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Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is currently Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education in the United States, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. Carroll is a pioneer of, and widely considered to be the leading figure in, the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or “evo-devo,” the study of the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. His laboratory has focused in particular on how changes in non-coding DNA regulatory sequences play a central role in the evolution of animal form.
Dr. Carroll is the author of several books including Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (2009), which was finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for non-fiction, The Making of the Fittest (2006), and Endless Forms Most Beautiful : The New Science of Evo Devo (2005), and also writes a regular column for the New York Times Science Times. His honors include the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences (2012), election to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for the advancement of the public understanding of evolution, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Formed in 2005 by cousins Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, Brooklyn, New York-based indie electronic duo Javelin crafts funky, abstract, R&B-flavored pop with an emphasis on painstakingly re-created samples and loops. The band's 2009 self-released collection of demos (Jamz n Jemz) and pair of Thrill Jockey 12"s (Javelin, Number Two) were followed by its debut album, No Más, on the Luaka Bop label in 2010. The Western-influenced Canyon Candy EP followed one year later. To record its second album, the duo moved away from homemade sounds in favor of recording in a real studio and decided to write more traditionally verse-chorus songs that could be re-created on-stage with a band. The resulting album, Hi Beams, was released in early 2013.
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE releasing their debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork’s Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple, Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closure. His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie and Ozomatli. He has released two full length albums on the indie label Recordbreakin. He is a resident DJ at Dublab.com and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW & KCRW.com where he mixes future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrows’ samples and sounds.
Matthewdavid is a man who builds with warm tones. He travels new paths gathering sounds to enhance the intricate dimensions of his creations. It was this hunt for inspired trails and blazing progress that pulled him to California. Matthewdavid made the move from southern states and was immediately embraced by the Los Angeles community. A willowy figure with wide smiles, his gentle presence and generous talents made him a welcome addition to internationally applauded LA creative circles: dublab, Poo-Bah, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder. Constant collaboration with these collectives helped inspire Matthewdavid to a build a platform of his own. His Leaving Records label has an ear to the next and an eye on the original. Through all these outlets Matthewdavid is dedicated to sharing elevated sounds and visions.