: Adam G Holofcener is a sound artist, composer, and performer from Baltimore, MD, USA. His work ebbs and flows between digital and analog efforts with an emphasis on a synergistic interplay between the two: one informing the other, literally and otherwise, ad infinitum. The theoretical underpinnings for his work come from a variety of sources but primarily congeal around the personal and communal ethical and existential morays formed by the body politic. This includes engagements with white privilege, domestic telecommunications policy, subprime mortgage loans, and copyright law. Holofcener’s work varies greatly. Recently, he installed an interactive sound installation that explored the complex interactions relevant to caregivers, had his compositions played alongside puppet accompaniment at the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, and improvised internet jazz all over the place. Adam is also the Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and a Dad. www.adamgholofcener.com
Steven Lugerner: Multi-instrumentalist / composer Steven Lugerner lives in San Francisco, CA. As a bandleader, Lugerner leads both SLUGish Ensemble, an amoeba-like group dedicated to original compositions & arrangements in addition to JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting post-bop quintet dedicated to the music of late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim – An Eight Out of Nine (2018), JACKNIFE: The Music of Jackie McLean (2016), Gravitations Vol 1-3 (2013-15) For We Have Heard (2013), Narratives (2010) & These Are The Words (2010). His compositions have been described as “a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation” by The Village Voice – while the New York Times calls him “an impeccably trained multi- reedist.” The San Francisco Examiner as praised “Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.”
In a relatively short period of time, 30-year-old Bay Area native Steven Lugerner has collaborated with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters including, Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch, pioneering pianist Myra Melford; drum legends Albert “Tootie” Heath, Matt Wilson, John Hollenbeck and Allison Miller; saxophonists Jane Ira Bloom, Dayna Stephens and Anat Cohen ; trumpeter Ralph Alessi, flutist Jamie Baum and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Lugerner also works full-time at the Stanford Jazz Workshop as Faculty Direction / Camp Director, and he is also one of the co-founders of Slow & Steady Records, a non-profit record label dedicated to showcasing west coast creative music.
: Sarah Hughes is a performing artist from Pasadena, Maryland. On the collegiate level, Sarah studied first with the classical saxophonist, Dale Underwood, at the University of Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education in 2008 and taught beginning band and strings programs for five years before leaving Maryland in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. There, she studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Donny McCaslin. Having absorbed a rich variety of concepts and styles, Sarah returned to Baltimore/Washington DC in 2016 to find out who she is. Thanks to the curators and band leaders in the area, Sarah performs regularly in solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble formats at such local venues as Rhizome in Takoma Park and various art galleries, museums, and concert spaces in DC, Maryland, and New York. She is currently an adjunct member of the jazz faculty at Towson University and teaches privately at Music and Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Sarah’s style and musical interests are ever evolving as she is active in both the jazz and experimental/electronic realms. Her social and political beliefs often shape her art-making and manifest through her approach to and the language of her performances. The best way to hear and see what she is up to is to attend a live performance. Events are often listed here at www.sarahmariehughes.com
Nicoletta de la Brown: Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown is a producer, host, performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, mother of four, self love champion, and unicorn. Nicoletta is the founder of Vida Mágica Love LLC, providing healing-centered engagement through interactive workshops, immersive activations, and multi-sensory experiences. Nicoletta is Black Latinx; proud to be a first generation Panamanian born in the United States and comes from a long line of healers.
Natalia Arias: Natalia Celine Arias is a multifaceted artist and designer from Miami, Florida. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also focused on Sound Art, Illustration, and Video/Film Arts. With a passion for creative direction and exploring nostalgia, she dedicates herself to music, film, and pop culture while emphasizing strong ties to diversity in the entertainment industry within her work. She currently resides in Baltimore, MD where she actively explores design as the Graphics and Video Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She also performs spoken word poetry and music as her alter ego, CELINE.
Doors open at 8:30, music begins at 9
The Red Room at
Normals Books and Records
425 E. 31st Street
Baltimore, MD 21218