Richard Graham is a guitarist and computer musician from Northern Ireland. He has performed across the U.S., Asia, U.K., and Europe, including festivals and conferences such as Celtronic and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. He has composed music for British and US television, recorded live sessions for BBC radio, and his music has been authored for the popular video game, Rock Band.

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An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point has made it possible for EMS to invite Thoranna Bjornsdottir, a sound and visual artist based in Reykjavík Iceland, to work at EMS.

Thoranna studied music from an early age. After doing a final exam in classical piano playing she immediately turned to the field of contemporary sound and art. A graduate of the Royal Academy of art in the Hague Thoranna has worked as a video and performance artist in the electroacoustic field; working with different medium she realizes her work through film, performances and installations.

Thoranna has received good regard for her composition and performances. Her work has been broadcasted by the National Broadcasting Service in Iceland and she has performed at concerts and festivals in Iceland and abroad.


Photo by Kolbeinn Soffíuson
Myriam Bleau is a composer, digital artist and performer based in Montreal. She creates audiovisual systems that go beyond the screen, such as sound installations and performance-specific musical interfaces. Her hybrid electronic practice investigates music performance as a codified cultural manifestation and seeks avenues of subtle disruption through the recontextualisation of pop culture elements and historical tropes. Her work has been presented and recognized internationally: Ars Electronica (AT), Sónar (ES), Sonic Arts Award (IT), Elektra (CA), ISEA (CA), Transmediale (DE), ACT (KR).
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Photo by Alba Rupérez

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Samuel Hertz is a Berlin-based composer, researcher, and curator working at the intersections of psychoacoustics and expanded listening practices through electro-acoustic works, live electronics, collaborations with performance companies, and essays. He received his MFA at Mills College, studying composition with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins, and producing/performing with Morton Subotnick.

His work has recently been performed in France, Germany, and Belgium, as well as Center for New Music, BAM/PFA, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Harvestworks (USA), among others. He is currently Artist/Curator-in-residence at the experimental music project space/venue Liebig12 (Berlin, DE).

As a recent recipient of the DARE Prize for Radical Interdisciplinarity (University of Leeds/Opera North: Leeds, UK), his current research project concerns affective crossings between humans and environment, ecological soundings, and geophysical/atmospheric infrasonic sound. Upcoming research includes publications in association with Studio Tomas Saraceno and the Royal College of Art/Imperial College (London, UK), and a paper entitled "Toxic Music" to be delivered at the American Association of Geographers in April 2017 (Boston, MA).

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Morten Poulsen (b.1990) (DK) is a composer and sound artist. He has since 2014 published four records on his own record label Outrovaert, including the internet-based interactive music release Dark Web, made events that break with concert conventions in the project series DADADOIT, created multi-channel sound installations such as Temple for Oxóssi at Land Shape Festival 2016, he has been published on The Wire Tapper, performed long-durational improvisation with performance art group Camera Sonora and not at least is he underwater drummer in Aquasonic. -
Born in Dominican Republic and raised in Cyprus, Emiddio Vasquez works at the interstice of media art, continental philosophy and mathematical thinking. He works with sound on both the stage and in the gallery space using different tools, including modular synthesizer and digital processes. As of 2016, he has initiated and has been curating άκ02, a bi-monthly series of sound of events in Cyprus.
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