Sound Edge Festival

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2017 Artists



NYCO (pronounced like Tyco or Geico!) was formed in Chicago in 2003 by frontman Ted Atkatz and a fellow musician in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rob Kassinger. The band played locally until Atkatz quit his job as Principal Percussionist of the Symphony to pursue the band full time. NYCO combines blue-eyed soul with jazz elements and quirky lyrics. From 2006 to 2008, the band played over 200 live shows nationwide as well as gaining international recognition at the St. Barts Music Festival. Atkatz relocated to Los Angeles in 2008 and re-formed the band with some new players, including Hubie Wang on guitar.

The band has released three full-length albums: Two (2006), Realize (2008), and Future Imperfect (2012). Recently, jazz vibraphonist Nick Mancini joined the band, and they continue to build their unique momentum around Los Angeles.


Future Elevators

Future Elevators is a melody driven project based on positivity and a conversation of energy. Fresh and Classic at the same time, this music is infectious and will stick to your brain. The workhorse of this baby, Michael Shackelford, is dedicated to finding golden tones providing a pleasurable listen for the audience by way of crafting brilliant songs comprised of a combination of straightforward lyrics as well as deeply cryptic clues that take one down the rabbit hole filling your mind pallet with ear candy along the way. Join us and let the music take you for a ride!



A former Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edward (Ted) Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. Prior to winning his Chicago Symphony position in 1997, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Florida. He is currently a faculty member at California State University at Long Beach, California, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. In 2014, Ted founded TAPS: The Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar.


Susan Botti

As composer and performer, Susan Botti's eclectic background and experiences are reflected in her music. Theatre and the visual arts play a formative role in the aesthetic of her work. Her musical explorations have encompassed traditional, improvisational and non-classical composition and singing styles.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Botti's early training included studies in music, art, and theater. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Berklee School of Music; and her Masters in Music Composition from the Manhattan School of Music.

Francisco Fullana

Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the U.S., Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances, as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician.

Mr. Fullana is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, TX and is the co-artistic leader of San Antonio´s Chamber Music Institute, as well the newly appointed principal violinist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Fullana obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degrees with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki.  He is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with his mentor Midori Goto at the University of Southern California.  Mr. Fullana has been a recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago since 2013, and currently performs on the 1697 "Rainville" Stradivarius, on loan from the Yellow Angel Foundation of Japan.


Arova Contemporary Ballet

AROVA Contemporary Ballet fosters innovation in dance performance and the creation of new works. It aims to make a home for artists who desire to create and present a deeper expression of what dance means in Alabama.
AROVA was named in memory of Dame Sonia Arova an acclaimed Bulgarian born ballerina, teacher and former Founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Ballet. The ACB Company seeks to continue her legacy of dance excellence in Alabama. Since the inception of the company, thousands of young students have witnessed the artistry, passion and daringness behind the name AROVA. The Company is indeed proud to have an impact on future generations of Alabama dancers, and to have proven that multiple professional level dance companies can thrive together in Birmingham.

DJ Radhu

Birmingham native, DJ Radhu's musical menu has made him an internationally known Taste Maker & Sound Provider. A regular fixture at Lobotomix shows, the former Hot 107.7 FM DJ feeds his listeners a unique blend of Hip Hop, House & Soul, on his popular BamaLoveSoul podcast and performs annually at Art Beats & Lyrics, a traveling art & music tour.


Men's Renewal

Born out of the inability to stay still, Men’s Renewal is an exercise in motion, momentum and, of course, repetition. From the ground up, open-ended, ambient leaning but techno driven pieces are built with a gaining intensity through subtle percussive shifts and cascading sound walls ranging from ominous to auspicious, all inevitably plateauing at a height that is TBD.  Motion. Momentum. Repeat.

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Geno Pearson

Geno is Program Director and co owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio. Geno began spinning back in his hometown of Houston in the mid 80's at the height of the New Wave scene. He is also one of the hosts of Neon Electric, which can be heard Friday nights from 10-Midnight. He has DJ'd at Saturn, Iron City, Workplay, Bottletree and othere. Playing New Wave, Indietronic, Yacht Rock and more


Lee Shook

Lee Shook is the host of the late night music program The Audiovore on Birmingham Mountain Radio, as well as a well-respected club DJ around town, who has opened up for everyone from St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Franti, to Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Floating Action, Spaceface, and Soul Rebels Brass Band to name a few.
He is also the producer, director and editor behind the Pepsi-sponsored live music video series Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions, which highlights up and coming bands from around the country with a particular focus on local talent emanating from The Magic City. His music-writing can also be found in such diverse publications as Oxford American magazine, Paste, and The Wire, among countless others. He is also currently spearheading the "Rescue the Rescue Ship" project to help refurbish and restore the automobile of local legendary superhero Willie Perry, aka: the "Batman of Birmingham".

Step Pepper Records

DIY label Step Pepper opens its doors for an evening of experimental underground music. Experience the intersection of music and technology, sight and sound, with live music and digital art installations, featuring musical performances by

-Television Romeo
-Balcony View
-Tyler Ambrosius
-In Snow
-Farris & Fahy

Opera Birmingham

Opera Birmingham, the only professional opera company in Northern and Central Alabama, has entertained audiences for over 60 years, producing world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences. The company has produced over 50 different operas, and has brought hundreds of the best operatic performers from all over the world to Birmingham’s artistic doorstep.