Equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire, cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career. He is a member of the Daedalus Quartet and has performed with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and Network for New Music. He has appeared at the Bravo! Vail, Bard, Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab music festivals.Mr. Kraines is also an accomplished composer of chamber music, whose works have been performed by pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, and sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson. His free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, has performed and taught at the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the Jubilus Festival.Mr. Kraines is a faculty member at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa.