CNSNC (Consonance) is a Baltimore-based composers' collective which started off as a group of friends who enjoy sharing our music with each other, and have since worked together towards a common goal of presenting and promoting contemporary music.
Zach Gulaboff Davis
Described as “beautiful, lyrical” and brimming with “unexpected harmonic shifts” (International Trumpet Guild), the music of Zach Gulaboff Davis centers on the core elements of musical narrative: Emotion, drama, and expression. Zach’s compositions have been performed across the globe at venues including Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, New York University, Bulgaria’s National Palace of Culture, Norway’s Arctic Cathedral, the national conferences of the International Trumpet Guild and North American Saxophone Alliance, and at schools of music and conservatories throughout the country. Gulaboff Davis’ works gave garnered nearly 20 national and international awards since he began compositional studies in 2013. Zach holds a B.A. in piano performance and composition/theory, summa cum laude, from Linfield College, Oregon, an M.M. in composition from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and a D.M.A. in composition and M.M. in music theory at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. In his spare time, Zach is active in American Kennel Club dog sports, where he travels the country as a licensed Dog Agility judge. Don’t ask him about the (countless) similarities between composing and designing Agility courses unless you have hours to spare!
Daniel Despins (b. 1994) seeks to capture the relentless endurance of the human spirit in each of his musical works, composing contemporary classical music flavored with many different styles, including jazz, folk, and traditional music. Daniel’s music has been performed in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the East Coast: Notable performances include the Peabody Institute Opera Etudes Program, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band, Christiana Winds, the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the Network for New Music Ensemble. In addition to composing, Daniel plays keys and sings in rock bands, and realizes his passion for the marching arts by writing shows and arrangements for bands of all shapes and sizes.
Bobby Ge (b. 1996) is a composer and pianist based in Baltimore, MD. His music possesses a strongly dramatic character informed by his love for film, and is influenced by strains of post-minimalism, late romanticism, and elements of high modernity. Ge’s works prioritize rhythm, color, and melodic clarity to form cogent and engaging arcs, weaving together complex polyrhythms, bright and sprightly orchestrations, and memorable melodies. His works have been performed by the Future Symphony Competition Orchestra, the Concerto Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, celli@berkeley, and many student performers.
Gu Wei (b. 1991) is an award-winning Singaporean composer whose music has been described as having ‘warmth of real splendour…'. Having lived in China, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany, he draws his influences from a wide range of sources and is a composer demonstrating versatility in his style and idiom. His music has been performed by ensembles including Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Peabody Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Wind Symphony among others. He is currently pursuing a Doctor in Musical Arts degree on a full scholarship at Peabody Conservatory, where he is also appointed as the Graduate Assistant in Music Theory. His major teachers include Kevin Puts, Oscar Bettison, David Smooke, Rob Keeley and Zechariah Goh.
Seo Yoon Kim
Seo Yoon Kim is a composer and violinist, born in South Korea. Her music takes inspirations from Russian literature, nature, and Korean culture. In June, Seo Yoon will take part in Longy’s Divergent Studio where she will be working with amazing musicians on her new chamber piece, Jogakbo.
Seo Yoon’s music has been performed across Korea, Russia, and the United States. Her first orchestral piece Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Night (1998) won the Special Prize in the 30th Seoul Music Festival. Her opera Masha and Three Bears (1997) and ballet Wolf and Seven Little Goats (2000) were performed numerous times by the Novosibirsk Philharmonie, in Russia. She has collaborated with musicians from Austin, TX, including Density512 and Orpheus Academy, and gave her debut in Baltimore, MD, with the opera Dear Father which was directed by Tony Arnold and Joann Kulesza as a part of Opera Etudes Project.
Seo Yoon is a William Bolcom and Joan Morris Fellow composer at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, where she will be working with the studio of soprano Tony Arnold and guitarist Manuel Barrueco in 2020. She is a proud recipient of the 49th Korean American Scholarship Foundation.
Seo Yoon is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition and music theory pedagogy at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying with composer Michael Hersch. She completed her undergraduate studies at Seoul National University with cum laude, earning degrees in musicology, Russian language and literature, and music education. Seo Yoon’s previous composition mentors include Yevgeniy Sharlat, Byung-dong Paik, Bong-ho Kim, and Mikhail Bogdanov.