Featured guests

Michael Houston

Michael Houston

2018 Featured Guest

Originally from North Carolina, Mike has lived and worked in New York since 1997. He is currently the Director of Design at Zero Point Zero Production, where he has won four Emmys, including one for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. Mike co-founded and ran Cannonball Press, a woodcut and letterpress studio, for 17 years, and co-founded and ran the Prints Gone Wild print fair for nine years. For his work with Cannonball Press he was named a United States Artists Ford Fellow. He was also an original member of the Barnstormers painting crew.  Mike works in traditional and digital illustration, animation, mural & studio painting, and woodcut, and has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the U.S. for nearly twenty years, as well as in South Africa, Japan, Denmark, Estonia, Hong Kong, Germany, and Finland. His work has also appeared on PBS, CNN, and the Travel Channel. His work can be seen at mikehouston.website

John Moe

John Moe

2018 Featured Guest

John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast, The
Hilarious World of Depression. The author of three books: Dear Luke,
We Need To Talk, Darth; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and
Conservatize Me, his writing has appeared in numerous humor
anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, The
Seattle Times, and many more publications. He has hosted nationally
distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America, and
Marketplace Tech Report and his radio work has been featured on
Marketplace, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He lives in St.
Paul.

Ken Steen

Ken Steen

2018 Featured Guest

Ken Steen is a composer, sound artist and educator living in Glastonbury, CT. His music sits squarely on the frontier between the acoustic and electronic domains of musical expression; often combining traditional orchestra, chamber ensemble or soloist with electronic instruments or processed sound and noise. He has received numerous awards for composition including an ISCM Boston Composition Award, an American Symphony Orchestra League New Music Project with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, grants from The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, The Roberts Foundation, The American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Encore Project, The Margaret Fairbanks Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center as well as fellowships to The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park and The MacDowell Colony. 

In addition to composing concert music in many forms, Steen has composed a wide variety of works both acoustic and electronic for sound installation, dance, theater and web-distribution. His music and soundworks have been featured on concert and radio programs throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Australia, Cuba and Japan among others. His work has recently been part of: the Sonic Residues 02 Festival, Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music: Spring in Havana, the Currents in Electro-acoustic Music Festival and the 60X60 International Project. Recent premiere performances and sound installations in such diverse locations as Xi'an, China, Fortaleza-Ceará, Brazil, Spring in Havana Festival, Havana, Cuba, Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, confirm that his work is steadily attaining international recognition.

Steen's music can be found on the Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Auralit and CRI CD labels, as well as at www.kensteen.com, and is published by University of Arizona Publications, Harrock Hall Music as well as American Composers Edition. Some of his soundworks can be found at www.noisefarm.org.

 Steen is currently Professor of Composition and Theory, and director of Studio D at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.