Artist Bios

Inferno organizer

summer 2019 inferno Artists

Inferno doc:team 2019

Inferno year-round organizer: Sean Heaney


sean loves sound, nature and the outdoors, playing, listening, connecting, learning, laughing, and organizing.

ben Lamar gay


Ben LaMar Gay is a Chicago creator and resident artist for Inferno. He has been facilitating Inferno sessions for 5 years. Currently, his focus is on therapeutic recreation participants and exploring their unique relationship with sound.


Gay is a multifaceted musician who moves components of sound, color and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages. The unification of various styles is always in service of the narrative and never a pretentious display of technique. Gay's true technique is giving life to an idea while transforming the idea behind the term “Americana”.


rob frye

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a resident of Chicago since 2006, Rob Frye is a midwestern multi-instrumentalist practicing woodwinds, guitar, synthesizer, casio samplers and bike tires.  In 2010 he created Flux Bikes, a project that travels on two wheels in the US and abroad, amplifying his bike-tire-beats through a custom-built solar powered sound system. Rob spent three summers conducting bird surveys for the Institute for Bird Populations in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California and is in his fourth summer working as a Resident Artist for the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio in the Chicago Park District. From the Hideout: "A constant collaborator, Rob is able to give a unique voice in a variety of ensembles..."

jason roebke

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Jason Roebke is a Chicago bassist and composer. In addition to playing bass in several of Chicagoʼs most compelling jazz groups, he has composed music for his own Octet and small groups. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.” He is a member of Jason Steinʼs Locksmith Isidore, Mike Reed Flesh & Bone, and

Tomeka Reid Quartet. Roebke studied privately with saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell as well as legendary double bass pedagogue Stuart Sankey. In 2009, he was awarded the Fellowship in Music Composition from the Illinois Arts Council. Roebke tours widely in the US and Europe. He was the subject of an extensive interview and career overview in Point of Departure.

Johanna Brock


Johanna Brock is a Chicago based violinist, improviser, and composer. Her work fuses an orchestral training with a love for synthesizers, house music,and ragtime. "Blending elements of pop, electronic, jazz and classical music with rhythms and melodies that seem other worldly, Brock has established herself as a truly dynamic force capable of realizing nearly any sonic vision."-Midwest Action

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Selah say


Selah Say is a Chicago based DJ, Performer, and Co-Founder of Make Weekdays Great™️ a lifestyle brand and creative collective focused on enriching everyday of the week through our Instagram advice series, #ReallyGoodAdvice, developing engaging programming, and creating events that provide mindful culinary experiences intentionally creating menus for our events which incorporate the same caliber of entrees for vegans, vegetarians, & meat eaters alike.

Selah Say’s Sound:

Selah Say hails from South Carolina where as a child, she spent her days singing, listening + absorbing to music from all genres & time periods, & dreaming of spreading her wings beyond the South. Her first stop was Philly, then NYC’s downtown scene, then Charlotte, NC, India for a period, and now Chicago. Selah Say effortlessly blends music from many genres & in any given set, you can hear music ranging from 90’s R&B, Classic Rock, 60’s Nigerian Funk, to Trap & Soul, Classic TV Show Theme Music and all in between.

Tayvia Ridgeway


Tayvia Danielle Ridgeway is a young developing artist from the city of Chicago. Coming from a family deeply involved with art, Tayvia’s journey with art and media making started at an early age. Tayvia uses mixed media including painting, drawing, and photography to display her creative vision. She not only creates portrait commissions for family members, but also loves to express her identity and background in her pieces. Tayvia has also created pieces for the organization After School Matters, some of which have been sold at the After School Matters branch in downtown Chicago. She also designed and painted murals for after school matters at the McCormick Place. In the future, Tayvia wishes to take her skill further, and become a well known artist.