Eric Mullis is a Charlotte, N.C.-based dance artist who received an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina. His current research interests include ecstatic states in charismatic Appalachian Pentecostalism and improvisation across artistic disciplines. Eric is a dance accompanist at the American Dance Festival and at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), he curates an independent performance series in Charlotte and has recently shown work in the North Carolina Dance Festival, the Midwest Alternative Performance Festival, the Richmond Dance Festival, and at the University of Malta. Eric has published essays on dance in Dance Research Journal, Performance Philosophy, Dance Research, Dance Chronicle, and the Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media and is currently writing a manuscript (Pragmatist Philosophy and Dance: Interdisciplinary Dance Research in the American South) for Palgrave-MacMillan's series on Performance Philosophy. ericmullis8.com
Brent Bagwell a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer based in Charlotte, NC. While living and working in NYC, he studied privately with jazz musicians Bob Feldman, J.D. Parran, and Roger Rosenberg, as well as composer Elliott Carter. He played for years in The Eastern Seaboard, a trio that released a pair of records on the legendary Italian label Black Saint. Currently, he is one half of the duo Ghost Trees. That group has released three records in the tenor saxophone and drums format and - as a result of a Goodyear Arts residency in September of 2015 - a big band record as a double 7". Bagwell has contributed to or fully composed a number of film scores over the years - most recently Poor Boy - but his primary work for film has been feature-length scores for live performance, such as his original score for Lotte Reiniger's 1926 animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and new music for the abstract films of Maya Deren.