Born in 1986, in Istanbul, Turkey, Elif Balkir started her musical career at the age of 11 as a pianist. Then, she continued to her musical studies in France at the department of Music and Musicology at Paris-Sorbonne. Besides the theoretical background, her practical foundation was soon incorporated with the music creation and craft and she became interested in the composition of electroacoustic music, sound engineering as well as musical acoustics, which she has studied at Aubervilliers-La Courneuve Regional Conservatory in France.  


An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point has made it possible for EMS to invite Kiwa to work at EMS for the period of 1 October - 25 November 2013 
and 8 February - 9 March, 2014.

KIWA (as sound artist Kiwanoid, born 1975) – multidisciplinary artist, lives and works in Tartu and Tallinn. Studied in Estonian Academy of Arts and Tartu University. 

He actively explores and blends different media, from conceptual objects to total audiovisual environments. His artistic practices include painting, objects and installation, video, performance, sound art, scenography, text, etc: all together functioning as a hypertextual research of meaning-making and cultural codes on different levels, collective and personal myths. 

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Photo: Terje Toomistu

Ant is a North Wales based composer and sound designer. He graduated from Salford University majoring in composition in 2004 and has lectured in music performance and music technology in North Wales, Staffordshire and Edinburgh.

Embedded is a Sound and Music artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Embedded places a selection of artists from a range of disciplines into real-world artistic contexts with leading creative organisations. Aimed at talented artists at an early stage in their career, Embedded is a bespoke programme, providing practical hands-on experience and significant creative opportunities.

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An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point has made it possible for EMS to invite Halldór to work on developing his latest Halldorophone for two months in spring 2013.


Halldorophones are electro-acoustic string instruments. The sound of halldorophones is achieved with a controlled use of feedback on the strings. 
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