The young sound artist Mieke Lambrigts has been working for quite some time on a series of site-specific sound interventions and compositions. She presented her work in art centres and festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands and US. She develops her creations in function of specific spaces, using the acoustic qualities found in these spaces as part of the composition or installation. With hardly anything except for field recordings and sinus tones, she creates a subtle soundtrack that merges almost completely with the environmental sounds and the resonance of the room.
Olivier Toulemonde, educated as a saxophonist, started with electro-acoustic music and improvisation in 1994. In the same year he participated in the formation of Collectif Ishtar (Bourg-en-Bresse). He developed his first pieces of musique concrète in the studio Collectif & Cie (Annecy).He practices improvisation in his most free form with in his work a connection with listening, sound-research and projection in space. He plays with acoustic objects (kitcheninstruments, plastic cups, blocks of polystyrene, marbles, plateaus, CB-antennas, springs…). He also works with a device made up of long springs (fabricated by Les Ressorts de Roubaix) and tight wires. The whole is amplified by contactmicrophones, to work on the resonance of the metal. He also makes recordings for concerts, radio and video.
Tim Parkinson (b.1973) is an independent composer, based in London, UK since 1997. Music has been written for various groups and ensembles including Apartment House, Reservoir, London Sinfonietta, [rout], Chroma; and for various instrumentalists including Stephen Altoft, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Anton Lukoszevieze, Tanja Masanti, Andrew Sparling, Craig Shepard, Philip Thomas, Stefan Thut. Music has been performed in UK, Europe, USA, Armenia, New Zealand, Japan.Broadcasts of music have been on Resonance FM (www.resonancefm.com), Wandelweiser Radio (www.timescraper.de), BBC Radio 3, and WDR Köln.A recording of “cello piece” played by Stefan Thut is available on Edition Wandelweiser Records. He is also active as pianist and performer, both independently and also by invitation, having been an occasional performer with Apartment House, and Plus-Minus, and having performed in the UK in venues such as Tate Modern, Barbican, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and further afield in Europe, and South America. Independently he has curated, presented and performed many concerts. Since 2003 has been regularly performing with composer James Saunders in the lo-fi any-sound-producing-means duo Parkinson Saunders.In 2005 launched the yearly London based concert series, “Music We’d Like to Hear” (www.musicwedliketohear.com) with composers John Lely and Markus Trunk. A fifth series is planned for summer 2009.He studied at Worcester College, Oxford; studied privately with Kevin Volans in Dublin; and in 2001 he participated in the Ostrava New Music Days, attending seminars with Alvin Lucier, Zsolt Nagy and Christian Wolff.
Annette Krebs studied music and concert guitar in Frankfurt/ Main, and lives and works in Berlin as a freelanced musician- as improviser, composer and soundartist.She is exploring the aesthetics and tention between tone and noise, action and silence, and the possibilitys of a dramaturgic very free and abstract music.Since 2003, she is intensifying her research in mixing tones, noises, fieldrecordings and spoken language as musical materials. In her pieces, all used sound materials are composed in an equal, abstract way. Like in an acoustic collage, fragments of language are integrated as musical materials together with tonal and rhythmical abstract instrumental sounds, noises and silence.She was as well working in solo pieces and compositions, as collaborating with musicians and artists in musical and interdiziplinary projects, as with: Steffi Weismann, Robin Hayward, Andrea Neumann, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Rhodri Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Unami, Taku Sugimoto, Sachiko M, and many others.She was participating in many concerts and festivals, among others: “Donaueschinger Musiktage”,Germany; “Vancouver New Music” and “Musique Actuelle”, Canada; “What is Music”, Australia; “Exposition of New Music”, Czech Republik; “Musique Action”, France; “LMC” ,London; “no idea festival”, Texas; “Dublin Electronic Arts Festival DEAF”, Dublin; “Nous Sons”, Barcelona, “Festival International de Música Contemporánea de Alicante”, Spain.She has released Cds on several labels, like: Charhizma(Vienna/Berlin), Fringes(Italy), Another Timbre( UK), Soseditions (NY), Grob (Cologne), CDR-X(self releases), Potlatch (Paris), „Improvised music from Japan“, a.o.Her music was presented and reviewed in different medias, a.o.: “Nutida Music” (Stockholm), “His Voice” (Czech Republik), “Positionen”(Germany), „The Wire“ (UK), „Deutschlandradio“, „Deutschlandfunk“, „WDR 3“ (Radio, Germany)
Anne Wellmer is a composer, performer and media artist based in The Hague. Wellmer uses field recordings, live sound processing and electronically generated sound in her work, which shifts between tape music, improvisation, installation and performance. Feedback, electromagnetic disturbances and barely audible acoustic phenomena make out essential aspects of her work. In 2007 she received an honoray mention in digital musics from the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz.
Arnaud Jacobs (*1968 in Wilrijk; Belgium; lives and works in Brussels) studied architecture. After his studies it did not take long, however, before he chose sound. Today he has released sound works under several aliases: MarkMancha, missfit, tmrx. From 2004, under the name Aernoudt Jacobs, he has focused on installations and performances. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has released two albums on critically acclaimed labels as Staalplaat (NL) and Selektion (D).
Generally Jacobs sets out from a fascination for sound, in any form. This explains how he takes his raw material from reality: with a microphone and recorder as field recordings. His works are the result of a research of the different aspects of field recordings and how to assimilate this material to new forms, new contexts. For him the actual resulting field recordings are only a registration. The act, the memory, the context of the recording are even more interesting and complementary motives for his research. The output of his work hovers as some kind of an interaction between micro and macro, inside and outside, fieldwork and studio, reality and fictionalization. In his installation work he investigates mostly correlations between sound, matter, space/location, perception and psychoacoustics. Perception is an important aspect in his work.
Perceiving music, sound, harmonies is an activity that is always linked to memories. This association is an ongoing preoccupation that is visible in most of his work. With the aid of psychoacoustic theories, he explores how perception can be influenced and how to express sound physically, spatially and emotionally.
Composer, performer, curator, lives in situ.
Manfred Werder focuses on possibilities of rendering the practices regarding composition and field.
His recent scores have featured either found sentences from poetry and philosophy, or found words from whatever sources.
His performances, both indoors and outdoors, aim at letting appear the world’s natural abundance.
Earlier works include stück 1998, a 4000 page score whose nonrecurring and intermittent performative realization has been ongoing since December 1997.
Chiyoko Szlavnics is a composer and saxophonist working both in Europe and Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1989, she was a member of Hemispheres Music Projects (1992-1997) and 40 fingers saxophone quartet (1994-1998), contributing several compositions to both ensembles.During that period, she studied composition with James Tenney in Toronto. Szlavnics’ works have been performed at numerous festivals and concerts by ensembles which include Arraymusic, Surplus (Éclat Festival, Stuttgart), Quartett Avance (Darmstadt), and New Music Concerts. Since receiving a year-long Fellowship Grant from the Akademie Schloß Solitude in 1997 (Juror: Christian Wolff), Szlavnics has been based in Berlin, where she continues to work with contemporary ensembles and musicians, with a particular focus on microtonality and just intonation.
Julia Eckhardt is a viola player in the field of composed and improvised contemporary music. After her studies she worked in different, mostly contemporary, chamber music groups, and after this a couple of years in the National Orchestra of Belgium.
Since 1995 she is a founding member of and artistically responsible for Q-O2 workspace in Brussels, which was first an ensemble for contemporary experimental and inprovised music, and became in 2006 a workspace for experimental music and sound art. For q-o2 she initiated projects such as
‘muziekxtaalx4’, ‘de tijd is rond (for Brussels 2000)’, ‘doundo/recycling G’(together with Ludo Engels), ‘abstract adventures’(icw. Les Bains::Connective), ‘//2009//-what do you make of what I say’. Interdisciplinair collaboration has been self-evident in these projects.
She has been collaborating with composers such as Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Stevie Wishart, Jennifer Walshe, Wandelweiser-composers, Christian Wolff, Antony Coleman and many of the young generation.
She has played solo work by among others György Kurtag, John Cage, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Anne Wellmer, Radu Malfatti.
After having started to play free improvisation in 2001 she has collaborated with musicians such as Andrea Neumann, Burkhard Beins, Rhodri Davies, Keith Rowe, Arnaud Jacobs, Lucio Capece, Taku Sugimoto, Robin Hayward.
She is part of the group Incidental Music which is specialised in conceptual music and operates near to the Wandelweiser composers group, together with Manfred Werder, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Angharad Davies and Stefan Thut.
She grew up in Berlin and lives and works in Brussels.