Alain Barriere Kamga Noubissi

Alain Kamga Noubissi is a mechanical engineer with more than 10 years of experience maintaining industrial machines and overseeing manufacturing facilities. He has hands-on experience in metal fabrication and designs projects for industrial use. He is a seasoned design instructor and teaches fluency in the language of technical drawing.

Matt Munesteri

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Matt Munisteri is a Brooklyn native who grew up as almost assuredly the only bluegrass banjo player on his block. His own compositions and playing reflect this life-long devotion to the history of American Popular song; linking rural and urban, long-gone with contemporary.

As one of “New York’s finest vintage guitar stylists” (Downbeat Magazine), but also a player who’s at home in a range of musical styles and eras, Matt routinely works with a wide range of artists, from Jazz to Folk and Pop, and even the avant-garde. In addition to staying busy with his own projects, he’s a founding member of the collaborative bands The EarRegulars (with trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso) and Musette Explosion (with accordionist Will Holshouser and tubaist Marcus Rojas). In recent years he’s been the guitarist and music director for the Jazz/ Blues singer Catherine Russell, while frequently touring with violinist/multi-instrumentalist Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, and The Hot Nine with pianist Henry Butler.

A brief cross-section of some of the artists he’s recorded and played with include:  The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Julian Lage; Kenny Davern; Bill Frisell; Bernie Worrell; Vernon Reid; Wycliffe Gordon; Mark O’Connor; Andy Stein; Matt Glaser; Vince Giordano's Nighthawks; Jenny Scheinman; Whit Smith; Rachelle Garniez; Noam Pikelny; Evan Christopher; Bob Wilbur; Greg Cohen; Bucky Pizzarelli; Dick Hyman; Frank Vignola; Holly Cole; Madeline Peyroux; “Little” Jimmy Scott; Geoff Muldaur; Kat Edmonson; and Loudon Wainwright.

Matt’s CD “Love Story” was number two on Amazon’s list of the top ten jazz CDs of 2003. His most recent CD is "Still Runnin’ ‘Round in the Wilderness: The Lost Music of  Willard Robison Voll.”

Haoyan of America

Haoyan of America seeks to honor the mind of self through invisible landscapes of meaning. With over 175,000 hours of film, digital media & visual arts experience, Haoyan's multidisciplinary art practice has been encoded in print, documentaries, music videos and on web servers across the world. More info at: https://haoyanofamerica.com

Eugene Opoku-Mensah

Eugene is an Assistant Professor at Middlesex’s College Department of Computer Science. To his credit, he has taught diverse of students in Ghana Information Technology. He then continued in China, where he worked for 6 years before moving to the United States. Dr. Opoku-Mensah uses an interactive approach with practical illustrations that attracts students’ interest to grasp the concepts being taught. His interest is Data Science and Information Security.

Jenna Tang

Jenna Tang is a Taiwanese writer and literary translator based in New York. She translates from Chinese, French, and Spanish. She received her MFA in Fiction Creative Writing from The New School. Her translations or essays are published in Restless Books, Latin American Literature Today, AAWW, Catapult, Mcsweeney's and her upcoming works will be published in the Southwest Review, World Literature Today, and more. She is one of the selected translators for the 2021 ALTA Emerging Translators Mentorship program with a focus on Taiwanese prose. She is currently teaching writing workshops about languages at Catapult. https://www.jennatang.com/

Stephen Tekpetey

Stephen Tekpetey holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC honors) and Doctoral Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana. He is a member of the ISO Technical Committee of the Bamboo and Rattan Standardization with extensive research work and publications on bamboo as a building material and its utilization. He is currently working with New-York Presbyterian Hospital. He loves to share time with family and friends.

Adam Von Housen

Originally from Atlanta, Adam von Housen currently resides in NYC, where he regularly performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, and soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Chelsea Symphony, New Westchester Symphony, New York Session Symphony, Richmond County Orchestra, the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Symphony, and the KSU Philharmonic. He received his BM from KSU and MM from Brooklyn College, studying with Helen Kim and Masao Kawasaki. Adam is currently a substitute violinist with Symphoria of Syracuse, a member of the contemporary ensemble The Curiousity Cabinet, and very active in the NYC contemporary music scene, regularly performing works by living composers. 

Julia Adams

Julia Adams is a Life Coach at the NGO, Academy of Public Health and an educator at a private museum. She is also an expert in tea cultures, skilled in the subject of Chinese Tea Ceremony and Traditional Chinese Culture, especially Tang Dynasty's culture etc. Prior to relocating to New York from Shanghai, Julia was a news anchor and hosted citywide events; she then became an HR director and often hosted nationwide conferences on HR-related topics. Julia is also a zither player, certified by Shanghai Conservatory of Music.