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2021 Festival Artists
Bana Haffar is a meandering electronic musician, field recordist, and bass player. She has released music with Touch, Vent, and Make Noise records and composed for Grammy-winning percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion.
In 2014 she, together with Eric Cheslak, founded Modular on the Spot in Los Angeles.
She is a co-founder of the Beirut Synthesizer Center in Lebanon.
Chari Glogovac-Smith is a composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and mixed media artist. Using an evolving mixture of traditional and experimental techniques, Chari is dynamically exploring and illustrating various counterpoints between the human experience and society. Their examinations and integrations of mediums, materials, and methodologies have centered around their research into the theories and practices of afro-futurism, deep listening, revolutionary art and social change, and healing. Chari resides in Seattle, WA, and is pursuing a P.h.D in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington.
instagram - @charliveworks
twitter - @charimuse
Veronica Anne Salinas
Dereck Higgins is a self taught music maker and multi-instrumentalist, primarily known as a bass player, with experience playing
everything from classic rock to reggae to punk to jazz to electronic to improvisation and more. Dedicated
to the moment of music making, listening to allow the music to speak, Dereck was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 2019 and is a three time OEAA winner with multiple nominations. He has also gained exposure as a result of his extensive record collection.
Some bands past and present: Digital Sex, Son Ambulance, RAF, 3gypt, Skuddur, Hotlines, InDreama,
Chemicals, Norman & The Rockwells, Icky Blossoms, Hotlines, Norman & The Rockwells and many
He has performed on stage with Mark Burgess (The Chameleons UK), Tatsuya Nakatani, Soul Asylum,
Toxic Reasons and Preston Love.
Dereck is also a visual artist working specifically in collage and has had multiple public exhibitions of his work.
An avid solo and chamber performer, Hannah Weaver is passionate about
performing contemporary music and exploring interdisciplinary collaborations, such
as her work with visual artist Sarah Hall and choreographer Katrinka Stayton.
Hannah believes in the importance of making the arts more accessible to and
representative of all people, advocating for this through her programming choices
and participation in projects such as the New Quartets Project, for which she and
fellow Heartland Marimba Quartet members commissioned six marimba quartets by
female composers of diverse backgrounds.
A member of the Heartland Marimba Quartet, Hannah performed with the quartet as
soloists with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and will be leading the International
Marimba Orchestra with her quartet mates at PASIC 2021 as the culmination of
their fall 2021 tour. She also performs in the mixed chamber trio “Odds and Ends”
(saxophone, clarinet and percussion), which will release its debut album fall ‘21.
Summers of 2016-2018, Hannah was percussion fellow with the Aspen
Contemporary Ensemble, and summer 2019 she attended the Lake George Music
Festival as one of two percussion fellows. She has also held fellowships with the
Texas Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Hannah is Assistant Professor of Percussion at University of Nebraska-Omaha. An
open and energetic teacher committed to cultivating her students' individual
musicianship, she previously taught at Virginia Tech during the 2018 spring
semester. Hannah has presented clinics at a number of universities, including
Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowling Green State University, Radford
University, the University of Indianapolis, and Eastern Tennessee State University.
She has coached and conducted percussion ensembles at Eastman School of
Music, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Virginia Tech, and
University of Rochester.
In November of 2018, Hannah competed in the semifinals of the TROMP
International Percussion Competition in Amsterdam. She also placed in the
semifinals of the 2009 Paris International Marimba Competition and won the 2014
PASIC Orchestra Mock Audition. In 2015 she was a featured concerto performer
with the National Repertory Orchestra, performing Russell Peck's "The Glory and the
Hannah previously held positions as Principal Timpanist for the Columbus Indiana
Philharmonic and Second Percussionist for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City
Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Roanoke Symphony and
Syracuse Symphoria. She has performed with Renee Fleming, Augustin Hadelich,
Orli Shaham, Audra McDonald, Bob Becker, Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, Carol
Jantsch, and Michael Burritt. She has had the opportunity to work closely with many
great composers, including Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Andrew Norman, Sean
Shepherd, Chris Cerrone, Steve Mackey, and Ted Hearne.
Hannah received a B.M. in Percussion Performance from Eastman School of Music,
an M.M. in Percussion Performance and an M.M. in Chamber Music from the
University of Michigan, and a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance and Literature and
the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman. Hannah is an active member of NAfME
and PAS and is a proud endorser of Malletech products.
Dr. Andrew Janak is an active saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator currently
based out of Lincoln, NE after previously spending several years in Chicago, IL.
Andrew has shared the stage with jazz greats Randy Brecker, Jeff Hamilton, Phil
Woods and Jimmy Heath. Recently he has worked with some of the Midwest’s finest
jazz musicians such as Mitch Towne, Marcus Lewis, Peter Schlamb, Nebraska Jazz
Orchestra, Bob Lark’s Alumni Band Band and the Tom Matta Big Band. Andrew has
several creative projects specializing in original music such as the Andrew Janak
Organ Trio, Andrew Janak and Wind Armada and the Andrew Janak Octet. He also
has performed/recorded with national acts such as the Temptations, Aloe Blacc,
Johnny Mathis, Wayne Brady, Michael Feinstein and Justin Townes Earle. As a
classical saxophonist Andrew studied with renowned performer/pedagogue Dr.
Paul Haar and performed with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble,
Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Lincoln Municipal Band, and various
Also a prolific composer, some of Andrew’s compositions have been
performed/recorded by groups around the United States including the UNL Jazz
Orchestra with Victor Lewis, DePaul Jazz Ensemble with Randy Brecker, Bob Lark's
Alumni Big Band and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. He was also a finalist for the
ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and received a Downbeat Outstanding
Performance award for outstanding graduate college arrangement.
Dr. Janak is also an active scholar with research interests in jazz composition, jazz
saxophone and jazz improvisation pedagogy. He has presented at the International
Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC) Symposium, North American
Saxophone Alliance (NASA) regional conference and the Jazz Education Network
(JEN) Conference. Andrew graduated with a bachelors degree in music education
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a masters of music in jazz composition
from DePaul University, and a DMA in jazz studies/composition from the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently Andrew is the Jazz Band Director/Instructor of
Saxophone at Doane University in Crete, NE.
Virginia Kathryn is a songwriter and storyteller. As a musician, she has participated in the Silkroad Ensemble's Global Musician Workshop and Richard Thompson's Frets & Refrains songwriting workshop. She was nominated by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards committee for Best Blues Artist in 2017, and Best Folk/Americana in 2018. Her debut album, Vintage Sepia, was released in June 2018 and is available on all streaming services. In 2021, she participated in the Futurescapes workshop for writers of speculative fiction. She is currently writing her second novel, a magical realist manuscript interweaving myths and realities in the fabric of human memory.
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