Nathaniel Mann is an experimental composer, performer and sound designer. He has written scores for London Contemporary Orchestra and BBC Scotland and his works have been performed by Ukraine's State Camera Orchestra "Kievskaya Kamerata". His Donkey Symphony (with Lara Baladi) won the Gran Nile Award at the Cairo Biannual 2008.
Mark Pilkington is a composer of electroacosutic music. His music has been commissioned by the School of Computer Science the Univeristy of Manchester, Arts Council England, PRSF, SPNM, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the National Youth Theatre.
Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to France in 1998, where he studied sound art and electro-acoustic music. In 2008, he was the artistic director of the STEIM Studios in Amsterdam, a sound lab, which is predominantly concerned with the research and development of new experimental musical instruments. Atoui’s sound installations and performances have been displayed within the international art context at the New Museum, New York, US (2009), the 9th and 11th Sharjah Biennial, AE (2009 and 2013), the Maison Rouge, Paris (2010), the Media City Seoul (2010), the Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE (2010), the Performa 11, New York, US (2011), the Documenta 13, Kassel, DE (2012), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012), and the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2012).
Photo: Alfredo Rubio
Bigawatt is the solo project of Marisa Demarco, a musician, composer, journalist and event curator in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rooted in noise and radical vocal arrangements, she builds electronic instruments and spectacle for live performance. She's in numerous troupes of experimental musicians in the desert, including large ensemble death convention singers. Demarco founded feminist performance art crew Milch de la Máquina in 2009 and the ongoing sister festival of Titwrench, Gatas y Vatas, a solo weirdo women's music festival in her home town of Alburquerque, New Mexico.
Sam Salem is returning to EMS for his second residency in order to make additional field-recordings and work on a new piece based upon field-recordings of Stockholm and the Serge modular analog synthesiser at EMS.
Sam's work is focussed upon the sounds of urban environments: each of his pieces focuses upon a specific geographical location. His music aspires to illuminate and explore the hidden musicality and beauty of his geographical subjects, as well as his own relationship to his environment as both a source of inspiration and musical material.