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Ned Serling

Ned Serling’s music consists of a groove-based synthesis that draws from jazz, funk, deep house, worldbeat, ambient, trip-hop, electronica, and literary influences. This approach - WORDBEAT - creates a compelling platform to deliver deep poetic lyrics, expressed both through spoken word and singing, often incorporating Sprechgesang (a speaking-singing hybrid). His mission involves building meaningful connections with a global audience, using WORDBEAT as the vehicle. He strives to offer compelling content with depth for his listeners to benefit from and enjoy. Ned values collaborating with producers and instrumentalists with whom there is natural chemistry and shared inspiration. The son of literary parents, Ned’s life story reads like the literature which permeated his childhood home


Mikko Karjalainen

Mikko "Gunu" Karjalainen (b.1974) is one of the most wanted trumpet soloists in Finland. He started his journey with music playing piano at the age of six. Very soon he decided trumpet to be his main instrument and started to explore. At his early teens he played trumpet, piano and harmonica with blues and soul bands in a little town of Kajaani. After moving to Helsinki in mid 90's he was completely thrown into jazz loop. Listening to giants like Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Kenny Dorham strenghtened his love for jazz and helped him to develop his own lyrical approach to this music


Robert C. Ford

Robert C. Ford, aka Wall $treet Poet, is an American poet and spoken word artist. He frequently collaborates with Composers Concordance for both live performances and recorded projects. His work has appeared in Maintenant, a journal of contemporary Dada writing and art, published by Three Rooms Press.


Marc Beaudin (Poet)

Marc Beaudin is an award-winning poet, theatre artist and bookseller living in the writer’s haven of Livingston, Montana, dubbed “America’s finest open air asylum” for multiple reasons. His work has been anthologized in Poems Across the Big Sky Volume II, An Elk River Books Reader and Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone (of which he is a co-editor). His latest book, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, was called “a jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now” by Montana Quarterly. A frequent performer of poetry and spoken word, Beaudin has worked and recorded with a variety of jazz and rock musicians at venues across the country, as well as on several public and independent radio stations

Deborah Rush

Deborah Rush has worked in television, film and on Broadway. In 1984, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for Michael Frayn's comedy "Noises Off". She also acted in Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot". In 2003 she acted in the comedy film "American Wedding". In 2008 she joined the cast of the Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit". Rush has acted in a number of movies and television series, including the Woody Allen films "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo". She was a regular cast member of the television series "Strangers with Candy"

Jeff Friedman

Jeff Friedman’s seventh book Floating Tales—a collection of prose poems—was published by Plume Editions/MadHat Press in fall 2017. His poems, mini stories and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, New England Review, The Antioch Review, Poetry International, Plume, Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Funny, Agni Online, New World Writing, Flash NonFiction Funny, New Flash Fiction Review, The New Republic and numerous other literary magazines. Dzvinia Orlowsky’s and his translation of Memorialsby Polish Poet Mieczslaw Jastrun was published by Lavender Ink/Dialogosin August 2014


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