Amy Melissa Reed is an artist and founding member of Ma Series Arts. They work internationally to build and support artists and creative communities across communities including traditional ecological knowledge keepers, improvisers, authors, dancers, poets, teatro, songmakers, drummers, builders, journalists, ranchers, social workers, and dream… A painter, guitarist, singer, film maker, and rooted in the west coast improvised music scene they perform work rooted in personal practice. They compose experimental scores for improvisers, dancers, poets, and listeners. They compose with MA Ensemble. www.amymelissareed
Jennifer Andrea “YAYA” Porras (Founding member) is a producer, mother of JAH’Sol, artist, and cultura-cura ninja. Their early Californian community teaching took root at the Washington Neighborhood Center via José Montoya’s Barrio Art program in Sacramento and later as an Artist in resident. Alongside mentor, Dr. Senon Valadez, cultural anthropologist at CSUS, they taught song and dance at Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University in Yolo County to ex-campesinas women in the child-care Development program who would graduate to run Child Care centers in Migrant Camps/ Housing . They worked with the American Indian Film Institute Youth Film Maker Tour and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. In addition, they worked along Patricia Peña, founder of On Native Ground and Sun Dance Youth Media Brigade. Andrea co-founded World Arts Space funded by the Sacramento Arts Commission in Oak Park, California. Andrea is a grant maker for the California Arts Council.
Khimberly Marshall Sacramento, CA (MacBeth Project)
Khimberly Marshall (MacBeth Project) has 18 years combined experience in both Theater and Film production having written, directed and produced national commercials spots, short films and regional theater productions. She has won numerous awards for art and literature. Khimberly has also worked for major clients such as the California Music Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Area Theater Alliance, Theater El Dorado Board, Celebration Arts Board, El Teatro Espejo, and the Creative Arts League of Sacramento. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Management with a second Bachelor’s degree in Film from The Art Institute of California. Previously engaged at the Crocker Art Museum as an Art Corp Fellow, she was embedded in the Block by Block Initiative, creating social practice art in underrepresented communities. Khimberly finds her most rewarding work in providing support to people and organizations that foster community.
Currently, she is delving deeper into her own artistry as a sculptor, having shown her work as several galleries in Northern California, she hopes to one day find her art in the very museums that began her love for the arts. Oh and by the way…she is also a ninja!
Shanna Sordahl is a sound artist and composer based in Oakland, CA. Using amplified cello with analog and digital electronics and installation art as her primary mediums, Shanna’s work is a continual exploration of one’s relationship to both sound and physical spaces. She emphasizes timbral changes, the resonant body of objects, and the re-contextualization of sound through the use of unconventional playing techniques, feedback, and audience immersion. Shanna strives to create sonic and physical spaces that induce a focused state of awareness, where one is encouraged to reflect on or reconsider their relationship to sound, people, spaces, and ultimately, ideas.
Her current focuses include a fascination with blurring the lines between performance spaces and installation to emphasize the transformative potential of these events. Seeing intricate connections between the experience of music and day to day life, Shanna cannot separate music from its social implications and lived realities. She views sound immersion and performance as methods for processing and re-contextualizing past experiences while simultaneously imagining and creating new possibilities for the future.
drucella anne miranda is a daughter, sister, decolonizing feminist,
artist, caretaker, and fur mama. she likes to collect, seek, hoard, and
find random objects to make things out of, hence leaving her with a
cluster of stuff that she creates and transforms into art. may you find
some piece/peace of whatever it is you may seek in my creations.
she was born in the borderlands of Texas and has been a long time resident of the Central Valley. an alumna from the University of California Davis, she has a bachelors in Women and Gender Studies as well as American Studies. as a student she worked as a community activist with youth to foster consciousness through critical dialogue and the arts. she continues her artivism and healing through vulnerability through both the visual arts and her words.
Sound artist, Andrea Williams, utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. For over ten years, she has been creating compassionate spaces for restoration, creativity, and healing through various modalities including soundscapes, soundwalks, SleepWalks (soundwalks in people’s dreams), and yoga based on concepts of acoustic ecology and deep listening. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has exhibited her work and performed both solo and with various musicians and artists at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Eyebeam, Roulette, The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. She creates soundscapes and video art for dance companies that has included: Hope Mohr Dance at Stanford University, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater at the Joyce Theater in NYC, and through receiving a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant for SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams, with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at the Chapel + Cultural Center in Troy, NY and at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. She is a board member of Ma Series Arts, a certified restorative yoga teacher, a sound healing practitioner, and she has studied our connection to waterways via soundwalks with Pauline Oliveros at RPI, obtaining her Ph.D. in Electronic Arts in 2018.
Biggi Vinkeloe lives in Oakland, CA and tours frequently in Europe and North America. She plays alto saxophone and flute, both as main instruments. She is one of the very few jazzwomen working internationally. She is involved in many different projects, both as a sideman and as a leader. She composes for her own groups, and occasionally for musicians from other music fields. Whenever possible, she collaborates with dancers and painters. She has recorded almost 20 albums with European and American musicians.
gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, composer, & educator living in Oakland, California.
They exist within the threads of free improvisation, the jazz continuum, noise, & new music.
Their playing has been described as embodied, visceral, & virtuosic.
gabby is humbled to have collaborated with Kyle Bruckmann, Nava Dunkelman, Wendy Eisenberg, Fred Frith, Jordan Glenn, Jacob Felix Heule, Lisa Mezzacappa, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Pauline Oliveros, Danishta Rivero, & Tom Weeks, among many other musicians, poets, dancers, & visual artists.
Tarisse Iriarte-Medina San Juan, PR/Brooklyn
Tarisse Iriarte Medina is an independent curator, and
consultant working in New York City and Puerto Rico
She is simply referred to as “Tee” in her beloved
Brooklyn Community. In 2017 Tee co-founded Curated Concepts LLC, a New York based Arts Consulting Firm that provides an array of services from Art Sales, curatorial & project management to full exhibition production. She is a proud arts activist and Afro Boricua working diligently on the liberation of Puerto Rico and Brooklyn by collaborating directly with arts activist on the island and in NY. Tee curates exhibits that contextualize the intersections of cultural arts, social justice and revolution. Her show Healing Drum of the Sun was a solo exhibition with multimedia artist Patrick Dougher, discusses the resilience of the Sacred Black body.
What you have been doing and your plans for the Ma series [Arts] are important, and necessary, not only for culture, or for us as women artists (though these are important), but for everyone’s communities urban and rural, and for life itself which is dependent on these creative energies .
Susan Alcorn – Pedal Steel Guitarist, Musician, Composer