JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn NY. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied art at Melbourne State College for two years before moving to London in 1978. After working with experimental group Nurse With Wound, Thirlwell started making his own records in 1980, initially releasing them on his own “Self Immolation” lable. He was inspired by the post-punk explosion of creativity in the UK which engendered the accessibility of DIY, as well as the writings of John Cage and systems music, among other things. He relocated to NYC in 1983, where he still lives and works today.
Thirlwell’s discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is dramatic intensity and evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album.
Photo: Marylene May
Tetsuo Furudate was born in Tokyo, Japan. He started his career in experimental film and video art in 1981, then started working with music and performing art. He premiered an experimental opera “Othello” 2001 at Podewil, “Auditory Sense of Mr. Roderick Usher” at Dresdner Zentrum für zeitgenössische Musik. It won the BLAUE BRÜCKE prize 2003. His radio productions were broadcasted by Deutschlandradio: “Motome-Zuka“2007, “GOYA” 2008, “Death Fragments Prelude” 2011. He premiered “DEATH FRAGMENTS” theatrical event with Edwin van der Heide and actors at Theatre Bielefeld.
Richard Scott is an electroacoustic composer and improvising musician specialising in modular synthesizers. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years, recently working with Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, Audrey Chen, Axel Doerner, Ute Wasserman, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble.
Photo by: Asmayani Kusrini
Roy Fernando Guzmán Rodriguez is a composer of electro-acoustic and instrumental music, improviser, guitarist, multi-media artist and poet. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 28 June 1987, he attended high school in Rio Piedras while studying at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. His studies led him to explore musical composition in various aspects achieving theories of beauty, investigations on chaos as a starting point for creation an analysis of beautiful proportions, the creation of The Good Other Logic as a epistemological tool for creation of new knowledge and the unsignified creating "A Thesis on ______.", which describes several techniques that are creative engines for his poetry as well as his other arts.
Sabine Vogel born in Munich, studied jazz-flute at the Anton Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. In 2000 Sabine Vogel moved to Berlin, since 2005 she has been living in Potsdam. As a flautist Sabine Vogel focuses on sound and improvisation, using extended techniques both acoustic as well as electronic, creating a very personal contemporary language for the flute.
Donal Sarsfield was born in the west of Ireland. His music has been performed at San Francisco Tape Music Festival, New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, South Bank London as part of the Harmonic Series curated by Oliver Coates, Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music 2012, World Music Days ISCM Belgium 2012, Sonorities Belfast 2008, 2013 & 2015, Crash Ensemble FreeState VI Dublin, Aberdeen Sound Festival, Civitanova Dance Festival 2014 and the Royal Opera House in London (as part of the development of the ballet ‘We/Part’ with the choreographer Paolo Mangiola and Balletto di Roma).
His piece ‘Gallivanting (The Suitcases Piece)’ was awarded joint first prize at the Concourse International de Musique Bruitiste Luigi Russolo in 2011.
In all his recent work he is interested in stimulating a perceptual link between the listener, the work and the world in which we live.