PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Stephan Crawford, Founder and Executive Producer. Stephan is the San Francisco-based artist who conceived and launched The ClimateMusic Project.  He is a long-time member of a group of artists working out of a prominent studio in the central Market Street district of San Francisco. He is also a long-time student of flamenco guitar and holds graduate degrees in the sciences and the arts. He has had a distinguished parallel career in federal service, during which he has received multiple awards for innovation in public service.   Reflecting his ability to successfully complete what he starts, Stephan was once part of a two man team that won a long-distance open ocean-rowing trophy after a three-year campaign that included a leaky boat, capsizes in surf, narrow misses by ships, getting lost in fogs, and thousands of ocean miles rowed in training. To see some of his studio work, please visit www.sc2arts.com

Fran Schulberg, Executive Producer.  Fran is an attorney and most recently was the  Executive Director of a non-profit organization that focuses on energy efficiency in China. Fran has also worked for more than two decades as a consultant in support of international organizations and government agencies addressing environmental and chemicals management issues.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Fran worked for the Organisation for  Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris in their Environment Directorate. Fran has a BS degree from SUNY Albany in Environmental Studies and Mathematics, and a JD from Harvard Law School

Dr. Sara Chun, Strategic Advisor, Partnerships.  Sara is an environmental scientist by training who has been working on issues related to international science policy and diplomacy. Sara has worked in Washington, D.C. as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow sponsored by the American  Association for the Advancement of Science.  At the U.S. Department of State, she managed the environment, science, technology, and health portfolio in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. With the U.S. National Science Foundation, she catalyzed new frontiers of science research specifically around biodiversity.  Sara holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and a B.A. in biology from Harvard University.

Laurie Goldman, Strategic Advisor, Public Engagement.  Laurie is a veteran public policy professional who has held previous positions in government, industry, and academia. Laurie most recently served as Deputy Director of UC Berkeley's Global Engagement Office overseeing the development of partnerships with international universities and advising the campus on best practices for global engagement in a higher education context. As head of Global Trade Policy for Levi Strauss & Co., Laurie advised on global trade and development issues.  Laurie has always been passionate about working with institutions committed to a greater good and has sought out opportunities to engage on global concerns. Laurie holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tufts University.     

SCIENCE TEAM

Dr. William Collins, Science Advisor.

William Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. His personal research concerns the interactions among greenhouse gases and aerosols, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.  

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Dr. Collins serves as the Director for the Climate and Ecological Sciences Division. At the University of California, Berkeley, he teaches in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and directs the new multi-campus Climate Readiness Institute (CRI).

Dr. Collins’s role in launching the Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) program was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award on May 7, 2015.  He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and was also a Lead Author on the recent Fifth Assessment. 

Before joining Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, Dr. Collins was a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and served as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the DOE/NSF Community Climate System Model project.

Dr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Andrew Jones, Science Advisor. Dr. Jones is Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he leads the Society and Integrated Earth Systems Program Domain.   His research uses quantitative Earth system science tools – computer models, statistics, etc. – to gain insight into how humans affect the climate and vice versa.  Dr. Jones is currently leading a project to examine how climate change will interact with urban heat islands in the Bay Area to alter the frequency of extreme heat events.  He is delighted to be part of the Climate Music Project because he believes that it is ultimately the story behind the data that inspires action and drives decision-making.  He is also an amateur musician.  Dr. Jones holds a doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.  

Dr. Rose Abramoff,  Science Advisor.  Dr. Abramoff is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Her research explores the effect of global change on biogeochemical cycling in soils.  She earned her PhD in Biology with a Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience from Boston University in 2015, and also brings a background in theater and dance to The ClimateMusic Project.   

Dr. Alison Marklein, Science Advisor.  Dr. Marklein is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a quantitative biogeochemist who focuses on the effects of soil chemistry, climate change, and agricultural management on soil carbon storage and plant growth. She received her PhD in Ecosystem Biogeochemistry at UC Davis in 2014. Dr. Marklein is also an accomplished musician.   

MUSICAL COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE

Erik Ian Walker, Composer.   Erik Ian Walker has been writing and recording music for theater, dance, film and television in the Bay Area since 1982. His knowledge and use of the science of sound in his compositions, and the inclusion of everyday/nature sounds as part of the soundscape, are a good fit for the ClimateMusic Project. His extensive collaborations include experimental theater/dance performance, film, and rock and jazz ensembles. His latest album, Criteria Obsession with his band Castle Canyon, is an entertaining romp through the instrumental rock landscape. Erik runs WackoWorld Music as well as the recording studio Crib Nebula in San Francisco. He teaches musicianship, improvisation, synthesizer madness and piano for all ages at his studio and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco. Erik holds a degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Scott Brazieal, Keyboard. Scott Brazieal has been playing music since age 7.  He has been composing and performing various genres of experimental music for over 35 years, having been a central part of numerous recordings on such labels as Cuneiform Records and Recommended Records. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying composition with John Adams, among others. A veteran of several European tours with his own rock group, Cartoon, and later with the acclaimed avant-rock band, 5uu's, he has since settled down these past years finishing a solo album, "Songs from the Empire" and writing the film score (and co-wrote the screenplay) for the independent film, "The Cedars", a neorealist snapshot of Central Californian working class life, which was a featured selection of the Manhattan Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival in 2014. He also enjoys cottage cheese and baseball.

Thomas Dimuzio, Synthesizer. Thomas Dimuzio is a composer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer. His music has been released internationally on multiple labels. Dimuzio’s studio-based releases include his critically acclaimed (All Music Guide Pick) debut LP HEADLOCK.   His live releases Mono::Poly, Markoff Process, and Gench Concert Archives document a large number of his solo concerts. Dimuzio has toured North America and Europe, appearing at many prominent festivals and venues, including performances at New Music Actuelle, Festival International de Music Actuelle de Victoriaville, Ultraschall,The Great American Music Hall, Issue Project Room, The Walker Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art,  Kyma International Sound Symposium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Mellon Institute, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Exploratorium, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Michele Walther, Violin. Michèle Walther earned her M.M. from the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland. She later graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston majoring in jazz performance. She is a founding member of LaMuseMent; a trio with accordion, saxophone and violin. LaMuseMent recorded the CD orange heart under the Swiss label Altrisuoni. Michèle also loves to perform Argentine tango. She won first prize in Boston's Battle of the Tango Bands with Los Gatos Azules. As a member of Tangonero she won the CMC Shenson Award for their original stage production Malena. Recording credits include Resonance, Tangonero, The Boston String Quartet, LaMuseMent, and Oscar Stagnaro. Michèle has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, Gloria Estefan, Joe Lovano, John Cage, Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D'Rivera), Pablo Ablanedo Septet (jazz, latin; label fresh sound/new talent), Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (jazz; label fresh sound/new talent), The Boston String Quartet (CD Spectrum), Basel Sinfonietta, Mark Feldman, Steve Gadd, and more.

Angela Lee. Data Analyst and Live Mixing. Angela is a recent UC Berkeley graduate in Music and Statistics. She worked as the data analyst intern for The ClimateMusic Project, as an extra pair of hands in the studio in preparation of the piece, and does live mixing for the band on-stage. She became involved with the ClimateMusic Project after hearing about it through school and found the unique opportunity to be involved in different fields of study in this project. She hopes to continue studying music and technology and look more into sonification of data. 

VISUALS

David H. Tanaka, Creative Editor.   David Tanaka is an accomplished film editor and commercial filmmaker whose body of work spans motion picture visual effects and animation, as well as special venue productions. Classically trained in piano from the age of five, he received his BFA in Fine Arts/Film Theory at the University of California/Berkeley with a strong interest in film editing and musical score composition. At Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., he specialized in visual effects editing on such movies as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars.  He went on to become Pixar Animation Studios' special projects editor on Ratatouille, WALL-E, UP, and Toy Story 3. In 2012 Tanaka was key collaborator and creative editor on Pixar in Concert--an immersive orchestral retrospective of all Pixar movies, performed live and in synch to custom-edited montage projections. Recently he completed Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage--a symphonic production currently on tour, celebrating 50 years of the franchise's iconic music and memorable imagery. 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Riti Hegde. As social media lead, Riti engages our audiences and partners with informative and entertaining content.  She works closely with the rest of the team to ensure effective outreach and external communication.  Riti believes that climate change is the greatest issue facing humanity, and that it will be the root cause of socio-political conflict in the future.  Through her role, she hopes to spread the project's impact and ignite a desire for change in people her age.

ADVISORS

Velvet Voelz, Founding Co-Producer and Advisor. Velvet Voelz has managed various projects ranging from large-scale renewable energy power plants to local small business sustainability initiatives. She earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. She has a deep passion for working on projects that help mitigate climate change and is excited to merge her love for art and science with The ClimateMusic Project.

Marianna Grossman, Advisor. Marianna Grossman is founder and managing partner of Minerva Ventures, a consultancy focused on solutions for a resilient future. Minerva provides climate adaptation consulting services for companies and communities.  Minerva also guides clean tech startups in water, energy, remediation, finance, and climate analytics. Previously, Marianna led Sustainable Silicon Valley for seven years, working to create a more resilient region.  Before that she had corporate roles in the automotive, computer, and semiconductor industries. In addition to her work with the ClimateMusic Project,  Marianna serves on the California Climate Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan Technical Advisory Group for Governor Brown;  the Board of Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; California Congress of the International Living Future Institute; and the Advisory Council for Climate Action for the City of Palo Alto.  She earned a BA cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.   She specializes in bringing people and institutions together across sectors to collaborate, invent and implement solutions that enhance sustainability, build resilience, and address the consequences of climate change. 

Kelley Vendeland, Communications Advisor.  In her day job, Kelley Vendeland serves as Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications with Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar developers. She has more than seven years of marketing and communications experience, and has worked with organizations including Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Facebook.  Kelley is passionate about finding sustainable solutions power our world, an interest she comes by honestly; her father worked in the energy industry for more than three decades. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University.  

FILM

Darin Limvere, Documentary Filmmaker.  Darin graduated from Vancouver Film School in 2004 and has worked on network commercials, independent films, music videos, and collaborated/edited for Yosemite rock climber Dean Potter.  He has shot and co-created multiple skateboard related films for Red Bull which have aired on Fox’s Fuel TV in the US and throughout Europe.  In 2013 Darin produced and directed a 35 minute historical rock climbing documentary “The D.L.F.A.” and most recently he worked as the gaffer on the feature film “400 Days” starring Brandon Routh and Dane Cook. He seasonally lives in Joshua Tree, California where he focusses all of his energy into film making and rock climbing with as few distractions as possible.

 

 

Photograph provided by Melinda Fowler.

The ClimateMusic Project is operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Social Good Fund, based in Richmond, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.socialgoodfund.org