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2004: Jonathan Segel & Dina Emerson

With Meredith Monk and others, Dina Emerson has toured The US, Europe and Asia and performed at the SF Symphony, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Theatre de l"Odeon in Paris and many other prestigious venues. In addition to Meredith Monk, other artists with whom Dina has worked include Tan Dun (2 world premieres), John Kelly, Nam Jun Paik, Ken Butler, David Soldier with Komar & Melamid, and various downtown theater companies including Tiny Mythic Theatre Company, Cucaracha Theatre and The Talking Band.

In 2000, Dina was invited to replace the lead singer during her maternity leave in the acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production, "O," at Bellagio in Las Vegas. This temporary position was extended into a full-time contract when Dina was asked to move to Cirque’s other resident Las Vegas show, "Mystere." Dina stayed with Cirque du Soleil until January, 2002 when she moved to Corte Madera, California.

Jonathan Segel is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, violin, computer, electric bass and sings. He is also the Puppet Figurehead of Magnetic, a company run by unseen forces. Born September 3rd 1963, grew up in Davis, California (with a couple years’ side trip to Tucson, AZ.), went to college at UCSC in Santa Cruz, CA, where he hooked up with Camper Van Beethoven, moved up to San Francisco in 1989, moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to work for Dane Davis at Danetracks, a film sound post production facility, then back to Oakland in 2001, where received a Master's Degree in Music Composition at Mills College.While in Santa Cruz, he played with Camper Van Beethoven , Eugene Chadbourne and various other semi-musical projects, while in SF with Sideways, Virginia Dare, Granfaloon Bus, Dieselhed and his own bands Hieronymus Firebrain which dissolved and reformed as Jack and Jill , which later led to various records of rock music under his own name. While in Los Angeles, besides doing shows with Eugene Chadbourne, he played with Clyde Wrenn (as Clyde Wrenn and the Container), with Mike Marrt's Beaumont, occaisonal shows with Mark Goodman's group, Magnet , and spent a great deal of time touring the globe with Mark Linkous' group, Sparklehorse .Upon return to the Bay Area, Jonathan has been playing rock shows with his own eponymous band, as well as a reformed and revitalized Camper Van Beethoven. A new Camper Van Beethoven cd will be out in the fall of 2004. In addition to this, a self-ostracization from Los Angeles and the film and music industries led Jonathan back to the world of improv and electronic music, and he has been performing improvised music for instruments and computer around the world for the past few years, including shows in the SF Bay Area, New York, Europe and Japan. 2003 saw the CD release of several improv collaborations, and one electronic music CD.

He has also been composing music for the Nesting Dolls Dance Company since 1992, and has composed music for Curt Haworth’s Dance Company, and Maxine Moerman.


Artist (photo by Photographer)

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