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Mendel Lee, founder and co-director
MENDEL LEE (b. 1975) is a composer, musician, and music and marching educator/arranger residing in New Orleans, LA. He is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Tulane University, the director of the Green Wave Brass Band, co-founder and co-director of the Green Wave Winds, the founder and co-director of the nienteForte Contemporary Music, and a composer and performer with Versipel New Music.
Mendel’s music has been commissioned by internationally renowned timpanist David Constantine of the President’s Own Marine Band, The Concert Singers (Los Angeles, LA), The Xavier University Symphonic Winds, Liminal Space (Houston, TX), Byrne:Kozar:Duo, the Portland Percussion Group, and the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, his works have been performed by Andy Kozar, the Greater Portland Flute Society, the San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music, Future Music Oregon (Eugene, OR), and Versipel New Music, amongst others.
As a performer, Mendel was the snare drummer for the “Shakespeare 400” Jazz Funeral Brass Band in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He has also performed as a pianist, percussionist, vocalist, and conductor for the Hundredth Monkey Ensemble and Versipel New Music, and he has also served as a guest performer/conductor for the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble, the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, Ensemble 504, and Ensemble Pamplemousse.
Mendel is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist whose award-winning marching band and drumline arrangements have been performed by numerous high schools, colleges, and independent marching organizations nationwide. During his tenure with the Tulane University Marching Band, he has helped coordinate logistics for their performances in high profile national events and television coverage including the 2009 New Orleans Saints Superbowl Victory Parade, the 2010 Krewe of NFL Kickoff Parade, the 2011 Wheel of Fortune College Week, the 2013 Fox and Friends Super Bowl Week broadcast, and the TUMB’s 2016 appearance in the second season of “NCIS: New Orleans”. He also coordinated the Green Wave Brass Band’s 2016 appearance in the second season of MTV’s “Brothers Green – Eats!” and their appearance as the opening act for the 2016 and 2018 New Kids On The Block Mardi Gras World block party.
Maxwell Dulaney, co-director
Currently Assistant Professor of Composition & Theory at Tulane University, MAXWELL DULANEY received his Ph.D. in Composition & Theory from Brandeis University, where he studied with David Rakowski, Marty Boykan, Eric Chasalow, and Yu-Hui Chang. As an acoustic and electro-acoustic composer, his compositional philosophy is rooted in the study of multitudinous elements of sounds and finding new and informed ways of developing compositional structures out of them. Dr. Dulaney has been commissioned by, and collaborated closely with, soloists and ensembles including Orlando Cela, Chris Finkel, New York New Music Ensemble, the Xanthos Ensemble, and Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. Recent projects include a commission by ECCE Ensemble, In Ricordo di una Anima Antica for cello and clarinet in B-flat, and the commission of The Old Harp for the Ningbo University Orchestra.
Recent concerts include a performance of The Old Harp by the Randall College Orchestra in Lynchburg, VA. Future projects include a new piece for solo flute for Orlando Cela, which will be performed at DePauw University in Greencastle, IL and at Coup d’oeil Art Consortium in New Orleans, LA, and a new work for ECCE Ensemble to be performed during their 2015-16 season. Dr. Dulaney has been published in the SCI Journal of Musical Scores, Vol. 45 and his music has been recorded on Rainbow Classical label by the ensemble Mikrokosmos.
Stephen Montalvo, program coordinator
Stephen Montalvo is an active composer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, as well as an audiovisual installation artist, based in New Orleans, LA. Through his music, he explores concepts related to resonance and rhythmic interplay, and draws inspiration from social, ecological, and political concerns.
His works have been performed throughout the United States by artists and ensembles including the Rhythm Method String Quartet, Bent Duo, Carlos Cordeiro, the Talea Ensemble, the Omaha Percussion Ensemble, and numerous scholastic groups. Several of his compositions are published and available from Honeyrock Music and the Percussion Studio. Additional works will soon be available from Ox and Lamb Percussion Publications as well. Stephen has collaborated on audiovisual installation projects for
LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fête as well as the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave’s 2019 Rock Opera, Oedipus MAX.
Stephen has previously performed with several professional ensembles, including the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale, and the Texas Medical Center Orchestra. He currently performs nationally with Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium as well as with various local performers.
Stephen holds a Master of Arts in Music Composition from Tulane University where he studied with Maxwell Dulaney and Rick Snow and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University, where he studied percussion with Susan Martin Tariq and composition with Joseph Nelson and Robert Denham. Current affiliations include the Society of Composers, the Southeastern Composers League, and the Vic Firth Education Team as a Scholastic Educator and Marching Percussion Specialist.
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