Marja Ahti (f. Johansson) is a Swedish-Finnish musician and composer based in Turku, Finland. Her main creative output is the solo moniker Tsembla.
Using electronics, modified samples of acoustic instrument,
non-instruments and environmental sounds, she makes music that rides on waves of warped melodies, abstract voices and mutating textures – rough edged compositions, rich in detail,
that come together into instrumental miniatures. She also composes music for dance performances and film.
An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point
has made it possible for Marja to work at EMS.
Photo by Barbora Linka
After finishing her Master degree’s course works, she went to Paris and studied compostion with Mr. Jean-luc Hervé and orchestration with Mr. Pierre Farago at CNR de Boulogne.
She went back to Korea in 2009, and is currently the representative manager of an inter-disciplinary composition group, and an instructor.
Since 2011, she has founded two experimental music groups named "Oze" and "Ensemble zGzz". The fomer is dedicated to collaborations with other art forms such as dance, fine art and experimental performance. The latter is for non-instrumental music, making sound with objets like balloons, papers and other materials. Also keeping acoustic music, she is expanding her musical languages through possible ventures.
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In 2010, she went to Japan where she audited classes at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and at the Music University of Kunitachi in Masakazu Natsuda's class.
In 2012, she came to France to continue her education. She studied with Allain Gaussin as well as Jean-Luc Hervé and Yan Maresz at the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt.
In 2013, she was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris (Cnsmdp) where she studied composition under Fréderic Durieux.
She spent one year at IRCAM for the Cursus in 2016.
Her music has been performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain, the ensemble Divertimento, the Quartetto Prometeo, and others.
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Christian Skjødt is a Danish artist and composer who explores the temporal and spatial aspects, as well the physicality of sound and aesthetics of noise.
Christian Skjødt currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and holds a Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. He has done exhibitions at Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2015); A plus A Gallery, Venice (2015); Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest (2014); Cruce Contemporáneo, Madrid (2014); 68 Square Metres, Copenhagen (2013), and participated in sound art festivals like Spor, Aarhus (2016), Üle Heli, Tallinn (2015); Sound Reasons, New Delhi (2015); Skan II / Skanu Mežs, Riga (2014); Verona Risuona (2012); GAS, Göteborg (2012); Ostrava Days, Czech Republic (2011).
Besides his solo career he has taken part in numerous collaborations, working interdisciplinary in the fields of composition, installation, theatre, dance and performance.
He is also the founder and curator of the vinyl imprint Tonometer, objectifying exploratory sounds and music.
Christian Skjødt's residency has been made possible by a contribution by Nordic Culture Point.
Photo by Giovanni Bertani
gränsen (in progress)
Mohamed A. Gawad
“You tell me a tale, and I will listen. The story is yours to voice, but it dies the moment it slips your lips. I will adore it, and I will betray it. Your language,
my language, and between the two a path of ravishment. Always in-between is the boundary, always the demarcation between your body and mine;
your language and me; your mouth and my ear; your hello and my good bye.”
Recently Swedish artist Hanna Wildow invited a group of Egyptian and Swedish multilingual practitioners, all working to some degree within and with their
own mother tongues; to enter a relation of some kind with her. Being drawn to interspaces within language, where words reach their own limitations,
Wildow’s invitation was one concerned with the act of translation. When not speaking each other's mother tongues; when language itself performs the very border of comprehension, what kind of disparate translations of each other’s work can we generate? Can we allow for our works to go errant, get lost, die,
and be reborn in an one another’s mouths? Can something utterly other be set in motion in a gap of hybridized languages?
The six artists are gathering to collectively construct a realm of trans-boundary practices; geographical movements as well as genre-crossing art works.
Together, in a week-long residency in EMS Stockholm this November followed by a second residency in Cairo in February 2018, they inquire about borders and boundaries, what these mean across languages, practises, artforms and geographies. As unknown outcomes, interdisciplinary presentations will take place in Stockholm and in Cairo.
gränsen is co-produced by Sarah El Miniawy, a Stockholm based music manager from Cairo, and made possible through the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) for Hanna Wildow.
Francesco Perissi is a sound designer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer. He learnt the secrets and potential of musical instruments and audio software working for years at a specialized shop. After numerous concerts as a guitarist and 3 albums recording with post-metal band "Qube", Francesco Perissi chose to get inside the digital audio world.
He graduated in electronic music at the Conservatory L. Cherubini in Florence, where he wrote compositions performed by the New Music Ensemble of New York and used for soundtracks and performances by local artists. During his studies he started collaborating with Research Center Tempo Reale in Florence and worked as an audio engineer for numerous festivals and concerts of electronic and contemporary music. He is currently studying Sound Design Master Program in Conservatory G.B Martini in Bologna.
In 2014 he started his solo project "XO" where the electric guitar creates ambient textures that come together in rhythmic and filtering of electronic nature, and in 2016 the project “X6”, where the guitar is spatialized in 6.1 loudspeakers thanks to exaphonic pick-up. Francesco Perissi currently focuses its research on the possibilities of technological development and expressive of musical instruments and is active as a composer and teacher of audio software.
Francesco Perissi has been working and recording at EMS in 2018, while being an ERASMUS student at the Swedish Royal College of Musik (KMH ) in the Electroacoustic Music Composition and Music Media and Technology department.
Photo by: Mario Carovani
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Ragnhild May's (DK) works are centered around the relationship between body and instrument. Musical instruments can be seen as extensions of the body, and her works explores their structures, systems and cultural connotations as well as acoustic qualities.
Ragnhild May has been artist in residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program, she has studied at visual arts at The Jutland Art Academy (DK) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT) and composition at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Bard College.
Photo credit: Phoebe D'heurle
An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point
has made it possible to invite Ragnhild to work at EMS.
Her music is an exploration between the fields of synthesis and beat-making off the time grid. She follows a free-form sonic flux of sharp sounds, where the atmospheres convey distorted impressions.
She has been working and recording at EMS during 2017, while she attended the Electroacustic Music composition course
at the Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan, KMH).
Stephen McEvoy (recording under the name tuuun) is an Irish artist working with sound. His work, which draws upon techno, noise and rave,
is a playful investigation of the potentialities of minimalism and improvisation. He is interested in the social possibilities that music offers, both
in dealing with traumatic past histories, and in presenting new Utopian ways forward.
During his time in Stockholm, he will be working at EMS periodically.
Based in Copenhagen Kristian Emdal works under several monikers performing world wide, his output being audible as well as visual. Visiting EMS Kristian Emdal will be collaborating with Loke Rahbek, continuing a series of electronic/physical dialogues across multiple genres and media with audio as a main focus. Besides the collaboration with Loke Rahbek, Kristian is currently working on sound for the screening of a silent film as well as working on a release as part of techno duo Age Coin.
An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point has made it possible for EMS to invite Kristian to work at EMS.
We are happy to see Lars back at EMS!
Lars Lundehave Hansen has been working in the fields of ambient/drones and noise for the past 16 years - as a soundartist, enthusiastic promotor of and dedicated performer in these fields. The usual works of Lars L. Hansen are often constructions, making a point of being constructions, that emit or react to sounds or noise. In an attempt to explore the relations between timbre / room and action / reaction the works often revolve around controlled randomness, manipulation, expectation, suspended animation as musical criteria and sound as a physical entity.
Photo: Sofie Amalie Klougart
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