Multi-instrumentalist/composer James Everest is based in Minneapolis and has worked on a variety of musical projects, including Lateduster, Neotropic, Sans Le Systeme, Roma Di Luna, Vicious Vicious, and with Walter Kitundu and Eduard Nesterenko. Since 2002 Everest has been a close collaborator with choreographer Emily Johnson, writing and performing original scores for several performances. Since 2005, he has hosted and curated the Making Music conversations series at the University of Minnesota’s Whole Music Club and the Walker Art Center.
Joel Pickard is based in Portland, OR and works as an improviser and composer creating music for dance, theatre, video, commercial advertising, and performance. In 2003 he collected all of these various projects under the Hatfarm label. Pickard has an MA in Composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA, where he studied with Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, and Pauline Oliveros. Pickard plays guitar in Jigsaw and pedal steel guitar in Mire.