Making Tracks

Team

Merlyn Driver

Merlyn Driver

Artistic Director | Making Tracks

Merlyn Driver is a songwriter, vocalist, writer and educator focusing mainly on traditional and international musics, and on connections between music and nature. Born in Orkney in the north of Scotland, Merlyn was raised on a smallholding without electricity and didn’t attend school until his early teens. This unconventional upbringing continues to inform his music, which is influenced by Celtic folk as well as a reverence for the natural world. Merlyn’s studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology - focusing mainly on Scandinavian and African musics - have also played a key part in the development of both his own sound and his determination to unite music with social and environmental causes. Merlyn has worked with Making Tracks since 2016, taking over from Founding Director Katerina Pavlakis in 2018.

www.merlyndriver.com

Elena Moon Park

Elena Moon Park

Residency Facilitator | Found Sound Nation

Elena Moon Park is a musician and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University and completed her M.A. in Urban Policy from The New School in New York. Before moving to the city, Elena served as a development consultant for several grassroots social justice organizations on the south and west sides of Chicago. Today, she manages programs for Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation and actively engages in outreach with youth arts groups across the United States. Elena has recently released Rabbit Days and Dumplings, an album for families featuring folk and children’s music from East Asia. Elena still finds the time to play fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, and sing with Dan Zanes and Friends on stages worldwide.

www.elenamoonpark.com

Kyla-Rose Smith

Kyla-Rose Smith

Residency Facilitator | Found Sound Nation

Kyla-Rose Smith is a vocalist, musician and dancer from South Africa. As the violinist and backing singer for Freshlyground, one of South Africa’s premiere Afropop bands, she has toured extensively locally and internationally. Outside of her musical projects, Kyla is an emerging multi-media artist with an eye toward social engagement and community building. One of her many projects includes Hear Be Dragons, a sound mapping project based in Cape Town aimed at “discovering the unknown as a means of liberating awareness and access to a historically divided city.”

www.kylarosesmith.com

Gideon Crevoshay

Gideon Crevoshay

Residency Facilitator | Found Sound Nation

Gideon Crevoshay is a musician from Vermont. He uses the human voice to explore the countless dimensions of sound, language, and improvisation. Gideon studies traditional and ancient forms of singing from around the world, including the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, finding inspiration in the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music-making and community. He performs, records, and tours extensively with many projects including Tenores de Aterúe, Trident Ensemble, Resonanda, OKAPIS, Starry Mountain Singers, Revels, and Briars of North America. Gideon has worked with the US music exchange programme OneBeat since its inception in 2012, having co-led projects in Turkey and Russia. He also teaches polyphonic singing throughout the US and beyond.

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