Dramatist, script writer and theatrical director. Svetlana took part in US-Russian Lark+Lyubimovka Laboratory drama festivals such as Lyubimovka, Remarka, First Reading. She was also involved in US-Russian drama festivals like Flash Acts, Lab Seven at the Sovremennik Theater. She is teaching at the Moscow Art Theater studio. Her plays are staged in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, South Sakhalin and Novosibirsk.
Saltanat is a queer feminist and activist with a degree in art history from the Free University of Berlin. She recently published several articles on the topic of queer art on post-Soviet design and co-edited the ontology “Queer Feminist Solidarity and the Separation of East and West”. Her academic views on decolonization, art, and activism on post-Soviet design.
Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Following a national tour in 2019, their 2020 EP, produced by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, COIN) and Mike Kamerman (Smallpools), takes the band in a bigger and brighter direction than ever.
Sub-Radio is Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar, vocals), Michael Pereira (drums), John Fengya (keys, guitar, vocals), Barry Siford (bass), and Kyle Cochran (guitar, keys).
Matthew Prodanovich, 27, started his music career by picking up a classical guitar when he was 12. He quickly found writing songs to be something he was truly passionate about. Matthew formed a band with his childhood friends who were also learning classical guitar at the same time as him. The band would eventually become Sub-Radio. During college Matthew honed his songwriting skills with an Individualized Study degree with a concentration in Music Industry from James Madison University. He also studied classical guitar for three years while attending the university. The diversity of music that he was exposed to while at school allowed him to expand his songwriting abilities. During Matthew's time at college, Sub-Radio quickly turned into a local band playing mostly local venues to a touring act that has now performed hundreds of shows across the country. Matthew now lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend and continues to write and perform with Sub-Radio.
Adam Bradley, 27, has been writing songs since the 7th grade, where he began his musical education on the classical guitar. Since then he has been the frontman of a six-piece pop band composed of childhood friends, currently performing as Sub-Radio. His strong vocals have been compared to famous pop tenors like Adam Levine and Freddie Mercury. Bradley attended American University in Washington, DC, and formerly worked as a PR professional on progressive issues. He lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his partner and two cats.
Michael Pereira, 26, plays the drums for the indie pop band Sub-Radio. He is a curious soul, with a passion for learning and exploring. A self-taught musician, he joined the band when he was 16, where he found his love for performing alongside his best friends. He is known for his high energy, gregarious presence, and radiant joy onstage. His enthusiasm and diverse upbringing from a mixed race family and global travel make him a social magnet, while a college education in physics and professional experience in the engineering sector fuel his craving for understanding. He is a man of high ideals, immense gratitude, and believes a smile is all it takes to make somebody’s day.
Kyle Cochran, 25, is the newest addition to Sub-Radio. His love for music can be traced back to hitting cookware with wooden spoons, but the connection truly took hold when he got his first guitar at the age of 12. During these formative years, he would form and join a variety of bands, and before graduating high school, Kyle was teaching guitar lessons to a small collection of students. Kyle would go on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music at James Madison University. It was at JMU that Kyle met the original lineup of Sub-Radio, though he would not join the band for a few years. He graduated in 2016 with a concentration in Music Industry, which he put to use finding work in live event production, sound reinforcement, and studio recording before joining Sub-Radio in early 2019. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA.
John Fengya, 26, is the keyboardist, backing guitarist, and backing vocalist for Sub-Radio. He began his musical career at age 8 learning the piano. At age 11 he spent a year learning the alto saxophone in his middle school band. Soon after, at age 12, he enrolled in his school's guitar program where he and Sub- Radio guitarist Matthew Prodanovich first crossed musical paths. The two often sought each other out to perform and compose together; in the years following, this partnership would eventually blossom to include fellow classmates and musicians, forming the basis of Sub-Radio as it is known today. In 2015, Fengya earned a B.S. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He has since been performing and touring with Sub-Radio and has spent time supplementing his musical career by working as an IT professional.
Bexultan Bagytzhan was born in Atyrau in 1996 he started his music career in 2018 and performing under the name Jeltoksan. Last February he released his debut album Korgasyn that revolves around rap and R&B.
Nurbek Elemes is a musician from Saryagash performing under the name Dudeontheguitar. Recently, he released his first, indie-pop album Kõrpe.
Frank Valdes Lopez is the Director of a dance studio with a decade of teaching experience. He graduated from the Cuban Peoples School of Arts with a degree in Dance and Choreography. In 2007, Frank started to teach in Cuba and two years later moved to Kazakhstan to teach choreography at the club Copacabana. Over the years, he gave numerous master classes across Kazakhstan and Dubai, took part in international festivals in Moscow, Dubai and Istanbul with his own choreographic performances.
“Social dances can change your life: your behavior, attitudes to others and yourself. Like any Cuban, I love my culture and our dances. They aren’t like anything else when it comes to emotional expression. My goal is to teach people to dance with love towards our culture, music, and to express feelings from the depths of the soul".
Karina is a musician from Atyrau. Since her first gig at the age of 14, she has been performing with bands and doing solo acoustic nights. Once she performed in New York City among several other local musicians. Besides music, Karina has been involved in theater productions in KELT and participated in the Watermill Center International Summer Program 2019 in Long Island, New York, as a performing artist. Karina wrote her first poetry book "4:02" in 2014 and is about to publish her second collection of poems.
Currently, Karina is working on her first album in collaboration with her friend, beat maker, producer and composer, Dias Adil. The album consists of 10 songs, originally written by Karina in English, and is a mix of alternative, indie and folk genres. In December 2019, the creative duo of Karina and Dias released a single called "Taking off masks"
Saodat Ismailova (b. in Tashkent) is a filmmaker and artist who came of age in the post-Soviet era and has established an artistic life between Paris and Tashkent while remaining deeply engaged with her native region as a source of creative inspiration. After graduating from Tashkent State Art Institute she was granted a residency at Benetton’s Fabrica research and communication center in Italy. There she directed Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea, which won Best Documentary at the 2004 Turin Film Festival.
In 2005 she was awarded a place in the DAAD - Artist in Residency program in Berlin, where she developed her debut award-winning feature film 40 Days of Silence, which premiered at Forum, Berlin International Film Festival, in 2014.
She participated in the 2013 Venice Biennale as part of the Central Asian Pavilion with her video installation Zukhra.
In 2017 Ismailova was an artist in residence in OCA (Office of Contemporary Art, Norway) where she developed her short film The Haunted.
In 2018 she graduated from Le Fresnoy, France’s National Studio of Contemporary Arts, where she developed Stains of Oxus and Two Horizons.
In 2018 her multimedia performance Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls), produced by the Aga Khan Music Programme, was presented at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York and at Musée de quai Branly in Paris.
Among her personal exhibitions are “The Haunted” in Tromso Kunesteforenin, Norway (2017); “What was my name?” in Aspan Gallery, Almaty (2021); and “Q’org’on Chirog’” at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Tashkent (2019), where, in 2020 she created the educational program CCA Lab. Works of Saodat Ismailova are in the collections of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and Centre Pompidou, in Paris.
Midge Costin holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and is the producer/director of the award-winning feature documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. For over 25 years, she has been a feature film sound editor having freelanced at every major studio in Hollywood. Costin has edited sound for filmmakers such as Tony Scott (Crimson Tide), Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock), John Waters (Crybaby), David Wolper (Imagine: John Lennon) and Amy Heckerling (Look Who’s Talking Too). Two of the films, Crimson Tide and Armageddon, for which she edited sound effects and dialogue, received Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing.
Adilzhan is PhD candidate in Architecture from Keio University in Japan. In 2016 Adilzhan graduated from Nazarbayev University in Engineering and entered Politecnico di Milano to study Architecture.
Today, Adilzhan is developing his brand - Mussa Sketch and works on architectural projects.