Jon Rose: When he's not busy being chased down by militaries with tear gas and stun grenades for turning border fences into musical instruments, Jon Rose is probably creating a chamber orchestra of bicycle powered instruments, developing interactive violin bow technology, writing a two volume history of a family that doesn't exist, confusing the hell out of unsuspecting morning talk show hosts, disrupting live performances of Tchaikovsky with previously unheard violin solos, or being evicted from the grounds of the Sydney Opera House by security.
Bob Ostertag:A kayak instructor who is rumored to have connections to the shadowy guerilla media pranksters The Yes Men(read his interview with RoR director Steve Elkins about this here), Bob Ostertag has been exploring the tension between human bodies and machines through decades of instrument building, software design, and spending extended time in places where bombs are falling. His radically diverse musical collaborators include dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove, drag diva Justin Bond, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, Quebecois film maker Pierre Hébert, avant garder John Zorn, and the Kronos Quartet. Ostertag has published a history of independent journalism in the United States since the Civil War, serves on the board of directors for QuestionCopyright.org, and is currently a professor of technocultural studies at UC Davis.
Miya Masaoka:Miya Masaoka has created works for koto, laser interfaces, and uses music to investigate the social patterns of insects, as well as the physiological responses of plants, the human brain, and her own body. Other projects include her invention of a new language, Kosectese, which is derived from the sound of insects and Japanese and Hindustani phonemes.
John Luther Adams: Described by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century," John Luther Adams has been on a search for what he describes as "an ecology of music," and "music of place." Having explored the sonic geography of Alaska through birdsong, Alaska Native language and drumming, and the geophysical phenomena of the land and sky, Adams was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Nemmers Prize in Music Composition "for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries." His recent composition "Inuksuit" for nine to ninety-nine percussionists has the audience literally hike through the piece, as musicians perform from a score based on the architecture of stone cairns constructed by Inuit people in the Arctic. JLA is currently at work on Ilimaq - an extended piece for drummer Glenn Kotche (of Wilco) - and writing his third book titled "True Places: An Atlas of Memory."
Kronos Quartet:David Harrington summed up Kronos Quartet well when he said, "I've always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be. But it has to be expressive of life. To tell the story with grace and humor and depth. And to tell the whole story, if possible." Their work speaks for itself: they've performed pieces by Jimi Hendrix, Ornette Coleman, and John Zorn; collaborated with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, David Bowie, Sigur Ros, DJ Spooky, Howard Zinn, Tom Waits, Nine Inch Nails, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Mexican rockers Café Tacuba, Bollywood "playback singer" Asha Bhosle, Argentine Tango Nuevo master Astor Piazzolla, Steve Reich, and NASA (yes, the space program) amongst countless others. Their work with some of the artists in "The Reach Of Resonance" is part of the subject of the film.
Steve Elkins (director):
Private investigator, "Venetian" gondolier, writer, musician, and composer, Steve Elkins' photography has been exhibited internationally, and he was named Best Visual Artist Of 2009 by OC Weekly. "The Grammar Of Fire," his true recount of being asked to lead a riot in the slums of Bombay was published in 2007 by Warner Bros and Ad Astra Books.
Elkins has spent much of the first decade of the 21st century interviewing and filming a wide variety of pioneering composers and free improvisers, which has resulted in his first feature film, "The Reach Of Resonance." Based on his work for this film, Elkins served on a panel of judges for the 2010 Smalls Street Sounds Film Competition, alongside Rolling Stone Magazine Design Director Owen Fegan, Sundance Channel Director of Branded Entertainment Monique Frumberg, A&E VP of On-Air Promotions Valerie Albanese, Partizan Director Nima Nourizadeh, and Founder of The Warren Report and Head of Development for LOCKSPRING PICTURES Warren Etheredge.
Elkins is currently in pre-production on his second feature film, part of which will be shot in Switzerland's Large Hadron Collider (CERN).
David Marks (producer):
Co-founder of Candela Films, David Marks has been immersed in a diverse career as a teacher of autistic children, a cook at a jazz club, a nanny in Sweden, a musical instrument salesman, writer & director of an
animated web series, and a full-time editor.