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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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
With the help of EMS' Studio Engineer Daniel Araya, they will now teach the robots to turn knobs.
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).
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.
She released her debut EP, "being to the left of textor", with Cherche Encore in 2019.
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