Elijah J. Weber-Han
Elijah J. Weber-Han is a Marine Corps veteran who for about twenty years thought he did not like music. This changed when a co-worker introduced him to the music of Frank Zappa which opened him to new worlds of musical possibility, first as a radio DJ, then as an artist and performer, and finally as an arts organizer.
Elijah helped create and manage SUNY Broome’s online radio station the HiVE. The HiVE gave students the opportunity to apply skills learned through the Communications curriculum and learn the joy of radio. In Ithaca, Elijah hosted the internet radio program, High Potential Lightning, and became the Assistant Chief Engineer at WVBR.
When Elijah transferred to Cornell, he joined Cornell Cinema. There Elijah wore many hats, first becoming Events Chair, then President, and finally Graduate Student Co-Chair.
Currently Elijah is the chairperson of the Board of Directors for ElectroZone Intradimensional, Incorporated. Elijah and two musician friends started the ElectroZone in 2017. Since then, Elijah has helped plan events, created graphic content, and acted as one of the EZ’s biggest cheerleaders. It is Elijah’s hope that the ElectroZone will inspire others to expand their capabilities through the creation of art, develop a fondness and hunger for new things and ideas, and experience a new sense of community through collaboration and participation.
Elijah performs as Kompyootur Muhsheen: Teenage Algorithm and in the band MRDRFOG with Shaawano Chad Uran
Matthew Grigorov has managed and worked Contemporary Trends, the furniture business his parents opened in 1956, for many years. Matt has successfully guided the business into the internet age, implemented a modern accounting system, and takes pride in his excellent staff. Matt has two wonderful daughters, and a supportive group of siblings. Matt attended Berklee School of Music, and he enjoys contributing to the experimental music community here in Ithaca. He plays guitar in Human Resources, a band he shares with local painter and electronic musician Andrew Paine.
Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we’d make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it’s breathtaking, I suggest you try it.
Shaawano (White Earth Anishinaabe, Bear Clan) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, composer, and zombie academic. He brings decades of arts, arts organizing, and grants management experience to EZ Interplanetary. He lives where the land meets the sky. Where the eagle and the raven fly free. He lives under the sun and the moon. He sleeps in soft furs. Mmmm, Juicyfruit.
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Jim Wells was born in Columbus, NE, raised in Toronto, ONT, then moved to Ithaca, NY to finish high school. Time was later spent in Cleveland, OH and Hornell, NY before returning to Ithaca.
He holds a B.S. in TV/Radio and an M.S. in Corporate Communications from Ithaca College. A too-long career in retail, including store management, was followed by a longer career in corporate video production. The journey continues.
Music has always been a driving interest, and Jim recently learned his affliction has a name (Frisson: A brief moment of emotional excitement; shudder, thrill). It is tactile, sometimes overwhelming, and has never diminished. Playing guitar started around age 13, and his mediocre skills have never left him. An interest in synthesizers began a few years later and, while it waned for a time, came back strongly and has remained a central interest for the past several years.
Jim composes and performs solo under the name Staticer. He also composes and performs with his wife under the name His Divine Shadow. The Electro Zone has been welcoming and supportive of both projects, giving them their first live performance opportunities.