2016 Artists in Residence
Laura Larry Arrington is a dance-artist working in hybrids of idea and practice. Her work in dance (time/space/body/whole) pivots around a desire to orient towards the capacities in us all that can glimpse unseen and unutterable horizons. Her body is her life and her life is her work. (Photo by Robbie Sweeny)
Erika Oba is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. She is a member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, the Mara Performance Collective, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, and the Oba/Bastian duo. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.
SAMMAY is a Bay Area-based emerging choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performing artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent. Her work has been performed at SOMArts Bay Gallery, Diego Rivera Art Gallery, Dance Mission Theater, and Oracle Arena among others. She is the founder and producer of URBAN x INDIGENOUS, an inter-generational multi-disciplinary arts festival which celebrates the indigenous spirit in the urban environment of our present day.
Daniel Riera is a flutist, EWI player, bassist, producer, composer, and sound designer from San Francisco. He is active as a stage performer with groups such as Soltron, Camille Mai, as well as his own ensemble. His musical training began at the age of ten with Latin-jazz flute virtuoso and composer John Calloway. Daniel continued his studies at San Francisco’s School of the Arts High and Berklee College of Music, where he earned his degree in Music Synthesis. Since 2012, Daniel has been an instructor at Academy of Art University teaching music theory and notation. He is also involved with the group Today’s Future Sound which provides music production education to underserved middle and high school communities in the Bay Area.
Latanya d. Tigner is a choreographer who has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater since 1986. She has studied and toured nationally and internationally, performing multidisciplinary works rooted in African diasporic dance forms. Latanya holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance, a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and currently teaches dance at Contra Costa College. Her current research and study of the Second Line parading traditions of New Orleans has enabled her to create one of her most notable pieces, The Last Dance/St. Anne and N. Rampart. Latanya recently completed her second commissioned work for Dimensions, The Town on Notice. (Photo by Kimara Dixon)
Daniel Berkman has several albums to his credit, ranging from postmodern kora music and a planetarium soundtrack to electronic music under the moniker Colfax. In the spirit of timeless innovation, Daniel’s future albums will include ballets, songs, and soundtracks, all featuring odd combinations of instruments including cello, viola da gamba, ukelin, marxophone, ukulele, esraj, guitar, and Handsonic.
David Molina is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/designer, recording engineer, and instrument inventor. He has created music and sound for the performing arts, film, and multimedia installations for the past 20 years. His music and bands—including Ghosts and Strings, Transient, Impuritan, and Ackamoor/Molina Duet—are available on Resting Bell (Berlin), Dorog Records (Peru), Black Note Music and Distant Spore (USA), or self released.
Dohee Lee, born on Jeju Island in South Korea, learned Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals rooted in Shamanism. Her art now focuses on integrating these traditional ritual forms with contemporary elements. Her works emphasize the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, theatrical, historical, and healing aspects of music, dance, and visual which shares the thoughts and ideas on vital issues such as identity, politics, nature and spirituality.
Chris Evans, an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist trained in music and dance, explores where the lines between dance, music, space, artist, and audience blur. She is a member of Bandelion Dance Theater, Black and White Projects art collective, and regularly collaborates with David Boyce, Byb Chanel Bibene, Sheena Johnson, Ernest Jolly, and Randee Paufve.
José Navarrete is a native of Mexico City, where he studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in dance from Mills College. He currently curates and produces the Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative, Eastside Arts Alliance, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland.