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Artists in Residence

Spark+Echo Artists in Residence spend a year developing and creating a major work in response to Scripture. Click on their names to view their projects.


Current Artists in Residence

Lily-Maase-Headshot-150x150.jpg#asset:3326Lily Maase is a rock, country, jazz and classical guitarist raised in New Mexico, educated at the University of North Texas, and living in Brooklyn, New York. She is contributing writer for Premier Guitar Magazine and has contributed to Guitar World and Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation, who recently lauded her as a “master guitar teacher.” She is the founder and owner of Brooklyn GuitarWorks, a workshop-oriented center for guitar and bass guitar education located in Williamsburg.

Lily is the lead guitarist, musical director and bandleader with the Rocket Queens all-female tribute to Guns N Roses and the Suite Unraveling (Tzadik). She is the lead guitarist with Gato Loco, and is endorsed by Godin Guitars.

Her playing has been featured by Vans.com, Maxim.com, Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation, Teen Vogue, and Elle Magazine.


Read Lily’s first and second post to follow the development of her 2017 Artist in Residence project.




Aaron-Beaumont-Headshot-2-150x150.jpg#asset:3327Aaron Beaumont makes music for stage, for screen, and for practically any other thing, whenever possible. As a writer and performer, he’s shared his work in wide-ranging venues from the Sziget Festival in Budapest to KCRW Santa Monica to Theatre 80 in the East Village to the main stage of the West Hollywood Carnaval. L.A. Weekly wrote that Aaron’s music brings “a new life to the ancient music-hall/pop piano-man tradition, with clear-headed songs of genuinely witty lyrical oomph and, most of all, a historically informed musical depth – all delivered with style, grace, wit and elan, of course.” 

Recently, he was a finalist as a composer and lyricist for the Fred Ebb Award, co-wrote / arranged music for the film Permission (Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis), and premiered a new song cycle, Midtown Antoinette, with Parisian soprano Lorelei Zarifian for Florida Tech / Foosaner Museum / WFIT. He’s currently developing musicals with playwrights Meghan Brown and Drew Crabtree in LA and NYC, where he also occasionally helps produce outrageous bingo raves (Rebel Bingo), most recently at L.A.’s Globe Theatre for Night on Broadway. Aaron also works as a composer and producer for the Gregory Brothers, whose original music has earned them a gold and platinum record and nearly one billion views on YouTube. 

He co-founded SongLab and currently serves as co-chair of the Carnegie Hill concert series in New York, featuring leading interpreters of classical and New Music from around the globe. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing the piano, eating, making coffee, drinking coffee, going for brisk walks, being near coffee, and writing brief autobiographical sketches in the third person.


Read Aaron’s first and second post to follow the development of his 2017 Artist in Residence project.



Previous Artists in Residence

2016
Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Visual Art), Chris Knight (Film), Lauren Ferebee (Theatre), Stephanie Miracle (Dance)


2015
Benje Daneman (Music), Jason DaSilva (Film), Melissa Beck (Visual Art), Don Nguyen (Theatre), Christine Suarez (Dance), The Spark & Echo Band (Music)


2013
Nicora Gangi (Visual Art), Emily Ruth Hazel (Poetry)