Jay Kadis was born in Oakland, California. He has played guitar since high school, initially with Misanthropes, a popular bay area band of the late 1960s, whose highlights included playing the Fillmore Auditorium and opening for Muddy Waters. Jay has written and performed original rock music with several bands, including Urban Renewal and Offbeats. He has built home studios, recorded and produced dozens of albums including many on Dexter Records, which he started to help promote the projects he produced. Jay is interested in all aspects of music and recording technology, working on projects from early music to rock as recording engineer, producer, editor, and musician. He has taught audio recording classes at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University since 1991 and has enjoyed working as CCRMA's audio engineer with some of the best electronic music performers and composers in live concert productions and recording.
Thomas Harrison is Professor of Italian at UCLA, where he has been since 1994. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and his M.Phil. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from CUNY. Before joining the faculty of UCLA in 1994 he taught in Italian and comparative literature programs at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Utah. His research focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries. His interests cover poetry, the novel, aesthetic theory, philosophy, and film. He has written articles on D'Annunzio, Ungaretti, Montale, Zanzotto, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Stanley Fish, Alfredo Giuliani, Carlo Michelstaedter, and Georg Lukacs. Two of his published books are: "1910. The Emancipation of Dissonance" (Berkeley) and "Essayism: Conrad, Musil and Pirandello" (Baltimore). He has also edited two volumes: "Nietzsche in Italy" (Saratoga) and "The Favorite Malice: Ontology and Reference in Contemporary Italian Poetry" (New York). Professor Harrison has recently taught a course at Stanford University on Italian Cinematic Neorealism-- this course was titled "Problems of Neorealism".