Heart of Glass

In Heart of Glass, Blondie’s hit song will be re-imagined by six different Los Angeles composers
in the Isaura String Quartet’s first ever pops concert. 

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Eric KM Clark 
John Eagle
Morgan Lee Gerstmar 
Kevin Kelly 
Mark Menzies 
Odeya Nini 
Matt Smith 


Los Angeles-based violinist, composer and artist Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark (Eric KM Clark) is a specialist in new and experimental music. Eric is a member of the Kadima String Quartet and the new music ensembles Southland Ensemble (co-founder/co-director), Gurrisonic, neithernor and the Dog Star Orchestra. He also works often with The Collected and The Industry (LA), and is a member of Creative Underground Los Angeles. He was a member of the genre-setting ensemble The California E.A.R. Unit for 6 years; and co-founded the wulf. in 2008, working as co-director for the non-profit from 2008-2013. Eric’s compositions have been performed at venues and festivals such as REDCAT, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, the Bang On A Can Marathon, the Extensible Electric Guitar Festival, and the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. His playing and compositions have been released on the record labels Tzadik, Innova, Henceforth, CQB and New World.  Eric's visual art has been exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum, the wulf. and Animatron as well as on Creative Underground LA's website; while his sound installations have been presented at MOCA (during their Sunday Studio) in Los Angeles and the Inglewood Library. As a performer, he enjoys doing a wide variety of projects around the world in various styles.


John Eagle is a composer, performer, and sound designer. His work looks at music as a dual-natured phenomenon—one which emerges from an ambiguous relationship between our cognitive capacities for calculation/estimation and language (the essential requirements). In particular, his scores require a level of problem-solving from the performers—individually and collaboratively. Past performers include the Isaura String Quartet, Guthrie & Streb, What’s Next? Ensemble, Sage City Symphony, Matt Gold (of TimeTable), and others. His music for theater has been heard in collaborations in New York, Vermont, and California with directors Janie Geiser, Randolyn Zinn, Allen McCullough, and Dina Janis. He is the co-founder of FWD: rcrds and performs with the Dog Star Orchestra in Los Angeles.


Morgan Lee Gerstmar is a Los Angeles based violist/violinist, composer, and educator from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She holds an MFA in the Performer/Composer program from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied viola performance with Lorenz Gamma and composition with Sara Roberts and Wolfgang von Schweinitz, as well as a BA in Neuroscience, Musical Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures from USC. She has a private studio of violin and viola students across Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Morgan's career as an educator has inspired her to use learning as a compositional and performance process for both students and professional musicians. Some of her pieces transform visual elements into a map for creating sound (Nip Nick Notch), while others place classically trained musicians into game scenarios to create music (Cosimo's Stars). A common thread throughout Morgan's compositions is increased responsibility to the performers and audience in generating material (Meltwater Pulse, Reaches), giving a distinctive timestamp to each individual performance.


Kevin J. Kelly is a Los Angeles-based composer, singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist. Dr. Kelly was born July 6, 1978 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He completed his bachelor's degree in composition at West Chester University, where his principal teachers were Robert Maggio and Larry Nelson. He was awarded a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Jay Reise, James Primosch, Anna Weesner, and Ingrid Arauco. He has also studied with Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet and Michel Merlet while participating in the summer composition program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.

Among Dr. Kelly's awards and scholarships are: winner of 2014 ACF-LA Composition Competition; selection for 15-minutes of fame performances in New York City and Brazil; a prize in the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts' Young Composers Competition; recognition as a regional winner in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition; the William Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania; and the Theodore Presser Scholarship from West Chester University. He is currently on the faculty of Los Angeles City College.


Residing in the United States since 1991, Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist and violinist. He has been described in a Los Angeles Times review, as an 'extraordinary musician' and a 'riveting violinist.' His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and conductor and advocate of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, including a series of appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Mark Menzies has a considerable reputation as a chamber music performer. In addition to
being a member of the Formalist Quartet as violinist and violist there are further chamber music recordings featuring Mark Menzies including Process and Passion, a Pogus label release of chamber music by Roger Reynolds, as well as the world premiere recording of ...above earth's shadow a chamber-scale violin concerto by Michael Finnissy that will be released on vinyl in 2013.

Mark Menzies is currently viola and violin professor at the California Institute of the Arts where he also coordinates their chamber orchestra, new music ensembles and conducting studies. Over the last six seasons, he has designed and performed a significant role in CalArts New Century Players’ concerts at redcat, CalArt’s downtown theater as part of the Disney Hall complex; a highlight was in 2011, where a 5-concert festival of Sofia Gubaidulina’s music–in her presence–where, as one critic described the final concert, ‘...the building tension paid off
with a huge reward in the closing full orchestra performance of Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium with soloist Mark Menzies and the full force of the CalArts Orchestra’.


Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris and LA's contemporary orchestra - Wild Up.

Odeya's work has been presented at venues and festivals around the US and internationally from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Odessa, Mongolia and Vietnam. Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her debut album Vougheauxyice, for solo voice, was released in April of 2014.


Matt Smith is a composer, producer, and instrumentalist whose eclectic background blends elements of electronica, rock, jazz, and 20th century classical music into a kaleidoscopic musical free-for-all that is entirely unique in form and function.

Based out of Los Angeles, Smith has begun to make his mark on a number of disparate musical cultures. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Margaret Brouwer, Keith Fitch, and Steven Mark Kohn. His orchestral and chamber music have won him numerous awards and fellowships around the country.

Recently, Smith has strayed from his roots in the realm of western classicism and turned his attention to the nuances and intricacy of electronic music. Under the alias Iridas, the composer seeks to weave together these two worlds - one formal and precise, the other psychedelic and stimulating, both virtually limitless.