CLEAR LIGHT ENSEMBLE

MUSICIAN BIOS

John Carl Dubberstein- Sitar

John started playing the sitar while living in India during the 1970s, his primary teacher being Harihar Rao.   He continued his study of the instrument at the Ali Akbar College of Music in Berkeley, and has now been playing for over 40 years.  His Clear Light Ensemble weaves musical compositions grounded in classical raga scales and has featured collaborations with a variety of prominent luminaries.   

John has also played the electric and acoustic guitar for forty years.  He has had a number of blues and rock bands, including Jaguar Memory Loss, Blind Pig, and the Bad Boys Blues Band.

On breezy days you will find him windsurfing the mighty Hudson River, as he currently resides in Beacon, NY.  

Craig Hazen-  Bass Guitar

Craig writes and produces music for films. His scores include Academy Award winning director Leon Gast's "Smash His Camera", which received the Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Award, “Double Parked”, a winner of Best Picture at the SlamDance Awards, “Speed for Thespians”, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Film category, and “ Independent Spirits”, a documentary about animation artists, John & Faith Hubley, made for PBS.  He composed the Theme for the Nickelodeon TV series, “The Animorphs”.
 
Craig received his undergraduate degree in Music from Brown University and a MfA in Music Composition from Mills College, where he studied and worked with Terry Riley and Robert Ashley.  Awards have included NEA grants and commissions.

Craig, while the co-owner of ZEN Music in NYC, CO-wrote and produced the music for several trend-setting commercials and has received most of the major awards in advertising, including 2 Clios and an Emmy nomination. His work has included campaigns for Wendy's, AT&T, Hallmark, Lincoln Mercury, Doctor Pepper, New York Telephone (amongst many others).  He has worked with major recording artists including Rod Stewart, Ronnie Spector, The Four Tops, David Johansen, Squeeze, etc.

He now resides, composes and plays bass in Bearsville, NY.


Scott Beall—guitarist/composer
Scott began his musical career in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing at most major concert halls, theaters and recording studios. He has backed up such artists as John Hendricks and Cal Tjader, and shared the stage with Huey Lewis, The Tubes, Billy Idol, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter and many others. Scott also worked as producer and guitarist for Hot Spoons Productions gracing countless recordings in studio sessions with top Bay Area musicians.  Moving to New York 2000 Scott teamed with James Cammack from the Ahmad Jamal Trio and in 2010 released his solo CD of original compositions, “Out To Play” and has opened for the likes of Robben Ford and Mike Stern. He received his BA degree in music composition from San Francisco State University and is also a teacher, university professor, education consultant and author. His first book, Functional Melodies is a curriculum combining music with mathematics and was published by Key Curriculum Press in 2000.
David Rothenberg- Clarinet
As a composer and jazz clarinetist, Rothenberg has eleven CDs out under his own name, including On the Cliffs of the Heart, named one of the top ten CDs by Jazziz Magazine in 1995 and a record on ECM with Marilyn Crispell, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House.  Other releases include Why Birds Sing and Whale Music.  He invited many musical colleagues to join him on Whale Music Remixed, with contributions from noted electronic artists such as Scanner, DJ Spooky, Lukas Ligeti, Mira Calix, Ben Neill, and Robert Rich.  His 2014 CD features Pauline Oliveros and Timothy Hill, called Cicada Dream Band.  His latest CD featuring live performances with nightingales is Berlin Bülbül, made together with Korhan Erel.  David Rothenberg is Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which has encouraged and supported all of his creative projects since 1992.

Stephen Franchino -  Flute

Stephen Franchino has been a musician most of his life. He began guitar lessons at a early age, and quickly moved to the bass. Influenced by jazz, world music, and progressive rock, he has performed in many different styles and genres. In 1997 he became interested in woodwind instruments from around the world, and has been performing primarily on the flute ever since.

Ami Fixler -  Percussion

Ami is a talented percussionist performing on Indian percussion instruments, primarily the tablas and mridangam.