Composers in Performance: FKM Trio

The FKM Trio (Adam Fong - contrabass, John Kennedy - percussion, Brent Miller - guitar) perform new works by each of the ensemble members.

Adam Fong is an active cultural entrepreneur, and a composer, performer and producer of new music. He has helped build two innovative arts service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Emerging Arts Professionals (Co-Founder 2008; Director) and the Center for New Music (Co-Founder 2012; Executive Director). Fong received the MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney and Wadada Leo Smith. As Associate Director of Other Minds (2006–2012), he produced six editions of the annual Other Minds Festival and many special projects. Fong's own compositions have been performed internationally in Auckland, London, Berlin, Tübingen and Darmstadt, at many US universities, and throughout California, by performers including the two-piano team Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. Fong also holds a master’s degree from Stanford University (English).

Composer-performer-conductor John Kennedy has brought to North America important orchestral and opera repertoire from the world’s most prominent living composers. As Director of Orchestral Activities and Resident Conductor at Spoleto Festival USA, Kennedy has led premieres for Kaija Saariaho, Wolfgang Rihm, Toshio Hosokawa, John Luther Adams, and Thomas Adès. Praise by The New York Times for his ‘winning consistency and unflagging energy’ echoes critical accolades given him by Opera News, Grammophone, and others. Through his founding and leadership of Santa Fe New Music, his advocacy has brought ‘[a] deep community immersion of new music.’

Brent Miller (b. 1978) is a composer, performer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco, CA. He studied composition at the University of Arkansas with Robert Mueller and University of Missouri-Kansas City with James Mobberley and Paul Rudy. Recent projects include works for Rova Saxophone Quartet, violinist Eric km Clark (EAR Unit), Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Sqwonk. He has received grants from Zellerbach Family Foundation and American Composers Forum to fund his work. Brent is active in the arts administration field founding and serving as Managing Director for The Center for New Music in San Francisco, a work/performance space that supports creative music, as well as managing Rova:Arts, a non-profit organization that supports Rova Saxophone Quartet. He also has worked with Other Minds, helping to produce the annual Other Minds Festival, and is a founding member of The Collected, a group dedicated to the advancement of new music.