Ariana Kramer, a Taoseña, has written poetry inspired by nature since childhood. She studied biology at Reed College and received her master’s in Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning from Portland State University. Kramer is an award-winning freelance writer and has contributed weekly articles to The Taos News’ Tempo magazine for the past eight years. In 2017, she and composer Andrea Clearfield were awarded a collaborative Aldo & Estella Leopold Writing Residency to work on a poetic/musical piece, “Transformed by Fire.” She is the curator of the 2018 SOMOS April Poetry Month events. For more, visit www.arianakramer.com.
Mark Jackson studied at The Boston Conservatory of Music. He has sung with many opera companies in the United States, and his career has taken him to several places in the world where he has given concerts and opera performances. He had the pleasure of singing with the “Taos Community Chorus” the role of “Elijah” in the 2010 spring production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and was the guest conductor in their 2012 fall production of A Festival of Opera Choruses. He recently was the soloist in the their concert of R.V. Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem He has performed with the “Taos Chamber Music Group”, given many recitals at the Harwood Museum and sang in Andrea Clearfield’s “Transformed by Fire” sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation there in August. He is pleased to sing this wonderful piece again. He teaches at the Taos Youth Music School and privately out of his “Taos Institute of Vocal Arts” studio.
Martha Shepp is a multi-disciplinary artist. She has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. A chamber player and an accompanist of dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists in both educational and professional settings, she also creates performances that incorporate moving image, poetry, dance, visuals, and music, and has been a lively collaborator with artists from all these disciplines in her many years as a practicing artist and classical musician. She is a co-founder of PianoTaos.