Who We Are

Board of Directors

Ed Sarath, Founder and President

Jin Hi Kim, vice president
Anthony Branker, vice president

Alex Rodriguez, secretary
Kathleen Camara, Treasurer

Richard Robeson, Executive Director


Ed Sarath, President

Flugelhornist, composer. Professor of Music and founding faculty in the Department Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at The University of Michigan School of Music. Also Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at UM. Designed the ground-breaking BFA in Jazz and Contemplative Studies curriculum at UM. Performances and masterclasses nationally and internationally. His most recent CD release is New Beginnings, featuring the London Jazz Orchestra performing his large-ensemble compositions. Many publications on the theoretical, pedagogical, and transpersonal dimensions of the creative process. His Music Theory Through Improvisation: A New Approach to Musicianship Training is published by Routledge. He is currently completing Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness: An Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society, one of the very first applications of Integral Theory to music. www.edsarath.com

Jin Hi Kim, Vice president

Jin Hi Kim is highly acclaimed as both an innovative komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso and for her cross-cultural compositions. Kim has introduced the Korean indigenous komungo for the first time into Western contemporary music scene through her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, avant-garde, cross-cultural ensemble, multi-media, and avant-garde jazz improvisations. Kim is New Haven Symphony Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence and a recipient of 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition.
Kim has performed her own works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Expo Zaragoza (Spain), and many significant new music festivals around the world. Kim’s komungo solo works represent an evolution of the instrument into the twenty-first century. Her new komungo compositions are imbued with meditative and vivid energy that makes it mesmerizing. Kim has co-designed the world's only electric komungo and created live interactive pieces with a MIDI computer system. Using MAX/MSP, the komungo sound is processed through a personal computer program in live that is triggered by MIDI foot pedal. Staying true to the nature of the instrument, her solo interweaves from old timeless mind to space-age blips. www.jinhikim.com

Anthony Branker, Vice PResident


Alex Rodriguez, secretary


Kathleen camara, treasurer     



richard robeson, Executive Director

Richard Robeson is a multidisciplinary teaching artist whose guitar-musicianship studio (FitMusicStudio) is in its 32nd year. In addition to earning degrees in History and Literature at NC State University, his studies include guitar with Ralph Towner, Indian classical music with Ustad Hamid Hossein, Ustad K. Sridhar, Pandit Partha Chatterjee, and frame drumming with Glen Velez. A lifelong belief in the integral relationship between total-body awareness and musicianship eventually led to studies as a fitness professional. He completed his training in 1999 at Baylor Sports Medicine Institute. He is Adjunct Professor of Practice-Bioethics, Wake Forest University; and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, UNC-CH School of Medicine. The year 2008-09 marked an artist residency in the UNC-CH music dept. He is the first person in school history to hold simultaneous appointments in its medical school and it music department. His most recent CD is moonlight over the maghrib, “a jazz-inflected homage to the Spanish and Middle Eastern roots of the guitar.” www.gandivaus.com