Our Collaborators

Frisson collaborates with a multitude of artists across many disciplines.


Dylan Sauerwald

Dylan Sauerwald is a distinctive historical keyboardist and conductor. At the keyboard, he has been praised for his “fleet fingers” and “sophisticated playing,” (Capriccio) and as a conductor, his productions have been called “heart-wrenching and self-reflecting” (OperaWire). Mr. Sauerwald performs widely with early music ensembles across the US and Canada, and his playing is featured in the BBC historical drama Poldark. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the New Focus, Coro, and Urtext labels, as soloist and continuo player on the harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, and lautenwerck, performing works from the 16th century to the 21st. A champion of early opera, he has led productions acclaimed as “refined and flexible,” (Boston Globe) and “a remarkable musical experience” (OperaWire). He is in demand as a guest conductor, appearing with MIRYAM Ensemble, Sunshine City Opera, the Cantanti Project, Dorian Baroque, and many others. Mr. Sauerwald directs Polyphemus Early Music, and is Director of Music at New Dorp Moravian Church.


Lauren Hlubny

Lauren Hlubny is the NYC Artistic Director of Danse Theatre Surreality and a founding member of Anomalous Co. Hlubny's work is highly imagistic, physical, and interdisciplinary between experts in the fields of music, dance, theatre, and circus. Hlubny has been invited to create work in Seattle at On The Boards, the Neuroscience Department at UAB, the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, and in various museums nationwide including the Dali Museum. Hlubny’s works have also toured to France and Italy. In NYC, she works as a director and acting coach on an array of projects at venues including Triskelion, Theatre 54, and BAX. She also dramaturgs by aiding choreographers in building accessible narratives. This season she is advising on an evening-length contemporary ballet by Coriolis Dance. In August, Hlubny will also be making her opera debut as a choreographer and director in the dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's La Mama season.


Nathaniel Adams

Hailed as “sophisticated and voluptuous” (Chicago Classical review), the music of Nathaniel Adams is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Celebrated for his jazz-influenced harmonies and rich melodies, Nathaniel’s works have been premiered at Lincoln Center, both ACDA National and NCCO conferences, and have been performed in Canada, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela. He holds the position of composer in residence with the St. Charles Singers (Jeff Hunt, director) and has been commissioned by groups such as the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under John Scott, the Manhattan Chorale, and The World Youth Choir. In addition to his active composition career, Nathaniel is currently a proud member of the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University, where he graduated with honors. Nathaniel currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Matthan Black

Matthan Black is an audio engineer and classical music producer who is obsessed with the intersection of audio fidelity and storytelling. A classically trained opera singer and guitarist, Matthan puts his critical ears to use in the service of telling innovative stories that connect individuals and cultivate new points of view. Matthan is also the founder of True Capture Records, an independent classical music label based in NYC, and the host of Doing the Work with Matthan Black, a podcast about using ours lives in the arts to bring about positive change in our communities.


Ardella Bang

Ardella Bang is a Pilates instructor, personal trainer, dance artist, pole practitioner and aerialist. A graduate from NAFA and SUNY Purchase College of the Arts, Ardella has performed with T.H.E Second Company in Singapore, Purchase Dance Company, Francesca Harper Project and MOMIX to name a few. Most recently, Ardella has had the pleasure to work with a renowned contemporary dance choreographer Akram Khan. As a teaching artist, her passion for the arts comes from the practise of the plethora of movement methods she is exposed to. Ardella continues to derive joy in the art of practice and looks forward to impart the freedom of movement to people from all walks of life.


Bea Goodwin

Bea Goodwin is a librettist/playwright and director for the stage. She explores the world of installation art and integrates that atmosphere into her textual worlds. Goodwin's works have premiered at BAM, (le) Poisson Rouge, La Mama Experimental Theatre and many avant-garde spaces around New York City. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Bea looks forward to expanding her work into digital formatting for all to see. For more on this artist, @be_goodwin, begoodwin.com


Daniel Felsenfeld

Committed as strongly to freshness as to intelligibility, Daniel Felsenfeld composes music that’s strong, unusual, intelligent, and considerably skilled." – Composer John Corigliano

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Opera On Tap, The Chorus of Trinity Wall Street, The Juilliard School, UrbanArias, Metropolis Ensemble, Transient Canvas, The Crossing, International Contemporary Ensemble, Meerenai Shim, New York Philharmonic New Music Biennial, The Juilliard School, NANOWorks Opera, Kathleen Supovè, Two Sense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), ASCAP, San Jose Opera, ETHEL, Great Noise Ensemble, American Opera Projects, The Secret Opera, Da Capo Chamber Players, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Transit, Redshift, Nadia Sirota, Jennifer Choi, Lara Downes, The Cell Theatre, Blair McMillen, Metropolis Ensemble, Two Sides Sounding, Juxatonal, Shepherdess, Kristin Elgersma, Eleanor Taylor and Jen Devore, Alcyone Ensemble, Parhelion Trio, Bryan Haslett (with Juxatonal), Xanthos Ensemble, Friction Quartet, Momenta Quartet, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, Cornelius Duffallo, Emily Manzo, Stephianie Mortimore, Mellissa Hughes, Corey Dargel, Jenny Lin, New York City Opera (VOX), ACME, New Gallery Concert Series, Gabriella Diaz, Jody Redhage, Caroline Worra, Kristin Chambers, Marcy Richardson, Kamala Sankaram, The Jessold Consort, New England Conservatory Philharmonic in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Galapagos Art Space, The Kimmell Center, Jordan Hall, the Kitchen, Miller Theatre, Merkin Hall, Wigmore Hall, Stanford University, Harvard University, National Sawdust, The Stone, Brown University, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and as part of the BEAT Festival, MATA Festival, Make Music New York, 21c Liederabend, Ecstatic Music Festival, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, New Brew, Serial Underground, and John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. When rapper Jay-Z performed in Carnegie Hall, along with Alicia Keys and Nas, backed by a full orchestra, Felsenfeld was asked to do all of the orchestrations and arrangements. He also collaborated with The Roots (offering music on their Grammy-nominated record Undun, appearing with them and the Metropolis Ensemble on the Jimmy Fallon Show) and ?uestlove with Keren Ann and David Murray. He also wrote arrangements for noth ShuffleCulture and Electronium, shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with ?uestlove, Sasha Grey, Deerhoof, Reggie Watts, and How to Dress Well and the Metropolis Ensemble.  He is also the Court Composer for John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders, for which he wrote the theme—and which can be heard as an NPR Podcast.  Residencies include Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, The Hermitage, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. 

Felsenfeld is also an accomplished essayist, annotator, and author, with eight books to his name as well as articles for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Listen, Playbill, Time Out New York, Symphony Magazine, Strings Magazine, New Music Box, and Early Music Magazine; program notes for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Miller Theatre, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall; liner notes for Naxos, Bridge, Koch, EMI, Sony, and Adjustable Music. He served as curator for The Score in the Opinionator Section of the New York Times, he co-founded the New Music Gathering (an annual conference-concert series hybrid) which took place in San Francisco in 2015, as well as for Music After, a marathon concert on 9.11.11 he co-produced with Eleonor Sandresky. He is a teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, as well as holding teaching positions at the Juilliard School, the Walden School, and the New School for Social Research. Currently he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.