Through our back-end services agreement with the Center for New Music, the following key personnel are assigned to manage and implement SFCMP’s administrative and production activities:
Adam Fong (Project Manager) Adam has worked as a composer, performer, and producer of new music since completing his MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney and Wadada Leo Smith. As Associate Director of Other Minds (2006–2012), Fong produced six editions of the annual Other Minds Festival, dubbed the “premier new music festival on the West Coast” (Los Angeles Times), and many special projects including the CD reissues of Conlon Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano and The Complete Music of Carl Ruggles, tribute concerts to Ruth Crawford Seeger, Henry Cowell, and Dane Rudhyar, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Fluxus, and the American Premiere of 18 Microtonal Ragas based on “Solo for Voice 58″ by John Cage. Fong’s own compositions have been performed internationally in Auckland, London, Berlin, Tübingen and Darmstadt, at many US universities, and throughout California, by performers including the two-piano team Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. In 2008, he co-founded Emerging Arts Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area, a network dedicated to the development and growth of next generation arts and culture workers; he was Chair of Business Development in 2010-11 and became Director in 2011. Adam also holds a master’s degree from Stanford University (English). He has lectured on experimental music and received international publication of his scholarly and creative work, and serves on advisory boards, panels, and committees at the local and national level.
Luis Escareño (Administrative Manager) Luis is a composer/performer and founding member of the Bay Area concert promoter SFNewMusic, where he served as Artistic Director of their Sounds of the America’s concert series. Luis has also served as president of the LACC Composers Club, an organization which helps inner city youth acquire recordings of their compositions. Luis has written and arranged for various performers and ensembles including Ruslan Biryukov, Nonsemble 6, The Living Earth Show, Bunnies and Kitties, and is currently working on commissions from both the The Mobius Trio, and the Los Angeles Cello Quartet. In the Spring of 2011 the Glendale Philharmonic programmed his work “Reflections of Lost Plains” as part of their “Positive Motions” concert series. Luis recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied under Ryan Brown and the late Conrad Susa.
Jon Yu (Production Manager) Jon is a composer and guitarist currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a B.A. in Music from University of California, Santa Cruz, studying under Hi-Kyung Kim, John Sackett, and Ben Leeds Carson; and a M.A. in Music Composition from San Francisco State University, studying under Richard Festinger and Benjamin Sabey. He has received fellowships from festivals such as the June in Buffalo Festival and the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat. His works have been performed throughout the United States by ensembles such as Jarring Sounds, Ensemble Signal, and Wet Ink Ensemble. Current projects include new pieces for the Living Earth Show and flutist Wayla J. Chambo. Besides his composition pursuits, Jon also plays in and tours with a number of Bay Area rock bands.