Maurice Saylor is a composer and performer based in Washington, D.C., with special affinities for vocal, chamber, and silent film music. His tuneful and quirky scores often showcase an interest in unusual combinations of instruments and blur the boundaries of style and genre. Beyond his founding of the Snark Ensemble and his extensive continuing work with that group, his concert music has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Library of Congress; and throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. It has also been broadcast over both commercial and National Public Radio.
Andrew Earle Simpson, composer, pianist, and organist, is associate professor and chair of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. A composer of opera, film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his most recent projects reflect an interest in theatrical music and silent film. He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council, among many others.
Phil Carluzzo is a composer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist living and working in New York City.
Benjamin S. Redwine is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing e-flat clarinet (because his hands were too small for the b-flat!) at the age of 6, studying with his grandfather, Loris Wiles who was principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra.
The Snark Ensemble group photo