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. 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 who has worked on issues related to international environmental policy for her entire career. Most recently, she 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, with a double major in Environmental Studies and Mathematics, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Dr. William Collins, Lead Science Advisor. Bill 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), Bill 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). 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. He 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. Andy 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. Andy 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 ClimateMusic 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. Andy holds a doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Rose Abramoff, Science Advisor. Rose 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. Alison 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. Alison is also an accomplished musician.
Erik Ian Walker, Composer (“Climate”). Erik 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.
Richard Festinger, Composer. Richard has garnered international recognition for his extensive catalogue of vocal and instrumental compositions. Writing for the 2011 Tanglewood Music Festival, Frank J. Oteri describes Festinger’s music as “notable for its combination of propulsive energy with an impeccable sense of poise and balance,” and WQXR Radio in New York has dubbed him “an American master.” Festinger is professor of composition at San Francisco State University where he is also Artistic Director of the Morrison Artists Series. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, and in the mid 1980¹s co-founded the acclaimed San Francisco based modern music ensemble Earplay. Festinger¹s music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and Wildcat Canyon Music Press, and his works have been recorded for the Naxos, Bridge, CRI, Centaur, and CRS labels. The recipient of numerous major awards and commissions, he has been honored with both the Walter Hinrichsen Award and an Academy Recording Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Laurie Goldman, Director, Public Engagement. Laurie is a veteran public policy professional who has held 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.
Dr. Sara Chun, Director, 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.
Violinist Michèle Walther is a performer, educator, and composer who divides her time between her home in San Francisco and her native Switzerland. Michèle has toured and performed in venues throughout Europe and North America, with Ian Anderson/ Jethro Tull, Gloria Estefan, Joe Lovano, Basel Sinfonietta, Mark Feldman, The Boston String Quartet, and many others. In the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a sought after performer and collaborator, performing among others with Resonance Jazz Ensemble, Musical Art Quintet, Alt Musica, Echelon. Michele was the soloist in "Birds of Paradise" by Carla Bley at the SFJazz Center with the Mandala Orchestra. She has recorded many albums, among others her solo album “Colibri”. Michele has premiered Swiss composer Bernard Schulé’s Sonata “Diptychon” for violin solo. In 2016, she composed most of the soundtrack for the documentary “Not Without Us” by film maker Mark Decena. Ms. Walther earned her M.M. at the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland. She then went on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a degree in jazz violin performance.
Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist residing in San Francisco, California. Inspired as much by John Cage as Led Zeppelin, Dimuzio's music is like a sonic excursion that transports the listener into other worldly aural realms. “His work has a narrative, filmic tug that will draw you into its dark corners, ears alert… brilliant and rarely less than entertaining.” (Peter Marsh, BBC) His recordings have been released internationally by ReR Megacorp, Asphodel, RRRecords, No Fun Productions, Sonoris, Drone Records, Record Label Records, Odd Size, Seeland, and other independent labels. Among his collaborators are Chris Cutler, Dan Burke, Joseph Hammer, Alan Courtis, Nick Didkovsky, Due Process, Voice of Eye, Fred Frith, David Lee Myers, Alaric, ISIS, 5uu's, Matmos, Wobbly and Negativland. Recent performances include AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, CCRMA at Stanford, Gray Area Buchla Festival, and Ende Tymes Festival of Experimental Art and Liberation. Dimuzio hosts KPFA’s monthly radio program Frequency Modulation Radio featuring live on-air fringe music performances and collaborations.
Scott Brazieal 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".
Bassist Bill Noertker has been active as a bassist, composer, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz and avant-garde community since the late 1980s. In 2001, he formed his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for compositions inspired by the work of visual artists (Klee, Kandinsky, Marc, Dalí, Miró), architects (Gaudí), and poets (Rilke, Stevens). Noertker has composed over 175 pieces of music for this group and has released ten CDs. He has also scored four films that showcase the intimately-scaled kinetic sculptures of David Beck, including the recent Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.” http://www.noertker.com/
Travis Bennet, Visuals. Travis is a technology artist whose work explores the complex nature of society’s relationship with emerging technologies such as AI, VR, Computer Vision, Motion Capture, Brain Computer Interfaces, and 3d Imaging. He is the co-founder and Creative Director of Kineviz, a data design firm specializing in building cutting edge visualization systems in Virtual Reality, and is also an advisor and "Chief Troublemaker" at Kinetech Arts, where he harnesses his crazy ideas to build art and technology for live interactive installations and performances.
Tony Dunnigan, Visuals. Tony is Creative Director at FXPAL (an enterprise process research center established by Fuji Xerox). Tony currently applies his design background to several projects in the Smart Spaces research area including USE and DICE. Previously at FXPAL, he was involved in developing a multi-channel security user interface that evolved into DOTS. As a visual designer, Tony is interested in human-computer interaction, developing simple user interfaces that allow people to make use of complex systems.
Don Kimber, Virtual Reality. Don is Principal Research Scientist at FXPAL. He focuses on research involving Mixed Reality. He explores the overlap between computer graphics, computer vision and sensor technology. Don’s previous work on aspects of FXPAL’s video surveillance project looked at presenting live video information into a virtual model as a natural bridge between virtual and real worlds. He has also been engaged in panoramic video (FlyCam), multiresolution video & automatic camera control for meeting recording (FlySPEC), and spatially indexed panoramic video based virtual touring (FlyAbout). Before joining FXPAL, Don spent 10 years at Xerox PARC as well such firms as Tymeshare, Excelan and Daisy. He received his B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology; a M.S. from U.C. Santa Cruz in Computer and Information Sciences, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering.
Darin Limvere, Documentary Filmmaker. Darin graduated from Vancouver Film School in 2004 and has worked on network commercials, independent films, and 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.
Daiane Lopes da Silva, Dance. Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer and the Artistic Director of Kinetech Arts. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium and the U.S.A. In Portugal, she worked with Lisbon Dance Company, Almada Dance Company, and DancArte. In the Bay Area, Daiane performed with Labayen Dance, KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, Copious Dance Theatre, Mudita Arts for Peace and Robert Moses’ Kin. Her residencies include RAW at The Garage, RAD at KUNST-STOFF arts, and Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Daiane studied with full scholarship at The Municipal Ballet of Sao Paulo and at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU.
David H. Tanaka, Creative Editor. David 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, David 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.
Weidong Yang, Data Animations. Weidong Yang founded Kinetech Arts, a non-profit company bridging dance, science and technology; and Kineviz, creating data visualization, analytics solution for large complex data set in VR. He received Ph. D. in Physics and M. S. in Computer Science. He has been granted ten US patents and has over 20 peer reviewed publications. He was a Djerassi resident artist and YBCA fellow in 2016.
Marianna Grossman, Advisor. Marianna 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 served on the California Climate Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan Technical Advisory Group for Governor Brown; she serves on 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.
Emily Rasky, Financial Advisor. Emily is a finance and strategy professional with a background in consulting as well as tech finance, and is currently a Director at Visa Inc. supporting the Digital Products group. Emily is passionate about sustainability and reversing climate change and enjoys using her finance knowledge and skills to advance these critical initiatives. Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and is an active CPA.
Velvet Voelz, Founding Co-Producer and Advisor. Velvet helped launch The ClimateMusic Project and was Co-Producer of the first musical piece, "Climate". She has also managed various projects ranging from large-scale renewable energy power plants to local small business sustainability initiatives. She has extensive asset management experience in the renewable energy sector and currently works for PureGen Power. She previously served as Director, Asset Management for Recurrent Energy, and worked for GCL Solar, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. She holds an MBA and MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman. Darian is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, after which he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101, edited the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101, and co-founded the world’s only conference series dedicated to social media for social good, Social Media for Nonprofits. Most recently, he launched the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters conference series to share the secrets to success, most valuable tips and tools, and sources of inspiration of the world’s most successful fundraisers with nonprofit professionals, and he assumed the Executive Director role at Numi Foundation, where he oversees their clean water and curriculum development programs. Darian is an in-demand fundraising consultant and board retreat facilitator, and a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.
Joel Makower. Joel is Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., and a well-respected voice on sustainable business and clean technology. He is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.
Michael Meehan. Michael has been a Chief Executive, entrepreneur, and adviser in technology and sustainability for almost 20 years and has advised companies, multinationals and governments around the world including the White House and the United Nations. Michael sits on the boards of several public and private institutions and is chairman of Digitalis Foundation, vice-chair of the Natural Capital Coalition, and former CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbonetworks, iVeridis, and other companies focused on the intersection of technology, sustainability, and innovation.
Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Named by National Geographic as an Emerging Explorer in 2014, Paul is a writer, artist and musician who lives and works in NYC. His award winning first book, Rhythm Science, was published by MIT Press in 2005, followed by Sound Unbound in 2008 and The Book of Ice in 2011. Miller's work has been exhibited at museums and biennials throughout the world. He has performed in a wide variety of venues including The Tate Modern, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Herod Atticus Theater at the Acropolis, and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists from Chuck D to Yoko Ono. The iPhone App he developed with Music Soft Arts has been downloaded several million times. Most recently, Paul was awarded a $100,000 Hewlett Foundation grant to work with the Internet Archive to create an 11-movement multimedia production for string quartet, vocalist, and an original electronic instrument.
Bruce Pickering. Bruce is Vice President of Global Programs at Asia Society, overseeing cross-Center program initiatives throughout the organization's global network. During his tenure, he has overseen an expansion of Asia Society's multidisciplinary activities in the Northern California region. He has fostered the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative, a partnership that brings together global experts from academia, government, the private sector and civil society to address urban sustainability challenges.
Randy Rosenberg. Randy is the Executive Director and Chief Curator at Art Works for Change which creates contemporary art exhibitions around the world to address crucial social and environmental issues. She brings to each project an academic and professional background as an international exhibiting artist, art therapist, educator and curator. She has provided curatorial and art consulting services worldwide for more than 30 years to a range of international and cultural organizations, including The World Bank, International Finance Corporation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She holds both Master’s in Art Therapy and Master of Fine Arts degrees.