Synchromy is a composers’ collaborative producing engaging new music events that foster greater understanding and connections between the people of Los Angeles, elevating the presence of the music being created here and around the world.

Synchromy creates the space needed for musicians, composers, and music-lovers to come together and experience work being written right here and right now. The individuals of Synchromy do not have a unified compositional style. We will never limit ourselves to one school of composition, or one genre, or one anything. There can never be a single Los Angeles style of music because of the stunning diversity of cultural influences and backgrounds that serve to make Los Angeles an exciting place to live. Our concerts aim to reflect the variety of musical voices sounding in this vibrant city.

This is an exciting time to be a musician in Los Angeles. A new groundswell of grass-roots performing arts organizations is slowly and with determination changing the new music scene in this city. At Synchromy, any compositional voice can find a place, and our audiences expect high quality performances and enormous creativity from their artists. We are thrilled to provide the Los Angeles community with engaging concerts featuring the music of the 21st century.

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Composers

JASON BARABBA
Executive Director / Composer


Composer Jason V. Barabba's work has been called “deeply meditative” by Fanfare Magazine. His music has been performed by such diverse musicians as the Arneis Quartet, Janaki String Trio, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the California E.A.R. Unit, and Chicago's Quintet Attacca. Reviews of the 2011 premiere of Barabba’s work “Diddling: Considered as One of the Exact Sciences,”said “Barabba’s ‘Diddling’ was plain evidence of this composer’s tremendous talent and ability to evoke laughter from the listener – not an easy task.” After receiving a B.A. in Latin American Studies at Occidental College, Mr. Barabba studied music composition at the University of Chicago, University of California at Irvine, and UCLA. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Recordings of Barabba’s music have been commercially released on the Yarlung Records, MMC Recordings and Navona Records labels. For more information, please visit www.jasonbarabba.com.

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VERA IVANOVA
Recordings Manager / Composer


Vera Ivanova
is a Russian-born composer currently based in Los Angeles and Orange County, where she teaches at Chapman University and The Colburn Academy for Young Artists. She graduated from the Moscow Special Central Music School, Moscow Conservatory, Guildhall School in London (M.M.), Eastman School (Ph.D.). Her works have been performed worldwide and released on five different CDs.

Ms. Ivanova is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards at 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 8th International Mozart Competition, International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004, ASCAP Morton Gould Award, 8th International Piano Competition at Orleans. More information is available at www.veraivanova.com.

NICK NORTON
Public Relations Manager / Composer

Nick Norton is a composer, guitarist, and concert producer from Los Angeles. He is interested in the colorful grey areas between genres, creating new experiences for listeners, and destroying social barriers to enjoying music. The LA Times describes his music as crazy, NewMusicBox referred to his pieces as “visceral sonic haiku,” and Fool In The Forest said they were “fit to melt steel.” Nick is co-artistic director of Equal Sound, founder and editor of New Classic LA, and plays in the bands Honest Iago, Better Looking People With Superior Ideas, and The Newports. He really enjoys craft beer, sci fi and being near or in the ocean, and holds degrees from UC San Diego and King’s College London. He is currently pursuing his PhD in composition from UC Santa Barbara. More at nickwritesmusic.com.

Nick Norton. Photo by Lindsey Best.
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THOMAS KOTCHEFF
Composer

A native of Los Angeles, Thomas Kotcheff (b. 1988) has been establishing himself in Southern California as a successful composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” (icareifyoulisten.com) and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine). He has received commissions from The Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee, The Argus Quartet, Peabody Camerata, Trio Appassionata, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and Sandbox Percussion amongst others. For more information, please visit www.thomaskotcheff.com.

Board of Directors

Jason Barabba's biography is above.

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Scott Graff

Scott Graff, bass/baritone, has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Catacoustic Consort, the Carmel Bach Festival, California Bach Society, and Synchromy. In November 2014, he made his Mexico City debut singing the role of Farasmane in Musica Angelica’s production of Handel’s Radamisto, performed at Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mr. Graff is an active ensemble singer in the greater Los Angeles area: he is in his fifteenth season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and he sings regularly with the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, whose recording Padilla: Sun of Justice was awarded the 2007 Grammy© for best small ensemble recording. In addition to live performance, Mr. Graff also participates in soundtrack recordings for film and television; recent projects include Frozen, Avatar, Wreck-it Ralph, and several Mickey Mouse Short cartoons. He resides in Long Beach, California with his wife Alison, a conductor and soprano, and their two children.

Mr. Graff’s professional life also includes work beyond the world of music. He is currently a technical editor with Psomas, a Los Angeles-based civil engineering and survey firm, working in their Resource Management division. He has 20 years of experience in preparing environmental compliance documentation for public and private sector clients throughout Southern California. Highlights include assisting with preparation of the environmental impact reports required for approval and construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall and the refurbished shell at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tom Flaherty

Tom Flaherty has received grants, prizes, awards, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Music Center, the Pasadena Arts Council, the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Delius Society, the University of Southern California, "Meet the Composer", and Yaddo.

Published by Margun Music, Inc. and American Composers Editions, his music has been performed throughout Europe and North America, by such new music ensembles as Dinosaur Annex in Boston, Speculum Musicae and Odyssey Chamber Players in New York, Earplay and Volti in San Francisco, Concorde in Dublin, Gallery Players in Toronto, XTet and Ensemble GREEN in Los Angeles; and by such performers as soprano Lucy Shelton, guitarists David Starobin, Peter Yates and Matthew Elgart, organist William Peterson, pianists Genevieve Lee, Susan Svercek, Charlotte Zelka, and Karl and Margaret Kohn.

His music is recorded on the Albany. Klavier, Bridge, SEAMUS, Capstone, and Advance labels.

He earned degrees at Brandeis University, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the University of Southern California; his primary teachers in composition include Martin Boykan, Bülent Arel, Robert Linn, and Frederick Lesemann. He studied cello with Timothy Eddy and Bernard Greenhouse.A founding member of the Almont Ensemble, he currently holds the John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professorship in Music and is Director of the Electronic Studio at Pomona College. He is an active cellist in the Los Angeles area.

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Andrew Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen has always been a creative collaborator.  With a BA in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton, he has been an independent business consultant for the past eleven years, instrumental in launching many new businesses and ventures, marketing, strategizing, and developing brands. He is now the Technical Product Manager for Retail Applications at Lucky Brand Jeans.

Also a career coach, he has helped cultivate personal brands, inspiring others to tap into their strengths and build on their weaknesses.  Although a piano dropout, Mr. Nguyen surrounds himself with art in various forms including visual, musical, artisanry, and culinary, continuously seeking to explore and promote the unique and the unconventional.

Ann Noriel

Mrs. Noriel is President and co-founder of Southland Sings; touring five original productions as well as writing and producing musicals, and developing and teaching songwriting and vocal workshop residencies for several LA and Orange County school districts and performing arts centers. Mrs. Noriel also tours as principal artist with Opera a la Carte, performing lead roles in their large productions and their concert tour ensemble. She has also performed with San Jose Ballet, Los Angeles Opera’s Community Programs, Opera Pacific and several other Southern California arts organizations and orchestras.