Patricia Alessandrini is a composer/sound artist creating compositions, installations, and performance situations which are for the most part interactive and theatrical. Her works are often collaborative, and engage with social and political issues. She performs research on embodied interaction and immersive audiovisual experience, including instrument design for inclusive performance.
Her compositions have been presented in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and over 15 European countries, in festivals such as Archipel, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Electric Spring, HCMF, Heidelberger Frühling, Gaudeamus, Mostly Mozart, Musica Strasbourg, Rainy Days, Salzburg Biennale, and Sonorities. She is also a performer and improvisor of live electronics.
She studied at the Conservatorio di Bologna, Conservatoire National de Strasbourg and IRCAM, and holds two PhDs, from Princeton University and the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) respectively. She is an Assistant Professor of Composition at Stanford University in 2018, where she also performs research at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Robert Allison is a technological artist, designer and maker from London, now living in Lisbon and resident at MILL (Makers in Little Lisbon). Previous studies in Mechanical Engineering (Southampton University), and Architecture (Westminster University), reflect the pursuit of technology and art as a combined discipline.
Prior to moving to Lisbon, two years were spent in San Francisco as part of the tech/art community within that city. Collaborations with Kinetech (a dance-art collective), and Codame (a tech/art events organisation), included interactive and dance performance pieces.
Works focus on the generative, using algorithms to create unique experiences. They demonstrate how richness and complexity can emerge from simple processes iterated to a massive scale, and explore the potential of the purely computational, the mechanistic, as it approaches the boundary with the natural, the tactile, the 'real'.
Invited Artist 2019
Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer, educator and artistic director of Kinetech Arts. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A. She was a resident artist at CounterPulse and Headlands Center for the Arts, and is currently in residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and ODC Theatre from 2018-2021. As a dancer, she has performed with KUNST-STOFF dance company, Labayen Dance, Lisbon Dance Company, little seismic dance company, Robert Moses’ Kin, and in works of Sara Shelton Mann. She studied at The Municipal Ballet of São Paulo, Brazil and at P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels She is a faculty member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet. Daiane graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU.
Daiane Lopes da Silva
Invited Artist 2019
Sarah Westwood is a composer based in the UK. Her work has been received in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia with performances by The Interstring Project (DE), Apres L’Histoire Chicago, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Prism Piano Trio Boston, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, L'imaginaire Musiques d'Idées, as well as Heather Roche, Xenia Pestova and Carla Rees. Sarah enjoys working with dance, and she is artistic collaborator with Eleven Farrer House (dance). Their most recent work ‘circle of perpetual choirs’, has been presented at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios (London), and Dance Limerick (Ireland). She is currently studying for an MPhil in composition at Goldsmiths, University of London
Alongside composing, Sarah is Co-director for Illuminate Women's Music, and a course administrator for Electronics and Technology (CPD) at the University of Oxford. She has initiated and organised conferences, exhibitions and concerts at Goldsmiths; co-curated EMS PureGold Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre and worked as a music researcher at Telesgop Media Productions Wales.
Director of Programmes
Weidong Yang is the co-founder and director of Kinetech Arts. He founded Kineviz, creating visual analytics solution for complex data. He received his Ph.D in Physics and Masters in Computer Science from University of Oregon. Weidong was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, conducting research on quantum dots. He has collaborated and created many performances and installations. As a dancer, he has performed with various dance companies including KUNST-STOFF, Paco Gomes and Sara Shelton Mann. He was a Scientific Delirium Madness resident artist at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2017. He is currently in a 3-year residency at ODC Theatre and Djerassi.
Invited Artist 2019
PREVIOUS INVITED ARTISTS
Katherine Betteridge studied music at Bangor University, North Wales (UK), specialising in Performance and Composition where she gained a first class honours degree in 2005. She won the Drapers Scholarship, enabling her to study Performance at Master’s level which she completed in 2007. Katherine’s primary focus is now on composition and has had music broadcast on BBC Radio, and several commissions, including one for the Manchester-based contemporary ensemble, Psappha. She has also received several film soundtrack commissions. Katherine is currently halfway through a funded PhD in Composition at Bangor University, studying under Professor Andrew Lewis. Her PhD is entitled “Nature and Supernature: A Portfolio of Compositions”. She recently embarked on collaborations with Theatre Dan Y Coed, a North Wales-based theatre company and created a multimedia and multi interdisciplinary event involving actors, dancers and musicians in March of this year in an exciting and unusual sell-out performance called Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed.
Event Co-ordinator and Guest Artist 2016
Eva Boesch, born in Zurich, studied cello at the Zurich University of the Arts with Martina Schucan, and at the Cologne University of Music with Maria Kliegel whilst concurrently working in Frankfurt on her Masters in Contemporary Music. She has attended masterclasses with Lucas Fels, Jens-Peter Maintz, Miklós Perényi and Siegfried Palm. A central component of her artistic work is her intensive engagement with contemporary music. During the season 2010/11 Eva Boesch was a member of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt).
She performs regularly at international festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Ultraschall Berlin or Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik and has participated in the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music as well as the Lucerne Festival Academy lead by Pierre Boulez.
She has been a member of the Ensemble Garage Köln since 2009 and the cellist of Trio Catch since 2013.
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. He is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide.
Invited Artist 2017
Richard Craig studied at flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Sheena Gordon and later with Richard Blake. After graduating with honours, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg with Mario Caroli.
Richard has since established himself as one of the main exponents of contemporary music for flute, consolidated by his recordings, numerous commissions for new works and appearances on the international circuit.
He has performed in festivals such as Maerzmusik Berlin, Wittener Tage für Neue Musik, the Venice Biennale, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival New York. As a chamber musician he has performed with ELISION, Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Distractfold and Experimentalstudio ensemble. He is a member of the Spanish ensemble SMASH. As of September 2015, Richard was appointed Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield.
Invited Artist 2016, Jan 2018
Swedish violinist Karin Hellqvist is performing internationally as an interpreter of contemporary music. With profound engagement in the music of today she is a sought after soloist as well as a dedicated chamber musician. Karin is a member of several forefront ensembles for new music in Scandinavia and dedicates her time to commissioning new works as well as performing the established contemporary repertoire. Recent collaborations has resulted in a large family of solo works exploring the violin in company of various electronics, sound objects and media. The role of the performer in the compositional process is constant subject to research in Karin's output and she has worked with composers from different fields in new and experimental music as Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, James Dillon, Liza Lim, Carola Bauckholt and Natasha Barrett. Karin is regularly invited to renowned scenes and educational institutions for contemporary music worldwide and her work has been awarded with the Interpreter's Prize from the Swedish Society of Composers and the Norwegian Critics' Association Award. Karin was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Universität der Künste Berlin, the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Royal College of Music in London from where she holds an Artist Diploma in Performance.
Sören Hermansson is internationally known as a performer, recording artist and educator. He studied in Stockholm, Amsterdam and West-Berlin (Karajan-Academy) and has held orchestral positions in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 1988, Sören Hermansson has devoted his time to his solo career and teaching. His performances has brought him to North and South America, and to several countries in Europe.
He has been teaching at Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Ingesund School of Music, Guest professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and between 1999-2006 Horn Professor at School of Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He has given Masterclasses all over the US, in Europe, and is a frequent guest in Brazil.
Sören Hermansson has commissioned and premièred a considerable amount of repertoire for horn (around 60 works). In addition, he has recorded many of these works and has received wide critical acclaim for this. Among the world première recordings you can find Horn concertos by Anders Eliasson, Folke Rabe, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren and a TV-production of the Bengt Hambreus Horn concerto.
Among his recordings are also two CDs on the BIS label, with original music for Horn and Harp, together with harpist Erica Goodman.
Lately, Sören Hermansson is now focusing on commissioning new works for Horn and Electronics. Composers like Marie Samuelsson, Leilei Tian, Per Mårtensson, Joakim Sandgren, Åke Parmerud, Marcus Fjellström, Fredrik Olofsson, Tommy Zwedberg and others are writing for him.
Invited Artist Dec 2018
Keiko Murakami studied flute with Keiko Honda, and Tomoko Nozaka at the University of Shimane (Japan), where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in musical education. She came to France in 2002 to study flute with Mario Caroli and Claire Gentilhomme, as well as chamber music with Armand Angster at the Strasbourg Conservatory, receiving her diploma with the highest honours. She also obtained the musical theater diploma of the Hochschule der Künste de Berne under the direction of Georges Aperghis and Françoise Rivalland, as well as a professional Master in performance from the University of Strasbourg.
Since 2003, Keiko Murakami has been solo flutist of the Linea Ensemble, conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz. With the ensemble, she has participated in many premieres of contemporary works. She shares her passion for musical research with the members of l’Imaginaire, musiques d’idées, a collective of composers and performers founded in Strasbourg in 2008. She is also a member of oh-ton ensemble;
As a soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared in numerous festivals, notably in Europe, the United States and Japan: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, International Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Biennale di Venezia, June in Buffalo, Mata Festival, Festival Musica, Trans’art, Ciclo de Conciertos de Musica Contemporanea, Akiyoshidai’s Summer, Biennale de Berne, Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui, Musique Démesurée, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, etc.
She has recorded for Ricordi (Emmanuel Nunes’ Aura for solo flute); for Stradivarius with Ensemble Algoritmo (Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici and Studi per l’intonazione del mare, as well as the Daniele Bravi portrait CD ‘Del vero e del falso’); and for l’Empreinte Digitale, in Mario Caroli’s CD ‘Tempo di Fumo’.
Gilbert Nouno, composer, sound artist, performer and researcher based in Paris. He received the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academie de France à Rome Villa Médicis in 2011 and the Kyoto Villa Kujoyama Fellowship from Cultures France in 2007. His music draws inspiration from visual art and design, spanning notated and improvised forms.
Gilbert Nouno is currently professor of composition and sonic arts at the Royal College of Music in London and invited lecturer in Bern University of the Arts (Switzerland), he was DAAD guest professor during 2016 and 2017 in Detmold Universities (Germany). He holds Masters and PhD degrees in computer music and artificial intelligence and is carrying out research on responsive design for multimedia performances. As an interdisciplinary artist he explores synesthesia beyond music with emergent art fields. His concepts of work and production take advantage of generative languages, data mining processes and algorithms for digital crafting.
Gilbert Nouno has been a long time collaborator with Jonathan Harvey and with Pierre Boulez especially for his well known pieces with electronics, he is performing with numerous and various artists such as George Benjamin, Michael Barenboim, jazz saxophonist Steve Coleman, flutist Malik Mezzadri and choreographer Susan Buirge. He recently wrote "Deejay" for string quartet and electronics – recorded on VOLTS by the Tana String Quartet – , "Iwona - an electronic operetta", and"Street Music" for trio and live electronics.
Marina Schlaginweit was born 1992 and is currently living in Munich, Germany. She is a composer-performer and pianist with a passion for experimental improvisation. Her music and vocal performances explore the continuum between composition and improvisation, electronic sounds and physical performance, drawing influences from contemporary art music asa well as modern jazz. She is an active musician and performer collaborating with international musicians and ensembles.
She studied composition in Munich as early studies with Jan Müller-Wieland and sound engineering in Detmold at the Erich Thienhaus Institute. There she continued composition with Fabien Levy and graduated for a bachelor's degree in 2016.
She has been holding a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2017 she was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris or which she received half year scholarship. She worked at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) during an internship participating as sound engineer and live-electronics operator in the Festival Manifest for contemporary live-electronic music, Her compositions and vocal performances have been presented at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für neue Musik, Hoffnung 3000 festival Berlin, the Cité Internationale des Art, the White Pulse Marathon Zurich and Les Traversées du Marais festival Paris. She is curator of an independently organised residency for improvised noise music in the Alpes taking place once a year. Currently she is studying jazz piano at the conservatory of music Munich while forming cross discipline projects with international musicians.