Octava

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Creators

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Dr. Linda Dusman

DMA

Linda Dusman’s creative output balances innovative undergraduate teaching with composition, exploring the richness of contemporary life from the personal to the political. She has recently received a grant from the Maryland Innovation Initiative to develop the use of tablet technologies as a real-time teaching tool in concert settings. Her solo CD I need no words contains sonic reflections on a variety of texts, from Joan Retallack to Emily Dickinson. Thundersnow, a piano trio, was premiered by Trio des Alpes in Italy in 2014. Her music has been awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music, the State of Maryland, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, among others. Her compositions are published and recorded by Neuma Records and Publications, as well as the Capstone, and New Albany labels. Dr. Dusman is a Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
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Eric Smallwood

MFA

As a visual artist and educator, Eric Smallwood’s creative practice utilizes animation, video, and installation art in exploring the relation between biology, art and memory. His personal works have been exhibited regionally and has contributed professionally to many unique research collaborations with partners including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Historical Society, the National Science and Engineering Festival, Maryland Public Television, and NASA. As a recipient of a Maryland Innovation Initiative grant in 2014, he has been developing Octava as a real-time concert companion and music education app. Specializing in the areas of 3D animation, interactive design and production, he currently teach as an Assistant Professor of Animation and Interactive Media at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).