Leila Abdul-Rauf is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Co-founder and main songwriter of extreme metal bands Vastum, Saros, and electronic/ambient trio Ionophore, Leila is an established cinematic-ambient solo artist having released four albums under her name, and has collaborated with countless others. Leila is also an academic at heart, having received a Master's degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 2001, with a focus on psycholinguistics, voice disorders, and child language research.
Dan Butler is a psychoanalytic clinician in San Francisco and a doctoral candidate in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dan has published numerous articles and sits on the editorial boards of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Outside of clinical and academic work, Dan is the vocalist and intermittent visual artist for various bands, including Vastum, Acephalix, and Draghkar.