Here you find articles about more than 250 artists that have worked as a guest composer at EMS.

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is a composer and sound artist living in Montreal. She is interested in the study of how instrumental, electroacoustic and computational-thinking approaches interact in music.

Her works have been presented at various international festivals such as: L’Espace du Son (Belgium), Multiphonies GRM (France), NYCEMF (USA), The Engine Room (UK), Akousma (Canada), Manca (France), SAT Symposium IX (Canada), Cube Fest (USA), Cut & Splice (UK), Elektro Arts (Romania), Sincrónic (Spain), Mantis (UK), Darmstadt Festival (Germany), Klang Copenhagen (Denmark), M/A Intermedia (Italy), Futura (France). 

In 2014 she released her first solo album Air (Kohlenstoff records) where she explored the hybridization of breath, voices, instruments and electronics. A few years later she released Nano-Cosmos (Empreintes DIGITALes), an album tribute to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms, which was featured on The Wire Tapper 47 and listed by Toneshift as people’s choice best of 2018.  

She also collaborated on theatre, dance and film projects such as: Crying in Public (Tafel), Laborintus (Raffinot), Cosmos Will Save the World (Lapierre), Hectore Navigatore (Totem Contemporain), as well as working with chamber ensembles including SuperMusique, Quasar, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Sixtrum, Trio Hoboken, Lunatics at Large, and TM+, among others.Currently she’s teaching composition at the University of Montreal and she performs regularly with her groups Jane/KIN, ILÉA and blablaTrains as an electronic musician and Theremin player.

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Photo by André Parmentier


AEO (2013) is a trio which includes Adi Snir - Saxophone and Trumpophone [Sax with trumpet mouthpiece], Elad Bardes - Guitar, Ofer Bymel - Drums/Percussion. All three members are active as composers, performers and improvisers, and have been working together for over a decade.

AEO trio
Photo credit: Daniel Meir

Kris Kuldkepp is an Estonian double bass player and electronic musician.

Concentrating mainly on free improvisation and interdisciplinary art, she creates interactive music-systems for double bass,
live-electronics and live-video.

Durning her residency at EMS, she will explore double bass multiphonics and their relations to electronically synthesised sounds. 

Photo © Andreas Schlieter, Agentur Gipfelstürmer

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Mia Zabelka is a composer, improviser as well as an experimental violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familiar background. Comprehensively educated in classical music from early age on, she continued to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own, based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the range of the instrument using live electronic devices, preparing it through the insertion of alien objects between or on the strings and innovative performance techniques.


Photo by Lerachef

Anthea Caddy and Judith Hamann are recognised nationally and internationally as two of Australia’s foremost innovators in Australian contemporary cello performance practice. Their work combines acoustic phenomena, amplification, spatialisation, and extending the technical capacities of the cello into a holistic framework: one that uses co-composition and acoustic materialities as the central guide towards immersive, durational new work.

Photo by: Martina Biagi for Tempo Reale

Their project has been invited to compose work in the past in residence at one of Italy’s flagship experimental sound practice institutions, Tempo Reale (Florence), record in residence at UC San Diego’s experimental theater, and have presented their work in Melbourne (Inland Concert Series), Amsterdam (Sonic Acts), and Milan (O' Gallery). Individually, they have been recognised for their excellence in the field of experimental practice through awards (Music Victoria Best experimental/avant-garde act), festival presentations (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Festival, LA Philharmonic Fluxus Festival, Tectonics Festival etc.), and prestigious invitations to present their work in venues and galleries all over the world.

As a composer and stage artist, Alexis Langevin-Tétrault has contributed to a variety of experimental music and audiovisual projects under the guises of Falaises, DATANOISE, QUADr, BetaFeed, Alexeï Kawolski and Recepteurz. His actual work is characterized by physical performance, scenographic work, the thorough use of digital audio technologies, exploration of sound timbre and also conceptual and social reflection.

His work has been presented internationally in more than a hundred events such as Ars Electronica (AT), Transart (IT), Intonal (SWE), ADAF (GR), MUTEK Montreal (CA), MUTEK Barcelona (SP), BIAN-Elektra (CA), Akousma (CA), Transient (FR), Visions of the future (USA), ISEA (CA), Mois Multi (CA), Sines & Squares (UK), Digital Weekender (UK), Exhibitronic (BE) and Espace du son (BE). His work was rewarded by Foundation Destellos (AR) in 2014 and 2015, by SOCAN Foundation (CA) in 2015, and also by Exhibitronic Festival (FR), International Electroacoustic Music Week (FR) and fondation Musiques & Recherches (BE) in 2016.
Photo by Alba Rupérez
Ruta Vitkauskaite is back at EMS. Her musical interests are widely varied – while working in the field of classical composition (PhD at Royal Academy of Music in London, Masters at Lithuanian Academy of Music), Ruta has also been an active initiator of experimental music projects (music visualization, acoustic surround, music personalization), organizer (2006-2013 director of Druskomanija festival and workshop series the Process in Lithuania, 2012-2017 facilitator of New Music Incubator with Martin Q Larsson in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and now - across EU), performer (violin, piano, voice, electronics). 

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Photo by Anders Bigum

Awarded Arts Council England support for the 2017 ‘Stations of the Cross’ Solo Piano Tour and nominated in 2014 for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, Simon Vincent is a performer and composer of acoustic and electronic music, who has been challenging the boundaries of genre and musical expression with a highly personal language since the early 1990’s.

Having recently completed a commission from RPO Principal trombonist Matthew Gee for 3 electroacoustic miniatures, and BBC Radio 3’s Nick Luscombe, Simon is currently composing a new work for percussionist Jonny Axelsson as well as a substantial new work for piano and electronics, to be premiered in 2020.


Photo © Simon Vincent, 2019

Robot Music is an ongoing robotic research project between artists Goto80 and Jacob Remin centered around automation, creation and loss
of control. Two robotic arms (Uarm Swift Pro) form the core of the project. With varying degrees of randomness, they perform music on Commodore 64,
drum machines, sequencers, and other instruments.

The Perpetual Acid Machine is a robot arm playing the TB-303 while the other one plays the ER-1 drum machine.
With the help of EMS' Studio Engineer Daniel Araya, they will now teach the robots to turn knobs.

Born in 1989, and lives in Montreal. Kevin Gironnay creates acousmatic and mixed music, produces music for sound installations, videos and dance, and performs improvised music, in solo or collaborations. His work is focused on taming chaotic elements into musical contents by using conceptual or concrete processes, hence his love for improvisation. He is also dedicated to shaping musical ideas in the micro and macro domains, hence his love for composition.

As sound engineer and radio art enthusiast and practitioner, his relationship with sound as a medium is a happy marriage, still filled with passion and everyday amazement. And he still tries to believe the feeling is mutual. Sound is his first and main material and musicality his artistic purpose.

Kevin Gironnay completed a master’s degree in composition with Nicolas Bernier, and has also been influenced by the teaching of Christine Groult, Horacio Vaggione, Denis Dufour, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Lorenzo Bianchi and Giacomo Platini. His music has been played in Canada, China, United States and throughout Europe. His composition work is supported by the Ensemble de Musique Interactive (EMI).

In 2016, Kevin Gironnay founded the improvised music band Ensemble ILÉA. He is also an active member of the collective Unmapped and the band QUADr. He is an affiliate member of CIRMMT (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology).
Cherif El-Masri is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Cairo. For the past 20 years he has studied and performed in various musical idioms (jazz, free improvisation, punk rock, extreme metal, classical & folk Arabic, experimental electronic music). He's been an active member of several seminal Cairene bands such as Eskenderella and Procession Towards the Unknown.

Since 2012 he's been a member of The Invisible Hands, a psych rock band co-founded with Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls / Alvarius B / Sublime Frequencies) . El-Masri is currently recording and performing as Tarkamt, a solo project combining primitive analog electronics, electro-acoustic processes, visceral free improvisation, and unclassifiable progressive composition to form a maelstrom of chaotic energy that transcends the dichotomy of noise versus music.
Tarkamt's debut full length album was released in February 2018.
SNAKE UNION is a Brooklyn based experimental electronic group consisting of Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Mossenek) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). A duo that works in improvisational rhythmic explorations that match analog synths and digital sound processing, modular wires and max patches. By turns psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out, the sequenced collides with the freeform as these two soundmakers push into new realms.
Eye Measure is a London-based audiovisual artist. Working with digital synthesis, TidalCycles and live visuals, she creates experimental/ambient compositions. 

She released her debut EP, "being to the left of textor", with Cherche Encore in 2019.