Staff / Artistic Leadership

Led by artistic director Derrick Spiva Jr. and executive director Philip Graulty, Bridge to Everywhere is comprised of twenty musicians whose passion and excitement for new music move them to explore the unfamiliar. From harp and string quartet, to oud and electric guitar, piano to synthesizer, tabla to gung-gong drums and beyond, our global collective aims to reflect our interconnected world.

Philip Graulty

Executive Director
Philip Graulty is a guitarist, music educator and arts manager whose work is often rooted in interdisciplinary and intercultural c...View bio

Derrick Spiva Jr.

Artistic Director
Derrick Spiva Jr. is a composer and musician based in the Los Angeles area who often integrates music practices from different cul...View bio

Marc Nimoy

Associate Director
Marc Nimoy is a musician, programmer, and sound artist currently living in San Pedro, CA. He received a B.A. from the University o...View bio

Ian A. Smith

Technical Director
Ian A. Smith is an audio engineer, composer, and producer residing in the greater Los Angeles area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree...View bio

Jacqueline Marshall

Ensemble Manager
Harpist Jacqueline Marshall is a busy freelance performer in Los Angeles, in high demand as an orchestral, chamber and recording a...View bio

Kim Nguyen Tran

Education Manager
Kim Nguyen Tran is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at UCLA. She is interested in the intersection of performing arts and polit...View bio

Ensemble

Hannah Arista, voice
Ben Bartelt, viola
Pierre Derycz, cello
Nic Gerpe, keyboard
Randy Gloss, percussion
Philip Graulty, guitar
Mark Gutierrez, bass
Yvette Holzwarth, violin
Rachel Iba, violin and voice

Dmitri Mahlis, oud
Jacqueline Marshall, harp
Rachel Mellis, flute
Marc Nimoy, guitar
Gavin Templeton, flute and saxophone
Nikki Shorts, viola
Ian A. Smith, keyboards
Derrick Spiva Jr., conductor
James Waterman, percussion

Philip Graulty

Executive Director
Philip Graulty is a guitarist, music educator and arts manager whose work is often rooted in interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Over the past decade he has performed and produced concerts in the U.S., Mexico and Indonesia, and he has championed music from around the world by directing ensembles, managing artists, curating festivals, and facilitating cross-cultural exchange programs.

For four years, Graulty served as program coordinator at the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance under the direction of Judy Mitoma. There he helped develop international performing arts programs such as the World Festival of Sacred Music (2008, 2011); the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (2010); and the climate change awareness tour, Water is Rising (2011). He has since consulted with Arts Midwest, Foundation for World Arts and Grand Performances.

Graulty is a founding member of the electric guitar ensemble Los Angeles Electric 8, serving as its co-director from 2010 to 2013. His recordings with the octet include Interlocking Textures (2012); Imagined Overtures (2011); and Plays Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Braddock, Siegel and Kohl (2008). In 2016, Graulty co-founded Bridge to Everywhere, “a chamber ensemble and new music collective dedicated to supporting composers, performers and educators who celebrate cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions.” Bridge to Everywhere’s debut concert is scheduled for January 2017.

Graulty’s work as a performer, teacher and entrepreneur have earned him several honors including the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship (2014); an artist residency at Saga Fest in Iceland (2015); and an invitation to represent the U.S. at the Solo International Performing Arts festival in Indonesia (2016).

Philip Graulty received his M.M. from University of California, Los Angeles in the guitar studio of Peter Yates. He is on the faculty of music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he teaches guitar.

Derrick Spiva Jr.

Artistic Director
Derrick Spiva Jr. is a composer and musician based in the Los Angeles area who often integrates music practices from different cultural traditions around the world into his work with classical music communities. The Los Angeles Times has described his music as "something to savor" and "enormous fun to listen to." During his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Institute of the Arts, music across many cultures became an integral part of his musical vocabulary. Spiva studied classical music with Ian Krouse, Alex Shapiro, Paul Chihara, and David Rosenboom while also studying West African music and dance with Kobla Ladzekpo; Persian music theory with Pirayeh Pourafar and Houman Pourmehdi; Balkan music theory with Tzvetanka Varimezova; and tala (rhythmic cycles) in Hindustani classical music with Swapan Chaudhuri and Aashish Khan.

Spiva's works have been premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, UCLA Philharmonia, Los Angeles Electric 8, Chapman University Wind Ensemble, the Salastina Music Society, Super Devoiche (Bulgarian Women's Choir), and Lian Ensemble (Persian Ensemble). Spiva has given pre-concert talks and workshops about the use of non-Western music in his compositions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Skirball Cultural Center. He received the New Music USA Award in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded a composer residency with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) through New Music USA’s “Music Alive” program with LACO for the 2015-2016 season. He was asked to speak at the 2016 League of Orchestras Conference on the topic of how classical music orchestras can forge stronger relationships with their diverse communities. Spiva serves as Artistic Director of the new music collective and arts organization Bridge to Everywhere.

Spiva passionately believes in music as a doorway into understanding other cultures and different ways of living. Through learning the music of other cultures, the opportunity for dialogue rather than conflict between strangers is opened, and our society can become one with less conflict due to cultural misunderstanding. He is deeply invested in fostering creative and effective collaboration between artists of different disciplines and traditions.

Marc Nimoy

Associate Director
Marc Nimoy is a musician, programmer, and sound artist currently living in San Pedro, CA. He received a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in Classical Guitar Performance and a M.F.A. in Music Composition / Experimental Sound Practices from the California Institute of the Arts.

Marc was a founding guitarist and general manager of Los Angeles Electric 8, a chamber ensemble of 8 electric guitars whose performances include The Festival of Sacred Music, Microfest, REDCAT Summer Studio, Sunday's Live at LACMA, The Tank (NY), Grand Performances (LA), and the Strathmore Performing Arts Center (MD). They have been noted as Critic’s picks in the Los Angeles Times and Time Out New York, and released several studio albums including “Interlocking Textures” and “Imagined Overtures.”

As a sound artist and software developer, Marc was an artist in residency at the Studio for Electro-instrumental Music in Amsterdam (2007, 2008), presented a solo show of interactive electronic works at Dangerous Curve (LA), and has been a teacher, guest lecturer, and project facilitator at CalArts.

Outside of the arts, Marc has spent a lot of his time in the technology sector as a software developer, project manager, and business consultant. He spent a few years as the Vice President of Operations / Director of Project Management at a local web development company, and can now be found teaching yoga around the South Bay or acting as the President of the board at his children's’ preschool.

Ian A. Smith

Technical Director
Ian A. Smith is an audio engineer, composer, and producer residing in the greater Los Angeles area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry Studies from California State University, Northridge and an Associate in Science degree from Fresno City College in Commercial Music.

His experience as an audio engineer and producer includes work on various live performances as a mixer and technician, and recording projects as recording and mixing engineer in genres ranging from classical to pop to Latin jazz. Ian also works as a composer and arranger, with experience in genres including electronica, modern orchestra, jazz, and new age. His compositional and arrangement experience includes commissioned works for artist albums and various media, including TV and video games.

Jacqueline Marshall

Ensemble Manager
Harpist Jacqueline Marshall is a busy freelance performer in Los Angeles, in high demand as an orchestral, chamber and recording artist. Jacqueline performs regularly as a guest musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is the Principal Harpist of the Pacific Opera Project. Jacqueline frequently travels to Charleston, SC where she plays with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Opera Charleston. Jacqueline has recorded for dozens of motion pictures and television shows, and has appeared onscreen in several, including Glee, America’s Got Talent and Rod Stewart’s PBS Christmas Special. Jacqueline has performed with artists including Michael Bublé, Lea Michelle, Ben Harper, Diana Krall, Paul Reubens and Seth MacFarlane. Jacqueline has appeared as a featured soloist with Symphony Irvine, at the Banff Music Festival and as faculty soloist with the La Sierra University Orchestra. Jacqueline received a B.A. from UCLA, a Professional Studies Diploma in Harp Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and an M.M. from UCLA.

Jacqueline is the founder and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Performance Collective (CPC), which is dedicated to commissioning, promoting and performing 21st-century chamber music works and making music of the highest caliber accessible to every member of the community. The CPC has commissioned over 20 new works, presents concerts and outreach, and provides resources for composers, musicians and their communities. Jacqueline has also served as musical director for several projects, including the world premiere of the multimedia production Sibelius: From the Shadows of the Forest. This season, Jacqueline joins the group Bridge to Everywhere as Ensemble Manager.

Jacqueline is also very involved in teaching. In 2006 she helped to form The Harp In Our Public Schools Project, which provides free harp lessons to children in underserved public schools. Jacqueline is currently on faculty as Adjunct Lecturer of Harp at La Sierra University. Jacqueline has also been a regular recitalist and lecturer for the Gluck Foundation’s Music Outreach Program, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA and UCLA Extension.

Kim Nguyen Tran

Education Manager
Kim Nguyen Tran is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at UCLA. She is interested in the intersection of performing arts and politics, particularly in contemporary communist/socialist countries and their diasporas. She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork in Vietnam and the Vietnamese refugee community of southern California. Her research on the Vietnamese musical theater genre hát bội centers around the role of music and the performing arts in constructing cultural memories that often contest official written histories. Kim has given lectures and presentations on music at UCLA, Glendale Community College, Lexington Montessori School, and conferences organized by the Association for Asian American Studies, CHIME (Chinese Music Europe), and the Association for Asian Performance. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.