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 Austrian trombone player and composer Radu Malfatti went through different stages in his musical career. In the 70ies and 80ies he was known as a leading figure in the free improvisation scene, the ‘free jazz’. To make a wide curve towards minimal composition in the 90ies.He is a member of the Wandelweiser composers ensemble and edition.
lives in Berlin and works as a composer, stage director, performer and vocalist, a.o. in the ensemble „Maulwerker“ [„Mouth Workers“]. He has received numerous scholarships, fellowships andcommissions, his works have been performed from Tokyo to South-America.
Toshimaru Nakamura is one of the most distinguished and original voices in the world of electro-acoustic improvisation, with a vast body of work built up over the past decade. Since 1998, Nakamura has been exploring the possibilities of his no-input mixing board in contexts ranging from solo to collaborations with Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide, Axel Dörner, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz and Annette Krebs.
At first he played rock and blues, became interested in free jazz, European free improvised music and avant-garde classical music. Since ‘94, Sugimoto has gradually shifted from a loud, heavy sound to an extremely quiet sound, full of silences, which he has established as his own unique style.