Amy Owens, soprano
Amy Owens enjoys a diverse career in concert work, opera, new music, and alternative pop. She has appeared in concerts in venues ranging from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap to Carnegie Hall with renowned orchestras across the United States, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmoic, and New Mexico Philharmonic. Her operatic engagements have taken her to Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Naples, On Site Opera, Opera in the Heights, and Livermore Valley Opera. She appears regularly with the New York Festival of Song, and she has collaborated with many composers including William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Paola Prestini, and David Hanlon. She has been won awards from several organizations, , including the Sullivan Foundation (top prize winner), the George London Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Santa Fe Opera. Amy holds degrees in vocal performance from Rice University and Brigham Young University.
Howard “Merlin” Wulkan, Composer/Owner, Cinder Cone Records & The LAB Recording Studio
Howard Wulkan, a 30+ year music industry veteran, has been composing music since he was 10 and producing since he was 15. His career began working for Uni Distribution, where he was part of the marketing team for Nirvana, Hole, Weezer, White Zombie and countless others. He was responsible for leading teams that released thousands of albums, creating tens of millions of dollars in revenue for such companies as PolyGram, Rawkus, Def Jux, Stones Throw and dozens more.
As a composer, Howard has scored 2 films and has 3 albums available worldwide under the moniker Terminal Sect. His studio experiences started shadowing Elliot Scheiner, the engineer responsible for the defining sound of Steely Dan, which led to a long and varied career in the recording studio world.
Currently, Mr. Wulkan is curating and producing a collection of music inspired by the award-winning documentary "We Know Not What We Do," a film based on the effects Global Warming & Climate Change. Due to be released early 2018, the collection includes 30+ songs from artists all over the world. Highlights include David Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam), Youth (Killing Joke), Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel), Scanner, Eraldo Bernocchi & James Whiton, Gary Clail, Klaus Fluoride (The Dead Kennedys), Robert Poss (Band of Susans), The Hafler Trio, Aloe Blacc, Georgia Muldrow, Dudley Perkins and others.
He is one half of the classical/alternative crossover duo HAETHOR with Amy Owens, owns Farmadelica Sound, a recording studio complex and is the head honcho at Cinder Cone Records, an independent record label, both located in Bokeelia, FL.
He and his wife, the media executive Lainie Sevante Wulkan, reside in Cape Coral, FL with their 4-legged brood of dogs, cats & a hedgehog named "Hedgy."