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Explore the explosive phenomenon of open source, through new compositions, collaboration and sharing. The vision of Founder and Artistic Director, pianist Joel Fan,  bridges the worlds of contemporary and electronic music through performances and new works.

The open source movement is changing the world, and affects every part of our lives. As a pianist, I’ve always been fascinated by the way music is created - how musical ideas are shared and new musical trends emerge. The Internet and the open source movement have radically changed the way we communicate, collaborate, and power much of our creativity today.

Each of the luminary artists and composers featured at the Festival innovate collaboration and sharing in unique concert 

experiences. I hope

you'll join us."

 

- Joel Fan

Artistic Director

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Pianist Joel Fan has found an 

enthusiastic following for his recordings, his recitals at the Ravinia Festival and Kennedy Center, and as a soloist with the NY Philharmonic and Boston Pops. He's best known for diverse solo discography and his work with Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble and other chamber ensembles.  He's also a "champion of new music" (Boston Globe), whose performances deserve 'special praise for the spontaneity, wit, and emotional urgency' (Washington Post). His passion to expand the repertoire for the piano has given us the world premieres of Leon Kirchner's Sonata No.3 'The Forbidden', and William Bolcom's 'Nine New Bagatelles'. His 

newest commission, Couplets, will be premiered at the Festival.

 

Peter Robles is the chief curator of the Open Source Music Festival. He has been in Booking and PR for over 12 years. He attended New England Conservatory of Music and earned his Doctorate at Princeton University.

 

Peter has managed JACK Quartet, Fazil Say, Tours for Leon Fleisher, and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Michael Gordon’s Timber and Rushes, Alarm Will Sound, Alarm Will Sound with Medeski, Martin and Wood, FLUX Quartet, tours for Eliot Fisk and the Arditti Quartet. Peter has been guest curator for the Newman Center in Denver, The National Gallery of Art and Montclair State University at Peak Performances and with Mathew Rosenblum’s Beyond Microtonal Music Festival. Current clients include the Argus String Quartet, guitarist Mak Grgic, HOCKET,  Mashkoor Ali Khan and much more. 

Kathleen Drohan is marketing director of the Open Source Music Festival. She is the creator and director of the WQXR Instrument Drive which collected, repaired, and distributed musical instruments to underserved public school and community music programs.  Between 2014 and 20017 , the program collected more than 6,000 instruments which allow more than 30,000 students access to music education annually.  The Academy Award nominated documentary short film Joe's Violin was inspired by a donation to the drive.  

 

As an independent publicist, she has worked closely with the Library of Congress, the Defiant Requiem Foundation, and singer-songwriter James Taylor, among others.  She was previously the Associate Director of Public Relations for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen is co-founder of the award-winning arts and education non-profit High Five: Tickets to the Arts, and worked at the American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and RCA Records.  She was Director of Marketing on the start-up team for Site59, a company acquired by Travelocity.  

 

As a writer, Kathleen is a contributor New York Times bestseller Worn Stories and is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications. She is working on a book about her solo travels through the Himalayas, Andes, and Sahara based on her blog Mountains and Moxie. Kathleen has been a guest speaker at New York, Fordham, Pace, and

Northeastern Universities.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and

an MBA from Fordham University.

Christopher Botta is the Recording Engineer and Production Manager of the Open Source Music Festival, and a composer, mixing engineer, and guitarist. He is building the open source mixing software this is being released as part of the Open Source Music Festival.

 

 He is also a composer, bandleader, and guitarist of the garage-chamber septet “the cellar

and point”. He runs a mixing mastering studio in Brooklyn called ‘Staple Chest Audio’,

where he mixes pop and avant-garde music. 

 

Chris got his B.M. at the Mannes College of Music and an M.A. in Musicology

from The City College, CUNY. 

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