Kevin Salfen

Kevin Salfen (Professor of Music, University of the Incarnate Word) is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and producer. He curates and writes for the blog Sound Trove. Salfen lived in Japan for almost two years, and he is a Company Member of international performing ensemble Theatre Nohgaku. With them he has performed traditional noh and newly written (shinsaku) noh. Salfen was executive producer of the multi-year performance and education project Where Rivers Meet, which brought together the classical noh Sumida River, Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, and the newly commissioned Song of the Yanaguana River by 2015 Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla. Salfen’s music has been performed in Japan, England, China, and throughout the U.S. He was a finalist for the ASCAP Young Composer Award, was nominated for the 2019 Artist Foundation of San Antonio People’s Choice Award, and has been recognized twice for his music by the American College Theater Festival. Salfen was executive producer for two film projects: Made in SA: New Performers, New Musicians (2020) and SA24: Two Dozen Songs from Now (2021), and his intercultural work Phoenix Fire received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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