Born in New York City, composer Ray Luedeke has lived at various times in Japan, in Austria, and in Canada, where he was Associate Principal Clarinet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 his Odyssey ended when he returned home to NYC to devote himself full-time to composing and to promoting his music theater company, "Voice Afire Pocket Opera and Cabaret." Recordings of his music include "Shadow Music" with the Louisville Orchestra, "The Transparency of Time" with pianist Andre LaPlante and the Winnipeg Symphony, "The Moon in the Labyrinth" and "The Lyre of Orpheus" with harpist Judy Loman and the Orford String Quartet, "Brass Quintet" with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, "Circus Music" with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and "Ah, Matsushima!" with violin/marimba duo Jacques and Michael Israelievitch. Quartetto Gelato has recordEd Ray's brilliant arrangement of Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and has performed it worldwide.
Fay Wang is a composer and performer from Beijing, whose works have been performed in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United States. She has received honors and awards from competitions including ASCAP Young Composer Award, China's Golden Bell Award, Governmental Award, New Century Cup Award, and Palatino Cup. Her many commissions include the Classic Euro Young Festival, Roger Shapiro Fund, Beijing Modern Music Festivals, Beijing Chamber Music Festival, Beijing Dance Academy, and the Cantonese Song and Dance Troup. Her works have been performed by ensembles including Bang On A Can All-Stars, the RIAS Youth Orchestra (Gerd Albrecht), Sinfonia Iuventus, Yale Philharmonic, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble De Reihe, Galatea Quartett and loadbang. Ms.Wang's creative work spans a variety of genres, including dance, drama, musical theater, film scoring and experimental pop. In addition she has created her own unique genre, called "The Monodrama Series." Ms. Wang also frequently performs in various styles as vocalist for other composers. Her music has been broadcast on China Central Television, Austrian National Broadcast and on "Music for Internets."