A Chicago native, violinist/violist  Lena Vidulich  is a bold and multi-faceted performer. She is a committed supporter of new music, and has worked with composers including Nina C. Young and Reiko Füting, among others. She is the co-founder and executive director of Amalgama and is a member of earspace (Raleigh, NC). In 2017, Lena was a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, with a minor in French, from Northwestern University, where she was a student of Gerardo Ribeiro. Her education also included studies with Alexis Galpérine at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris and Université de Paris 8 – Vincennes-St Denis. Lena is recently received her master's degree in contemporary violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is a recipient of the President’s Award in the studio of Curtis Macomber.

A Chicago native, violinist/violist Lena Vidulich is a bold and multi-faceted performer. She is a committed supporter of new music, and has worked with composers including Nina C. Young and Reiko Füting, among others. She is the co-founder and executive director of Amalgama and is a member of earspace (Raleigh, NC). In 2017, Lena was a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, with a minor in French, from Northwestern University, where she was a student of Gerardo Ribeiro. Her education also included studies with Alexis Galpérine at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris and Université de Paris 8 – Vincennes-St Denis. Lena is recently received her master's degree in contemporary violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is a recipient of the President’s Award in the studio of Curtis Macomber.

 Clarinetist  Ford Fourqurean  strives to bring together communities through contemporary music. He is in demand as a guest artist and clinician at universities and institutions throughout the United States. He serves as artistic director of Unheard-of//Ensemble and member of Amalgama, along with many other projects connecting contemporary music to wider audiences. Ford was a 2017 fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MOCA. In 2016, he served as the Contemporary Ensemble Fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival. In 2015, he presented at Clarinet Fest as finalist of the International Clarinet Association Research Competition. Ford recently completed studies at the Manhattan School of Music as a member of the Contemporary Performance Program working with David Krakauer and Alan R. Kay. He earned a Master of Music degree at Stony Brook University where he served as teaching assistant for music of world cultures.

Clarinetist Ford Fourqurean strives to bring together communities through contemporary music. He is in demand as a guest artist and clinician at universities and institutions throughout the United States. He serves as artistic director of Unheard-of//Ensemble and member of Amalgama, along with many other projects connecting contemporary music to wider audiences. Ford was a 2017 fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MOCA. In 2016, he served as the Contemporary Ensemble Fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival. In 2015, he presented at Clarinet Fest as finalist of the International Clarinet Association Research Competition. Ford recently completed studies at the Manhattan School of Music as a member of the Contemporary Performance Program working with David Krakauer and Alan R. Kay. He earned a Master of Music degree at Stony Brook University where he served as teaching assistant for music of world cultures.

  Michal Raymond Massoud  is a composer, conductor, electric bassist, and educator. He organizes frequent concerts on the New York scene and is co-founder of Amalgama. In recent compositional projects, Michal has turned his attention to what he describes as an aesthetic of fluidity. This can be found, for example, in notational devices (where gestures are notated in short-hand and with frequent use of verbal descriptions), but also in the incorporation of varying degrees of improvisation. Michal has recently appeared at festivals such as Domaine Forget and the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, where he was awarded multiple prizes. Michal has studied composition at McGill University with Chris Paul Harman, Jean Lesage, and Brian Cherney; at Boston University with Joshua Fineberg and Richard Cornell; and recently earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, studying with Hans Thomalla and Jay Alan Yim.

Michal Raymond Massoud is a composer, conductor, electric bassist, and educator. He organizes frequent concerts on the New York scene and is co-founder of Amalgama. In recent compositional projects, Michal has turned his attention to what he describes as an aesthetic of fluidity. This can be found, for example, in notational devices (where gestures are notated in short-hand and with frequent use of verbal descriptions), but also in the incorporation of varying degrees of improvisation. Michal has recently appeared at festivals such as Domaine Forget and the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, where he was awarded multiple prizes. Michal has studied composition at McGill University with Chris Paul Harman, Jean Lesage, and Brian Cherney; at Boston University with Joshua Fineberg and Richard Cornell; and recently earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, studying with Hans Thomalla and Jay Alan Yim.

  Thomas Feng  is a composer and pianist, propelled by an insatiable musical curiosity and an enthusiasm for collaboration. As a pianist, Thomas’s repertoire is principally comprised of modern and contemporary literature, including several works of his own, as well as new works by composer colleagues. Notable past engagements include summer festival performances at New Music on the Point and at the inaugural Yarn/Wire Institute, a multimedia collaboration with video artists Patterson + Reckinger, and incidental performances with Wild Up and Monday Evening Concerts. An avid collaborative and ensemble pianist, he has held the principal keyboard positions of the American Youth Symphony and the UCLA Philharmonia, and performed with countless chamber groups as a core member of Tactus (Manhattan School of Music) and Contempo Flux (UCLA). Most recently, Thomas became a member of the New York-based new music ensemble, Amalgama. Thomas graduated from UCLA with a BA in Music Composition, summa cum laude, where his primary teachers included Mark Carlson, Sean Friar, and Gloria Cheng, following formative pre-college studies with David Conte and Claude Monteux. He is currently pursuing an MM in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Margaret Kampmeier, Christopher Oldfather, and Anthony de Mare.

Thomas Feng is a composer and pianist, propelled by an insatiable musical curiosity and an enthusiasm for collaboration. As a pianist, Thomas’s repertoire is principally comprised of modern and contemporary literature, including several works of his own, as well as new works by composer colleagues. Notable past engagements include summer festival performances at New Music on the Point and at the inaugural Yarn/Wire Institute, a multimedia collaboration with video artists Patterson + Reckinger, and incidental performances with Wild Up and Monday Evening Concerts. An avid collaborative and ensemble pianist, he has held the principal keyboard positions of the American Youth Symphony and the UCLA Philharmonia, and performed with countless chamber groups as a core member of Tactus (Manhattan School of Music) and Contempo Flux (UCLA). Most recently, Thomas became a member of the New York-based new music ensemble, Amalgama. Thomas graduated from UCLA with a BA in Music Composition, summa cum laude, where his primary teachers included Mark Carlson, Sean Friar, and Gloria Cheng, following formative pre-college studies with David Conte and Claude Monteux. He is currently pursuing an MM in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Margaret Kampmeier, Christopher Oldfather, and Anthony de Mare.

  Caitlin Cawley  is a NYC-based percussionist, improviser, and electronic musician. She is a founding member of Amalgama and has performed with groups in Boston and New York State, such as Gamelan Galak Tika, (Open) Free Improvisation Ensemble, and the Performance in Peace Initiative at the United Nations. An avid interdisciplinary collaborator, she has designed installations and curated performances with artists, dancers and video artists, including a 3-month residency at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA with Urbanity Dance Company, and a sound installation/collage art collaboration with artist Taylor Mortell. This summer, she attended the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MassMOCA, and a three-day free improvisation residency at The Cannery in Penobscot, Maine. Caitlin holds a BM from Boston University, where she studied with Timothy Genis and Samuel Z. Solomon, and is recently completed her MM at Manhattan School of Music, where was a student of Jeffrey Milarsky, John Ferrari, and David Cossin.

Caitlin Cawley is a NYC-based percussionist, improviser, and electronic musician. She is a founding member of Amalgama and has performed with groups in Boston and New York State, such as Gamelan Galak Tika, (Open) Free Improvisation Ensemble, and the Performance in Peace Initiative at the United Nations. An avid interdisciplinary collaborator, she has designed installations and curated performances with artists, dancers and video artists, including a 3-month residency at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA with Urbanity Dance Company, and a sound installation/collage art collaboration with artist Taylor Mortell. This summer, she attended the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MassMOCA, and a three-day free improvisation residency at The Cannery in Penobscot, Maine. Caitlin holds a BM from Boston University, where she studied with Timothy Genis and Samuel Z. Solomon, and is recently completed her MM at Manhattan School of Music, where was a student of Jeffrey Milarsky, John Ferrari, and David Cossin.

 Cellist  Issei Herr  is committed to a diverse array of music both old and new. Past highlights include concerts in Mexico and New York with violinist Rolf Schulte featuring the music of Milton Babbitt, recital programs centered on the works of Robert Schumann, and a recording of the complete cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. An advocate for the music of our time, Issei has worked closely with composers such as Mario Davidovsky and Kaija Saariaho, and has premiered works by Eric Nathan, Roberto Sierra, and Kenji Sakai, among others. In 2016, he performed the New York premiere of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s  Hearing Solution  with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has performed as a member of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, AXIOM, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, working with musicians such as Thomas Adès, Daniel Barenboim, David Fulmer, Louis Karchin, Fred Lerdahl, Vasco Mendonça, Jeffrey Milarsky, Shulamit Ran, Chou Wen-chung, and Du Yun. Born into an artistic family, Issei began musical studies at the age of five. He recently completed studies at The Juilliard School, where he was a student of cellist Fred Sherry.

Cellist Issei Herr is committed to a diverse array of music both old and new. Past highlights include concerts in Mexico and New York with violinist Rolf Schulte featuring the music of Milton Babbitt, recital programs centered on the works of Robert Schumann, and a recording of the complete cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. An advocate for the music of our time, Issei has worked closely with composers such as Mario Davidovsky and Kaija Saariaho, and has premiered works by Eric Nathan, Roberto Sierra, and Kenji Sakai, among others. In 2016, he performed the New York premiere of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s Hearing Solution with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has performed as a member of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, AXIOM, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, working with musicians such as Thomas Adès, Daniel Barenboim, David Fulmer, Louis Karchin, Fred Lerdahl, Vasco Mendonça, Jeffrey Milarsky, Shulamit Ran, Chou Wen-chung, and Du Yun. Born into an artistic family, Issei began musical studies at the age of five. He recently completed studies at The Juilliard School, where he was a student of cellist Fred Sherry.

 Flutist  Francesca Ferrara  has followed her music from Santa Monica, California, where she grew up, to New York City. With the goal of building community, she dedicates her life to performing and advocating for new music. She frequently collaborates with composers and has performed at the Contemporary Performance Institute under the direction of Fred Sherry, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and Fresh Inc Festival. Francesca is also the creator and director of  Common Senses , a “concert” series that brings chefs and composers together to create multi-sensory experiences. She earned a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Tara O’Connor, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with Sarah Brady. Francesca is constantly inspired by her friends and colleagues and is honored to be a new member of Amalgama.

Flutist Francesca Ferrara has followed her music from Santa Monica, California, where she grew up, to New York City. With the goal of building community, she dedicates her life to performing and advocating for new music. She frequently collaborates with composers and has performed at the Contemporary Performance Institute under the direction of Fred Sherry, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and Fresh Inc Festival. Francesca is also the creator and director of Common Senses, a “concert” series that brings chefs and composers together to create multi-sensory experiences. She earned a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Tara O’Connor, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with Sarah Brady. Francesca is constantly inspired by her friends and colleagues and is honored to be a new member of Amalgama.