Rhodri Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include a duo with John Butcher, Broken Consort, Common Objects, SLW, Cranc, Portable, Apartment House, The Sealed Knot and a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-Cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. He also performs and researches contemporary music. He has commissioned new works for the harp by: Carole Finer, Michael Parsons, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone.
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.
Musician born in Argentina based in Berlin since 2004. He plays bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, and Sruti Box.He plays mainly self composed and improvised music, focusing in the time experience and the perception experience as main subjects.He works time in the research of constructing no narrative music (no start- no ending- no developments), and perception working sound in it’s most granular characteristics and it´s extremes.
The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has radically extended the tuba’s potential both in the areas of noise and microtonality. His compositions for other instruments reflect a similar medium-specific approach. As an interpreter his specific playing ability has been utilized by leading composers such as Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff. He has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration. His research to date has been documented in his solo CD Valve Division and various other collaborative releases. Active in many contemporary music ensembles including Phosphor and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, in 2005 he founded Zinc & Copper Works for continued research into brass instruments.
Stevie Wishart is a composer and performer who specialised in medieval as well as contemporary and electronic music, after studies composition and violin and a Ph.D. in musical iconography in medieval art. Her experience with contemporary and medieval music led to compositionsystems for acoustic as well as electronic media. In her projects improvisation- and multimedia-processes are often seen as links between medieval and contemporary artforms. She lives and works since 2000 in Brussels.
Ludo Engels studied photography and film. Beginning of the 80s he was mainly busy with improvised music. He stayed with a strongly intuitive way of working, but tended more and more towards the visual arts. Extern factors play an important role in his installations, such as the space or light and shadow. His work is conceptual in the sense that he tries to undermine our common way of perception.