Alex Wand composer
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 & conductor
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.
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.