PARTICIPANTS

Thompson Merrimack
Your Host is Chairman of WorldWide Monitor – The Surveillance Company. Prior to joining WorldWide Monitor, Merrimack was Director of Manufacturing for the Ribeira Sausage and Meat Pie Co. of San Jose. He co-wrote the unauthorized biography of Chuck Berry, Johnny B. I Hardly Knew Ye. Merrimack is the proud owner of a Hanoverian gelding.

Jeremy Bentham
(Philosopher, 1748-1832) was the leading proponent of utilitarianism, the central theoretical underpinning of the modern welfare state. His greatest invention was Panopticon.

Victoria Jordanova
Composer/Harpist (Composer, creator and co-producer of Panopticon)
Ms. Jordanova creates "graceful and surreal expressions of haunting beauty" by melding experimental techniques with classical training. New York Newsday selected her recording Requiem for Bosnia and Other Works as one of the top ten classical recordings of the year. Acclaimed by the critics Jordanova’s music is also performed by ensembles such as Bang on the Can All Stars, E.A.R. Unit, and Zeitgeist. Ms. Jordanova scored music for numerous films shown on major film festivals around the world.

Relja Penezic
Painter, Filmmaker, and a Media Artist (Director and co-producer of Panopticon)
His work is a multimedia melange that combines technology and performance, painting and video, art and craft. Mr. Penezic's work is part of numerous public and private collections; his short films are being shown on leading international film festivals.

California E.A.R. Unit
This is the California E.A.R. Unit's 20th Anniversary Season! Dubbed the wizards of new music, the band performs with exuberance and razor sharp precision. In it's 16th year as Ensemble in Residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 1999 recipients of the American Music Center's "Letter of Distinction" were awarded "Best of the Year" by CD NOW. They perform in venues worldwide and have recorded eighteen compact discs. Brilliant Instrumentalists ...acoustic, electronic, video and voice...what Will they do next?

Amy Knoles
Percussionist/Composer/Conductor has headlined on major festivals throughout the world and won numerous national and international awards. Her music has been described as being of "frightening beauty, fascinating, complex..." Ms. Knoles, is a performer/composer that stretches expectations and annihilates the limits of expression in music through her mastery of technique, which effortlessly glides from ancient exotic instruments to state-of-the-art electronic percussion controllers and interactive computer technology, while incorporating the sampled voices of poets and visual images. Ms. Knoles is a founding member and executive director of the California E.A.R.Unit.

Robin Lorentz,
Violinist for the California EAR Unit has enjoyed various forays into compositional realms as co-writer of published songs, jingles and currently a forthcoming book of ethnic encores for violin through leisure Planet Music Publishers. She has written and arranged for Penguin Audio Books (Stephen King) and also the Mabou Mines Theater Company in New York. Ms. Lorentz has acted as concertmaster and soloist for Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Ojai Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, and with EAR Unit pianist Vicki Ray, premiered John Adams Road Movies for violin and piano at the Kennedy Center for the Library of Congress.

Dorothy Stone
Flutist, composer and conductor has been consistently hailed for her virtuosic and persuasive interpretations of the latest literature. Ms. Stone is a founding member of the California EAR Unit, and California's most active chamber music ensemble, the Southwest Chamber Music Society. She has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Europe. She has built a custom live electronic system for her solo flute composition Wizard Ball that has received several awards. Ms. Stone has recorded for numerous record labels. Her solo album for New World Records entitled None but the Lonely Flute was awarded Best Classical CD of 1997 by CDNow.

Jeff Atik
(Thompson Merrimack) is an actor, writer and law professor based in Los Angeles. Contact at Jeff@oolight.com.