Mark rudio

I started A Beast in a Jungle in January 2009, inspired by other SF Bay Area opera and classical music blogs, especially Patrick Vaz’s Reverberate Hills, Lisa Hirsch’s Iron Tongue of Midnight, Mike Strickland’s Civic Center, Charlise Tiee’s Opera Tattler, and Axel Feldheim’s Not For Fun Only. In July of 2016 I moved to Washington DC. I’ve also written for San Francisco Classical Voice, Stanford Live, and Open Skies magazine. Currently I’m working as a freelance writer, often on the impact of tech on non-tech industries such as trucking and logistics. You can view my other work here. I welcome your comments, questions, and inquiries - email me at markrudio@gmail.com.


Robert battey

Bob grew up in Washington, D.C. area, and is an active performer as well as an attorney.  He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York, the University of Missouri, and at the Levine School. He is currently Director of the Gettysburg Chamber Music Workshop. His extensive writings on music have appeared in the Washington Post, STRINGS, and Washington Classical Review. He also blogs at CelloBello.org


The swede

Rabble-rouser, provocateur, and world-traveler, the Swede grew up in Stockholm, but has been at home in San Francisco for decades.


Benjamin Cohen

Founding member of two legendary San Francisco bands, Pop-O-Pies and Sister Double Happiness, the guitarist/songwriter currently performs with El Destroyo and as a solo musician. His most recent album, Digging the Past to Mine the Future, was released in 2014. He lives with his wife and children in San Francisco.


Catherine Caraker

Catherine Caraker is a dance artist, performer and teacher who also likes to write. A native of San Francisco, she has spent her adult life living between the US and Europe. She is passionate about movement and live performance, both watching and doing.