- Featured: John Hodian
- Release Date: 6/5/2001
John Hodian is a composer, conductor and pianist who has worked in a wide variety of idioms -- from classical to jazz, rock to rap, and traditional to avant-garde theater. Hodian's music conveys emotions ranging from profound melancholy to bold exuberance. Hauntingly beautiful melodies, layered over intricate trance-like rhythms, have been heard in a wide variety of media: Emmy award-winning soundtracks for feature films and documentaries, commissioned scores for dance companies, and chamber music works. His music-theater piece, Sweet Theresiendstadt, produced by En Garde Arts and Theater Archa, played for a year in Prague before touring to Warsaw and Berlin. In addition to being selected as resident composer for the Sundance Theater Institute, Hodian has collaborated with leading theater figures such as Anne Bogart and Israel Horowitz. Hodian's inventive solo CD, Available Forms, has been praised as 'pure musical genius' (Applause Magazine) and calls to mind the music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich -- but with Hodian's distinctive lyrical and rhythmic style. His intriguing music reflects both his Armenian roots and his formal classical training, as well as the influence of artists like Joni Mitchell and Keith Jarrett. Hodian is also one-half of the highly inventive avante garde-art-folk-pop-ensemble 'Epiphany Project'