Kyle J. Baker is a Nashville-based composer and impresario most known for directing Nashville’s Soundcrawl Festival. He composes for acoustic and digital forces with a recurring emphasis on rhythmic post-minimal structures. Classical in heritage, but vernacular in vocabulary, his music has garnered such attention as 2008 Belmont University Composition Prize, Honorable Mention in the 2008 Pathways Young Band Composition Contest as well as distribution by Brassworks4.com, His notable teachers include Ken Read, John LaBarbara, Delfeayo Marsalis and William Pursell. Born in Scotland and raised in St. Louis, Baker holds an M.Mus from Belmont University and makes his home in Cane Ridge, Tenn. with his wife Joy and cat Lili.
Kelby Carlson is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music working toward his bachelor of music in voice. In addition to ArtsNash he also writes articles for the Vanderbilt Torch, a politically oriented magazine on Vanderbilt’s campus. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance or a law degree after undergraduate school.
Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the chief theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman’s “The People vs Larry Flynt” among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).
Sara Estes is a writer and curator based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the gallery coordinator for the Carl Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries at Fisk University, working closely with The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of European and American Modern Art. She is also the assistant and apprentice to renowned paintings conservator Cynthia Stow of Cumberland Art Conservation. Estes is the co-founder and curator of the Nashville-based contemporary exhibition space, Threesquared. Her writing and art criticism has been featured in numerous local and national publications including BURNAWAY, Number, The Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, and ArtNow.
Lindsay George is a native Nashvillian and is an avid supporter of the Nashville arts community. She has two Bachelor’s degrees from Belmont University in Music and Public Relations. A musician and songwriter, George has released three albums and has had songs featured in several TV shows including “The Finder” and “Californication.” She is also an active member of Historic Nashville, Inc., and is an advocate for historic preservation and restoration. George reviews jazz and pop music, design, architecture and fashion.
Tim Ghianni is a lifelong journalist and author in Middle Tennessee. He was a nationally honored columnist and editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville for 14 years, at the Nashville Banner for its last 10 years of existence and then spent the final 10 years of his newspaper career at The Tennessean before being “bought out” in August of 2007. His newspaper years – which included encounters with murderers, mayors and movie stars, from James Earl Ray to O.J. Simpson and his friend Kris Kristofferson – are chronicled in his 2012 book “When Newspapers Mattered: The News Brothers & their Shades of Glory.” When John Seigenthaler hosted Ghianni for a Word on Words show about that book, he called it “an obituary on newspapers …. but it’s funny” (or words to that effect. ) Ghianni continues to write for local and national publications and for his They Call Me Flapjacks blog; he is also Tennessee and Kentucky correspondent for Reuters. His recently published book, “Shoebox Full of Toads: Farewell to Mom,” chronicles his hours spent at his mother’s deathbed, telling her how she affected his life. A heartwarming, occasionally funny book, it is available for $25 – including shipping and handling — from Ghianni by writing him at 471 Rochelle Drive, Nashville, TN 37220. His latest, “Monkeys Don’t Wear SILVER SUITS: Kelly’s Little Green Men & the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse,” a “non-fiction novel” (co-authored with his “When Newspapers Mattered” partner Rob Dollar) chronicling the folklore and fact of a 1955 alien invasion in Southern Kentucky, just has been released. All three books are available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
David Grapes is an award-winning playwright, director, teacher, actor, author and reviewer who has been working in and writing about theater for over 35 years. He served from 1999-2005 as the Producing Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre. There he produced 36 productions including three world premieres, established an “off-Broadway season” of contemporary plays, worked with numerous guest stars, expanded the Rep’s education department, forged new relationships with local academic and cultural institutions, initiated two co-productions with sister theater Arkansas Rep and was the recipient of 8 “Tennie Awards” from The Tennessean for Best Direction. David’s 2001 production of West Side Story featuring the late Kenneth Schermerhorn and Nashville Symphony was recorded for Naxos International and has received numerous national and international awards. Early in his working life he served as an arts stringer for the Booth Newspaper Corporation. His writing has appeared in numerous media outlets, including American Theatre Magazine and Backstage Magazine. Follow him through his blog, on Twitter (@DavidGrapes) and Facebook.
Michael Harrison lived in Nashville from 2006 to 2009 and has recently returned. He holds degrees in music theory from the University at Albany and choral conducting from the University of Iowa and has done doctoral work in historical performance practice and choral music at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. He founded the Palestrina Choir of Washington, D.C. and directed it for twenty years. His choral compositions have been performed by a variety of church and community choirs, including three in Nashville.
Megan Kelley is a maker, thinker, and do-er based in Nashville, TN. An advocate for dialogue in contemporary art, Kelley is an active contributor to a variety of diverse publications and arts initiatives, including writing for Number Inc, curating for the project space 40AU, and working with Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts. Hir social practice, as both artist and curator, revolves around providing educational and developmental opportunities to artists and audiences alike; a fascination with the complexities of communication and narrative; and inviting others into collaboration, curiosity, and cross-pollination. Read more at studiOmnivorous, do more through Messner Point, and play more at The Inbound Lands.
Susan W. Knowles is an Independent Curator and Art Historian in Nashville who has organized numerous exhibitions, including the national traveling “Red Grooms: Selections from the Graphic Work” for the Tennessee State Museum and “From the Mountains to the Mississippi: Contemporary Tennessee Women Artists” for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Her criticism has been published in Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Number, and the Nashville Scene and she has produced art features for Nashville Public Radio.
Rick Malkin is a professional photographer and drummer who loves the arts and regularly performs with other musicians at Boiler Room Theatre and elsewhere while shooting publicity stills for many performing arts productions. He owns and operates Rick Malkin Photography.
Logan L. Masterson was a longtime Nashville resident and arts lover. He covered the Nashville theater scene for The Examiner, and reviewed films, fiction, and other media for Fantasy Magazine, Themestream, and his own website. He was a design contributor to the annual Killer Nashville writers’ conference, and also served as Literary Editor for Digital Fabber Magazine. Logan was a published poet and novelist as well.
Katie Mills is from originally from Palm Springs, Calif., and is currently a senior at Vanderbilt University working towards her bachelor’s degree in English and History. In addition to ArtsNash, she also is the publisher and layout editor of the Vanderbilt Torch, a conservative-oriented magazine created by and for Vanderbilt students. She hopes to remain in Nashville following her graduation this May.
Joe Nolan is the visual arts editor. He is a poet, musician, artist and critic who distills the city’s gallery scene from Nashville’s east side. Find out more about his projects at joenolan.com. (Photo of Joe Nolan by John Rogers)
Maranda Orrell is a senior at Vanderbilt University pursuing a degree in History with a minor in Music. She also participates in student organizations, focusing on goals ranging from improving childhood literacy to honoring academic achievement. Maranda hopes to complete her Nashville bucket list and enjoy many of the arts and entertainment sites the city has to offer before she graduates.
Quinton Parker is a Nashville native, an upright bassist and has been an active part of the local music scene for seven years. He studied at MTSU’s School of Journalism.
Karen Parr-Moody began her career as a New York journalist, working as a fashion reporter for Women’s Wear Daily, a beauty editor for Young Miss and a beauty and fashion writer for both In Style and People magazines. Regionally she has written for www.clarksvillenow.com, The Leaf-Chronicle and Nashville Arts magazine.
John Pitcher is the chief classical music, jazz and dance critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He has been a classical music critic for the Washington Post, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, National Public Radio’s Performance Today (NPR), ArtNowNashville.com and the Nashville Scene. His writings about music and the arts have also appeared in Symphony Magazine, American Record Guide and Stagebill Magazine, among other publications. Pitcher earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied arts writing with Judith Crist and Phyllis Garland. His work has received the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding classical music criticism.
Steven Sloan is a senior Music Composition and Theory major at Vanderbilt University. Hailing from Arlington, Va., Sloan is an avid sports fan, ultimate frisbee player and music enthusiast: He is just as likely to be seen at the Mercy Lounge as he is at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Composition.
Kate Voss is an entertainment writer from Chicago who has covered everything from Sean Penn to solar panels.
Ron Wynn is a music critic, author and editor. His features, reviews and articles have run locally in the Nashville Scene, The City Paper (Nashville) and on ArtNowNashville.com among others. Wynn is currently sports editor for the Tennessee Tribune and a contributor to Jazz Times. He is former editor of the New Memphis Star and former chief jazz and pop music critic for the Bridgeport Post-Telegram and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Wynn has contributed to such publications such as Billboard, The Village Voice, Creem, Rock & Roll Disc, Living Blues, The Boston Phoenix, and Rejoice. He was the editor of the first edition of The All Music Guide to Jazz (1994), and from 1993 to 1994 served as the jazz and rap editor of the All Music Guide. Wynn is the author of The Tina Turner Story. He has contributed liner notes for numerous albums; his liner notes for “The Soul of Country Music” received a 1998 Grammy nomination.