Steve Hilmy - Daniel Barbiero
Steven Campbell Hilmy was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and, from the age of 7, raised in a British boarding school where he learned that cold showers, morning runs, and periodic beatings with a stick on the butt were character building, and that one must wear a tie and have very short hair if one was to go anywhere in this life. Prof. Hilmy has been on the faculty of The George Washington University Music Department since 1992 where he is the Director of the Electronic and Computer Music Studio. He has won awards from such organizations as the Southeastern Composers League, ASCAP, BMI, the Peabody Conservatory, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, including first prize in the Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest for "Icarus Falling" (piano and electronics, 1989); the Gustav Klemm Prize for Composition at the Peabody Conservatory in 1991; and 2nd place prize in the Prix d'ete II composition competition at the Peabody Conservatory for "Us" (tenor saxophone and electronics, 1999). Much of Steve's recent works have been cross- medium collaborations for dance, video, and live electronics.
A native of New Haven, CT, double bassist Daniel Barbiero has been active in improvised and experimental music in the Baltimore-Washington area for several years as a performer, composer, and ensemble leader. His music reflects his long-standing engagement with scalar and free improvisation, aleatory composition, and alternative methods of scoring for mixed ensembles. His creative activities have included leading and composing for the ensembles Shape Memory Alloy, Third Object Orchestra, and The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra; he has released work with pianist Nobu Stowe and electronic sound sculptor Lee Pembleton, as well as with Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo and Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby. In addition to his ongoing work with the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group, he currently plays in nine_strings, Colla Parte, and the ambient/surrealist/improvisational trio Mercury Fools the Alchemist.