Vox Novus Festival
  • Vox Novus Festival - 15 years of new music
  • Vox Novus - presenting tomorrow's music today
  • xMX - eXperimental Music Video
  • Circuit Bridges - connecting electroacoustic music
  • 60x60 Dance - madness that makes the cultural world go round
  • Composer's Voice - it's on the edge of what's happening
  • Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame - champions of new music
Vox Novus Festival - 15 years of new music1 Vox Novus - presenting tomorrow's music today2 xMX - eXperimental Music Video3 Circuit Bridges - connecting electroacoustic music4 60x60 Dance - madness that makes the cultural world go round5 Composer's Voice - it's on the edge of what's happening6 Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame - champions of new music7

Directors

Robert Voisey - Vox Novus Founder and Director

Composer, producer, singer, Robert Voisey has been described as “mad” by the New York Times and publications around the globe. The LA Times highlighted Voisey as a composer using creativity to get his work heard. He has succeeded in bringing his music to more than 40 countries in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Winter Garden Atrium in New York City, London’s Stratford Circus, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Tompkins Park in New York City and Chashama’s street window on 37th street in New York City, as well as TV, radio, off-off broadway productions, movie screenings, bars, and a 3-story video installation projected against a building.

Robert Voisey is the Executive Director of Vox Novus, a new music production and promotion company. Through Vox Novus, he founded and directs the performance projects: 60x60, Composer’s Voice, Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, and Circuit Bridges resulting in more than 500 performances promoting thousands of composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, and artists. He is also the Organizational Advancement Director of Electronic Music Midwest and is active in promoting contemporary new music projects throughout the world.

Milica Parnanosic - xMV Director

Critically acclaimed composer Milica Paranosic has established herself as one of New York’s finest and most daring composers, performance artists, producers, and technologists. Her music was described as “Amazing…astonishing,” (The New York Times), “Like liquor-filled pralines,” (Germany’s Morgenpost), and “A painter, musical Jackson Pollack,” (SEAMUS). Milica’s works range from one-woman multimedia shows and sound installations to operatic and symphonic works. Inspired by her travels and international collaborations, Milica imaginatively incorporates music of her Serbian homeland in addition to cross-continental muses such as Brazil, Ghana and China, always striving to create new sound worlds in which contrasting concepts vividly coexist in unique textures.

Milica is recipient of many honors and awards; her work was commissioned by major NYC organizations such as American Composers Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, VisionIntoArt and Buglisi Dance Theater and has appeared at stages of Symphony Space, Zankel Hall/Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center, BAM café, Bohemian National Hall and many others. International and intercontinental highlights include BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia), EtnaFest (Catania, Italy) and Internacional De Música Contemporânea Ppgmus-Ufba, (Bahia, Brazil). Her recent commission by the American Composers Orchestra's for an opener of their 2012-13 season at the Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, was co-sponsored by the LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton.

Milica’s Film scores include original score for Cure by Andrea Staka and Prokleta je Amerika by Boban Skerlic.

Since 1995, Milica has been on the music faculty of The Juilliard School where she co-founded and produced Beyond the Machine, Juilliard’s Festival of Electronic Music. She has taught and created curricula in varied settings such as Belgrade Music University, San Diego State University, Franklin Marshall College, Brotherhood Sister Sol, and 92nd Street Y. She maintains an active private teaching studio, working with professional musicians and beginners, ranging from 5 to 93. Furthering her deep commitment to education and outreach, Milica founded Give to Grow, an education initiative, which brings music technology to developing communities in Ghana.

She has recently returned from Shanghai, China, where she was a Composition Faculty of FaceArt Internations, working on implementing composition and music technology programs.

Milica is current co-director of Composers Concordance, music director of Gallery MC, and founder and director of Paracademia LLC

Melissa Grey - Circuit Bridges Artistic Director

Composer Melissa Grey’s projects include concert works, electroacoustic performances, installations, food+music events, and collaborations with artists and architectural designers. Recent works have been published by The MIT Press and exhibited or performed at the National Gallery of Canada, Goethe-Institut, The Stone, Spectrum, BolteLang, Dorsky Gallery, Judson Church, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), International Computer Music Conference, Alphabet City Festivals 2010 AIR and 2009 WATER, Cinesonika: First International Film and Video Festival of Sound Design, Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, and others. Grey is Part-Time Lecturer at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City where she teaches Sound Studies.

Fran Sperling - 60x60 Dance Dance Director

Fran Sperling ’s segue into circus arts evolved from a love of dance and magic. Over the years, she has danced with Muzia Dance Theatre, an acrobatic based dance company with influences from Graham and Pilates. Fran has worked with Soundance, Sean Curran, Terry Beeman, and the NY Theatre Ballet, and was awarded a scholarship to Pierre Dulaine’s American Ballroom Theatre. Fran was proud to have been chosen to teach at the inception of Dulaine’s inner-city school Dancing Classrooms program, where it has since flourished and become highly recognized for its cultivation of life skills in children through social dance. She also performed and danced with the magic duo Mundaka and Illumnya, where she learned the secrets of top magic acts!

Fran is currently a member of Above and Beyond Dance Company, where aerial and groundwork mesh.

Her circus career took flight when she became the top-mounter ( or flyer) of a two-woman acrobatic duo. Acrobrats traveled worldwide and performed for Donald Trump, Patricia Birch, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Out of Doors Festival, Big Apple Circus, MTV and new world festivals, circuses and events.

Enjoying her new found heights, Fran took flight and fancy to the trapeze and eventually any other apparatus one could hang from above.

Some of her credits include Late Night with David Letterman, Bindlestiff Circus, Big Apple Circus, Zipper Theatre. Streb, Cirquetacular Entertainment, Chezzam, and Heliummm Entertainment, as well as a Phish Concert in Madison Square Garden, where she danced in the air over 20,000 fans.

Fran started her own company in 2008. Skybody Aerial Entertainment and Fitness offers Aerial entertainment and choreography for events and shows, and provides Aerial fitness programs for gyms and studios. As an Aerial instructor, her classes have been seen on Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, TV Guide Network, Pix 11 News, CBS’s Toni On NY, as well as hailed by magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Self and NY Magazine.

Andrea Skurr - 60x60 Dance Dance Director

Daydreamer and visionary at heart, Andrea Skurr is devoted to ushering dance into sacred spaces and ordinary places. A foundation in gymnastics and piano lessons paved the way for her earning a BA in Dance and Music from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. There she discovered her movement voice as a conduit through which to communicate, express and inspire. This later breathed life into her company, Ruah, Inc, which aims to reunite arts & humanity by honoring the human spirit throughout the creative process, on the stage and in the world. Collaboratively the dance company creates kinesthetic experiences that engage the senses and encourage connectedness.

Over the years, Andrea has enjoyed working with several modern/aerial dance companies including MeCo, Time Lapse Dance, Vox Novus, General Mischief and Above & Beyond Dance. In 2012, she participated in Vertigo Dance Company's first international training program in Israel and afterwards traveled around the world researching the arts and connecting with people. Performance venues Andrea's performed at in NYC include Joyce Soho, Alvin Ailey, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Streb’s SLAM, Triskelion Arts, the JCC, Jennifer Muller/The Works (Hatch), the Zipper Theatre and the Dance Parade. Alongwith co-directing this year's 60x60 Dance, she has directed the Breast Cancer Awareness benefit dance concert at The JCC, LIC Arts Open at The Metropolitan Building, The Trunk Show at Jeffrey Leder Gallery, and December Dance at Jan Hus Church.

"The arts naturally exhibit the power to connect and heal, two of my favorite things. When we come together to celebrate these treasures, magic happens. I feel blessed to be a part of the magic that Brookfield is hosting, Vox Novus is producing, the show Fran and I are forming and the dance the choreographers are creating."

Douglas DaSilva - Composer's Voice Artistic Director

Composer, guitarist, educator, filmmaker, Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice Concert Series and Premiere Salon Concerts, Douglas DaSilva is dedicated to promoting the music of living composers. His “Stabat Serban” was performed at the George Enescu Festival by cellist Maestro Serban Nichifor. His “Rondellhund” was performed by Bateira Trio at Carnegie Hall. His extensive work with children keeps him sane; giving him the opportunity to share his love for music with future generations.