Innova Staff

Director: Philip Blackburn

Philip is innova Director at the American Composers Forum where he runs the innova recordings CD label. He studied composition at Cambridge and Iowa and lectures on Harry Partch, Vietnamese/Belizean/Cuban music, and sound in public art. He is a guerilla sound sculptor, creating occasions for listening where the public least expects them. For that, he was made a 2003 Bush Foundation Artist Fellow. He wrote the soundtrack for Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life that may be touring a science museum near you, and often works on sound installations, sonic playgrounds, and acoustic paraphernalia to help us all tune into those all-important, mysterious vibrations. Signal to Noise Magazine called him a "startlingly original composer." More.

Manager: Chris Campbell

“Christopher Campbell not only makes his own extremely unique music but he also helps make music by lots of other composers happen." —NewMusicBox

Chris Campbell is the manager at innova recordings, and is also a composer and producer.

From sit-down concerts to all-night festivals, his music has been performed and heard from New Zealand to Montserrat to the United Kingdom to the United States.  Praised as “heady”,  possessing “elements of post-Minimalism, avant-garde rock, jazz and global-fusion styles that mingle and merge with dreamlike mutability” (The New York Times) and “oscillating between the comforting and the exotic, with occasional creepy moments” (Time Out Chicago), Campbell’s compositions are profound meditations on sacred space,  ritual, and sonic texture.

Campbell’s current focus is musical micro and macro systems that can combine in a modular fashion. To realize these concepts he’s collaborated with English instrument builder Tom Fox and other musical colleagues ranging from members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, to Twin Cities band Aaron and the Sea, and violinist/composer extraordinaire Todd Reynolds. Newly invented drone instruments, and spatial compositions where indeterminacy rides alongside cunningly detailed passagework have been the latest results of this line of work.   

For him, music continues to be a vehicle for community, for quiet assertive communication, and for bold listening.

Publicist: Steve McPherson

Steve McPherson is a musician and writer who’s lived in the Twin Cities since 2004, where he’s performed with bands and artists including Big Trouble, Brutal Becomings, Crossing Guards, Jessy Greene, and Heiruspecs. His work as a critic and journalist has appeared in Pulse of the Twin Cities (where he was the Music/Film/Theater Editor from 2005–2007), City Pages, The Onion’s A.V. Club, the Star Tribune, Skyscraper Magazine, and Reveille Magazine, an online music magazine he founded in 2007. His interviews with artists include Aimee Mann, Grizzly Bear, Ben Gibbard, Feist, M.I.A., Sunny Day Real Estate, Tarentel, Wolf Parade, Menomena, David King, The Hold Steady, and many others.

He is currently finishing his MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University, where he recently received the W. Quay Grigg Award for Excellence in Literary Study. In addition to his duties as publicist for Innova Recordings, he is an adjunct faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music in the Liberal Arts department. His poetry appears in rock, paper, scissors, his fiction appears in a forthcoming collection from Green Lantern Press and he will be the Assistant Fiction Editor for literary annual Water~Stone Review’s 14th edition.


Minister of Finance: Paul Hanson 

ACF Presidente: John Nuechterlein

innova assistant: Tanner B. 

Tanner Britton is a musician from the Twin Cities finishing up a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance at McNally Smith College of Music. Currently performing with bands ranging from rock to pop, Tanner is an active member in the music community and frequents many of the clubs in the cities. Tanner enjoys any creative endeavor apart from music especially film, art, and video games. He has also begun to work on several projects including an electronic music group.