Who We Are

Board of Directors

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

Dr. Anthony Branker taught for 27 years at Princeton University, where he held an endowed chair in jazz studies, was founding director of the program in jazz studies, and associate director of the program in musical performance. He also served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, and was a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College-CUNY, Rutgers University, and Ursinus College. Dr. Branker’s work as a composer, educator, scholar, conductor, and performer has been featured on the international stage in Brazil, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Denmark, Greece, China, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Russia, Lithuania and Japan as well as throughout the United States. As an educator and researcher, Dr. Branker has designed spaces of learning where students can work in self-directed and collaborative ways while engaging in a variety of undertakings that utilize collaborative-based improvisational activities that make use of freer approaches to music-making as a strategy to stimulate group interaction. As a composer, he has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has eight albums as a leader. His most recent CD release is Beauty Within (Origin) featuring saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Rudy Royston, and guitarist Pete McCann.

Alex Rodriguez, secretary

Alex W. Rodriguez is a trombonist, writer, and PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at UCLA. His dissertation research focuses on jazz clubs around the world and the creative communities that sustain them, based on fieldwork research in Los Angeles, USA; Santiago, Chile; and Novosibirsk, Russia. At UCLA, he co-founded an intercultural improvisation ensemble called the Omni-Musicality Group (OMG), and currently directs the jazz ensembles at Reed College, where he is also serving as a Visiting Scholar. In addition to his work with ISIM, he is the current Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Improvisation Section, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Art of Practicing Institute. He has taught workshops and performed improvised music throughout the Americas since 2005, and his writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, from NPR Music and L.A. Weekly to the academic journal Jazz Perspectives.

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