Epsilon Spires appoints five directors

BRATTLEBORO — Jessamyn Fiore, president of Epsilon Spires, the arts and entertainment organization at 190 Main St., recently announced that five new members have joined its board of directors.

Nick Brooke, a musician, is a professor at Bennington College whose work has been performed across the United States and in Europe and featured at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the MATA Series.

He has received awards and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and MacDowell.

During a two-year fellowship to Central Java, he studied Gamelan and collaborated on musical projects with Javanese composers, dancers, and visual artists. He holds degrees in music composition and philosophy from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Alex Young, an artist, writer, and curator, is originally from the Northeast Kingdom. His projects have been shown nationally and internationally.

Recent and forthcoming editorial and curatorial projects include: Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis at San Diego Art Institute (2015), GROPING in the DARK at Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (2019), Ecology of Bad Ideas for Drain magazine (2020), and Ruderal Futures at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen (2022).

Dr. Alexander Meszler is an organist, performing artist (who has performed on the Estey organ at Epsilon Spires), and researcher. In 2018, he received a Fulbright grant that allowed him to move to Versailles, France, where he completed research on secularism and the organ and studied the instrument.

He has performed or presented at conferences of the European Association for the Study of Religions, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Guild of Organists, the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, and the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Arizona State University and teaches at Syracuse University.

Ven Voisey is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, robotics, and sound installation. He has a degree from San Francisco State University, where he studied a combination of humanities, electronic music, film, and conceptual art. He continued his education by working, touring, and collaborating with the kinetic sculpture and installation collective Amorphic Robot Works.

He has worked with a variety of arts organizations in the Berkshires, including MASS MoCA, MCLA Gallery 51, and Clark Art Institute. His work has been included in the deCordova Biennial at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and he is a fellow of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in Roswell, N.M.

Maria Danielson is a Dutch-to-English translator who also co-owns John Doe, Jr. Used Records in Greenfield, Mass. Her free-form radio show Psychedelarrhythmia has been featured on various community stations in Philadelphia and Massachusetts.

She spearheaded the creation of a low-power radio station on Martha's Vineyard. As an avid fan and friend of the Massachusetts underground music and art scene, she has co-hosted and promoted a multitude of shows in a variety of genres.

The new board members join Fiore, Treasurer Theresa Masiello, and Creative Director Jamie Mohr.

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