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Innova Staff

Director: Philip Blackburn

Phillip 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.

Operations Director: Chris Campbell

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 operations director 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: Tim Igel

Tim Igel

Tim Igel is the Publicist for innova Recordings. He is also a composer.

A firm believer in and advocate for music's ability to build community, he seeks out projects that do just that. 

As publicist for innova Recordings, Tim understands and values the time and effort that composers put into recording and releasing their work. He believes that this effort merits equal effort on his part to get a project recognized. He works to ensure that each album gets out to as many ears as possible through digital and physical distribution tools as well as personal communication with radio stations, reviewers, and content creators. Tim feels that the unique voices of innova artists deserve to heard and works to make that a reality.

Assistant: TBD


Minister of Finance: Paul Hanson 

ACF Presidente: John Nuechterlein