Z-Lab University of California, Berkeley

People and Bios:

Lisa Wymore (

Lisa Wymore completed her graduate study at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Dance in 1998, she moved to Chicago and began her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Lisa has been awarded twice for her choreography by Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, and has been awarded several Community Arts Assistant Program Grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been seen in numerous festivals, including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Summer Solstice Celebration, Dance Chicago, and the Performing Arts Chicago PAC/edge Festival. In January 2004, she traveled to Vietnam working on a project entitled Artistic Voices Across Cultures in Collaboration. Wymore is now an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance.

She is Co-Artistic Director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, a dance/theater/multimedia group based in Berkeley. Wymore’s other projects include: creating distributed performances utilizing tele-immersion technology within the Z-Lab — a site for interative real-time collaboration, see Wymore is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.

New York University

People and Bios:

John Gilbert

John V. Gilbert is currently teaching in The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, where he served as Chair from 1985-1992. He holds the B.M. and B.A. from Texas Tech University and his masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He has composed multimedia works for dance, opera and musical theatre. His multimedia opera, Rotation, was featured in Stewart Kranz’s Technology in the Arts as an innovative application of technology to opera. His other compositions have featured works for keyboard, vocal, choral, instrumental, musical theatre, and computer music. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Danforth Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and a joint grant from the Texas Council for the Arts and the National Endowment. He serves as a judge for the Gleason Book Awards which is jointly sponsored by BMI, Rolling Stone Magazine, and NYU in recognition of outstanding books in the field of commercial and popular music. At NYU he played a key role in the development of the Music Business and Technology Programs, musical theatre and opera, including the summer musical theatre program. He worked closely with the music industry in assisting the establishment of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University.

Tom Beyer

Tom Beyer studied classical percussion with Paul Price and later studied jazz and ethnic music with percussion masters, Fredrick Waits, Eddie Blackwell, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart and Guillermo Franco. He has worked in most styles of music including various ethnic musics, jazz, rock, opera, theater and new media as a drummer, percussionist, composer, engineer, technologist and teacher.

Professor Beyer completed a Masters Degree in Music Composition at NYU/Steinhardt. In addition to being a member of the New York University Composers Ensemble, and a founding member of the newly formed International Composers & Interactive Artists, he is engaged in engineering and sound design projects throughout New York City. He also composes for various concert, Internet and multimedia projects. His awards and honors range from a Lincoln Center Award as a High School Student to recently receiving, each for two consecutive years, The NYU/Steinhardt Music Jack Krieselman and ASCAPlus Awards.

Professor Beyer has taught at The Center for Open Education, Emerson College, and The New School. He was the Director of the Electronic Music Program at The County College of Morris. Since 1998 he has been the Chief Systems Engineer for the Music Technology Program and the Network Administrator for NYU Steinhardt Music. He joined the adjunct music faculty at NYU Steinhardt in 1999.

Professor Beyer’s compositions, in many genres and with diverse instrumentations, range from solos to huge multimedia extravaganzas. His works have been performed in many venues and festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States. His interests are sound for visuals, synthesis, percussion, software and hardware design and the uses of technology.

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