging to be rewound and re-listened and timbres and layers that are supremely joyful and poignant and at times absolutely laid bare in their sincerity” (New Classic LA). Alex performs as a solo artist and in Desert Magic and the Partch Ensemble. He often collaborates with filmmakers, dancers, and coders, to create music scores that involve his interests in just intonation, sonification, folk music, and sound art. Originally from Detroit, he studied music composition at the University of Michigan and at CalArts with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.
Jaco Wong composer
Jaco Wong, a Hong Kong native, Los Angeles-based composer and conductor, currently serves as the choral director of Palisades Charter High School and Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church. He holds Master's degrees in Choral Music and Composition from University of Southern California, where he was the recipient of the Morten Lauridsen Endowed Composition Scholarship. Wong's compositions have been performed by San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Hocket piano duo, Lang Lang and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and among others. He has prepared the Esperanza Azteca Youth Chorus to perform with Placido Domingo and conducted the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Orchestra. www.jacowong.com.
Avery Reagan lighting design
Avery Reagan is a lighting designer based out of Los Angeles. She is currently a Graduate Student with the University of California, Irvine working towards her MFA in Lighting Design. Originally hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Avery began her passion for lighting young with various school and community theater productions. It wasn’t until Avery began to specify and mature her craft that she found how mesmerizing and impactful light can be within a production. Easily, her biggest passion is lighting for dance. The way that light interacts with the human form and how it makes powerful statements with the dancer and the music excites Avery to collaborate with choreographers. Avery enjoys creating and collaborating with light in various forms of entertainment through theater, live events, concerts and of course dance. She is incredibly excited and humbled to collaborate with Joan Padeo on CREST.
Kearian Giertz performer
Kearian Giertz is a Los Angeles based dancer and choreographer. He began his ballet and modern training at California Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA in dance in 2016. Currently Kearian dances for Rosanna Gamson World Wide.
Kayla Johnson was born and raised in Chanhassen, Minnesota. She trained with competition dance teams for ten years and later graduated from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Adding to her repertoire, Kayla organized, choreographed, and performed for Walser Entertainment Group in Bloomington, MN. She continued her dance training at California Institute of the Arts where she graduated with her BFA, and performed in works by Rosanna Gamson, Kira Blazek, Holly Johnston, Rebecca Lemme, and Joan H. Padeo. Kayla has recently found a love for Zumba! She continues to work with other artists and friends, following the love she has for dance.
Cody Potter performer
Cody Potter began his dance and performance career in NYC, where he was a dancer and Assistant Director for In-Sight Dance Company, a nonprofit service organization in Queens. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has had the pleasure of working with WhyteBerg, Mollie Wolf, Heidi Duckler, Invertigo Dance Co., and is a founding member of Iris Company. Cody’s work explores the boundaries of wild and delicate while staying true the emotional impetus for each movement.
Shane Raiford performer
Shane Raiford, a California native, from a young age had an appetite for taking part in the creative arts atmosphere. Originally enrolled in the musical theater program at Champs Charter Performing Arts High School, he found the love for dance and began his formal training. Thereafter, he attended California Institute of the Arts (BFA'13) to hone in on his craft as a dance major and fully immersed himself in the art of choreography and movement. Through dance, Shane has been able to express his creative desires as well as receive opportunities to work with local and international artists featured in venues around the Los Angeles area.
Carissa Songhorian performer
Songbird, CREST, Helmet|Goliath, Gemini
Carissa Songhorian, a BFA in Dance and Dance Composition graduate from California Institute of the Arts, began her training at Los Angeles Ballet Academy under the direction of Andrea Paris and Conny Mathot. Throughout her years as a dancer, she has performed professionally with Ate9 Dance Company, Fabe Dance Company, String Theory Harp, Strange & Elegant Dance, Voices Carry, and Dream Walker, as well as in works by choreographers and artists such as Danielle Agami, Christopher Bordenave, Gustavo Ramirez-Sansano, Troy Powell, Julie Bour, Ryan Mason, Laurence Blake, and Kira Blazek among many others. Carissa has also appeared in several short dance films, commercials and pilots for television, Solange Knowles’s “Metatronia,” and a movie that was produced by James Franco.